CityBeat - CityBeat Recommends http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-186-1-citybeat_recommends.html <![CDATA[Onstage: <i>Every Christmas Story Every Told (and then some)</i> - ]]>

For seven seasons this mash-up of holiday tales has played to sold-out Cincinnati Shakespeare audiences. It starts as an annual performance of A Christmas Carol but goes off the tracks almost immediately to poke fun at the season and the stories we all remember.

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<![CDATA[Art: <i>Sofa King Good</i> at NVISION - ]]>

Arynn and Joel Blazer, the husband-and-wife duo whose work is on display in Sofa King Good, are enamored of pattern. 

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<![CDATA[Music: Adrian Belew - ]]>

Word is that Erlanger, Ky., native Adrian Belew’s latest tour draws from his entire musical output, a nearly four-decade career that started as a guitar ace for a who’s who of Rock royalty.

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<![CDATA[Music: Steelism - ]]>

If you were among the multitude of this year’s MidPoint Music Festival patrons that crammed themselves ass-to-elbow at Mr. Pitiful’s on the festival’s first night to witness the Cincinnati debut of Steelism, you were treated to a sweat-drenched show of hair-raising proportions.

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<![CDATA[Musc: Tab Benoit - ]]>

David Bowie and Neil Young will reinvent themselves at the drop of a press release and without the slightest provocation, but Tab Benoit is as reliable as the sun and just as warm and welcome. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday: Fountain Square Ice Rink - ]]>

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys balancing on foot blades while gliding on top of frozen water, you’re in luck: The ice rink at Fountain Square is open for another couple of weeks.

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<![CDATA[Holiday: <i>The Nutcracker</i> - ]]>

The Cincinnati Ballet celebrates 40 years of dancing sugar plum fairies, rat kings and more fanciful footwork in the land of sweets with its annual production of The Nutcracker 

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<![CDATA[Holiday: <i>Amahl and the Night Visitors</i> - ]]>

Amahl and the Night Visitors is Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s annual holiday gift, a multi-media extravaganza of the Christmas classic originally written for television in 1951. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday: Caroling in the Park - ]]>

Head to Washington Park this weekend to warm up with a hot beverage and live music from area choirs.

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<![CDATA[Music: Lily & Madeleine - ]]>

Popular Cincinnati band Over the Rhine has traditionally brought in some incredible artists to open its annual hometown Christmas concerts (including Pedro the Lion, Joe Henry and Mary Gauthier, to name but a few) and this year in no different.

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<![CDATA[Holiay: Winter Solstice Celebration - ]]>

While we often think of the holidays as a time to come together with loved ones who share the same religious or cultural traditions as we do, perhaps an underappreciated way of celebrating the “reason for the season” might be to find ways we can connect with the larger world around us.

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<![CDATA[Holiday: Spirit of Christmas Tour - ]]>

American Legacy Tours takes you to Over-the-Rhine’s historic churches.

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<![CDATA[Event: Alex Davis Pro Model Skate Deck Release Party - ]]>

Kentucky-raised, San Francisco-based, globe-traveling skateboarder Alex Davis — who has been skating for more than half his life and representing Cincinnati everywhere he goes — finally has his first professional model skate deck.

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<![CDATA[Sports: Cyclones Ugly Sweater Night - ]]>

The Cincinnati Cyclones’ themed promotional nights get festive with an on-ice ugly sweater party. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday: Christian Moerlein Brew Ho Ho Ho Dinner Cruise - ]]>

All aboard BB Riverboats for this holiday — and beer — themed cruise down the Ohio River. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday: Lighting the Serpent Winter Solstice Celebration - ]]>

The Friends of Serpent Mound have been observing the Winter Solstice with a luminary lighting since 2004.

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<![CDATA[Comedy: Underbelly Comedy Spectacular - ]]>

 “When Underbelly was in Cincinnati, it was always my favorite night of the month,” says comedian Mike Cronin.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>A Christmas Carol</i> - ]]>

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents A Christmas Carol for the 24th consecutive year.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>Sleeping Beauty</i> - ]]>

If you want to take the kids to see a show they’ll enjoy, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has an 18-year tradition of presenting familiar fairy tales as musicals by playwright Joe McDonough and composer David Kisor. This year it’s Sleeping Beauty.

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<![CDATA[Onstage: <i>Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings</i> - ]]> For laughs and holiday cheer, I recommend the Covedale Center on Cincinnati’s West Side for Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

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