Visual Arts

The CAC Experiment

Jan
26


The CAC Staff went on a little adventure. Here's what they had to say:

"Change Your Perspective! Art isn't only found in museums, it is all around us. Is that a strange thing for us, a museum, to say out loud? Maybe, but it's still true. And so--having a mission primarily focused on providing access to art--the Contemporary Arts Center staff decided it was time to take things into our own hands and spread that message in our community. In order to encourage people to notice their surroundings in a different way, we set out to cause a tiny change in their daily routine. For this, the first installment of The CAC Experiment, we surprised our neighbors waiting at the bus station with a free ride. Where will we do it next? Stay tuned."
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See the Ballet's New Works

Sep
11

Cincinnati Ballet's season opener, New Works, is a great introduction to Ballet for the arts fan who wants to explore an art form new to them. Last night's opening was an extra special event with live music from world class musicians all from Cincinnati. Three of the dance pieces premiered with live accompaniment from the song writers, which included Over the Rhine, Peter Adams, and Jake Speed & the Freddies.

Heather Britt's piece set to the new music from Peter Adams (Bad Vein-esque) and Joy Jovet's brilliant interpretation of Jake Speed's music were my favorites of the evening, along with the stunning mix of music, photography, and dance in "Retrospect" by choreographers Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard set to the haunting and bountiful voice of Karin Bergquist (from Over the Rhine)

The remaining performances will be to recorded music, which is too bad, because the use of live music with the dances added so much to the performances. It was a collaboration that I believe is something that is critical to dance, and art form I will admit I've only experienced a few times.

The next performance is 8PM tonight at the Ballet's Studio (1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214) and the show runs through next weekend, with final show on Sunday afternoon September 20th.

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Ainadamar

Jul
10

My favorite thing about opera is actually the pre-opera crowd that gathers in the lobby of Music Hall just before the show.

It's one of the last places in Cincinnati where people get dressed up. Really dressed up. Tuxedo, yes. Jeans & flip-flops, no.

My second favorite thing about last night's performance of Ainadamar was Jesus Montoya's solos. He doesn't have many things to say so he makes them count.

Third was Jesus' costume change at the end during the applause. It's subtle but you'll know what I mean if you go on Saturday.

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ETA = FAF

Mar
24

Enjoy the Arts is becoming part of the Fine Arts Fund. Details to follow but it will be exciting to see how they will combine the strengths of both organizations.

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CAC Historical Horror Series

Nov
12

Monday's installment of the Historical Horror film series was very intimate. Held in the basement performance area, the screen dwarfs the seating arrangement giving most a premium view in spite of the flat floor. Not many people attended, 20-25 at most.

The films were interesting, especially the first Haxan. It makes me wish I hadn't missed the first night of the series but ensures that I will make greater effort to see the next.

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Love it!

Nov
06

Next week is the kind of week I either love or hate, depending on energy level. Right now, I'm loving all the fun things on the agenda, CAC's Historical Horror Film Series, Secret Artworks Exhibit, Cincinnati Art Museum's showing of In the Mood for Love, birthdays,  Enjoy the Arts Brunch & Tour of Taft Museum.  There's a little white space on the calendar on Wednesday...

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The Big Vasily

Oct
04

Last night's Russian Rhapsody concert at Music Hall was not well attended. The solo pianist, Jon Kimura Parker was undaunted by the lack of audience and gave a great performance, even coming back for an encore, addressing the audience from the stage as if it were an intimate setting.

The afterparty at Lavomatic was fun. The food was fantastic, of course and it was a perfectly crisp fall night. We occupied the upper floor and patio and projected The Big Lebowski on the wall of the condos next door.

Congratulations to Enjoy the Arts for another unique 20/20 event!

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Cincy Couture

Sep
28

Saturday, 9/27: Fountain Square hosted Cincy Couture, part of the 20 Days & 20 Nights Arts Festival. Designs were from Mustard Seed boutique and DAAP student originals.

The catwalk circled the Fountain while music rocked from the Square's sound system.  The models seemed to be having a great time in spite of a breeze that sent a light spray from the fountain directly on them and the audience.  A good size crowd was gathered even though it seemed like rain might also be a factor.  

Congratulations to Sarah Niblack on organizing the event.

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Cincy Couture Fashion Show Music List

Sep
28

Song

Artist

Pattern Skies

The Greenhornes

I'm A Carrier

Eat Sugar

We All Get Off

Pearlene

Changes Less The Moon

The Seedy Seeds

New Resolution

Heartless Bastards

Domingo

The Newbees

The Little Patton

The Seedy Seeds

Rigor Mortis

Wussy

These Days

The High And Low

Sixteen

Eat Sugar

I Stole Your Wallet (The Hummer Song)

The Newbees

Travelin Shoes

Pearlene

Swamp Song

Heartless Bastards

Mayflies

Wussy

Fake It

Viva La Foxx

70 30

The Lions Rampant

Lies

The Greenhornes

Hosannah!

Pearlene

Brown Boots

Eat Sugar

The Children's Progress

Pomegranates

Blue Day

Heartless Bastards

Intro : The Da-Da Song

The Seedy Seeds

Black Eye

Eat Sugar

Doomed

Buckra

Searching For The Ghost

Heartless Bastards

Alberta

The Seedy Seeds

It's Not Real

The Greenhornes

Dickity Doo

Star Devils

Fanfare for the Common Man

Aaron Copland/London Symphony

Queen City Rag

Jake Speed & the Freddies

Shadow Of Grief

The Greenhornes

Gray

Heartless Bastards

My Love

Ann Driscoll

Wake Up Terrible Motion

The Stapletons

Nothings Forever

The Staggering Statistics

1993

Pomegranates

Shot Gun Shells

The Lions Rampant

Christian Moerline Saved the Day

Jake Speed

Black And Blue

The High And Low

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The Big Vasily

Aug
27

Location: Music Hall, then Lavomatic
Date: Friday, October 3rd
Timing: Concert at 8PM. Afterparty until 12:30AM
Cost: $35

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's version of The Big Lebowski begins with Rachmaninoff, Glinka & Shostakovich at Music Hall conducted by Vasily Petrenov.

Then grab your favorite bathrobe & get to Lavomatic for light bites, white russians & the Coen brothers classic.

Call the ETA office (513.621.4700) to purchase your membership & tickets by September 24th.

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20 Days & 20 Nights of the Arts

Aug
21

The 20/20 Festival returns to Cincinnati this September. Get your Enjoy the Arts membership now to take advantage of all the benefits during the festival & throughout the year. If mere attendance is not enough, ask about volunteer opportunities.

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Florencia en el Amazonas

Jul
14

Cincinnati Opera's first mainstage production in Spanish was last week at Music Hall. Saturday night's show was not sold out but had strong attendance.

The set was on the minimalist side and didn't change much throughout. The music and voices were lovely and it's always impressive to see the coordination of so many elements in a single show: singers, dancers, chorus, orchestra, set production, costumes, lighting, surcaps, pre-show entertainment outside, etc.

The opera is starting their shows at 7:30 instead of 8. Which means dinner after is a better option than dinner before. It's too far to walk to Shanghai in opera shoes but the short drive is worth it for some late night pad thai.

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Not Fringe Related...

Jun
01

Henri Loyrette is a charming Frenchman, who also happens to be the director of the Musée de Louvre. In a lecture at the Art Museum this afternoon he garnered quite a crowd despite the lovely weather. Trivia: at any given time there are 35,000 items on display at the Louvre and that's over half of the entire collection.

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Happy Mother's Day!

May
11
This year's Mother's Day outing included Cincinnati Ballet's Serenade & Carmina Burana. Min Usha brought her mom as well. This was an ETA Member Event and a significant number of ETAers bought in. The show was great. I especially liked the opening & closing numbers of Carmina. I felt a little sleepy toward the end of Serenade but that's more a result of recent activities than the ballet performance. Dracula is part of the 2008-09 Season and a lecture by George Balanchine. Good stuff.
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It takes something special

Mar
30
to get me out of my normal Saturday routine. This Saturday's tribute to Patricia Corbett qualified. Several of the many organizations that Mrs. Corbett loved, came together for this free concert. Music Hall's orchestra and first balcony were almost full. It was lovely. Mrs. Corbett's grandson spoke and challenged everyone in the audience to continue supporting the arts via event attendance.
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The Know is 10...

Mar
25
Know Theatre of Cincinnati is celebrating 10 years of cutting edge contemporary programming. Get your tickets by calling the box office (513) 300-KNOW. More info about the party here. Stay for the after party and have a drink with me.
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Deathmarch of Fun...

Feb
24

Min Usha aptly called this weekend's heavily scheduled itinerary of arts the Deathmarch of Fun.

Day 1 - Thursday - CCM production of The Good Person of Setzuan - Good, but a little long. Min said there were more characters in this production than the one she saw in Chicago last year. Drinks & pizza after at Macs served as pleasant reminder of my college days.

Day 2 - Friday - CAM & CAC Gallery Openings. I only made it to the CAC portion of this collaborative opening, but it was a great show.

Day 3 - Saturday - CSO Encore Dinner & Concert. CSO Encore coordinated dinner at the Symphony Hotel before the concert. I've never been to the Symphony Hotel but it was lovely and dinner was excellent. The concert was amazing, John Adams conducting On the Transmigration of Souls and The Dharma at Big Sur.

Day 4 - Sunday - Movie - Be Kind Rewind - Cute and fun. Not as funny as I had hoped but enough funny parts linked together to make it worthwhile.

Stay tuned as the Deathmarch continues with Leap Year Final Friday, party, Sausage Queen contest, movies, One World Wednesday, Dim Sum, Bockfest parade, Prohibition Tour...

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Topdog/Underdog

Feb
05
Don't miss Topdog/Underdog at Know. You can probably guess how it ends if you've read the summary but the story is pretty good. A little redundancy in the first half but it's pretty realistic in that sense. Saturday's show sold out and Red Light Winter is opening this weekend.
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CSC Studio Series

Feb
05
The double-bill at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (No Exit & Endgame) is well worth the trip. I did get a little antsy about 1/2way through the second play but that's usually what happens if I have to sit for a while on a Friday night.
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One Very Busy Weekend...

Dec
13

The Musical of Musicals

A fun show, even if you’re not a fan of the genre. Joanne Bogart as Abby and Rich Silverstein as Jitter are what make it worth seeing. It’s relatively short, just 90 minutes including intermission.

Striking 12

Also a fun show. There were a few kinks to work out but I saw it early in the run. It was refreshing to see a holiday show about the Little Matchstick Girl which isn’t as easily recognizable as some others. I wanted there to be more movement on the stage but given the set & instrument constraints, understand why there wasn’t.

Real Pirates

The Pirate exhibit at Union Terminal is not a kid oriented as you might think. The first part provides background on the lives and hardships of pirates as well as a historical frame of reference for context. The second part was about the search for and discovery of the pirate ship Whydah, whose artifacts are featured in the first part of the exhibit. If you like to watch the Discovery Channel, then this exhibit is for you.

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