Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Cincinnati Ballet New Works – through Sept. 21

Like ballet? How about hip hop? How about seeing both in the same show? Once a year, dance enthusiasts have an opportunity to see world premieres of modern dance works created by a variety of choreographers from around the country performed by the Cincinnati Ballet. This year’s installment of The Kaplan New Works opened Sept. 11 and runs through Sept. 21. I received a media invitation to the opening for me and a guest. I brought a friend with me who was a dancer through her college years and is now a dance/theater mom. I really looked forward to going because, although I do watch some of the dance shows on TV, it had been quite some time since I’d seen a live performance. Six works comprised the performance with three before and after a 20-minute intermission. What I didn’t expect was that there would be live music. Some of the pieces were accompanied by musicians and singers. In fact, before the curtain rose for the opening piece, members of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble set the mood. The first piece was Floating Forward, choreographed by Cincinnati native Heather Britt. Of the six works, this one most resembled traditional ballet. The second work was a fun hip hop piece choreographed by Derrek Burbridge of Elementz Urban Dance Center in Over-the-Rhine. It was performed by his own dancers. Fans of the FOX show So You Think You Can Dance will recognize some Twitch-like moves. Fractured Glass was choreographed by the Cincinnati Ballet’s own artistic director, Victoria Morgan. During the intermission, the dancers put away their toe shoes, then another trio of modern pieces followed. Yesterday, Tomorrow was...

Strawberry Picking Tips

Call ahead. Sometimes strawberry crops can be completely picked early in the day depending on how many berries are ripe. Make sure you know the farm will be picking that day so that you don’t have a carload of disappointed folks. Bring kneeling pads or old towels to kneel on. Strawberries plants are low and these items will make it a lot easier on your knees and back. Explain to your kids that a ripe berry is RED. You might want to show them the difference. They may be used to seeing pale, unripe strawberries at the grocery store and you want to be sure to go home with ripe and tasty berries. Wear clothes and shoes that you won’t mind adding some red stains to. Pack sunscreen. A cooler full of water bottles will be a welcome sight at the end of your adventure. Bring cash. Many farms don’t accept credit cards. You don’t want to spend your valuable time picking and not be able to enjoy your berries. Prepare a flat surface in your vehicle to transport your berries home. Sports moms may need to clean gear out of the back of the minivan to have a place to safely place your berries. Buy Ingredients. Be prepared with supplies for pie/shortcake/jam if you plan on concocting any of these delicacies. Your kids will be excited to create something yummy when they get home. Here’s a great pie recipe if you’re looking for one. Freezer jam is really easy! All you need are clean jars, freezer pectin, sugar and berries. Yum! Big berries or little berries? The little...

Easy Strawberry Pie Recipe

Adventures Around Cincinnati Second edition available now!   Fresh Strawberries (enough to fill a pie crust) 1 package (4 serving) strawberry jello 1 package (4 serving) cook n serve vanilla pudding mix 1 ¼ c water Place quartered berries in pie crust. Stir jello and pudding mix and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly till mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute then remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Pour over berries evenly. Refrigerate till firm and serve with whipped cream or cool whip....