Archive for November 2006

New Eats

November 30, 2006

Deli seven20 — operated by Michelle Lightfoot, the former operator/chef of Poppies Deli — is open in the Sawyer Point Building at 720 E. Pete Rose Way (381-3720). The Ring Dang Doo sandwich is back!

Paula’s Café opened this week at 41 East Fourth St. (381-3554). They’re serving breakfast as well as lunch. No one should make it all the way through life without tasting the biscuits!

— Lora Arduser

CAC in Flux

November 29, 2006

Toby Kamps, the Contemporary Arts Center’s senior curator, resigned yesterday to take a job at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. He was hired by the CAC about six months ago.
Kamps departure comes on the heels of former CAC director Linda Shearer’s resignation in September.

Here’s the official CAC press release:

November 28, 2006 (Cincinnati) — The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) today announced that Senior Curator Toby Kamps will leave to join the curatorial staff of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
“We wish Toby success in his new position,” said Otto Budig, CAC trustee and board chairman. “The opportunity in Houston is a unique one for Toby. He will have access to a larger curatorial budget that makes the position extremely attractive.” Kamps will become one of three curators at the Houston museum, effective January 15.
“The CAC historically has curated a large number of original exhibitions for an institution of its size,” said Mr. Budig. “As one of the nation’s first museums of contemporary art, we have a legacy of outstanding original programming, which has helped build our national and international reputation, as well as hosting outstanding traveling exhibitions. We are committed to being a premiere destination for residents and visitors to this region.”
“We will work quickly to fill the senior curator role,” Mr. Budig said. “In the meantime, our exhibit schedule is set through the 2007 season.”
Graphic Content: Contemporary and Modern/ Art and Design will open next Friday, December 8. The first in a series of five exhibitions that pair modern design and painting of the 1940s and 50s created by Cincinnati’s world renowned pioneers with contemporary works by a younger generation of internationally acclaimed artists and designers. Graphic Content features the work of Charley Harper, Malcolm Greer, and Ryan McGinness. The installation and graphic identity of this exhibition were developed with internationally renowned designer Todd Oldham.

— Jason Gargano

There’s the Rub

November 28, 2006

Until a few months ago, Timothy Rub was the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Then he was swiped by the Cleveland Museum of Art to head up an even larger institution in the opposite corner of Ohio. So it wasn’t a complete surprise when I started to listen to an audio tour at the Cleveland museum about art in Barcelona between 1868 and 1939 and heard Rub’s erudite voice as the narrator.

Not a bad idea to position him as an authority for the thousands of folks who are flocking to see this magnificent exhibition,which will be running through Jan. 7, 2007. CAM might think about using its new director, Aaron Betsky, in a similar mode for one of its upcoming shows.

If you happen to be in Cleveland’s University Circle area during the next month, I highly recommend taking some time to check out BARCELONA & MODERNITY: PICASSO, GAUDI, MIRO, DALI. It’s a fascinating retrospective of visual art that’s interwoven with politics and world history — and it’s an alternative perspective to the dominance of French impressionism that we might think is all that went on during the late-19th and early-20th centuries in Europe. (more…)

The News from Cincinnati

November 28, 2006

My dad was a natural singer, and he loved old-time romantic songs, numbers like “Let the Rest of the World Go By” (with lines like “With someone like you, a pal so good and true”). I was reminded of him on Saturday evening at Music Hall when Garrison Keillor sang the song as part of the live national broadcast from Cincinnati of A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION.

I guess that my dad and I aren’t the only ones who like nostalgic numbers like that, because Music Hall was sold out — you read that right, sold out. Our symphony has a hard time getting 2,000 people to come to Over-the-Rhine on a Saturday evening, but Keillor’s blend of old-timey music, folksy stories and comedy sketches (we heard a “Guy Noir” detective story about working security at Wal-Mart on the day after Thanksgiving and a very funny bit about the “Association of Former English Majors” involving a woman who throws over her rich boyfriend for an erudite waiter who knows that “rubensesque” is the correct way to spell and pronounce the word) was enough to attract more than 3,400 people to sit, without a real intermission, paying rapt attention to the gangly entertainer.

The music was great — Keillor’s house band, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, is full of virtuoso players, and they were augmented by Sam Bush on the mandolin and Buddy Emmons on the pedal-steel guitar. There was also a virtuoso guitar picker from the hills of Virginia (his name wasn’t listed in the program) who told Keillor he was so honored to be playing with these great musicians. (It would have been nice to have some Cincinnati players onstage, but maybe another time.) (more…)

Workers Uniting Against the War

November 28, 2006

War has always been the enemy of working people. War wastes on destruction valuable resources that could pay for improvements in our infrastructure, job training, better schools, social services to help families and free health care for all.

This weekend workers from across the country are gathering in Cleveland to stand against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. The North Shore Federation of Labor and U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), a national network of more than 140 unions, labor councils and other labor organizations, are organizing a demonstration at the Federal Building in Cleveland on Saturday. A march will begin from Crown Plaza Hotel at 2:30 p.m., leading to a rally at the Federal Building Plaza. The theme of the demonstration is to demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and a reprioritization of federal spending to meet human needs in this country and abroad.

USLAW’s national conference Dec. 2 and 3 features U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the only real anti-war candidate in the 2004 presidential election; Cindy Sheehan, AKA the Peace Mom; Baldemar Velasquez of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee; and Iraqi union leaders from Basra and Baghdad.

— Gregory Flannery

Brunch at the Bean

November 28, 2006

The Argentine Bean (2875 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills, Ky.; 859-246-1042) — the only place worth dining at Crestview Town Center — is serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with live music. Seven different omelettes are on the menu, including the Tortilla Espanola, a Spanish version made with roasted red peppers and baby potatoes. There are also crab cakes benedict, stuffed French toast, and homemade empanadas. This is good.

— Anne Mitchell

Friday’s Flicks

November 24, 2006

Looking to get away after a Thanksgiving overdose of family and food? Unfortunately, this isn’t one of the stronger weeks at the movie house — eight new films open, not a one of them a complete success.

That’s not to say there aren’t few intriguing efforts: Emilio Estevez’s Bobby, Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain and Steven Shainberg’s Fur are sometimes affecting works that ultimately suffer from their respective director’s ambitions.

Speaking of suffering, that goes double for Christopher Guest’s disappointing For Your Consideration, a potentially funny satire that falls flat on its face about halfway in. (more…)