Arts and culture from around the Tri-State, including theater, music and poetry.


Why will pieces of Cher's wardrobe be on display at Covington's Behringer-Crawford Museum? Executive Director Laurie Risch and Curator Jason French are with Elaine Diehl to talk about their current exhibit, From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead, and the connection to Cher.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore will receive a rare local production from Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts from February 21-March 1. Joining our Andy Ellis to preview this comic operetta are Music Director Damon Stevens and Chorus Master Kimberly Lazzeri.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati continues presenting fun, family musicals perfect for young audiences, and their next production is no exception. Annie Jr. (a scaled down, one-hour version of the Broadway classic) will have school and public presentations starting February 29. Director Eric Byrd spends a few minutes with our Jim Stump talking about the students involved in the production, how the public can see it, and their recent addition of sensory performances.


Lynx Project takes the words of individuals on the Autism spectrum and amplifies their voices by commissioning their texts and poetry to be turned into song. This year, the project will feature the words and poetry of four individuals with autism ranging from ages 9 – 19. Caitleen Kahn and Christopher Hauser from Lynx Project join Elaine Diehl to preview their February 29 performance.


Local author Bob Batchelor is currently working on a book about Cincinnati's famed Rookwood Pottery, which will have a featured display at the upcoming 20th Century Cincinnati mid-century show. The author is in the studio with host Lee Hay to talk about the history of Rookwood and the show coming to the Sharonville Convention Center on February 22-23.

A painting done by longtime Rookwood artist Jens Jensen is currently available at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Asa Featherstone / Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center's (CAC) "This Time Tomorrow" festival is back for another year and is adding an extra day. The performance festival will span five days, April 22-26.


UC's College-Conservatory of Music is in final rehearsals for their next production, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's classic, A Raisin in the Sun. Director Richard Hess joins Rick Pender to discuss this drama-comedy that takes place in the 1950's and 2008, and his unique take on casting the roles.

Arts & Culture Bringing New Life To Warsaw Avenue

Feb 7, 2020

The diverse westside neighborhood of East Price Hill is seeing a transformation along Warsaw Avenue with arts as its impetus and led by the organization Price Hill Will. Elaine Diehl learns more about the Warsaw Avenue Creative Campus from Price Hill Will's Executive Director Rachel Hastings and Artistic Director Eddy Kwon.


The Oscar Wilde classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is being presented by the Mason Community Players from February 14-22 at their venue, Theatre 42 in Lebanon. Joining Jim Stump for a preview of this comedic gem is the actress bringing Lady Bracknell to life, Amy Sullivan.

A New Story From Our Friend Katie Laur

Feb 7, 2020

After much too long, Around Cincinnati is happy to have local music legend Katie Laur back in the studio to share one of her Music from the Hills of Home stories with us. Sit back and enjoy Aunt Dot's Scrambled Eggs.

Mary Higgins Clark--her name calls up a mental picture—a pretty one-- of her in the studio, a few years ago, still doing book tours in her 80’s. Hair perfectly coiffed and dressed to the nines, as Mary might say, in a rosy pink Chanel suit, emerald rings, pin, earrings shining—a stand-out amidst us radio folk whose regular dress is jeans.

It was warm in the studio that day and she began to nod off at one point, but was so petite, I felt I would have no problem propping her up if needed.  Not to worry, after seconds of a power nap, she was back!

She loved jewelry and after the publication of her latest novel would treat herself to a new piece.  And, as the Queen of Suspense, well, she could afford to with million dollar advances for her over 50 bestsellers. Her career began when she was widowed in 1964 with five kids to care for and decided to try her hand at novels.

Much like her heroines, she was always spirited, witty and honest. She once said, “Someone once wrote an absolutely nasty review of one of my books and I asked for a description of him.  You don’t know it, I thought, but you are going to end up dead on the floor.”   But no villain’s end for her, as we trust her Irish eyes are smiling somewhere on the other side...


Acclaimed artist and Jewish scholar Archie Rand will have his paintings featured in an exhibit at Hebrew Union College's Skirball Museum starting February 18. Rand is renowned for bringing a unique blend of expressionistic comic book style and loosely painted imagery rendered in vivid tones to familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Abby Schwartz, the museum's director, joins our Anne Arenstein for a preview of this highly anticipated exhibit. 


The 31st Annual Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, presented by the Mayerson JCC, will again showcase a variety of films and documentaries though February 27 at locations throughout the region. Frances Kahan from the festival is in the studio with David Delegator to discuss the wide range of presentations and topics, including the wrap-up documentary about the Broadway classic, "Fiddler on the Roof."

women breaking boundaries cincinnati art museum
Courtesy of Cincinnati Art Museum

A new exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum is designed to help visitors think critically about the role of gender and diversity and how those issues get represented in the world of art. 

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Courtesy of Amy Faust

Women in Film Cincinnati partners with the Cincinnati Museum of Art to present a free series of acclaimed films directed by and about women. 


One of the area's busiest arts center has a full calendar of performances, classes, and events coming up during the first half of 2020. Joining Anne Arenstein for a conversation about all that's happening at Hamilton's Fitton Center for Creative Arts is Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley.

Sarah Ditlinger/Taft Museum of Art

University of Cincinnati Professor Emerita Cynthia Lockhart has received great acclaim for her art quilts, which are now featured in an exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art. The artist joins host Lee Hay for a conversation about her work and the exhibit Journey to Freedom, on display through March 15.

University of Dayton

In honor of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, University of Dayton Professor Emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin recites one of his poems.

WVXU/Ronny Salerno

David Choate is an SCPA graduate who has created Revolution Dance Theatre, an African American troupe now in residence at the Aronoff Center. He discusses the genesis of the group and his ultimate mission with RDT in a conversation with Elaine Diehl.

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.


The life of iconic 50's rocker Buddy Holly is coming to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park starting January 18.


Local poet Megan Mary Moore has received great acclaim for her first published collection, Dwellers. She spends a few minutes with our Barbara Gray to talk about this "love letter to a girlhood that is often overlooked: the girlhood that occurs in poor, rural America."


From LBJ's unexpected swearing in after the Kennedy assassination, through his effort to carry out his predecessor's plan for a national civil rights act, All the Way tells the story of a unique and tumultuous time in America's history. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes on Robert Schenkkan's drama starting January 24, and to learn more, our Rick Pender sits down with the company's artistic director, Brian Isaac Phillips.


Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Pauletta Hansel's latest book of poems, Coal Town Photograph, and previews an upcoming musical/spoken word presentation of the book at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.

Kimberly Walker

Cincinnati has had thriving arts scene for decades. Now as we leave the aughts and enter 2020 we're asking local artists and gallery directors what we should expect from the arts community in the year to come.

Courtesy of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Ohio reported more than 400 cases of human trafficking in 2018. An exhibit opening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Human Trafficking Awareness Day this Jan. 11 aims to bring awareness to the issue and spark people to take action.


The story of gifted young pianist Benjamin Carlson-Berne and how his untimely passing led to the creation of a memorial scholarship fund in his name is recounted in this conversation between Ben's mother, Susan Carlson, and our Elaine Diehl. There is a fundraising concert featuring acclaimed pianist Terrence Wilson taking place January 12 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

WVXU/Ronny Salerno

Roger Abell is a longtime set decorator for Hollywood films and TV shows, including Friends, Two and a Half Men and The Pirates of the Caribbean. He's an Oxford, Ohio native and recently returned to the Butler County community after his retirement. 


There must be a story behind a musician and woodworker who now owns an art gallery in O'Bryonville. Brian O'Donnell spends some time getting that story from Joe Stewart, the man behind the Joe Stewart Gallery.

Why 'The Nutcracker' Isn't The Same In Every City

Dec 23, 2019
Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

No matter where you are, 'tis the season for peppermint candy canes, Christmas trees decked with lights and The Nutcracker.