By Thomas Consolo
Don’t worry. The fever will break. No, not yours (although we hope you’re well, of course): Mother Nature’s. By the end of the week, it’ll seem a little more like February again, just in time to inspire you to take advantage of these enjoyable indoor events.
Hard to believe, but it’s already the seventh year for this annual offering of diverse, multidisciplinary concerts featuring world premieres and world-class artists. As in previous years, Constella takes advantage of nontraditional spaces across town for its performances, which run basically on weekends through March 3. Check out the lineup at constellaarts.com or call 800.901.7173. On the menu this week are:
- Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.: “Guitar Fever” — Artyom Dervoed, Russia’s “tsar of the guitar,” is featured in music of Paganini, Piazzolla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and more. He’s joined by violinists Tatiana Berman, Anna Reider and Mauricio Aguiar, violist Joanne Wojtowicz and cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn. (National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: “Solfia and the Lost Orchestra” — Composer Jonathan Carlisle performs his work for children. (Contemporary Arts Center; 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202)
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.: “Tango Passion” — Duo Scofan/Minetti returns with their unique bandoneon and piano combination for passionate music with Dervoed, Berman and Jeff Greene. Ticket includes food, wine and (what else?) dance. (Tango del Barrio; 6110 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224.)
Mercantile Library | 414 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-621-0717
- Thursday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.: “The Last Days of Stalin”
In the second half of 1952, Joseph Stalin was poised to challenge the newly elected U.S. president, Dwight Eisenhower, and was broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Author and historian Joshua Rubinstein gives a presentation on his latest book, centered on that world and Stalin’s sudden collapse and death in March 1953.
Thomas More College | 333 Thomas More Pkwy., Crestview Hills, KY 41017; 859-341-5800
- Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.: Outloud Festival
It’s the 26th year for this celebration of spoken literature inspired by former Enquirer reporter Caden Blincoe, held for 2018 in the science lecture hall. This year’s writers lineup includes “Affrilachian” (black Appalachian) novelist and poet Crystal Wilkinson, Tennessee playwright and poet Linda Marion, Cincinnati poet laureate Pauletta Hansel, Thomas More writer-in-residence Dick Hague and author-musician Michael Henson. There’s food and music, too.
Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra | The Redmoor; 3187 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208; 513-280-8181
- Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.: “The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial”
CCJO’s Big Band at the Redmoor series continues with a tribute to the centenary of bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie. Adia Dobbins joins the band with vocals, and there’s even an opener: the Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative.
American Sign Museum | 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45225; 513-541-6366
- Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.: Ricky Nye Inc.
The Americana music series Signs & Songs continues at the museum dedicated to signage. Local favorite Ricky Nye offers an evening of American roots music.
Contemporary Arts Center/MusicNow | Memorial Hall; 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; 513-977-8838
- Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.: “Music for the Long Emergency”
We know: MusicNow isn’t until April, and the CAC isn’t on Elm Street. The two are teaming up, though, for this joint concert on the CAC’s Black Box Performance Series. It’s the product of a yearlong virtual residency between Minneapolis electronic drum and bass quartet Poliça and Berlin-based chamber ensemble s-t-a-r-g-a-z-e that merges modern classical compositions and electronic dark wave.
Cincinnati Pops | Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-381-3300
- Sunday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Audra McDonald
It’s a special appearance by the six-time Tony Award winner (whom some of us still remember as the newcomer in “Ragtime”). McDonald joins the Pops for an evening of her favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin and more.
UC College-Conservatory of Music | 2600 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45221; 513-556-4183
- Feb. 22-March 4: “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Down at the Aronoff Center, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” runs the same two weekends. Instead, how about seeing Sir Andrew’s seminal work, the rock-musical hybrid “Jesus Christ Superstar”? CCM’s talented roster tells you what’s the buzz in this Mainstage Series production in Patricia Corbett Theater.
Several community theater productions wind down this weekend. Catch them while you can.
- “Suite Surrender”: Bechmont Players (Anderson Center Theatre; 7850 Five Mile Road., Cincinnati, OH 45230; 513-233-2468) Through Saturday.
- “The Secret Lives of Girls”: CenterStage Players (Lockland High School; 249 W. Forrer, Cincinnati, OH 45215; 513-588-4910) Through Saturday.
- “One Slight Hitch”: Fairfield Footlighters (Fairfield Community Arts Center; 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014; 513-867-5348) Through Sunday.
Cincinnati Art Museum | 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-721-2787
- Friday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m.: “Love is in the Hair”
The latest in the museum’s Art After Dark series is inspired by CAM’s special feature “Mementos of Affection: Ornamental Hairwork in Jewelry and Portrait Miniatures,” now on display. Enjoy live music from the Young Heirlooms (which, just this once, you may pronounce hair-looms), love-themed tours of the permanent collection led by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Grid program, and a braid bar and light style refreshing by AV Beauty Bar.
1305 Gallery | 1305 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-659-4987
- Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.: “Palatial”
Eleven paintings by Ariel Vivanco, a recent Art Academy of Cincinnati graduate, of her family members, each using as background the interior color of the Texas home where she grew up. (She later found the color is named Palatial 760A-2.)