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.

Vocal Arts Ensemble celebrates the holidays in music

Dec 6, 2013

Nathan Bick from Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble joins Anne Arenstein with a preview of their annual concert A Candlelit Christmas as well as the remaining season of performances, including the first under new music director, Craig Hella Johnson.

Our film critic, Larry Thomas, interviews documentarian Davy Rothbart about Medora, his newest film about this small-town Indiana’s basketball team and how it mirrors the struggle of the town itself. Medora will be screened at the Contemporary Arts Center on Monday, December 9.

A talk with the author of the "Madeline" book series

Nov 29, 2013

John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of “Madeline” creator Ludwig Bemelmans and author of two new “Madeline” books, was in town recently and came by our studio for a conversation with Barbara Gray. He talks about how his grandfather came up with Madeline and reads an excerpt from his Madeline & the Old House in Paris book.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s annual holiday production is Around the World in 80 Days, the classic Jules Verne tale given the Joseph McDonough/David Kisor musical treatment. Lead actors Ken Early and Michael Bath join Rick Pender to talk about their characters of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. The show opens December 4 and runs through January 4.

Over the Rhine’s Iris BookCafe & Gallery is currently featuring the photographic exhibit John Ganis: Consuming the American Landscape, based upon his 2003 book of the same name. Curator Bill Messer is with Jane Durrell to discuss the importance of these photos and Ganis’ current work along the US coastlines.

A one-of-a-kind holiday event is happening at Memorial Hall on December 13 and 15 – it’s young people from Cincinnati Boychoir, Elementz, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati combining forces for SPARK, a performance of music, dance, poetry and visual arts. Lee Hay welcomes in Abdullah Powell from Elementz and Christopher Eanes from the Cincinnati Boychoir to preview this unique and exciting collaboration.

Book review: "Six Months Later"

Nov 29, 2013

Our Kelly Blewett has a review of Six Months Later, the newest novel from author Natalie D. Richards.

"A Klingon Christmas Carol"

Nov 29, 2013

It was inevitable. Coming to the Art Academy of Cincinnati is the debut performance of A Klingon Christmas Carol. Dickens’ tale is told in a distinctly Star Trek way, performed all in the Klingon language with opera-esque supertitles for those unfamiliar with their verbiage. Jim Stump welcomes director Mike Hall and actor Donald Volpenhein for a preview of this unique holiday presentation.

DVD's for your holiday giving

Nov 29, 2013

With Christmas gift time just around the corner, give some thought to presenting that special film buff in your life with a DVD or Blu-Ray box set to match his or her tastes and interests. It’s possible to find box sets of just about anything that’s been committed to film. There are sets of animated works for kids; sets of TV shows from the early 1950s through just last season; and sets of films by genre, actor, or director. If you’re into the cinematic equivalent of self-flagellation, there’s even a box set of all of the Police Academy movies.

New music from Acarya

Nov 22, 2013

Cincinnati tribal rock duo Acarya (Liz Wu and Wes Davidson) is releasing their new downloadable CD, Reperio Terra, on November 29. It’s an acoustic rock album with guitar, male vocal and a specially designed drum set. Liz Wu joins Ron Esposito to talk about the group and the genesis of this new project.