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The Wizard of Oz in Cincinnati Presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati! GIVEAWAY

It's almost theatre time again! Time to head down to the historical Taft Theatre to see our LOCAL 12’s Bob Herzog as the Wizard in The Cincinnati Children's Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. I hear he's pretty amazing in any shows that he's apart of, we're looking forward to this one! 




"Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road to the Taft Theatre this February to experience the magical adventures of Dorothy and her friends when The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents the classic musical THE WIZARD OF OZ this February (February 11 - 19, 2017). 

A cyclone transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, from Kansas to the technicolor Munchkin Land.  Unfortunately, they land right on top of the Wicked Witch of the East -- not a good thing!  As Dorothy and Toto head down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard and their way back home to Kansas, they meet new friends, each with a wish that they hope The Great Oz can grant for them.  A scrawny Scarecrow needs a brain, a rusty Tin Man needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion needs courage."


THE WIZARD OF OZ presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati,

February 11-19, 2017.

Saturday February 11 at 2 PM;

Sunday February 12 at 2 PM and 5 PM;

Friday February 17 at 7:30 PM;

Saturday February 18 at 2 PM and 5 PM; and

Sunday February 19 at 2 PM 

Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets $10-30.  

1-800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are selling fast!


I'm so lucky, because I get to give away a family 4 pack of tickets to the Sunday Feb. 12 at 5pm show OR Friday Feb. 17 t 7:30pm show! What a great way to get your family out of the house this winter and into our wonderful city! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below! Good Luck! 



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Disney's The Little Mermaid Broadway in Cincinnati


Little Mermaid Cincinnati

A childhood classic, Disney's The Little Mermaid comes to life through Broadway Cincinnati. 


This show was anything but basic. Our first time ever to see a Broadway show, and I'm so glad it was Disney's The Little Mermaid. Our daughter, four years old, sat through the entire performance in awe of what was happening on stage. From the gorgeous costumes, to the enchanting lighting and sound effects, Cincinnati's Broadway whisks you away to a magical underwater world full of delight and wonder. The only thing she kept saying was wow mommy, this is so neat. My husband who has also never been to a Broadway show was also hooked. He enjoyed it very much, and is looking forward to future shows. 



Diana Huey as Ariel in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid
Diana Huey as Ariel in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid



The show's cast and creative team, knew what they were doing when the created this show. No attention to detail was left out and the most wonderful soothing voices were presented on stage. Ursula was simply amazing, her character is witty, and quite bold, with a After the show our daughter chatted our ears off the entire way home, she loved everything. 



Jennifer Allen as Ursula in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid
Jennifer Allen as Ursula in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid



If you haven't been to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, create a one of a kind child-hood memory this year and go see Disney's The Little Mermaid


Procter & Gamble Hall - Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH

Tickets still available for the following shows. (subject to change)

TUESDAY 01/24 7:30PM  
WEDNESDAY 01/25 7:30PM  
THURSDAY 01/26 7:30PM  
FRIDAY 01/27 8:00PM  
SATURDAY 01/28 2:00PM  
SATURDAY 01/28 8:00PM  
SUNDAY 01/29 1:00PM  
SUNDAY 01/29 6:30PM

Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda and Hacienda Style

MexicancountrystyleBooks abound for decorating country style, using vintage finds, making the old new again. There’s new country, French country, even Midwest Modern, coined in an Amy Butler book I’ll review soon. But for now, say “adios” to all those familiar trends and hola! to Mexican country/Hacienda style.

      Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr, award-winning authors, designers and photographers and collaborators with Pittsburgh Paints® on The Hacienda Style Color Palette have published a thorough series of hard- and soft-cover tomes to help you get the Mexican abode – or Hacienda- of your dreams.

      Mexican Country Style, 1997, $24.95; The New Hacienda, 1999, $19.95 and Hacienda Style, 2007, $39.95, all published by Gibbs Smith, Utah, are but three of their eight volumes in the last decade depicting the deep southwestern and native style of Mexico.

     Hacienda_courtyards_2 If you live in the western half of the U.S., then Hacienda (a Mexican estate or plantation)style may not be such a new concept, as it is a familiar form of design in Texas, Arizona, California and the like. But, if you are in the Midwest, on the east coast or in the southeast, you may want to grab one or more of these books if you’d like to add some native New World style.

      Wytinski and Carr are owners of Joe P. Carr Design, a gallery in Austin, TX, where they spend their time when not in Mexico. Their quest for design treasures and their writings from the resultant travels have earned them La Pluma de Plata (The Silver Pen) from Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, for The New Hacienda.

      The duo has been at the forefront of Mexican design for more than 25 years and have designed and renovated both homes and haciendas and commercial projects in the U.S. and Mexico. They have been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and on HGTV’s Takeover my Makeover.

      With all of these respected credentials and eight books under their belts, Wytinski and Carr don’t need a review from a Johnny-come-lately-to-the-style like me. I will say the books are a joy to look at whether you favor this style or not. The photography is beautiful, so that whether you are into design, travel, re-living your high school Spanish class or just appreciating the art of life, you can find something here to enjoy.

    Mailgooglecom_2   They are a satisfying size, at 130 to 200 pages each, and Hacienda Style easily makes for a coffee table selection. The only cuidado (caution) I would give is if you are looking to reform your NYC brownstone or your Indiana 3BR/2BT ranch into an adobe  abode, you won’t find a lot of practical photos- unless your ranch has 20- or 30-foot ceilings and your walk-up has an open-air kitchen.


But, as with so many design books and the resultant reviews, those who are quick to critique them as impractical must remember these books are for visual inspiration, suggestion and in this case, education and documentation of a style spanning four centuries: Mexican hacienda style.


- Guest Author, Gina Smith

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