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FotoFocus: Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Neighborhood Spotlight
Central Business District Over-the-Rhine
As part of the 2022 Biennial, FotoFocus is featuring a number of Neighborhood Spotlight Days: Opportunities to visit multiple Participating Venues in certain geographic locations on a day when artists, curators, and more will likely be present, along with other neighborhood activities—a great chance to dive into the energy of the Biennial… and map out a plan to get to venues in a year with such a chock-full exhibition list. Each day, you’re invited on a journey through art and the communities hosting it. Featured here: Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati; Friday, September 30 Explore Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati to view all the FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venues during the Neighborhood Spotlight Day!Art Academy of Cincinnati: McClure Gallery 5–8pm Opening Reception for Circum-Verdant 5–8pm Opening Reception for I Don’t Know How to Love You: The Relationship Between Humans and Nature 6–7pm Student-Curator Gallery Tour for I Don’t Know How to Love You: The Relationship Between Humans and NatureWash Park Art: Main Gallery 5–8pm Opening Reception for Maslov & Maslov: To Be Determined Wash Park Art: Next Level Studio 5–8pm Opening Reception for Phantasmagoria: The Fictitious Truth of 1666 Bruce StreetContemporary Arts Center: Kaplan Lobby 6–7pm Members Reception & Tours for FotoFocus Curated Exhibitions (Passport Only) 7–8pm Film screening of Dara Friedman’s Dancer, followed by a conversation with Friedman and Lizzi Bougatsos. (Passport Only) 8pm–12am Public Opening Reception & Performance for All Exhibitions – On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith – Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s – Baseera Khan: Weight on History – Cameron Granger: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven
Luke Null at MOTR
September 30 & October 1 | 7 p.m. Luke Null began performing comedy during his time at Ohio University in Athens, OH. After college, he moved to Chicago and cut his teeth at venues all over the city like the iO Theater, The Annoyance and The Shithole. After a year in New York as a cast member on SNL, Luke moved to LA and is now a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He performs standup comedy at clubs and colleges across the country. In 2019, Luke released a live standup album entitled "Guitar Comic" through 800 Pound Gorilla Records, now available anywhere you can stream music.
Address: 1345 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
Cincinnati Cobra Race on the Crosstown Climb
The West End
When local boxing great and west-end resident Ezzard Charles, the “Cobra”, prepared for boxing matches, he’d run on the streets and in the Parks of Cincinnati. Follow in Ezz’s footsteps on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 a.m. at the CINCINNATI COBRA RACE on the Crosstown Climb.Thanks to a collaboration between the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and go Vibrant, the “Crosstown Climb” route is a moderate 2.42-mile climb from Laurel Park to Eden Park and back. The race covers roughly 5 miles. The race kicks off the Ezzard Charles Statue Dedication at Laurel Park following the race at 10:30 am, followed by the annual Ezz Fest, a west-end community festival celebrating the life and legacy of Ezz, at noon. Race participants are encouraged to stay for the festivities. Packet Pick-Up: 7 a.m. – CINCINNATI COBRA RACE on the Crosstown Climb Packet Pickup(includes t-shirt and Cincinnati Parks Foundation sweat bands); Laurel Park, 500 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45214 Start times: 7:30 a.m. – “CINCINNATI COBRA RACE on the Crosstown Climb” race start Following Divisions: Cincinnati COBRA Badges – Like the heavyweight title belt that Ezzard Charles (Ezz) proudly wore, the Cincinnati COBRA Badges represent various virtues and facets of our beloved hero. Explore all four badges along the COBRA route during the race. Champ - Male 1-35 Heart - Male 36+ Soul- Female 1-35 Spirit - Female 36+ Walker Divisions: Welcome at the back of the pack Legend – Male Legacy - Female $25 (includes t-shirt and Cincinnati Parks Foundation sweat bands) All race proceeds will be donated to the maintenance of Laurel Park through the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the primary philanthropic partner of the Cincinnati Parks. An additional donation is not required to register for the race.
Address: 1443 W. Laurel Park Drive,
Art on Vine
October 2, noon to 6 p.m. at Fountain Square Art on Vine evolved from a college class project that was presented in front of HP, Procter & Gamble and Western Southern Financial Group. James Jenkins went from local business to local business pitching his idea, displaying the class project as a foundation for the idea of Art on Vine. James contacted friend Page Lansley from class who worked as the designer on the class project. She's now the head designer for Art on Vine. It's amazing how hard work and dedication pays off. This event started out in a parking lot on Vine Street in Downtown Cincinnati OTR, With a portion of artist fees benefiting Over the Rhine Community Housing, the owner of the parking lot we used to host our events starting out with only 8 artists. Now Art on Vine hosts 80+ artists every month, filling Rhinegeist Brewery during the fall & winter, Fountain Square for the spring and summer months, Receiving more than 200 entries each month. Art on Vine also seeks to benefit a different local nonprofit. Art on Vine was created to provide a unique, fun, one-on-one art buying experience while celebrating and supporting artists Financial independence.
Address: 1910 Elm Street, ,
King Lear at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
September 9 – October 1, 2022 Lear claims “nothing will come of nothing,” but Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals madness will come in the face of chaotic plights. In contemporary Europe, a familial dynasty divides when an aging patriarch splits his estate between two wicked daughters and casts out the third – the only one who truly loves him. As Lear and the status quo devolve into madness, the whole family faces the brutal truth of family dynamics, loyalty, and the existence of justice.
Address: 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
FC Cincinnati at Home
The West End
Cheer on FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on October 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Address: 1501 Central Parkway, Cincinnati
Beyond Guilt at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
August 18 – November 27, 2022Beyond Guilt is a compelling visual experience that tells the powerful and redemptive stories of those impacted by over-sentencing and over-punishment. In their stories—captured in a collection of candid photographs taken by local Cincinnati artist and activist Harriet Kaufman; six short films by students at Northern Kentucky University; and a curatorial research team from The Ohio State University—we learn about the human consequences of second chances and the ethical necessity to see and treat people beyond their guilt. The exhibition is a collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Ohio Justice & Policy Center’s Beyond Guilt project – a state-wide advocacy project that serves incarcerated people who have been over-sentenced and demonstrate the ability to be safely released from prison. Learn more about the Beyond Guilt project at ohiojpc.org/our-work/beyond-guilt
Address: 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati OH 45202
Downtown Living Tour
Central Business District Findlay Market Over-the-Rhine Pendleton The Banks The West End
October 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover Downtown Cincinnati’s hidden gems and tour the luxury apartments that put it all a few steps away! Cincinnati Magazine welcomes you to the Downtown Tour of Living 2022. Historic sites, quaint cafes, and gorgeous murals—these only scratch the surface of what downtown Cincinnati has to offer. This year’s tour is specially designed to reveal the Queen City’s best spots, and of course, the sweet convenience of this lifestyle. Plus, come luxury apartment-hopping and enjoy the city’s finest interior decorating alongside snacks and drinks. Whether you’re looking to become acquainted with your neighborhood or fall in love with your new home, the Downtown Living Tour is an unforgettable experience. Say “yes” to a date with downtown!
YWCA Racial Justice Breakfast
October 11, 8-9:30 a.m. YWCA Greater Cincinnati will host its 22nd annual Racial Justice Breakfast on October 11th at Music Hall. The Racial Justice Breakfast is an important part of our efforts to create the social changes necessary to end systemic racism. Attendees this year will experience meaningful dialogue about health equity, and hear from keynote speaker, Dorothy Roberts, an internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate. She studies the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. Professor of Africana Studies, Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dorothy directs the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society.
Address: 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
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