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Colligan History Project Partners with Mad Anthony Theatre Company

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will be partnering with the Mad Anthony Theatre Company at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts to sponsor a series of three plays, each touching on different aspects of American history. In advance of these performances, the Colligan series Staging the Past comprises three original public events exploring the historical context for each play.

  • Oct. 7, Everybody Wants to Be Sondheim, 7:30 p.m. Praised by the New York Daily News as “one of the most ingenious practitioners in his profession,” since 1979 Middletown native Larry Moore has worked in New York on musical theatre restoration, editing, orchestration, choral arranging and recording. The presentation considers Stephen Sondheim’s role in Larry Moore’s life, and reviews 40 years of American musical theatre. It will be presented ahead of Sondheim on Sondheim, “a funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist in his own words and music,” to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts October 15-18.
  • Feb. 9, Henry Ford: Fit to a “T”, 7:30 p.m. In 1932, union vs. management confrontations are on the rise, unemployment rampant, and communism and fascism appear viable. Henry Ford, who put the world on wheels, thinks he has a solution. During this interactive play Ford will talk to car dealers about his past, about the new Ford V-8, and about the future of soybeans. This dramatic presentation will be performed by Hank Fincken, A National Theatre Company of One, Indianapolis, Indiana. It occurs ahead of Camping with Henry and Tom, a “witty, elegant, and enormously entertaining” exploration of the friendship, politics and leadership of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Warren G. Harding, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts February 18-21, 2016.
  • May 5, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, & the Lost (?) Generation, 7:30 p.m. Donald A. Daiker, Miami University Professor Emeritus of English, will examine Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s love-hate relationship that began the moment they met in 1925 at the Dingo Bar in Paris. Fitzgerald proved to be the more generous friend but Hemingway the more successful writer, in part thanks to Fitzgerald’s help. Both rejected the lost generation tag, but both helped to create, perpetuate, glamorize, and even live it. This presentation precedesScott and Hem, a drama about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer, a rambling 1937 conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts May 12-15, 2016.
  • The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a partnership of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. Its goals are bringing the past to life, creating historical thinking, and building community identity. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit www.colliganproject.org.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S Monument Ave in Hamilton. Colligan Project programs are free and open to the public. The Fitton Center Box Office can be reached at (513) 863-8873.

 

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Conversations on Hamilton with Jim Blount at the Hamilton Lane Library  

Join local historian, Jim Blount, on Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library for a conversation about Covered Bridges in Butler County and Beyond.

No registration required. For details, call 894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call

894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.

Colligan series explores ‘American Wars & American Life’

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will continue its public history series focusing on “American Wars & American Life.”

  • Sept. 9, Witnessing the War on Terror in American Culture, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. John E. Bodnar, Distinguished Professor of History at Indiana University and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, explores encounters with mass violence that horribly rupture people’s lives and extraordinary efforts to heal them, highlighting the trauma and pain caused by the 9/11 attacks and experiencing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Sept. 30Reconciling and Reuniting the Nation: How Americans Have Remembered the Civil War, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Caroline E. Janney, Professor of History at Purdue University, Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, and President of the Society of Civil War Historians, discusses reuniting and reconciling the nation after the American Civil War, how civilians, veterans, women and U.S. Colored Troops understood that war, and how its meanings changed in later centuries.
  • Nov. 10World War I and the Modern American Woman, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Lynn Dumenil, Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History Emerita at Occidental College and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, shares popular visual imagery of American women during World War I that reveals a key issue of women’s history: the rise of the modern “new woman.” Learn how media attention to women who were engaged in war service at home and abroad helped consolidate the perception of a “new woman” who challenged boundaries that had previously restricted women’s lives.
  • April 5Ernie Pyle & Americans at War, Jim Blount History Educator Award Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. James Tobin, Professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University, considers the famous journalist Ernie Pyle as the nation’s eyewitness to World War II, who as its most popular war correspondent left a lasting imprint on the way Americans perceive that war, all U.S. wars since, and the image of the American soldier.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a partnership of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. Its goals are bringing the past to life, creating historical thinking, and building community identity. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit www.colliganproject.org.  Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

Image: Ernie Pyle (second from right), famed war correspondent, prepares for takeoff with the crew. Via Ancestry.com


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Bluegrass show set for North End Park, September 13

VIDEO PREVIEW

Ma Crow and the Ladyslippers will headline Bluegrass at the Ball Fields, 1 to 8 p.m. September 13 at L.J. Smith Park in the North End.

Ma Crow and The Lady Slippers is an all-female band from Cincinnati and a 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominee featuring Bluegrass, Americana, and Old-time Mountain music.  The Lady Slippers include Ma Crow (vocals and guitar), Trina Emig (banjo and mandolin), Margie Drees (vocals and fiddle), and Vicki Abbott (vocals and bass). Each member brings decades of professional experience, creating a unique blend of superb instrumentation and vocals.

The Back Porch Hounds and The Pineridge Partners will also perform.

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Fall Book Clubs at the Hamilton Lane Library

Adults 18 and up are invited to join us for a discussion of novel reads during the Tuesday’s Titles Book Club on Tuesdays, September 1, October 6 & November 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library. No registration is required.

  • September 1 – The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack
  • October 6 – The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
  • November 3 – We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Adults 18 and up, meet up with other graphic novel enthusiasts to discuss a new graphic novel every month on Thursdays, September 3, October 1 & November 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library. Pick up your copy of each novel ahead of time, then join us for lively discussion and refreshments. Registration is required for this book club:

  • September 3 – Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët
  • October 1 – Here by Richard McGuire
  • November 5 – Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer

Copies of the books are available at the Reference Desk. For details, call 894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.

 

Free Shakespeare coming to RiversEdge Amphitheater

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present one of the Bard’s masterpiece works in a free performance, 7 p.m. September 3 at RiversEdge Amphitheater.

There’s a Facebook event page HERE….

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company says:

One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together. CSC is proud to present “Romeo and Juliet” and prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike, throughout the ages.

The 2015 Shakespeare in the Park Tour features over 22 performances stops of brand new productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area at local community parks and venues.

These performances feature six actors from CSC Resident Ensemble. Following the Park Tour, these shows will travel
and tour to local schools, community centers, venues and
other performing arts locations through May 2016.

Last year, CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour had nearly 10,000 people in attendance!

The productions this year will feature brand new costume and scenic design. “Romeo and Juliet” is set in modern day featuring a super hero costume ball for the Capulets party where Juliet meets Romeo for the first time and contemporary design.

All shows will have actors voices amplified on microphones and spe
akers. Both shows are suitable for children and families of all
ages and are under 2 hours each.

HERE is a complete list of free Shakespeare in the Park performances….

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.

All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating. Arriving early is recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.

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Experience ‘Science of the Superhero’ with Marvel Comics artist

The Lane Libraries invites teens ages 12 – 18 to “Science of the Superhero” on Saturday, August 15. Marvel Comics Artist Jerry DeCaire shows how he combines math and science to draw superheroes.

DeCaire will make three appearances:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Fairfield Lane Library
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Oxford Lane Library

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue, the Fairfield Lane Library is located at 1485 Corydale Drive and the Oxford Lane Library is located at 15 S. College Avenue. These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.


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Rescheduled concert set for Tuesday at former Children’s Home

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The Rossville Historic District presents the Fort Hamilton Jazz Band in An Old-Fashioned Summer Band Concert on the lawn of The Father’s House – 425 South D. Street RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 pm.

The concert is free and will feature a wide range of jazz favorites.

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Bring your own supper to picnic on the green before the concert.

Enjoy complimentary Flubs ice cream sandwiches!


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The Hamilton Lane Library Continues Reading & All That Jazz Program

The Hamilton Lane Library continues the 19th season of Reading & All That Jazz with a Brown Bag Book Review on Tuesday, July 14 at noon as reviewer Al Wiebe discusses When Books Went to War By Molly Guptill Manning. And don’t forget to join us the following week for the Summer Time Jazz Program featuring the Buffalo Ridge Dixieland Jazz Band (banjo, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, tuba, drums and vocals) on Tuesday, July 21 at noon.
This popular series of alternating weekly book reviews and jazz performances will entertain you all summer long, June through August. All programs, free and open to the public, are on Tuesdays at noon at the Hamilton Lane Library, 300 N. Third St.
For more information about these and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at http://www.lanepl.org.