Patti Astor in Wild Style
After graduating from Walnut Hills High School in 1968, Patti Titchener went to New York and reinvented herself as the celebrity Patti Astor — a colorful underground film star featured in the landmark 1983 Hip Hop and street-culture movie Wild Style and founder of the East Village’s famous FUN Gallery, home in the 1980s to such young artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Recently, she wrote and self-published FUN Gallery…The True Story.
This weekend, Astor is returning to Cincinnati for some whirlwind appearances. There’s a personal reason — the Cincinnati Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion; she was in the original company when she was 13. But there are also several public events. On Friday, she’ll be at Downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel (609 Walnut St., 21cmuseumhotels.com) for a free 8 p.m. screening of Wild Style, with cocktails at 7 p.m. and a post-movie Q&A. On Sunday at 2 p.m., she’ll be doing a reading and signing of her memoir at Over-the-Rhine’s Iris BookCafe, (1331 Main St., irisbookcafe.com). And at 5 p.m. Sunday at Over-the-Rhine’s Symphony Hotel Restaurant, (210 W. 14th St., symphonyhotel.com), she’ll present another of her classic New York underground movies, Amos Poe’s 1977 The Foreigner. It’s also free; drinks served at 4 p.m.