Sunday Sober Song Series: Blossom Hall / Fruit LoOops / Villa Mure
Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Sober Song Series: Blossom Hall / Fruit LoOops / Villa Mure

Chase Public and Marisa Seremet present: The fourth installment of the new and exciting Sunday Sober Song Series. This is a chance to disengage the enjoyment of live music from drinking culture. We hope that this can be an opportunity for sober, family-friendly fun and interaction with a music scene that is too often tipsy and exclusive. All ages encouraged! bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents. Do not bring your beer or your booze. Bubbly Water? A-Okay.

This is a free concert, and nobody will be turned away! BUT- let’s consider this a challenge to prove to the world that we don’t need to rely on alcohol sales to support artists. Show these musicians that you appreciate the work that they do, and help provide them with the financial resources they need to be able to continue doing it.

The lineup:

Villa Mure (louisville, ky) - danceable bluesy rock w killer vox

Blossom Hall - garage pop that’s gonna make u smile

Fruit LoOops - experimental spoken word over some sick beats

See y’all on sunday!

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Heartland Home | Sarah Strickley's "No Consolation" Book Release
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Heartland Home | Sarah Strickley's "No Consolation" Book Release

HEARTLAND HOME

Is home where the heart is, or does our art tell us that it might live somewhere else? Join us for a one-of-a-kind event that explores ideas of home from the perspective of a range of writers, visual artists, journalists, and musicians with connections to the Cincinnati area. Attendees will enjoy readings by the poets, Lisa Ampleman, Les Kay, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Kristi Maxwell, and Linwood Rumney. In the category of visual arts, Libby Birkley and Erika Johns will walk visitors through their conceptions of home.

Editors Bob Strickley (from The Cincinnati Enquirer) and Suzanne McQuade (of The Cincinnati Anthology) will speak in conversation about the experience of presenting the identity of Cincinnati to audiences who may disagree about its core truths.

Cincinnati-native Sarah Anne Strickley will read a story of home from her new collection of fiction, and the folk-rock band, No Consolation, will close the event with a performance evocative of, as the writer Jane Austen once memorably phrased it, the “real comfort” of home.

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Debut: Cullen / Meade / Shokoohe / Sparks / Swartsell
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Debut: Cullen / Meade / Shokoohe / Sparks / Swartsell

Monuments are made for significant firsts, and this is one.

Chase Public has the great honor to invite you to the debut readings of five wonderful Cincinnatians: Calcagno Cullen, James Meade, Hannah Sparks, Leyla Shokoohe, and Nick Swartsell.

Each reader will give a short reading, so please come! bring your attention and your affirmations! celebrate these brave steps up to the microphone.

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Egresswasm 3 - "Refusing to Budge" - Publication Release, Lecture and Performance
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Egresswasm 3 - "Refusing to Budge" - Publication Release, Lecture and Performance

Egresswasm
Egress- to escape a situation; 
Wasm- suffix denoting an action or result that didn’t happen

Returning to oil up the rustbelt & celebrating its triennial aperiodic assembling, the United States Escape Party – the only political party available while supplies last – takes a stand about being a brand by asking: “what are we still doing here? This organization was founded during election season 2016 to act as a facetious, but sincere warning on a potential failure of the American promise, and now, good grief, what’s it take to get things in motion these days? What’s up with this failure to budge?” And so, we dive into the ruins of our doin’s with: 

Thirteen new issues of Egresswasm – the official organ of the United States Escape Party by a rogue’s gallery of language rompers, visual villains, and disorderly geniuses: Aaron Walker, Bailey Romaine, Breanne Trammell, Chris Reeves, Elana Adler, Hanna M. Owens, Jenn Smith, Jennifer Chan, Lauren Sudbrink, Liz Cambron, Shir Ende 

Performance lecture on the Chase Public solid fool’s gold rostrum by Chris Reeves

Intermission performance by the original jet-set, Lauren Sudbrink 

Live score of Richard Nixon’s resignation speech, Performed by Leif Fairfield, Zach Larrabee + TBA

BONUS: more stuff so classified you’re gonna need Devin Nunes to remove some key facts from it 

Come see what what they didn’t know they didn’t want you to know! 

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Music in Transparent Layers / Andrew Elaban / Zach Larabee
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Music in Transparent Layers / Andrew Elaban / Zach Larabee

Milwaukee based musicians Rob Collier and Ben Aguilar mark Chase Public as one of the venues for their geographically explorational and context inclusive, evolutionary composition Music in Transparent Layers: Collier and Aguilar will record each performance as they tour the midwest and then play the recordings at each subsequent show as they add a new layer live. Thus, every performance is a unique stage in the development of the piece over the course of 11 evenings in 11 separate venues.

Joining the travellers, performances by local percussionist Zach Larabee and synthesizer Andrew Eleban.

Rob Collier - is a composer and performer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Recordings of Rob’s compositions have been released on Capstone Records, auralgamiSOUNDS, Unlabel, WM Recordings, and Greed Recordings. He has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, visual artists, producers, and performers in a wide variety of genres. Rob earned his DMA in Music Composition at the University of Maryland in 2010. He holds a BA from Bellarmine University and an MM from the University of Louisville. His composition teachers include Steve Rouse, Mark Wilson, and Richard Burchard. He teaches music theory at Alverno College in Milwaukee.

Zach Larabee - is a percussionist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He performs both improvised and composed material in a variety of styles and genres. He received his Masters in Percussion from The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In addition to his solo work, Larabee performs with the experimental sound trio “Knee Play” and the rock and roll bands “Sky Hank and Heady Weed” and “Blossom Hall.” Above all else, he believes that making music should be fun, and that everyone should get to define that for themselves.

Andrew Elaban - is a Cincinnati musician exploring texture and sound, and his preferred vehicle is a modular synthesizer.

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Future Listening - Discussion and Sharing
Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

Future Listening - Discussion and Sharing

What does your past sound like? What does your present sound like?

Which sounds do you wish to retain? Which sounds do you wish never to hear again?

Which sounds do you consider as toxic waste?

How does silence and noise sound in your future?

Which sounds have gone silent?

Can you still hear?

To celebrate World Listening Day 2018, Chase Public is excited to team up with local poet, sound artist, and podcaster cris cheek to host a discussion of sound, and a theater for listening.

We invite you to participate through discussion and practice in an open symposium and compilation of field recordings to celebrate this year’s ten anniversary of WORLD LISTENING DAY on JULY 18th.

We are keen to focus on the past and future sound(s) of Cincinnati.

We encourage those interested, in the affect and impact of sound and resonance on our lived environment, and in how sound determines and influences place, to make RECORDINGS, bring thoughts / notes / questions . . . to Chase Public from 6-9pm.

There will be a listening station for those who wish to bring recordings and or simply listen to recordings to do so, and an open roundtable for discussion.

More info on World Listening Day here:

https://www.worldlisteningproject.org/

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Sober Sunday Song Series: Joy Ike & Brianna Kelly
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sober Sunday Song Series: Joy Ike & Brianna Kelly

Chase Public and Marisa Seremet present: The third of hopefully many installments of the Sunday Sober Song Series. This is a chance to disengage the enjoyment of live music from drinking culture. We hope that this can be an opportunity for sober, family-friendly fun and interaction with a music scene that is too often tipsy and exclusive. All ages encouraged! bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents. Do not bring your beer or your booze. Bubbly Water? A-Okay.

This is a free concert, and nobody will be turned away! BUT- let’s consider this a challenge to prove to the world that we don’t need to rely on alcohol sales to support musicians. Make a donation, especially to support the incredible Joy Ike, who made the decision to intentionally eschew venues that are more likely to make financial guarantees in favor of a setting up a shows in more community focused spaces.

The lineup:

Joy Ike - Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Laura Mvula, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played thousands of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, Tyrone Wells, and Najee to name a few. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."

Brianna Kelly - is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Along with her solo music, she plays guitar and sings in various projects including indie dreamgaze band Soften and experimental pop ensemble A Delicate Motor.

“Her thick, echoing guitar wraps around her meditative voice like grass spreading across the roots of trees.” - Marc Masters, Bandcamp

In February 2018, Brianna released four new songs on a split cassette paired with Utah drone project Sympathy Pain on Cincinnati’s Whited Sepulchre Records.

briannakellywsr.bandcamp.com

soften.bandcamp.com

See you *and your entire crew* on Sunday!

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The Breath of the Compassionate - Movement Meditation with Mary Chase Doll
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Breath of the Compassionate - Movement Meditation with Mary Chase Doll

Far too often we find ourselves sitting still.  Join us for an opportunity to change that:

The Breath of the Compassionate Movement Meditation developed by educator and movement artist Mary Chase Doll premiered in New York City at The Laban Institute in June of 2018. This work is meant to be shared with others to cultivate compassion for others (and for ourselves) in our world that rampantly turns to aggression and defense. The rhetoric and scholarship that inspired the work comes from Karen Armstrong and The Charter for Compassion. The visual and musical compositions were graciously gifted by the composer Bill Alves.  The Breath of the Compassionate  Movement Meditation is for everyone, no matter your movement background, spiritual practice, or affiliation. 

The practice of the meditation is a triptych: self (or group) movement, mantra, and external representations of the sacred geometric eight pointed star in visual and sound imagery. You are invited to engage in one or all as you are able. 

Join us at Chase Public to Engage with The Breath of the Compassionate Movement Meditation by observing a performance of the movement, sound and video tessellations. Then interact with its’ creator Mary Chase Doll through reflection and discussion on the history, creation and potential impact the work can have for your community. 

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Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots / Ben Sloan / yvette nepper
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots / Ben Sloan / yvette nepper

This is a good one. We are proud to present for you three unique and amazing performances, all under one bill.

Ben Sloan // is a Cincinnati-based percussionist, sound-maker, and educator with the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra.​ ​In 2017 Ben completed the construction of the Percussion Park, a collection of colorful outdoor percussion instruments located in East Price Hill. He is currently playing with A Delicate Motor and was recently featured as The National's Homecoming Festival's 2018 Artist In Residence. In the past, Ben has performed with artists such as WHY?, The National, Lazy Heart, Elese Daniel, Napoleon Maddox, and Nate Brenner.​ Presently, Sloan is focused inward as he develops solo material in preparation for the PEOPLE Residency and Festival in Berlin later this summer. Ben finds little to no comfort writing bios, and thanks you if you've made it this far.

yvette nepper // lives and writes in the city she loves, Cincinnati, Ohio.

JEFF YOUNG AND PAUL PINTO, PATRIOTS, RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE ON A PLATFORM OF SWIFT AND RIGHTEOUS IMMIGRATION REFORM, LOTS OF JOBS, AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: AN OPERA BY PAUL PINTO AND JEFFREY YOUNG // Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, this half-hour piece of music-theatre has become an all-too-real reflection of today's bad behavior surrounding issues of immigration and national identity. Young and Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, samples, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with startling, untraditional musical effects.

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All We Have in Common: The First Time | ft. Siri Imani & Scott Holzman
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

All We Have in Common: The First Time | ft. Siri Imani & Scott Holzman

“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.

Not all things are blest, but the

seeds of all things are blest.

The blessing is in the seed.”

- from “Elegy in Joy” by Muriel Rukeyser

Chase Public is very excited to introduce you to a new reading series highlighting Cincinnati Poets - All We Have in Common, presented by Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris. It is our great honor to host the first reading in this series, where the focus will be, appropriately, “The First Time.” We will be hearing from feature readers Siri Imani of Triiibe LLC, and Chase Public Executive Director Scott Holzman. The mic will also be open to anyone interested in reading their own original work that relates to the theme.

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All We Have in Common is a monthly poetry reading series created and hosted by the Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris, with the intention of using the power of poetry to bring people of any social status, skin color, race, religion, sexual preference, nationality, or any other kind of diversity together on the basis of empathy and human understanding. Here is how it works:

This is a nomadic poetry reading series: we don’t have an official venue. Readings will be held in a different space each month. Sometimes, they will be held in non-traditional spaces like Laundromats, gas stations or parking lots.

Each poetry reading will be centered on one central theme (family, love, fear, etc). The Featured Poets and the Open Mic participants should try to read/perform poems around that central theme.

Each Poetry reading will have 2 feature poets and two Open Mic sessions. (Open Mic+Featured poet+Open Mic+Featured poet).

Poetry readings are the first Friday of every month (except this one!) and start at 7:00 pm

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Concert:  Drew Gowran / Nature Was Here / Neutrals
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Drew Gowran / Nature Was Here / Neutrals

Drew Gowran (STL) - Drawing thickly resonant tones out of lids and bowls to create a monastic reverence within pure sound, the St. Louis-based percussionist elevates these utilitarian instruments to holy vessels. 

https://drewgowran.bandcamp.com/album/dismantle-2

Nature Was Here (Cinci) - Highly expressionistic, shape-shifting guitar work that ranges from droning passages to mutated 12-bar blues from Joshua Kruer. Joshua's work highlights the old adage of Charlie Parker, "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn (guitar)"

https://naturewashere.bandcamp.com/

Neutrals (Dayton) - The Dayton, OH percussion duo of Evan Miler and Andrew Seivert have the uncanny ability to pull in sound from seemingly every surface and resonating body. Nothing seems out of place when everything is sound. The duo create improvised works out of studied composition that draw in electronics, percussion, vibraphone and found objects to create a sound bath that is difficult to get out of once you've settled in and made yourself comfortable. 

https://neutralsduo.bandcamp.com/releases

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The Jellies / Molly Sullivan / S/heep
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Jellies / Molly Sullivan / S/heep

Chase Public is adrenalized to welcome Chicago stalwarts The Jellies to perform with local heroes Molly Sullivan and S/heep. We’ll also be throwing a few other fun things at you, because hey, this is a space where anything can happen, so it might as well.

The Jellies - drift along softly. Pop music from Chicago.https://thejellieschicago.bandcamp.com/

Molly Sullivan - take a bath in it. Moving, touching, stirring Cincinnati Indie Rock. https://mollysullivan.bandcamp.com/

S/heep - bird nest material. A sweet queer cacophony of middle east and mid west.https://she-ep.bandcamp.com/releases

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Poetry: Boettcher / Fadick / Griswold
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry: Boettcher / Fadick / Griswold

Join us at Chase Public for a warm June reading from local poets Andrew Boettcher, Kate Fadick, and Rebecca Griswold.

Andrew is an aspiring poet.  He graduated from Northern Kentucky University with degrees in English and Psychology, and lives in Covington, KY with his partner, Bradley, and their three cats.  He enjoys traveling, cashews, books, flea markets, Shirley MacLaine and listening to the Universe.

Kate Fadick began working seriously as a poet in 2009. Prior to that they worked with rural and Appalachian communities on issues of environmental and economic justice. Their work has appeared in Still: The journal, Kudzu, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Wind ‘97, Blue Lyra Review and other journals. SLIPSTREAM, their first chapbook, was released by Finishing Line Press in March, 2013. Glass Poetry Press released their second chapbook, Self-Portrait as Hildegard of Bingen, in March, 2018.

Rebecca Griswold grew up in equal parts Scarborough, Maine and Cincinnati, Ohio. Since graduating from The University of Cincinnati, she opened and currently operates a tattoo studio in Cincinnati alongside her husband. Her work is at once autobiographical and fiction, seeking to explore the past with a fine-toothed comb in order to resurrect authentic imagery for the present. Her poems have appeared in local publications. 

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Ofir's Improv Orchestra & Choir Pop-up Show
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

Ofir's Improv Orchestra & Choir Pop-up Show

Surprise!
Ofir Klemperer is coming to Cincinnati for a visit from Atlanta and is gathering the musicians of the CAC’s performance Signals for Immediate Music, for an improvised show.

With the musicians on stage, Ofir will guide the audience through their own vocal improvisation practices, providing an understanding of the improv conduction method and, importantly, an invitation to participate. Following the training, Ofir will then lead the musicians and audience on an improvised collaboration, crafting a conducted uproar to unite all in the room on a sonic journey to destinations unknown.

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People and Other Non-Entities: Storytelling with Jim Bowsher
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

People and Other Non-Entities: Storytelling with Jim Bowsher

From interviewing members of the Ku Klux Klan at age 12 to scouring the wreckage of James Earl Ray’s childhood home, Jim Bowsher’s insatiable curiosity and unmitigated passion for history have shaped and informed his life for more than half a century. His home in Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a living museum of eclectic objects that each carry a story – sometimes personal, sometimes historically significant, always fascinating. But his master work is undoubtedly The Temple of Tolerance.

For nearly two decades Jim acquired, moved and precisely placed innumerable rocks, many massive, along with other ornamental features like the jail cell door that once held Dillinger, to construct the Temple as a refuge for young people battered by dysfunctional family dynamics or other destructive relationships. Completed in 1999, this is no mere rock garden in a neighbor’s backyard. It has the look and feel of a modest Greek ruin, all the more enchanting for being located in a small town in rural Ohio.

The Temple of Tolerance is the physical manifestation of Jim’s belief that all people are born with a natural capacity for goodness. A captivating storyteller, Jim brings to life the characters he’s encountered along the way – he is fond of saying, “there are no ‘ordinary’ people, only extraordinary individuals.” And he means it.

Presented in partnership with the exhibition “Jim Bowsher and the Temple of Tolerance” at Thunder-Sky Gallery, 4573 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Opening June 15, 2018, 6–10pm; exhibition closes August 3.

Curated by Scott Bruno • Photography by Merrilee Luke-Ebbeler

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Do Your Heroes
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Do Your Heroes

Do Your Heroes is an experiment in Open Mic thought process: It invites all interested people to attend and share with the crowd any poems they'd like- so long as they did not write the poems themselves.

So come, read and share the poems you love, the poems that inspire you. Hear what your community members love and are inspired by - talk about it, learn new things. Be exposed to surprise.

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Sunday Sober Song Series: Paradise Kittens, Pete Fosco, Nancy Paraskevopoulos
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Sober Song Series: Paradise Kittens, Pete Fosco, Nancy Paraskevopoulos

Chase Public and Marisa Seremet present: The second of hopefully many installments of the Sunday Sober Song Series. This is a chance to disengage the enjoyment of live music from drinking culture. We hope that this can be an opportunity for sober, family friendly fun and interaction with a music scene that is too often tipsy and exclusive. All ages encouraged! bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents. Do not bring your beer or your booze. Bubbly Water? A-Okay.

This is a free concert, and nobody will be turned away! BUT- let’s consider this a challenge to prove to the world that we don’t need to rely on alcohol sales to support musicians. Make a donation!

The lineup:

Nancy Paraskevopoulos

Pete Fosco

Paradise Kittens

See you *and your entire crew* on sunday!

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Bitch's Brew
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Bitch's Brew

Your favorite bitches are back in full bitch mode. That's right, Kathy Y., Abiyah, Murray, Yvette, Avril, Elese, AND DJ Apryl Reign will ALL be in the building, on the mic, and on the decks throwing down several rounds of the power of the P(oetry), accented by Apryl's stellar curated music drops between poets and Kathy's comedic capping consisting of a blend of stand-up comedy and playing-the-dozens.

We will also have copies of our recently-released chapbook, 'I Know All the Bitches,' available for purchase for $15 (cash or PayPal). Get you some.

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Traffic and Swap: A Poetic Exchange
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Traffic and Swap: A Poetic Exchange

Six poets have prepared appx. 10 minutes worth of material, and those same six poets will be performing appx. 10 minutes of material - but not their own work. This literary line up’s work has been collected, and randomly re-distributed. Nobody knows who’s work they will be reading, nobody knows who will be reading their work. After all the poets have read - the attribution will be revealed. This isan experiment in the inherent context in the structure of poetry readings. What does it do to the audience to not be certain of authorship? How does removing the poet from the content affect it? How does the aesthetic and identity of the reader of the work inform its meaning to an audience? What does it do to the reader to take extra care to represent work not their own? What does it do to the poet to hear their work presented by another?

The poets:

Sidney Cherie Hilley

Bucky Ignatius

Kendall Jolley

Jon Massey

Sam McCormick

Linwood Rumney

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Reading: Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, Brooks Rexroat
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, Brooks Rexroat

Join us at Chase Public for an evening of fiction! Readings from Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, and Brooks Rexroat who is celebrating the release of his debut collection of stories, “Thrift Store Coats” available from Orson’s Publishing.  

Don Peteroy - is the author of the novella Wally (Burrow Press 2012). His short story “The Circuit Builders” won the 2012 Playboy College Fiction contest (October 2012). Other stories have appeared in Santa Clara Review, Chattahoochee Review, Eleven Eleven, Ellipsis, Cream City Review, Permafrost, and elsewhere. He is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati

Phoebe Reeves earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and now teaches English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College, where she also advises the student literary magazine, East Fork, and runs the Writing Certificate program.
Her chapbook The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2009.  Her poems have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, Phoebe, and Memorious. 

Brooks Rexroat was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio at the intersection of the Rust Belt and Appalachia: the crossing point of mountain and farm field, boarded mine and shuttered factory, the water that splits north from south. The importance of place has always surrounded him, and it deeply inhabits his characters. 
The son of public school teachers, he went to high school with the children of farmers and college with the children of miners. Then tension between circumstance and the transformative power of education were never far from his mind, which caused him to leave a successful career as a writer, reporter, and editor in order to pursue a teaching life.
After earning a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative prose from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he embarked on a journey in higher education that has included teaching opportunities at open enrollment community colleges, regional public universities, and rigorous private liberal arts colleges. Now based at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, Rexroat was a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Teaching and Research Scholar at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia, Russia. 
His debut story collection Thrift Store Coats is available from Orson’s Publishing and his debut novel Pine Gap is set for release this fall.

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Book Release: Manuel Iris - "Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence"
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Book Release: Manuel Iris - "Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence"

It is our great honor to host Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris for the release of his new book of poems, “Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence” available from Artepoetica. Joining Manuel for this celebration, poets Kelly Thomas and Charles Gabel.

Manuel Iris (Campeche, Mexico, 1983). Poet. He received the “Merida” National award of poetry (Mexico, 2009) for his book Notebook of dreams, and the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional award of poetry for his book The disguises of fire (Mexico, 2014). He coauthored, along with Brazilian poet Floriano Martins, the poetry book Overnight Medley (Brazil, 2014). In 2012, he coordinated the book At the edge of silence: essays about Ali Chumacero. In 2016 two different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The naked light, in Venezuela; and Before the mystery, in El Salvador. Iris has published poetry, essay and translation in magazines and literary journals from Mexico, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Portugal, France, the United States and Angola. His poetry has been included in several Mexican, as well as Latin-American, poetry anthologies. He has also given talks, lectures and poetry readings in literary events, academic conferences and cultural centers of Mexico, the United States and Europe. Manuel Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), a MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati, the city in which he lives.

Kelly Thomas is an award-winning writer, editor, adjunct professor of English (Xavier University) and the founder of Kelly Grace LLC (www.kgrace.co), a copywriting and editing agency that teaches artists and entrepreneurs how to create content that informs and inspires. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Genesis, The Efroymson Anthology and Polly Magazine. Honors include first-place scholarships from the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference as well as a post-graduate fellowship at WordPlay, a creative writing and after-school center. Her chapbook, Mouth Wide Shut, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Charles Gabel is a poet living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Boise State University, and his recent work can be found in Dreginald, New Delta Review, Alice Blue Review, and Timber. With the poet Erich Schweikher, Charles co-edits the journal Coast/No Coat and he works at the Cincinnati Public Library.

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Chase Public Response Project XXVIII - The Pieces I Am
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Chase Public Response Project XXVIII - The Pieces I Am

Hello one and all, please join us! May 24th, 7:00pm for the 28th installment of The Chase Public Response Project - this time focused on a collection of work currently on display at 1628 ltd. titled “The Pieces I Am: Artwork from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Private Collection.” "The Pieces I Am” celebrates the diversity of the female artistic voice including local, national, and international works of art. The exhibit includes works of sculpture, tapestry, folk art, and photography. Many of these works of art have been on loan to major arts organizations but have not been on view to the public in Cincinnati and thus making their debut as iconic as the artists the works represent. Of the 22 artworks in this exhibition, some of the featured artists include Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Bessie Nickens, Carolee Schneemann, Laurie Simmons, and Lorna Simpson among others."

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. They each have 10 minutes to express, perform, or share their response to this piece of art - informed by their experience, perspective, and opinion. Their response may be focused on a single piece, several pieces, or the entire show.

THE RESPONDENTS//

Noel Maghathe | Erin Kapor

Teisha Murray | Dani Clark

Jill Jantzen | Eva Patterson

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Play Your Heroes 8
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Play Your Heroes 8

There is “what” we do, and there is also “why” we do it. This concert series highlights both. Play Your Heroes is a joint curation of David Corns and Chase Public that invites a group of individual musicians to each showcase two songs: one original, and one cover of a song which has been influential in their lives. Hosted at Chase Public, a non-commercial and distraction free venue, this series is an opportunity for musicians and audiences to share focused, dedicated moments. No loud conversations, no bar noise, nobody there who doesn’t want to listen.

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Sunday Sober Song Series: [PoC], Fritz Pape, Xzela
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Sober Song Series: [PoC], Fritz Pape, Xzela

Chase Public and Marisa Seremet present: The first of hopefully many installments of the Sunday Sober Song Series. This is a chance to disengage the enjoyment of live music from drinking culture. We hope that this can be an opportunity for sober, family friendly fun and interaction with a music scene that is too often tipsy and exclusive. All ages encouraged! bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents.

This is a free concert, and nobody will be turned away! BUT- let’s consider this a challenge to prove to the world that we don’t need to rely on alcohol sales to support musicians. Make a donation!

The lineup:

[PoC] - new cincy hip hop trio (stallitix, jay hill, toph) // will rip at yr heart strings in a good way

fritz pape - droney boy // these tunes will make you feel like you can fly away

xzela - r&b bb w a voice of an angel // get ready to jam

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Response Project XXVII: Campy Washington
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Response Project XXVII: Campy Washington

Hello one and all, please join us! May 11th, 7:30pm for the 27th installment of The Chase Public Response Project - this time focused on the mural at the corner of Colerain and Elam in Camp Washington titled “Campy Washington” - the mural was designed by Scott Donaldson for ArtWorks in 2008, and depicts George Washington in drag accompanied by flying pigs and what appears to be a very happy cow. 

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. They each have 10 minutes to express, perform, or share their response to this piece of art - informed by their experience, perspective, and opinion.

THE RESPONDENTS//

Anna Petersen | Bunny Sanchez
Phillip Smith | Lydia Rosenberg
Christina Coobatis | Harris Wheeler

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Poetry: Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry: Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit

Chase Public is pleased to invite you to join us for readings from a roster of poets with work available from Dos Madres Press - Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Petit.  

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Susan Glassmeyer is the author of Invisible Fish (Dos Madres Press, 2018), her first full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks: Body Matters (Pudding House Publications, 2010) and Cook’s Luck (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Susan is a longtime member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League and creator of “April Gifts”, a ten-year poetry-sharing project honoring National Poetry Month.

Richard Hague’s recent titles include Studied Days: Poems Early & Late in Appalachia, and the nonfiction collection Earnest Occupations: Writing, Teaching, Gardening, and other Local Work (Bottom Dog Press, 2018). He is winner of the 2017 Books By The Banks Writing Contest and Writer-in-residence at Thomas More College.

Pauletta Hansel is author of six poetry collections, including Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017,) poems and memoir in response to her mother’s dementia, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian poetry book. She was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate.

Rhonda Pettit is an English professor at UC Blue Ash, where she is editor of the Blue Ash Review. Her latest book of poems is Riding the Wave Train (Dos Madres Press, 2017).
 

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"Joesph At Last" - Release Gala
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

"Joesph At Last" - Release Gala

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Join Joesph at Chase Public to celebrate the release of their new live album, “Joesph At Last.”

Come and hear the album, see friends, make new ones, tell the band what you think, and have a nice time.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine provided, and formal evening attire is strongly suggested. there will be a suggested donation of $5 - $10. 

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Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Gathering at 7:30

$5-10 suggested donation

BYOB, some sparkling provided.  
 

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