Around Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date with local, regional and national guests. 

Each week from 7-8pm on Sunday evenings, you'll hear from local contributors who with their guests explore a wide range of subjects from books & poetry, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, area choirs, concerts and musicians, as well as festivals and dance groups.  Some of the contributors include Rick Pender, Anne Arenstein, Michael Grayson, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, Robert Nave, Jane Durrell, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Dave Lewis, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O'Donnell, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, Elaine Diehl, and Jim Nolan, staff members of Cincinnati Public Radio, also help out.

If you have an interview idea for Around Cincinnati, please contact Lee Hay, Producer/Host of Around Cincinnati, at Lhay@wvxu.org.

Curious about a piece of music you heard on Around Cincinnati? You can find more information on the Around Cincinnati playlist. Our theme music is courtesy of the Phil DeGreg Trio from their CD, Table for Three.

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For the second season of Queen City Cabaret, they will follow up last year's celebration of singer Rosemary Clooney with a "Sentimental Journey" tribute to Evanston's own Doris Day. Performers and co-artistic directors Sarah Folsom & Matthew Umphreys join our Elaine Diehl to talk about their sophomore season and the two upcoming Doris Day performances: September 20 at Caffe Vivace in Walnut Hills and September 22 at Hamilton's Fitton Center.

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The ever-changing Cincinnati landscape of places to go and experiences to be had made a 2nd edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die inevitable. Local theatre critic and Around Cincinnati contributor Rick Pender is the author of both editions and he joins Brian O'Donnell to talk about what's new and what's gone in this updated version.

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As the celebration of King Records Month continues, Lee Hay has assembled a distinguished panel of organizers to discuss some upcoming events. Joining Lee are Sherry Glover Thompson, daughter of King Records legend Henry Glover; Darren Blase, co-owner of Shake It Records in Northside; and Christine Anderson, Associate Professor of History at Xavier University.

A free panel discussion, Syd Nathan & Henry Glover: Into the Light, is scheduled Sunday, 9/29 at 1:30pm in the Main Library downtown.  Panelists include moderator Christine Anderson, Darren Blase, Sherry Glover Thompson, and Steve Halper, Syd Nathan's nephew.

The Latest Novel From Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger

Sep 13, 2019
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Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger is ready to release her second novel, a young adult story of loss, mental illness, and tragedy. She's with our Barbara Gray to talk about Six Goodbyes We Never Said and her September 25 visit to Rookwood's Joseph Beth Booksellers.

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Bringing the art and voices of the people of Lebanon to the Queen City, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center is teaming with SOS Art for both an exhibit and festival in the coming weeks. Elaine Diehl welcomes Saad Ghosen (SOS Art) and Mallory Feltz (KHAC) into the studio to discuss Lebanon, the exhibit (which has a public opening reception on September 21) and festival (happening on October 5).

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Acclaimed visual artist Maira Kalman and her son, Alex, have recently written an engrossing book about Maira's mother, Sara Berman. Our Kelly Blewett is on the phone with both Maira and Alex to talk about Sara Berman's Closet.

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The Xavier University Music Series is back in session.

Ron Esposito welcomes the director of this music series, Polina Bespalko, to the studio for a preview of the Jazz Series with its first concert featuring Terri Lynn Carrington’s Money Jungle on September 25 in the Gallagher Center.

Mary Louise Holt: In the Audubon Tradition

Sep 6, 2019
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Local artist Mary Louise Holt is one of 81 wildlife artists from across North America invited to exhibit paintings in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s upcoming exhibition, In the Audubon Tradition.

The exhibit explores Museum Center's 200-year history through the artwork of John James Audubon, John A. Ruthven and the next generation of wildlife artists.

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If you enjoy watching Food Network's Chopped television program, then you'll be delighted to hear that Chef Scott Conant is making an appearance at the Cincinnati.com Wine & Food Experience at Yeatman's Cove, Saturday, October 5.

Joanne Greenway: Limited Engagement

Sep 6, 2019

Poet Joanne Greenway has published her first chapbook of free verse poetry, Limited Engagement. She joins Barbara Gray to explore its theatrical title and themes, plus read several of her poems.

2019 Fall CAST Preview

Sep 6, 2019
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Jim Stump visits with Jason Burgess, Artistic Director of CAST, to find out more about the theatre projects are on the fall calendar for the Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre.

Review: Guest House for Young Widows

Sep 6, 2019

Kelly Blewett reviews Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, an exploration of the women who chose to join the Islamic State, by reporter Azadeh Moaveni, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Roberta Schultz reviews A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber by Michael J. Rosen, a look at Thurber’s work as an artist, cartoonist, and illustrator that includes his drawings and commentary from fellow cartoonists and writers.

If you enjoy the Fox TV show MasterChef Junior, then you'll want to mark October 7 on your calendar as MasterChef Junior LIVE comes to the stage at the Aronoff Center. Joining our John Kiesewetter with details on this new live production is the producer, Stephen Cook.

No Promises Vocal Band: The Nines

Aug 30, 2019

Cincinnati's No Promises Vocal Band is ready to release its latest EP, a collection of unique stylings of jazz standards called The Nines.

As Elaine Diehl learns from Nat Comisar, the release will be celebrated at a Memorial Hall concert on Thursday, September 19.

Cincinnati's culinary specialties range from chili to ice cream to the often misunderstood goetta.

Local food historian Dann Woellert attempts to bring the spotlight to this uniquely ours taste treat in his new book, Cincinnati Goetta: A Delectable History and he's talking about it with our Brian O'Donnell.

For the first time in their illustrious history, downtown's Lloyd Library and Museum will exhibit a commissioned contemporary art exhibit created by new Artists-in-Residence, Future Retrieval (artist duo Katie Parker and Guy Davis).

Director Patricia Van Skaik reveals more about this exhibit, titled Leaves of Plates, in this conversation with Lee Hay.

The Horse Cure

Aug 30, 2019

The healing power of horses has been an integral part of Michelle Holling-Brooks' life, and she shares hers and other stories in her new book, The Horse Cure: True Stories: Remarkable Horses Bringing Miraculous Change to Humankind.

She provides more of her background and why she wrote the book in this interview with our Barbara Gray.

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The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has another season of productions with familiar names like Casper and Charlie Brown coming to the Taft Theatre and schools throughout the area. With a look at the 2019-20 season, Jim Stump is joined by Children's Theatre Marketing Director Krista Katona Pille.

Bobby Mackey Talks Music And His Haunted Honky Tonk

Aug 23, 2019
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Local country music legend and club owner Bobby Mackey is celebrating 41 years of his iconic, possibly haunted, country music honky tonk in Wilder, Kentucky. He's with our Elaine Diehl for some reminiscences and to talk about his latest single.

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