0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
You wouldn’t know it now to look at the
so-fresh-and-so-clean-clean landscape where Timothy Thomas died and potentially
thousands rioted, faced down cops in riot gear and incurred bean bag
spray, rubber bullets, mace and mayhem, but we were once a bigger, more
metropolitan version of Ferguson, Missouri, and our nighttime streets
ran thick with anger, too.
by Steven Rosen
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This is big news for Cincinnati tourism — a sign that the city's ongoing revival is attracting national interest.Road Scholar, the big tour company that plans excursions around the world — from Cuba to Cambodia — has just added Cincinnati to its Signature (American) Cities offerings. The first trip will be March 29-April 3, 2015, and is being advertised as a visit to "the first truly American major city — founded after the Revolutionary War by American-born settlers."Here's the description from the brand-new (just released today) North American Preview catalog:"Historians admire it as the first truly American major city — established after the Revolution by American-born founders. Art and culture lovers revere it for its galleries and performing-arts venues. Now it’s your turn to fall in love with Cincinnati, where laid-back Midwest charm meets artsy big-city sophistication on the banks of the Ohio River. Join local experts at museums and landmarks that interpret the many hats Cincinnati has worn, from America’s original boomtown to waypoint on the Underground Railroad. Admire Art Deco architecture and horticultural artistry unrivaled in the nation. Learn about the city from a unique perspective aboard a riverboat on the Ohio River. Go backstage at the home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, enjoy the vitality of downtown right outside your hotel and much more."A big part of the trip will be an exploration of Over-the-Rhine.Prices start at $1,075 and include five nights of accommodation, 13 meals, three expert-led lectures and 10 field trips. Cleveland already has been a Signature City. Road Scholar also is expanding the program to Indianapolis. Additionally, it will have an American Queen riverboat excursion from St. Louis to Louisville along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. This year, Road Scholar had an American Queen excursion that stopped in Cincinnati.Road Scholar will also have a new "Silver Screen Cinematic Voyage" excursion on the American Queen from Cincinnati to St. Louis starting on July 11. It will visit sites associated with the filming of movies, such as In the Heat of the Night, which was filmed in Sparta, Ill.For more information, visit roadscholar.org.
by Steven Rosen
As Downtown and Over-the-Rhine continue to see a growth of walking tours related to the revived inner city's heritage (especially its brewing heritage) and architecture, a new one will soon be offered dedicated to its ever-growing collection of public murals. ArtWorks, which is responsible for many of those murals (including a just-finished one at Eighth and Main streets dedicated to Cincinnati-born Pop artist Tom Wesselmann), will launch the tours in October as part of its Mural (Celebration) Month. They will continue into November, and then take a break. Beginning in 2015, they'll run April through November. Reservations will be needed for the tours, which will run 90 minutes and cost $20 for adults. Artworks also is looking for volunteers to guide those tours. If you're interested in either, visit artworkscincinnati.org where information will be available soon. Bus tours are being discussed, too, once streetcar construction is completed.
One area creative builds a pop-up gallery for all
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Electronic mood music and energetic art
voices quaked out of the Crown Building during June’s Final Friday,
providing a sharp contrast to the quiet rain blowing across
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A deal approved by City Council June 25
splits limited funds among two affordable housing projects, funding one
in Over-the-Rhine and leaving the door open for another that’s been in
the works for the last few years in Avondale.
by Nick Swartsell
Posted In: News
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Community group says it's time for more resident involvement in neighborhood development
The Over-the-Rhine Community Council today asked Mayor John Cranley and City Council not to make a deal with 3CDC over buildings north of Liberty Street.In a letter authored by OTR Community Council President Ryan Messer, the group praised 3CDC’s work over the last 10 years but said the developer’s large cache of properties is slowing down the neighborhood’s continued recovery, and suggested that more transparent process for choosing developers is needed. The letter also said that more voices from the community need to be heard in the development process.“We believe it's time for a new era in our neighborhood,” Messer wrote in the letter, dated June 18. “A common thread in the neighborhood is the expressed desire to protect and expand our cultural diversity and this, in part, can be done by paying close attention to providing affordable housing options in both the rental and the purchase markets.”Messer asked that more small, independent developers be brought into the fold in OTR and highlighted the council’s partnerships with nonprofit Over the Rhine Community Housing and the Over the Rhine Foundation. The letter stressed the need for both more market rate and affordable housing in the neighborhood, where demand for housing has outstripped supply. Prices have ballooned in the past five years, and the neighborhood is now one of the most expensive in the city.3CDC has spent nearly $400 million on redevelopment in Over-the-Rhine, much of it south of Liberty Street in the so-called Gateway Quarter near Central Parkway and Vine Street. Now the group is looking north. 3CDC has asked for the rights to develop 20 vacant properties around Findlay Market, and the city may grant its request by designating the group “preferred developer” of the sites. The group could then recommend redevelopment plans that it or another developer would carry out.3CDC could choose to farm out development to smaller groups. It applied for the preferred developer status months ago, and officials with the developer say they haven’t heard concerns from the community about the properties before now.Mayor Cranley has voiced support for 3CDC’s request, citing the developer’s long history in the neighborhood. But the OTR Community Council and other stakeholders in the neighborhood say the city needs to find ways to encourage more equitable and transparent ways to choose developers.
CityBeat's hub for 2014 Cincy Fringe Fest coverage
0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival's 11th iteration is full-go, with more than 30 performances scheduled across various stages in and around Over-the-Rhine through June 7.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The Contemporary Arts
Center turns 75 this year and she’s looking as good as ever! Celebrate the
CAC’s long history of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge with an epic
birthday bash tonight. The festivities start at the CAC’s former location in
the Mercantile Center with dinner and silent and live auctions from 6-9 p.m. (email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-345-8422 to get on the waiting
list). More food and drink, dancing and art awaits at the CAC with a Diamonds +
Debauchery after-party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. CityBeat’s
own Jesse Fox will be taking fabulous photobooth pics and there will be an
appearance by California avant-garde performance artist boychild. After-party
tickets are $40 in advance, $75 per couple and $100 for a group of three
(online sales end at 4 p.m.)
or $50 at the door. Read this week's cover story
on the Contemporary Arts Center here.
Downtown nightlife staple Mt.
Adams Pavilion recently underwent a facelift, complete with interior
renovations of the dance floor area and penthouse, new cocktails and a menu created
by Chef Brian Duffy (of Bar Rescue fame).
Check out the updated digs tonight at Pavilion’s re-launch party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Head down to Washington
Park for an OTR-rific Saturday with the first City Flea of the season and the
eighth annual OTR 5K. City Flea, Cincy’s local curated urban flea market, embarks on its fourth season this
weekend, offering handcrafted goods, art, antiques, local grub and more fun
goodies from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The OTR 5K
also kicks off at 10 a.m., with festivities following in the park.
Northside is a hub for
creativity, so it’s fitting that the Cincinnati Arts Association is sponsoring
a self-guided tour of Hamilton Avenue artist studios from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday.
North By Northside
features studio tours, pop-up exhibitions and an overall celebration of art in
the eclectic neighborhood. Start at Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave.), where
tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, then make your way through
several artist studios and creative spaces. Head back to the lodge
from 5-7 p.m. for an after-party including food, drinks and music. Tickets are
$35; the event benefits non-profit gallery Weston Art Gallery.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Maria Seda-Reeder
Posted In: Visual Art
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Remembering the longtime OTR gallery owner and all around arts advocate
group of friends, family and various artist-types who knew and loved 1305
Gallery owner Lily Mulberry will gather together at several different events
this coming weekend to celebrate the life of the longtime OTR resident/gallery
was diagnosed more than two years ago with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects the
immune system, but she kept the gallery on Main Street open and running long
after many neighboring galleries closed. The longtime OTR resident and arts
advocate died at Jewish Hospital April 16 at the age of just 31 and is survived
by her husband of almost seven years, Richard Applin. She is also survived by mother Jackie
Mulberry of Woodlawn, Ky.; father Rick Faigle of Covington, Ky.; two sisters, Jesse
Mulberry-Faigle of Covington and Johnna Mulberry of Ohio; and stepsister Danna
Faigle of Michigan.
exhibition at 1305 Gallery featured Mulberry’s own work, and nine years
later — almost to the day — friends and loved ones will host an opening reception
for Thank You Lily: Part I, an
exhibition featuring the artist’s own work juxtaposed with pieces from her own
collection, including but not limited to artists who’ve shown at the
gallery. Lily’s friends Michael
Stillion and Melanie Derrick are curating the show and all proceeds will go to the
family. A donation can also be made to
the Lily Mulberry Memorial Fund at any U.S. Bank branch. Thank You Lily opens 6-9 p.m. Friday at 1305 Main Street, OTR. More information here.
celebration of Lily Mulberry’s life will happen this Saturday at her
alma mater, Covington Latin School. Also
hosted by friends (of which, Miss Mulberry had many), this gathering will
include music, food and speeches of remembrance as well as a collaborative
memorial art project. Celebrate Lily runs 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at 21 E. 11th St., Covington, Ky. Details here. Both events are free and open to the public.
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