CANstruction – Creativity for a Cause

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I love when art and creativity have the opportunity to pair for a cause.  I just discovered CANstruction a few years ago and it’s now an event that I look forward to each year. The CANstruction displays are a blend of purpose and art.

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“The Sound of Music” at The Carnegie

Are you a Sound of Music fan?

The Sound of Music was one of my favorite musicals as a child and it still holds a special place in my heart today. I still know all of the songs and might be known to sing them off key from time to time.


Nestled in the majestic hills of Austria, under the looming shadow of Nazi Germany, free-spirited Maria leaves the abbey to serve as nanny to the motherless children of the austere Captain von Trapp. With music and boundless love, Maria restores joy to the children’s home and finds unexpected feelings for their father, whose heart has rekindled with “the sound of music.”




The audience gets to enjoy the beautiful music played by The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the incredible voices of the cast. A few days after the show, my 11 year old son was still talking about how great their voices were.




We really enjoyed the play and you still have time to enjoy it too!





Rodgers & Hammertstein musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC,

playing weekends January 17 – 26, 2014

at The Carnegie in Covington, KY




SOUND OF MUSIC at The Carnegie_Photo Credit Matt Steffen


THE SOUND OF MUSIC will include eight performances over two weekends:

Friday, January 17, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 18, 2pm

Saturday, January 18, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 19, 3pm

Friday, January 24, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 25, 2pm

Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 26, 3pm


Single Ticket Pricing


$28 Adults

$25 Carnegie and Enjoy The Arts Members

$23 Groups of 8 or More

$19 Students

$16 Family Tickets (Groups of four or more with at least two children)




Tickets to The Carnegie and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC are $19 – $28 and may be purchased online at or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5pm).


**Photo credit – Matt Steffen


Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011.










Flashdance -The Musical on Broadway

Even if you are too young to remember the movie, there is a good chance that you have heard the classic songs from the 1983 film Flashdance. I was really excited about seeing this play.


As a child who grew up in the 80’s, I knew that Flashdance – The Musical would be a fun show with lots of great dance numbers. I also recently went to Pittsburgh for the first time over the summer and I fell in love with the city and it’s hard working roots and grit, which is where the story takes place.

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“Of Mice and Men” by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Somehow my high school required reading skipped over the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinback. I remember hearing about the book but I had no idea what the plot of the story was about.  I got to understand more about the story by watching the play performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.


“An American literary classic, “Of Mice and Men” is John Steinbeck’s tale of enduring friendship amidst unendurable hardship. It tells the story of George and Lennie, two down-and-out migrant laborers in pursuit of work and their dream of a piece of land to call their own.  As they travel from town to town, the pragmatic George (Jeremy Dubin) struggles to protect the giant but simple-minded Lennie (Jim Hopkins) from his own mistakes and the world’s cruelty. When they secure jobs at a working ranch, a hot-tempered and volatile ranch hand seems bent on causing them trouble, testing their resolve and the limits of their loyalty. “


The play gave perspective for the difficulty of that time period, unconditional friendship and the hope for better days.


(Jim Hopkins as Lennie and Maggie Lou Rader as Curly’s Wife) 


Each cast member did a great job of creating a believable character that was trying to cope with their circumstances.


(Ken Early as Crooks and Jim Hopkins as Lennie)


This play will give you an appreciation for the all of the opportunities and better living conditions that we can easily take for granted.

You can still catch a performance until November 10.


(Jim Hopkins as Lennie and Jeremy Dubin as George) 

(J. Sheldon Photo)

Performances of “Of Mice and Men” are scheduled from October 18- November 10, 2013

 on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.


(Jeremy Dubin as George and Joneal Joplin as Candy) 

Single ticket prices range from $22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$35 on Fridays and Saturdays.

If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID.

Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as Enjoy the Arts and AAA members.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati.

 * All photo credit goes to Rich Sofranko unless otherwise noted.

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Discover Cincinnati with the ArtsWave Artpass

We are really fortunate to have so many incredible museums and arts organizations in the Cincinnati area.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton 

That’s why I love art. Moving back to Cincinnati has given me even more of an appreciation of the varitety of arts that we have access to in our city.

An organization called ArtsWave is making it even easier for you to check out what our city has to offer in an affordable way.

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Have you heard of ArtsWave?


  • Supports the arts that connect people across communities, enabling them to get to know each other
  • Creates connections between arts organizations and with people all over
  • Advocates on behalf of the arts
  • Provides funding and services to the arts
  • Promotes our arts and cultural assets as a defining characteristic of our region



What is it?

ArtsWave ArtsPass brings you special offers and discounts to more than 50 arts organizations, restaurants, shops and more. Discover amazing arts and cultural events happening all over the region from the Cincinnati Ballet to Madcap Puppets to the Cincinnati Reds.  Spend quality family time at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, grab dinner with friends at Taste of Belgium, or plan a special date night at the Cincinnati Opera.  ArtsPass makes it easy to spend time together and try new things.   

How much is it?

For a gift of $75 to ArtsWave, you get your own personalized login to the ArtsPass website with access to exclusive offers, including buy one, get one free tickets to many arts events. You can also browse offers from your smartphone and receive regular emails highlighting upcoming events and hot deals.  Plus, your contribution to ArtsWave is tax-deductible.

What do I get?

There is a great variety of museums, restaurants and retail that are participating with exclusive offers on the Artpass. Check out the list of participating venues and get inspired to try, or see something new.



ArtsWave also provides a lot of FREE events to the community throughout the year.

Community Arts Centers Week is August 23-30th

Take advantage of this opportunity to get creative or appreciate the arts a little more. From trying a writing class, music, dance to Shakespeare in the Park, there is something for everyone to check out.

* United Dairy Farmers will be providing FREE ice cream at these events too!

There will be events at different times and locations from the 23- 30th.

Check out the website for dates and times and don’t miss out!

Disclosure: ArtsWave is an Adventure mom advertiser. All opinions are my own.

The 39 Steps ~ A play that will have you laughing all night

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I recently attended a blogger event where I got to preview the play “The 39 Steps” at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for a blogger event. “The 39 Steps” is adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock.

I was not familar with the play, but was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was! I mean BIG SMILES and LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!!!!!

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