Arts

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

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CAST (Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre) provides area high school students the summer opportunity to be involved in challenging plays and musicals. This summer will bring the play "Mr. Burns…a post-electric play" and the musical "Spring Awakening."

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

The kimono has been around for ages, but that doesn't mean the garb is sartorially stale. That is at least one takeaway from the Cincinnati Art Museum's latest exhibit, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style. The museum is offering a free preview of the show during Art After Dark on Friday from 5-10 p.m.

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Courtesy of Weston Art Gallery

Before we had the big marathon, before Artworks had a "big gig," before its likeness was everywhere, flying pigs were met with strong objection in Cincinnati. Now the iconic winged pig is a mascot to the Queen City, but how did it get its start? Artist Andrew Leicester is partially to thank, or blame, depending on who you ask.

Celebrating Independence Day With The Cincinnati Pops

Jun 21, 2019
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For many, July 4th wouldn't be the same without a trip to Riverbend Music Center for the annual Cincinnati Pops Red, White and BOOM! concert and fireworks. Joining Anne Arenstein with a preview of that concert and a look ahead at the Pops' 2019-20 season is Conductor John Morris Russell.

Poems In Honor Of Father's Day

Jun 14, 2019
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For Father's Day, Cincinnati's former Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel, reads two of the poems from her latest collection, Coal Town Photograph.

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Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Hamilton art studio Inside Out wants its artists with developmental disabilities to integrate with patrons.

SummerSing Wants You To Join In The Choral Celebration

Jun 7, 2019
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If you like to sing but have never had the opportunity to join a choral celebration with a real live orchestra, Collegium Cincinnati has your chance. Anne Arenstein is joined by Christopher Eanes in the studio and Megan Boyd on the phone to find out more about being a part of July's SummerSing at beautiful Christ Church Cathedral.

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present its Season of the Woman in 2019-20, featuring women in traditional male roles (such as Hamlet and Sherlock Holmes) and productions of "August: Osage County" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." To provide a full rundown of the upcoming season, Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips is with Jim Stump in the studio.

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Bryan Patrick Studio / Cincinnati Men's Chorus

June is Pride Month, and during this first weekend the Cincinnati Men's Chorus is kicking things off with two free concerts at Walnut Hills High School.

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Photo by Ron Blunt

The second phase of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man opens Friday. The exhibit spans the entire Cincinnati Art Museum and includes interactive sculptures, large-scale installations, photography and artifacts from the annual summer festival in Nevada's Black Rock desert. 

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The odds of landing a coveted seat in one of the great American orchestras is slim and the competition is fierce. For minority musicians the stakes are even higher. Just four percent of players in U.S. orchestras are African American or Latino.

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Music producer Kick Lee has an ambitious goal; to put an end to starving artists. As a composer he's worked on the sound design team for X-Men: Apocalypse and he's created music for brands including Lexus but he also knows what it's like to struggle just to get paid for your work.

Summer In The City With Wump Mucket Puppets

May 24, 2019

Looks like it's going to be a busy summer for Terrence Burke and his fuzzy friends known as Wump Mucket Puppets. He, along with his alien pal Q'Weezl, are in the studio with Jim Stump to talk about their summer of performances at local libraries.

Playwright Sara DeLappe uses the world of girls' high school soccer to tell her contemporary tale of life as a young woman today in her play, The Wolves. This Pulitzer Prize finalist will be the final production of the season for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati starting June 1. 

"Let It Go!" is the theme for an upcoming exhibition from the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists at the Women's Art Barn in Mariemont. Local fiber artists Nancy Gamon and Sally Lloyd are in the studio with our Barbara Gray to preview this display, opening on June 6.


Cincy Fringe Festival 2019: Still Kinda Weird

May 17, 2019

Coming back to venues all through Over the Rhine is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, kicking off May 31. The festival producer, Chris Wesselman, shares some of the changes, highlights, and what the Fringe experience is all about in a conversation with Jim Stump.


Queen City Opera Presents Weber's "The Magic Bullets"

May 17, 2019

Queen City Opera, producer of some of the most intimate, least-performed operas, continues that tradition when they present Weber's The Magic Bullets, which was a favorite of composer Gustav Mahler. Artistic Director Isaac Selya joins Anne Arenstein with information about this rare performance, happening twice (May 31 and June 2) at a new venue, the Finneytown Performing Arts Center.


A Mother's Day Poem From Pauletta Hansel

May 10, 2019

For Mother's Day: Former Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem When She Was Done from her book Coal Town Photograph.

The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) presents a unique opportunity to watch silent Charlie Chaplin films accompanied by live music from the Mighty Wurlitzer organ inside the Music Hall Ballroom

Brian O'Donnell has information about the May 11 Duveneck Memorial Art Show, celebrating its 50th anniversary, happening in Covington's George Rogers Clark Park

There's plenty of theatre for young people this summer at Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading. 

Art by Jonathan Queen/ design by Kevin Necessary

Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977. In 1979, to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's election as Britain's first female prime minister, her party placed an ad in the London Evening News that read, "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations." That's how popular the movie, and the phrase, "May the force be with you," had become.

Courtesy of Will Jones

An African and hip-hop fusion cultural show will be showcasing hair on Sunday. Afro Swag brings together live performances and hairstyles to celebrate black hair.

While the names and the plot are familiar, the action takes on a farcical tone in Falcon Theater's new production of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Kevin Necessary is a local artist and editorial cartoonist for WCPO.com and the organizer of the May the Fourth Be With You Episode IV: A New Hope - An Art Tribute Show at Brew House in Walnut Hills. 

Broadway in Cincinnati brings the Tony and Grammy award winning best musical, Dear Evan Hansen, to the Aronoff Center for the first time beginning April 30. 

Local poet Ellen Austin-Li is releasing her first chapbook of original poetry called Firefly

Ohio Museums Share Ideas for Inclusivity

Apr 15, 2019

Many museums across the state and nation are working to better serve people who historically have not been visiting or feeling welcome.

“Becoming an inclusive, diverse and accessible space is not something that can be achieved by a single program or exhibit,” said Johnna McEntee, executive director of the Ohio Museums Association.

A new film about Cincinnati's legendary jazz sax man, Jimmy McGary, will be shown at Walnut Hills' Caffe Vivace on April 25, as well as at the New York Jazz Festival

The final book of poems from the late local poet Aralee Strange, The Road Itself, will be celebrated at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati on Friday, April 26. 

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