I have a deep-rooted love for the arts, which is why our annual Arts & Entertainment edition of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is my favorite issue of the year. This month we celebrate many of the wonderful artists and entertainment opportunities in and around our community.
Growing up, I always wished that I could be an amazing pianist, painter or dancer. Instead I channeled my love for the arts into singing and musical theater. It brought me tremendous joy this summer when my sons both decided to audition for the musical Peter Pan Jr. through a fantastic local program called Performing Arts Inc. How fitting that they were cast as Wendy’s little brothers—Michael and John Darling. If the director needs them to fight on cue, that’s a scene they’ve been rehearsing for their entire lives! I’m elated to see my children embracing and expressing their own love for the performing arts. No matter your age, it’s never too early or late to express yourself through the arts.
West Chester & Liberty townships are full of talented performing artists. Inside this issue you’ll meet Brent and Erica Maez, a singing and songwriting couple who were considered for three 2017 Grammy Award nominations. Lakota East graduate David Baur shares his journey from West Chester to the national stage. We also get to know Patsy Rabinowitz, a talented musician who brings music, dance, theater and gymnastics to thousands of local students every year at her booming studio, West Chester Academy.
This month you can read about Liberty Township resident Sherry Armstead. She has an eye for finding unique items from U.S.-based artists and craftsmen to fill her two shops—Art On Symmes in Fairfield and Art Off Symmes in Hamilton.
We can’t forget about the “entertainment” part of our Arts & Entertainment issue. Inside we unveil the show-stopping Broadway shows that will be traveling to Cincinnati this year, and we also take you inside one of the area’s hot new entertainment venues: Swing 365.
Those are just a few of the stories you’ll find inside this artful issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle. Sit back, relax, and let us entertain you.
Michelle Moody, Publisher
ON THE COVER:
Local singer-songwriters Brent and Erica Bachochin grace the cover of this month’s arts and entertainment issue. Photography by Belle and Blanc.