Around Cincinnati

Sundays at 7 PM

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, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, 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.

The next regional premiere from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is playwright Katori Hall’s fascinating re-imaging of events on the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The Mountaintop opens on March 19 and our Rick Pender discusses this 2-character Olivier Award winning play with the actors, Gavin Lawrence and Torie Wiggins.

Book review: "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening"

Mar 14, 2014

Kelly Blewett has a review of the personal new book from author Carol Wall, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart.

Local poet and Youngstown native Rochelle Hurt joins Kelly Blewett to talk about her latest collection, The Rusted City, in advance of her March 29 reading event at the Thunder Sky Gallery in Northside.

Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner is not only one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed band The National, but is also founder and artistic director of the local MusicNOW festival, happening the weekend of March 21-22. This year’s event is a groundbreaking collaboration with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presenting two completely separate nights of music involving world premiere compositions, special guest starts, and a Music Hall experience unique and provocative for traditional concert-goers. Bryce Dessner is on the phone with our Frank Johnson to discuss MusicNOW and his passion for both rock and classical music composition and performance.

New exhibit of jewelry created by Art Smith

Mar 14, 2014

Jane Durrell has a review of the current Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition, From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith.

A chat with local author Melissa Landers

Mar 14, 2014

Barbara Gray sits down with local author Melissa Landers to talk about her young adult sci-fi romance novel, Alienated, published last month by Disney-Hyperion.

Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride and Prejudice is the newest production at Playhouse in the Park, and Artistic Director Blake Robison has personally directed this adaptation which stars Kate Cook and showcases some of the exquisite paintings from the Taft Museum of Art. Rick Pender sat down with Blake Robison to discuss this classic and why he decided to direct it for the third time in his career.

Book review: "The Aviator's Wife"

Mar 7, 2014

Our Kelly Blewett has a review of the book The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

The Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department is one of the newest members of the prestigious National String Project consortium, a nationally recognized coalition of sites offering affordable, quality stringed instrument instruction at colleges and universities across the United States. Frank Johnson welcomes Dr. Holly Attar and Dr. Amy Gillingham from NKU to talk about this program and how students and the community can join in.

This year’s edition of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, coming to US Bank Arena starting March 12, will feature the King Charles Troupe, a group of talented athletes who play basketball on unicycles. The troupe leader, Kim Anthony Jones, joins Lee Hay by phone to let listeners know what to expect when they take to the center ring.