Rick Pender

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Around Cincinnati’s longtime theatre contributor, Rick Pender, chose one of the region’s most talented and in-demand actors for his final segment. Bruce Cromer is perhaps best-known to local audiences as either Bob Cratchit or Ebenezer Scrooge in the Playhouse in the Park’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” but he has performed on most of the other stages in town, plus had a key role in the locally-filmed movie “Dark Waters”; and is an esteemed professor at Wright State University. Bruce Cromer has been a previous guest on Around Cincinnati, including in 2014, talking about “The Iliad” accompanied by director Michael Haney.

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As Around Cincinnati winds down its 15-year run, we want to share one of our shining moments. In 2007, local theatre writer and longtime contributor Rick Pender arranged an interview with Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. Rick has written extensively about the composer for years, including an upcoming, in-depth biography.

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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.

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Around Cincinnati won't be around much anymore. WVXU's Sunday night arts and entertainment show ends Aug. 23.

It premiered in August 2005, shortly after Xavier University sold the station to Cincinnati Public Radio.

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Rick Pender's second edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die is a guide to exploring almost everything in the city. 

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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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Rick Pender’s book, "100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die," is a bucket list of entertaining and informative activities and destinations that’s great for lifelong Cincinnatians, new residents and occasional visitors. And it can be yours today when you donate to WVXU

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Before beloved WNKU-FM vanishes into thin air at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 28, here's another installment of remembrances from loyal listeners and former staffers.

WNKU-FM will play requests and listener comments all day Thursday on FM 105.9, which has been sold by the university to Grant County Broadcasters. A new station debuts Monday, Oct. 2.

Commentary: Rick Pender, Around Cincinnati contributor and executive editor/publisher of the Everything Sondheim online community, talks about the documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, about the original Broadway staging of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The documentary will be shown on Sunday, January 29 at the Esquire Theatre (1pm) and Dayton's Neon Movies (7pm.)

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You say you know Cincinnati, but how well do you know Cincinnati? If someone from out of town asked, what would you suggest they see or do to get a feel for what we're all about?

The 10th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival will happen Saturday, October 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.