I believe the appropriate response is "Jeezl Pete."
Translation (for anybody new to the Queen City and its immediate surroundings):
Gosh. Geez. Wowzers.
This summer's non-stop cavalcade of festivities, events, and occurrences is inspiring all sorts of awed exclamations. And as we head toward the height of the season, the Cincinnati arts community is rolling out all of the celebratory, sunny, and (on occasion) somber stops. Ready? Let's do it.
Your July Arts Guide
Red, White & Boom - Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend (July 4)
Nothing says America like July 4th. And nothing says July 4th like fireworks. And nobody does either like the Pops. Add in string trio Time for Three and you've got a real slam-bang show. Hop on down to Riverbend and regale the whole family with this Cincinnati tradition.
'Merica. Heck yeah.
A Tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring The Boilermaker Jazz Band -
Music Hall Ballroom (July 6)
Open the icebox and pass the Cokes, it's time to relive the good ol' glory days. Swinging through the classic catalogue of Benny Goodman, the nation-touring Boilermaker Jazz Band rocks the very hall that once hosted the greatest bands of the '40s and '50s. Funds from this one-of-a-kind concert and dance will benefit WMKV/WLHS Public Radio.
Let the good times roll! The Boilermaker Jazz Band
OTR Performs - Washington Park (Recurring event: Sundays through the end of August)
An impressive and eclectic rotation of the Queen City's most engaging musical arts organizations and groups. Spend your Sunday evenings in Washington Park, soaking up the free sounds (acts include Concert: Nova and Afrikan-American Drum & Dance Ensemble of Cincinnati), and feel your horizons broadening with each passing week.
Concert:Nova, leading the July 6 installment of "OTR Performs"
Wednesdays on the Green - Clifton Cultural Arts Center (Recurring event: Wednesdays through August 6)
CCAC does summer right. Music, dancing, picnics, and a few tasty treats. And don't forget a little bit of hands-on art-making for the wee ones. With nine weeks of musical performances and an infinitely inviting community atmosphere, WOTG is where it's at! Come on over and kick back in the grass with your new friends at CCAC.
Tunes, grass, and community: "Wednesdays on the Green" at CCAC
OTRimprov - Know Theatre (Various events - July 7, 15, & 25)
It starts with a suggestion, an idea, or an off-the-cuff comment. And, next thing ya know, there's a whole new, unbridled world of imagination-fueled hilarity unfolding a few feet from your wondering eyes. OTRimprov brings the joy (and, sometimes, amazement) of improvised comedy to the stage a few times each month. Swing by Know Theatre and be a part of one of the more mesmerizing arts experiences in town.
The out-of-the-box / out-of-nowhere awesomeness that is OTRimprov
Silent Night - Cincinnati Opera, Music Hall (July 10 & 12)
Christmas Eve, 1914. Europe's Western Front. A carol drifts across an empty, scarred battleground. Drifting into the trenches on either side, the song grows, inspiring the combatants to lay down their arms (if just for the evening) and celebrate a night of hope and peace. Cincinnati Opera honors the centenary of World War I with this poignant new opera. Based on the events depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux Noel, the story peers into a sobering and touching moment from within one of the most turbulent times in modern memory.
Cincinnati Opera's stirring "Silent Night."
La Calisto - Cincinnati Opera, SCPA's Corbett Theater (July 17, 20, 23, 25, & 27)
A romance of mythological proportions. A lively and sensual storyline. An exhilarating score. Combining drama, lust, and comedy (with Shakespeare-like grace), La Calisto tells the story of a love triangle between Jove (ruler of the gods), Calisto (the object of his affections), and Juno (his wife). Cincinnati Opera's production of this lively and sensual work takes the stage at SPCA's intimate Corbett Theater.
Love, Lust, Jealousy. ... And a big white bear. "La Calisto."
Madame Butterfly - Cincinnati Opera, Music Hall (July 24 & 26)
One of the world's most famous operas. And one of the most touching. (And heartbreaking.) Cincinnati Opera's production of this achingly gorgeous work brings some of the opera world's brightest new starts to the Music Hall stage.
Beauty and heartache. "Madame Butterfly."
Art After Dark: Ooh La La! - Cincinnati Art Museum (July 25)
Unleash your inner Francophile with this month's Art After Dark event. Performances by the Faux Frenchmen and Madame Gigi's Outrageous French Cancan Dancers, along with docent-led tours of CAM's French collection, round out a tres tres chic evening of culture and entertainment. (And we can only assume that vin and fromage will be fairly represented among the food and drink offerings.) À la vôtre!
Ooh La La! France-inspired fun at CAM
Final Friday - Over the Rhine (July 25)
You know the deal. Final Friday is your monthly opportunity to spend the evening rubbing elbows with the arts community. Enjoy the occasional glass of vino as you hop from gallery to gallery and soak up/ contribute to Cincy's ever-evolving creative culture.
Always worth the wait.
Second Sunday on Main- Main St. in OTR (July 13)
Picture Final Friday (above) during the daytime. Now add in a bit more of a straightforward street festival vibe. Entertainment, food booths & trucks, etc. It's "Arts" at its most boisterous and accesible.
The boisterous, art-based joy of "Second Sunday on Main."
Diana, A Celebration - Cincinnati Museum Center (July 1-31)
The last weeks to catch this traveling exhibition's months-long stay in Cincinnati have finally arrived. Touring the globe since 2003, this poignant retrospective of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, opened its doors at the Cincinnati Museum Center back in February. With nine galleries full of 150 objects (which include her royal wedding gown and designer dresses, along with family heirlooms, personal mementos, photos, and rare home movies), this exhibit offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look inside the public and private life of one of this century's most revered and beloved women.
NOTE: The exhibition's engagment here in Cincinnati is its FINAL stop before being officially retired. The items will then be returned to her sons in England. (Closing date: Aug 17)
The exhibition's "Style Gallery," where 28 outifts are on display /
Image courtesy of Althorp Estate, Arts and Exhibitions International
Daughters of the Queen City - Cincinnati Museum Center (July 1-31)
A companion gallery to the Diana exhibition, this collection of memorabilia looks into the philanthropic contributions made by the women of Greater Cincinnati. Focusing on the societal strides made during the 19th and 20th centuries, the exhibit utilizes historic gowns and similar items to highlight influential female citizens, as well as the causes they fought for (which ranged from orphans to education and the arts).
NOTE: This exhibition, like "Diana, a Celebration" will close August 17.
Behind every great city... is a city full of great women.
Feeling nostalgic? Take a look back at last month's impressive round of activities.
June Arts Guide
Want to see what else the coming weeks have in store? To the EVENTS CALENDAR!
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