"An art show and event of sociopolitical expressions for peace and justice" is how Saad Ghosn describes his annual S.O.S. Art program, which returns next week. What can I add to that?
S.O.S. opens tonight and runs through June 8 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. All program events are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-midnight Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Interestingly, the S.O.S. show and related events are running at the Art Academy at the same time as Visual Fringe, the visual art component of the 2008 Cincy Fringe Festival. So you can experience alternative art — both political-based and apolitical — with one visit to the Art Academy over the next week or so.
6 p.m.: Art show opening
7 p.m.: Introductory notes by Jane Durrell, CityBeat and freelance art critic, and Carla Walker, Chief Administrative Assistant to Mayor Mallory
Gallery Artists Talk moderated by Jan Brown Checco
8:30 p.m.: Potluck reception and music entertainment
Other noteworthy events during S.O.S.:
7 p.m.: Poetry reading facilitated by Jerry Judge
9 p.m.: Music recital of native flutes played by Janice T. (Sunflower)
3 p.m.: Documentary movie on non-violence: A Force More Powerful
Followed by an open discussion on non-violence facilitated by Brian Garry
Saturday June 7
7 p.m.: Poetry reading facilitated by Michael Henson
9 p.m.: Dance performance with Tadashi Kato and Jessica McKelvey
Sunday June 8
3 p.m.: Documentary movie illustrating the role the arts can play in social change: Favela Rising
4:30 p.m.: Artists discussion and closing potluck reception
— Margo Pierce