Arts

Arts and culture from around the tri-state, including theater, music and poetry.

Celebrating the life of a circus clown is the basis of the Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, Corteo

In Curtis Sittenfeld's short story "Show Don't Tell" — not, sadly, included in her new collection, You Think it, I'll Say It — a young woman at a prestigious writing workshop competes for funding with an annoying guy in her program. Nearly 20 years later, they have both achieved a kind of literary success, but he is the kind of writer "about whom current students in the program have heated opinions; I'm the kind of writer their mothers read while recovering from knee surgery."

The life and times of Vaudeville performer and jazz/blues legend Ethel Waters will play out in the regional premiere of His Eye is On the Sparrow at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

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Some years ago, a collector took an old Confederate bank note into a North Charleston blueprint shop and asked an employee to have it enlarged. The employee, John W. Jones, was also an artist. Taking a magnifying glass to the bank note he noticed an image of a black field hand picking cotton. Through subsequent research, he discovered that scenes of slave labor were used on Southern currency in the mid-19th century as a response to abolition. Jones began painting the images he saw on these bank notes.

In 1974, farmers digging a well near Xi’an, China, uncovered bronze arrow heads and shards of pottery. Their discoveries led archeologists to the tomb of Ying Zheng (259-210 B.C.) first emperor of China. It’s been called the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century: an army of 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses. Now, some of these warriors are in Cincinnati for the first time.

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This February, Dion Brown became the new president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Mr. Brown, who was the founding executive director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, comes to Cincinnati at a good time in the Freedom Center's 14-year history.

If all the world's a stage, Misty Copeland is a frequently featured performer. And as a classical dancer, Copeland is certainly comfortable in the spotlight.

Meet Local Poet Caitlin Doyle

Apr 6, 2018

Kelly Blewett kicks off National Poetry Month with special guest Caitlin Doyle. The local poet talks about early influences, reads and analyzes some of her poetry, and also discusses "The Cincinnati Review" publication.


The Skirball Museum presents the exhibit Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts, now through June 3. 

For National Poetry MonthLocal poet David Lee Garrison reads Tattoo from his book Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School.

Are Selfies Changing The Museum Experience?

Apr 3, 2018
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Photo by Tomoaki Makino. Courtesy of the artist Yayoi Kusama

In July, the Cleveland Museum of Art will open the "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" exhibition. The show has drawn huge crowds in other cities, breaking museum attendance records. As it turns out, Kusama's exhibit is a huge hit on Instagram too -- people love taking selfies inside her installations.

The different sides of marriage, romance, and parenting are explored in Sooner/Later, now open at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park

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An illustration exhibit now on display at the Miami University Art Museum invites guests to get comfortable and enjoy a good book. "Telling A People’s Story" is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park revealed plans for its new theater late Thursday, which will see its main stage move from the current Marx Theatre to a new building in northern Eden Park. 

Independent filmmakers have a new outlet for their works with the start of the Cindependent Film Festival, coming to the Woodward Theatre at the end of August. 

Student Docents Wanted For The Weston Art Gallery

Mar 9, 2018

A program for young art lovers at the Weston Art Gallery is now recruiting new members. 

The Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund, which provides classical music lessons for underserved youth, joins forces with concert:nova for their biennial fundraising concert, this year featuring special guest flutist Demarre McGill

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is a family-friendly musical production from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati that addresses the difficult topics of bullying and acceptance. 

March 11 will bring the first Cincinnati Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show at the Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center in Loveland. 

On March 3, Manifest Drawing Center in East Walnut Hills will host an Uncommon Roots panel discussion on unique artistic visions and unusual photographic practices. 

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