Cincinnati Opera is preparing for its first production of Silent Night, based on the movie Joyeux Noel, recounting the story of WWI soldiers celebrating Christmas together in the midst of battle. Composer Kevin Puts tells our Anne Arenstein about this story and how he went about writing this, his first opera.
Sports historian Scott Rowan has written a fascinating book looking at the ways the Chicago Cubs have altered politics, society, race relations, innovation, entertainment, vices and baseball. He’s on the phone with Mark Heyne to talk about The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.
Local children’s author Michele Wright has created a series of four books based on the seasons in order to share the magic of nature with her young readers. As she tells our Kelly Blewett, most of the photos illustrating these books are local scenes including the Cincinnati Zoo, Miami Whitewater Forest and more.
Drummer Ron Enyard has been a fixture in the local jazz scene for many years, and has a regular gig at Om Eco Café in Clifton every Monday night. He’s with Frank Johnson to talk about a CD from a 1967 gig at the old Herbie’s (a club that was on the corner of Taft and Hackberry) with saxophonist Bobby Miller, pianist Sam Jackson, and bassist Burgoine Denny.
Have you entered the Dooniverse yet? Local authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon have created a series of fantasy books, the Doon series, with the first novel, Doon, now available and the second, Destined for Doon, due out September 2. The authors are with Barbara Gray to discuss the series, the characters and plots, and a unique connection to a 1950’s era Broadway musical.
Cincinnati has 19 new police officers. The department's first class of lateral transfer recruits in more than six years was sworn in today. The officers all came from other Ohio agencies but still had to go through the city's training process. Chief Jeffrey Blackwell calls today's graduation exciting.
The new officers will hit the ground running with their first duty assignment working the Cincinnati Reds game on Saturday. They'll be paired with field training officers on Sunday and begin working in their assigned districts.
Paula the penguin took a trip outside the Newport Aquarium Thursday to check herself out. The African black-foot penguin seemed only mildly impressed by the 25 foot tall version of herself painted on the north exterior wall of the Aquarium. The artists and young artist apprentices working on the mural, however, enjoyed seeing how their work turned out.
ArtWorks Cincinnati is in the midst of producing a "Shark Wall" mural for Newport Aquarium as part of the aquarium’s 15-year anniversary. When complete it will feature a 35-foot long sand tiger shark along with other marine life.