The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 27, 1991 · Page 143
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 143

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Sunday, October 27, 1991
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K-6Entertainment THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 27, 1991 Arts CONTINUED FROM PAGE K-l Consortium, even on its stationery and publications. "Although the full title accurately reflects our programming, people seldom use it," Britton said. It has served as a base for numerous cultural organizations over the years, among them: the Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble; the Afrikan Resource Center and gift shop; Very Special Arts Cincinnati, a support organization for disabled artists; the school of the Queen City Dance Theater. This year Britton has invited these and other groups to join the Arts Consortium as resident artists cooperatives. "This is applying the idea of a 'consortium' in the fullest sense," Britton says. "It gives the groups a safe haven, and they provide the educational support and expertise." A new group, the NeoAnces-tralists, is a cooperative group of local black artists who teach the art classes at the Consortium. Britton, 32, is a Cincinnati native who served as cultural affairs officer at his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, before returning to Cincinnati last year. He and associate director E. Selean Holmes, who is curator of the African American Museum, are the Consortium's only full-time staff. "I see my role here as a facilitator," Britton says. "The resident artists are our experts." The Consortium conducts classes for children and adults in painting and drawing, photography and ceramics. Students can study African culture, history and the Yoruba language. "We teach all kinds of dance, ballet, modern dance, African dance, even the Cincinnati Stomp," Britton explains that the Cincinnati Stomp is a traditional line dance that is that is often performed at black parties and celebrations. Directing the dance program is Kyne Franks, a West End native who was a principal of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Music classes are taught by faculty of the college Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Everyone welcome Although many of the Arts Consortium's programs and services are focused to the black community, Britton says that its role as a black cultural center is only part of its mandate. "All kinds of people attend our classes, from every part of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky," he says. Exhibitions, concerts and theat- rical performances provide a significant showcase for emerging artists in the Cincinnati area. More than 15,000 people participate in activities at the Arts Consortium annually. The organization has an annual budget of $260,000, which includes a $223,000 allocation from the City of Cincinnati for 1991. That figure, a 12 increase over 1990's allocation, pays for bookkeeping, janitorial service and a development consultant, Britton says. "We're one of the few arts groups in the state that got a raise in their allocation this year." The Arts Consortium also re ceives funding from the Ohio Arts Council and from the Projects Pool of the Fine Arts Fund. Major effort "This year we're going to make a major effort to increase our fund-raising efforts," Britton says. "It is very difficult for small arts organizations to garner corporate support. Companies see arts fund-' ing as a marketing tool, and they believe that they get more bang for the buck from large arts organizations. We have to show them that we have a lot to offer." Miami University Hamilton Artist Series The Tambliritzans - East European folk music and dances November 2 Alison Krauss Union Station - November 16 Call 863-8833 for ticket information. Sponsorship: Society Bank tows. 20 k ' i m i At.. Ai . vr-ni a"l3 I I W H . 77 Uf l m ft nii m w w . i w w mi j , mi n m "V-. m wmrwM m m, i, m X IU D.1L If III N I i a m x n h niiw r rmm m mm i Hockey CONTINUED FROM PAGE K-l thing that is going on," says Ficorelli, named the city's best sports announcer by Cincinnati magazine this month. - Five nights a week, he also provides a five-minute Cyclones update to WCKY-AM and WMOH-AM. His Monday Cyclones Hot Line talk show airs on WUBE-AM and WMOH-AM. His Cyclone bosses understand the power of radio (and quaint hockey arenas). That's why they vigorously pursued the 18-year radio veteran while assembling the club in the summer of 1990. . "When Doug Kirchhofer (general manager) called me, I didn't know who he was. We talked three or four times, and he kept saying, 'I want to show you the building.' - "The first thing he did when I came into town was brought me to the (Cincinnati) Gardens and walked me right to the middle of the floor. That's how excited he was about the building. "And I said, 'This is fabulous. This is hockey! " . His first steps inside the Gardens brought back memories of watching Gordie Howe and the Detroit Red Wings as a boy in Detroit's old Olympia. "I thought the first hockey game I ever attended was the most exciting thing I'd ever done in my life," he says. Ficorelli grew up playing hockey, baseball and football in Detroit. "When I wasn't playing organized sports, I'd find a remote location in my house and sit there and create fictitious teams and do play-by-play for whatever sport was in season, right out loud, for two or three hours at a time. "When I was a 17-year-old freshman at Michigan State University, I was playing for the freshman hockey team and broadcasting for the varsity hockey team. "That was the first time hit the airwaves doing hockey. My last couple of years at Michigan State, I hooked on with the Kalamazoo Wings (as radio announcer). Ficorelli spent the next 16 years crisscrossing America's blue and red map lines, riding minor-league buses as the radio man for the Kalamazoo Wings (11 years), Adirondack Red Wings (one year) and Balti more Skipjacks (four years). He's yet to reach his destination: The National Hockey League. "I would like that, yes. But don't get me wrong. I really like Cincinnati," he says. "It's a great, great place to live. The city is great, the people are terrific." So many terrific Tristaters walked through the Gardens' turnstiles last winter that the Cyclones rewrote East Coast Hockey League attendance records in their first season. They drew 260,000 fans, averaging 7,700 per game. Ficorelli counts on even more people skating out to the Gardens this winter, lured by his improved radio marketing. In WUBE-AM (1230 kHz), the club has a Cincinnati AM flagship station, instead of last year's Milford FM station. Games also will air on Hamilton's WMOH-AM (1450 mHz) and WRBI-FM (103.9 MHz) in Batesville, Ind. "We've been told it's important to have your sports property on the AM dial, and yet we can get the strong promotional opportunities that (sister station) WUBE-FM, B105, can offer. And they're very committed to marketing and promoting Cyclones hockey. Nowadays in radio contracts, that has to be a very important clause," he says. Another big step is the daily Cyclones update on 50,000-watt WCKY-AM (1530 kHz). The reports are aimed at commuters who may decide to detour to the Gardens instead of heading home. "Our success was built on walk-ups. We'd have 5,000 or 6,000 people walking up (buying tickets) the night of the game." When Ficorelli isn't speaking about hockey with or without a microphone he's likely reading about the game. It has blooowwwn him away. "Cyclones coach Dennis Desrosiers refers to me as a computer with clothes on. I can rattle off information for him without even checking a book," he says. "I'm single, never been married. I've had girlfriends in the past that say: 'You'll never marry me, because you're already married. You're married to hockey.' " ( INTRODUCING 0 rbys menu uuy -"iiiiiii.iiii.iii i waMilt I Tf. W ) 3' IN CONCERT Lit n I RANDY uMtM At Arby's we believe healthy eating is more than a trend- it's a new way ol life. That's why we've developed a menu ol products that are not only delicious -also more nutritious. Our menu includes several new sandwiches featuring delicious roast turkey, roast chicken or roast beef. NOW SPECIALLY PRICED ONLY LIGHT ROAST BEEF DELUXE 990 Roast beef, lettuce, tomato, reduced calorie mayonnaise on a toasted multi-grain bun. (O nun D ft V LIGHT ROAST TURKEY DELUXE . Q Roast turkey, lettuce, tomato, reduced calorie mayonnaise on a toasted multi-grain bun. tpltjLj LIGHT ROAST CHICKEN DELUXE AQ Roast chicken, lettuce, tomato, reduced calorie mayonnaise on a toasted multi-grain bun. !p J.43' 1 I I I I I L 11 VERY SPECIAL GUEST PRESENT ALAN jaclcBon SATURDAY NOV. 2,8.00 RM. CINCINNATI GARDENS ALL SEATS RESERVED $18.50 Tickets available at: Cincinnati Gardens Box Office and all TicketMaster Ticket Centers including all Video Towne's, Record Theatre, Select Camelot Superstores, or charge by phone TO: LIVE ON STAGE WTTHHIS LOONEY TUNES FRIENDS fi3 j J'J IS I ' (rv 0 1 If I 6 , A I www' TP ft MUM I Mil 01 200 WONU llfJMBKWlfllllH Sponsored by: 2 October 31 is the last day for"Dinamation: Return of U V: November 15 & 16 Friday, Nov. 15 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Tickets Available At Coliseum Drive-Up Window & Select-A-Seat Outlets $16.00 & $12.00 with Pirates of the Mississippi and Billy Dean Riverfront Coliseum iii m Center or the "Treasures of the Tar Pits" exhibit. So plan your trip today. Because you don't want to miss the last days of the dinosaurs. "Dinamation: Return of the Giants" will be at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, located at the Tenr,iral,thro,eh ts&S MUSEUM STyiX rapJOFNfflJRAL JamtoSpm; !&J HISTORY Sunday, 11 am to 6pm. Members admitted free. For more information, call 287-7020. tne uiants. its your last chance to say good-bye to the Mesozoic giants that have been working their tails off for so long, educating and enthralling us all. The Dinamation robot dinosaurs seem to have walked straight out of prehistoric time. They roar and move, combining art, science, and technology into one dramatic exhibit. There are "special effects" dinosaurs whose inner workings are on display, too, and even some you can control. Plus, while you're at the museum, you can enjoy all the other learning experiences we have 1 to offer, like the Children's Discovery Use convenient stadium parking. Charm By Phone For Mora Information (513)721-1000 (513)241-1818 Krooer $2.00 Children's Discount Coupons For Designated Shows Available At All Participating Kroger Location! On $12 00 1 ms Friday, Nov. 22 8pm $24.50 ft $19.50 All Seats Reserved Tickets at Coliseum Drive Up Ticket Window and all 9elect-A-Seat outlets. Charge at 721-1000. 1 r till. .. . .. .1 .1 .1! I f If

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