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Clovernook Center to Host Blind Jazz Pianist Matthew Whitaker in Concert

MISC_Matthew WhitakerNov. 13 concert to raise funds for Center’s award-winning
 Arts & Accessibility Initiative

CINCINNATI – Oct. 12, 2021 – Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired (Clovernook Center) invites the public to enjoy an afternoon of music with renown blind jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker to benefit its Arts & Accessibility Initiative.

The Clovernook Center will present An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13 at The Metropolitan Club (50 E. Rivercenter Blvd. #1900, Covington, KY 41011). A 90-minute concert with Whitaker will headline the afternoon’s festivities, which also includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. A special meet and greet with Whitaker will also be available for Patron Level ticket holders.

All proceeds from the event benefit Clovernook Center’s award-winning Arts & Accessibility Initiative, which provides materials for inclusive, accessible experiences in museums, performing arts organizations and other cultural institutions at low- or no-cost to the institution. The provision of braille and other resources for blind and visually impaired (BVI) individuals can often be prohibitively expensive and likewise often poorly crafted. Clovernook Center’s Arts & Accessibility Initiative works with institutions to develop materials that can be effective for blind and visually impaired individuals to experience their offerings.

“The arts are a very important aspect to a person’s growth and development. Some may think that the blind and visually impaired are exempt from enjoying and learning from this simple pleasure in life,” said Clovernook Center President and CEO Chris Faust. “Thanks to An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker, Cincinnati is able to experience an extraordinary young man who has overcome his disability to achieve his dreams, all while providing accessible arts options to the BVI community.”

Born blind, Whitaker began playing keyboard at the age of three and taught himself to play the organ at the age of nine. A child prodigy and jazz pianist, he gave his first paid performance in Capri, Italy with other seasoned jazz musicians when he was just 11 years old. Since then, he’s played in over 200 clubs and concert halls across the world; has opened for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo; and performed with Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, James Carter, John Batiste and more.

Tickets for An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker are available at $125 for Individuals (which includes admission for one, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments) and $200 at the Patron level. Patron level tickets also include a meet and greet with Whitaker, plus complimentary parking, listing in the program and more.

For more information about Clovernook Center or An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker, please visit Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Rhonda Curtis at for more information.

An Afternoon with Matthew Whitaker is generously supported by P&G and Corporex.

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About Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Since 1903, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been providing life-enriching opportunities and empowering people who are blind or visually impaired to be self-sufficient and full participants in their communities. Adult programs and youth activities, as well as arts and recreation departments provide critical services to those who need it. Clovernook Center’s Braille Printing House is the largest volume producer of braille in the world. It prints books, magazines and other materials for the National Library Services and braille patrons worldwide while providing employment opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, visit


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MONSTER BASH: A Fundraiser for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_Monster Bash Committee Members 2019

Lisa Connelly, Dr. Avani Modi, Laura Bowling, TCT Development Director Anne Venters, and Libby Galvin Brock.

CINCINNATI:  Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for the inaugural Monster Bash, a Halloween costume party for the whole family, October 26 from 5-9 p.m. at TCT’s headquarters at 4015 Red Bank Road.

Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy festive activities including pumpkin decorating, face painting, trick-or-treating, dancing, prize raffles, costume contests, TCT’s new haunted theater interactive experience, and much more.  Enjoy delicious food from Montgomery Inn, Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s, Ruby’s Chocolate and more.

Costumes for children and adults are encouraged but may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.  Masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

A party with a purpose, proceeds from The Monster Bash support TCT’s numerous arts education opportunities and initiatives for more than 170,000 children and young adults across Cincinnati. Through sponsorships and guest ticket sales, the committee for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash will raise funds to further our mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

Tickets are available now and start at $40 for children, and $65 for adults. Family packages (2 adults, 2 children) are also available for a limited time starting at $175, with additional child tickets starting at $25 and adult tickets $35. Prices will increase after September 26 to $50 for children and $75 for adults.  All adult tickets include wine and beer.  Parking is free.

Tickets are available now at

The Monster Bash is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor: Macy’s.  Experience Sponsors include:  Lisa and John Connelly, Charlie and Christine Schiff, Anne and Len Texter, and Deloitte.  Media Sponsors are Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Baby Guide, Q102, LOCAL 12 and Norton Outdoor Advertising.  The event’s Spooky Consultant is The Dent Schoolhouse.

The Monster Bash Committee is co-chaired by Lisa Connelly and Anne Texter, with support from Tara Adams, Laura Bowling, Jessica Cicchinelli, Libby Galvin Brock, Meg Kohnen, Dr. Avani Modi, Casey Ruschman and Jennifer Suttles.

For additional information on how your business or family can become a Monster Bash sponsor, please call Mary Wright at 513-569-8080 x14 or email

Celebrating 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences.


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A KILLER REVUE Benefits Madcap Puppets on April 7

MCP_A Killer RevueAre you dying to attend Madcap Puppets first annual murder mystery?

Madcap is throwing a murder mystery dinner party for adults. Cincinnati’s favorite puppet company presents A KILLER REVUE, an adult-themed vaudeville show that features plenty of puppets and performers who are ready to kill.

“I’m a huge fan of variety shows and murder mysteries. Think of mixing a spicier version of The Muppet Show with a low stakes game of Clue,” says Dylan Shelton, Artistic Director of Madcap. “Solving a murder with puppets, dinner, and drinks is the perfect way to bring friends and family together.”


Where: The Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Avenue – Cincinnati, OH  45223

When: April 7th, 2018 at 6:00pm

Why: Be there or be a suspect.

Dress is business casual, or your best ‘20s vaudeville.

*Not recommended for young children.

Tickets are $60 and are available by visiting or by calling 513.241.6550.

Ticket price includes buffet-style dinner, coffee/tea/water and cookies for dessert.
Adult beverages available for cash purchase.

All proceeds benefit Madcap Puppets programming.


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Seasons Sweetings with New Edgecliff Radio Show on Dec. 14

Seasons Sweetings with New Edgecliff Radio Show
It’s a new reason to believe.

NET_Seasons SweetingsThis December New Edgecliff Theatre’s (NET) ever-popular radio drama fundraiser “Sweet Suspense” becomes Seasons Sweetings for the holidays.

The players of fictional WNET radio station return to put their stamp on the holiday classic A Miracle on 34th Street. They bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live Foley sound effects by Media Heritage’s Mike Martini. The WNET Radio Players will perform a one-night only event at 7pm, Sunday, December 14 at Northside Tavern. Seating is limited, so order tickets early. This holiday classic features returning NET actors and several new performers, portraying a variety of voice roles for a live studio audience – but not broadcast!

“Radio theatre is a wonderful thing to experience,” says artistic director Jim Stump. “The audience gets to actually see sound effects being created, while actors not only perform on microphone, but interact off-microphone as well. It’s fascinating and entertaining.”

In addition to the performance, the audience will be treated to The Midwest Culinary Institute of Cincinnati State providing delectable desserts to treat your taste buds, and “Sweet Suspense” regular Bob Allen returns to direct.

Listen as Macy’s Department Store comes to life in the Theatre of the Mind as you are whisked away to yesteryear in this radio adaptation of one of the most beloved retro Christmas tales. Listen as store manager Doris Walker frantically hires a replacement Santa for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Is he the real Kris Kringle, or just a sad, delusional man? Beliefs and sanity are tested when Kris is thrown into an asylum, but with the help of a friendly lawyer and the belief of a little girl, the true Spirit of Christmas endures. Tickets are available online at or by calling 1.888.428.7311. All tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.

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The mission of New Edgecliff Theatre is to create a powerful artistic experience utilizing local professionals and stressing the fundamental communion between actor and audience.

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NET Benefit: LIGHTS, CAMERA, MURDER on Nov. 15


Gloria Swansong is coming back to the silver screen. But someone wants to send her to that big screening room in the sky instead! Could it be the spurned lover, the jealous stand-in, or does someone have a dark secret? No more “close-ups” for Miss Swansong! The murder mystery show will be held at The Cabaret at the Below Zero Lounge in the Gateway Quarter (1120 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202) on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The event serves as a major fundraiser for New Edgecliff Theatre (NET). Tickets are still available for the one-night only evening, according to Shawn Maus, the theatre’s managing director.

The evening will feature The Whodunit? Players joined by friends of New Edgecliff. Guests may dress in their best red carpet attire or simply come dressed for an evening out, while enjoying beverages from the cash bar at the Cabaret. Maus notes that any donations are tax-deductible.

The event is one of four planned fundraisers hosted by NET this year, although this event is more theatrical in nature.

“From the minute you walk in, the actors will be performing,” Maus says.

He gives a special shout-out to the Below Zero Lounge for hosting the event after it became clear the theatre’s new home space would not be ready in time. “Below Zero and the Whodunit Players graciously stepped forward and opened their space and lent their talents for the event,” Maus says.

“It’s a great night to sit down with some cool people, have terrific drinks, see a show that’s happening all around you, and support NET,” Maus notes.

All money raised will go to the New Edgecliff’s operating fund, Maus says. That fund provides for main stage productions such as the planned local premiere of David Mamet’s “Race” in April.

“It is an investment in our community,” Maus says, “because all these things we do that people love are made possible through support of the operating fund.”

“We wanted to do something different. At NET, we create experiences. This is more than just a fundraiser. This is an evening experience.” Maus says of the murder mystery.

To make your reservations for “Lights, Camera, Murder”, please call 1-888-428-7311.

What: Lights, Camera, Murder by The Whodunit? Players
Where: The Cabaret at Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15 per person:, at the door or call 1-888-428-7311

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