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celebrating your dad,
the end of slavery, a local pork product or just a welcome break from
work, there are tons of events in store this weekend. Buckle up!
As always, the Midpoint
Indie Summer Series is a superb way to kick things off. Tonight The Seedy
Seeds, Wymond Miles and Belle Histoire take over Fountain Square starting at 7
p.m. Grab a beer, something to eat
and if you haven’t already secured your MPMF wristbands, be sure to purchase
those tonight as well. Early bird tickets save you $10 — and they’re almost sold out! You
can also buy tickets and check out the full Indie Summer schedule and initial
MPMF band announcements here.
Barbeque may be the
widely-recognized seasonal meat dish of choice, but locals know better — Cincy
celebrates goetta with multiple festivals each summer. The first of which,
MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest,
begins tonight in Covington. Enjoy live music, vendors, booze and all the
goetta dogs, burgers, reubens, chili and pizza your heart desires (or fears)
though Sunday night.
If sampling pork dishes
isn’t your thing, why not sample the best of local and regional dancers?
Contemporary Dance Theater presents its annual Area Choreographers Festival
Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center. The program features six
performances from established companies and up-and-coming choreographers. Find
ticket information and a full lineup here.
Many associate the
end of slavery in the United States with Emancipation Proclamation, issued by
Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862 (and went into effect Jan. 1, 1863), but just
a small fraction of slaves actually benefited from this order. On
June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived at
Galveston, Tex., it is said, to enforce the abolition of slaves there. This
date represents a true end of slavery, called Juneteenth, and is recognized by
41 states. Celebrate this weekend at Eden Park with cultural music and dancing,
performances, traditional storytelling, ethnic food and vendors Saturday and
Sunday. This year marks the 25th annual Juneteenth Festival in Cincinnati, predicted to be one of the
largest local celebrations yet.
From a historical holiday to a fictional one, Bloomsday is
also celebrated this weekend. In James Joyce’s classic epic Ulysses, Leopold Bloom embarked on his
Dublin journey on June 16, 1904. Though purely a literary creation, June 16 has
become a day to honor Irish heritage and culture (you don’t have to wait until
March!). The Irish Heritage Center
presents an evening full of traditional Irish songs, readings,
performances and more Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Cincinnati Opera
opened its 2012 season this week, and celebrates with Pride Night Saturday. Experience the
tragic passion of Pagliacci and the humorous charm of Gianni Schicchi
in a classical doubleheader, followed by a circus-themed bash at Music Hall.
Enjoy a talent-packed performance, support the LGBT community and party it up in one night? Yeah, it’s
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OTR Skate, Cincinnati Opera Gala, Steampunk Symposium, ReUse-apalooza and more
Thanks to the Contemporary Arts Center's current music video exhibition, Spectacle, a number of talented musicians, artists and directors have flocked to Cincinnati during the past two months to perform and discuss the power of music videos in our culture. Tonight, director Vincent Morisset stops by to screen Inni, his powerful black-and-white film about Icelandic Pop Rock group Sigur Rós. Morisset will then discuss his work with Sigur Rós and Arcade Fire and take questions. The event begins at 6:30 — come early to check out the Spectacle exhibit if you haven't yet. The screening and talk are free for members, $7.50 museum admission for non-members.
It's Final Friday and last year's popular monthly OTR Skate is back! Don your best hot pants and tube socks and roll over to the OTR Recreation Center for a night of old-school fun with a hip twist. Bust a move on the rink to the music of Automagik and You, You're Awesome. Admission is just $5 (skate rental included) and goes to the Rec Center to provide youth programs and scholarships for area kids. Enjoy free Vitamin Water and classic game room attractions like air hockey and foosball. Been a decade or two since you last laced up those skates? Cincinnati Rollergirls will be on hand for some pro tips. The fun begins at 8 p.m.
Northside's Building Value presents its third annual ReUse-apalooza tonight from 7-11 p.m. Learn about how the nonprofit reuses materials and what you can do to promote sustainable building practices. Music will be provided by Messerly and Ewing and there will be a silent auction featuring Building Value projects. Tickets are $20, $50 VIP. After the benefit, head over to Northside Tavern for a free after-party.
If you've checked out our cover story this week, you know about the steampunk movement that's taken flight locally. What started as a literary genre that mixes Victorian history with futuristic fantasy elements a la Jules Verne is know an underground culture with its own music, art, costuming and performance aspects. This weekend marks the first Steampunk Symposium at Tri-County's Atrium Hotel. While weekend passes are sold-out, Saturday one-day tickets will be available at the door for $20. Whether you're a diehard steampunk or just curious about the movement, this quirky event has something for everyone. Saturday's schedule includes various steampunk bands and authors, a midnight masquerade, workshops, fashion shows, a mustache parade, verbal dueling (a battle of wits) and dozens of other activities. Various events run from 10 a.m. until around 2 a.m. Read more about the culture and find a Saturday lineup here.May is Bike Month and the Main Library downtown kicks off the cycling celebration Saturday with a bike expo. Check out various bicycle exhibits, meet organizers from groups like MoBo Bicycle Coop, Queen City Bike and League of American Bicyclists and meet Bobbi Montgomery, author of Across America by Bicycle. Get all the information you need to become a regular cyclist about town. The expo runs from 2-4 p.m. Go here for more details.The Cincinnati Opera will perform the highly anticipated Southern-inspired George Gershwin hit Porgy and Bess in June, but you don't have to wait until summer to get in on the excitement. Saturday's Opera Gala, "A Hot Night in Charleston" will transport Duke Energy Convention Center's Grand Ballroom into the Pametto State with soul food, cocktails, music and dancing. After you've had your fill of Southern-style eats, stick around for the after-party, "Late Night in Charleston." Being a benefit for the Opera, tickets for the Gala are pretty steep ($250, $175 for first-timers); If you're on a budget, consider coming for the after-party, which runs from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. — tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin being serves at 6:30 p.m.
Add a little cuteness to your weekend with the Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic open house Sunday. The facility has been yarn bombed by the Cincinnati BombShells to welcome new cats ready for adoption. If you're looking for a new cuddle buddy, consider adopting one of OAR's rescue kitties at the event. The free open house runs 1-4 p.m. Go here for more details, directions and more info on donations and volunteer opportunities.For more art exhibits, theater shows events and concerts, check out our To Do page and music blog.
Cincinnati Opera offers a cinematic version of 'The Magic Flute'
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is a perfect point of entry for kids. There’s plenty of fantasy, a happy ending, no one dies and the music is sublime. But for director Tomer Zvulun, it’s all about the magic. Although instruments get the magic started, Mozart’s utterly delightful score and characters like the bird catcher Papageno, his mate Papagena and a host of birds and animals are the opera’s true magical forces.
A first-person account of being a super for Cincinnati Opera
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
After years of writing about classical music and opera, I’m actually in an opera as a supernumerary, the operatic equivalent of an extra. My role: a Russian peasant peeling potatoes in the first scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The audition was easy: fill out a form and be photographed next to a measuring stick.
The leads in Rigoletto draw on personal experience for their roles
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
An intense father-daughter relationship is at the heart of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, which opens Cincinnati Opera’s summer season with performances Thursday and Saturday. Baritone Stephen Powell makes his role debut as Rigoletto, the acid-tongued jester, and soprano Sarah Coburn is his daughter Gilda.
From future legal eagle to songbird, Lawrence Brownlee’s diverted flight path
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the summer of 2004, an unknown African-American tenor starred in Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment, best known for the killer aria “Ah! Mes Amis!” with its nine high C notes. Lawrence Brownlee made it sound effortless, spinning off octave jumps with crystalline purity.
Veteran British director helps Cincinnati Opera tackle 'La Boheme'
0 Comments · Sunday, July 18, 2010
Puccini's 'La Boheme' is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The inspiration for 'Rent,' it's the perfect opera for first-timers, for date night, for anyone. And when the staging is by veteran British director Jonathan Miller, 'La Boheme' is a must-see, a Cincinnati Opera co-production with the English National Opera updated to Paris in the early 1930s with a cast of exciting young singers. Miller speaks with CityBeat about his insistence on hewing to the dramatic truth in opera productions.
Acclaimed conductor Robert Spano leads Cincinnati Opera's production of 'Otello'
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary season roars back with 'Otello,' Verdi's brilliant setting of Shakespeare's tragedy of toxic doubt and jealousy. There's plenty of drama onstage, but look for an equally compelling performance from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Spano, one of the most acclaimed conductors in the business. Spano spoke with CityBeat about his Cincinnati Opera debut.
Cincinnati Opera makes a huge production out of its 90th season opener
0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Richard Wagner's operas are hardly metaphors for fast food, but when it comes to the "ultra grande" menu nothing competes with his 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.' There might be no calories or saturated fats, but mounting a production of 'Meistersinger' can put a company at risk for cardiac arrest ... which it nearly did for Cincinnnati Opera.
Cincinnati Opera celebrates its 90th season with three promising operas and a gala
0 Comments · Monday, June 14, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary season already has more drama than a Verdi potboiler in an Italian opera house about to go on strike. But despite casting woes for the opening work, there's plenty to celebrate: three great operas with world-class performers, conductors and directors. It all kicks off with a gala concert June 19 featuring acclaimed performers from the company's past and present.