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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

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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
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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.

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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.

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Downtown Cincinnati's Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will come alive with the a capella magic of England's The King Singers on February 19. A choral institution, having performed for half-a-century and on six continents, Jonathan Howard, bass singer from the group, is on the phone with Elaine Diehl to talk about the group and their music.

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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.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland recently announced its latest class of inductees, including The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and others. Joining our Elaine Diehl on the phone to talk about the selection process and the upcoming induction ceremony is the Hall of Fame's President & CEO Greg Harris.

Still on display at the Hall: Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll.

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Defining the value of "stuff" is at the core of the entertaining new novel from author Luke Geddes, Heart of Junk. The author talks with our host, Lee Hay, about this ribald tale of the attempt to save Wichita's Heart of America Antique Mall from bankruptcy.

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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. 

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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."

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Queen City Cabaret, following up on their successful musical tributes to Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day, will celebrate a composer on February 8-9 with a presentation of Jerry's Girls, featuring the tunes of Broadway legend Jerry Herman. Elaine Diehl welcomes in Sarah Folsom and Matthew Umphreys from Queen City Cabaret for a preview.

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Book review: Kelly Blewett reviews the latest collection of essays from writer Leslie Jamison, Make it Scream, Make it Burn.

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Cincinnati native and acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for Begin Again from his album of the same name. He's on the phone with our Ron Esposito to talk about this album and being nominated (again) for a Grammy.

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Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park will be the place for music lovers the weekend of May 8-9 when The National presents their Homecoming festival featuring performances by Patti Smith, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, and two different performance from The National. The National's drummer Bryan Devendorf talks with Elaine Diehl about this year's event and musical line-up.

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The second half of Chamber Music Cincinnati's current season kicks off on January 28 with a concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Music Hall. For more on this and the other upcoming presentations, board members Awadagin Pratt and Reuel Ash are in our studio with Elaine Diehl.

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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.

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Longtime Hamilton Journal-News writer Ted Pollard is now retired and writing fiction. His book, Grant's Wish, is the tale of a historic inn that's fallen on hard times and one man's effort to save it, despite many obstacles. The author (whose pen name is T.S. Pollard) discusses his past and current writing with our Media Beat reporter, John Kiesewetter.

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Cars have always been a popular subject for musicians, but do you have any idea how rich and prevalent that connection is? The folks at Digital Third Coast were curious so did a deep dive analysis and the results are fascinating. Host Lee Hay talks with Collin Czarnecki from Digital Third Coast about the premise, methodology, and results of this study.

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Cincinnati native Jay Moriarty grew up watching TV and knowing he wanted to be a writer. He wound up writing and producing Norman Lear's groundbreaking comedy The Jeffersons and he's recounted his journey in his new book, Honky in the House: Writing & Producing The Jeffersons and he's with our John Kiesewetter.

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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.

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