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Friday, 28 May 2010 08:42

Express Picks: Enjoy the Variety
You can test your boundaries at Cincinnati Fringe or improve your knowledge of the Bard at Cincy Shakes. Discover what this week can bring to your calendar with our events columnist's picks.

June 1 — Tuesday
Cincinnati Fringe Festival

The whole point of the Fringe Festival concept is to test or even expand the boundaries of art. From theater and dance to visual art, video and music, this invasion of creativity offers opportunities to see experimental, genre-bending works in manageable, bite-size portions. Think tapas for the mind and soul.


Who: The Know Theatre
Where: Various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati
When: Through June 12 at various times
More information: Call (513) 300-KNOW or


June 3 — Thursday

"A Taste of Duveneck"

It's what you wish all the other Tastes were — a great evening of gourmet food and exceptional wines in the elegant surroundings of the Cincinnati Art Museum, with several hundred friends who don't bump into each other and spill beer all over the place. Sample fare from 23 area restaurants. Bid on travel, jewelry, art works, golf outings (Father's Day!) and much more!


Who: Cincinnati Art Museum
Where: Eden Park
How much: $75, but only $50 for those under age 40
More information: Call (513) 639-2964 or visit


June 4 — Friday

Summerfair 2010

For many, this arts and crafts festival represents the opening of summer. Some 400 artists from all over the country converge on the north bank of the Ohio at Coney Island each June in what is now a 43-year tradition. The range of offerings is prodigious, so there is no excuse not to go home with something, Or just go listen to the great live music, watch people get their first sunburn and have a beer!


Where: Coney Island at the intersection of I-275 and Kellog Avenue
When: June 4, 2-8 p.m. June 5, 10-8 p.m. June 6, 10-5 p.m.
More information: Call (513) 531-0050 or visit


Cathedral Choir in concert

This is arguably the city's best church choir, made up of local professionals and CCM students. They pull out all the stops — literally — in this season-ending program for choir, brass and organ. Enjoy fabulous music from the 16th and early 20th centuries you are not going to hear anywhere else in the area.


Where: St. Peter in Chains Cathedral at 8th and Plum streets, Downtown
When: 7:30 p.m.
More information: Call (513) 421-2222 or visit


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company — "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"

This is the CliffsNotes version of Shakespeare, with all 37 plays squeezed into 97 minutes, give or take a metaphor or two. Three actors use a plethora of wigs and props to give you just what you need to pass that quiz. Irreverent and hilarious, this has become one of the most popular evenings of theater anywhere.


Who: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Where: 719 Race St., Downtown
When: Through June 27, Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
More information: Call (513) 381-BARD or visit


June 5 — Saturday


Amy London Quintet
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Amy London is now at the top of the jazz and nightclub scene in New York City. She was an original cast member of "City of Angels" on Broadway and did a three-year stint at the famed Rainbow Room. Come hear what those in the know are paying to hear in Manhattan.


Where: The Blue Wisp Jazz Club at 318 E. 8th Street, Downtown
When: 8:30 p.m.
More information: Call (513) 241-9477 or visit


June 6 — Sunday


Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra — "Rhapsody in Blue" George Gershwin and Arnold Schoenberg were at opposite ends of the musical spectrum in the 1930s but became friends, strangely, on the tennis court. Come see this brave match of musical contradictions: Gershwin (the supreme songster) and Schoenberg (the radical rebel). The highlight will be Gershwin's beloved "Rhapsody," rendered by Cincinnati's own world-class pianist, Michael Chertock.


Who: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
When and Where: 2 p.m., University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music/Corbett Auditorium.
7:30 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township More information: Call (513) 723-1182 ext.102 or visit




Image courtesy of Summerfair 2010

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Thom Mariner is Cincy Chic's art and philanthropic events columnist, and he is co-publisher of Express Cincinnati, a free print and online publication showcasing Cincinnati's creative arts and generous spirit. E-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or read more at Read More >>

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