Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra | Wed., Oct. 30 | Music Hall Ballroom

WMKV 89.3FM and WLHS 89.9FM present
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7-10pm
at the Music Hall Ballroom
to Benefit Public Radio

CAA_Tommy Dorsey OrchestraCINCINNATI, OH – Classic big band music returns to one of its true Cincinnati homes on October 30, 2013 from 7-10pm as WMKV 89.3FM and WLHS 89.9FM bring The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to the Music Hall Ballroom. The event will be a concert and dance with a large open dance floor.

Tickets are $30 per person and are on sale now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], or at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. Discount parking is available for $3 for the October 30 event.

“We’re excited to bring this unique music to an historic location,” says WMKV Development Director Bob Hanneken, “Our goal is to preserve big band music, and if this has good attendance, there are some other big bands we’d love to bring in.”

The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is the national touring big band that travels the U.S. They are appearing for the three-hour concert and dance to benefit public radio WMKV 89.3FM, which is simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS. The stations offer big bands and standards, plus classic radio shows, and talk for seniors and families.

This is WMKV’s first effort to bring a big band to the Music Hall Ballroom. WMKV and WLHS have continued to present national touring orchestras, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, in recent years. The larger venue can accommodate enough audience so that WMKV can entertain the notion of bringing in possible future concerts with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras.

“This has been a great home for so many music events over the years, it’s a natural fit,” adds WMKV Station Director George Zahn, “This is classic big band music in a classic venue.”

WMKV is an independent public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrating its 18th year of operation and the only station in the country owned by a continuous care retirement community (CCRC), Maple Knoll Village, and serves as a mission-oriented feature of parent Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. The station has carved a niche as a local broadcast and worldwide-streaming audio leader for nostalgia, including music (now oldies, standards, and big bands), classic radio comedy and drama, and information programs. The station can be heard at 89.3FM (now also simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS in Butler and Warren Counties) and streams audio worldwide 24/7 at

The 22,000 square-foot Music Hall Ballroom is Cincinnati’s largest event room outside of those in the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. When it opened in January of 1928 on the second floor of the south wing of Music Hall, it quickly became the place to socialize and celebrate events and has hosted countless concerts, dances, and celebrations. Renovated in 1998, the Music Hall Ballroom features many art deco fixtures from the old RKO Albee, and now also hosts a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ which was once housed in the RKO Albee and later in the Emery Theatre.


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trueOOPS! on Oct. 14

Presented by trueTHEATRE
Oct. 14

Produced by Dave Levy & Jeff Groh

Join us for an evening of OOPS!-stories that promise to drop your jaw, turn your stomach, and slap your knee!

Hear from a man who may carry his grandfather’s OOPS!-gene, a young woman with advice on setting your own bone (you’ll never know when you’ll need that!), two jugglers who’ve had their share of ups and downs (and just might have an OOPS-moment before your very eyes on stage!), a young magician who found himself in a situation where he wished he could disappear, and a True Theatre veteran who discovered the fine line between helping someone and almost killing them. Get your tickets now before we sell out and you find yourself saying OOPS! trueTHEATRE shows sell out in advance, so purchase tickets early.

  • Mon, Oct. 14 at 7:30pm

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TDW Seeks Directors for 2014-2015 Season

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop is scheduling director interviews for the 2014 – 2015 season. We will produce a season consisting of 4-5 shows in the new Glenmore Playhouse beginning in the fall of 2014.

TDW has a list of 15 plays that are under consideration by the TDW board for the 2014 – 2015 season. We encourage potential directors to read any or all of the plays under consideration. To obtain the list of plays contact Gretchen Gantner (contact info below). It is not necessary to read all of the plays to apply for a directorship.

***This year we are asking our director candidates to pitch one additional “wild card” show of your choosing, suitable for attracting a wide audience in our theater space. These can be a holiday show, musical, comedy, drama, children’s show etc, but should be of a big-draw, widely known caliber. ***

We are asking that interested potential directors attend a scheduled interview at The Glenmore Playhouse.

Interviews will be conducted in early/mid November. Should you wish to schedule an interview time, please contact Gretchen Gantner at 513.470.5516 or at

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Presented by Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Oct. 11-12

A Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2013 Encore
[Read my review of the 2013 Fringe performance.]

Step right up!!! Hear the story of how Pangea Park broke up into all the different types of parks we have today (including trailer-park!!) Learn how they make black-eyed peas by punching green peas!!! Hear a story about siamese twins who aren’t the same age!!! How about a the tale of a wall of taxidermied, mounted goldfish?!? Step right up!! Nationally acclaimed comedian, storyteller and musician Paul Strickland’s AIN’T TRUE AND UNCLE FALSE is a one man trailer park fantasy (with songs), as told to his dead grandfather for your enjoyment.

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 11-12 at 8pm

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Summerfair Cincinnati Accepting Small Arts Organizations Award Applications

Special awards to assist local small and mid-sized arts organizations in 2014

SFC_logoCINCINNATI, Sept. 30, 2013 – Summerfair Cincinnati has announced the availability of the 2014 Small Arts Organizations Awards Applications.

These awards grant up to $2,500 to assist various local, small and mid-sized arts organizations with the creation of new programs, expansion of current programs and assistance with production or presentation expenses.

“These awards help increase opportunities to all members of the Cincinnati community regardless of age, ability, income or location,” said Sharon Strubbe, executive director of Summerfair Cincinnati. “These awards help many small to mid-sized organizations bring more works of art to fruition in their local communities. Summerfair Cincinnati is about access to art, and this is right at the heart of our mission.”

Criteria for consideration of funding requests include the quality of the art performed or produced, diversity of the target audience, the number of people benefiting from the program or project, the impact of Summerfair Cincinnati’s contribution and the potential for the program or project to attract a new audience.

Summerfair Cincinnati requests that awards be utilized for a project or program that will be completed by the end of the calendar year during which the funding is received. Organizations may receive an award for two consecutive years. However, one award cycle must pass before another application will be considered.

Some recent recipients include Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Lloyd Library and Museum, and Pones, Inc.

Applications need to be postmarked no later than Jan. 24, 2014 and the awards will be announced in early March and allocated by March 17, 2014. Applications can be found by visiting

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