Sunday, April 30, 2000

Entertainers head to 'Hood'

Horn, Spinners part of sixth tour

By Sarah Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Grab your neighbors this summer and head out to the events of the sixth annual Hood Is Bigger Than You Think tour. This year's eclectic mix of entertainments includes performances by nostalgia group The Spinners, creole-style rockers Robin Lacy and DeZydeco and jazz songstress Shirley Horn.

        The three-part “tour” is an effort by Cincinnati's Learning Through Art organization to increase community and multicultural awareness through the arts and the commonality of music.

        “We invite everyone in the Tristate community to come out and join us,” says LTA director and Cincinnatian songstress Kathy Wade. “The only thing that we ask of you is that you please introduce yourself to someone who doesn't look like you, walk like you, talk like you, or act like you. That's the first step in building bridges between communities.”

        Here's the schedule:

        • June 23 — The kick-off event, Dancin' In the Street will feature the P. Ann Everson-Price All Star Band on Cinergy Plaza from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Reds play the San Diego Padres on Cinergy Field at 7:25 p.m., and banner contest winners (see information below) will be announced after the fifth inning. The Spinners will perform immediately after the game. Pre-game entertainment is free. Special group rates for game and Spinners concert; $9 green reserve, $6 red reserve. 421-4510, Ext. 4350.

        • July 22 — Visit the International Market at Sawyer Point's P&G Pavilion. Shop from more than 20 booths, each one representing the goods of a different country. Conclude the day with a concert of international rhythms featuring Dance Brigade, Latin Exposure and Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. Market open, 1-9:30 p.m. Concert, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Both events are free.

        • Aug. 18 — The tour concludes with the Crown Jewels of Jazz concert featuring Shirley Horn and Ms. Wade. A black-tie gala including dinner and Heart for the Arts Award ceremony will precede the concert. Tickets for gala and dinner, $100 and $125. Concert only tickets, $30. Gala begins at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Cabaret-style seating of six per table for the evening. Tickets, 562-4949. Information, 242-6028.

        • Hood Tour 2000 Banner Contest: Create a banner focusing on the theme of the contest, “Extraordinary Faces in Community Places.” The definition of “community” is up to you; workplace community, neighborhood community, church community, etc.

        The banners will be displayed on the Plaza level of Cinergy Field and will be judged by a celebrity panel. The winner receives a summer block party for their community. For more details, contest rules and entry forms call 242-6028.


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