“Coming Home,” an exhibit featuring artwork and written compositions created by recent military veterans, will be on display at Herndon Gallery at Antioch College in Yellow Springs through Aug. 16.
The exhibition opening, slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in South Hall on the Antioch College campus, will include an 8 p.m. talk by Aaron Hughes, artist and Iraq War veteran.
Co-curated by Antioch College alumnae Dennie Eagleson and Lynn Zimmerman Estomin , the show will include recent work by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who work with Warrior Writers and Combat Paper, organizations that give veterans the opportunity to express their experience in war and returning home through creative writing and visual art. The process is also designed to promote a conversation about war between veterans and civilians.
In paper-making workshops, veterans use the uniforms they wore in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, weathered and formed into sheets of paper. Participants then turn the paper into art. Warrior Writers creates books, performances and exhibitions.
Coming Home will feature Aaron Hughes as artist-in-residence, and Ash Kyrie, an Iraq War veteran, as sculptor. The two will create a site-specific installation. Also represented will be the Veterans Book Project, a project conceived by Monica Haller to allow veterans to tell their story through writing and visual art. The resulting artist books are referred to as “Objects of Deployment.”
The exhibition also will include three of Estomin’s multimedia collaborations with veterans. There will be a curatorial talk by Lynn Estomin at 8 p.m. Friday, June 14. Warrior Writers will offer two days of writing workshops and trainings for veterans July 26-27. There will be a poetry reading by workshop participants at 7:30 p.m. July 27 in the Herndon Gallery that is open and free to the public.
‘Avenue Q’ a winner
Musical theater lovers will be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining and polished production than the Human Race version of “Avenue Q” that opened this weekend the Loft. The show is directed by Joe Deer with puppets designed by the Zoot Theatre Company.
The integration of the puppets and actors is absolutely seamless and amazing, and the entire cast is top-notch. The musical is caustic but has a sweetness about it as well. It runs through June 29.
Special museum deals
Free Fridays at the Cincinnati Museum Center are a great option for families on a tight budget or those who aren’t able to visit the museum during regular hours. You can visit free of charge from 4-8 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13.
Parking is $4 for vehicles arriving after 4:30 p.m. and $6 for vehicles arriving prior to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors can meet a mummy, hop aboard a 19th century steamboat, climb through the treetops in a multi-story woods, visit an underground waterfall in the limestone cave and more.
Note that tickets to the Omnimax Theater and upcoming exhibit “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana,”are not included in Free Fridays. Tickets to those attractions may be purchased at the box office, by phone at (513) 287-7001 or at www.cincymuseum.org.
There’s also a summer deal at the Newport Aquarium.
Two children (ages 12 and under) get in free with every adult paying full price from 4 to 7 p.m every day except Saturday. This special ends Friday, Aug. 30.
This offer is available for purchase online only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. For more information, check out www.newportaquarium.com and click on the Summer Family Hours box at the bottom of the home page.
Christian recording artists to give free concert in Tipp City
Ginghamsburg Church will host its third annual free summer concert on the lawn at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The event will be held on the front lawn of the church’s Tipp City Campus, 6759 S. County Road 25A. The show will feature The Afters, Hawk Nelson, Leeland and Kyle Sherman.
The Afters are a Christian pop rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua. The band just released its fourth album, “Life is Beautiful.” Hawk Nelson is a Christian punk band from Peterborough, Ontario, Leeland is a Christian rock band from Baytown, Texas and Kyle Sherman is a Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter.
Audience members are asked to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. The event will take place rain or shine.
Gay Mormons the subject of tonight’s ‘Questions of the Heart’
In his attempt to explore the relationship between religious faith and sexuality in his own religion, Ben Abbott, a straight practicing Mormon, interviewed a dozen men and women of his faith who are either gay or closely connected to someone who is gay.
The result is his one-man show “Questions of the Heart,” which will be presented tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Ghostlight Coffee Shop, 1201 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. Abbott plays the Interviewer as well as the subjects, taking dialogue directly from the transcripts and displaying the vast range of experiences, attitudes and journeys of those he interviewed.
The one-man show was directed by Mark Kami and began as an honors thesis research project at UC Berkeley. It was just performed as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and is being brought to Dayton by Free Shakespeare’s Chris Shea. Suggested donation is $10.
Broadway Studio summer camp for teens
Teenagers who love to sing, dance and act will get those opportunities when the Human Race Theatre Company and the Victoria Theatre Association present a Broadway Studio summer camp from June 17-28.
The two-week performing arts camp is designed for students ages 14-19 and will be centered on the popular Broadway musical, “Newsies.” National and local artists will work with the campers and the weeks will culminate in an informal performance.
The $395 fee will include master classes led by a Broadway pro, a professional head shot and resume, 60 hours of instruction. Some partial scholarships are available. For information, download a registration form at www.victoriatheatre.com/broadway-studio or www.humanracetheatre.org
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