(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings Charlotte Brontë’s timeless coming-of-age novel to life beginning March 11. The production combines Victorian-era costumes and romance with inventive staging to bring new creativity and vitality to the classic story, considered one of the most widely read novels in the English language.


Adapted by British playwright Polly Teale, the play distills the book to the most essential moments and dramatic action. Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist and Director KJ Sanchez envisioned music, movement and choreography to transport Jane Eyre’s story to the stage.


Published in 1847, JANE EYRE is a rare classic that moves through time and continues to capture audiences. Poor and plain but with a fiery spirit, Jane overcomes a troubled childhood to land a position as a governess at a mysterious estate, where she falls for the enigmatic master and finds her love returned. When the past threatens her newfound happiness, Jane decides to forge her own path, which enables her to be true to herself and follow her heart.


The unconventional heroine, played by Margaret Ivey, will cast a spell on fans of the classic novel and on newcomers drawn to her story. Beyond the beauty, costumes, artistry, choreography and music lies a story with a message that resonates today.


Prices for JANE EYRE start at $35; they vary depending on seat location and performance day and are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7:00 p.m. performances just $10.The Playhouse is fully accessible. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 513-421-3888 or visit the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com


Winter Shelter opens

2017 Medicare Fraud & Consumer Forum at Maple Knoll Village

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK announced their 2017 headlining tour alongside Grammy Award-winning tourmates PAULA ABDUL and BOYZ II MEN.  A follow-up to 2013’s hugely-successful Package Tour, the aptly titled TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR is the group’s biggest lineup yet.  Paula Abdul makes her momentous return to the stage for a hit-fueled set that includes an incredible 7 number-one hit singles, while Package Tour alums Boyz II Men will deliver their trademark, multiplatinum-selling sound to fans nationwide.

The Total Package Tour stops in Cincinnati, Ohio at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Tickets will be available to the general public this Saturday, November 19 at 10am on www.ticketmaster.com, www.Livenation.com, the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  

With a combined 200 million records sold worldwide, NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men are primed to have the biggest party of the summer with THE TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR. Known for delivering Blockheads with one-night-only experiences and legendary collaborative events, NKOTB will return to the stage after 2016’s touring hiatus, bringing with them number one hits like “Hangin Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step”.  The iconic Paula Abdul will perform her legendary catalogue of pop hits, while Boyz II Men will make their second trek alongside NKOTB to perform the rich catalogue of hits that earned the trio the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time. 

Cincinnati (Jan. 9, 2017) — Award-winning classical pianist JOYCE YANG will be the third artist featured in Matinée Musicale’s 104th season. The Van Cliburn International Piano competition silver medalist will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati 45230.

Yang, a child prodigy, began her studies that Juilliard School in New York City in 1997 at the age of 11. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just 12 years old. She rose to international attention in 2005 as the youngest contestant in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: At age 19, she was the competition’s silver medalist. Yang graduated from Juilliard in 2010 with special honor as the recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize.

Yang made a spectacular New York Philharmonic debut with conductor Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall in November 2006 and performed on the orchestra’s tour of Asia, making a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Subsequent Philharmonic appearances included the opening night of the Leonard Bernstein Festival in September 2008. The New York Times pronounced her performance in Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” a “knockout.”

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Yang engages audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. She showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals such as her upcoming performance for Matinee Musicale. She is known for her work as a featured soloist with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians, as well as for her acclaimed recordings.

Subscriptions and individual tickets for the 2016-2017 season can be purchased by calling 859-781-0801 or via www.matineemusicalecincinnati.org. Single tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door. Students with valid IDs can attend for $3.

Remaining Matinée Musicale recitals for the 104th season are:

• PAUL HUANG, violin, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11 a.m. Anderson Center

• WINSTON CHOI, piano, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11 a.m. Forest Chapel

United Methodist Church, 680 W. Sharon Rd., Cincinnati 45240

Woman’s City Club ‘s 24th Annual National Speaker Forum presents award-winning journalist

The Black Agenda Cincinnati will host a mayoral debate. The debate will be held on April 6 at 6 p.m. in Woodward High School, 7005 Reading Road, Cincinnati 45237. The debate is in partnership with The Cincinnati Herald. Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalist members. Courtis Fuller will serve as the moderator. 

“The public has a right to have as many opportunities to listen to the candidates as they discuss the issues that are important to all citizens of our city.  I think it’s important to have as many impartial forums as possible,” says Dwight Tillery, Convener of the Black Agenda Cincinnati. 

The candidates will cover a range of topics facing city voters including the budget, jobs, housing, health, the economy, and businesses. According to 2016 Census data projections, 50 percent of the City of Cincinnati is non-white and 46 percent African-American. Candidates, City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson and Robert Richardson Jr. are both confirmed to participate in the discussion that will shape how residents vote in May. 

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Please call 513-585-9879.

Black Agenda Cincinnati hosts mayoral debate at Woodward High


Life for Latinos in the United States is more than unsettling, “two steps forward and three steps back.” That’s what award-winning broadcast journalist Maria Hinojosa coined the “U.S. Mambo,” and it comes at high cost. Hinojosa will explain why in her speech, Latinos & Immigration: the U.S. Mambo, as the featured speaker at Woman’s City Club’s 24th annual National Speaker Forum and fundraiser April 20.

Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in our country, but the rhythm of their progress has been uneven. Her topic will explore why, given that the future of this country will be increasingly Latino, what happens to this population will have a direct impact on what the future will look like for the country.  This matters to all of us.

Ms. Hinojosa is a broadcast news correspondent and journalist who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. Hinojosa is the founder of Futuro Media Group, whose mission is to produce multimedia community-based journalism that explores the diversity of American experience.  As anchor and executive producer of the PBS show America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad, giving voice to the voiceless. She is also the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s only Latino news and culture show, Latino USA.  Hinojosa has received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, as well as an Emmy and awards from the Associated Press and American Women in Radio and Televsion.

Tickets can be purchased at http://womanscityclub.org. Lecture is $40; reception with the speaker is $100.  Student tickets cost $10. 

The Woman’s City Club is a leading civic organization in Cincinnati celebrating its 102nd year. The Club promotes justice, civic reform, and citizen engagement through education, advocacy, and service.  More information about WCC and the National Speaker event can be found at http://womanscityclub.org.  [Attachment: photo of Maria Hinojosa from her website.]

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announces its next major exhibition today, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu. The world premiere exhibition, opening Friday, March 24, is in partnership with Matthew Willman, a South African documentary photographer who was commissioned by The Nelson Mandela Foundation during the last 10 years of Mandela’s life. Admission for Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is $5.00 per person. The exhibition is sponsored by John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and ArtsWave.

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Willman as he revisited many of the locations that had played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman’s camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“Apartheid broke apart the very fabric of our society using the barriers of race and gender to isolate and divide. It created an inferiority complex that even today, we as a country are still working to overcome,” says Willman. “Yet, it is this ‘Spirit of Ubuntu’ that exists within all Africans who choose every day to aspire to the highest ideals that this man, Nelson Mandela, laid out for us to achieve. Ubuntu discovers in each of us our calling to begin to move together, to realize our inter-connectedness and our responsibility to each other.”

From humble beginnings, to a life dedicated to resistance, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. This exhibition provides a platform for a sharing of values so richly present in Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.

“We are not far removed from the era of Apartheid in South Africa,” says Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Mandela's ‘long walk to freedom’ in 1990 altered the course of history in South Africa and the world. His courage, resistance, perseverance, and ability to forgive made him a global icon. We are honored to share his story and commemorate his legacy.”

The exhibit opens the public on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Admission for the exhibit is $5 per person. 

Maria Hinojosa: “Latinos & Immigration: The U.S. Mambo”

The 2017 Medicare Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection Forum is at the Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, 11100 Springfield Pike, on Thursday, March 30, from 4:00-6:30 pm. This event features an audience participation panel discussion at 5pm for seniors and families to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid fraud issues, identity theft and senior scams.  Experts will be on hand from Office of the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Department of Insurance (OSHIIP), Social Security Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Office of The Inspector General and Pro Seniors among others. Continuing Education Units will be offered for counselors and social workers who attend.  Registration for CEUs is required by March 24th.  A link to online registration can be found at www.proseniors.org. A complementary light supper is also provided. For additional information please call 513.458.5515 or visit www.wmkvfm.org.  

The Art of Wine at Art Museum on June 16


The 2016-17 Winter Shelter opened this week at the Shelterhouse (Baron Center, 411 Gest Street). The Winter Shelter is in a separate portion of the building with its own, labeled entrance and separate facilities.  It is done this way so that anyone who may not currently feel okay in the traditional shelter setting, will hopefully feel more able to go to the Winter Shelter.

Also, While the Baron Center's main facility is for men, the Winter Shelter is for anyone who would otherwise be outside.

The Winter Shelter is run very well and is a life saver for sure.  ID is not required and a person may give as little or as much information as they wish when they arrive.  The goal is simply to keep people warm and alive.

The Winter Shelter will close each morning at 6 a.m..  This time is chosen based on when people typically leave on their own.

Maria Hinojosa. Photo provided 

Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour - The 24K Magic World Tour (pronounced twenty-four karat magic world tour).  The North American leg stops in Louisville, KY at KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, September 19.  For complete details, please visit The 24K Magic World Tour official homepage at http://www.brunomars.com.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Monday, November 21 at www.Livenation.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, the venue box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.     

A multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and 20 time GRAMMY® nominee, Bruno Mars has sold over 170 million singles worldwide and over 26 million albums worldwide, affirming him one of the best-selling artists of all time. The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, director, musician recently dominated charts with the worldwide smash single, “Uptown Funk.” The RIAA diamond certified smash made history as the longest-leading Billboard “Hot 100” single of the 2010s, and is only the 10th single in the chart’s 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at #1. “Uptown Funk” has received a number of honors, among them three 2016 GRAMMY® Awards, including the coveted “Record of the Year” award. In addition, the “Uptown Funk” companion video received the 2016 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Male Video.”

The Minotaur is turning 30. He could use some friends.

Know Theatre’s 19th Season continues with a strange account of the minotaur in the Labyrinth:

Asterius the Minotaur turns 30 tomorrow, and he’s facing more than just your average birthday blues...

Seen by the world as nothing but a murderous oddity, Aster must navigate warriors out to kill him, a deceptively seductive Chorus, a plotting sister, and Icarus, a sex-obsessed boy with wings—all while pining to see his estranged Mother.

The author uses wit, lyric language, and ancient legend to tell a painfully funny and moving story about the families we yearn for versus the families we’re stuck with.

The cast includes several artists known throughout the Greater Cincinnati community including Piper Davis as Pasiphae, Landon Horton as Asterius, Jordan Trovillion as Ariadne, Nathan Tubbs as Icarus, Nicole Hershey, Miranda McGee, and Maggie Lou Rader as the Chorus.

Calendar Listing

Production:   Heavier Than… by Steve Yockey

When: 8:00pm  March 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31; April 1

3:00pm  March 12, 19**, 26

Where: Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. In historic Over-the-Rhine.

 Tickets:          $25 regular Price

                        $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)

FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdays, as part of Know’s Welcome
Experiment initiative. Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW).

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

A tragicomic new play March 10 - April 1

Thursday, April 20, at 7 pm

Hall of Mirrors, Netherland Plaza, Hotel 35 West Fifth Street, downtown Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati invites your participation in this community input survey in order to assist in the recruitment efforts for the City’s next Fire Chief.

The purpose of this survey is to gather community input and opinions as they relate to Cincinnati’s next Fire Chief.

This survey will be used as a tool to begin an open and honest conversation about what is needed for the next City of Cincinnati Fire Chief.  Here is the link to the survey:


Do you have any community events coming up? Send info about your events to john.seshnow@gmail.com.

The Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G is excited to announce the 2017 Lineup that will ensure this year is even bigger than last year! The Festival will take place July 27, 28, and 29th at Paul Brown Stadium, attracting attendees from across the country to the Tri-State. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m.  www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-653-8000.

Having presented top notch R&B artists for more than 50 years, the Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the premier music festivals of its type in the country. This year’s Lineup includes three days packed full of bigger names than the Festival has ever hosted on its stage. In 2017, festival organizers are taking the Talent to a new level and believe it will be the hottest ticket in town this summer.

VIBE's Throwback Thursday 7/27/17- ROB BASS, KID CAPRI, and DOUG E FRESH!

Throwback Thursday, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s multicultural platform, Vibe Cincinnati; will be a party with a purpose. A portion from each ticket will be donated to the CVB’s Institute for Hospitality Leadership. The Institute will work with schools, colleges and hospitality businesses to create a curriculum to prepare more skilled workers and leaders for the continued expansion of the travel and hospitality sector. "We are excited about the partnership and celebrate the diversity commitment to the hospitality community from the CMF. Bottom line, we are preparing the region for future Hospitality careers for a diverse workforce," says Jason Dunn, VP Multicultural and Community Development at the CVB.

Fashion Show by Shingo AND performances by Rob Bass, Kid Capri, & Doug E Fresh!

General Admission $50 and VIP $100 including 2 premium drink tickets, appetizers, swag bag, and official CMF credential and lanyard! A portion of every ticket sold will go to the CVB Hospitality Initiative.

Friday 7/28/17 - Main stage @ Paul Brown Stadium

En Vogue, SWV, BBD, Kem, and MARY J BLIGE!

Saturday 7/29/17 - Main stage @ Paul Brown Stadium

Confunkshun, Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, USHER featuring the Roots! 

"This is the hottest show we've ever had. The stars must have been aligned and we were able to book the biggest names in music to headline our shows! It's gonna be a dance party like you've never seen," said CMF Promoter Joe Santangelo.

In 2016, the Cincinnati Music Festival attracted over 55,000 attendees and had an estimated $11 million economic impact. These figures are projected to increase further in 2017 based on the strength and popularity of the featured artists. The event attracts broad and significant support from the Cincinnati community, with Procter & Gamble returning as Title Sponsor and The Kroger Company as a featured retail partner.

“Procter & Gamble is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Cincinnati Music Festival, the premier festival in the Midwest, for the third year in a row. P&G is one of the most diverse companies in the world and we care deeply about promoting progress and cultural development within the communities we serve,” said Andrea Wilkerson, CMK Brand Associate Director at P&G. “We’re proud to be a part of events such as CMF, as they unite our employees and neighbors under the shared interest of great music and entertainment; this is just one of the many ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Leading up to the 3 day Cincinnati Music Festival, fans can experience amazing talent at Washington Park during the Friday Flow concert series that has become known as the "Road to CMF" on June 30 and July 14. Local and national talent will take the stage to build excitement and get the City ready for this nationally recognized Festival.

For more information about the Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G, please visit www.cincymusicfestival.com.

City of Cincinnati – Fire Chief – Community Input Survey

Critically acclaimed adaptation runs March 11 – April 8, 2017



Matinée Musicale Cincinnati Continues Its 104th Season with a recital by Poetic, Sensitive Pianist Joyce Yang



It’s a summer favorite with a new twist! Cincinnati Art Museum’s 27th annual food and wine event is now A Taste of Duveneck presents: The Art of Wine sponsored by Dewey’s Pizza, on Friday, June 16, 6-9 p.m.

The new name draws attention to the event’s wine-focus with samples available for tasting and fine wine for sale at the silent auction, along with other popular items. Also new, guests can experience exclusive access to the entire museum, including special exhibitions.

In addition to an extensive assortment of premium and sparkling wine, The Art of Wine also includes a variety of craft beer, Cincinnati’s best gourmet food and live music by the Naked Karate Girls.

This year, all proceeds from The Art of Wine will help fund one of the museum’s premier family programs, Family First Saturday. Family First Saturday takes place the first Saturday of each month and features family entertainment, gallery scavenger hunts and art-making activities for kids of all ages. It is one of the most important visual art programs in the city and serves thousands of families.

Early bird tickets are $55 per person and are available in limited quantities through April 16, 2017. General admission tickets are $85 per person. Donor opportunities are available. For more information, please contact events@cincyart.org or (513) 639-2962.