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 Housein 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.
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 Cincinnaticombining 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.
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.
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.
At a crowded press conference inside Krohn Conservatory Wednesday afternoon, Mayor-elect John Cranley named his new city manager - parks director Willie Carden, a long-time city employee.
Carden's appointment is likely to be confirmed by the new city council on Wednesday.
"I wanted somebody I knew would be an operations guy,'' Cranley told the crowd of business leaders, politicians, and park board employees. "I think most of us believe that the parks department is one of the best run operations in the city."
Lots of people will be hitting the roads or heading to the airports this Thanksgiving, but not quite as many as last year. AAA is forecasting more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday. That's a 1.5 percent drop from last year. In Ohio, 1.6 million will be traveling, down 1.7 percent.
Why the decrease in travel? AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says while the economy has been improving it's still sluggish.
As expected, Cincinnati Council Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring city administrators to complete the first phase of the streetcar project.
City solicitor John Curp was asked to explain the action.
“This would place the directive to proceed with the streetcar as an ordinance, as a law of the city,” Curp said. “Which would obligate the manager to proceed with that directive until another law or ordinance was passed to replace it.”