Top 5 Events This Week: Jan 23-29

Check out a master printmaker, a musical sensation, and a hair-raising exhibit (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

1. Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden
From his first solo exhibition in Harlem in 1940 right up to his death at age 76, artist Romare Bearden created countless works in various media, focusing his efforts on improving prospects for overlooked black artists. Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden is the first exhibition of its kind: It emphasizes Bearden’s printmaking alone, which is known for its vivid colors and abstract representations of everyone from average folks to jazz musicians. January 27–April 29, 2012 at Taft Museum, taftmuseum.org

2. Lang Lang at CSO
Virtuoso performer and classical music superstar Lang Lang takes on spirited selections from Liszt, Wagner, and Brahms alongside the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Jan 27, 28 at Music Hall, cincinnatisymphony.org

3. Material Witness
From independent curator Matt Distel, Material Witness features sculptural and conceptual works that explore the ideas of structure and process. What does that mean, exactly? For starters, reconstructing an entire house inside an art gallery. Thru Feb 26 at Weston Art Gallery, westonartgallery.com

4. Dead Accounts
Just in time to reflect on holiday homecomings gone by, the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s comedic drama Dead Accounts explores the meanings of home, family, and Midwestern life. Son Jack has unexpectedly returned to Cincinnati from New York and is packing a mysterious pile of cash. Is he home, or on the run? Jan 14–Feb 11 at Playhouse in the Park, cincyplay.com

5. The Art of Hair
A dozen local salons and a team of artists join forces to show off their follicular talents at The Art of Hair. The exhibit features artwork inspired by—and actually created from—hair. Jan 15–Feb 10 at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, thecarnegie.com

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