Express Picks: Food for Thought

Express Picks: Food for Thought
Everything is making our events columnist think of food this week. Better watch out or you'll pick up a couple pounds just reading this list of fun things to do during this first, unofficial week of fall.

090610ARTS.jpgMonday — Sept. 6


Labor Day in Blue Ash


If you are one of those people who just can't help but wring every last drop of al fresco out of summer, then Blue Ash is the place to be on Labor Day. The oh-so-talented Maestro Michael Chertock (he plays a little piano too, I'm told) has chosen Tchaikovsky as the theme of the evening, with an appetizer portion of Violin Concerto, played by young phenomenon Timothy Schwarz, and a whopper of a dessert: the 1812 Overture to send you home humming. The entree is "Three Reflections of Sister Dorothy," from an opera by former Chertock student Evan Mack. These are selections from his opera called "Angel of the Amazon" and feature the excellent Cincinnati-based mezzo-soprano Catherine Fishlock.


What: Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

Where: Blue Ash Towne Square, Kenwood and Cooper roads (Rain Site: Sycamore Junior High, 5757 Cooper Road)

When: 6 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 232-0949 or visit


Wednesday — Sept. 8


Collected Stories


Ensemble Theatre opens its 25th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of a 1996 play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies. "Stories" enjoyed a run on Broadway this past season with Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulsen. The core of the story is that a writer somewhat reluctantly takes a much younger protege under her wing. The two women become increasingly friendly, and secrets are shared by the mentor who eventually turn up in a book by the young writer. The New York Daily News referred to "Stories" as "an absorbing exploration of power, betrayal and morality." Check it out and see what you think.


What: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati

Where: 1127 Vine Street

When: 7:30 p.m. (Weekend evening performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.) Runs through Sept. 26.

More information: Call (513) 421-3555 or visit


Thursday — Sept. 9


New Works


The best thing about a program like this is getting to sample small portions of tasty little dance dishes that contain all sorts of surprises, taking you from one visual and sound world to the next in a heartbeat. It's also an opportunity for the dancers to show their own personality and bring to life something hot out of the oven. No tutus on this evening. This is not your grandma's ballet but a collection of fresh new collaborations between choreographers and composers. Another plus is that these performances are in the more intimate Jarson Kaplan Theater (capacity 437), so you'll be able to get close and personal.


What: Cincinnati Ballet

Where: Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center

When: 8 p.m. Weekend matinees are at 2 p.m. Also Sept. 10-11 and 15-19

More information: Call (513) 621-5219 or visit


Friday — Sept. 10


Sunflower Revolution


Milford becomes the center of all things mobile this weekend, when Sunflower Revolution rolls out for its three days of strolling, walking, running, riding, racing and some "festing" along the way. The region's largest fundraiser for Parkinson's disease research, Sunflower Revolution VII will include an amateur bike race, fundraising bike rides, a morning run/walk and an ongoing street festival throughout the weekend. There is also an associated free educational symposium for patients, families and caregivers at the Oasis Center in Loveland. Put on your active shoes and join in!


What: Sunflower Revolution VII

Where: Downtown Milford

When: Sept. 10-12

More information: Visit


Brian Andres’ Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel


There's something about Latin music that just demands that you move your bod. Here's a great San Francisco big band, led by Cincinnati native Brian Andres, that should blow the roof off the Wisp for two nights this weekend. Featuring some of the top talent in the Bay Area, Andres will collaborate with local jazzers, making this a true homecoming. Get ready to salsa the night away.


Where: The Blue Wisp, 318 E. Eighth St., Downtown.

When: 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday

More information: Call (513) 241-9477 or visit or


Saturday — Sept. 11


Chamber Palooza


An open house of chamber music, Chamber Palooza is your chance to stop by for a snack or stay for the whole meal, depending on your appetite. If you're new to this whole chamber music thing, this is a great opportunity to sample a variety of flavors in order to know how to order later when looking for a whole meal… I mean concert. If chamber music is already your cup of tea, all the better. There's even an instrument petting zoo to get your young ones acquainted with Mr. Bassoon and Ms. Violin.


What: Chamber Music Network of Greater Cincinnati’s festival of free music

Where: Great Hall, Cincinnati Art Museum

When: Noon-4 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 304-4078.


Gourmet Sensation


Are your taste buds in need of dazzling? This annual food extravaganza is so big they hold it at a world class tennis facility! Nearly 1,000 people are expected for this "sensational" dinner-by-the-bite event, featuring delectable food from chefs from around the globe, fine wine and cool jazz. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Cincinnati.


Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

More information: Call (513) 865-1616.


Sunday — Sept. 12


Community Arts Centers Day


As part of the Fine Arts Fund's efforts to spread the word that art and music are for everyone, they have put together a program that will take place at 27 Greater Cincinnati neighborhood arts centers all at the same time over the course of four hours. And it's all FREE! Included in this fun-filled afternoon for the whole family are activities that feature music, dance, theater, crafts and much more.


Where: Your friendly neighborhood arts center

When: Noon-4 p.m.

More information: Visit


Expressly Cincinnati


Under the guise of shameless self-promotion, Express Cincinnati invites you to our 15th Anniversary Party being graciously hosted by Closson's in their beautiful showroom in downtown Oakley. We will be sharing fun photos from 15 years of galas, balls and all other sorts of extravaganzas that focus on the people who make things happen in Cincinnati both in the arts and philanthropy. Join us for food, wine and live music, and mix and mingle with people from the wide spectrum of organizations that Express promotes each month: staff, supporters, volunteers, sponsors and advertisers. What a great networking opportunity! Plus, you get to meet us! Proceeds benefit The United Way of Greater Cincinnati.


Where: 3061 Madison Road

When: 4-7 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 762-5500 or visit or

Photographer: Peter Mueller
Models: Dawn Kelly, Joshua Bodden

Thom Mariner -

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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