Around Cincinnati

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.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform an intimate concert of old and new favorites on Thursday, May 30 at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. She's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about her career, the music business today, and what her fans can expect when they come to her show.

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. 

Local author Dee Garretson is back with a new young adult novel set during WWI. She is in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her work and her latest, All is Fair.

Coming to the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta for the first time this year is the Hot Rod Power Tour, a showcase of classic cars and hot rods for fans of all ages. Tim Bray from the Speedway is with Lee Hay with more information on the June 11 tour stop.

"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.


Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray is back with another novel in her Walnut Creek series, set in Ohio's Amish Country, The Patient One. Formerly a Cincinnati-area resident, she tells our Barbara Gray that her recent move to Colorado won't change her writing as she's found several Amish communities there.


Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass…all those musical styles and more will be featured this summer at Covington's Behringer Crawford Museum's Music@BCM concert series. Organizer Mark Schlachter and Executive Director Laurie Risch are in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about the diversity of local music that will be heard on Thursday nights.


Book Review: "Baby Of The Family" By Maura Roosevelt

May 17, 2019

Book review: The great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, recently released her debut novel. Roberta Schultz reviews Maura Roosevelt's Baby of the Family.


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

One of the area's most popular fundraising concerts returns to The Carnegie in Covington when Suits That Rock takes the stage on June 22 and 29. 

Two local musicians who moonlight (or daylight) as bartenders have combined their mixology skills in a new recipe book called Cincinnati Rocktails

Local music, artists, food and drink vendors, kid's activities and more will all be part of this year's Bend in the River Art & Music Festival at The Sanctuary in Lower Price Hill. Elaine Diehl has a quick preview of all the fun happening on May 18.

Bestselling novelist David Baldacci is back with a new Amos Decker mystery called Redemption. He's on the phone with Barbara Gray with a spoiler-free conversation about his latest, set in Ohio.

Back for year 52, one of the country's best fine arts and crafts festivals, Summerfair, returns to Coney Island May 31-June 2. Managing Director Jayne Utter joins Elaine Diehl to talk about the full scope of the event and how the proceeds are used to support Cincinnati's arts community.

Former Rolling Stone editor Randall Sullivan has delved into a historic mystery surrounding the legendary treasure of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. 

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Cincinnati's Appalachian Festival, happening this year May 10-12 (Mother's Day weekend) at Coney Island

The haunted legend of Wilder, Kentucky's Bobby Mackey's Music World receives more television attention with an upcoming appearance (May 10-11) on The Travel Channel's Portals to Hell series. 

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