CUL­TURE CLUB

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At the heart of Cincin­nati’s mu­sic cul­ture, and it’s his­toric Over the Rhine Neigh­bor­hood, is Cincin­nati Mu­sic Hall. Sit­ting just over a mile from the Ohio River, Mu­sic Hall is the jewel of Cincin­nati’s

Over the Rhine, and its blocks of in­tact 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. Con­structed in 1878, des­ig­nated as a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark in 1975, Cincin­nati’s Mu­sic Hall and its Vic­to­rian-gothic ar­chi­tec­ture, has been and will con­tinue to be a part of Cincin­na­tians’ and the cities visi­tors’ DNA for gen­er­a­tions.

Home to the Cincin­nati Opera (the na­tion’s sec­ond-old­est opera com­pany), Cincin­nati Sym­phony Orches­tra (the na­tion’s sixth-old­est sym­phony orches­tra), May Fes­ti­val (the long­est-run­ning cho­ral fes­ti­val in the Western hemi­sphere), and Cincin­nati Bal­let; Mu­sic Hall has a global rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a premier venue for clas­si­cal mu­sic, but is so much more. This famed hall served as the city’s first con­ven­tion cen­ter help­ing to es­tab­lish it as more than just a home for clas­sics. In­dus­trial ex­hibits, po­lit­i­cal con­ven­tions & pres­i­den­tial vis­its, sport­ing events, trade shows, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, even the cir­cus, has been held in the three build­ings which make up the hall’s rec­og­niz­able façade, but it’s called Mu­sic Hall for a rea­son. Frank Si­na­tra, Miles Davis, Bruce Spring­steen, Prince, El­ton John, Eric Clap­ton, Bob Dy­lan, The White Stripes, Phish, and Cincin­nati’s own The Na­tional, have per­formed on the hall’s stage; mak­ing it a premier venue for all mu­sic, new and old.

Cincin­nati’s Wash­ing­ton Park sits foot­steps from Mu­sic Hall’s grand en­try­way, pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful green space to ac­com­pany the hall. The park re­ceived a $48 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion in 2012, which was fol­lowed by a $143 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion to Mu­sic Hall proper in 2016. Af­ter all the ren­o­va­tions to it and the sur­round­ing area were com­plete the glo­ri­ous hall re­opened in the fall of 2017 and is now primed to con­tinue to pro­vide a world­class mu­si­cal and com­mu­nity space for Cincin­nati and all its visi­tors for years to come. Con­tin­u­ing in its legacy as be­ing a venue for clas­sics and cut­tingedge ma­te­rial Cincin­nati Mu­sic Hall will present the U.S. de­but of An­other Brick in the Wall, Roger Water’s opera based on Pink Floyd’s iconic The Wall al­bum, this July 20 - 31, 2018.

Af­ter 140 years this hall and what it still pro­vides helps show us how a fa­cil­ity built for mu­sic can be so much more to a city, now and then.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Peek­a­boo Gallery, the new ex­pe­ri­en­tial gallery in Old Pasadena—which has quickly be­come known as The Pop-Cul­ture Time Ma­chine—has an­nounced its sec­ond ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Friendly Skies: The Art of High Al­ti­tude Travel, to open Au­gust 18th, 2018 un­til Septem­ber 23rd. The show will fea­ture some of the most soughtafter vin­tage air­line mem­o­ra­bilia and col­lectibles, tak­ing guests back to a time when trav­el­ing aboard a lux­ury air­liner was a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. The gallery will fea­ture an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for guests fea­tur­ing a full size vin­tage PAN AM Jet­liner Photo Booth (which will also serve as the of­fi­cial pic­ture spot), a col­lec­tion of vin­tage flight at­ten­dant uni­forms from around the globe and a run­way cou­ture show on an air­port run­way, fea­tur­ing some of the most fash­ion­able air­line styles of the 1940s thru the 1990s.

High­lights of the lim­ited-en­gage­ment ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude: a mas­sive air­port dis­play model of a 1970s Con­corde Su­per­sonic jet, a TWA Con­stel­la­tion travel agency model, a stun­ning 9-foot, 1950s porce­lain sky-stairs sign from Eastern Air­lines, an orig­i­nal 1970 PETER MAX

Pan Am 747 silkscreen poster, orig­i­nal Delta Air­lines travel poster pro­duc­tion paint­ings, and an in­cred­i­ble se­lec­tion of vin­tage pas­sen­ger flight bags and rare stew­ardess gear—in­clud­ing a head-to-toe com­plete 1944 TWA uni­form and 1960s Go-Go-style flight at­ten­dant fash­ions by Pucci from Bran­iff Air­ways.

Peek­a­boo Gallery will also of­fi­cially open the gallery’s new nov­elty and gift shop which has been care­fully cu­rated by the founder, Jor­dan Re­ichek.

“We have cu­rated an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­hi­bi­tion of some of the most sought-af­ter air­line and avi­a­tion-re­lated col­lectibles in the world. We’ll be pro­duc­ing a live run­way show fea­tur­ing vin­tage crew uni­forms and even have a 10-foot sec­tion of a PAN AM fuse­lage in­stalled in the gallery as our of­fi­cial photo hub,” said Founder Jor­dan Re­ichek.

“This pre­sen­ta­tion of col­lectible air­line mem­o­ra­bilia is un­prece­dented in a fine art set­ting,” said gallery direc­tor Matt Kennedy. “With this show, as with all of our shows, we aim to show­case the best of the genre to an au­di­ence that may have never known that col­lect­ing was an op­tion. I look for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing the next gen­er­a­tion to the trea­sures of our pop cul­ture past.”

In ad­di­tion, Peek­a­boo Gallery has aligned ef­forts with our good friends at The PAN AM Ex­pe­ri­ence: an in­cred­i­ble evening at the Air Hol­ly­wood film stu­dio in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia where one can lit­er­ally travel back in time. Pas­sen­ger-guests can im­merse them­selves in the glam­our and ro­mance of 1970s com­mer­cial air travel and dine first­class aboard a PAN AM 747 Clip­per Jumbo Jet.

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