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.

Curious about a piece of music you heard on Around Cincinnati? You can find more information on the Around Cincinnati playlist.

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. 

Celebrating the New Year isn't quite finished yet. Coming up Sunday, January 14, it's Ringin’ in the Appalachian New Year: A Community Cultural Celebration presented by the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition

There's a new, unique collaboration between a locally distilled hazelnut liqueur and a new Shakespeare podcast. Sales of Queen Mab, named after a character that appears in several of Shakespeare's works, will support Froghammer Shakespeare, a local theater start-up planning a podcast. 

Of all the renowned musicians from Cincinnati, are you familiar with jazz pianist Charlie Alexander

The new Herzog Music on Race Street downtown has a busy January of events including a book signing and a Toddler Jam. 

Book Review: "Seeing Red" By Heidi Brod

Jan 5, 2018

Book review: Roberta Schultz reviews the debut novel from former movie executive Heidi BrodSeeing Red.

Music On The Avenue Series In Bellevue Is Back

Jan 5, 2018

Coming on Friday evenings, it's the annual Music on the Avenue recital series, held at St. John United Church of Christ on Fairfield Ave in Bellevue. 

Two major anniversaries will converge on the campus of the University of Cincinnati when the College-Conservatory of Music celebrates its 150th year and the 100th birthday of acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein during the 2018 Spring Semester. 

Book Review: "Bunk"

Dec 29, 2017

Book Review: Apropos of the current world we live in, Kelly Blewett reviews Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phones, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young.

A Look At Xavier University's Theatre Program

Dec 29, 2017

Where once there was none, Xavier University now has one of the most unique liberal arts theatre programs in the region, if not the country. 

Author Kevin M. Moehring burst on to the local literary scene with his debut novel, Sacrifice, and is back with a new novel, Graham Park.

Art Review: Jane Durrell has a review of local artist Ana England's "Kinship," now on exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

A Reading: Local author and president of Fountain Square PublishingJinny Powers Berten, recites a piece from her children's book, Littsie and the Underground Railroad.

Local music: A song from recent CEA award-winning band and album, Dawg Yawp.

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