What to do/hear/see | Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Curated by Thom Mariner

Final Friday each month is always a huge evening for visual art, but this week spreads wealth across the spectrum. Make this a week worth remembering…



Cincinnati Museum Center | 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203. 513-287-7000

  • Thru Oct. 1. “Star Wars and the Power of Costume”

Final days! May the Power of Costume be with you!



Cincinnati Film Society |

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. “Manhattan Short” Film Festival, (at Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220)
  • Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. “Manhattan Short” Film Festival, (at Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227)

Billed as the “World’s First Global Film Festival,” this is a celebration occurring simultaneously across the globe, bringing great short films to great venues on six continents, with audiences voting for their favorites.



Public Library | 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-369-6900

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Discussion of “Hillbilly Elegy,” with author J.D. Vance
  • Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Discussion of “Love and Other Consolation Prizes,” with author Jamie Ford
Author Jamie Ford

Author Jamie Ford

The Main Library offers insights into two recent books – one a memoir and commentary on growing up poor in Appalachia, the other an historical fiction based on real-life events – and both dealing with challenging childhoods and their aftermath.



Linton Chamber Music | First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Cincinnati, OH 45219. 513-381-6868

  • Sunday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. “The Three Bs and Peter Serkin,” music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
  • Monday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Encore, at Congregation Beth Adam, 10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140)
Pianist Peter Serkin

Pianist Peter Serkin

Growing up in the shadow of one of the 20th century’s master pianists – father Rudolf – Peter Serkin, a huge talent in his own right, carved out his own niche, significantly in the world of new music and as a chamber musician with the amazing Tashi. That makes these intimate performances of chamber masterworks such a rare treat. If you can still find tickets, go hear this.

No Promises Vocal Band | Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Jazz and pop arrangements for male octet

I know a little bit about a cappella singing, enough to know that these guys, led by singer/actor/playwright Josh Steele are really good. Enough said. Go listen (especially since I have my own gig and can’t be there!). Keep up the great work, Josh.

No Promises

Xavier Music Series | Gallagher Theater, Xavier University. 513-745-3161

  • Sunday, Oct. 1, 3 p.m. Noah Preminger & Gary Versace with Brandon Coleman Trio

In what amounts to a bit of a jazz supergroup, star saxophonist Preminger joins forces with keyboardist Versace and the locally-based, but no less impressive, Coleman Trio. Another tour de force performance early in the Xavier season.



Cincinnati Landmark Productions | 513-241-6550

  • Thru Oct. 1. “The Miracle Worker” (at Covedale Center)
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 15. “Cabaret” (at Warsaw Federal Incline Theater)
Matthew Wilson (Emcee) and Hannah Gregory (Sally Bowles) in Cabaret

Matthew Wilson (Emcee) and Hannah Gregory (Sally Bowles) in “Cabaret”

One show closes and another one opens at this pair of typically-packed Price Hill theaters presenting high-quality mainstream fare.

Contemporary Arts Center | 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-345-8400

  • Thursday-Friday, Sept. 28-29. “Tiago Rodrigues: By Heart”

Tiago Rodrigues leads “By Heart”

In this blend of poetry and performance, Portuguese playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues teaches a poem to 10 volunteers who have no idea which text they will learn, by heart, in front of the audience. As he leads them through the poem, Rodrigues recalls stories of his grandmother, who is losing her sight and with it the ability to read, along with stories of writers and characters from books that are connected to them both – and the mystery behind the chosen poem begins to unravel.

“… so deep, so intelligent and so magnificent that we came out of it profoundly moved.”

– Le Figaro

Playhouse in the Park | 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-421-3888

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. “Mr. Joy” (at Thompson Shelterhouse)

As David Lyman wrote in our MUST SEE: Best Performing Arts: Autumn 2017, “There are oodles of characters in Dayton native Daniel Beaty’s play. But just one actor plays them all, from the 11-year-old girl who narrates the show to her elderly grandmother, from a homeless artist to a transsexual flight attendant. The story revolves around a beloved Chinese shopkeeper in Harlem who has been attacked and is near death. But rather than focus on the tragedy, Beaty chooses to regale us with tales of Mr. Joy’s life.”  Runs through Oct. 22.



A whole heap of Final Friday events this month, including some serious socializing at the CAM, plus several exhibit openings for you to sample. A lot to see, so start early and stay late!

Cincinnati Art Museum | 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-721-2787

  • Sept. 29, 5-9 p.m. Art After Dark: “Across the Universe”

Here’s a festive evening to welcome fall and sample many of the great offerings at the CAM. The timeline includes specialty cocktails, music from psychedelic band Playfully Yours, food truck Empanadas Aqui, and after-hours access to “Ana England: Kinship.”

Art Academy of Cincinnati | 1212 Jackson St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-562-6262

  • Friday, Sept. 29, 5-8 p.m. Opening: “(dis)Pleasure,” photographs by Kelly Tadge. Runs through Oct. 27.

Art Beyond Boundaries | 1410 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-421-8726

  • Friday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Opening: “Harvesting Garlic in the Rain,” multiple media by local and regional artists. Runs through Nov. 10.

“Palindrome” by Dustin London

Manifest Gallery | 2727 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206. 513- 861-3638

  • Friday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Opening of four exhibits: “Fresh Paint,” biennial paintings • “Aquachrome,” works of watercolor • paintings by Dustin London and Benjamin Lowery. Runs through Oct. 27.

Wash Park Art | 1215 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-291-3626

  • Sept. 29-Jan. 6 “RE-opening. Thinking. Making.” Mark your calendars for the artist reception: Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Xavier University Art Gallery | A. B. Cohen Center. 1658 Musketeer Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45207

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m. Opening: “Blooming,” floral artwork of Susan Mahan, Ian Ross and Frank Satogata. Runs through Oct. 27.


Frank Satogata is featured in “Blooming.”

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