Around Cincinnati

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We revisit Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin’s poem, Mississippi Poplars, from his collection The Shape of Regret, which he shared with us for Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this year.

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Book Review: Kelly Blewett reviews What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life by Rutgers University Poetry Professor Mark Doty.

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David Lewis shares the story of Sam Ash, not the name on the music stores, but the 19th century Campbell County-born recording pioneer and movie actor.

A Song From Katie Laur

Jul 26, 2020
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From our friend Katie Laur, her song “Ohio River Blues,” from The Official Tall Stacks ’92 Soundtrack.

Meet The Cincinnati Opera's Tracy Wilson

Jul 24, 2020
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Tracy Wilson has seen tremendous changes in Cincinnati’s arts community and the neighborhood surrounding Music Hall in her 35 years with the Cincinnati Opera. She’s with our Anne Arenstein for a conversation about her career and her current work as their Director of Community Engagement and Education.

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Geoffrey Woolf is the Dean of Humanities and Sciences at Cincinnati State and Technical College and a published poet. His newest collection is called Fontaine's Golden Wheel Fortune Teller and Dream Book, published by Dos Madres Press, and he joins our Barbara Gray for a conversation about these new poems.

Music From Doris Day

Jul 24, 2020
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The song “Night and Day” from Cincinnati’s own Doris Day, who passed away last year at the age of 97.

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Starting a new arts initiative during a pandemic and civil unrest may seem incongruous, but local actor Candice Handy saw an opportunity to showcase some of the best local talent in an online forum. She’s with Rick Pender to talk about the Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collectives mission and online offerings.

Book Review: "Lost River" By J. Todd Scott

Jul 24, 2020
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Kentucky native J. Todd Scott’s newest crime novel, Lost River.

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Stuart Holman is not only one of Around Cincinnati's contributors, but also an accomplished guitarist.

In this commentary, Stuart shares the inspirational story of how he, as a beginning guitarist, idolized Lonnie Mack and his legendary guitar style, and later got to perform on stage with him.

How Wheels Turned Old Tapes Into A New Double Album

Jul 17, 2020
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Since 1979, musician Mickey Foellger of the band Wheels has been in possession of tapes from the band’s performances at Shipley’s in Clifton. Now, with the help of his bandmates, they’ve mastered these tapes into a double album that’s scheduled for release on August 1. Elaine Diehl talks with Mickey and Jeffrey Seeman about the Wheels days, and the story behind Wheels Backstage: LIVE 11.3.79

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Anne Arenstein welcomes Sheila Williams, a Northern Kentucky-based author and librettist. She talks about her latest novel, The Secret Women, and the opera “Fierce,” that will be presented by the Cincinnati Opera in 2021.

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Don Heinrich Tolzmann is a local historian and author of four books on our area’s long, rich brewing heritage. He shares some of the stories of the beer barons and their brews in this conversation with Rick Pender.

The Renaissace Of The East Walnut Hills Neighborhood

Jul 17, 2020
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Working from home and supporting local businesses is one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one Cincinnati community is making the best of it. Contributor Alexander Watson discusses the redevelopment of East Walnut Hills with Caffe Vivace owner Brent Gallaher and Lori Nix, who relocated her life and photography business to the neighborhood.

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Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio born and bred author whose second novel, Betty, is coming out soon. She’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about her new book and how long she’s been working on it.

Local Favorite Danny Frazier Is Out With New Music

Jul 10, 2020
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Danny Frazier is one of the area’s favorite country singers, and he’s just dropped a new album. He spends some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his life, career, and the new Nobody Knows Where I Am.

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Local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth recites her poem My Mother’s Dulcimer from her book, Drone String.

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Matt Rollings is a Grammy Award-winning American composer, musician and record producer. His latest release, Mosaic, features a duet with bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss called Stay. The video for the song features the work of local photographer Michael Wilson and his son, editor Henry Wilson. The Wilsons talk about their involvement on this project in this conversation with Brian O’Donnell.

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While most theatres have gone dark during the pandemic, CAST (Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre) has found a unique way to present its summer musical, Newsies, featuring students from 27 local high schools. Artistic Director Jason Burgess and Executive Director Amy Burgess join Rick Pender to explain the drive-in live theatre they’ll present in the Coney Island parking lot.

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Lebanon, Ohio resident Karen Ansberry co-founded the educational book series Picture-Perfect Science for elementary school teachers to use in classrooms to help students “learn to read and read to learn.” She joins Barbara Gray to talk about the series and her latest release, Nature Did It First: Engineering Through Biomimicry.

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