Tracey Lynn Conrad established the volunteer Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati (ypscincinnati.org) to raise awareness for nonprofit organizations in Cincinnati while developing a commitment to philanthropy among the next generation of community leaders. She also functions as a fundraiser, event planner and promoter for Cincinnati’s arts and nonprofit community and is currently working to promote FotoFocus, the city’s photography and lens-based art biennial, held Oct. 8-Nov. 1 at various venues around Cincinnati.
What’s your favorite thing about fall in Cincinnati?
Tracey Lynn Conrad:
My favorite thing about fall in Cincinnati is the arts. Fall is the opening of the season for two of my favorite arts organizations: Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
What annual fall event do you look forward to each year?
The annual fall event I look forward to is Halloween. Halloween is my favorite holiday. It is so fun attending Halloween parties and seeing the creative expression of people through their costumes; I love that you can dress up and be anyone you want for one night.
Is there anything in particular this fall that you’re looking forward to?
This fall I am most looking forward to the FotoFocus Biennial. FotoFocus recaptures the spirit of Cincinnati’s legacy as an epicenter of art production, collaboration and creative exchange with over 50 venues in the region participating.
If you could imagine a perfect, cozy fall meal at a local restaurant, what would the meal be?
Sotto is my favorite restaurant for a cozy fall meal. The atmosphere is both rustic and romantic. The distressed wood of the tables and the mood set by candlelight gives it a warm feeling, perfect for a cold fall evening. Italian food is my favorite — a big bowl of pasta is the perfect comfort meal for the fall.
What cocktail says “fall” to you, and why?
When the leaves begin to fall and the temperatures get cooler I drink red wine. Kevin Hart, beverage director at Boca, is my favorite sommelier in the city for recommendations for wine. The warming effect of red wine is one of the body’s natural reactions to the tannins and histamines that are found in the skins of red grapes. Having a glass of red wine by a fire is a great way to warm up.
Picks for “The Princess”
Dirty Dancing: Baby comes to Broadway for this live take on the classic film. Sept. 23-Oct. 5. Tickets start at $29. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Guided Ghost Tours of Music Hall: Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most haunted landmarks in America. The iconic building was built over a pauper’s cemetery and has more than enough supernatural lore to fuel multiple — and frequently sold-out — paranormal tours. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 3. $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org.
FotoFocus: According to Conrad, this year will include a new community-driven exhibition, [email protected], featuring a live Instagram feed of biennial activities occurring simultaneously around town. Use the hashtag #FotoFocus2014 to add to the live stream, which will be exhibited in several locations from Oct. 8-12. FotoFocus itself will occur at various venues throughout town, including the Taft Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center and Cincinnati Art Museum. Oct. 8-Nov. 1. “Passports” range from $15-$75. fotofocusbiennial.org.
Northern Kentucky Wine Festival: This festival celebrates Kentucky wine. Sample vinos and vintages from area wineries, and enjoy food, artisans and entertainment. 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Admission includes a souvenir glass and four sample tickets. MainStrasse Village, Main St., Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
The Malice Ball: The OTR Chamber’s signature masquerade ball is back at the Christian Moerlein Brewery. Dress in your best elegant and dramatic costume for a night of dancing, DJs, a spooky photobooth, ghoulish makeup styling, drinks and light snacks. In 2013, there were more than 700 attendees. 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31. $25. Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore St., Downtown, otrchamber.com.
Peter Pan: The Cincinnati Ballet tackles the classic tale of Peter Pan with magical choreography, acrobatics and live musical accompaniment from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Nov. 7-9. Tickets start at $32. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cballet.org.