“Rent” continues to spotlight society’s issues

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since the groundbreaking production of “Rent” entered our social and pop culture consciousness. As the 20th anniversary tour makes its stop at the Aronoff Center this week, the musical reminds us how things have changed since the 1990s (the timeframe in which it is set) and how much things have not.

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Jackie Reau
From Elizabeth to Lisbeth: Claire Foy transforms in “Spider’s Web”

It’ll be hard to go to the cineplex this weekend without running into Claire Foy: While “First Man,” featuring Foy as astronaut Neil Armstrong’s wife, Janet, continues to show in theaters, her latest film, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” also hits the big screen this weekend. And the two characters could not be more opposite, with Foy switching from a 1960s housewife in “First Man” to a leather-wearing, Ducati-riding vigilante in “Spider’s Web.” 

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Alex ReillyCULTURE
OTR International Film Festival announces 2018 Film Winners

Formerly, the ReelAbilities Film Festival, the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival organized by LADD, a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities, made its debut September 26-30 and celebrated the human spirit to critical acclaim and box office success. The screenings, events and discussions attracted more than 5,000 patrons over the five-day festival. 

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Alex ReillyCULTURE
So You Think You Can Dance choreographer joins Cincinnati Ballet for New Works Series

The Kaplan New Works Series puts the raw energy of contemporary ballet center stage with four world premieres September 13 – 23 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. This year’s bold program celebrates the athleticism, strength and versatility of the Company’s dancers. The 2018-2019 season opens with inventive works guaranteed to challenge the artform and the audience.

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Alex ReillyCULTURE
Cincinnati Music Festival Celebrates the Return of Common to Cincinnati

Common may be known internationally these days as a successful rapper, actor and film producer, but when he was younger, he was just another kid enjoying vacation time with his cousins and friends in Bond Hill. This past weekend, Common returnedto Cincinnati, this time as a headliner on the main stage of the Cincinnati Music Festival, performing with The Roots. While his music is heard around the world, he says a lot of his artistic and musical influence came from those summers in Cincinnati. 

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Alex ReillyCULTURE