What to Do/See/Hear | Nov. 1-7

By Thomas Consolo

Thanks to daylight saving time’s demise, we get an extra hour to enjoy this week, and not a moment too soon. There’s more than enough to do to fill the time – especially if you enjoy the sound of a chorus. Even if that’s not your cup of tea, fear not. There’s art, film and theater aplenty. Here are a few suggestions:



Contemporary Dance Theater | Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center, downtown. 513-621-2787

  • Nov. 3 & 4, 8 p.m. “What’s Goin’ On”

“What’s Goin’ On” (Photo by Jonathan Hsu)

Contemporary Dance Theater launches its 45th season with the VTDance/Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Dance Company of Washington, D.C. Their dance tribute to Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice,” encompasses three styles – modern, jazz and West African – in choreography of Vincent Thomas, Sylvia Soumah and Ralph Glenmore. There are notable Cincinnati connections in motion, too.



The Mini Microcinema | 1329 Main St., Over-the-Rhine

  • Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. “Lil’s + Lils”

Over-the-Rhine’s experimental cinema screens short films for children, all either in English or without dialogue. Enjoy bagels, too, from Lil’s Bagels, and coffee from Iris Book Cafe. Also this week, “Whose Streets?” about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri (7:30 p.m. Thursday); and “Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati,” a 2008 documentary on the architecture and art preserved in our churches, temples and mosques (7 p.m. Sunday).



The Mercantile Library | 513-621-0717

  • Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Niehoff Lecture XXX with Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith (Photo by Dominique Nabakov)

The Roman numeral is a giveaway: It’s the Super Bowl of Cincinnati’s literary scene. Don’t believe us? Consider the roster of previous speakers: William F. Buckley, George Plimpton, Salman Rushdie, John Updike and Tom Wolfe. For the 30th edition, the Merc welcomes Zadie Smith, award-winning author of “Swing Time,” “NW,” “White Teeth” and “On Beauty.” Held in the Westin Hotel’s Presidential Ballroom, downtown.



Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra | St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Montgomery. 513-549-2197

  • Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Mozart: “Requiem”

BAMSO joins forces with the Cincinnati Choral Society for performances of Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece. Repeats Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Mason United Methodist Church.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300

  • Nov. 4, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

Composer Julie Adolphe (Photo by Martin Chalifour)

In the final grand reopening program for Music Hall, the CSO and May Festival Chorus look back at the beloved landmark’s origin. The program recreates the 1875 Saengerfest Hall concert that spurred civic leaders to replace it with Music Hall after pelting rain and hail on the tin roof drowned out the performance. This time, you’ll actually be able to hear Bach’s “Magnificat” and Brahms’ “Triumphlied.” Added for this occasion: the world premiere of Julia Adolphe’s “Equinox.”

CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Choir | 513-556-6638

  • Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Bach, “Mass in B Minor” (at Christ Church Cathedral, downtown)
  • Nov. 5, 5 p.m. Encore (at Knox Church, Hyde Park)

If you need more Bach this weekend (and can one have too much Bach?), Earl Rivers leads a combination of CCM’s elite singers and players in the great B-Minor Mass.

Fitton Center for Creative Arts | Downtown Hamilton. 513-863-8873, x110

  • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. John Zappa Quintet

Local trumpeter (and CCM product) John Zappa fronts his namesake quintet in the hall on the bank of the Great Miami for a night celebrating the music of legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

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

  • Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Eric Harland and Voyager

Up this month from Xavier’s jazz series is drummer Eric Harland, who at age 36 already has played on nearly 200 recordings and been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. Besides his kit, he’s bringing his group Voyager along.

More November music highlights



The Carnegie | Covington. 859-957-1940

  • Opening Nov. 4. “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical”

Explores the life of singer Rosemary Clooney, the Maysville, Kentucky, girl singer who went to Hollywood, was beset by personal struggle and enjoyed a second act as jazz singer. Expect to hear a night of favorites, including “Come On-A My House,” “Tenderly” and “Hey There.”

Playhouse in the Park | Mt. Adams. 513-421-3888

  • Previews begin Nov. 4. “An Evening With Groucho”
Frank Ferrante as Groucho

Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx

Say the magic word and get a night of comedy entertainment. Actor-director-playwright Frank Ferrante brings his portrayal of actor, comedian and television host Groucho Marx to the friendly confines of the Thompson Shelterhouse. You’ll even learn something about Zeppo and Gummo. Yes, Gummo.

School for Creative and Performing Arts | Over-the-Rhine. 513-363-8100

  • Nov. 2-5. “Hairspray”

SCPA’s Corbett Theater has come to be a favorite venue for several of the area’s performing groups, but it’s the home field for Cincinnati’s school for budding stars. See how good they are in the school’s fall musical, “Hairspray.”



Essex Studios | Essex Place, Walnut Hills. 513-476-2170

  • Nov. 3 & 4, 6-10 p.m. ArtWalk

About four times a year, the diverse artists of Essex Studios – from oil paintings and photographs to letterpress, spray paint and textiles – open their workspaces to the public. Besides viewing the art, visitors can enjoy food and live music, and participate in interactive displays.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | The Banks, downtown. 513-333-7500

  • Opening Nov. 4. The Kinsey Collection. Reception: Nov. 3, 6 p.m. $25

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection: #001 Union Soldier

Over four decades of marriage, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have amassed one of the largest collections of African American art, artifacts and documents. Spanning 400 years, the collection features work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Mayhew, and archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston and Malcolm X. Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are to be in Cincinnati to speak at a special opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday.

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