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, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, Jane Durrell, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Dave Lewis, and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O'Donnell, Frank Johnson, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, 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  Around Cincinnati is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave.

Award-winning Irish band We Banjo 3 will perform at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati on September 15. The group blends traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass,” and our Jim Nolan recently spoke with one of the band members, Martin Howley.

It’s time again for 100’s of local, regional and national bands to perform in and around Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine during the MidPoint Music Festival. With headliners this year like Heartless Bastards, Purity Ring, Iron & Wine and others, Dan Bockrath, the executive director, fills in all the details for this year’s festival in a talk with Frank Johnson.

Though its greatest claim to fame is the midnight showings of the movie version, The Rocky Horror Show started as a stage play, and Showbiz Players is bringing its version of it to The Carnegie in Covington.

The Royal Bopsters Project is a new jazz vocal quartet featuring singer Amy London who, along with one of the guests on their new CD, local piano great Steve Schmidt, join our Lee Hay to talk about this group and some of the guests on the album including jazz legend Mark Murphy.

The Next Mt. Adams Art Walk Happens September 12

Sep 4, 2015

Mt. Adams resident Marcey Bullerman created the popular Mt. Adams Art Walks and, as she tells Jane Durrell, there are two left this season, offering guests a chance to visit many of the unique businesses and see beautiful, locally-produced art work.

Xavier University music professor and organizer of the XU Music Series, Dr. Polina Bespalko, previews the upcoming concerts in their new jazz series, including a performance from the Blue Wisp Big Band on September 13, with our Ron Esposito.

Kat Smith and Dave Powell from the very busy and very funny troupe known as OTRimprov are with Rick Pender to talk about the origins of the group, their varied performances and outreach efforts, and the upcoming IF (Improv Festival) Cincy happening September 10-13.

This month, the first live recording from the Cincinnati Pops will be released. American Originals was recorded in January 2015 at Music Hall and the program featured Conductor John Morris Russell leading the Pops and a group of talented guest stars through parts of the Great American Songbook and the music of Stephen Foster.

Longtime Cincinnati sports writer Lonnie Wheeler has a new book out with a unique look at our national pastime. Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, as he tells our Howard Wilkinson, comes from years of studying things like the chemistry and culture of teams like the Cincinnati Reds.

The 30th season of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati kicks off on September 8 with the regional premiere of Luna Gale by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman.