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Signs & Wonders – A Short film about Walnut Hills

May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Long-time Walnut Hills resident, Ric Hordinski, will be debuting one of two short films with his friend, photographer Michael Wilson. The pair are collaborating on two visual/musical projects.

Signs & Wonders, the first, is a kind of subset of the larger Now. Here. This. Signs&Wonders features the fading ghosts of advertising signs painted on the sides of brick buildings scattered around Walnut Hills. “A couple of years back, I started noticing these beautiful relics. Spectral reminders of our history in this neighbourhood. We’re highlighting things like the sign for the first African-American owned bank in Cincinnati, the Frisco Lanes Bowling sign, and the giant ad for Coca Cola that adorns the side of the newly renovated Trevarren Flats building. Many of these date from the 1940’s or earlier.”

Hordinski came up with the concept and composed the original score while Wilson was given free reign to photograph whatever catches his eye. “Michael is one of the first people I met upon moving to Cincinnati in 1988. I call it great good fortune that we stumbled onto each other early in both of our careers” Hordinski says. Featured on the score for both pieces are members of Concert Nova.

Hordinski previously worked with Concert Nova (and The Mitchells) on a Schubert song cycle in 2016 and played guitar with Concert Nova and the Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 performance of Song From The Uproar.

Signs&Wonders will be debuted on May 24th at The Monastery (760 William Howard Taft, 45206) at 7pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Admission is free, but donations toward finishing Now.Here.This. will be gratefully accepted. This larger movie is described both as a love letter to Walnut Hills and a pre-renaissance document. Hordinski hopes to highlight some of the under-apppreciated architecture, stories and characters he’s grown to love during his 25 years living there.

Major funding for the project is provided by ArtsWave and a LISC Grant.


May 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Monastery
Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation


The Monastery
766 William Howard Taft
Cincinnati, OH 45206 United States
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