Angeles-based outfit; it will be great to see new things from him. On top of all of that, Blond Chili lists local electronic media artist Laura Herman as one of its heroes on its Web site. I couldn’t agree more. Admission is $6 at the door. www.myspace.com/autu media2008. — MATT MORRIS
SPORTS: CINCINNATI BEARCATS FOOTBALL Nothing complements a sports rivalry like a traveling trophy.
At stake in the UC-Miami football game on Saturday is the Victory Bell, a replica of Miami’s 19th-century celebrato ry symbol that a group of UC students stole after a game in the 1890s. Who knew college kids were so hilarious even way back then? Miami eventually got its bell back and stuck it in an alumni center and made a new bell trophy that’s painted in Miami colors on one side and UC colors on the other. Each side lists the years that its school won the game. The 113th meeting between the two schools — which represents the oldest non-conference rivalry in college football — posits the 1- 2 Redhawks against the 1-1 Bearcats, who have been having secret practices since getting whooped on by Oklahoma. $35; $20 youth. 7:30 p.m. Nippert Stadium, UC Campus. Clifton. 877-CATS-TIX. — DANNY CROSS
MUSIC: ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW QUARTET There’s no doubt that Abigail Washburn is a world citizen. She was born near Chicago, grew up around Washington, D.C., went to high school in Minnesota, majored in Asian Studies at Colorado College and then lived in China for a spell with designs on becoming a lawyer there. Thank God that didn’t pan out or we would have missed out on one of the most gifted clawhammer banjo players in the business right now. After placing second in the MerleFest songwriting competition, Washburn signed with Nettwerk and released her acclaimed debut solo album, 2005’s Song of the Traveling Daughter, and also worked with the band Uncle Earl on their two releases (2005’s She Waits for the Night and last year’s Waterloo, Tennessee). If all that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she formed the Sparrow Quartet with renowned Bluegrass banjoist Bela Fleck (who produced Daughter), Louisville cellist Ben Sollee and Grammy-nominated fiddler Casey Driessen, who come to town this week hot on the heels of their recent appearance at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
If you’ve ever wondered what Bluegrass sounds like translated into Mandarin, Washburn is your gifted and gorgeous ticket. $24; $22 seniors; $15 children. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Miami University Hamilton. 513-785-3000. — BRIAN BAKER
EVENTS: OKTOBERFEST Dust off your decorative German mugs and fill them to the brim with beer at this year’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Started in 1976, Oktoberfest celebrates all things German with more than 500,000 people joining the party, making it the largest Oktoberfest in North America. This year will once again offer the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance,” held at noon Saturday on Fountain Square. Led by local Olympians David Payne and Mary Wineberg, contestants from the “Chicken Dance with the Stars” will dance one last time before the winner is announced. The Bier band will be playing traditional German tunes, but they’ll mix it up a bit with some good ol’ fashioned Rock & Roll. Along with the festivities, there will be various authentic German treats, such as bratwurst, sauerkraut balls, potato pancakes, pickled pigs feet, strudel and more beer than anyone could ever drink. Free. 11 a.m.-mid night Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. www.oktober festzinzinnati.com. — SAMANTHA BOHNERTTUESDAY23
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