Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Founded in the ’90s in Athens, Ga., and guided by the
mad-genius Avant Pop songwriting instincts of Kevin Barnes, of Montreal
is one of the more compelling Indie acts going.
Tuesday • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Nickel Creek is back. The Bluegrass-y trio first arrived in
1993 and quickly became a well-loved band. In 2007, they embarked on their “Farewell (For
Now)” tour. Now, they’ve teamed up once again for
the release of A Dotted Line.
Friday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
While Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest
extravaganza continues to jump the shark due to corporate excess and
misdirection, the capitol city continues to be an exceptional music
town. The Band of Heathens came out of Austin’s rich music scene with a
lot of buzz in the mid-’00s.
Friday • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It’s been a decade since Blue Note
Records signed Amos Lee and put out his self-titled EP. Since then, the
Folk/Soul singer/songwriter has yet to disappoint. With a voice that
could cut through any venue’s rattle-and-rush, and lyrics and stories
that seem just right coming from a former teacher, Lee hooks a finger
into the listener’s shirt collar and pulls them closer.
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I’m not making up a story when I suggest you could be charmed by Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights
at Northern Kentucky University. After all, her play is about telling
tales: Scheherazade, the latest bride of a cruel king who has a history
of marrying and executing his wives, survives by stringing him along
with stories she promises to finish the next night — for a “Thousand and
One Nights.” (Read my profile of Mary Zimmerman here.) She plies him with tales of Sinbad and Ali Baba. Audiences
at NKU will likely be strung along, too. Senior Cynthea Mercado plays
Scheherazade, whose life, she says, “is threatened with the reality of
her situation, and yet she is still able to enjoy her own tales and
sometimes get lost in them.” No need to get lost. Find your way to
Highland Heights and NKU’s Corbett Theatre for this production, through
March 2. Tickets: 859-572-5464.
If a classic musical is to your taste, you might try Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical Evita,
in a touring production at the Aronoff Center through March 2. I caught
a performance last evening, and it looks great — some epic scenery and
excellent choreography. Josh Young as Che is charismatic and
strong-voiced in his role as the show’s commentator. Unfortunately,
Caroline Bowman’s Eva Perón gets too shrill way too fast and becomes a
grasping harpy before there’s a chance to be won over by her
Machiavellian charms. As Juan Peron, Sean MacLaughlin looks young and
slimy, without the sinister gravitas that the historical figure
possessed. That doesn’t leave much opportunity to convey the complex
chemistry — passion and manipulation — that bonded them as a political
machine. But the tale of the ambitious young woman who rose to the
highest levels of power in Argentina then crashed and burned is a
memorable modern tragedy, and the show’s rock-opera tunes by Andrew
Lloyd Webber will stick in your head. Tickets: 513-621-ARTS.
Cincinnati Shakespeare is keeping the cast of its recent production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet intact with its current production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
This time around, it’s the story of Hamlet’s college buddies
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who move from Shakespeare’s sidelines to
Stoppard’s center stage. In this classic 1967 script, the pawns become
the central characters, while Prince Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, King
Claudius, Ophelia and others wander by. The classic tragedy is turned on
its head, and it becomes an existential tragedy for two guys who
everyone has a hard time telling apart. Through March 9. Tickets:
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize finalist script, 4000 Miles,
is onstage at the Shelterhouse Theatre. It’s about a 91-year-old
grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson bridging a giant generation gap
and finding that they actually have a lot in common. Through March 9.
It’s the final weekend for several shows that have been pleasing audiences. Nina Raine’s Tribes
at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati was originally scheduled to close last
Sunday, but to meet ticket demand for the show about coping with
deafness — and contentious families — ETC added performances through
Saturday. (CityBeat review here.) Tickets: 513-421-3555. … A block away at Know Theatre, the
off-kilter script by Steve Yockey, Pluto, winds up on
Saturday, too. It’s about dealing with tragedy and grief, told in an
inventive, sometimes even humorous, manner. Two of Cincinnati’s finest
actors — Annie Fitzpatrick and Tori Wiggins — are in this one, making it
very watchable. (CityBeat review here.) Tickets: 513-300-5669 … For the younger set, this
weekend offers the final public performance, Saturday at 2 p.m., of
Children’s Theatre’s Pinkalicious at the Taft. It’s the story of a girl who can’s stop eating pink cupcakes. Tickets: 800-745-3000.
And here’s a tip for Monday evening: Dayton native Daniel Beaty, who pleased a lot of Playhouse patrons last season with his tour-de-force one-man show, Through the Night, will be in town for a one-night performance to promote his new book, Transforming Pain to Power.
His performance (6:30 p.m. in the Marx Theatre) and the book signing
afterward in the Rosenthal Plaza) are free, but you need to make a
reservation with the Playhouse box office: 513-421-3888.
Tuesday • Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It seems a little early (or maybe late)
for a Gregory Alan Isakov concert. His warm voice is more on par with a
concert in the grass on an Indian summer evening. Still, we should be
happy to have him in town whenever we can get him.
Deafheaven continues to challenge and destroy the boundaries of Black Metal
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunbather, the second album from
Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under
an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer
drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of
“Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the
first two songs.
Anamanaguchi takes Chiptune to the next (game) level with 'Endless Fantasy'
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In a field crowded with basement/bedroom Laptop Pop experimentalists, New York City quartet Anamanaguchi stands as one of the leading lights at the forefront of the Chiptune genre.
Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Italian horror movie maestro Dario
Argento’s bloody visions found a capable partner in Goblin, a five-piece
band whose trippy, creeped-out soundtracks became as important as what
was up on the screen.
Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more
than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime
members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such
like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and