by Kelsey Kennedy
years ago, Over-the-Rhine was considered one of the most dangerous and
dilapidated neighborhoods in the United States, a title earned through a
controversial analysis of the area’s crime statistics. Today it’s a different
story, with Over-the-Rhine at the forefront of community revitalization, and Washington
Park at the core of that progress.
year’s inaugural LumenoCity, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brought in a
total of 35,000 spectators over two nights to see Music Hall come to life
through a visual and musical collaboration. The crowds alone were proof of the growth
OTR has made as a neighborhood and the mark it continues to make on Cincinnati.
year, the free concert experience will be expanded to three days – Aug. 1-3, rain
or shine. The 40-minute, all-new visual performances promise heart-pounding
music paired with stunning animation.
technique called architectural mapping, three-dimensional graphics will be
projected from trailers on Race Street onto the façade of Music Hall, quite
literally shining a light on a cherished city landmark. Each performance will
begin at 8:30 p.m. with John Morris Russell conducting the orchestra as the
Cincinnati Pops. After a brief intermission, Music Director Louis Langree will
lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the light show for the second time.
In an interview
with CityBeat’s Anne Arenstein last year, Langree stated why he loved
performing in Over-the-Rhine over other venues: “There’s a great sense of
creativity and innovation you can feel. Washington Park is a great venue. I
know that at one time it was a sketchy place but now it’s alive and thriving.
To see so many thousands of people gathered to celebrate the city was
visual elements for the concert’s second half are being developed by Brave
Berlin, a world-class creative design and production company based in
Cincinnati. Music to be featured in the second performance include Copland’s “Fanfare
for the Common Man,” John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” the fourth
movement from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Elgar’s “Nimrod” and Borodin’s “Polovtsian
Dances.” Details of the concert’s first half with Russell and the Cincinnati
Pops will be announced on a date closer to the festival.
isn’t just a collaboration between some of Cincinnati’s best music and art
scenes, but a celebration of the city itself. In addition to the performances,
organizers are planning an all-new LumenoCity Village with pre-concert performances,
arts and crafts, and greatly expanded food and beverage services. Two
additional speaker arrays are being added this year for improved sound
coverage, as well as expanded restroom services. Performers from the May Festival
Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera will also be showcased during
The village will open at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug.
1, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The designated viewing area inside
Washington Park will be fenced in to ensure guest safety and comfort, and
attendance within that designated area will be capped at 12,500 people each
night. All are welcome, and this year’s concerts will be free to the general
public, but ticketed. Advance tickets will be offered starting May 19 to CSO and
Pops season ticket holders. Complimentary tickets will be available starting
Monday, June 9, at 8 a.m. at lumenocity.com and will be issued until capacity
is reached. For audience members without a computer or Internet access, a
supply of free tickets will be made available to several of CSO’s partner
organizations. In addition to the www.lumenocity2014.com
website, the CSO has established a LumenoCity telephone information line at
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The recent $46 million
restoration/reinvention of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park is already
reaping artistic dividends — it’s responsible for a new musical tribute
to the transformative powers of landscape architecture.
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.
Cincinnati's annual MidPoint Music Festival notches 12th successful year
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We here at CityBeat and others associated with the fest did a lot
of campaigning to get people into the smaller venues to check out some
of the lesser-known acts and MPMF-goers did better than in any previous
year showing love for artists who had yet to infiltrate their personal
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discourage partying and street art — not The London Police. The British art duo
has been leaving their precision-meets-cartoony signature pieces across
Covington throughout the past week and tonight, from 7-11 p.m. at BLDG,
The London Police will reveal the sites of their work, which includes several
small-scale pieces and one mural. Meet the duo, purchase their work and see
them perform live as TLP Dog Singers.
The 25th Annual Midwest Black
Family Reunion takes places this weekend, bringing more than 50,000 people to
Sawyer Point — making it one of the city’s largest family-focused annual festivities.
Events include a parade Saturday, Sunday morning service, food and retail
vendors, live music, town hall meetings and much more. Go here
for a full event schedule.
As students across the
Tri-state prepare to head back to school, you can do your part to ensure safe,
accessible sex education is available through Planned Parenthood. The
organization’s fundraiser, Summer’s
Over – What a Drag…Show features two drag shows with lots of performances
Saturday night at The Cabaret, above Below Zero in Over-the-Rhine. The shows —
featuring drag queens and kings, including RuPaul’s
Drag Race’s Mystique “Bitch, I am from Chicago” Summers — begin at 7 and
8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 GA or $30 for both shows if purchased online ($5 at
the door). All proceeds go toward sex education through Planned
Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region.
Park will be abuzz this weekend, as per usual. The City Flea sets up Saturday,
fulfilling all your quirky shopping needs (plus eats and drinks from local
foods trucks and vendors) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Later that night at 9 p.m., it’s
Date Night Movie time with Julie and
Julia (which sounds more like a Date Night with Mom Movie, but we’re not
judging). And Sunday is full of free performances, starting with ArtsWave’s
Sundays in the Park. Cincinnati
Ballet Second Company will present a free performance and dance-along at 2 and
3 p.m. To really make the most out of your day (without opening your wallet),
stick around for Shakespeare in the Park at 7 p.m., where Cincinnati
Shakespeare Company will present a free performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.For more art openings, summer festivals, theater shows and other stuff to do this weekend, check out
our To Do
picks and full calendar.
Grayscale Cincinnati reinvents the model for city entertainment spaces
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When we think about current
resurgence of metropolitan Cincinnati — including the successful renovations of Fountain Square and Washington Park — it
seems that the best approach to building a better town might not be
constructing an altogether new wheel, but rather reinventing it.
5 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
It’s impossible to separate what happened
in Washington Park on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 from the economic
revitalization Cincinnati has achieved in the past few years.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
WEDNESDAY JULY 31:
People who say that things are “meta” are
usually annoying and prone to trying to make themselves appear way more
intelligent and informed than they truly are. That said, there seems to
be a debate within the debates when it comes to the upcoming Cincinnati
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The 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wraps up
this weekend with final performances Friday and Saturday. If you still haven’t checked out any of the
freaky, funny, unique performances in this 10th annual fest, go here
to check out show reviews and find a full schedule and festival guide.
Cincinnati Rollergirls host their last home
game of the season at the Cincinnati Gardens Saturday. The 'girls face Kitchener,
Ontario’s Tri-City Roller Girls in a double-header that kicks off at 7 p.m. And
it’s Fan Appreciation Night, so expect plenty of free CRG goodies throughout
the night! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($15/$17 for courtside
seats). Happy Hour (dolla dolla beers, y’all) starts at 6 p.m. Find tickets and
more info here.
Last weekend, teams of filmmakers throughout
Cincinnati (and across 125 other participating cities throughout the world)
participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, requiring them to write, shoot and edit a movie in just two days. On Friday,
they received a movie genre, character, prop and a line of dialogue to include
in the short film and the rest was up to them — the finished product had to be
completed by Sunday. This Sunday, the
public can check out the eclectic mix of results at the Thompson House.
Screenings take place at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and admission is
$10 for a single screening group, $30 for the whole day.
Short Vine in Corryville is on its way to
becoming the next happenin’ spot in the local arts scene. Don’t believe me?
Check out the opening of 71 Gallery (2609 Vine St.) 5-10 p.m. Friday. Local
artist Tony Dotson has created the space for outsider artists like himself as
well as graphic designers. The gallery’s debut artist is Eye Candy Design
Berberich, who also works on Short Vine. Berberich also helped develop Artbeat
on Short Vine, a monthly event that also kicks off Friday. Check out our
feature on Dotson and Berberich here.
Movies return to Washington park Saturdays this Summer but don’t let the event
name fool you — anyone can enjoy these free, open-air films. The movies run
9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 17 (no movies Aug. 3-10). This week’s
selection is the 1954 mystery classic, Rear
Window. Go here
for a full lineup of summer events at Washington Park.For more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
Plus, Fountain Square and Washington Park kick off free summer music series
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CityBeat proudly announces the second round of performers coming to Cincinnati at the end of September for the MidPoint Music Festival and Washington Park and Fountain Square kick-off their summer music series.