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Buckle Up! The PARTY BUS is Bringing Laughs to Liberty Exhibition Hall

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Cast: Ricky Glore, Ali Delianides, Alicia DeVore, Chance Kilgour & Billy DeVore. Photo by Brian Lamm Media. Party Bus logo by Dylan Grubish.

Cincinnati, OH – In the tradition of sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night Live and The Second City, Cincinnati’s very own PARTY BUS is revving up for a night of comedy inspired by nightlife antics, couples’ game nights, the Tri-State’s rich history, and much, much more!

The Clifton Players are proud to announce PARTY BUS as the inaugural show to kick off their season. Performances run Saturdays at 8pm from March 2-April 13 with an approximate run time of one hour and 20 minutes. Ages 18 and up.

The cast and sketch writers include Ali Delianides, Alicia DeVore, Billy DeVore, Ricky Glore & Chance Kilgour. Additional material by Amanda Teemley. Featuring music by Riley Bachman. PARTY BUS is produced by Clifton Players and We Are Productions.

Performances take place Liberty Exhibition Hall – 3938 Spring Grove Ave – Cincinnati OH 45223. The Liberty Exhibition Hall in the Northside, is newly open to the public after 73 years. Over a century ago, vaudeville acts would fill this space and entertain audiences with their wide ranging acts of performance artistry.

Free street parking is available as well as a pay lot next to Littlefields.

Tickets are $10 at the door or available online at


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TIM ALLEN | Sat., June 22 | Aronoff Center


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With Lowell Sanders




18+ Mature Audiences Only

Tim Allen recently wrapped the 6th season of his hit sitcom “Last Man Standing” on ABC. He can currently be seen performing stand-up to sold-out crowds at venues across the country. Allen can next be seen starring in Netflix’s new dark comedy film “El Camino Christmas” along with Vincent D’Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Dax Shepard, Kimberly Quinn and Jimmy O. The film is expected to be released later this year around Christmas. He will also be reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 4” set for release in 2019.

Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the eighties, providing the perfect lead-in to his highly successful ABC television series “Home Improvement” where he garnered a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy nomination, and was honored with the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series” for an unprecedented eight years in a row.

During “Home Improvement’s” run at the top of the prime-time charts, Tim revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour. He also found time to pen his first book about the male perspective,Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, topping the New York Times Bestseller List.   This was followed by his second bestseller I’m Not Really Here focusing on midlife, family and quantum physics.

In 1999, during the final season of “Home Improvement,” Tim was honored with the TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Series. In a tearful farewell, Tim hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear with resounding success.

He made his film debut in 1994, playing a holiday icon in “The Santa Clause,” earning him another People’s Choice Award.   In 1995, he voiced the beloved, yet deluded, space ranger Buzz Lightyear in the CGI smash hit “Toy Story.”

In 1997, Allen starred in the hit comedies “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “For Richer or Poorer.” To the delight of moviegoers, in 1999 Tim reprised his character Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 2” which grossed over $250 million. This was followed by the hit film “Galaxy Quest.”   Representing the ‘Average Joe,’ Tim starred in “Joe Somebody” and in 2001 he starred in the comedy “Big Trouble.”   In 2002, Tim took on the role of Critical Jim in “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” and he helped kick off the holiday season that year reprising his role in  “The Santa Clause 2.”   In 2004, he starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the comedy “Christmas with the Kranks.”

In 2006, Allen starred in “The Santa Clause 3,” in which he once again reprised his role as Santa Claus.  That same year he starred in the comedy “Zoom” and in the updated version of the Disney classic “The Shaggy Dog.” In 2007, he starred opposite John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy in the hit comedy “Wild Hogs.” In 2008 Allen starred in the drama “Redbelt.”

In 2010, Allen reprised his role as Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 3.”  That same year he starred in his feature film directorial debut “Crazy On The Outside” with Sigourney Weaver and Ray Liotta.

In 2013, Allen reprised his role as Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story of Terror,” a spooky tale featuring all of the favorite “Toy Story” characters.

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Sinclair Theatre Students Present BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD!

SCCT_logo2In remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, Sinclair Theatre will present two FREE staged-readings of BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD! in Blair Hall Theatre, building 2 of the downtown Dayton campus; on Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 6 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 14th at noon.

BANG, BANG, YOU’RE DEAD! was written by William Mastrosimone to raise awareness of school violence so he allows it to be performed without payment of royalties, as long as the performance is not for profit.

Directed by Music, Theatre & Dance department chair, Gina Neuerer, the readings will feature theatre majors: Vincent Klosterman, Austin Vega, Samantha Van, Mari Pullings, Anthony Dell’Aria, Jailen Reed, Kelvin Lowe, Bailey Rhonemus, Matthew Poliachik, Lydia Dye, and Topher Leavitt.

General seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain and latecomers may not be seated. Performance lasts approximately 1 hour. Please consider bringing a group as a way to create discussion and awareness.

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ONE FUNNY MOTHER | Thu., March 21 | Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom


CINCINNATI, OH – One Funny Mother Dena Blizzard, the viral video star and off-Broadway comedy sensation, will bring her hit one-woman show to Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM. Dena’s hilariously relatable collection of stories will make you realize you’re not crazy, but motherhood sure is! The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. Due to adult themes, language, and alcohol use, One Funny Mother is suitable for mature audiences ages 18 and over.

One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side-splitting 80 minutes of sass follows Dena on her hilarious journey through a typical day as a mom as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.” Along the way, she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, “Have I gone crazy since having these kids?” The answer is a hysterical, “laugh ’til your face hurts” comedy that you won’t want to miss!

Dena Blizzard first gained notoriety as the “Target mom” from her “Back to School Rant” (96 million views) and “Chardonnay Go” (24 million views) viral videos. She is a comedian and mother of three who has starred Off-Broadway in her one-woman show One Funny Mother, created “Chardonnay Go, The Board Game for Wine Lovers, Moms and Other Shameless People” and “Shiraz on the Shelf, a New Christmas Wine Tradition,” and can be found drinking in her living room on her weekly Facebook LIVE show, “Tipsy Tuesday.”  A LIVE with Kelly Top 5 Co-Host Winner, she has served as the official host of the Miss America Pageant Preliminaries for ten years, has co-hosted with Anderson Cooper, was a warm-up comic for four years, and had her own talk show on NJ 101.5 FM. She can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram @OneFunnyMother and online at

Before hitting the road for a national tour, One Funny Mother was named “Best One Woman Show” at the 2015 United Solo Festival in New York City.

One Funny Mother is a great “Girls Night Out” or date night for anyone that IS a mom, HAS a mom, or is MARRIED to a mom.



SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Macy’s, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili,
TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students. For more information, visit

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Dancing for the Stars 2019 | Sat., April 13 | Music Hall Ballroom

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CINCINNATI, OH – Who will be voted Cincinnati’s best celebrity dancer?  Which stars have the right moves to rule the dance floor?  Find out on Saturday, April 13, 2019 when the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) celebrates season thirteen of its annual fundraiser Dancing for the Stars at the Music Hall Ballroom to benefit CAA’s Overture Awards – the nation’s largest locally-run high school arts scholarship competition – and Arts Education Programs. 

Inspired by the hit ABC-TV show Dancing with the StarsDancing for the Stars will feature seven Cincinnati celebrities paired with some of the area’s finest professional dancers in a competition program, at which the audience will vote for their favorite celebrity dancer. The competitive dance for the evening will be the cha cha and each dance pair will have ninety seconds to woo the crowd and the judges.

In addition, Dancing for the Stars will feature:

  • Online silent auction
  • Dance music by guest DJ “Rockin’ Ron” Schumacher, 103.5 WGRR-FM
  • Pre-event reception and wine tasting
  • Open dancing before and after the competition
  • Lite bites provided by some of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants and caterers
  • Cash bar

In addition to the winner of the dance competition, Dancing for the Stars will crown a Fundraising Champion – the celebrity dancer who raises the most revenue toward the event’s fundraising goal through table/ticket sales and donations. Fans may add a donation under their favorite celebrity’s name at the time of ticket purchase, or simply make a donation if they cannot attend the event. These direct donations (outside of the event ticket price) will help one of the fans’ favorite celebrities win the Dancing for the Stars Fundraising Champion award – which will be announced the evening of the event – and are 100% tax deductible.

Tickets are currently on sale at the following levels (a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible):

  • $150 – Patron (pre-event reception and two drink tickets)
  • $1,500 – Corporate Table (ten Patron level tickets and a half-page program ad)
  • $2,000 – Celebrity Circle Table (premium “first-row” viewing of competition area, ten Patron level tickets, full-page program ad, recognition on event signage)


  • 6:00 PM – Wine & Cheese / Meet-and-Greet Reception with the Stars and the Pros
  • 7:00 PM – Dancing, Dinner by the Bite, Cash Bar
  • 8:00 PM – Celebrity Dance Competition
  • 9:30 PM – Dance the Night Away



  • Michael Betz (Senior Brand Manager, Strategic Brand Marketing,  Gannett, Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Heidi Dejonckheere (Dental  Hygienist, Eastgate Dental Excellence)
  • Phillip Gill (General Sales Manager, Tom Gill Chevrolet)
  • Jan-Michelle Lemon Kearney (President & CEO, Sesh Communications)
  • Halle Quinn (Community Volunteer)
  • Jeff Thomas (Owner/President, Jeff Thomas Catering)
  • Rhonda Whitaker (Vice President, Community Relations, Ohio & Kentucky,  Duke Energy) 


  • Doreen Beatrice (Independent Dance Instructor) – Michael Betz
  • Bonita Brockert (Independent Dance Instructor) – Jeff Thomas
  • Brandon Etheridge (Independent Dance Instructor) – Heidi DeJonckheere
  • Desiree Mainous (Arthur Murray Dance Studio – Cincinnati) – Phillip Gill
  • Jozsef Parragh (Independent Dance Instructor) – Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
  • Josh Tilford (Independent Dance Instructor) – Rhonda Whitaker
  • Alyenendrov (Lenny) Tsorokean (Phoenix Rising Ballroom) – Halle Quinn 

THE HOSTS:  Chris O’Brien & Janeen Coyle (“Married With Microphones,” 103.5 WGRR-FM) 


  • Douglas Beal (Independent Dance Instructor)
  • Barbara Hauser (2015 Dancing for the Stars alum; Manager, Ohio Government & Community Relations, Procter & Gamble)
  • Pam Kravetz (2018 Dancing for the Stars third place winner; nationally-recognized artist, arts educator, and Project Manager for ArtWorks)
  • Steve Valerius (2018 Dancing for the Stars alum; President Individual Division, Ameritas Life Insurance)

EVENT COMMITTEE:  Amal DaoudTerry Foster, Sue GilkeyJim Howland, Ginger Loftin, Rosemary SchlachterPhil Schworer, and Tracey Skale. 

EVENT SPONSORS:  TriHealth – Presenting Sponsor, Arthur Murray – Cincinnati, Doreen Beatrice, Bonita Brockert, Brandon Etheridge, Graphic Village, Pebble Creek Group, Jozsef Parragh, Phoenix Rising Ballroom, Josh Tilford. 


  • 2007:     Dr. O’dell Owens (former Hamilton County Coroner)
  • 2008:     Jenell Walton (former WCPO-TV9 Anchor and Reporter)
  • 2009:     Phil Schworer (past President, Cincinnati Bar Association; Environmental Lawyer, Frost, Brown and Todd)
  • 2010:     Donna Speigel (Owner, The Snooty Fox)
  • 2011:     Dr. Tracey Skale (Chief Medical Officer, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services)
  • 2012:     Regina Russo (former Director of Marketing and Communications, Cincinnati Art Museum)
  • 2013:     Chris Seelbach (Cincinnati City Councilman)
  • 2014:     Neal Schulte (Founder & President, Schulte Financial Group, LLC)
  • 2015:     Johnny Chu (Owner, AmerAsia Kungfood Restaurant)
  • 2016:     Jay Lame (Financial Analyst, Lenox Wealth Management)
  • 2017:     Rohan Hemani (Procter & Gamble Fabric Care Intrapenuer)
  • 2018:     Dr. Marcia Bowling (Gynecologic Oncology, The Christ Hospital Network)


CAA’s Education Department promotes life-long learning through its programs, which are diverse, multidisciplinary, and accessible to all ages and cultural groups. SchoolTime presents a series of programs that feature nationally-recognized artists at CAA’s two venues (the Aronoff Center and Music Hall), and Artists On Tour brings the finest local artists in the region to Tri-state schools for interactive arts experiences aligned with the curriculum.

The Overture Awards Scholarship Competition is the largest locally-run arts scholarship competition in the country.  The program annually provides a $4,000 scholarship to six area high school students for education and training, with 18 finalists each winning a $1,000 scholarship. Each year, nearly 500 students are nominated by their schools to compete in one of six artistic disciplines: Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, or Vocal Music. There are three levels of competition: Regional, Semi-Finals, and Final.

The Overture Awards was developed to recognize, encourage, and reward excellence in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. It also provides students an opportunity to share their talents and interests among their peers in a supportive environment outside of their individual schools.  Now in its 22nd year, The Overture Awards was launched in 1996 by the Cinergy Foundation and Leadership Cincinnati (a Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce program).

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves more than 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies, including Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras, May Festival, and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, presented by TriHealth. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached nearly 1.6 million students.

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