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New Life for Old Works of Jo Ann Callis

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
When Jo Ann Callis returns to her hometown Wednesday to give a FotoFocus lecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, it will be as a Los Angeles photographer getting renewed attention for some groundbreaking erotic work done in the 1970s and then forgotten.  
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Saints and sinners on Cincinnati stages this weekend

British playwright George Bernard Shaw was one of the great writers for the stage a century ago, and his most popular play, Saint Joan, is a choice available for theatergoers this weekend, thanks to the Diogenes Theatre Company. It’s the story of the rise and fall of one of history’s most fascinating characters, a young country girl in the early 15th century who claimed that God told her to drive the invading English army out of France. Of course, her fate turns and she’s burned at the stake before her 20th birthday. Cincinnati Shakespeare veteran Sara Clark is taking on the title role, and Lindsey August Mercer, who has assisted with many Cincy Shakes productions, is the director. She says, “The beautiful effect of Shaw’s account is the way his language encapsulates Joan’s strength, conviction and unshakable positivity.” Three actors — Billy Chace and Geoffrey Barnes from the Shakespeare company and Patrick Phillips, a regular with Ensemble Theatre —portray a large cast of additional characters. Diogenes is presenting Saint Joan at the Aronoff’s Fifth Third Bank Theater through March 5. Tickets: cincinnatiarts.org The smart-alecky Avenue Q just opened at Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ Incline Theater in Price Hill. A Tony winner in 2004, the show is a darkly funny knock-off from Sesame Street, Muppet-like puppets and all, with a strong off-color dose of contemporary sarcasm. Kids who watched the educational PBS show were told they could do anything if they tried hard; Avenue Q turns that notion inside out, working from the premise that life sucks. (The song “It Sucks to Be Me” takes most of the air out of any optimist’s balloon.) The production, staged by local state veteran Elizabeth Harris, has a cast of able singers and actors who have learned they way around making puppets laugh-out-loud funny, especially Allyson Snyder as nice girl Kate Monster and neighborhood bad girl Lucy the Slut. A fine and varied singer, Snyder ably flips the switch between Kate’s naïve innocence and Lucy’s lascivious come-hither ways, often in the same scene. It’s an evening of giggles and guffaws, but not for the kids. Through March 6. Some good things happening starting this weekend on campus at Xavier and Northern Kentucky universities. At XU’s Gallagher Student Center Theater you’ll find three shows in repertory — a classic by August Strindberg, Miss Julie; a heady drama by Harold Pinter, Betrayal; and Begotten, a world premiere by senior theater major Tatum Hunter. They’ll be in a rotating schedule through Feb. 28. Tickets: 513-745-3939 … At NKU, it’s a classic comedy, Kaufman and Hart’s Once in a Lifetime, a wickedly funny script from 1929 about some vaudeville troupers trying to make a comeback in Hollywood. Tickets: 859-572-5464 … Want to know a bit more about local university theater programs? Read my Curtain Call column from Feb. 17. Once you make it past the weekend it will be time for the second installment of Serials! at Know Theatre, the “episodic theater party” offering 15-minutes from five works in progress — three that began on Feb. 8, and two new works starting this week. Audience members get to vote for their favorites to keep them alive for the next session on March 7. Watch theater being made on the fly. Tickets: 513-300-5669 Rick Pender’s STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
 
 

Art: Passage

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it.  

Art: 20 x 20 x 20

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
20 x 20 x 20, now on display at the gallery, celebrates the milestone by presenting 20 works by 20 individual artists or artistic collaborators whose work appeared there in solo exhibitions over the years.  

Art: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Taft Museum of Art’s chief curator, Lynne Ambrosini, has spent 14 years organizing the Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape show that opens Saturday and believes it will be one of the museum’s most important presentations.   

Art: It's the Political Economy, Stupid at DAAP Galleries

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The traveling exhibition organized by Austrian artist and activist Oliver Ressler and New York-based artist, scholar and activist Gregory Sholette titled It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, will have an opening reception at DAAP’s Reed Gallery this Thursday evening.   

Collective Retrospective

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
20 x 20 x 20 celebrates two decades of the Weston Art Gallery by presenting 20 works by 20 individual artists or artistic collaborators whose work appeared there in solo exhibitions over the years.  

Artist-Centered Conversations

Greg Swiger’s Final Friday podcast shifts focus of critical art discourse back to artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
But by setting aside a public, albeit virtual, space for the voices of other artists to discuss motives, process and inspirations, Swiger pushes his own work into realms of “dialogical aesthetics.”   

Art: The Little Things at Visionaries + Voices

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Visionaries + Voices’ exhibitions director Krista Gregory says of the upcoming The Little Things exhibition, “Conceptually, the idea of ‘the little things’ as a saying in our culture refers, I think, to ideas of gratitude.  

Space Travel

Do Ho Suh explores transitional areas in Passage

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life.   

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