Around Cincinnati

Vocal Arts Ensemble celebrates the holidays in music

Dec 6, 2013

Nathan Bick from Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble joins Anne Arenstein with a preview of their annual concert A Candlelit Christmas as well as the remaining season of performances, including the first under new music director, Craig Hella Johnson.

Our film critic, Larry Thomas, interviews documentarian Davy Rothbart about Medora, his newest film about this small-town Indiana’s basketball team and how it mirrors the struggle of the town itself. Medora will be screened at the Contemporary Arts Center on Monday, December 9.

A talk with the author of the "Madeline" book series

Nov 29, 2013

John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of “Madeline” creator Ludwig Bemelmans and author of two new “Madeline” books, was in town recently and came by our studio for a conversation with Barbara Gray. He talks about how his grandfather came up with Madeline and reads an excerpt from his Madeline & the Old House in Paris book.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s annual holiday production is Around the World in 80 Days, the classic Jules Verne tale given the Joseph McDonough/David Kisor musical treatment. Lead actors Ken Early and Michael Bath join Rick Pender to talk about their characters of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. The show opens December 4 and runs through January 4.

Over the Rhine’s Iris BookCafe & Gallery is currently featuring the photographic exhibit John Ganis: Consuming the American Landscape, based upon his 2003 book of the same name. Curator Bill Messer is with Jane Durrell to discuss the importance of these photos and Ganis’ current work along the US coastlines.

A one-of-a-kind holiday event is happening at Memorial Hall on December 13 and 15 – it’s young people from Cincinnati Boychoir, Elementz, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati combining forces for SPARK, a performance of music, dance, poetry and visual arts. Lee Hay welcomes in Abdullah Powell from Elementz and Christopher Eanes from the Cincinnati Boychoir to preview this unique and exciting collaboration.

Book review: "Six Months Later"

Nov 29, 2013

Our Kelly Blewett has a review of Six Months Later, the newest novel from author Natalie D. Richards.

"A Klingon Christmas Carol"

Nov 29, 2013

It was inevitable. Coming to the Art Academy of Cincinnati is the debut performance of A Klingon Christmas Carol. Dickens’ tale is told in a distinctly Star Trek way, performed all in the Klingon language with opera-esque supertitles for those unfamiliar with their verbiage. Jim Stump welcomes director Mike Hall and actor Donald Volpenhein for a preview of this unique holiday presentation.

DVD's for your holiday giving

Nov 29, 2013

With Christmas gift time just around the corner, give some thought to presenting that special film buff in your life with a DVD or Blu-Ray box set to match his or her tastes and interests. It’s possible to find box sets of just about anything that’s been committed to film. There are sets of animated works for kids; sets of TV shows from the early 1950s through just last season; and sets of films by genre, actor, or director. If you’re into the cinematic equivalent of self-flagellation, there’s even a box set of all of the Police Academy movies.

Final Concerts for MUSE Director Catherine Roma

May 31, 2013

Catherine Roma, the long-time director of the women’s choir MUSE, joins Anne Arenstein to discuss her upcoming retirement, some highlights from her time leading MUSE, the incoming director, and what the audience can expect in her final two concerts on June 8 and 9.

Salsa on the Square

May 31, 2013

Summer in the city means it’s time to salsa on Fountain Square. Nicholas Radina, coordinator of the Thursday night dance and music parties is with Brian O’Donnell to talk about this summer’s schedule of bands and lessons.

Cincinnati Original Creative Festival

May 31, 2013

The Cincinnati Original Creative Festival happens June 13 -15 at the Sharonville Convention Center. It features vendors, speakers and exhibits of all things sewing, quilting and fiber art. As Robyn Carey-Allgeyer learns from organizer Pam Folberth, one highlight will be an exhibit of quilt squares created by people affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Circus Mojo

May 31, 2013

Paul Miller is a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown who has settled in Ludlow, Kentucky with his Circus Mojo organization, which strives to unlock individual talents hidden in each of us. Our Stuart Holman talks with Paul Miller about his career as a clown, the goals of Circus Mojo, and how people can become involved with clowning.

Jenny Lawson: Let's Pretend this Never Happened

May 31, 2013

One of the web’s most popular bloggers is Jenny Lawson (The Blogess), who has just released her memoir, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, and she speaks with our Barbara Gray about her life, her dad, and her new book.

Local folk-rock band Josh Eagle and the Harvest City will release their third CD on June 7 during a party at the Southgate House Revival. Josh Eagle joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about this CD and the release party, as well as the current make-up of the band.

Cincinnati Opera Season Preview

May 31, 2013

The Cincinnati Opera’s Evans Mirageas joins Anne Arenstein to preview the upcoming opera festival, including the first ever Opera in the Park event on June 9 in Washington Park, as well as their first off-site opera, Galileo Galilei, which will be performed in the School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Corbett Theater.

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