The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, host to the 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, invite you to take part in a series of free music, film and literary programs, supported in part by ArtsWave, to be held at downtown and Over the Rhine locations during the week leading up to the Conference,  April 3-8, 2018.

Tuesday, April 3

Urban Appalachian Film Festival. – Doors 7:00pm, screenings 7:30pm. Mini Microcinema, 1225 Main Street. Two films, with discussion and Q&A. Free, donations welcome.

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio

Thursday, April 5

Urban Appalachian Film Festival. – 5:30-7:30pm. Mini Microcinema, 1225 Main Street. Two films, with discussion and Q&A. Free, donations welcome.

Wildsmith, writer. Reads excerpts fFrom her novel, Jumping, which tells the story of one migrant family’s attempt to “jump” the US border from the perspective of an Appalachian woman who befriends them.

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio

Appalachian Hip Hop at Elementz. 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Elementz, 1100 Race Street. Elementz creative director Abdullah Powell is joined by experienced and emerging Appalachian and other hip hop artists. Part performance and part workshop, the program will explore the importance of hip hop in Cincinnati and in the Appalachian region.

Bluegrass at Herzog Studio. 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Herzog Studio, 811 Race Street, Floor 2. The program will begin with an overview of the Historic Herzog Studio by co-sponsor, Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, followed by a showcase of Cincinnati bluegrass led by Michael Henson. Bring your instruments for a closing bluegrass jam in this historic space.

Urban Appalachian Film Festival. –9:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion

Linefork: (96min) Recorded over three years, follows the daily rituals of an elderly couple living in the mountains of Kentucky. The observational film documents Lee and Opal Sexton’s marriage, their community, their resilience, and the music of an unheralded banjo legend. Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, presenter Vic Rawlings.

Meadow Bridge (83min) is a coming of age story that follows Darcy, a 14-year-old girl growing up in a small West Virginia town in the late 1990s. It’s wry, comedic and honest, with an all-West Virginia cast. Writer/Director Tijah Bumgartner


Friday, April 6

Old-Time Jam at Northside Distilling Co. 7:00 – 10:00 PM, 922 Race Street. Cincinnati’s storied old-time music community is hosting an open jam, featuring short hourly performances by old-time bands followed by an open jam for everyone. Bring your old-time instrument and join the band!

Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative Annual Read Around and Swarp.  9:00 – 11:00 PM, Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth Street. Bring a couple of pages of poems or prose to share with writers from near and far. Or just show up to listen and socialize with old friends from the writing community and nurture new ones. (Note: register for our Writing the Region Writing Workshop, 4  – 5:15 PM at the Mercantile Library.)

Urban Appalachian Film Festival. – 10:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion

The Mountain Minor: A life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life and family in Ohio and return to his childhood Kentucky home, but first he must pass on the many generations’ mystic music to his grandkids. Wonderland Woods Productions, selected clips; audience input requested – Dale Farmer, Susan Pepper

Pieced Together: the first documentary of the American Quilt Square Trail movement, the story of how an Ohio woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss and breast cancer – Julianne Donofrio


Saturday, April 7

Urban Appalachian Showcase, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Saturday, April 7 at the Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut Street. The showcase features urban Appalachian writers, singers, musicians, and spoken word artists including bluegrass legend, writer, and radio personality Katie Laur. Full program and info at http://uacvoice.org/asa2018/urbanappalachianshowcase/.  General admission $20, sales portal opens February 23 at https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/aronoff-center.

Appalachian Drag Show at Below Zero. 8:00 – 10:00 PM, Below Zero, 1120 Walnut Street. Queens Busting Seams in the Queen City! The fabulous drag show will feature local talent from some of Cincinnati’s famous queens and a few from the Appalachian region.

Square Dance at Southgate House Revival. 8:30 – 11:30 PM, Southgate House Revival, 111 East Sixth Street, Newport, KY 41071. Free admission. Come dance the night away! Northside Square Dance will host the square dance, with calling by our own “local yokels” and music by the sizzling Northside Volunteers.

Urban Appalachian Film Festival. – 10:00pm – 12:30am. Millennium Hotel, W 5th St, Downtown. Free. Viewing and Filmmakers discussion

The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle: A documentary narrated by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel, looks at the past, present, and future of the Breaks Interstate Park in Kentucky and Virginia as it continues to be under threat today. Soundtrack by ETSU faculty and students. Curtis Mullins, Andrew Reed.

A Coal Miner’s Journey”, produced by EduDoc and award-winning film producer Shanon Rice, who went underground with miners in Eastern Kentucky and earned the right to tell their story.