by German Lopez
Council backs parking plan, strong mayor gains support, museum keeps Dr. Seuss cartoons
City Council yesterday expressed support for a barebones
parking plan that would upgrade all meters to accept credit card
payments and increase enforcement around the city, which should boost
annual revenues. The plan does not increase rates or hours at meters, as
Mayor John Cranley originally called for. It also doesn’t allow people
to pay for parking meters through smartphones. The plan ultimately means
death for the parking privatization plan, which faced widespread
criticism after the previous city administration and council passed it
as a means to jumpstart new investments and help fix the city’s
operating budget and pension system.Councilman Christopher Smitherman plans to pursue changes
to the city’s political structure to give more power to the mayor and
less to the city manager. Smitherman says the current system is broken
because it doesn’t clearly define the role of the mayor. Under
Smitherman’s system, the mayor would run the city and hire department
heads; the city manager, who currently runs the city and handles hiring,
would primarily preside over budget issues; and City Council would pass
legislation and act as a check to the mayor. Smitherman aims to put the
plan to voters this November.Commentary: “WCPO’s Sloppy Streetcar Reporting Misses Real Concerns.”The Cincinnati Art Museum maintains five political
cartoons from the famed Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel), but none are
currently on public display. The cartoons call back to the history before
World War II, when most of the world played ignorant to the horrors of
the Holocaust and Americans had yet to enter the war. Dr. Seuss loathed the villains on the world stage, and his cartoons promoted a
message of interventionism that would eventually lead him to join the
Army to help in the fight against the Axis powers. When he returned home, he would
write the famous stories and books he’s now so well known for.Mayor Cranley and some council members appear reluctant to
accept a routine grant application that would allow the Cincinnati Health
Department to open two more clinics because of the potential effect the
clinics could have on the city’s budget. Cranley and other council
members also seem concerned that the Health Department played a role in
the recent closing of Neighborhood Health Care, which shut down four
clinics and three school-based programs after it lost federal funding.Ohio legislators approved a bill that forces absentee
voters to submit more information and reduces the amount of time
provisional voters have to confirm their identities from 10 days to one
week. For Democrats, the bill adds to previous concerns that Republicans
are attempting to suppress voters. The bill now goes to Gov. John
Kasich, a Republican who’s expected to sign the measure into law.The Ohio legislature continues wrangling over how to give schools more snow days.More than 175,000 claims have been filed over winter damage, potentially making this winter one of the costliest in decades.Robot suits could make mixed martial arts blood-free.Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopezGot any news tips? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We know that post-World War II Greenwich
Village was a center for progressive Modernist arts in the U.S. —
Abstract Expressionist painting, the Beats, method actors and Folk
musicians like Bob Dylan.
Cincinnati Art Museum maintains five Dr. Seuss editorial cartoons taking aim at villains on the world stage
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Seuss is not loose at the Cincinnati
Art Museum, which has a stash of the good doctor’s political cartoons
filed away and unavailable for public viewing in its archives.
1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati
Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his
resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there
were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor,
with the support of the trustees.
by Jac Kern
The Cincinnati Art Museum announced today that Aaron Betsky will be stepping down as director of the museum. Betsky, who has worked as director at CAM for seven years, will leave the position once his successor is determined.From the press release:
"The museum now has the programming and staff in place, and the financial
stability that will allow me to openly pursue my next position," noted Mr.
Betsky. "I feel that I have accomplished the goals that I and the Board
had envisioned when I first arrived and would like to explore opportunities
that may include or combine my academic interests and institutional
experience."The CAM Board of Trustees is assembling a search committee to find a successor. Betsky will assist in this decision.
"Aaron has effectively led the Cincinnati Art Museum through one of
the most challenging periods in our history and did so while adding new
facilities, growing our program, attracting record audiences, and raising money
both for capital projects and our endowment," said Dave Dougherty,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "He brought a vision, energy and
acumen that will continue to serve the museum into the future."
Go here to read CityBeat's recent interview with Betsky, wherein the the director discusses changes and challenges at CAM.
1 Comment · Monday, December 23, 2013
My interview with Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati
Art Museum director, came about because I was impressed by a series of
small shows and changes I had noticed at CAM recently
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
“It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s
Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators
Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of
time, they too point to shoes — at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Cincinnati Art Museum lately has been
concentrating on what it calls “node” shows — small-to-medium-size
exhibitions and gallery changes highlighting its collection or local
angles. The bigger shows with a
national/international focus will return in a year or so when the new
Western & Southern Gallery for special exhibitions is complete.
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On the first Wednesday of each month, a
group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating
Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group
includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their
guests, the family members or others who accompany them.
by Jac Kern
firm Landor Associates hosts coinciding events Friday at the iconic Shillito’s department
store building downtown. Miketoberfest is a benefit for Mike Amann, owner of
Covington design firm BLDG and linchpin in the Greater Cincinnati arts scene,
who is battling stage 4
neuroendocrine cancer. The fundraiser features live music and DJs, grub from
local food trucks and local art and handmade goods for sale from 5-11 p.m.
Meanwhile, Landor will also be guiding Shillito’s Abandoned tours every 10
minutes during that time. Visitors will go underground to explore the former
department store’s cafeteria, showrooms and Santaland for a spooky experience
perfect for Halloween. Admission for Miketoberfest is $15; tours are $10. All proceeds from the night benefit the Amann family. Go here
for more details.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is said to be
the site of various hauntings, which sets the stage for Friday’s Art After Dark
event. The museum will host ghost tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and screen
the 1922 classic Nosferatu with Folk
Rockers The Ridges providing a live score to the film from 6-8 p.m. Appetizers and
drinks (including Great Lakes Nosferatu ale) will be available for purchase;
admission is free.
style gets the spotlight at Rise of the Cool Kids, a production feature from
local retailers, designers, bloggers and other area fashionistas. The event
takes over Washington Park Friday with a happy hour 5-7 p.m. benefiting
Artworks; a dance party and projected fashion show 7-11 p.m.; and after-parties
at nearby 4EG bars. $10 tickets are available in advance online. Limited cash tickets
will be available tonight at the park.
For a classy twist on the adult Halloween party, check out The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers' Masquerade Saturday. The Christian Moerlein
Brewery serves as a chilling setting for a masquerade ball, complete with
masks and makeup artists to elevate your mysterious look, a DJ, photo booth,
local bites, drinks served by fave Japp’s and Bakersfield bartenders and a
special dance performance by Pones Inc. The Malice Ball runs 8 p.m.-midnight.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink ticket and
free shuttle to and from Washington
Park and Mercer Garages. Register here.
Channel your inner
Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Gears & Beers event Saturday.
It’s a steampunk soiree — Victorian aesthetic with a sci-fi edge — complete
with a costume and gadget parade, live entertainment and plenty of microbrews
and food pairings. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $40; $30 for CMC and Enjoy the Arts members. Go here
for event lineup and menu details.
For more art openings,
parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings. Be sure to read ScaryBeat for more Halloween
events and holiday inspiration.