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.

Oldways Preservation Trust’s mission is to guide people to good health through heritage. To that end, they are rolling out a nationwide effort to try and encourage healthier lifestyles and better eating through an inspirational 6-week cultural cooking and wellness series called A Taste of African Heritage. The president of Oldways, Sara Baer-Sinnott, explains this effort to our Barbara Gray about what to expect in a heritage African diet and the resources her organization provides through their website and projects.

As we salute the accomplishments and vision of Dr. King this weekend, there was, of course, another side of the man. A unique aspect of his, and 3 other influential men of the 1960’s, is the music they loved, that inspired them, or that entertained them. In his book, Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s, author Timothy English takes a unique look at Dr. King, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Thomas Merton through the music in their lives. The author joins Lee Hay by phone to share what their taste in music said about them.

Cincinnati music icon Rob Fetters (The Bears, psychodots) has just released his latest solo project, Saint Ain’t, and he joins Brian O’Donnell to discuss the evolution of the album (several years in the making) as well as some of the musicians who joined him on the project.

2013 saw the start of Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall’s Signature Series of food, art and performance events. Lee Hay learns from Executive Director Teresa Summe-Haas that the New Year will bring more of these events. Friday, January 24 brings Choirs by Night featuring performances from the May Festival Chamber Choir, the Martin Luther King Choir and students from the SCPA. February 21 will be Bluegrass and Bourbon, and April 18 is Simply Swinging.

Visionaries + Voices is one of this area’s unique arts organizations, dedicated to showcasing and developing works from artists with a variety of disabilities. New programs are also allowing the artists to teach their talents to children and adults. Krista Gregory, exhibitions director, and Samantha Charek, educational outreach director, join Jane Durrell to talk about the wide-range of programs and events organized by V+V.

Author and WKU professor David Bell

Jan 10, 2014

David Bell is a successful author and English professor at Western Kentucky University. His latest suspense thriller is entitled Never Come Back and he’s on the phone to talk about this new book with Barbara Gray.

Erin Foley is one of the country’s finest stand-up comedians and she’s bringing her new show, Lady with Pockets, to The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout on January 23. She spends a few minutes with our Jim Nolan discussing her career, the genesis of this new show, and some of the challenges of being a touring female comedian.

The Cincinnati Actor’s Studio is the longest year-round operating acting school in the Queen City. Founders Steve Francia and Bob Elkins are with Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss their background, how the school began and what separates it from other similar programs. Bob also talks about his role as the DJ in the classic Sissy Spacek film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Jan 10, 2014

Leave it to the Coen Brothers to come up with a film full of colorful characters, although not always likeable, delicious dialogue, and a tale that may hold moral implications for many viewers. Such is their latest outing, Inside Llewyn Davis. The title character is an aspiring folk singer at the beginning of the folk singing renaissance in 1961. He started as one-half of a duo, which broke up, and now he’s trying for a solo career. Llewyn Davis is completely at loose ends. He’s on the outs with what’s left of his family, has no permanent address, and is getting nowhere fast with his chosen profession. He spends the film on a journey of discovery…but for what? Fame? Love? Or maybe just looking for himself, whoever that may be.

All about the mission and programs of Greenacres

Jan 3, 2014

Greenacres in Indian Hill is unique in the diversity of programs it offers – from equine to horticulture to presenting concerts and offering a variety of education programs – it’s one of the area’s better kept secrets. Jane Durrell talks with Greenacres President Carter Randolph about the location, history and mission of the organization.

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