Barbara Kellar hosts SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar, an arts and cultural series airing on CET Arts. The weekly series, produced by CET, will highlight the hottest theatrical shows; important artists, musicians and creative directors; and not-to-be missed exhibits at local museums and art galleries. The series will offer unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to art organizations in Greater Cincinnati.
CET Arts is available over-the-air on channel 48.3, on Time Warner Cable channel 987, on Cincinnati Bell Fiberoptics channel 297 and on Insight Cable channel 192. For more information, visit www.CETconnect.org/cet-arts/.
SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar: Jim Tarbell and Napoleon Maddox
Holding the title “Mr. Cincinnati” for life, Jim Tarbell has been a fixture on the Cincinnati scene for more than 50 years. The former city council member and Vice Mayor stops by for a chat with Barbara about his love for the city and what he’s up to today. Get the inside scoop on some of Mr. Tarbell’s favorite inside stories, including the history of the famous Arnold’s Bar and Grill.
If his brief but blazing career as an artist is any indication, Napoleon Maddox will be a well-known name around town – and perhaps the world – for years to come. Although still a student at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Maddox has worked as a music director for Diane Von Furstenberg and will soon present and perform a show at the Contemporary Arts Center called “Twice the First Time”— based on the true story of his great-grand aunts, conjoined twins Millie-Christine who were born into slavery in 1851.
• April 23 at 8:30pm
SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar: Blake Robison
Playhouse in the Park has long been a treasured arts destination in the city of Cincinnati. And artistic director Blake Robison hopes a newly planned 2018/2019 renovation for the Robert S. Marx Theatre will ensure that continued tradition for many years to come. On this episode of Showcase with Barbara Kellar, Barbara talks with Mr. Robison about some of the coming improvements including the new 600 seat auditorium, a “real” balcony, and a larger lobby with extensive windows to showcase the Playhouse’s gorgeous views. Then stick around for a brief conversation on what productions to look forward to in the future and a talk on the types of shows that will be possible to bring to Cincinnati when this exciting renovation is complete.
• April 30 at 8:30pm
Barbara Weeks Kellar has served Cincinnati as a volunteer for more than 44 years – dedicated to serving the arts, youth and education. She hosts public television's SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar on CET Arts, which features interviews on behalf of the arts community.
Mrs. Kellar's involvement with CET began in 1967 when she participated in the first Action Auction. She was one of the first Auction volunteers and has been a volunteer ever since, serving as honorary chair of the 30th Anniversary Action Auction. She was instrumental in organizing the Auction Week Committee. And served on the Auction Executive Committee, as Auction Week Chairperson, as Connoisseur chairperson, and as a volunteer solicitor.
Mrs. Kellar has served in key roles with CET where she has won numerous awards including the President’s Award, a key to the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Broadcasting Award for Development, the National Award for Excellence in Public Television Leadership and was honored at a 2010 Gala for her over 44 years of service to CET. CET's annual "Barbara Kellar Award" is presented to volunteers who are dedicated to CET's mission to educate, enrich and engage.