Women’s Alliance Inc. to present ‘A Gathering of the Arts’ featuring renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


Winter Shelter opens

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



Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents an engaging drama with the regional premiere of when we were young and unafraid (February 21 – March 12, 2017)

Women’s Alliance Inc. – which celebrates 50 years as a youth-serving organization in Cincinnati – will present ‘A Gathering of the Arts,’ a showcase of music and dance performances featuring the celebrated Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). The event takes place Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. at The Carnegie located at 1028 Scott Blvd. in Covington, Ky.

In addition to a powerful performance by DCDC, A Gathering of the Arts also features the Ebony Strings, a quartet of classically trained high school and college musicians in Cincinnati. Students from Walnut Hills High School will present jazz music and vocal performances, as well as contemporary dance. Students from the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy also will perform.

Proceeds from the event will support college scholarships awarded annually by Women’s Alliance to deserving high school seniors in southwest Ohio. For the past 50 years, Women’s Alliance has provided four-year college scholarships of $2,000 each, as well as stipends for books and other college expenses.

Tickets can be purchased online at thecarnegie.com. Prices range from $25 to $100.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Nearly 50 years later, it remains rooted in the African American experience, committed to the development of diverse movement artists on the global stage. A co-recipient of one of the dance world’s highest honors, the 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Revival, this culturally diverse company is dedicated to exceptional performance and quality community engagement.

In addition to an annual home season, DCDC has toured nationally and internationally, dancing onstage for packed houses in Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Poland, Russia and South Korea. DCDC invites you to join us for our upcoming concert, Vantage Points: A Read Between the Lines at the historic Victoria Theatre, Dayton, Ohio, March 4 & 5, 2017. Visit www.dcdc.org for more information. 


The March performances feature Israeli innovators, a quartet plus a world premiere


Free tax preparations for low-income individuals

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.

CINCINNATI - The Bold Moves series is presented at the Aronoff Center for the Arts with three performances March 17 and 18. The groundbreaking series seeks to explore artistic collaboration while boldly defying the expectations of classical ballet.

Ohad Naharin, contemporary choreographer and artistic director for Tel-Aviv based dance company Batsheva, choreographed Minus 16, a collection of vignettes incorporating improvisation and his acclaimed “Gaga” method. Gaga is a language of movement created by Naharin that challenges dancers to liberate themselves and explore new and inventive ways to use their bodies – by connecting with music, the mind and the space around them.

The work features a dynamic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, and techno to Israeli folk songs. Irresistible and mesmerizing, Minus 16 breaks down barriers between performers and audience members, making each performance unique and excitedly unpredictable.

Naharin’s team arrives in Cincinnati in mid-February to begin teaching Cincinnati Ballet dancers the Gaga movement language in preparation for Minus 16 performances. The Cincinnati Ballet artistic team is making several adjustments in order to host special Gaga classes for the dancers. In a departure from the typical rehearsal process, the Gaga method requires closed rehearsals without observation, and all attendees in a Gaga class, including staff, are required to participate.

The Ariel Quartet is the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual concert series. Originally formed in Israel during the members’ high school years, the quartet now performs widely in Israel, Europe and North America.


WHO:            Cincinnati Ballet

WHAT:          Bold Moves

WHEN:          Friday, March 17 - 8:00 pm

                         Saturday, March 18 - 2:00 pm

                         Saturday, March 18 - 8:00 pm

WHERE:        Aronoff Center for the Arts      

                         650 Walnut Street

                         Cincinnati, Ohio 45202    

HOW:            Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH  45214

                         Tickets start at $32

A tragicomic new play March 10 - April 1

(CINCINNATI) — The world premiere of the mysterious and suspenseful new play Summerland by Arlitia Jones debuts Feb. 4 and runs through March 5 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.

Based on mesmerizing true events, Summerland tells the riveting tale of William H. Mumler, a spirit photographer with a talent for taking haunting images of ghostly visitors. Set in 1869, the story follows Mumler’s meteoric rise and fall, from his wildly successful studio business, which boasted Mary Todd Lincoln as a client, to his indictment for fraud.

Tickets for Summerland start at $35; prices 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. Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office (513-421-3888), tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

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.


Forest Park—Winton Woods City Schools is inviting community input for new school facilities in a series of three educational visioning sessions that will take place in the Winton Woods High School media center, 1231 W. Kemper Road in Forest Park.

The visioning sessions will be:

February 15, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
February 21, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
March 2, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“The goal of these sessions is to imagine the possibilities that lie ahead for our students and their future,” said Steve Denny, executive director of business affairs for the district. “We want to equip our students for a changing world and a 21st century education and want our new facilities to reflect that. These sessions will inform our design process and help define what the future will look like for all of our Winton Woods Warriors.”

(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) travels back to the 1970s with When We Were Young and Unafraid, an intriguing new drama. In this moving piece, a new arrival’s influence forces the residents of an underground women’s shelter to confront their own secrets. This powerful drama explores the passion of youth, the wisdom of age, and the people who awaken us to new possibilities. Playing February 21-March 12, 2017. Directed by Drew Fracher.

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes, a single mother and former nurse, has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help. 

Performance Information

Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices start at $28 for adults; student tickets are $25; and children are $18. For the 2016-2017 Season, ETC continues its popular $15 student and half-price rush tickets for all performances, which are available two hours prior to show time and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office. 

Available Discounts

Military, Educator, ArtsWave ArtsPass, AAA, and Enjoy the Arts discounts available; tickets and seating are subject to availability. 

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

The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross is once again offering free tax preparations to low-income individuals for the Earned Income Tax Credit Program in 2017.

Volunteers will help prepare tax returns at our Dana Avenue office Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings during the month of February. Tax returns will be completed free of charge to those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

2017 Tax Preparation schedule at Cincinnati Red Cross Chapter located at 2111 Dana Avenue: Wednesday (4p.m. – 7 p.m.) Feb. 1, 8, 15, & 22; Saturday (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25

For more information on the Earned Income Tax Credit or to see if you qualify for the EITC please call 211 or visit www.makeworkpay.

Winton Woods District schedules visioning sessions for new facilities

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.