What to do, hear and see | Jan. 25-31

by Thom Mariner

Ok, it appears that winter is not going to just ignore us this year, so we might as well make the best of it and get some art and culture into our lives. Lots to do!


CULTURAL EXHIBITS

Skirball Museum 

“12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman.” | Sunday, Jan. 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hebrew Union College

 

California state senator Mark Leno is the featured speaker for HUC’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, Sunday.

California state senator Mark Leno is the featured speaker for HUC’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, Sunday.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Jan. 27 this year. Two major Jewish institutions have joined forces for events this weekend: HUC and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.

This is your final opportunity to view James Friedman’s early 1980s photographs of what remains of Nazi concentration camps. The resulting exhibition, part of the 2016 FotoFocus Biennial, hauntingly juxtaposes hallowed ground with modern reality.

Following, at 4 p.m. in HUC’s Scheuer Chapel, is a presentation by guest speaker Senator Mark Leno, California’s first elected gay state senator.

LITERARY

Mercantile Library 

“Men and Style. And Whiskey. An Evening with David Coggins” | Thursday, Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m. 

Style icon David Coggins riffs on his new book at The Mercantile, Thursday.

Style icon David Coggins riffs on his new book at The Mercantile, Thursday.

The Mercantile partners with OTR’s Article Menswear to present style expert Coggins, discussing his latest book, “Men and Style: Essays, Interviews and Considerations.” Said whiskies to be provided by Boone County Distilling, George Remus, New Riff Distilling, and Indian Creek Distilling. Substance, style and sipping – a sublime trifecta of sorts?

MUSIC

Cincinnati Song Initiative 

“Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic” | Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Mercantile Library

The artist roster for “Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic” (L-R starting from the top): Ahyoung Jung (piano), Samuel Martin (piano), Marie Marquis (soprano), Ivy Walz (mezzo-soprano), Alexander Hurd (baritone), Kenneth Griffiths (narrator)

The artist roster for “Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic” (L-R starting from the top): Ahyoung Jung (piano), Samuel Martin (piano), Marie Marquis (soprano), Ivy Walz (mezzo-soprano), Alexander Hurd (baritone), Kenneth Griffiths (narrator)

Sam Martin is a CCM graduate and collaborative pianist – what we used to unfairly dismiss as “accompanist.” He, and area colleagues interested in the art of song, have created a concert series. This, their second concert (also at the Mercantile, busy place!), is the first in a three-concert survey of the relatively simple, spare music of “Les Six,” a group of French composers who worked against what they saw as the excessive opulence of early 20th century Europe. If you’ve not experienced classical art song before, this is a great opportunity in a very cool space.

Matinee Musicale

Joyce Yang, piano | Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m., Anderson Center

Pianist Joyce Yang returns to Cincinnati for a Matinee Musicale recital, Jan. 31, at Anderson Center.

Pianist Joyce Yang returns to Cincinnati for a Matinee Musicale recital, Jan. 31, at Anderson Center.

The 2016-17 season is the year of 2005 Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang in Cincinnati. She performed Ravel with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in August. She returns, in a solo Matinee Musicale recital, next Tuesday, playing music of Grieg, Schumann and the prolific contemporary Australian composer Carl Vine. If you’re unable to attend this time, she’ll make still one more appearance here this season, March 20, with violinist Augustin Hadelich, in a concert for Chamber Music Cincinnati. She’s very busy and really good!

THEATER

Associate artistic director Tamara Winters directs “The Dragon Play,” opening Friday at Know Theatre.

Associate artistic director Tamara Winters directs “The Dragon Play,” opening Friday at Know Theatre.

Know Theatre

“The Dragon Play,” by Jenny Connell Davis | Jan. 27-Feb. 18

Playwright Davis says she thinks “a lot about roots and community and what it means to be connected to (or disconnected from) the people around you.” These thoughts are at the heart of “The Dragon Play,” a romantic drama about the complexities of love, longing and loss…and how people can be dragons, too. Sounds intriguing, right?

VISUAL ART

It’s Final Friday! And there are art openings galore…

21c Museum Hotel

“A Global Gathering: The 21c Collection” | Friday. Jan. 27, 6 p.m.-midnight

The 21c Museum Hotels will soon grow to seven, adding Nashville in the near future. Over the past decade they have produced nearly 100 exhibits, and have chosen to present some highlights here in the Queen City.

Art Beyond Boundaries

“Perfect 10.” | Friday, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m., runs through March 10

Help Jymi Bolden and crew celebrate a decade of creativity and community in OTR.

Cincinnati Art Museum

“Art After Dark: Queen City Royals” | Friday, Jan. 27, 5-9 p.m. 

Get your crown and sceptre on for an evening of art-inspired royalty with drinks and light bites, live music, guided gallery tours, a floral crown-making activity and more. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Come on, you know you wanna be Queen Victoria…

Manifest Gallery 

Friday, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m. Four new exhibits open:

“Half-Truth,” a timely show of art about distortions of reality.

“Game On!,” art about play and whimsy.

“Line and Light,” hand-cut paper drawings by Laura Makar.

“Form and Time,” a series of drawings, most no larger than one-foot in size, by Charles Kanwischer

Rosalie Rosenthal is one of the artists in Manifest Gallery’s “Game On!,” one of four exhibits opening Friday.

Rosalie Rosenthal is one of the artists in Manifest Gallery’s “Game On!,” one of four exhibits opening Friday.

Manifest presents art from around the country and beyond. Always fascinating. Exhibits run through Feb. 24. Last Look: Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

And, as always, Manifest openings are part of Walk on Woodburn, East Walnut Hills’ neighborhood gallery and pub crawl. Craft brews and cocktails involve art, too!

Pendleton Art Center 

“Art After Dark: Queen City Royals” | Friday, Jan. 27, 6-10 p.m.

Dozens of open studios throughout eight crammed, creaky floors, and some of the best mingling anywhere.


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