0 Comments · Monday, October 13, 2014
Know Theatre’s 17th Season theme is
“adaptation,” and on the evening of Oct. 10, the company opened Julian
Rad’s 2003 take on Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick.
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Since they’re not playing at a multiplex, or even an indie theater like the Esquire, you might easily overlook some of the best films in town right now. They’re in FotoFocus’ Screenings program, curated by its artistic director Kevin Moore and showing at Lightborne Studio, 212 E. 14th St. in Over-the-Rhine 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today through Sunday.
This is basically a program of shorts presented in a comfortably spacious room (usually a studio) fitted with big sofas. But two hour-long (approximately) films are continuously alternating in a smaller second room, also decked out with sofas. The one I saw on Thursday, Rainer Ganahl’s 2013 El Mundo – A Classical Music Concert, was a transfixing achievement both film and music. It’s really worth seeking out.
The filmed, staged concert takes place in a Spanish Harlem discount store going out of business – everything is drastically on sale and looks picked-over, as if waiting for a dumpster to clear it out. Previously, the building was a theater and you can see traces of its former-life ornamentation. The heat must have been turned off for this event. The concertgoers Ganahl has brought to the place are dressed warmly – one woman looks ready to explore the Arctic at intermission.
In the middle of this stuff there is a grand piano. There, during the course of the film, two pianists play – one an accompanist and another a sublime soloist. There is also a young violinist (Rachel Koblyakov) and two operatic singers. The most spectacular presence is the older diva Ok-Cha Lim, wearing the reddest possible formal dress with a red wrap around her shoulders and wrists. She dramatically sings arias from Madame Butterfly and Tosca.
The film is split-screen, so you watch the performers do their pieces on one side while another camera wanders around the crowd and the store itself, stopping to inspect the goods. It’s an intimate enough space you can see the crew moving in and out of the frames. You can’t help but think about how, on one hand, capitalism churns out so much disposable stuff while on the other hand art produces timeless beauty. Or, how art can enrich any environment.
For more information, visit www.fotofocusbiennial.org.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was hoping that during my first interview with Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s new director, he would floor me with his big, ambitious plans. You know, something exciting — something visionary, something contemporary.
Jimmy Baker and Terence Hammonds on their inclusion in Crystal Bridges’ upcoming survey of American art
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Cincinnati-based artists — Assistant Professor of Painting at the Art
Academy of Cincinnati Jimmy Baker and Rookwood Pottery artist Terence
Hammonds — are included in the upcoming Crystal Bridges national survey
of contemporary American artists, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I find myself — a full four days
into the festival — attempting to rationalize my tepid response thus
0 Comments · Thursday, September 4, 2014
Keeping up with the Kardashians isn’t about reality. It’s pure
plastic, pure phony baloney. It’s rich people who have done nothing to deserve
that wealth and status and who think they have real problems and issues to deal
with. They don’t.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
We know Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) all too
well. In fact, some of us might recognize elements of Simon in
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Manifest Gallery's current Regional Showcase exhibition presents high spirited works of art crafted by artists in the Tristate region.
I was Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, or how I spent my summer vacation
0 Comments · Friday, August 29, 2014
As Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, I was not an actor in Miles Ahead
— Don Cheadle’s locally filmed Miles Davis film — but more of a
celebrity-shaped prop used only when the camera was not rolling.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Woodburn Avenue and East McMillan Street
were closed to car traffic for a mile stretch as they played host to
Cincy Summer Streets last month. The next installment of the street
festival arrives in Northside on Sunday.