Around Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date. Host Lee Hay is joined by prominent local contributors who have their fingers on the pulse of the community and introduce you to the cultural and arts organizations and events that make Cincinnati special.

Around Cincinnati is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave.

"Toil and Trouble" makes its Cincinnati debut

Aug 2, 2013

There’s a new production happening at Know Theatre, and this one is a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth. As Jim Stump learns from Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier, Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble sets this tale of greed, power and murder in San Francisco as three over-educated, under-employed 30-somethings test friendships, make alliances and cross lines, all because of messages received in fortune cookies. And yes, it is a comedy.

Serious Reds fans will know the name Gene Bennett. He was a long-time scout for the team, responsible for finding such great players as Don Gullett, Chris Sabo and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for the team. He retired in 2011 after 58 years with the team, but still stays active in the game with his Gene Bennett Classic, a gathering of young, talented baseball players at Shawnee State University, hoping to get a look by pro scouts. Gene Bennett talks about his long career and some of the great players he’s been associated with in an interview with Mark Heyne.

Barbara Gray welcomes local author and UC Associate Professor Nikki Taylor into the studio to talk about her new book, America’s First Black Socialist: The Radical Life of Peter H. Clark. He led the fight for African Americans' access to Ohio's public schools and became the first black principal in the state.

Local artists Kelly and Kyle Phelps

Aug 2, 2013
Joel DeGrand for American Craft magazine

From their blue collar upbringing in New Castle, Indiana to their sculptural art work to their academic careers, Kelly Phelps (associate professor and acting chair of the department of Art at Xavier University), and his identical twin, Kyle Phelps (associate professor of Art at the University of Dayton), are featured in the June/July 2013 edition of internationally respected American Craft magazine and they are with our Jane Durrell to talk about their lives and their work.

Us, Today

Aug 2, 2013

Us, Today is a Cincinnati trio of guitar, vibraphone/keyboard, and drums whose music is best described as an avant-garde blend of jazz, rock, minimalism, and electronic music, with a heavy emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. They will be part of this September’s Midpoint Music Festival, but Stuart Holman had the chance to sit down with Kristen Agee and Joel Griggs from Us, Today to talk about their wide-ranging musical styles and influences.

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