Around Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date with local, regional and national guests. 

Each week from 7-8pm on Sunday evenings, you'll hear from local contributors who with their guests explore a wide range of subjects from books & poetry, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, area choirs, concerts and musicians, as well as festivals and dance groups.  Some of the contributors include Rick Pender, Anne Arenstein, Grayson, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, Robert Nave, Jane Durrell, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Dave Lewis, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O'Donnell, Frank Johnson, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, Elaine Diehl, and Jim Nolan, staff members of Cincinnati Public Radio, also help out.

If you have an interview idea for Around Cincinnati, please contact Lee Hay, Producer/Host of Around Cincinnati, at Lhay@wvxu.org. 

Interwoven: A New Exhibition of Contemporary Textiles is the exhibit currently on display at the Marta Hewett Gallery in OTR. 

A Poem From David Lee Garrison

Feb 9, 2018

Poetry Reading: David Lee Garrison reads Iris from his collection Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School.

Playhouse in the Park is presenting the world premiere of playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer's play Be Here Now

A Review Of The New Biography Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Feb 9, 2018

Book review: Our Kelly Blewett reviews the extensive biography Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.

Leaving The Visual Arts For Martial Arts

Feb 9, 2018

One-time painter and arts educator Johanna Norris recently left Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved here with her husband to follow her new life's passion, martial arts. 

Book review: Roberta Schultz reviews the biography Virginia Hamilton: America's Storyteller by Julie K. Rubini.

Loren Long Tells Us About His New Book, "Love"

Feb 2, 2018

A beautiful new children's book, celebrating love in our lives from birth to death, features text by Matt de la Pena and illustrations by Cincinnati's own Loren Long

Poetry Reading: Roberta Schultz reads Lullaby, from her new chapbook, Songs from the Shaper's Harp.

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra is celebrating their Silver Anniversary this year with a brand-new CD. 

A Review Of "The Fonville Winans Cookbook"

Feb 2, 2018

Book Review: David Delegator reviews The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist, by Melinda Risch Winans and Cynthia LeJeune Noble.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a love story for the ages. Recorded as part of last spring's Cincinnati visit of StoryCorps, legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul and his wife, Roberta, tell their story of a love that was worth the wait.

Book Review: "The Great Jazz And Pop Vocal Albums"

Feb 2, 2018

Book Review: Elaine Diehl reviews The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald.

Twelve films will be part of this year's Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, kicking off February 1. 

Katie Laur's Memories From The Hills Of Home

Jan 26, 2018

A new installment of Katie Laur's Memories from the Hills of Home

For Black History Month: Frank Johnson has a preview of many of the events and activities that will be taking place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in this conversation with Chris Miller, Manager of Program Initiatives. 

For more than three decades, Tinsley Ellis has been one of the most acclaimed and in-demand blues musicians in the county. 

For Black History Month: the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be celebrating the month with the theme African American Women in Cincinnati. 

Book Review: "The Beer Cheese Book"

Jan 26, 2018

Book Review: Roberta Schultz has a review of The Beer Cheese Book by Garin Pirnia, published by the University of Kentucky Press.

Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2018

The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame is gearing up for its 2018 events, including the new induction class coming in April. 

True Theatre: trueSong

Jan 19, 2018

Now in its 8th season, the storytelling of True Theatre has found a new home in the renovated Memorial Hall. Co-founder David Levy tells Rick Pender about the growth of the organization and previews the January 22 event, trueSong

Cincinnati-based Educational Theatre Association, home of the International Thespian Society, is ready to take a locally-piloted project to new markets. Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald is with our Jim Stump to discuss the testing and rollout of the middle-school project JumpStart Theatre.

Art Beyond Boundaries celebrates the artistic visions of people with disabilities. On January 26, they open their 11th anniversary exhibit called Chapter 11.

Jamie Barton Performs at Matinee Musicale

Jan 19, 2018

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton comes to Cincinnati on January 26 to perform a recital with Cincinnati's Matinee Musicale. She's on the phone with Anne Arenstein to discuss her busy schedule and some of the talented performers and composers she's been working with recently.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents "The Humans"

Jan 19, 2018

The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Humans by Stephen Karam, will receive its regional premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati beginning this week. Longtime local director Michael Haney joins our Rick Pender for a preview of this family drama.

The fascinating story of how African Americans found their way to the Cincinnati suburb of Glendale via the Underground Railroad, and the historic significance of the Eckstein School building there is now recounted in a new book. 

Local author Stacey Roberts is back with a second installment of his Trailer Trash With A Girl's Name books. 

Coming February 2-4 is the annual Mennonite Art Weekend, featuring visual and performing arts, workshops, and more at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church

Book Review: Kelly Blewett as a review of Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy.

The next production at The Carnegie in Covington is perfect for children and adults of all ages. 

A new study from Brandeis University finds artwork created by artists when they are unhappy is valued at less than their other artistic works. 

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