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And the Award Goes to …

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In my Sept. 1, 2010, column I recalled a plea I had made earlier in the year to create “a stronger, singular program,” and I described how this combined effort would lead to “a program with a promising future while combining the best features of each program under the Acclaim banner.” Well, as they say, not so fast.  

Take a Bow

The Best of Cincinnati's 2010-2011 Theater Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
What follows is my own personal “Best of Cincinnati Theater” for the 2010-2011 season. In roughly chronological order, I’ve ranged across nine producing organizations and identified a dozen or so outstanding shows. Along the way I touch on several others worth seeing. My purpose is to offer a reminder that excellent theater can happen on every stage in town.  

Remedying the Sound of One Hand Clapping

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Acclaim Awards merged both the Cincinnati Enquirer's program of the same name and CityBeat's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The merger has had a rough life and after some turmoil changes are in the works.  

CEA Music Nominees Announced

Public voting determines winners in 16 categories

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The nominees for the 14th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music are in. Winners in 16 public categories are being chosen through public voting, while three Critical Achievement categories are decided by the CEA nominating committee. The 2010 class of nominations features the usual mix of veteran artists and newer, up-and-coming acts. Awards will be announced Nov. 21 at the Madison Theater.  

John Von Ohlen (2005)

'The Baron' gets his due

2 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
At the age of 14, three years before he ever sat behind a kit or held a drumstick in his hand, John Von Ohlen became a drummer. He'd already been playing classical piano for a decade and trombone for half that long when he attended a Stan Kenton concert at some forgotten ballroom in his Indianapolis hometown in 1955 and witnessed the fluid brilliance of Kenton's gifted skinsman Mel Lewis. The event transformed him.  

Thanks for the Giving

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
During a week when we count our blessings, I want to mention several things I'm grateful for, starting with Mrs. Mary Price, a high school English teacher who pulled me out of a study hall in 1963 and urged me to audition for a play she was directing. I've been in love with theater ever since. I'm grateful to CityBeat for supporting my support for local theater, and I'm grateful to all the fine theaters in Greater Cincinnati that provide a remarkable variety of choice.  

And the Winners Are …

Foxy Shazam's performance and three awards highlight fast, fun night at the 2010 CEAs

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
On Nov. 21 at Covington's Madison Theater, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards were presented in 19 categories. An even mix of previous CEA victors (Freekbass, Dallas Moore Band, Ricky Nye) and first-time nominees (I Am the Messenger, Mad Anthony, Pop Empire), winners received the trademark CEA "trophy," a groovy hand-painted faux-"Gold Record" plaque.  

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music

Nov. 21 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, November 15, 2010
The local music scene's big night out is the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, and Sunday night's 14th annual CEA show will be no exception. The show features live performances by nominees Foxy Shazam, The Cincy Brass, Kim Taylor, The Guitars and Dallas Moore, and awards will be handed out in 19 categories, 16 of which were voted on by the public.   

Let Us Praise

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards continues 14-year tradition of celebrating local music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards program is an attempt to remind local musicians that their contributions are greatly appreciated. It's also an attempt to bring together musicians (as well the non-musicians who work to support and nurture the scene) from across the local music spectrum to have an outrageously good time. Having a full bar in the room might be a factor, too, as will be in evidence Sunday night at the Madison Theater.  

What Does Acclaim Mean?

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
In August it was announced that CityBeat's longtime Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs) for theater would join forces with the Acclaims, another local theater recognition program. Since the season began last month, I have worked closely with Acclaims volunteers, including Cincinnati Enquirer theater critic and Acclaims founder Jackie Demaline, to evolve and improve the program in several important ways.  

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