By Thomas Consolo
Is recovering from Mardi Gras proving challenging? One way we won’t encourage you to do penance is to forego the arts for Lent. Missing a week like this would be a sin, so take an aspirin and get out there.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
We’d be remiss not to note that the week begins with Valentine’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the possibilities of love. If you’re still (ahem, shame on you) looking for a plan, here are a couple of last-minute suggestions:
The Mini Microcinema | 1329 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
- Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.: “Some Like It Hot”
Some call it America’s greatest romantic comedy film. Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe (and a saxophone and a subway grate) star.
Cincinnati Music Theatre | 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-2787
- Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17: “Love is Love”
Present tickets to this second, final weekend for a love-centric, Broadway-themed cabaret show in the Aronoff Center’s intimate Fifth Third Theater. Expect new(er) songs from “Rent” and “Aspects of Love,” as well as more traditional tunes from shows including “White Christmas.”
Shawnee Lookout Park | 2008 Lawrenceburg Rd., North Bend, OH 45052; 513-521-7275
- Friday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: “A Cold Winter’s Night Hike”
If love isn’t a joyful thing in your life at the moment, how about a brisk night hike through nature? Enjoy night activities along Shawnee Lookout’s Blue Jacket Trail as you listen for a great horned owl to make an appearance.
Cincinnati World Cinema | Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-977-8838
- Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17: 2018 Oscar Short Documentaries
You know the Academy Awards winners that they roll across the TV screen to a speech about how important they are…? Well, here’s your chance actually to see some of them. It’s the 17th year for screening the short documentary nominees. They’re split into two shows, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday and 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday (all shown each day).
Mayerson JCC | 8485 Ridge Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236; 513-761-7500
- Through Feb. 22: Jewish & Israeli Film Festival
It’s the last full week of this three-week festival. Coming up are:
- Sunday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m.: “The Law” (Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236; 513-984-0302)
- Monday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.: “Amor” (Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227; 513-272-2002)
- Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.: “My Hero Brother” (Kenwood Theatre)
The Mercantile Library | 414 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-0717
- Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: CurioCity: Bibliophilia
With Union Terminal closed for renovations, the Cincinnati Museum Center takes the book-focused night in its 21-and-over CurioCity series to one of the city’s most book-friendly spaces. Learn about the history of print, book binding and story crafting.
Chamber Music Cincinnati | 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-2787
- Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Apollon Musagete
This quartet exploded on the scene in 2010 and has toured the world since, collecting prizes along the way. The group takes its name and inspiration from Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet “Apollo, Leader of the Muses.” The program of Sibelius, Mozart and Grieg is at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-381-3300
- Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.: Music of Prokofiev, Ravel and Stravinsky
Stravinsky’s music, not just his inspiration, are on the bill for Music Hall this weekend. The Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” is paired with Prokofiev’s brilliant Symphony No. 1, “Classical,” Ravel’s piano concerto and the whirling specters of “La Valse.” Louis Langrée conducts with pianist Jeffrey Kahane. Program repeats at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Matinee Musicale | Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-231-0964
- Sunday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m.: Julian Bliss, clarinet, and Bradley Moore, piano
The British clarinetist has excelled equally with orchestra, in recital and with his Benny Goodman-inspired jazz septet. This program features Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, Weber and Tiberiu Olah. He follows the performance with a 7:30 p.m. master class at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Contemporary Arts Center | 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-345-8400
- Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.: “JACK &”
This world premiere by Kaneza Schaal explores the damages of being in prison, the measure of one’s dreaming that is given to the state, in a three-act dreamscape. Schaal directs, Cornell “Nate” Alston stars and musician and composer Rucyl Mills performs.
It’s the final days for these productions:
- “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”: Through Saturday at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (1195 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-381-2273).
- “The Humans”: Through Saturday at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (1127 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-421-3555).
- “Million Dollar Quartet”: Through Sunday at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-421-3888).
Taft Museum of Art | 316 Pike St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-241-0343
- Opening Saturday, Feb. 17: “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection”
The Taft’s latest exhibition boasts more than 60 stunning examples of Tiffany’s decorative genius – including vases, lamps, windows, furniture and ornamental objects – from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection in Chicago. Through May 27.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum | 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton , OH 45013; 513-868-1234
- Opens Friday, Feb. 16: “Authentic Forest”
In this series of works by German Lemus, the fine lines between hunter and hunted, prey and predator, meek and loud, large and the small are blended in a celebration of nature and textures. Opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. Live demonstration by the artist is 2 p.m. Saturday. Runs through April 7.
Cincinnati Art Museum | 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-721-2787
- Friday, Feb. 16: Saul Steinberg “Mural of Cincinnati”
In the 20th century, commercial developers still thought innovative architectural design and fine art were investments that made their projects landmarks, and that defined their cities. Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza was one of those, with chic design by Skidmore Owings Merrill and commissioned art by Miro and Steinberg gracing its public spaces. Steinberg’s “Mural of Cincinnati” goes on permanent display Friday in the art museum’s Schmidlapp Gallery. Read more about it in our story.
Don’t wait too long…
Cincinnati Art Museum | 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-721-2787
- April 20-Aug. 12: “Terracotta Army”
This landmark exhibit of 120 objects from ancient China doesn’t open for two months, but timed tickets have now gone on sale, and – trust us – they’ll sell fast. Museum members can get free admission, but they still need tickets.