Ensemble Theater Cincinnati and Playhouse in the Park also have productions tonight. ETC’s Good People, a Critic’s Pick, is “a total package that feels good and real from start to finish.”
The Three Musketeers, onstage at the Playhouse, promises
lots of silly laughs and exciting swordplay. See Rick Pender’s full review here.
The Cincinnati Film Festival continues today with screenings running through 9 p.m. at Esquire Theater. Single tickets are $10 or $25 for the full night. Read our interview with Executive Director Katharine Steele here.
The Main Library downtown kicks off its series of experimental music nights with Electric Inertia and Her Weasels Wild Running at 7 p.m. in the Reading Garden Lounge. The night will feature stop-motion animation from 1930s film footage, free-form trumpet, piano and guitar. The series continues Sept. 26, Oct. 3,17 and 30.
Columbus Day might be a month away, but locals can celebrate early by visiting replicas of The Nina and Pinta today. The ships will be at the Levee (conveniently docked by Hooter's) through Saturday. Tours are available between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and run $6-$8 per person.
Peep our full calendar for more concerts, art and theater shows, events and more stuff to do tonight.
The same folks who present the popular winter beer festival at Duke Energy Convention Center bring the booze outdoors this weekend for Cincy Beerfest at Fountain Square. Celebrate the city’s rich brewing history in the best way — by sampling beer! More than 150 craft brews will be on tap for the fest, running 5-11 p.m. Friday and 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Buy $30 pre-sale tickets here and get automatic VIP status (which includes 24 additional exclusive beers, a souvenir mug and other perks). Walk-up admission is $45.
The Cincinnati Film Festival kicked off last night, bringing a bevy of movies to Clifton, Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati. Find your new favorite documentary, peep locally produced features, meet up-and-coming directors and attend the world premiere of a James Franco/Winona Ryder thriller, all at various venues across town. Check out our interview with CFF Executive Director Katharine Steele and get tickets and schedule info here.
This weekend is Northside Second Saturday. Be sure to check out the grand opening of WordPlay, Michael Hurst’s art show That’s Just a Myth at Fabricate, Dylan Speeg’s paintings at NVISION and the newly-opened Tacocracy in addition to all the extended hours and specials at Northside bars, restaurants, galleries and shops.
Whether you’re a fat-bottomed girl or more of a “Killer Queen,” most would agree Freddie Mercury is one of the most amazing entertainers of all time. Celebrate the Queen frontman’s birthday (he would have been 66 Sept. 5) at the fifth annual Freddie Mercury Birthday Bash. The Drinkery will play Queen tunes all night, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., so glitter yourself up and show off that chest hair.
Skip your weekend takeout routine and visit the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati for the Taste of India. Watch traditional Indian dancers, shop for art work, jewelry and spices and, of course, sample the best Indian cuisine the city has to offer. The evening ends with a fireworks display by Rozzi. The free fest runs noon-8 p.m. Saturday.
Support a local environmental education nonprofit while enjoying lots of Bluegrass at Imago’s 12th Annual Music in the Woods fundraiser Saturday. Visit Imago’s 16-acre nature preserve for live music, vendors, food and drinks, a silent auction, family hikes, art projects and much more. Music begins at 4 p.m. and runs ‘til 11. Tickets are $12-$20.
Shakespeare in the Park is a popular event in most major cities, bringing live theater out in the fresh air, much like when the original shows were first produced. If you haven’t caught any of these free shows, Sunday’s performance of The Tempest at Washington Park is a must-see. ArtsWave presents this special interactive production where the audience will help make the show happen. Participants will create special illusions, noise effects, lighting and more while enjoying Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and monsters. It’s fun for all ages, and a great way to get kids interested in theater. The show begins at 7 p.m., but come early for arts and crafts and face painting.
Construction crews working to restore historic apartments in Louisville’s Whiskey Row discovered an underground sex dungeon two floors underground. The Associated Press reports that the dungeon had mural reproductions of paintings by the likes of Salvador Dali, Edvar Munch and Fancisco Goya and contained what appears to be a medieval stretching rack complete with winch and rusty chain.
The artist who painted the murals tells the AP that he did the work at the request of friends, and the room was meant to attract people who were into sadism and masochism.
The artist says the room was only used for one night in the 1990s, but he couldn’t remember the year.
However, digging deeper into the story, CityBeat learned not to Google “Louisville sex dungeon” on an office computer WHAS-TV spoke with the founders of the club, who said that it was in operation from the mid to late '90s and had close to 1,000 dues-paying members.
In stories with pithy titles like "50 Shades of Louisville" (more like "50 Shades of Y'all Need Jesus) the station spoke with one of the dungeon's founders, who said the dungeon included dozens of other bondage and “torture” implements, including a large rope “spider web” with manacles, in addition to the torture rack.
Some of the plumbing had “DO NOT HANG” stenciled on it, but the founder said some people were still hung from their ankles.
He was quick to disclaim that there was “never, ever any nudity or sex acts.”
While much of the dungeon has rotted away, Whiskey Row’s owners plan on preserving the paintings and torture rack as a link to history.
Labor Day weekend is upon us, and even though the weather may stay hot through October, it represents our kiss goodbye to summer. Fire up the grill, bust out the margaritas and find your prime spot to watch Sunday’s WEBN fireworks because no matter which side of the river you’re cheering from, there are tons of events to cram in this long weekend.
Swing by Washington Park sometime Friday-Sunday to check out the AVP Cincinnati Open. Pro beach volleyball players straight from the London Olympics compete daily to qualify for the 2012 AVP Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tickets run $15-20.
The MidPoint Indie
Summer Series wraps up Friday night with Wussy, R. Ring and The Guitars playing
Fountain Square, 7-11 p.m. We’re officially four weeks away from the main
event: MPMF Sept. 27-29. Do you have your wristband yet? You should get on
Enjoy Friday’s blue moon with a group ride organized by The Urban Basin Bicycle Club. Meet at outside Know Theater by 8:30 p.m. and enjoy a short, flat ride around Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Deck yourself and your ride out with battery-powered lights, sparkles and other shiny materials to keep this ride fun and safe for everyone.
Final Friday means OTR’s galleries, bars, restaurants and shops will be a-buzz all night. After you’ve gotten your arts and drinks fix, be sure to check out the Night Owl Market at the parking lot at Main Street and Central Parkway. Food vendors will be serving up tasty goodness from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., in addition to shopping and more late-night fun. Read more about the new monthly market here.
Has it been a while since you made the voyage north to Harveysburg for the Ohio Renaissance Festival? The epic old-timey fair returns this weekend, and it’s way more than what you probably remembered as a kid. The 30-acre, re-created 16th century English village is chock-full of jousting, mud fights and fire-breathers, games, rides and shopping, plus more food and booze than you can shake a giant turkey leg at! The fest is open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday and weekends through Oct. 21. Huzzah!
While, apparently, many find the Ren Fest to be a romantic outing, maybe you're looking for a different suggestion for date night. Fountain Square hosts the Guinness Oyster Fest Saturday. What, oyster speed-eating contests don’t rev your engine? Well, the slippery mollusks are known to be an aphrodisiac. So chow down on raw and cooked oyster dishes from area restaurants and enjoy plenty of Guinness and live music from 5-10 p.m.
The lovely little town of Rabbit Hash in Burlington celebrates its 33rd annual Old Timer’s Day Saturday. The “center of the universe” promises a day of live music, yummy grub, a “barnival” for kids and endless river views. Leave the coolers at home — the General Store is stocked with all the snacks, pop and beer you’ll need (plus countless rustic knick knacks you’ll want to take home). Visit the mayor (Lucy Lou, a border collie) and walk through the picturesque community 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati while chasing a pack of stone-cold foxes? You can be a part of the fun at tonight’s Fox and Hound 5K at Sawyer Point. The race combines fundraising, running, walking and flirting for participants of all athletic abilities. Here’s the deal: The "hounds" (fellas) will chase the "foxes" (ladies), who get a five-minute head start for the race. Pairs of men and women can also compete to become top foxes and hounds. For those who haven’t yet registered, it’s $45 for the race, after-party admission, a T-shirt and chip timing (if available). Registration opens at 6 p.m.; the race starts at 7. Stick around post-race for an after-party at the park's Cincinnatus Sculpture.
The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (CUMHF) presents a celebration for the limited-edition digital EP/art package of Come Play The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams tonight at the CUMHF's (as well as CityBeat's) HQ, 811 Race St. The EP is $20; admission is a $5 donation to the foundation for non-members (or free to those who buy the EP). Guests will also get to see a video of the "Guitar Army" that performed at the 60th anniversary of the "Train Kept A-Rollin'" recording, last summer on Fountain Square. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Over at Washington Park, The Chris Comer Trio performs as part of the weekly Jazz in the Park series. Music runs 7-9 p.m. While you’re there, peep the sand volleyball court being set up for tomorrow's AVP Cincinnati Open kick-off. Volleyball players fresh off the boat from London’s Summer Olympics will play 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Find tickets here.
As September approaches and summer winds down, two additional free, weekly events come to an end tonight.
It’s Commonly Jazz welcomes the Mike Wade Septet featuring Steve Wilson to Eden Park Seasongood Pavilion. The free concert runs 6-8 p.m.
Salsa on the Square goes out with a bang tonight with music from Tropicoso (the group behind Latin Monday Nights at The Mad Frog). Learn to dance from Salsa pros or watch the fun while enjoying a cold beer. If you haven’t shown off your dance skills yet, strut your stuff on Fountain Square from 7-10 p.m.
Looking for a spot to grab dinner or drinks? We suggest Lavomatic, the recently made-over café in The Gateway Quarter. Check out this week’s review here.
Learn about this incredible machine of the past and how it impacts us today as the Contemporary Arts Center screens Linotype: The Film at 6:30 p.m. Admission is just $5; free for CAC and AIGA Cincinnati members.
If you’re considering playing hooky tomorrow, why not take a mini roadtrip to Vevay, Ind. for the Swiss Wine Festival. The four-day fest kicks off tonight, 5-10 p.m., with Little Swiss Polka and Edelweiss Dancers, the Kent Family Magic Circus, a parade and plenty more activities to distract the kids while you booze it up in the beer and wine tents. The fun continues all weekend with grape stomping competitions, live music, a 5K, fireworks and a flea market. Admission and parking are free tonight; tickets to the tasting pavilion are $13, two for $25.
If that’s too long
of a drive for drinks, we’re hosting a happy hour at Newport’s Star Lanes
Hassle staff writers Hang out with us CityBeaters, enjoy $1
well drinks and $2 beer specials, munch on apps and sign up to win prizes, all
from 5:30-8 p.m. We’ll be giving away two wristbands to next month’s MidPoint
Music Festival and a Star Lanes bowling party. Standard bowling rates apply,
but, hey, one dollar drinks.
I’ve accepted the fact that people are going to associate me with 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon. The fact that I write stuff, enjoy snacks and have an unhealthy knowledge of reality television has long provoked friends to convince me, “You’re just like Liz Lemon.” (“But I have a boyfriend!” I yell, as everyone walks away shaking their heads.) I guess it’s close enough to being compared to my true idol, Tina Fey herself, right?
It turns out I’m not alone. 30 Rock’s Pinterest page has been aggregating photos of people who look like characters from the show. Check out these "30Rockelgangers." If you bare a striking resemblance to Liz, Jack, Tracy or any other characters, tweet your pics to @nbc30rock. Because, surely, we’ve only scratched the surface of Pete Rose bowl cuts.
Suleman can now add “recording artist” to her famewhoring resume with the upcoming release
of her new single, “Sexy Party.” It sounds really good. Via Dlisted:
Did you miss last week’s Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne? There must have been some crazy niceness amendment to the roast contract because everyone kept the jokes somewhat “above-the-belt.” Roasters included host Jane Lynch, Ellen Barkin, Jeffery Ross and Gilbert Gottfried. Go here for a recap of the night, including Tom Arnold’s surprise visit and Roseanne’s surprising musical tribute to the US of A.
Further proving the growing creepiness of social media, Cracked has uncovered eight ways Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and other popular sites are exactly like a serial killer’s lair.
Being raised Catholic, and having learned all I know about the Jewish religion through Rugrats, I always wondered what it would be like to be a Jew. Of course, It all came down to the Bat Mitzvah — a party devoted to you, with your choice of theme, where you make your debut as an adult in faith. (Cut to: "I went to Confirmation and all I got was this stupid rosary.") In 1992, Shaun Sperling read the Torah, became a man and Vogued harder than Madge herself. Via Gawker:
First of all, no, this is not long-lost footage of George Michael from Arrested Development. Second, can we discuss how awesome his friends and family are for encouraging this fabulosity to flourish? Strike a pose.
If you secretly watched Mrs. Eastwood & Company and dreamt of being Francesca, Clint’s 19-year-old daughter who is the girlfriend and muse of photographer Tyler Shields, mark your calendars for Oct. 12. That night, in conjunction with FotoFocus, Hyde Park’s Miller Gallery opens a show of Shields’ buzzed-about photos. A former X Games skater, Tyler Shields is known for his photographs of celebrities, with his subjects often represented in a violent or sexual manner. People also lost their shit when he burned a Birkin Bag. Best of all, my fellow star hunters, Shields and Francesca will be at the gallery for the opening. Keep an eye out for the duo shooting around Cincinnati prior to the event.
As the “Leggings: Are They Pants?” saga roars on, Buzzfeed created a convenient flow-chart to reference before walking out the door. Hint: If your pockets are painted on, you’re probably not wearing pants.
Anyone else remember that episode of Millionaire Matchmaker where client Judith Regan described her dream man was “a straight Bruce Vilanch”? (Hey, I admitted by TV knowledge was abnormally vast.) She ended up going on a date with John McClellan, a comedian who sported a very serious chin pelt. Well, McClellan is performing a free show at The Comet Thursday (and he’s still really ridin’ the Bravo-lebrity wave).
A downtown nightclub might not be the most likely spot to find a pop-up gallery, local visual artists, independent filmmakers and other creatives, but that’s exactly what’s happening Friday at Luxe. RAWartists Cincinnati is a local chapter of RAW:natural born artists which describes itself as an “international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.” The organization gives artists in various cities the tools to produce and showcase their work to the public. RAW hosts RADIATE, an event featuring a fashion show, short film screening, art gallery and music from Sweet Ray Laurel and Honey Combs. The artravaganza begins at 8 p.m., followed by an after-party of drinks and dancing at midnight. Tickets are $15 at the door.
A belly dancing convention in Cincinnati? Yup, that’s happening this weekend. Sharonville Convention Center fills with dancers, music, Middle Eastern culture and lots of exposed tummies Friday-Sunday. Visitors can attend for belly dancing performances as well as workshops. Work those hips!
This weekend brings the Midwest Black Family Reunion to town for the 24th year. Celebrate African-American culture with Gospel and R&B music, lots of food, guest speakers, a parade and more, Friday-Saturday at Sawyer Point.
The City Flea
takes over Washington Park Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You never know what
kinds of treasures you’ll find at this urban flea market: from vintage boots
and handmade rings to terrariums and refurbished furniture. Re-fuel with noms
from Fireside Pizza, Queen City Cookies, Taste of Belgium and more tasty local
Pull your rainbow spandex bodysuit out of storage, because it’s time for another local LGBTQ celebration! Northside Pride Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and continues ‘til closing time for the neighborhood’s bars and businesses. Start off with a party at Hoffner Park where there will be free grill-out grub, Vitamin Water, HIV testing, music and more, then make your way through Northside hot spots for more fun and specials all night long. Participating businesses include The Serpent, Junkers Tavern, Chameleon and Northside Tavern, which hosts a Chicken Lays An Egg fashion show 5-7 p.m. DJs and drag queens for days!
The Taft Museum highlights animals in art this weekend with the Third Sunday Funday series for families. Kids can look for animals in works throughout the museum, make animal puppets, get some wildlife face painting and even meet some critters from the Cincinnati Zoo. The free event runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Gerald Norman Springer is a man of many titles. He is the former mayor of Cincinnati, that dummy who bounced a personal check at a "massage parlor" and a pioneer of trashy television gold. Tonight, Jerry Springer is the special guest at the Ohio Democratic Party's LGBT/Young Professionals reception, hosted by City Council's Chris Seelbach. Admission is $35 and includes one drink. The event runs 6:30-8 p.m. at Know Theater. See if you can strike a pose with the "Ringmaster" in Flashbox's photo booth. Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
Alanta's Joe Pettis is a self-proclaimed "level 14 comedian wizard," so it's kind of a big deal that he's performing a free show at Mayday tonight. Pettis has been featured on comedian Doug Benson's podcast, Doug Loves Movies and "Today's Riff" on TBS.com. Swing by the Northside bar around 9 p.m. to check him out alongside local comics Justin Schafer, George Allen and Tom
Schmidlin. Be sure to grab a delicious Mayday hotdog for dinner!
The Western & Southern Open continues today. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the evening matches and men’s and women’s middle rounds begin at 7 p.m. Tonight’s special events include Saks Fifth Avenue’s Night on the Runway. The fashion show, featuring the Lafayette 148 New York collection, takes place in the grandstand tent at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy dinner, a cash bar, make-up demos and more throughout the show, which will wrap up just in time for the evening session matches.
Ongoing events: Reggae Wednesday on Fountain Square with The Ohms; Hofbrauhaus beer stein-holding competition; Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke at Northside Tavern; Apollo @ the Greenwich; Bandstand Bluegrass at Washington Park with Moonshine Drive.
Cincy Blues Fest is back at Sawyer Point this weekend celebrating its 20th anniversary. The volunteer-driven festival showcases quality Blues entertainment on multiple stages year after year. Performances run 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday.
Adonis Nightclub opens the pool for Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign’s dive-in movie night Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Bridesmaids will be shown on the big screen at 9:30. Come early to hang out poolside and enjoy a men’s swimwear fashion show by Knickers XY at 8:30 p.m. After the show, there will be a silent auction for those very sexy suits! When else can you take the knickers right off a model? A photo booth and plenty of grub will be on hand all night. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Find your polo, iron your pleated skirt and lather on the sunscreen — it’s time for the Western & Southern Open! One of tennis’ oldest and largest tournaments kicks off Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Matches continue through Aug. 19, featuring Maria Sharapova, recent Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray and Serena Williams. There will even be live music from noon-2 and 5-7 p.m. Aug.12-18. Get tickets, schedules and directions here.
Saturday is Community Art Centers Day, presented by ArtsWave. Cincinnati is lucky to have a community center where children and adults can express themselves creatively in almost every major neighborhood. On Saturday, these participating centers will host open houses and present parades, demos, performances and more. Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Sharonville Fine Arts Center and Clifton Cultural Arts Center are just a few locations celebrating and showing off their stuff this weekend.
Second weekends = extra fun in Northside and OTR. Head to Northside Saturday to check out extended hours and specials at the neighborhood’s great galleries, restaurants, bars and businesses, 6-10 p.m. Second Sundays on Main keep the party going through the weekend. This month’s theme is Growth & Wellness, so come harness your chi or just recover from your hangover with food vendors, street performers, yoga demos, food and wine pairings, shopping and live music. The street fest takes over Main Street between Thirteenth and Liberty, noon-5 p.m.
Ongoing events: Hamilton County Fair and Great Inland Seafood Festival continue through Sunday. And be sure to swing by Fountain Square Friday for the Indie Craft Market, coinciding with MidPoint Indie Summer featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, The Kansas Bible Company and Sidewalk Chalk.