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Bert Jansch with Neil Young

May 3 • Aronoff Center for the Arts

0 Comments · Monday, April 25, 2011
Considering the level of reverence Bert Jansch elicits from Boomer Rock icons like Neil Young and Jimmy Page, it’s surprising to learn that the 67-year-old Scottish guitarist/singer/songwriter is their contemporary rather than their elder. But by 1965, when Young, Page (and Donovan, another Jansch acolyte) were still searching for their musical direction, Jansch had already made one of his greatest albums, as important as any to ever come out of the British Folk revival.   

Oldies But Goodies

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I like to write about the excitement of new works and regional premieres, which are important in sustaining theater as an art form. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect the classics. In its prior 16 seasons, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presented all but five of the Bard’s 37 plays. They’ve checked another one off the list with the just-concluded production of King John and they plan to complete the canon in 2015 by offering one of the remaining works in each of the next four years.  

Burn the Floor (Review)

Production features beautiful curves and muscles

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There’s nothing emaciated or delicate about these 21 dancers, complemented by two singers and two percussionists. In fact, this show of “dance-sport” is about beautiful curves and well-defined musculature. And lots of gorgeous skin, accentuated by beautiful, often minimal costumes that change continuously, sometimes startlingly.  

Limits & Boundaries (Review)

Jarrett Hawkins creates a vocabulary of shapes and forms at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jarrett Hawkins' soaring sculptures almost stride through the street-level space at the Weston Art Gallery. His show includes works that exude strength and others that seem tethered rather than standing on their bases, as though they might rise on their own if not held back.  

Some Enchanted Evening

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The current touring production of 'South Pacific' at the Aronoff Center offers a rare treat: an orchestra of 25 musicians. According to the production's conductor Lawrence Goldberg, a typical band on the road is 15. 'South Pacific' tours with only three musicians, and the rest are local professionals.  

Gala Gallantry

Dancers with local ties perform in the Gala of International Dance Stars

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Galas mean celebrations, and this year's ninth annual Gala of International Dance Stars brings not only a thrilling evening of dance for the audience but also excitement for the classically trained professional performers. Presented by ballet tech cincinnati at the Aronoff Center, the Gala offers a powerhouse pack of extraordinary dancers hand-picked from top companies from around the country and beyond.  

Anthony Bourdain's Irresistible Impulses

Celebrity chef/author talks his new book, fame at 44 and several cuss words

0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Anthony Bourdain seems really normal, says "fuck" as much as you'd expect him to and answers whatever you ask, including stuff about his new book ('Medium Raw'), his show on the Travel Channel ('No Reservations'), America's food obsession and what it was like to get famous later in life (it's extra nice, apparently, with fewer drug fatalities). He'll be in town June 27 for "An Evening with Anthony Bourdain."   

Oklahoma! (Review)

Jersey Productions' version of the classic musical has straightforward momentum

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jersey Productions' summer season has kicked off with a production that avoids cliches and plays to the strengths of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that actually established a new way to tell stories, using songs and dancing to advance the plot. Director Jason Bruffy has given this spirited 'Oklahoma!' a straightforward momentum, and Liz Vosmeier has reproduced Agnes de Mille's iconic choreography that was an essential attraction of the original hit.  

A Chorus Line (Review)

Classic musical explores the psyche of performers

0 Comments · Thursday, May 28, 2009
If you've ever been drawn to perform, 'A Chorus Line' will hit you right in the gut. The show distills the essence of what drives people who dance, make music and act.  

Avenue Q (Review)

Off-color humor based on coping with today's world

0 Comments · Friday, April 24, 2009
'Avenue Q,' which won the 2004 Tony Award for best musical, is more about the real world than almost any musical I can think of. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself at the Aronoff Center. The hilarious, raunchy show is 'Sesame Street' through a dirty lens.  

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