By Thom Mariner
BLINK is upon us. And more…before or after BLINK or the nights you aren’t attending. Learn more about BLINK here and here. Read on for other delectable delights…
Cincinnati Ballet | Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center. 513-621-5219
- Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14. “Collide,” in partnership with Contemporary Dance Theater
Here are three performances, curated by Cincinnati Ballet artistic director Victoria Morgan and CDT artistic director Jefferson James, in celebration of BLINK. The program features world premieres from choreographers Debbie Blunden-Diggs, James Cunningham, and André Megerdichian, all danced by the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company.
Black Folks Make Movies | DAAP and other locations, University of Cincinnati. 513-560-8366
- Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 12-15. Fade2Black Film Festival
BFMM presents a regular schedule of films at neighborhood libraries and other venues. The first F2B festival presents three days of films, lectures and discussions celebrating the history of Black American cinema, 1910 to the present. There are sessions Thursday evening, with day and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday, plus a free evening showing on Sunday at The Mini Microcinema in OTR. Another addition to the rich diversity of creative life in Cincinnati. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com.
Cincinnati World Cinema | Memorial Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 859-957-3456
- Sunday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. “The Fall,” by Tarsem Singh
Important and unusual films from around the world return to Memorial Hall for a second season – yet another reason to be thankful for this refurbished gem. Film critic Roger Ebert called “The Fall” – shot over four years on 60 locations in 28 countries – “one of the most extraordinary films I’ve ever seen.”
Mercantile Library | 414 Walnut St., downtown. 513-621-0717
- Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. Poetry, Prose & Piano Quintet
Great music meets great poetry in this mixed media program from the increasingly inventive Mercantile, presenting interpretations of Brahms, Britten and Neruda by piano, voice, and the excellent 4-Way String Quartet.
Catacoustic Consort | Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Walnut Hills.
- Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. “Ahi, Sospiri”
Cincinnati’s world-class early music series presents an evening of Baroque Italian love songs, featuring the outstanding local soprano, Melissa Harvey, and Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano, Virginia Warnken, accompanied by theorbo, lirone and Baroque harp.
Cincinnati Arts Association | Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, downtown. 513-621-2787
- Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Black Violin
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist Wil B. and violinist and Kev Marcus. Their concerts blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass, creating a unique and high-energy style. One of their key messages through these performances is for young people to embrace doing something unique with their own lives, in whatever field they choose.
Cincinnati Pops | Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300
- Friday-Sunday, Oct. 13-15. (Pops) “The Music of John Williams,” John Morris Russell, conductor
This is simply a no-brainer. Reasons to attend: 1) JMR. 2) CSO letting its hair down. 3) Fantastic film music by the genre’s greatest living composer. 4) New Music Hall. Reasons not to attend? Can’t think of one! Want to know more about the new hall and how it sounds?
Kentucky Symphony Orchestra | Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University. 859-431-6216
- Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. “All By Themselves,” works by Eric Carmen and Sergei Rachmaninoff
Another smart program from KSO music director J.R. Cassidy, pairing two beloved works by Rachmaninoff with the two ‘70s hit pop songs they inspired. This was how I discovered Rachmaninoff. How many songs do you know based on classical music?
Xavier Music Series | School of Creative & Performing Arts, Over-the-Rhine. 513-745-3161
- Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield
If you’ve followed progressive jazz for the past several decades, you recognize some or all of these names, each a star in his own right. Now imagine them all onstage at once. Pretty cool, right? Moved to the larger and centrally located SCPA Corbett Theater in anticipation of a big crowd.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-2273
- Friday, Oct. 13-Nov. 4. “Dracula”
It’s Friday the 13th, just a couple weeks before Halloween. Few plays would be more appropriate for the occasion, right? Can’t wait to see what CincyShakes has up its sleeve for this one.
BLINK Cincinnati | Throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine
- Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 12-15. Light as art event
This inaugural event has really snuck up on the city quickly, as many details have only come into focus the past couple of months. Nonetheless, DO NOT MISS THIS. (Yes, that’s a little bit of yelling, sorry.) Organizers claim you will need the better part of two evenings to experience it all. Installations and new murals cover 20 city blocks from The Banks to Washington Park to Findlay Market and beyond. Summerfair is presenting an open-air art street market along Garfield Park. Opening parade is Thursday, at dusk (a little after 7 p.m.). And much more… Learn more about BLINK in our October issue.
Gallery 708 | 708 Walnut St., downtown. 513-551-8171
- Oct. 12, 5-9 p.m. “Cincinnati has HeART”
This still-new gallery on the streetcar line opens its latest exhibit inspired by and in conjunction with BLINK. Stop by to pause and refresh. Runs through Oct. 31.