At the helm of the local visual arts scene, Matt Distel explores new positions at Cincinnati Art Museum and The Carnegie
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Matt Distel, an almost constant presence
in the Cincinnati art scene for the last couple of decades, suddenly
seems to be everywhere at once. But no, he’ll not be working three jobs
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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In this week's Big Picture column, there is an item that Matt Distel — long active on the local contemporary art scene and current executive director of Northside's Visionaries + Voices center for artists with disabilities — had been named adjunct curator of contemporary art at Cincinnati Art Museum. Today comes the announcement he will leave V+V to be exhibitions director at The Carnegie in Covington, effective in June. He replaces Bill Seitz, who announced his retirement last month. His adjunct position at the art museum will continue. “Matt is the perfect person to build upon the successes we’ve had in the galleries and we are honored to have him join our team,” said Katie Brass, Carnegie executive director, in a press release. “His personality, his connection to local artists, and background all make him the ideal candidate to run the Carnegie Galleries and to grow programming.” In that same release, Distel said, “To be part of the legacy the Carnegie has for supporting local and regional artists, it’s very exciting. The Carnegie is one of the premier arts organizations in the region and Bill [Seitz] has established a great framework for me to continue to build an exhibition program that plays a compelling role in the arts community.”
by Jac Kern
The annual event, which turns 21 this year, celebrates Over-the-Rhine,
Cincinnati’s brewing history and the coming of Spring. And goats. But mostly,
beer! Bockfest weekend kicks off Friday with the parade, stepping off at 6 p.m. at Cincinnati’s
oldest bar, Arnold’s, and continuing north on Main Street to Bockfest Hall (1619
Moore St., Over-the-Rhine) for a ceremonial beer blessing.
Bockfest Hall will
fill with beer, food and live music all weekend long, offering brewery tours,
the Sausage Queen finals and traditional German performances throughout the
fest. Find a full event lineup here.
As usual, several bars
around Downtown and Over-the-Rhine also participate in the festivities with
plenty of local Bock beer.
annual showcase of edible artwork opens Friday. The Art of Food brings chefs and artists together for the seventh
year to prove you can wear your cake and eat it, too — that’s the saying,
right? Tonight’s opening features around 30 artists, more than 20 chefs and a
“Let Them Eat Cake (on the Cakewalk)” fashion show of beautiful and tasty
ensembles. Online tickets have sold out, but those in attendance are really in
for a treat (lots and lots of treats, actually). Read our cover story
for a look into the making of The Art of
Last year brought
us Night Owl Market, a
much-needed destination for late-night grub, shopping and music at the Central
parking lot at 107 Main Street. At Cincy NOM, local vendors and food trucks set
up shop near tons of popular bars until 3 a.m.! The Night Owl Market opens for
2013 in conjunction with Bockfest Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. When
your belly’s full of bock, swing by for some tasty noms from Café de Wheels,
C’est Cheese, Kaimelsky’s, SugarSnap! and more.
Saturday brings another
Macy’s Arts Sampler, a great opportunity to check out what all the local arts
organizations are up to. March’s sampler is focused in Washington Park and the
surrounding area in Over-the-Rhine (though there are a handful of participating
venues across the city). Free events include a Hip Hop dance class at Elementz,
a showcase of stage fight choreography at SCPA, performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Ballet, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Opera
and much more. Find a full lineup of events here.
For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our To Do page, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Art of Food is in its seventh
year at The Carnegie in Covington, but it wasn’t until last year that I
finally hit the opening night. It really made me regret that I’d missed
the first five. What an amazing event! So I’m writing this now, while
tickets are still available.
Alan Kenny stops by to stage 'Xanadu' on his way to a promising theater career
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Cincinnati native Alan Kenny, fresh
from graduate studies and a nearly completed master’s degree from UCLA,
is back in town to stage the campy musical Xanadu at Covington’s
Carnegie Center. It opens on Saturday for an eight-performance run,
through Aug. 26.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Over the past week, there's been a lot of theater news to report. The 14th and final Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Theater were held Aug. 29, where it was confirmed that the CEAs would join forces with the Acclaim Awards for the upcoming theater season. Earlier in the week, Ed Stern announced his departure from Playhouse in the Park following the 2011-12 season.
Through the darkness, duo returns with its finest album so far
0 Comments · Monday, June 7, 2010
Last year, following a particularly productive writing period, Ellery's married brain trust, Tasha and Justin Golden, hit the studio with renowned producer Malcolm Burn. But just months after finishing recording 'This Isn't Over Yet,' Tasha, who has dealt with mild depression for years, was overwhelmed by several personal and professional situations, leading to an almost crippling doubt about the future.
The 48 Hour Film Project injects Cincinnati with a weekend of creative juice
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Taken aback by that crazy-looking dude wielding a big knife in your neighbor's backyard last weekend? Don't be: It was probably just one of the 56 area teams that took part in 48 Hour Film Project, a celebration of creative smarts.
The Carnegie's new show looks good, but the sound needs work
2 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
At The Carnegie, director Greg Procaccino, producer Joshua Steele and music director Alan Patrick Kenny have devised a 'Secret Garden' that's good looking and difficult listening. Leading performances are fetching, especially Ty Yadzinski as a dour, bedeviled widower and Charity Farrell as the cheeky then cheerful orphan who discovers the locked garden and transforms it into a colorful, healing retreat.
Carnegie's season-opening exhibition lives up to its name
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Colors are usually spot on, with little meandering between, say, blue and green, and shapes are polygons of considerable variety, in some cases relaxing into curves with a whiff of Art Deco. Meanwhile, in one of the four upstairs galleries, Kelly Jo Asburys paintings havent a hard edge in them.