Around Cincinnati

Jazz lovers in this area have no doubt made the drive to Dayton to see some of their favorites perform in in intimate setting of Gilly’s, celebrating almost 34 years of presenting live music in their current location. The club’s owner, Jerry Gillotti, joins our Ron Esposito to reflect on some of the greats who’ve performed at Gilly’s and the challenges of booking live music these days.

Buzzer by Chicago playwright Tracey Scott Wilson opens March 26 in the Thompson Shelterhouse at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Joining Rick Pender to discuss this provocative play about race, class and sex are the director, Timothy Douglas, and actor Eric Lynch.

Language Matters, the film about the importance of native languages and the rapid rate of their disappearance, airs on Cincinnati’s CET March 29. Cincinnatian Bob Holman is the host and he joins Barbara Gray to discuss the far-off locations this film took him; what viewers will see when it airs; and his upcoming appearance at Xavier University.

Art review: Jane Durrell reviews the exhibit Arts Alive, a collection of works by Covington artists as part of that city’s bicentennial celebration, now showing at the Behringer Crawford Museum.

Ron Esposito talks with Richard Loren, manager and agent for the Grateful Dead and personal manager for Jerry Garcia who has just released a new book, High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead.

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Cincinnati Camerata, a local choral group, will join with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble on March 29 for the local premiere of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Passion according to St. John) at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. Dr. Brett Scott, director of Cincinnati Camerata and professor in CCM Choral Department talks with Brian O’Donnell about this concert and the history of his group.

Our Barbara Gray talks with local novelist Tricia Fields about the newest installment in her Josie Gray mystery series, Firebreak.

Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, on the wildly successful AMC series, The Walking Dead, will be appearing this weekend, March 20th through the 22nd,  at the Horror Hound Weekend at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Other Walking Dead cast members, past and present, including Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl will also be there.

Detroit ‘67 is the new, prize-winning play debuting at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati on March 18. Rick Pender discusses this production, set in the racially-charged late 60’s, with two of the leading actors: Zina Camblin and Bryant Bentley.

Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Cincinnati, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the new book he edited, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History.

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