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ONSTAGE: HAPPY DAYS

If you’re looking for uplifting plays, Samuel Beckett is not the guy you’d normally turn to. Nevertheless, the writer of Waiting for Godot had occasional lighter moments, and Happy Days was one of them — even though it’s an absurdist tale of a woman buried up to her waist and a man sleeping in a hole. This production by Diogenes Theatre Company features the return of two former Cincinnati theater favorites, director Michael Haney and actress Amy Warner, playing the indomitable Winnie, who maintains both sanity and optimism in the face of adversity. Joining Warner onstage is Minnesota actor Michael Sommers as her laconic husband Willie. Through May 22. $29; $14 students. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-3344, diogenestheatrecompany.com

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
Photo: Provided by Jerry Milani
SPORTS: AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR
AVP’s beach volleyball tour returns to Cincinnati in the form of a five-day qualifying event for the Rio Olympic Games — the final qualifying event for the 2016 Summer Olympics held on American soil. The tour was scheduled to begin on May 17 with qualification tournaments, and features main draw tournaments and pool play into the weekend. The tour culminates 6:30 p.m. Saturday with men’s and women’s award ceremonies. But that isn’t all: The Linder Family Tennis Center transforms into a beachy getaway in honor of the event, featuring music, food and interactive activations, which let you personally assume the role of a pro volleyball player. Events continue through Saturday. Free. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, avp.com

Dave Ross
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COMEDY: DAVE ROSS
Dave Ross is a stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles. When he’s not doing stand-up, he’s in a sketch group called WOMEN that produces skits for Comedy Central and IFC's Comedy Crib. He also hosts a podcast called Terrified, won a MOTH Grand Slam and was interviewed by Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast. His advice for young people? Turn 30. “If you’re still in your twenties, you should try this being in your thirties stuff. Everything is better now. I don’t throw up anymore; I have a teapot. It’s dope.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com

ReUse-apalooza
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EVENT: REUSE-APALOOZA
This sustainable soirée brings customers, designers and local leaders together to celebrate the power of renewability. Featuring light bites, My Nose Turns Red circus performers and entertainment by Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke, ReUse-apalooza is the annual fundraiser of Building Value, a nonprofit that salvages reusable building materials for public sale. A highlight of the night is the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind home or garden item — including everything from decorative plant holders to furniture — during the Designer Challenge Auction, which features functional pieces constructed from reused or repurposed materials. 7-11 p.m. Friday. $25. Building Value, 4040 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-475-6783, buildingvalue.org. 

'Da Vinci — The Genius'
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ATTRACTIONS: DA VINCI – THE GENIUS 
What do an airplane, a helicopter, an automobile, a submarine, a parachute, a bicycle and a military tank have in common? They were all envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci, the 16th-century artist, scientist and thinker. The new Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit, Da Vinci – The Genius, lets you push, pull, crank and interact with replicas of the Renaissance Man’s machines. Explore da Vinci’s legacy like never before in 17 themed galleries with more than 200 pieces, plus educational animations of his most famous work and the most in-depth analysis ever of the iconic “Mona Lisa.” Through Sep. 25. $19.50; $17.50 senior; $12.50 children; discounts for members. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org

May Festival Chorus
ONSTAGE: MAY FESTIVAL
Surround yourself in song and celebrate music director James Conlon’s final season with the May Festival, America’s oldest choral festival. Performances include Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, the first piece Conlon conducted with the May Festival 37 years ago, plus a special concert of works by Mozart and two world premieres performed in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The fest’s finale concert on May 28 will be the very last performance at Music Hall before it closes for renovation. Through May 28. Ticket prices vary. Find a full schedule at mayfestival.com

Cincy Swing Fest
Photo: 3CDC
EVENT: CINCY SWING FEST WEEKEND
Rewind to the 1920s, when crowds in Harlem took to the dance floor with a new type of move called Swing; a time when Swing-era bandleader Cab Calloway referred to dancers as “jitterbugs,” out on the floor with their fast, bouncy movements. You too can Jitterbug, Charleston and Lindy Hop right at home on present-day Fountain Square. Free, impromptu dance instruction from The Lindy Society will be accompanied by local Jazz and Swing bands. Ambitious performers can participate in a Jack & Jill competition Saturday night, and pin-up studio Retrocentric will be on hand to give mini-makeovers. 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com

Sugar Candy Mountain
Photo: Sheva Kafai 
MUSIC: SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN
California’s Sugar Candy Mountain is one of the new breed of Pysch Rock's top artists to keep an eye on if you’re a fan of modern Psych Pop and Rock. Wonderfully showcasing the music’s tendency to meld vintage elements with new and unique visions, Sugar Candy Mountain is the brainchild of Will Halsey, an active Bay Area musician and engineer who played drums for successful Indie act The Blank Tapes, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Ash Reiter. The two musicians met when Halsey responded to ad Reiter had placed looking for a drummer for her eponymous band, an Indie Pop outfit. Halsey got the gig, and the two became romantically involved (they’re getting married later this year). Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Sugar Candy Mountain plays MOTR Pub Friday with All Seeing Eyes and A Giant Dog. More info/tickets: motrpub.com.

SATURDAY
Cincinnati Library Comic Con
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EVENT: CINCINNATI LIBRARY COMIC CON 
Set your phasers to stun and head downtown for the fourth-annual Cincinnati Library Comic Con. This year’s event celebrates the 50th-anniversary of Star Trek with an exhibit of memorabilia ranging from the original series through the rebooted films, plus screenings of fan-favorite Star Trek movies. This daylong geeky get-together also features tabletop game play, cosplay contests, creator booths, special guest cartoonists/comics/graphic novelists, a drawing contest and additional events for kids, teens and adults. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown, cincinnatilibrary.org. 

EVENT: WESTSIDE MAKERS NEIGHBORHOOD FIELD DAY AND BOOK RELEASE
Calcagno Cullen, who has brought attention to Camp Washington’s potential through her Wave Pool gallery, has also noticed ripples in Covington’s west side neighborhood. Over the past four months, she’s used a grant from the Center for Great Neighborhoods to profile roughly 30 community-makers and compiled a book of their recipes, designs and DIY tips. Cullen says that when she started the project, she expected to meet artists quietly working in their basements. Instead she found budding philanthropists and other creatives eager to share and inspire. Get to know a chicken keeper, librarians, gardeners, yoga teachers, musicians, cooks, a sculptor and more at a party in and around Orchard Park. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free; $5 book. Orchard Park, 318 Orchard St., Covington, Ky., facebook.com/westsidemakers. 

'Domestic Departures'
Photo/Art: Susan Byrnes 
ART: DOMESTIC DEPARTURES AT KENNEDY HEIGHTS ART CENTER
Multimedia installation artist Susan Byrnes has taken over five rooms throughout the Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s historic house to reframe domestic activities for audiences and reflect the processes and environments that contain and shape the development of personal identity and family interaction. In addition to the sculptural installation and ambient audio work featured within the home, Byrnes will engage local Kennedy Heights residents to build upon existing pieces and create additional artworks to populate the exhibition. A public reception featuring the completed exhibition, including the community components, will be held Saturday. Reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Through June 4. Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, kennedyarts.org. 

Ruby the Hatchet
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MUSIC: RUBY THE HATCHET
The band coalesced five years ago after a succession of basement jams in their home state of New Jersey, followed quickly by their relocation to Philadelphia. The fivesome — vocalist Jillian Taylor, guitarist Johnny Scarps, organist Sean Hur, bassist Mike Parise and drummer Owen Stewart — blended Black Sabbath’s black-hole heaviness, Blue Cheer’s acid-drenched mindmeld, shades of Led Zeppelin’s Brit Folk nuance and Alice in Chains’ growling-hellhound ferocity to forge a sound that pummels and purrs with equal intensity. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. Ruby the Hatchet plays Northside Tavern Saturday with Electric Citizen. More info/tickets: northsidetav.com.

Wisewater
Photo: Chris Key
MUSIC: WISEWATER 
The latest show at the DownTowne Listening Room — an intimate, listener-friendly space located in the former Shillito’s building in the heart of downtown — is being headlined by Nashville’s on-the-rise Wisewater, an acoustic Folk/Americana duo featuring members with some impressive chops and credentials. Kate Lee, who has backed artists from Lady Antebellum to Rod Stewart, sings and plays fiddle, while Forrest O’Connor, busy Nashville session player and son of world-renowned fiddler Mark O’Connor, also sings and plays mandolin and guitar. Formed in 2014, Wisewater has drawn praise from peers and critics for its impeccable musicianship and impressive, crafty songwriting. The twosome’s introductory release, the buzz-building EP The Demonstration, was released last year and a full-length is in the works. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12. DownTowne Listening Room, 151 W. Seventh St., Downtown, downtownelisteningroom.com. 

OTR 5K
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EVENT: OTR 5K AND SUMMER CELEBRATION
Summer is on the way and Over-the-Rhine is celebrating its arrival early with a neighborhood 5k and block party. The 10th-annual OTR 5k run/walk leaves and returns to Washington Park, with a course that winds its way through city streets, led by The Garage OTR – Segway of Cincinnati to keep everyone on track. After the race, cool down in the park with a big-ass party. There will be live music, the first official City Flea of the season, Art on Vine, kids activities and more. Expect food from local vendors, plus local beer and coffee, and cocktails on the deck starting at 11 a.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $35 race registration; free Summer Celebration. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, otr5k.com, washingtonpark.org. 

Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real
Photo: Jim Eckenrode
MUSIC: LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
It is always interesting to see what the spawn of legendary musicians will come up with when moving into the family business. One of them is guitarist and vocalist Lukas Nelson, who has been slowly rising up on his own laurels while also still playing with his dad, Willie Nelson, on occasion. Lukas is more of a rocker than his father — he’s someone who’d rather plug in his electric guitar and jam with Neil Young than play Country music with Pops. And for the past couple of years, Lukas has been doing just that. He and his band, Promise of the Real, made the 2015 album The Monsanto Years with Young, and toured with him to support it. Things must’ve gone well, because they’re backing Young on tour again this summer. That’s a heady endorsement — the characteristically outspoken and honest Young would not play with Lukas and his crew if they didn’t have the chops. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real play Southgate House Revival Saturday with Jim Castro. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.

SUNDAY
Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer
Photo: Lewis Jacobs/AMC
TV: PREACHER
AMC — home of The Walking Dead — continues to cash in on the comic book craze currently taking over screens with its latest original series. Developed by Seth Rogen and frequent contributor/childhood friend Evan Goldberg along with Breaking Bad writer/producer Sam Catlin, Preacher brings to life the dark graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The Preacher at hand is Jesse Custer, a rugged Texan minister who develops an unbelievable power and sets out on a mission of biblical proportions: a journey to find God — literally. By his side are his BFF Irish vampire Cassidy (the stellar Joe Gilgun) and his trigger-happy, on again, off again girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga). Expect the action-packed brutality of Dead with far more twisted humor. And because Chris Hardwick is AMC’s Ryan Seacrest, of course he’s hosting a Talking Preacher after-show — but only following the May 29 re-airing of the premiere and the July 31 finale. Catlin, Cooper, Goldberg and Rogen will join Hardwick on the show next Sunday at 10:30 p.m. New episodes will pick up at Preacher’s regular 9 p.m. Sunday time slot on June 5. Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC.

See the zoo's cheetah cubs in the Nursery throughout May.
Photo: Cassandre Crawford
ATTRACTION: ZOO BABIES
Oh, baby: ’tis the season for tots of all sorts at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Cubs, calves, chicks and more will be on exhibit throughout the month of May. Gasp and squeal in the presence of more than a dozen babies, including Bowie the penguin in the Children’s Zoo; Dale the takin at Wildlife Canyon; Boca the alligator in Manatee Springs; and bonobos Kibibi and Bolingo in the Jungle Trails. The zoo’s recently born cheetah cubs will also be viewable at the nursery, and Emperor scorplings (aka baby scorpions) are on exhibit in the Insect World building. Human moms receive free admission on Mother’s Day (May 8). Through May 31. $18 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org

ONSTAGE: VIOLET
Ensemble Theatre staged this moving musical back in 1999 to great success, but that was before people were flocking to Over-the-Rhine as they do today. To close out its 30th-anniversary season, ETC has revived the story of an anxious young woman bearing a disfiguring scar from a childhood accident. She’s on a cross-country pilgrimage to a televangelist she hopes will heal her, but along the way she meets people who help her find the true meaning of beauty. Composer Jeanine Tesori created powerful anthems for this show, and director D. Lynn Meyers has assembled excellent singers and actors to perform them. Tickets are selling fast. Through May 22. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, ensemblecincinnati.com.

ONSTAGE: BRIGADOON
This old-fashioned show from 1949 is just the kind of musical that Cincinnati Landmark Productions excels at staging. The story of a town in Scotland that disappears into the Highland mists and only returns one day every hundred years is a delightful, tuneful fantasy from writer Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe (the team that created My Fair Lady and Camelot). This tribute to simplicity, goodness and the power of love will have you humming your way out of the theater, especially “Almost Like Being in Love.” Through May 22. $23-$26. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

'Butterflies of the Caribbean'
Photo: Krohn Conservatory
ATTRACTION: BUTTERFLIES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Krohn Conservatory’s annual extremely popular and extremely beautiful International Butterfly Show returns with Butterflies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a collection of cultures and colorful islands connected by a bright blue sea, and the flora, fauna and free-flying butterflies of this exhibit reflect that whimsical seaside attitude. Find white sand, a coral reef, palm trees and an island-inspired floral display in the pinks and yellows of a Caribbean sunset. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through June 19. $7 adults; $4 children. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com

“Legacies” by Kari Steihaug
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
ART: UNRAVELED: TEXTILES RECONSIDERED AT THE CAC
In Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, nine artists deconstruct and reanimate clothing, blankets, rugs and other fabrics into emblems of political and personal expression. Textiles are mined for their metaphors to explore aspects of identity and interconnectedness. Adrian Esparza's “Dawn,” an azure weft spun around a grid of nails using a cheap serape’s single thread, may act as the exhibit’s skeleton key. It depicts, abstractly, a 1908 photograph of the Mount Adams incline, a long-demolished structure. Its title refers to the Procter & Gamble detergent — which Esparza reserves a certain nostalgia for — yet it could just as easily indicate artistic genesis. Read more about the exhibit here. Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered is on display at the CAC through Aug. 14. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org.

“Branded Head” by Hank Willis Thomas
Photo: Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection. © Hank Willis ThomaS
ART: 30 AMERICANS AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
If you’ve been to the Cincinnati Art Museum lately, you’ve seen an early arrival for the show 30 Americans, which opens Saturday. It is the mural-sized “Sleep,” by Kehinde Wiley, the New York-based portrait painter whose depictions of young African-American men in poses reminiscent of Old Masters paintings have made him an art star. It is in the Schmidlapp Gallery, the corridor between the main entrance and the Great Hall, and is impossible to miss. 30 Americans, which primarily features some 60 artworks on loan from Miami’s Rubell Family Collection, also has such important contemporary African-American artists as Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Glenn Ligon and more. On view through Aug. 28. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

TV: GAME OF THRONES
Sansa finally gets to confront Littlefinger for setting her up with Ramsay; Arya goes to work; Tyrion meets with a new Red Woman; Bran’s latest voyage brings him face to face with the Night’s King and White Walker army. 9 p.m. HBO.



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ART: UNRAVELED: TEXTILES RECONSIDERED AT THE CAC
In Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, nine artists deconstruct and reanimate clothing, blankets, rugs and other fabrics into emblems of political and personal expression. Textiles are mined for their metaphors to explore aspects of identity and interconnectedness. Adrian Esparza’s “Dawn,” an azure weft spun around a grid of nails using a cheap serape’s single thread, may act as the exhibit’s skeleton key. It depicts, abstractly, a 1908 photograph of the Mount Adams incline, a long-demolished structure. Its title refers to the Procter & Gamble detergent — which Esparza reserves a certain nostalgia for — yet it could just as easily indicate artistic genesis. Read more about the exhibit hereUnraveled: Textiles Reconsidered is on display at the CAC through Aug. 14. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org.

Germania Society Maifest
Photo: Germania Society
EVENT: GERMANIA SOCIETY MAIFEST
Raise a stein to spring with the Germania Society. Maifest is the traditional German celebration of the season, and the Society isn’t cutting any corners with this authentic bash. Carnival rides, traditional food, a spring flower market and games for kids and adults transform Germania Park into a tiny slice of Europe. Choose a homemade Maiwein or local craft beer in a German style and dance to live music from the likes of The Dynamic Duo, Chardon Polka Band and Hoot & Holler. Merchandise, gifts and crafts will also be for sale all weekend long. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $3 adults; kids 12 and under free. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Fairfield, germaniasociety.com.

MainStrasse Maifest
Photo: MainStrasse Village Association
EVENT: MAINSTRASSE MAIFEST
This springtime celebration takes over six city blocks to create a traditional bash of epic proportions. In addition to the essential German food and drink, this Maifest party features an assortment of arts and crafts by more than 90 different makers. Special areas are set aside for the young and young at heart — the Kinderplatz section contains rides and other adventures for kids, while the Amusement Midway has plenty of fun for grownups. On Saturday, guests with an artistic flare can face off in a street chalk-art contest near the Main Street Bier Garten. 5-11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org

Uncorked at FSQ
Photo: 3CDC
EVENT: UNCORKED AT FSQ
It’s a weekend of vino at the corner of Fifth and Vine streets when Fountain Square gets taken over by Uncorked at FSQ. The two-day event features generous samples from the nation’s top-selling wine brands, along with local and regional wine producers. Guests can navigate their ways through booths of booze, food pairings and knowledgeable staffers to dine, drink and learn. Includes live music from The Hot Magnolias, Leroy Ellington Band and more. 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets sold in $10 increments; $2 per ticket; one ticket is equivalent to one 2 oz. pour. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com

CincItalia
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EVENT: CINCITALIA
It isn’t all about Bavaria in Cincinnati this weekend despite our many Maifests — CincItalia brings a taste of the Old Country to Cheviot for a festival that celebrates the culture, cuisine and cannoli of Italy. Enjoy Italian cooking demos, travel talks, games, raffles, an open-air wine garden, a mini piazza — complete with a fountain and Tivoli lights — and carbo loads of homemade lasagna, spiedini, arancini, baked ziti and more from local Italian organizations and eateries. It’s a weekend to mangia and pop some prosecco after changing out of your dirndl. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot, cincitalia.org

'Violet'
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: VIOLET
Ensemble Theatre staged this moving musical back in 1999 to great success, but that was before people were flocking to Over-the-Rhine as they do today. To close out its 30th-anniversary season, ETC has revived the story of an anxious young woman bearing a disfiguring scar from a childhood accident. She’s on a cross-country pilgrimage to a televangelist she hopes will heal her, but along the way she meets people who help her find the true meaning of beauty. Composer Jeanine Tesori created powerful anthems for this show, and director D. Lynn Meyers has assembled excellent singers and actors to perform them. Tickets are selling fast. Through May 22. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, ensemblecincinnati.com.

SATURDAY 14
Gkaeng gunglay is one of the fest’s “secret dishes” this year.
Photo: Provided
EVENT: ASIAN FOOD FEST
Pho Lang Thang, Revolution Rotisserie & Bar, Mabuhay Pinoy Foods, Elephant Walk: The extensive list of local eateries participating in this year’s Asian Food Fest gives festivalgoers a lot to chew on this weekend at Washington Park. Fill up on two day’s worth of cuisine from Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Indonesia, India and Malaysia while viewing authentic cultural song and dance performances. A new addition this year is a “Secret Menu” booth that features food from home chefs and aspiring entrepreneurs; the booth’s name is a reference to the hidden, more traditional menus that many Asian restaurants present only to customers who specifically request them. 4-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, asianfoodfest.org

Incline District Street Fair
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EVENT: INCLINE DISTRICT STREET FAIR
There are so many fests and fairs across town this weekend, and this one takes place in East Price Hill. The first of this year’s Incline District Street Fairs, this en plein air party celebrates the diversity and growth of the Incline District with goods from local crafters and artisans, along with food and drink. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 3001 Price Ave., East Price Hill, facebook.com/inclinedistrictstreetfair

People Working Cooperatively Repair Affair
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GET INVOLVED: PEOPLE WORKING COOPERATIVELY REPAIR AFFAIR
Since its foundation in 1975, People Working Cooperatively has performed home repairs and services for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, enabling them to remain in their homes and live safely and independently. PWC is seeking individuals to get involved with their mission this weekend during the Repair Affair, the organization’s annual spring volunteer event. If you have home repair skills and are 14 years or older, you’re eligible to help PWC install handrails, repair drywall, fix leaky plumbing and more for clients in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools, and groups will be matched with projects based on skills and preferences. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Various locations, pwchomerepairs.org.

The Howlin' Brothers
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MUSIC: THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS
The conversion from Rock and Punk to Bluegrass and Folk is an oft-told band tale in today’s music world. And so it is with The Howlin’ Brothers, an adrenalized trio that plays Bluegrass with the passion and verve of an amped-up Rock outfit. The threesome — banjoist/fiddler Ian Craft, guitarist/harmonicat Jared Green and upright bassist Ben Plasse — met as Classical music students at New York’s Ithaca College a decade and a half ago. Coming from basic Rock backgrounds, the three musicians discovered Folk at roughly the same time and began playing in various configurations, but coalesced in 2003 when Craft and Green sang three-part harmony with Plasse on a traditional tune for his senior recital. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. The Howlin' Brothers play Southgate House Revival Saturday with Ian Mathieu and Scott Risner. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.

'Brigadoon'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: BRIGADOON
This old-fashioned show from 1949 is just the kind of musical that Cincinnati Landmark Productions excels at staging. The story of a town in Scotland that disappears into the Highland mists and only returns one day every hundred years is a delightful, tuneful fantasy from writer Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe (the team that created My Fair Lady and Camelot). This tribute to simplicity, goodness and the power of love will have you humming your way out of the theater, especially “Almost Like Being in Love.” Through May 22. $23-$26. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

TV: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Drake hosts and performs as musical guest. 11:30 p.m. NBC.

SUNDAY 15
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto’s installation 'Sidereal Silence II'
Photo: Provided by the Artist
ART: SIDEREAL SILENCE AT THE WESTON ART GALLERY
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, the Japanese-born, U.S.-based artist living in Cincinnati since 2008, has received international attention for work exploring nature in new ways and in unexpected spaces. His latest show — Sidereal Silence — debuts at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery on Friday. Occupying the entire gallery, the exhibition includes a surround sound installation of waterfalls, a large-scale clear-acrylic structure that disperses water vapor, a two-channel video of waterfall loops, paintings made outdoors on raw cotton canvas with natural, organic materials and a series of smaller sculptural works focusing on crystal formations that emulate stars. On view through June 5. Free. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org

See the zoo's cheetah cubs in the Nursery throughout May.
Photo: Cassandre Crawford
ATTRACTIONS: ZOO BABIES
Oh, baby: ’tis the season for tots of all sorts at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Cubs, calves, chicks and more will be on exhibit throughout the month of May. Gasp and squeal in the presence of more than a dozen babies, including Bowie the penguin in the Children’s Zoo; Dale the takin at Wildlife Canyon; Boca the alligator in Manatee Springs; and bonobos Kibibi and Bolingo in the Jungle Trails. The zoo’s recently born cheetah cubs will also be viewable at the nursery, and Emperor scorplings (aka baby scorpions) are on exhibit in the Insect World building. Human moms receive free admission on Mother’s Day (May 8). Through May 31. $18 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org

'Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing' at Cincinnati Playhouse
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
ONSTAGE: SATCHEL PAIGE AND THE KANSAS CITY SWING
History suggests Satchel Paige was the greatest pitcher of all time. But his career preceded the moment that professional baseball’s color line was crossed. In fact, this new play — Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing — is set in 1947, just after Jackie Robinson’s debut. Paige and other black players are barnstorming in exhibition games against white teams when a downpour brings them together in a boarding house. We get to eavesdrop on their conversations about the changing world. The show is by the playwrights of Fly!, a past hit at the Playhouse. They used a tap dancer in that one; this time, a sax player called “Jazzman” extends the story’s emotions. Through May 21. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com

ART: CHASING THE WHALE AND OTHER ENDLESS PURSUITS
Self-taught artist Matt Kish wanted one last shot at creating something notable. The project he chose was illustrating Herman Melville’s 1851 literary classic Moby-Dick, one drawing per day for each of the 552 pages in his Signet Classic edition paperback version of the novel. It took him almost one and a half years of exhausting work, but it changed everything. By posting the daily illustrations on his blog, he caught the attention of the sizeable worldwide Moby-Dick community. That led to a contract with the prestigious Tin House press, which earlier had published the celebrated Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow by artist Zak Smith. Read more about Kish and the exhibit here. Chasing the Whale and Other Endless Pursuits continues through Aug. 14 at the Contemporary Arts Center. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org.

Burlington Antique Show
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EVENT: BURLINGTON ANTIQUE SHOW
One more outdoor eat-drink-buy event: the monthly Burlington Antique Show. This antiques and vintage-only collectibles market features more than 200 dealers hawking everything from giant metal letters and vintage postcards to industrial lighting, old globes, 1960s Fiestaware and more. It’s generally pretty crowded, so if you’re a real hunter, aim for early-bird admission ($5; 6-8 a.m.). 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $3 starting at 8 a.m. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., burlingtonantiqueshow.com

TV: GAME OF THRONES
Tyrion meets a Red priestess and makes a deal in Meereen as Jorah and Daario zero in on Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak. As the former khaleesi prepares to join the Dosh Khaleen, Drogon intervenes. In King’s Landing, Jaime and Cersei stand up to the Faith Militant. Moving on to the Starks, Arya a girl takes on a new role; Sansa finds familiarity; Jon receives a threatening message. 9 p.m. HBO.

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<![CDATA[Kentucky Derby Parties in Cincinnati]]> Dark Horse Derby Party — Grab your fascinator and head to The Transept for the Junior League of Cincinnati’s Derby party. Party features cocktails and dancing to benefit GrinUp! and RefugeeConnect, music by DJ Self Diploma, light bites and emcee Sheila Gray. Cocktail attire and fascinators encouraged. 7-11 p.m. May 6. $55 general admission; $96 includes open bar; $150 host/hostess. The Transept, 1205 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, jlcincinnati.org.

Braxton Brewing Company Derby Party — Braxton brewed some mint julep-style beer, which they will be serving in a keepsake Derby glass. Watch the race on TV and enjoy Derby-themed food. Noon. Free admission. Braxton Brewing Company, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, Ky., facebook.com/braxtonbrewingcompany.

Cincinnati Sports League Derby Day Party — Derby day contests for best male and female Derby outfit, a bouncy-horse race and happy hour deals with mint juleps for $4. 3-6 p.m. $10 for 10 happy hour. Next Chapter, 940 Pavilion, Mount Adams, gocsl.com.

Derby Day Party at Historic Laurel Court — The College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation hosts its sixth-annual Derby party and fundraiser. The party takes place at Historic Laurel Courtwith live entrainment, mint juleps, a silent auction, a Derby hat contest and a cash bar. Attire is dressy casual. Proceeds benefit CHCURC’s efforts to revitalize College Hill’s business district. 5 p.m. May 7. $75 advance; $85 at the door. Laurel Court, 5870 Belmont, College Hill, dd2016.eventbrite.com

Derby Day Soireé at Neons — Neons' third-annual Derby Day Soireé features top-shelf Woodford Reserve juleps, Old Forester juleps and Julep-Ritas (aka julep margaritas), all served in the official 142 Kentucky Derby commemorative glass. Includes a Derby hat contest and a Dapper Dude contest. Dress your best, decorate your hat; winners get a prize package from Woodford Reserve. Derby will be streaming live on the big screen. Also features Kentucky-themed food from Melt on the patio. 3-7 p.m. May 7. Free admission. Neons, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/neonsunplugged.

Japp’s Derby Day Party — Japp’s will be broadcasting the Derby live. The bar’s julep menu features classic and craft mint juleps with Maker’s Mark. Also serving light bites inspired by the traditional cuisine of Kentucky. 4-7 p.m. Free admission. Japp’s Since 1879, 1136 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wellmannsbrands.com/japps1879.

Kentucky Derby Party — Classic Kentucky Derby dishes paired with mint juleps, served in a commemorative Derby glass. Includes prizes, raffles and drawings to benefit Winton Woods’ Riding Center Special Olympics training program. 3:30-7 p.m. $10. Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, 4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, parkersblueash.com.

Kentucky Derby at Igby’s — Sip on $5 barrel-aged Manhattan’s made with Woodford Reserve an hour before and an hour after the race. Other cocktail specials include mint juleps, black-eyed Susans and Belmont jewels. The Derby will be streaming live on Igby’s TVs. Pick your winning horse and win prizes. Awards for best hat and best seersucker suit. Also hosting parties for The Preakness Stakes on May 21 and The Belmont Parks on June 11. 4 p.m. May 7. Free admission. Igby’s, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, igbys.com.

Kentucky Derby Party at Turfway Park — Kentucky Derby simulcast with a Party in the Paddock, featuring a free concert from the Naked Karate Girls, mint juleps and a buffet. Noon-8 p.m. May 7. Free admission. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Florence, Ky., turfway.com.  


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FRIDAY 22

EATS: GREATER CINCINNATI RESTAURANT WEEK

Be a culinary tourist in your own city with CityBeat’s inaugural Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Do you like eating? Do you want to try some multi-course meals for cheap? Restaurants throughout the Tristate will be offering $35 three-course meals to delight the palate and impress your date. Participating eateries include Harvest Bistro & Wine Bar, Pompilios, Kaze, The Palace, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern and more. Check out menus and more info online. Through April 24. $35 plus tax and gratuities. Find participating restaurants at greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com

ONSTAGE: DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST
The story of Belle, a smart young woman, and her romance with a Beast (a handsome prince under a spell) is a “tale as old as time,” but its tour stop in Cincinnati is short — only five days. Kids will enjoy this one, but the special effects are fun for everyone, especially the dancing dishes and furniture. Based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film, the stage adaptation has been a Broadway hit since 1994 (it’s the ninth longest-running musical in history). This production has toured all 50 states, performing more than 1,500 times. By now, they’ve got the magic down pat. Through Sunday. $29-$107. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org

Jay Bolotin
Photo: Rachel Heberling
ONSTAGE: PRESENT TENSE IMPERFECT
As part of the ongoing celebration of the Weston Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary, the gallery is offering Present Tense Imperfect, a performance series of spoken word, music and film held in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater. Artists include Jay Bolotin, Jack Burton Overdrive, Elese Daniel, Mark Flanigan, Matt Hart, Desirae Hosley and the Teen Poets of WordPlay Cincy Scribes, The IdleAires, Yvette Nepper, Steven Proctor, Kathy Y. Wilson and Terri Ford. Also offered will be excerpts from the late Aralee Strange’s film project The Peach Mountain Psalms (formerly This Train) as a work in progress. 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12 one night; $20 weekend pass. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org

'Butterflies of the Caribbean'
Photo: Krohn Conservatory
EVENT: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT KROHN
Enjoy free-flying butterflies in underwater-themed decor. The first 300 visitors will receive free tree seedling. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7; $4 children. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.org.

EVENT: CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
The Nature Center is free Friday through Sunday, where you can explore the center’s trails or participate in some planned activities. April 22-24. Free. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org. 


SATURDAY 23

Earth Day OTR
Photo: 3CDC
EVENTS: EARTH DAY OTR

Celebrate Earth Day at Washington Park. 3CDC has partnered with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to offer eco-friendly activities for kids and adults, like the opportunity to climb an inflatable rock wall, join a recycling drive and listen to live music all day from bands including Elementree Livity Project. Eli’s BBQ will serve up classic barbecue and vegetarian sides, and several environmentally conscious vendors will be setting up in the park to offer unique goods. Noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org

Lebanon BrewHAHa
Photo: Provided
EVENT: LEBANON BREWHAHA

Frauen and herren are invited to break out their lederhosen and dust off their beer steins (or wear their normal attire) for the second-annual Lebanon BrewHAHa. Educate yourself about craft beer and expand your palate, whether you’re a beer aficionado or novice; represented breweries include Fifty West, Warped Wing, Moerlein, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Rhinegeist and more. There will also be live music and entertainment, plus food trucks. Families be warned: no kinder allowed; this party is 21 and up. 5-10 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. VIP. $40-$55; $10 designated drivers. Warren Country Fairgrounds, 655 North Broadway, Lebanon, lebanonbrewhaha.com.  

Photo: Provided by Leah Stone
EVENT: SECOND TIME AROUND ADULT PROM
Want to relive the excitement of prom without the teenaged awkwardness? The Second Time Around Adult Prom lets you do exactly that while living out the star-studded theme of a Hollywood awards show. Hosted at the Contemporary Arts Center, the event stays true to the essentials of prom — food, a DJ, dancing until your feet hurt — along with additional surprises and booze (which we definitely didn’t drink in high school). Raise a glass to the past and dance all night long, with entertainment provided by multiple DJs and local R&B, Soul and Hip Hop group Deuces Musik. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; 8:30 p.m. doors Saturday. $55; $85 VIP. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, adultpromcincy.com.

EVENT: WORLD CULTURE FEST
Take a trip around the world within the walls of the historic Cincinnati Museum Center during Saturday’s World Culture Fest. Performers and presenters celebrate cultures around the globe by showcasing some of the most unique and traditional practices from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. The event also explores the extensive history of immigration in Cincinnati through music, dance and education. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free in the rotunda. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org

Kiefer Sutherland
Photo: Beth Elliott
MUSIC: KIEFER SUTHERLAND
Kiefer Sutherland is, of course, best known as the star of numerous films and the TV show 24. But music has also long been a part of Sutherland’s life. He and singer/songwriter Jude Cole created the Ironworks label/studio to support independent artists, releasing albums by Rocco DeLuca & the Burden, Ron Sexsmith and Lifehouse. Sutherland also wrote some songs to shop around to other artists, but Cole convinced him he should make his own album, resulting in the Americana/Country-flavored Down in a Hole, which is due this summer. While actors-turned-musicians are often viewed cynically, Sutherland has been receiving glowing reviews so far on his tour (after a recent gig in Milwaukee, digital magazine OnMilwaukee ran a rave review with the headline, “Guys, the Kiefer Sutherland Concert Last Night Was Actually Pretty Good”). 10 p.m. Saturday. $20; $25 day of show. Taft Theatre Ballroom, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org

EVENT: SPRING FEST IN THE WOODS
Celebrate spring with wild edible cooking demos, crafts, vendors, live animals and more. Also features live music and face painting, plus education bout Ohio’s native plants, wildflowers and habitat registration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Drive, Clifton, 513-861-3435. 

SPORTS: DOGWOOD DASH
The annual scenic springtime 5K run/walk takes you through the Boone County Arboretum. 9 a.m. $22-$32 registration. 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky., bcarboretum.org. 

MUSIC: WOODYFEST
For the past several years, Cincinnati Folk singer Jake Speed has headlined a tribute to American music icon Woody Guthrie. Speed and WoodyFest return Saturday for the annual celebration at Mount Saint Joseph University’s Recital Hall (5701 Delhi Road, Delhi). Joining Speed for the 7 p.m. performance are local Folk/Americana faves Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. Admission is $10 at the door (the event is free for Mount Saint Joseph students with ID).

SUNDAY 24
Jon Snow is dead. Or is he? (Yes. He’s dead.)
Photo: Courtesy of HBO
TV: GAME OF THRONES 
So you want to talk about Game of Thrones? Would you like spoilers with that? Whether you read every book, interview and fan theory before each season or you have the Spoiler Shield app installed to prevent seeing even the most innocuous set photos, fans can’t help but speculate about what’s coming next, especially after the season finale last year (spoiler alert). Stannis was cornered by Brienne, Theon and Sansa jumped off a castle wall, Arya was punished for misusing her gift, Daenerys found herself alone (with a Dothraki horde), the brothers finally turned on Jon Snow — and that’s just a glimpse at all the action. Of course, that final development is what’s on the forefront of everyone’s minds going into Season 6: What is going to happen to Jon? The show’s storyline has now moved past the books — last season covered events in the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series; Martin is still working on the sixth. That means for the first time all viewers are pretty much in the dark about what’s to come. (Everyone, of course, except President Obama, who famously requested and received advanced access.) But HBO’s press release describing the episode doesn’t mince words — there are just four: Jon Snow is dead. Now, this is a universe where people shape-shift, raise dragons and create Frankensteinian zombie warriors. Anything is possible. Or maybe we’re all in denial. And because everybody’s doing it, there will now be a Game of Thrones after-show. After the Thrones (real original), hosted by podcasters Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, will be available every Monday following new episodes on HBO GO, NOW and On Demand. Season 6 Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.

Photo: Dame Darcy
EVENT: THE DARCY AND LISA SHOW WITH THE KUZAK SISTERS
Sequential artist and illustrator Dame Darcy and writer Lisa Crystal Carver (aka Lisa Suckdog) will be performing raucous scenes from their collaborative new book The Jaywalker on Sunday evening at the Ice Cream Factory. In the brutal spectacle tradition of Carver’s underground band Suckdog (Darcy was also a member), the performers, together with sisters Maddie and Genevieve Kuzak, will embody the archetypal characters of the Dead Mother, the Revolutionary Daughter, the Dish on the Side and the Man, engaging audiences in an action-packed, funny and disturbing performance. All ages. 8 p.m. $5. The Ice Cream Factory, 2133 Central Ave., Brighton, thedarcylisashow.com.

EVENT: MAINSTRASSE BAZAAR
The weather calls for sun, shopping and a load of vintage items on Sunday when MainStrasse Village comes to life during the monthly Village Bazaar (every fourth Sunday through October). Peruse the Sixth Street Promenade for furniture, home goods, decor, architectural elements, tools, jewelry, clothing, gadgets, collectibles and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org

Photo: Cassandre Crawford
ATTRACTION: ZOO BLOOMS
While the Cincinnati Zoo is known for its diverse collection of animals, it’s also home to one of Ohio’s two accredited botanical gardens. Now is the time to catch the garden at its finest with Zoo Blooms, a display of more than one million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and shrubs blooming throughout the park. Although these flowers don’t sing like those in Alice in Wonderland, the accompanying Tunes & Blooms series allows guests to check out the fantastic florals after hours with live music from some of Cincinnati’s favorite bands on Thursday evenings; concerts start April 7 with Honey & Houston and Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle. Zoo Blooms on display through April. Free with admission; $13-$27. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org

EVENT: GOODWILL EARTH DAY ELECTRONIC RECYCLING
Drop off unwanted computers, keyboards, mouse systems, monitors and other electronic equipment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. All 31 Goodwill Donation Centers, cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate.


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APRIL 21

Zoo Blooms — The zoo transforms into an explosion of color with one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Through April 30. Free with zoo admission. $18 adult; $13 child/senior. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org 

Butterflies of the Caribbean — Beautiful, live butterflies coast around Krohn Conservatory among displays of Caribbean culture. Floral displays abound, inspired by the colors of the Caribbean sunset. Through June 19. $7; $4 children; $12 unlimited admission pin. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.com  

Party for the Planet: An Earth Day Celebration — The greenest zoo in America celebrates Earth Day with their seventh-annual Party for the Planet. Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand to share their expertise about living more sustainably. Includes music from the Tunes & Blooms series and a rain barrel benefit auction. 4-8:30 p.m. Free admission after 5 p.m.; $10 parking. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

Discover Herbs and More — The Northern Kentucky Herb Society discusses uses for fresh herbs, from cooking to household tips. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky., 859-342-2665, nkyherb.com. 

Full Moon Walk — Hit the trails at night and enjoy a full moon viewing and natural history readings. 8:30 p.m. $5 members; $10 non-members. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.   

APRIL 22
Earth Day Celebration at Krohn — Enjoy free-flying butterflies in underwater-themed decor. The first 300 visitors will receive free tree seedling. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7; $4 children. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks.org.

EmpowerU Earth Day Lecture: Where Did We Go Wrong? — Bring adult beverages and lawn chairs and dress in your best Earth Day costume. EmpowerU Ohio takes a candid look at Earth Day issues. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. HWB Scout House and Outdoor Pavilion, 34 Village Square, Glendale, 513-478-6261, empoweruohio.org.

Cincinnati Nature Center Earth Day Celebration — The Nature Center is free Friday through Sunday, where you can explore the center’s trails or participate in some planned activities. April 22-24. Free. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org. 

Native Plant Sale — Choose from a large selection of locally grown native plants, including nectar plants for butterflies, edibles for birds and trees and shrubs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through June 30. Prices vary. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.

University of Cincinnati Re*Use Market — The Market accepts furniture, household goods, non-perishable food items, electronics, books, clothing, sporting goods, toys and more. Anyone can come take the donated items for free; at the end of the week, remaining items will be donated to local charities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily April 22-May 3. Free. Old YMCA, 270 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-556-3844, uc.edu.

Trees in Trouble Screening — CET Channel 48 broadcasts locally made documentary Trees in Trouble, about America’s urban forests. 4:30 p.m. Free. Channel 48, treesintrouble.com.

APRIL 23

Earth Day OTR — 3CDC and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful host a fun-filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors on the park’s Civic Lawn. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

Evening Gardens — Learn how to convert a corner of a garden into an oasis of tranquility and peace. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. H.J. Benken Florist, 6000 Plainfield Road, Silverton, benkens.com.

GreenUP Day at California Woods — Assist the Cincinnati Parks staff in a clean-up day, where you help remove invasive plants, maintain trail and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., California, cincinnatiparks.com.

Dogwood Dash — The annual scenic springtime 5K run/walk takes you through the Boone County Arboretum. 9 a.m. $22-$32 registration. 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, Ky., bcarboretum.org.

Spring Fest in the Woods — Celebrate spring with wild edible cooking demos, crafts, vendors, live animals and more. Also features live music and face painting, plus education bout Ohio’s native plants, wildflowers and habitat registration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Drive, Clifton, 513-861-3435. 

Bird Walk — Beginners are welcome for this casual bird-watching walk. 8 a.m. Free with admission; $9 adults; $6 seniors; $4 children. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.

Wildflower Walk — A member of the Cincinnati Wildflower Society hosts a 90-minute guided hike of Nature Center trails. 9:30 a.m. Free with admission; $9 adults; $6 seniors; $4 children. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.

APRIL 24
Third Annual Goodwill Earth Day Electronic Recycling Celebration — Drop off unwanted computers, keyboards, mouse systems, monitors and other electronic equipment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. All 31 Goodwill Donation Centers, cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate.

APRIL 25
Great Parks Listening Session — The community is encouraged to bring thoughts, ideas and questions about Great Parks of Hamilton County. 6-8:30 p.m. April 25. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, greatparks.org. 6-8:30 p.m. April 27. Free. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, greatparks.org.

APRIL 26
Workout on the Green — Free fitness classes outdoors in Washington Park every Tuesday and Wednesday. Classes start at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

APRIL 27
Family-Friendly Intro to Spring Edible Plants — Learn which wild spring plants are edible. The program also touches on ethnical harvesting practices, common poisonous plants and recipes which feature the plants. Bring a peeler, knife and cutting board. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. $5. Long Branch Farm & Trails, Creekside Barn, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen, cincynature.org.

APRIL 29
The Environment as Muse: Artists and Nature — This symposium features four artists whose work is a tribute to the kinship of art and nature. Panelists include author Rick Bass, English professor Donelle Dreese and NKU’s professor of art Kevin Muente. 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

APRIL 30
Party in the Woods — Cincinnati’s premiere party in the woods! Meteorologist Steve Raleigh emcee’s an evening of food, artwork and auctions. All proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Nature Center’s programs to connect children to nature. 6 p.m. $165 per person. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.

MAY 01
Flying Pig Marathon The 18th-annual Flying Pig Marathon flies along the streets of downtown Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Mariemont, Fairfax and Columbia Township. The race starts at 6:30 a.m. for runners, walkers, trotters, etc. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $100-$120, flyingpigmarathon.com 

MAY 03
Get the Dirt on Backyard CompostingAn hour-long seminar on the basics of backyard composting. 7 p.m. Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, hamiltoncountyrecycles.org 

MAY 04
Barrows Conservation Lecture Series Dr. Joy Reidenberg’s lecture is “Why Whales are Weird, Wacky and Wonderful.” Explore the anatomy, evolution and adaptation of whales. 7 p.m. $14; $12 members. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List]]> FRIDAY
EVENT: CINCINNATI FLOWER SHOW
The five-day Cincinnati Flower Show features the theme “An International Adventure,” which will manifest through a variety of fine foods and creative floral displays. Along with both amateur and professionally designed exhibits featuring rare and lovely plants and flowers in tablescapes, creative container gardens, window boxes and landscapes, the show will also feature local and regional artisan food vendors. Snack your way through floral displays dedicated to our foreign sister cities, or RSVP for a special event, like a Southern afternoon tea, lunch and learn or wine tasting. MadTree is also releasing a special collaboration beer for the event, Hortense, brewed with the Cincinnati Horticultural Society and featuring nasturtium flower and cucumber (available at the flower show or MadTree taproom). Through Sunday. $15; $5 child; special events ticketed. Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincinnatihorticulturalsociety.com.

 

EVENT: STARKBIER FEST
Listermann Brewing Company celebrates strong beer at its annual Starkbier Fest. The idea goes back to the 18th century, when German monks believed the nutritional value of strong beer helped them through their Lenten fast. In continuation of this tradition, Listermann’s fest features a slew of local craft beers with an ABV of 7.5 percent or higher from breweries including Blank Slate, Fifty West, Rock Bottom, Rhinegiest, Taft’s Ale House, Braxton Brewing Company and more. Since fasting isn’t required of this party, there will be food vendors, live music and some lighter beers on draft. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, listermannbrewing.com.

'The Last Five Years'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS
It’s not unusual for a movie, play or musical to follow the arc of a relationship. But Jason Robert Brown’s musical exploration of Jamie’s and Cathy’s coming together and breaking up charts a pair of parallel but opposite paths. We follow Jamie’s story from the beginning of their romance to the end, while Cathy starts at the conclusion and winds her way back to the beginning. They overlap for a moment — a song together on their wedding day. It’s a fascinating way to track the course of love… and loss. Brown’s gorgeous score makes it all the more poignant. Through April 24. $25-$28. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky., thecarnegie.com.

Inter Arma
Photo: Relapse Records
MUSIC: INTER ARMA
Nuance isn’t a commodity that carries much value in Metal, but Inter Arma wields subtlety with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel rather than the body-count arc of a broadsword. The Richmond quintet is a perfect storm of Doom, Stoner, Sludge, Grindcore and Black Metal, with mercurial flashes of Punk, Psychedelia, Southern Hard Rock and symphonic Prog, all punctuated with the dirtiest hellhound vocals imaginable. Even for those who enjoy Metal but have never really embraced the raw fury of the Black end of the spectrum, Inter Arma is thrilling, visceral and unflinchingly compelling. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. Inter Arma plays MOTR Pub with Grey Host on Friday. More info/tickets: motrpub.com.

George Winston
Photo: Joe del Tufo
MUSIC: GEORGE WINSTON
Consistent success and longevity are both rarities in the music industry, but the almost unhittable trifecta would be adding “genre architect” to that already improbable set of career accomplishments. Pianist George Winston has notches for that very trio on his Steinway. Winston developed an interest in instrumental music as a child, without regard for genre. At 16, he was enthralled by Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz score for A Charlie Brown Christmas and immediately purchased the soundtrack, but it was The Doors that inspired Winston to play the organ two years later. At 22, exposure to stride players Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller moved him to acoustic piano. In 1972, little more than a year after he began playing piano, Winston recorded his debut, Piano Solos, for the John Fahey co-founded Takoma Records; the album barely made a ripple. Read more about Winston in this week's Sound Advice. George Winston plays Live! at the Ludlow Garage Friday. More info/tickets:liveattheludlowgarage.com.

SATURDAY
EVENT: RECORD STORE DAY
The annual, worldwide Record Store Day returns Saturday (see this week’s Cover Story on page 15 for some local vinyl collectors especially excited about this). The celebration of independent record sellers means innumerable limited-edition releases will be made available from music manufacturers big and small, and several shops in Greater Cincinnati will once again be hosting special events for RSD. Visit recordstoreday.com for a list of RSD exclusives, as well as which stores in the area are participating. Here are a few local RSD notes:
• Shake It Records (4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, shakeitrecords.com) will have some special local-music-related items available for RSD. The store (which opens at 9 a.m. Saturday) is issuing an unreleased album by Cincinnati Punk pioneers The Reduced through its label.The Jockey Club favorites recorded Drastically Reduced in 1986, but the album never came out. The Reduced will perform a set at Shake It Saturday at 7 p.m. with a special lineup that includes Bryan Dilsizian of The Long Gones on vocals (original Reduced vocalist Bill Leist passed away early last year). There will be other performances throughout the day Saturday, including sets by Folk/Americana act Honey & Houston and Reggae/Caribbean crew Queen City Silver Stars. Rhinegeist has again made a special beer in honor of Shake It for Record Store Day. Last year, the brewery created a brew called A Side; this year, the drink will be called B Side, and it will be available to sample at the store (several Northside bars will also be serving the beer). Shake It is also again doing its food drive for Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) this year; a canned good donation will get you 10 percent off your entire RSD purchase. 
• Everybody’s Records (6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, everybodysrecords.com) has a full slate of local musicians performing throughout the day for Record Store Day. The store opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, and live music begins at noon with a performance by reigning R&B/Soul Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band.  
 Legendary downtown bar/restaurant Arnold’s isn’t a record store, but it is getting in on the Record Store Day action again this year.  The bar and grill has curated and produced the Arnold’s Bootleggers and Hustlers Vol. 2 local music compilation with Neltner Small Batch Records. Last year’s compilation sold out within a few hours and was reportedly the top-selling RSD release at Everybody’s Records. The compilation is limited to 500 vinyl copies; 400 feature gold and blue covers (with artwork by Keith Neltner and pressing by Otto’s) and are on transparent gold vinyl, while 100 copies will have red and blue covers and feature clear vinyl. 

Still from "Good White People"
Photo: Jarrod Welling-Cann and Erick Stoll
EVENT: PUSHED OUT! SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Despite the determination of national media to proffer Cincinnati as an example of a city that has rectified all of its problems related to issues of race, the experience of those affected by our city’s efforts to “revitalize” ground zero neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine tell a much different story. In an effort to balance that narrative, Cincinnati-based filmmakers Jarrod Welling-Cann and Erick Stoll will screen their short film Good White People, about Reginald Stroud, Sr. and his family who lost their home and businesses in OTR when an urban developer bought the building they rented. Afterward, Stroud and a panel of community members will discuss the film and invite audiences to share their own experiences related to race and displacement. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. St. Francis School, 14 E. Liberty St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/goodwhitepeople

Cy Amundson
Photo: Provided
COMEDY: CY AMUNDSON
“Sorry about my ring-back tone,” says comedian Cy Amundson in reference to the Country music that callers hear before his cellphone connects. “It’s on there strictly to upset certain comedian friends of mine who are music snobs.” Indeed, if it hadn’t been for the fact that he can’t sing, like his more musically talented brothers, he might have pursued a career in Nashville. Using a ringtone to annoy his friends is perfectly in line with his penchant for pulling pranks. In one of his most popular bits, he tells audiences about how he’ll try on a shirt and then ask a store employee, “If you were in junior high would you trust an adult in this shirt?” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Marketplace Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. 

Photo: Janiss Garza
EVENT: CINCINNATI CAT CLUB SHOW
The cat’s out of the bag: The 64th Cat Fanciers’ Association Championship show is coming to town, and guests should expect to meet some pretty fancy felines. Hosted by the Cincinnati Cat Club, the show features pedigreed cats on exhibition over a two-day period, with kitties competing to come out on top in 10 separate rings. Each ring has a different judge, who will determine a winner based on the written standard for a cat’s specific breed. The 10 winners from each ring move on to the finals, during which one coveted kitty is deemed Best Cat in Show. In the meantime, guests can mingle with local rescue organizations, meet other cat people and browse booths from local pet shops. You can even enter your own fame-fancying feline in a household cat competition. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6 adults; $3 children; $5 seniors; $12 families. Butler County Agricultural Society, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, 513-892-1423, cincinnaticatclub.net.

Photo: provided
EVENT: EARTH DAY AT SAWYER POINT
Drum Circles, live music, recycling games, costume contests, furry and scaly critters, parades with Earth-friendly mascots and lectures — there are countless ways to celebrate our planet on Saturday at Sawyer Point’s Earth Day celebration. Learn about the declining bee population from the Civic Garden Center, find out more about the Cincinnati Streetcar from Metro’s Paul Grether or become an expert on regional trails with Green Umbrella. Exhibits, vendors and a kids’ zone will be open for the duration of the festivities. View a full schedule of activities online. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincinnatiearthday.com

EVENT: QUEEN CITY COMICON
Dust off your cape, sheath your weapon of choice and follow the Bat-Signal to the convention center this weekend. This super-sized hub of all-things comics features writers and artists, workshops and panels, a costume contest and more than 40 vendors, who will offer a wide selection of comic books, cosplay jewelry, toys and steampunk gear. Dozens of comic creators — many of whom have worked with the likes of Marvel and DC — will meet and discuss their work with guests; featured artists include Frank Brunner, artist of Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Man-Thing, and David Michael Beck, a Cincinnati resident who has worked with Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics and many others. Come dressed as your favorite comic, manga or anime character to participate in a judged costume contest at 4 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. $5 (cash only); free with 2015 Cincinnati Comic Expo VIP badge. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, 513-419-7300, queencitycomicon.com.

'Glengarry Glen Ross'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
ONSTAGE: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
A-B-C: “Always Be Closing.” That’s the mantra of four desperate Chicago real estate agents, locked in close to mortal combat to become top dog. In David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winner from 1984, these guys are selling worthless real estate to unwitting buyers and will stop at nothing — lies, bribery, betrayal, flattery, even intimidation and burglary — to make what they think of as an honest living. Cincinnati Landmark Productions takes another stab at establishing its Incline Theater in East Price Hill as a place to see serious drama. Can they sell it? Time will tell. Through April 24. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

SUNDAY
'Quintessence Starless'
Photo: Courtesy of Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
ART: SIDEREAL SILENCE AT THE WESTON ART GALLERY
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, the Japanese-born, U.S.-based artist living in Cincinnati since 2008, has received international attention for work exploring nature in new ways and in unexpected spaces. His latest show — Sidereal Silence — debuts at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery on Friday. Occupying the entire gallery, the exhibition includes a surround sound installation of waterfalls, a large-scale clear-acrylic structure that disperses water vapor, a two-channel video of waterfall loops, paintings made outdoors on raw cotton canvas with natural, organic materials and a series of smaller sculptural works focusing on crystal formations that emulate stars.On view through June 5. Free. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org

Burlington Antique Show
Photo: Provided
EVENT: BURLINGTON ANTIQUE SHOW
Forget spring cleaning: Ditch the dust at home and head to the first Burlington Antique Show of the season to buy some new old stuff instead. Midwest’s premier antique market is celebrating 35 years of bringing the best antiques and vintage collectibles to the Boone County Fairgrounds. More than 200 dealers converge the third Sunday of the month (through October) to exhibit and sell their authentic wares — midcentury modern, art deco, pre-war, industrial and more. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $3 admission from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5 early-bird 6-8 a.m. 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky., burlingtonantiqueshow.com.

Tommy Castro
Photo: Victoria Smith
MUSIC: TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
Any discussion of the world’s best guitarists would include legends that Tommy Castro lists among his influences — Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mike Bloomfield. But the fact is, Castro himself should be a part of that conversation. With a commanding vocal style that leans toward Delbert McClinton’s gravel-and-soul approach and a furious guitar attack that blends every iteration of the Blues with blustery Classic Rock, buttery R&B and thumping Funk, Castro has been channeling his heroes into his singular musical vision over the past four decades. Castro made his bones playing in a succession of San Francisco cover bands in the ’70s, which set the stage for his successful stint with The Dynatones in the ’80s. Read more about Castro in this week's Sound Advice.  Tommy Castro & The Painkillers play 20th Century Theater Sunday. More info/tickets:the20thcenturytheatre.com.

“Branded Head” by Hank Willis Thomas
Photo: PHOTO: Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection. © Hank Willis ThomaS
ART: 30 AMERICANS AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
If you’ve been to the Cincinnati Art Museum lately, you’ve seen an early arrival for the show 30 Americans, which opens Saturday. It is the mural-sized “Sleep,” by Kehinde Wiley, the New York-based portrait painter whose depictions of young African-American men in poses reminiscent of Old Masters paintings have made him an art star. It is in the Schmidlapp Gallery, the corridor between the main entrance and the Great Hall, and is impossible to miss. 30 Americans, which primarily features some 60 artworks on loan from Miami’s Rubell Family Collection, also has such important contemporary African-American artists as Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Glenn Ligon and more. On view through Aug. 28. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

MONDAY
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern
Photo: Provided 
EATS: GREATER CINCINNATI RESTAURANT WEEK
Be a culinary tourist in your own city with CityBeat’s inaugural Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Do you like eating? Do you want to try some multi-course meals for cheap? Restaurants throughout the Tristate will be offering $35 three-course meals to delight the palate and impress your date. Participating eateries include Harvest Bistro & Wine Bar, Pompilios, Kaze, The Palace, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern and more. Check out menus and more info online. Through April 24. $35 plus tax and gratuities. Find participating restaurants at greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN 
Czech composer Leoš Janáček anticipated Hollywood by several decades when he composed an opera in 1921 based on a serialized novella that appeared as a daily comic strip in a local newspaper. The Adventures of the Vixen Sharp-Ears by Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek follows the story of a female fox who is captured by a local forester, but manages to escape, find a mate and raise a family. Janáček was also way ahead of The Lion King when he began The Cunning Little Vixen, creating a libretto that has the circle of life as its underlying theme. The brilliant score depicts the animal world and humanity with warm lyricism, gentle humor and an unflinching acceptance of nature’s cycle. CCM presents The Cunning Little Vixen Friday through Sunday at CCM's Corbett Auditorium.

The Roomsounds
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: THE ROOMSOUNDS
The past five years have been fairly auspicious for The Roomsounds. The Connecticut quartet began its musical life as a full-bore Punk band under a different name, which earned the group a slot on the Warped Tour and scored it a Warner Bros. contract. But eventual legal hassles with the label and a gnawing dissatisfaction with the limitations of its sound led the group to the momentous decision to leave New England behind and relocate to Dallas, chosen for its warmer climate and central-ish position between the coasts. Once ensconced in a barren industrial space with no amenities, the newly dubbed The Roomsounds — vocalist/guitarist Ryan Michael, guitarist Sam Janik, bassist Red Coker and drummer Dan Malone — reinvented itself as a straight-up Rock band, tapping into the ’60s vibe of Exile on Main St.-era Rolling Stones and Faces while adopting the contemporary energy of similarly inclined translators like Oasis and The Black Crowes. They play a free show at MOTR Pub. Read more in Sound Advice here.

Twin Limb
Photo: David Boone

MUSIC: TWIN LIMB

Dreamy, gauzy Indie Pop outfit Twin Limb initially began with Lacey Guthrie (vocals, accordion, keys) and Maryliz Bender (drums, guitar, vocals), who entered the studio with producer Kevin Ratterman to record an album. But the atmospheric wonder that Ratterman gave Twin Limb’s sound changed the group so fundamentally that he became a full-fledged member of the band. The trio scrapped the planned full-length, instead releasing its stellar debut EP, the sparse, magical Anything Is Possible and Nothing Makes Sense, late last year. The band has been making waves on the road with its engaging, magnetic live show, which stops in Northern Kentucky Friday. Louisville band Frederick the Younger and Cincinnati’s Coconut Milk open. 8 p.m. Friday. $10; $12 day of show. Madison Live, 734 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., madisontheateronline.com.

EVENT: MONSTER JAM
What do Grave Digger, Max D, Scooby Doo, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Dalmatian and Zombie have in common? They’re all world-famous, 1,500-horsepower trucks you can see at Monster Jam, which comes to Cincinnati on Friday. Monster Jam combines racing, freestyle competition and fan connections for a night of supersized and souped-up entertainment. Those who enjoy big trucks, neat tricks, things that have fallen and can’t get up, smashed vehicles or those who would just like to check a monster truck rally off their bucket lists should mark their calendars. Mullets aren’t required. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10-$50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.

'Quintessence Starless'
Photo: Courtesy of Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
ART: SIDEREAL SILENCE AT THE WESTON ART GALLERY
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, the Japanese-born, U.S.-based artist living in Cincinnati since 2008, has received international attention for work exploring nature in new ways and in unexpected spaces. His latest show — Sidereal Silence — debuts at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery on Friday. Occupying the entire gallery, the exhibition includes a surround sound installation of waterfalls, a large-scale clear-acrylic structure that disperses water vapor, a two-channel video of waterfall loops, paintings made outdoors on raw cotton canvas with natural, organic materials and a series of smaller sculptural works focusing on crystal formations that emulate stars. Turner-Yamato discusses his work during a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. On view through June 5. Free. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.

Pablo Villegas
Photo: Provided
ONSTAGE: LATIN PASSION
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra hosts special guest Juanjo Mena, who will conduct Manuel de Falla’s romantic opera La vida breve (The Brief Life), full of Flamenco dancers, colorful vocal textures and a lush orchestral score, for this weekend’s Latin Passion program. Before the opera, the evening begins with a performance of the lighthearted Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman) by soulful Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$101. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.


SATURDAY 09

SPORTS: FC CINCINNATI 

Cincinnati’s latest foray into the world of professional soccer, FC Cincinnati, hosts its home opener this weekend against Charlotte Independence. Backed by the deep pockets of owner and CEO Carl Lindner III, the organization has been upfront about its intention to eventually earn a spot in soccer’s top league in America, Major League Soccer. But first, there’s futbol to be played in the United Soccer League, where FC Cincinnati is fresh off its first victory, a 2-1 road win over Bethlehem Steel FC on April 3. The team has nabbed the University of Cincinnati’s recently renovated Nippert Stadium as its home field, where all will be welcome to wave orange and blue towels and scream every time the good guys send one across the box. Viva la vuvuzela! 7 p.m. Saturday. $10-$25. Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton Heights, fccincinnati.com. 

EVENT: REVEL & MOONLIGHT
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company hosts a pre-party and kick-off event for its 2016 PROJECT38 Festival, the CSC’s education initiative where actors from the resident ensemble work with students at local schools over a nine-month period to co-create one of Shakespeare’s 38 works. Revel & Moonlight acts as both a fundraiser for the program and an excellent party. The night begins with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, cigars and live theatrical performances from area students, followed by dinner by the bite, more drinks and entertainment. The night continues on with dancing, more drinks and some late-night revelry (beginning at 10:30 p.m.) with music and munchies. Can one desire too much of a good thing? 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday. $25-$500. The Transept, 1205 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun
Photo: Newport Aquarium
ATTRACTION: SEAHORSES: UNBRIDLED FUN
Get up close and personal with 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, pipefish, shrimpfish and trumpetfish at the Newport Aquarium’s newest permanent exhibit, Seahorses: Unbridled Fun. The show is being touted as the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the United States, and for good reason. A large video screen magnifies the fish as they swim and socialize, and giant seahorse sculptures give guests an even closer look at their features and details. Make sure to bring your smartphone along and play the aquarium’s Seek & Find, a game that challenges you to discover as many seahorses as possible in the Coral Reef. Opens Saturday. Free with general admission: $23.99 adults; $15.99 children 12 and under. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-261-7444, newportaquarium.com.

Tartan Day Ceilidh
Photo: Provided by Jeff Craig 
EVENT: TARTAN DAY CEILIDH 2016
Tartan Day, a national celebration of Scottish heritage, might take place on Wednesday, but the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band is bringing the party home this weekend. One of the oldest pipe bands in the country, CCP&D was established in 1912 with the mission of preserving Scottish culture and heritage with music and public events. Its annual ceilidh — Scottish for “party” — is an all-out bash. In addition to performances from the band, the day features a haggis-eating contest, treats from Scottish bakeries, a Scotch tasting and traditional dances from several local groups, including the Cincinnati Scots Highland Dancers. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. $15 adults; $8 children 11 and younger. American Legion Post 72, 497B Old State Route 74, Mount Carmel, cincypipesanddrums.org.

Price Hill Alfombras
Photo: Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University
ART: PRICE HILL ALFOMBRAS 
This Saturday, Price Hill Will, with the assistance of local Guatemalan artist Hugo Stuardo Ramirez Carrasco and Price Hill artist Lizzy DuQuette, will lead the community in the Latin American tradition of making colorful sawdust carpets called “alfombras.” Traditionally, alfombra-making begins on the last Sunday before Easter and, much like the sandpainting practiced by Southwestern Native Americans or Buddhist monks in Tibet, is a reminder of the impermanence of life. There will be other art-making activities throughout the day, including opportunities to make your own mini alfombras using designs created by students at the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, plus a concert by the MYCincinnati Bucketeers at 2:30 p.m. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Warsaw Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill, mycincinnatiorchestra.org.

'Glengarry Glen Ross'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
ONSTAGE: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
A-B-C: “Always Be Closing.” That’s the mantra of four desperate Chicago real estate agents, locked in close to mortal combat to become top dog. In David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winner from 1984, these guys are selling worthless real estate to unwitting buyers and will stop at nothing — lies, bribery, betrayal, flattery, even intimidation and burglary — to make what they think of as an honest living. Cincinnati Landmark Productions takes another stab at establishing its Incline Theater in East Price Hill as a place to see serious drama. Can they sell it? Time will tell. Through April 24. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

SUNDAY 10
Photo: Cassandre Crawford
ATTRACTIONS: ZOO BLOOMS
While the Cincinnati Zoo is known for its diverse collection of animals, it’s also home to one of Ohio’s two accredited botanical gardens. Now is the time to catch the garden at its finest with Zoo Blooms, a display of more than one million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and shrubs blooming throughout the park. While the Cincinnati Zoo is known for its diverse collection of animals, it’s also home to one of Ohio’s two accredited botanical gardens. Now is the time to catch the garden at its finest with Zoo Blooms, a display of more than one million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and shrubs blooming throughout the park. Zoo Blooms on display through April. Free with admission; $13-$27. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org

'Butterflies of the Carribean'
Photo: Cincinnati Park Board
ATTRACTIONS: BUTTERFLIES OF THE CARIBBEAN 

Krohn Conservatory’s annual extremely popular and extremely beautiful International Butterfly Show returns with Butterflies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a collection of cultures and colorful islands connected by a bright blue sea, and the flora, fauna and free-flying butterflies of this exhibit reflect that whimsical seaside attitude. Find white sand, a coral reef, palm trees and an island-inspired floral display in the pinks and yellows of a Caribbean sunset. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through June 19. $7 adults; $4 children. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com


Dennis Parlato and Regina Pugh in Annapurna
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: ANNAPURNA

Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of nourishment. It’s also the name given to one of the most dangerous Himalayan climbing peaks, the 10th highest in the world, with a horrendous fatality rate of 40 percent. That lonely, dangerous place might offer a hint as to some of the perils and pleasures of Sharr White’s new play that has appropriated this name. The comedy-drama reveals the tangled history between two once-married, ferociously damaged people who battle an avalanche of love and loss in the wilds of Colorado. Two actors familiar to ETC audiences star: Regina Pugh and Dennis Parlato. Through April 10. $28-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org


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FRIDAY

ONSTAGE: THE BOOK OF MORMON

Back by popular demand, the record-breaking The Book of Mormon endeavors to replicate the hit show from Broadway, where it won nine Tony Awards. This tour takes no shortcuts, with an energetic cast of 30 performing the book, music and lyrics created by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. Scott Pask’s vibrant scenic design (piously framed by the outline of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City) shifts cinematically from a wasted village in Uganda to reverent Biblical scenes to a “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,” replete with tap-dancing devils. Don’t doubt — just go see The Book of Mormon. You’ll be converted. Through April 3. Tickets start at $44. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org


Photo: Cassandre Crawford
ATTRACTION: ZOO BLOOMS
While the Cincinnati Zoo is known for its diverse collection of animals, it’s also home to one of Ohio’s two accredited botanical gardens. Now is the time to catch the garden at its finest with Zoo Blooms, a display of more than one million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and shrubs blooming throughout the park. Although these flowers don’t sing like those in Alice in Wonderland, the accompanying Tunes & Blooms series allows guests to check out the fantastic florals after hours with live music from some of Cincinnati’s favorite bands on Thursday evenings; concerts start April 7 with Honey & Houston and Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle. Zoo Blooms on display through April. Free with admission; $13-$27. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org

Circuit des Yeux
Photo: Julia Dratel
MUSIC: CIRCUIT DES YEUX
Circuit des Yeux is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/sound-sculptor Haley Fohr, who began mixing experimental soundscapes and evocative Indie/Psych Folk songs during college in Bloomington, Ind. before moving to Chicago in 2012. Recording and performing exclusively as a solo artist for years, Fohr’s touring isolation and immersion in Chicago’s avant-garde music scene helped open her up to more collaboration, resulting in last year’s striking In Plain Speech, Circuit des Yeux’s first album for Thrill Jockey Records. While still full of mystique and experimentation, the album is Fohr’s most resonant work yet, with her riveting baritone vocals surrounded by Chamber strings and oscillating atmospherics. Circuit des Yeux’s Cincy stop also features Seattle’s Mammifer, local cellist/singer/songwriter Kate Wakefield and a solo set from Tweens’ driving force, Bridget Battle. 10 p.m. Friday. $5. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com

Guillermo Galindo
Photo: Wave Pool
ART: A PURPOSELESS PLAY AT WAVE POOL
A purposeless play is a term the great experimentalist John Cage coined to describe the joy of music, and it’s being used as the title of a Wave Pool exhibit in which Cincinnati artist Mark Harris and San Franciscan Guillermo Galindo display work inspired by Cage’s embrace of the avant-garde in music. The show opens Friday with two performances. At 7 p.m., Harris’ “Messthetics” presentation will involve playing Post-Punk DIY vinyl records. At 8 p.m., Galindo — also a composer — will give a mock medical trial/experiment called “The Primal Acoustics Healing Method” involving sonic therapy. Opening reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. On view through May 7. Free. 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, wavepoolgallery.org

Piston Society Grand Opening
Photo: Facebook
EVENT: PISTON SOCIETY GRAND OPENING
Cruise by the grand opening of the new Piston Society motorcycle shop in Over-the-Rhine this April Fools Day. No joke, there will be a 10 percent-off sale Friday and Saturday along with free beer, soda, wine and snacks, plus a Biltwell Gringo helmet up for grabs as a door prize. The urban boutique sells unique riding gear along with local goods and offers a variety of motorcycles and urban scooters for rent — they’ll even design the perfect route for you to explore. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1428 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, pistonsociety.com.

Artwork: Sophie Neslund
ART: UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI DAAP MASTERS OF ART THESIS EXHIBIT AT THE CAC
As the only local art school that offers an advanced degree in Fine Art, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning’s MFA program has long been part and parcel of the area’s arts scene. Several years ago, the CAC began exhibiting the thesis work of DAAP MFA grads — a demonstration of commitment by an art institution that in the past had struggled with engaging the city’s artistic community, but now models collaboration over competition, a refreshing and needed change of pace. On Friday, 15 soon-to-be graduate artists will exhibit their thesis artwork inside the only museum in town that was built expressly for showing and fostering the work of living artists. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday. On view through April 17. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.


SATURDAY

Northside Record Fair
EVENT: NORTHSIDE RECORD FAIR

The Northside Record Fair brings vinyl nerds together to buy, sell, trade and geek out. Hundreds of collectors and vendors from across the Midwest will gather to hawk thousands of records, CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, reel-to-reels, posters, concert DVDs, zines and other music memorabilia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $5; $10 early-bird 10 a.m. entry. Northside Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northsiderecordfair.com

Over the Moon Vintage Market
EVENT: OVER THE MOON VINTAGE MARKET SPRING SHOW
Whether your decorating style is Parisian, shabby chic, industrial, bohemian, prairie or rusty, Over the Moon Vintage Market has something for you. The market’s 35-plus vendors sell vintage, new and upcycled items, including furniture, décor and artisan jewelry for designers, vintage fashionistas, DIY experts and repurposers alike. 4-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50 and Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind., facebook.com/overthemoonvintagemarket

State Roadway Cleanup
Photo: Provided
GET INVOLVED: STATE ROADWAY CLEANUP
Join forces with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to give some of the city’s dirtiest roadways a much-needed makeover. The nonprofit’s annual State Roadway Cleanup brings hundreds of volunteers together to pick up litter along Interstates 71 and 75. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful hopes that keeping these heavily traveled highways clean will make a positive impression on visitors and encourage them to “live, work and play” in Cincinnati. Volunteers will be divided into groups and assigned to specific portions of the highways, including entrance and exit ramps. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free; online registration required. Meet at the Ohio Department of Transportation, 1400 Seymour Ave., Downtown, keepcincinnatibeautiful.org

Black Tusk
Photo: Geoff Johnson
MUSIC: BLACK TUSK
Savannah, Ga. is well-known for its rich Southern traditions, its gorgeous architecture and public squares, and its amazing array of historical homes, churches and cemeteries. One of Savannah’s lesser-known points of interest is its healthy crop of Stoner Metal bands, including Kylesa, Baroness, Circle Takes the Square and Black Tusk. Black Tusk formed 11 years ago when guitarist/vocalist Andrew Fidler, bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon and drummer/vocalist James May simultaneously found themselves without bands after the implosion of their Punk outfits. Since they all lived on the same street, Fidler and Athon simply walked down the block and asked May if he wanted to jam with them. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Black Tusk plays the Southgate House Revival Saturday with The Well and Cephalocoitus. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.

SUNDAY
Fred Hersch
Photo: John Abbott
MUSIC: FRED HERSCH 
Cincinnati native Fred Hersch is one of the most respected and celebrated artists in Jazz today. The imaginative and versatile pianist, bandleader and composer, who has lived in New York City since the mid-’70s, boasts a remarkable discography that includes releases for labels like Nonesuch, Concord, Chesky and Angel/EMI. Those releases have notched Hersch eight Grammy nominations and a stack of glowing reviews that could reach the moon. Fred Hersch plays a solo concert Sunday as part of Xavier University's Jazz/Swing Series. More info: xavier.edu/musicseries/.

EVENT: DUTTENHOFER'S BOOKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Clifton landmark Duttenhofer’s Books — an independent purveyor of rare, old and used books on topics ranging from literature and architecture to poetry, philosophy, history and more — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend with a sale and party. Take 20 percent off your purchase, and celebrate with cake and refreshments on Sunday. The shop features more than 40,000 volumes, so you can literally spend two days searching for a perfect tome. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 214 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, duttenhofersbook.com

'Butterflies of the Carribean'
Photo: Cincinnati Park Board
ATTRACTION: BUTTERFLIES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Krohn Conservatory’s annual extremely popular and extremely beautiful International Butterfly Show returns with Butterflies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a collection of cultures and colorful islands connected by a bright blue sea, and the flora, fauna and free-flying butterflies of this exhibit reflect that whimsical seaside attitude. Find white sand, a coral reef, palm trees and an island-inspired floral display in the pinks and yellows of a Caribbean sunset. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through June 19. $7 adults; $4 children. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com


MONDAY 

Opening Day Parade
Photo: Jennifer Hoffman
EVENT: FINDLAY MARKET OPENING DAY PARADE

Opening Day might not be an official local holiday, but we take our season opener pretty damn seriously, so be prepared to wrap up work early on Monday and head downtown ASAP. The celebration begins promptly at noon with the 97th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, led by grand marshal Lou Piniella, manager of the Reds’ 1990 World Championship team. Participants from more than 200 businesses and groups will make their way from the market down Race Street and east onto Fifth, walking, marching, biking, driving and operating floats all the way to the Taft Theatre. Fountain Square is one of the best spots to watch, offering both a great view and a beer-centric (and philanthropic) after party. The 14th-annual Rally on the Square (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) is community service group Give Back Cincinnati’s biggest fundraiser of the year; members will pour concoctions from MadTree Brewing all afternoon, so drink up for a good cause. Just make sure to arrive at Great American Ball Park no later than 4:10 p.m., when the Reds take the field and face off against the Phillies. Play ball! Parade begins noon Monday. Free. Route begins at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-500-7554, findlaymarketparade.org. See more opening day events here.












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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List]]> FRIDAY 25
EVENT: ART AFTER DARK: 30 AMERICANS

Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum for the latest installment of after-hours party Art After Dark to celebrate the new exhibit 30 Americans. Some of the most important African-American artists have their work showcased in the provocative display, which focuses on race, gender and historical identity in contemporary culture through painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation. Take guided tours of the exhibit and watch performances from Elementz, DJ Apryl Reign and violinist Eddy Kwon. 5-9 p.m., Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

'Annapurna'
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: ANNAPURNA
Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of nourishment. It’s also the name given to one of the most dangerous Himalayan climbing peaks, the 10th highest in the world, with a horrendous fatality rate of 40 percent. That lonely, dangerous place might offer a hint as to some of the perils and pleasures of Sharr White’s new play that has appropriated this name. The comedy-drama reveals the tangled history between two once-married, ferociously damaged people who battle an avalanche of love and loss in the wilds of Colorado. Two actors familiar to ETC audiences star: Regina Pugh and Dennis Parlato. Through April 10. $28-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org.

Photo: Courtney Huber
ART: FINAL SHOW AT PHYLLIS WESTON GALLERY
Phyllis Weston Gallery is closing after the December death of the grande dame of Cincinnati’s visual art, Phyllis Weston. Pop-up shows will round out the last month of business. First is a group exhibit featuring digitally manipulated photos of long-ago street scenes from gallery director Courtney Huber, feminist Rococo-style drawings by Colleen Kelsey of Dayton and ethereal prints by Cincinnatian Emily Sites Karns. Former artist-in-residence Max Unterhaslberger, now living in Chicago, will return April 14 with a series exploring color. The final exhibit, a one-night event tentatively scheduled for April 28, will showcase world-renowned wildlife painter John Ruthven and bring Weston’s legacy full circle. In the 1960s, Weston gave Ruthven — who still works in his Georgetown, Ohio, studio at age 91 — his first major show. On view through April 2. Free. Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 ½ Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-5200, phyllisweston.com.

Photo: Melvin Grier
ART: WHITE PEOPLE A RETROSPECTIVE
Jymi Bolden, director of Art Beyond Boundaries gallery, has curated an encore exhibition of work by award-winning former Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier that “looks at the majority through a minority’s eyes.” Bolden and Grier have known each other since Bolden interned for the photographer as a student at the Art Academy in the 1980s. And although Grier retired from journalism when the Post folded in late 2007, 33 years of working in the field often led him to capture moments and circumstances in which he was the only person of color in the room. If it’s anything like the artist’s exhibition of the same name at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in 2011, White People: A Retrospective will employ a black male lens aimed squarely at white America. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday. On view through May 13. Free. 1410 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, artbeyondboundaries.com.

Lazyeyes
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: LAZYEYES
With the resurgence and return of Shoegaze giants like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Swervedriver, it’s not surprising that contemporary bands following a similar sonic arc are enjoying a little added attention as a result. Brooklyn-based Lazyeyes has only emerged from the New York scene over the past four years, but the band has amassed a serious following with two EPs, a pair of singles and a lot of local and regional gigging, all of which highlight the trio’s Strokes-like Garage Pop swing, Shoegaze intensity and Dream Pop melodicism. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Lazyeyes plays MOTR Pub Friday with Beverly. More info: motrpub.com.

SATURDAY 26

EVENT: BRAXTON BREWING ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Braxton celebrates a year of lifting one to life with a bottle release of Trophy Pale Ale, live music in the nearby MadLot (Red Wanting Blue, Motherfolk, The Tillers and Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle), new beers on draft (a Catalyst Czech Pilsner, 1st Gear Belgian IPA and Yesterday’s Headlines Berliner Weisse) and a Trophy Grant. Five percent of proceeds from Trophy Pale Ale sales are donated back into Northern Kentucky community projects. The Trophy Grant is an accumulation from the past year’s Trophy sales, presented to a local nonprofit. Noon. Free admission. Braxton Brewing Company, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, Ky., facebook.com/braxtonbrewingcompany.

'Miles Ahead'
Photo: via IMDb
EVENT: MILES AHEAD SCREENING AND AFTER PARTY
Actor/director Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead — a poignant exploration of famed Jazz musician Miles Davis — was filmed in the Queen City, and the Esquire is rolling out the red carpet this weekend for an advanced screening and celebration. Beginning with a red carpet arrival, festivities continue after the screening with a party at The Transept, OTR’s recently renovated church-turned-event space. Keep an eye out for Cheadle, who will be in attendance. 6 p.m. Red Carpet Arrival; 7 p.m. screening; 9 p.m. after party Saturday. $200 screening and after party; $50 after party only. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, filmcincinnati.com.

MUSIC: BOYZ II MEN
Motown Philly back again. Horseshoe Casino welcomes Grammy-winning R&B group Boyz II Men this weekend for a sold-out show. The best-selling vocal quartet-turned-trio belts out their most iconic emotional ballads, including (hopefully) “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You” in the casino’s Pavilion. If you don’t have tickets already, wander the building and see if you can hear some muffled smooth jams. 8 p.m. Saturday. $43-$53. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton, horseshoecincinnati.com.

'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
You think you have problems with your mother? You should compare notes with Maureen Folan about her maternal relations. In Irish writer Martin McDonagh’s 1996 play, it’s more like outright warfare between Maureen and Mag. It’s been said that mutual loathing might be more durable than love, but this is one painful household in rural Ireland, as they argue and torture one another. Dark Irish humor permeates McDonagh’s writing, and it requires a certain temerity to appreciate it. In the close confines of Falcon Theatre’s Newport space, this will be a powerful experience. Staged by veteran local director Ed Cohen. Through April 2. $15-$20. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 513-479-6783, falcontheatre.net.

'Butterflies of the Carribean'
Photo: Cincinnati Park Board
ATTRACTIONS: BUTTERFLIES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Krohn Conservatory’s annual extremely popular and extremely beautiful International Butterfly Show returns with Butterflies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a collection of cultures and colorful islands connected by a bright blue sea, and the flora, fauna and free-flying butterflies of this exhibit reflect that whimsical seaside attitude. Find white sand, a coral reef, palm trees and an island-inspired floral display in the pinks and yellows of a Caribbean sunset. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through June 19. $7 adults; $4 children. 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com.

SUNDAY 27
'Iris'
Photo: Magnolia Pictures
FILM: IRIS

Cincinnati Art Museum’s free “Moving Images” film series resumes after a short hiatus with one of the great documentarian Albert Maysles’ last films, 2014’s Iris. It celebrates Iris Apfel, a 94-year-old New York style-maker known for her unique look; she combines designer and flea market pieces, accentuated with colorful accessories and oversized signature Mr. Magoo-like eyewear. She was the subject of a fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

ONSTAGE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Harper Lee passed away last month, but her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of justice and racial inequality lives on, not only as a novel and its memorable cinematic rendition, but also in Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation. Eric Ting, a new associate artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse, has given a more timeless rendition to the story of a valiant attorney with moral integrity defending a wrongly accused black man, bringing it to life in a bare theater. His approach sounds fascinating. Stage veteran Dale Hodges narrates the story in the role of the adult Scout, and the cast features numerous other local performers. Through April 10. $35-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com.

EVENT: HOLIDAY JAZZ BUFFET
Washington Platform hosts a holiday Jazz buffet to celebrate Easter. Buffet includes breakfast and lunch options, with live music from the Mike Sharfe Trio. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 adults; $21 seniors; $7 children. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110, washingtonplatform.com.

EVENT: EASTER BRUNCH AT METROPOLE

Chef Jared Bennett presents a two-course prix fixe menu full of farm-fresh ingredients, including dishes like Challah bread pudding, frittata with fingerling potatoes and a special a la carte kid’s menu. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25. Metropole, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6660, metropoleonwalnut.com.

EVENT: EASTER BRUNCH AT VIA VITE
Authentic Italian brunch favorites, including braised pork belly and navy bean ragout, stone-fired pizza, penne Bolognese, crispy gnocchi and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 adult; $15 child. Via Vite, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, 513-721-8483, viaviterestaurant.com.

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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List]]> FRIDAY
MUSIC: MUSICNOW
Though the Cincinnati natives of The National didn’t form their internationally successful Indie Rock band until they’d all moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., the band’s guitarist, Bryce Dessner, keeps strong musical ties to the Queen City in the shape of his annual MusicNOW festival, a unique, collaborative and creatively curated new music event that is now in its 11th year.  Blending Indie musicians with players and composers from the modern Classical and Chamber music worlds (a reflection of Dessner’s own musical experience), MusicNOW’s premieres and rare collaborations make it the definition of a “one-of-a-kind” event. You are guaranteed to see and hear many things at MusicNOW that you will never see or hear again. It’s a unique experience for the musicians, as well, with many going on to work together after their MusicNOW interactions. Read more about the festival in this week's Sound AdviceMusicNOW takes place Friday through Sunday at Music Hall and Cincinnati Masonic Center Auditorium. More info: musicnowfestival.org.

George Balanchine’s 'Who Cares?'
Photo: © Luke Isley
DANCE: WILD SWEET LOVE
This triple-bill collaboration between Cincinnati Ballet and BalletMet Columbus is presented in three distinct pieces: Wild Sweet Love, Who Cares? and Age of Innocence. The night begins with the namesake Wild Sweet Love, an exploration of love’s ups and downs with contemporary music from artists as varied as Roberta Flack and Queen. George Balanchine’s Who Cares? follows — a full corps de ballet encompassing the spirit of Broadway with familiar songs like “The Man I Love” and “I Got Rhythm.” BalletMet Columbus rounds out the night with Age of Innocence, a modern piece inspired by Jane Austen and named for an Edith Wharton novel. Read more about the performance here. This weekend also offers Ballet Toybox at the Aronoff, an interactive storybook ballet aimed at children ages 3-12 (2 p.m. Sunday; $20). 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $32-$105. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-5282, cballet.org

'Carnal Worship'
Photo: Provided
ART: CARNAL WORSHIP AT GLACIER GALLERY
Glacier Gallery, a new contemporary art space in the front half of the former semantics gallery in Brighton, will showcase the work of illustrators Gabby Gash and Robert Inman in an exhibition entitled Carnal Worship. According to the gallery’s press release, the show focuses on an excessive fascination with the erotic. Prints of Gash’s and Inman’s individual works will be on view and the opening coincides with the release of Realicide Youth Record’s newest art zine, which will be available for sale onsite. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday. On view through April 1. Free. Glacier Gallery, 1107 Harrison Ave., Brighton, facebook.com/glaciergallery

In an era noted for short-attention spans, Titus Andronicus made a 93-minute Rock opera.
Photo: Matthew Greeley
MUSIC: TITUS ANDRONICUS
Grandiose ambitions are nothing new to Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles. The name of his band is lifted from Shakespeare. The group’s second album, The Monitor, was a sprawling concept album based on the American Civil War. And, among many other pressing themes and preoccupations, the dangers of contemporary capitalism remain a constant topic of conversation. But Stickles and his merry band of pranksters might have topped themselves with their fourth long-player, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a five-act, 29-song, 93-minute “Rock opera” that the lanky, copiously bearded frontman has described as a “complicated metaphor about manic depression, melding elements of philosophy, psychology and science fiction through the plight of one troubled protagonist’s inner demons.” Read an interview with Stickles here. Titus Andronicus plays Friday in Taft Theatre’s Ballroom. Tickets/more info: tafttheatre.org.

They Might Be Giants
Photo: Shervin Lainez
MUSIC: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Back in the golden year of 1987, I discovered the aural and visual joys of They Might Be Giants almost simultaneously. John James, my boss/friend at Cincinnati’s Wizard Records, had recommended They Might Be Giants’ 1986 debut album, and within weeks of that initial headsmack, I experienced their nonsensically surreal homemade video for “(Put Your Hand Inside) The Puppet Head,” shown when the band was a guest on the nonsensically surreal late-night gabfest, The Joe Franklin Show. Franklin was a charming but gauzily clueless vaudevillian who hosted his cable program seemingly in his basement; throughout the segment he never got the band’s name right, vacillating between They May Be Giants to They Must Be Giants. John Flansburgh and John Linnell were beyond giddy for the entire segment. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. They Might Be Giants plays Madison Theater Friday. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com.

EVENT: MILLENNICON
Chewie, set the hyperdrive for the Clarion Hotel: Millennicon, the literary-based sci-fi convention, returns for its 30th year. Explore the future of the unknown with a weekend full of programming. Events include panels on topics ranging from Doctor Who to authentic Victorian underpinnings, readings from sci-fi authors, group gaming sessions, anime screenings, talent shows, a masquerade ball, dealer rooms, door prizes and much more. Fandoms, food, fantasy, filking and more will be covered. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Miami Valley Fandom for Literacy. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $45. Clarion Hotel, 3855 Hauck Road, Sharonville, millennicon.org

'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
You think you have problems with your mother? You should compare notes with Maureen Folan about her maternal relations. In Irish writer Martin McDonagh’s 1996 play, it’s more like outright warfare between Maureen and Mag. It’s been said that mutual loathing might be more durable than love, but this is one painful household in rural Ireland, as they argue and torture one another. Dark Irish humor permeates McDonagh’s writing, and it requires a certain temerity to appreciate it. In the close confines of Falcon Theatre’s Newport space, this will be a powerful experience. Staged by veteran local director Ed Cohen. Through April 2. $15-$20. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 513-479-6783, falcontheatre.net

SATURDAY
Rihanna
Photo: rihannanow.com
MUSIC: RIHANNA
Admit it: You sing along to Rihanna’s “Work” in the car and are only slightly annoyed when it’s stuck in your head. Stop pretending and let loose this Saturday when her Anti World Tour stops by U.S. Bank Arena. Anti, Rihanna’s eighth studio album, is the first to be released since 2012’s Unapologetic; it rocketed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart just a week after its release. Now is your chance to work (work work work work work) it with Rihanna herself (sans Drake). Hip Hop/Rap artist Travis Scott opens. 7:30 p.m. show; 6 p.m. doors Saturday. $30.50-$126. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, 513-421-4111, usbankarena.com

Day of Happiness
Photo: Provided
EVENT: DAY OF HAPPINESS
Mayor John Cranley has officially declared March 19 Cincinnati’s Day of Happiness, falling just a day before the international campaign, which has been recognized since 2013. Celebrate on Fountain Square with a slew of activities dedicated to inspiring people and raising awareness on how to make the world a happier place. Watch the square come alive with laughter yoga, kids art stations and a crowd-wide “happy dance.” Post your #HappyActs on the social media Happiness Wall. 11a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

Elephant Stone
Photo: Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley
MUSIC: ELEPHANT STONE
Many of today’s Psych Rock bands have a sound that can be traced back to a certain period in music history. For Canada’s Elephant Stone, that moment is when George Harrison first put a sitar on a Beatles track. While the group continues to experiment with elements of Indian music (beyond the sitar, the band has used tabla and the esraj on its releases) within its engaging Pop Rock style, recent song previews from Elephant Stone’s forthcoming album show the band expanding its approach; superb singles like “The Devil’s Shelter,” “Where I’m Going” and “Andromeda” are reminiscent of British Shoegaze and Psychedelia artists of the ’80s and ’90s like Primal Scream and another “Stone” band — Stone Roses. The band’s Cincinnati show — coming just after a visit to Texas’ South By Southwest festival — also features Columbus, Ohio’s Indigo Wild. 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com

COMEDY: JOHN HEFFRON
On stage, comedian John Heffron likes to talk about what’s going on in his life, particularly his marriage. He’s conscious of his audience, though, and realizes some of the 20-somethings might not be able to relate to marriage jokes — but he’s certainly not shy about offering advice when it comes to relationships. “I joke about marriage because it’d be really boring on stage if I went on and said ‘I love marriage. My marriage is awesome,’ ” he says. His wife, meanwhile, takes it all in stride. “She really can’t complain. She has a house and car.” Her only occasional criticisms are of his actual performances. “She’ll bust me if she thinks I’m phoning it in.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $15-$48. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Township, 513-779-5233. liberty.funnybone.com

'King Me'
Photo: Nina M Dot
ART: KING ME AT THE GLOBE GALLERY
Nina Wells, who goes by the artistic name Nina M Dot, opens her photographic exhibition at the Globe Gallery on Friday evening featuring lenticular portraits of local men of color contrasted with images of themselves dressed as kings. Wells aims to restore the perception of these men’s self-value by applying a what-you-see-is-what-you-become mindset. “It is a platform for men of color to better understand their value in this world,” she says in a press release. A recipient of People’s Liberty’s $15,000 Globe grant, the artist’s message of black male empowerment will be accessible to small group audiences on opening night in 20-minute increments to allow for a more intimate viewing experience. On view through May 7. Free. 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, peoplesliberty.org, reserve viewing space at tinyurl.com/jc85f4m.

SUNDAY
Art on Vine
Photo: Photography for the People
EVENT: ART ON VINE
Get your monthly shopping fix by browsing works by local artists and craftspeople at Art on Vine. This boutique art fair showcases fine art, handmade goods and photography from more than 60 local makers. If you’d like to keep it local after shopping, bring proof of your Art on Vine purchase to A Tavola and receive 10 percent off your total bill. 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com

'Emma'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: EMMA
Pretty much all you need to do to sell theater tickets these days is attach Jane Austen’s name to a show. No zombies in Emma à la the current film adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Cincinnati Shakespeare is on the bandwagon with another stage adaptation by Jon Jory, the longtime leader of Actors Theatre of Louisville; his renditions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have been bestsellers for the classic theater company. This production is all about girls — directed by 12-year ensemble member Kelly Mengelkoch and featuring second-year ensemble member Courtney Lucien as Emma Wodehouse, the amateur matchmaker whose efforts don’t unfold quite as planned. Through March 26. $14-$36. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com. 

ONSTAGE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Harper Lee passed away last month, but her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of justice and racial inequality lives on, not only as a novel and its memorable cinematic rendition, but also in Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation. Eric Ting, a new associate artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse, has given a more timeless rendition to the story of a valiant attorney with moral integrity defending a wrongly accused black man, bringing it to life in a bare theater. His approach sounds fascinating. Stage veteran Dale Hodges narrates the story in the role of the adult Scout, and the cast features numerous other local performers. Through April 10. $35-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

Daubigny's 'Sunset Near Villerville'
Photo: The Mesdag Collection, The Hague
ART: DAUBIGNY, MONET, VAN GOGH: IMPRESSIONS OF LANDSCAPE
The Taft Museum of Art’s chief curator, Lynne Ambrosini, has spent 14 years organizing the Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape show that opens Saturday and believes it will be one of the museum’s most important presentations. Inspired by the fact that the Taft owns three Charles-François Daubigny oil paintings, Ambrosini’s exhibition aims to prove that this 19th-century French landscape painter served as a major, unheralded harbinger of Impressionism. The exhibition, for which you must buy a timed ticket, has 40 Daubigny paintings and also 15 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist ones by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Camille Pissarro. Through May 29. $15 adult; $10 child. 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org

TV: THE PASSION
A live musical depiction of Jesus’ final moments, featuring Tyler Perry, Chris Daughtry, Trisha Yearwood and Seal. Sure! 8 p.m. FOX.

TV: THE WALKING DEAD
Daryl reunites with his bike while Eugene parts ways with his signature mullet. 9 p.m. AMC.

TV: GIRLS
Hannah and her mom attend a “Spring Queening” women’s retreat; Shosh gets a surprise in Japan; Adam (and the audience!) meets Jessa’s sister. 10 p.m. HBO.

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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List]]> FRIDAY

EVENT: THE MINI MICROCINEMA

Last year, the Mini Microcinema demonstrated that many Cincinnatians crave opportunities to take film seriously as an art form and communications medium — and now it’s back for a return engagement. C. Jacqueline Wood opens the 2016 iteration of The Mini at The Carnegie in Covington, with a screening of Roger Beebe’s multiple-projector work and the Cartoon Research Laboratory’s presentation of classic cartoons along with contemporary animation. For more details and future screening information, visit The Mini’s website. Opening 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. Through April 23. Free. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., mini-cinema.org.

'King Me'
Photo: Nina M Dot
ART: KING ME
Nina Wells, who goes by the artistic name Nina M Dot, opens her photographic exhibition at the Globe Gallery on Friday evening featuring lenticular portraits of local men of color contrasted with images of themselves dressed as kings. Wells aims to restore the perception of these men’s self-value by applying a what-you-see-is-what-you-become mindset. “It is a platform for men of color to better understand their value in this world,” she says in a press release. A recipient of People’s Liberty’s $15,000 Globe grant, the artist’s message of black male empowerment will be accessible to small group audiences on opening night in 20-minute increments to allow for a more intimate viewing experience. On view through May 7. Free. 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, peoplesliberty.org, reserve viewing space at tinyurl.com/jc85f4m.

L-R: Louis Griffin, Ben Biggers, John Battagliese and Chris Collins-Pisano in American Idiot
Photo: Mark Lyons
ONSTAGE: AMERICAN IDIOT
The show is not easy to watch: American Idiot takes a hard, cynical look at jaded youth who struggle with the expectations of the American Dream and come to epitomize a generation that failed to launch. By the story’s end, Johnny, Will and Tunny have moved on with their lives — getting beyond dreams and accepting the hard lessons of maturity. They’re not necessarily happy, but they can have stable, if unimaginative lives. The show’s final lyric in “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” sums it up: “It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.” A dark, punkish attitude, to be sure, but one we can learn from. Read more about American Idiot here. American Idiot at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is onstage at Patricia Corbett Theater Thursday through March 13. More info: ccm.uc.edu.

ONSTAGE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Harper Lee passed away last month, but her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of justice and racial inequality lives on, not only as a novel and its memorable cinematic rendition, but also in Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation. Eric Ting, a new associate artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse, has given a more timeless rendition to the story of a valiant attorney with moral integrity defending a wrongly accused black man, bringing it to life in a bare theater. His approach sounds fascinating. Stage veteran Dale Hodges narrates the story in the role of the adult Scout, and the cast features numerous other local performers. Through April 10. $35-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

We Banjo 3
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: WE BANJO 3
There are so many odd signifiers and dichotomies in the composition of We Banjo 3 that it’s worth identifying as many as possible. Let’s start with the group’s titular and misdirecting “3.” There are actually four members of WB3, two sets of Irish brothers, and only two banjos, played by Enda Scahill and Martin Howley (who also play mandolin and guitar); acoustic guitarist David Howley (who occasionally plays banjo) and fiddler/percussionist Fergal Scahill rounding out the group. Hailing from Ireland, the quartet characterizes its sound as Celtgrass, a combination of the members’ native roots and Americanized Bluegrass. Since Country and Bluegrass are largely a product of British Folk and the Celtic musical tradition, it’s an interesting hybrid. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. We Banjo 3 plays Live! at the Ludlow Garage Friday. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com.

TV: FLAKED
New dark comedy from Will Arnett and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. Arnett stars as Chip (popular name!), a recovering alcoholic and an AA leader in the tight-knit community of Venice, Calif., who’s past and bullshitting ways begin to catch up with him. Series premiere. Netflix.

SATURDAY
St. Patrick's Day Parade
EVENT: SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Remember to wear green or you’ll get pinched at the 50th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Smale Riverfront Park might be the prime viewing location to see the parade this year as it follows a new route along the river from Paul Brown Stadium to Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street. Rain or shine, the McGing Irish Dancers will step dance their way down the parade route, along with floats, bagpipers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and more. This year’s honorary grand marshals are Chris and Janeen from WGRR’s “Married with Microphones.” Noon Saturday. Free. Parade leaves from Mehring Way and Central Avenue, Downtown, cincystpatsparade.com


Saint Patrick's Day Celebration on Fountain Square
Photo: 3CDC

EVENT: SAINT PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Join Cincinnati’s Irish (and non-Irish) brethren on the Square for a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. The all-day party features live Celtic Rock from the likes of The Kells and Fintan, Guinness on tap and themed merchandise for those who forget to wear green. Have a beer and practice your Irish step on the Square. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

Diane Teramana film screening at Wave Pool
Photo: Provided by Wave Pool
FILM: DIANE TERAMANA FILM SCREENING AT WAVE POOL
New York-based video artist Diane Teramana will screen a few of her videos created in the early ’90s as a response to the controversy over the Robert Mapplethorpe obscenity trial. Teramana videotaped the opening of The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati and made a subsequent film documenting “current nation artists who don’t mind letting it ‘all hang out,’ ” she says in her artist statement. The film demonstrates Mapplethorpe’s connection to other contemporary artists who, in performance, sculpture, painting and installation, have likewise depicted the nude form without a hint of shame or resultant debate. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, wavepoolgallery.org

SPORTS: CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS HOME OPENER
In the first game of its 10th-anniversary season, the Cincinnati Rollergirls face off in a double-header against Rochester, N.Y.’s Roc City Roller Derby. Get hyped before the game — tailgating is encouraged — grab a $1 beer during happy hour and cheer on the team at the historic Cincinnati Gardens. All season long, home games feature CRG’s varsity and junior varsity teams, the Black Sheep and the Violent Lambs. 6 p.m. Saturday. $14 adults; $6 kids 7-12; free for kids 6 and younger. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Norwood, 513-631-7793, cincinnatirollergirls.com.  

'Canstruction'
Photo: Provided
ART: CANSTRUCTION
See the Cincinnati Chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Society for Design Administration’s entries for Canstruction, the international design and building competition. Local teams race to build sculptures created entirely from packaged food, all of which will be donated to Freestore Foodbank after the competition. With family-friendly guided treks to the sculptures on Saturday mornings, it’s the perfect outing to witness how art and design fuse with public service. On view through March 27. Free. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery

Tristate Noah Project
Photo: Provided by Laura Bamberger
EVENT: MEOWSQUERADE BALL
This animal-themed fiesta is the annual fundraiser for the Tristate Noah Project, a no-kill rescue with the ultimate goal of becoming the first free-roaming sanctuary in the Tristate for farm and domestic animals. Become your favorite animal with the help of resident face painters, and preserve the moment in a masquerade-themed photo booth. Locally based belly dance and music troupe the Keshvar Project performs throughout the evening, and DJ Mowgli keeps the party going all night long. Ticket price includes lite bites, a silent auction and a cash bar. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $25. Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Covington, Ky., tristatenoahproject.com. 

TV: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 
Ariana Grande hosts and performs. 11:30 p.m. NBC.

SUNDAY 
EVENT: TASTE OF INDIA 
You can have a dose of Indian culture and eat it, too, with free samples of Indian dishes and performances at the 19th-annual Taste of India presented by the Association for India’s Development. In addition to mouthwatering Indian food, the celebration includes a display of Rangoli art, henna tattoos and colorful Indian clothing, jewelry and other handicrafts. See the bright culture come to life with a performance of Bollywood song and dance routines and folk dances. With free admission, it’s the perfect opportunity for those who’d love to embark to India but can’t afford that pricey airline ticket. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Tangeman University Center, University of Cincinnati, 2766 UC MainStreet, Clifton Heights, cincinnati.aidindia.org

Buddy Guy
Photo: Josh Cheuse
MUSIC: EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR

For a living, breathing testament to the wide-ranging influence guitar innovator Jimi Hendrix had (and continues to have) on contemporary music, one need only glance at the lineup for this year’s Experience Hendrix tour, an annual traveling tribute to the Rock legend featuring current artists performing Hendrix’s music. His unparalleled guitar approach has touched musicians across generations and genres, and he was one of the rare musicians to actually change how an instrument is played. His style was magical, otherworldly and to this day fans and musicians listen and wonder, “How the hell did he do that?” Read more in this week's Sound Advice. The Experience Hendrix tour takes place Sunday at Taft Theatre. More info/tickets: tafttheatre.org.

'Emma'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: EMMA
Pretty much all you need to do to sell theater tickets these days is attach Jane Austen’s name to a show. No zombies in Emma à la the current film adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Cincinnati Shakespeare is on the bandwagon with another stage adaptation by Jon Jory, the longtime leader of Actors Theatre of Louisville; his renditions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have been bestsellers for the classic theater company. This production is all about girls — directed by 12-year ensemble member Kelly Mengelkoch and featuring second-year ensemble member Courtney Lucien as Emma Wodehouse, the amateur matchmaker whose efforts don’t unfold quite as planned. Through March 26. $14-$36. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com. 

Newsies
Photo: Broadway in Cincinnati
ONSTAGE: NEWSIES
Low expectations and high results — that’s the story of Newsies, about a ragged band of New York newsboys in 1899 who fought back against publishing titans and won. It’s also the path the 2012 musical followed on Broadway. It was intended to be onstage for just a few months that year, but it gained such quick popularity that it ran for more than 1,000 performances across three seasons. It was the highest-grossing show of 2011-2012 and picked up eight Tony Award nominations, including wins for score and choreography. They’ll be dancing jubilantly at the Aronoff for the next two weeks. Through March 13. $29-$107. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org

ART: PASSAGE
Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it. But the South Korea-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh thinks about it very much. He approaches public and private spaces with the same sense of exploration that an astronaut devotes to the moon. You’ll be able to see what he’s discovered when the exhibition Passage opens at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday. Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it. But the South Korea-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh thinks about it very much. He approaches public and private spaces with the same sense of exploration that an astronaut devotes to the moon. You’ll be able to see what he’s discovered when the exhibition Passage opens at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org. 

'Robert Mapplethorpe'
Photo: Jeannette Mongtomery Barron
ART: AFTER THE MOMENT: REFLECTIONS ON ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

Seven regional curators have each chosen five new works by local artists that reflect how Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment influences today’s artistic landscape. When the CAC presented that show in 1990, law-enforcement officials infamously and unsuccessfully prosecuted it on obscenity charges. Thirteen of Mapplethorpe’s own photographs will be displayed; many — if not all — were in the The Perfect Moment, including one of a naked 5-year-old boy, “Jesse McBride,” that was specifically cited in the 1990 prosecution. Also, 1980’s “Man in a Polyester Suit,” controversial for its depiction of a man wearing a suit but exposing his penis, will be shown. Read more about Mapplethorpe and The Perfect Moment here. After the Moment: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe continues through March 13 at the Contemporary Arts Center. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org.


TV: THE WALKING DEAD
The voice on the other end of the loudspeaker is revealed as the group fights to rescue Carol and Maggie. 9 p.m. AMC.
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EVENT: BOCKFEST

Forget Punxsutawney Phil. There’s only one sure way to foretell the coming of spring, and that’s Bockfest, Cincinnati’s annual celebration of bock beer and the city’s brewing history. The festival returns this weekend for its 24th year, officially commencing with the Bockfest Parade. Traditionally led by the reigning Sausage Queen (plus some goats pulling a keg), the procession leads to the Bockfest Hall and Festival Tent — the heart of the weekend’s festivities — featuring beer, live music, beer, food and beer. Other events include the Bockfest Heritage Series, themed lectures that discuss Cincinnati’s brewing heritage; Continental Bockfeast, a special German-style dinner held in Bockfest Hall; and the Craft Menagerie, a showcase of metal works, pottery, jewelry, mosaics and more from local artisans. Historic brewery tours also run throughout the weekend. Friday-Sunday. All events free excluding brewery tours. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1619 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-604-9812, bockfest.com.

EVENT: BOCKFEST VEENIE ROAST
Park + Vine celebrates Bockfest with a grilled vegan weenie roast, featuring vegan sausages and hot dogs, Babushka Pierogies and Fab Ferments kombucha on tap. Along the Bockfest parade route. 5-8 p.m. A la carte. 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com.

Jason Alexander
Photo: Provided
ONSTAGE: JASON ALEXANDER: AN EVENING OF COMEDY AND SONG
He’s back, baby! Before taking on the iconic role of Seinfeld’s George Costanza, Jason Alexander was taking Broadway by storm, receiving the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his 1989 performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. This weekend, he’s teaming up with the Cincinnati Pops for a retelling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage. The show features a diverse program of music, comedy and audience interaction, yada, yada, yada. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$86.75. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.

When writing and recording, Daniel Pujol forces himself into “an uncomfortable place.”
Photo: Jamie Goodsell
MUSIC: PUJOL
Daniel Pujol is a restless, uncommonly curious guy. The rural Tennessee native who now calls Nashville home has immersed himself in a whirlwind of activity since debuting his slanted Rock & Roll outfit Pujol in 2010, writing, recording and touring at a pace foreign to all but the most committed of DIY obsessives. Pujol has dropped two full-length records (2012’s United States of Being and 2014’s Kludge) and a flurry of singles, EPs, one-offs and other endeavors (including a two-year stint writing poetry for the Nashville Scene), all informed in one way or another by his academic background (he has a master’s degree in Global Affairs) and his endless need to create. Read a full interview with Pujol here. Pujol plays Friday at MOTR Pub with Bummers Eve. More info: motrpub.com.

Photo: Mark Lyons
ONSTAGE: AMERICAN IDIOT
The show is not easy to watch: American Idiot takes a hard, cynical look at jaded youth who struggle with the expectations of the American Dream and come to epitomize a generation that failed to launch. By the story’s end, Johnny, Will and Tunny have moved on with their lives — getting beyond dreams and accepting the hard lessons of maturity. They’re not necessarily happy, but they can have stable, if unimaginative lives. The show’s final lyric in “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” sums it up: “It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.” A dark, punkish attitude, to be sure, but one we can learn from. Read more about American Idiot here. American Idiot at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is onstage at Patricia Corbett Theater Thursday through March 13. More info: ccm.uc.edu.

EVENT: RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey come to town this weekend, celebrating 145 years as the “greatest show on Earth.” The thematic Circus Xtreme will include BMX bike stunts and bouncy street-style parkour, a human cannonball, exotic tigers, Asian elephants and athletic acrobats, plus the notorious Clown Alley. Thursday-Sunday. $16-$75. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com

Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Photo: Provided
EVENT: CINCINNATI INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Support 35 local charities by sampling more than 700 new, rare and exciting wines from hundreds of wineries around the world. In addition to samples, winemakers and winery representatives will share their knowledge of the art of winemaking, and wine tasters can also enjoy gourmet food and a silent auction. Entry to a special tasting featuring seven high-end wines is available for an additional cost. Thursday-Saturday. $65-$115. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, winefestival.com

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show
Photo: Hart Productions
EVENT: CINCINNATI HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
Those looking to remodel or build their own home (or simply pretend they’re at home in model kitchens and bathrooms) can head to the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend for the Cincinnati Home and Garden show, which has helped Cincinnatians with their home, garden and building needs since 1969. The event features landscape and interior designers, remodeling specialists, retail stores, contractors and exhibits featuring the latest trends in home and garden. Through March 6. $13 adults; free for children 12 and younger. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com

Newsies
Photo: Broadway in Cincinnati
ONSTAGE: NEWSIES
Low expectations and high results — that’s the story of Newsies, about a ragged band of New York newsboys in 1899 who fought back against publishing titans and won. It’s also the path the 2012 musical followed on Broadway. It was intended to be onstage for just a few months that year, but it gained such quick popularity that it ran for more than 1,000 performances across three seasons. It was the highest-grossing show of 2011-2012 and picked up eight Tony Award nominations, including wins for score and choreography. They’ll be dancing jubilantly at the Aronoff for the next two weeks. Through March 13. $29-$107. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org

EVENT: MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN FISH FRY
Home of the Codfather, aka the alter ego of John Geisen of Izzy's dressed in mafia-wear and carrying a stuffed cod (photo ops welcome). Offers dine-in, carry-out and drive-thru options so you can get a Holy Haddock sandwich on a hoagie bun, Icelandic beer-battered cod cooked in vegetable shortening, mac and cheese, green beans and more. Menu also features homemade desserts, pizza, grilled cheese and beer, which you can imbibe waiting in line to get in. 4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 18. 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, Ky., 859-371-2622, mqhparish.com/#!fish-fry/rhwto.

SATURDAY
Exhale Dance Tribe’s Shiho Numata
Photo: Scott Petranek
DANCE: WOHALI

“Wohali,” the newest work by Exhale Dance Tribe’s artistic directors Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard, is also a Cherokee word for eagle, and the culmination so far of the pair’s ongoing collaboration with New Zealand’s Okareka Dance Company. It’s also what the two have named their program Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Wohali is rounded out with other featured choreography by local talent Katie Farry, Sarah Emmons and Jennifer Rutherford, but it’s the namesake performance that takes top billing. Read more about the performance here. Exhale Dance Tribe presents Wohali at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Aronoff Center. More info: cincinnatiarts.org.

Photo: Fowler and Schmutz 
ART: COTTON OR FRUIT/FLOWERS AT LIVE(IN) GALLERY
Partners and co-directors of their own apartment-based art venue in Chicago, Kitchen Space, artists and independent curators Traci Fowler and Trevor Schmutz will have an opening reception of their collaborative work at Live(In) Gallery in Brighton. The two worked collaboratively yet individually to construct an exhibition in which they will “reveal themselves to one another in new ways, while simultaneously deepening a curatorial, collaborative and emotional connection,” according to the exhibit description. Fowler will construct sculptures and installations, acting as an interior decorator to stage Live(In) as the “landscape for their relationship to exist,” while Schmutz will interact with the work via text and physical intervention. Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Saturday. On view by appointment through March 27. Free. Live(In) Gallery, 2159 Central Ave., Brighton, facebook.com/liveingallery.

Cincinnati Pints and Whiskers Beard and Mustache Competition
Photo: Provided
EVENT: CINCINNATI PINTS AND WHISKERS BEARD AND MUSTACHE COMPETITION
Rhinegeist is teaming up with Dayton, Ohio’s Whiskermen Beard Company to present the Pints and Whiskers Beard and Mustache Competition. There will be Rhinegeist beer on tap and your choice of ping pong or cornhole. Registration begins at 4 p.m.; judging takes place at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Best Beard, Best Mustache and Best Partial. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Free to enter. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinegeist.com

'Avenue Q'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
ONSTAGE: AVENUE Q
Watching Sesame Street as a kid, you learned you could do anything. Well, Avenue Q, up next at Price Hill’s Incline Theatre, is the R-rated answer to that mantra, a musical coming-of-age tale that revels in the anxieties of growing up — using puppets who say and sing stuff you never heard on PBS, operated by visible puppeteers. With a lot of very sardonic wit and off-kilter tunes — “It Sucks to Be Me,” “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet Is for Porn” — the sassy show was the 2004 Tony winner for best musical. Leave the kids at home. Through March 6. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, E. Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

Rickie Lee Jones
Photo: David McClister
MUSIC: RICKIE LEE JONES
Congratulations to those of you who rushed out to buy tickets for Saturday’s “An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones” concert at Live! at Ludlow Garage, because the show is officially sold out. It’s been a long time since Jones has played in Cincinnati, and she could have chosen a much larger venue rather than the relatively new 250-seat Clifton club with a sit-down, theater-like setup that emphasizes the listening experience. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Rickie Lee Jones plays Live! at the Ludlow Garage Saturday. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com.

EVENT: BREWER'S BUDDY LAUNCH
Local company launches their patent-pending Brewer's Buddy gravity-fed home brewing platform. 1-5 p.m. $30. Braxton Brewing Company, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, Ky., brewersbuddy.com.

CLASS: BASIC SAUSAGE MAKING AND CHARCUTERIE
Learn the basics of making fine sausages and charcuterie; make your own summer sausage, Irish venison sausage, smoke Andouille and duck confit. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, 513-569-5800, cincinnatistate.edu/mci.

SUNDAY
Pet Sun
Photo: Scott Waring
MUSIC: PET SUN

If you’ve noticed a fierce glow on the northern horizon recently, it’s not the atmospheric shimmer from the aurora borealis. That flickering sky light is the incendiary firestorm emanating from Pet Sun, a Hamilton, Ontario quartet with a penchant for Garage riffs, Pop melodicism and Stoner Rock rumble, all played through amps with volume knobs that seemingly spiral into an infinity of astrally projected psychedelic distortion. Pet Sun is the squalling sound of the Gallagher brothers if they’d been as intoxicated by Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer as they were The Beatles. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Pet Sun plays Northside Yacht Club Sunday with Leggy and The Harlequins. More info: northsideyachtclub.com.


'Emma'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner

ONSTAGE: EMMA

Pretty much all you need to do to sell theater tickets these days is attach Jane Austen’s name to a show. No zombies in Emma à la the current film adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Cincinnati Shakespeare is on the bandwagon with another stage adaptation by Jon Jory, the longtime leader of Actors Theatre of Louisville; his renditions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have been bestsellers for the classic theater company. This production is all about girls — directed by 12-year ensemble member Kelly Mengelkoch and featuring second-year ensemble member Courtney Lucien as Emma Wodehouse, the amateur matchmaker whose efforts don’t unfold quite as planned. Through March 26. $14-$36. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com. 

The Revolutionists at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE REVOLUTIONISTS
A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens). In The Revolutionists, up-and-coming playwright Lauren Gunderson assembles a crowd of badass historical women, including Marie Antoinette and assassin Charlotte Corday, imprisoned during the French Revolution. She imagines how they might encourage, inspire and support one another during the horrific “Reign of Terror” as they await the guillotine. Their short-term future certainly distills their conversations about what’s important, but Gunderson leavens her irreverent fantasia with a lot of sassy humor. “The beating heart of the play,” she says, “is that stories matter, that art matters.” Through March 6. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com.

COMEDY: JOSH WOLF
“I’ve always wanted to do it, but it probably happened because I had a little bit of a resume,” says Josh Wolf about his late-night talk show on CMT. “I don’t do interviews with celebrities for a couple of reasons. One, I’m not big enough to get celebrities that anyone cares about. Two, I feel like other people do them very well already.” Instead, Wolf explores topics he’s interested in, like learning how to be a competitive eater. Friday-Sunday. $17-$47. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.

Logic
Photo: Ryan Jay
MUSIC: LOGIC
In the Rap world, and perhaps even the real world, Logic defies logic. The young, biracial spitter, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, was raised in Gaithersburg, Md., surrounded, as he has recounted in interviews, by poverty, drugs and violence. In his youth he describes himself as “a pretty big pothead,” but he says he’s quit smoking and now indulges in little more than an occasional glass of champagne. Logic readily offers up a laundry list of Hip Hop giants that have steered his work, including Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest among them, but cites Frank Sinatra as a primary influence. He named his crew the Ratt (“Real All the Time”) Pack and his female fans are known as BobbySoxers, as Sinatra’s were back in the day. He went so far as to title his sophomore mixtape Young Sinatra. Read more about Logic in this week's Sound Advice. See Logic with Dizzy Wright Sunday at Madison Theater. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com.

EVENT: BOCKFEST BUFFET AT WASHINGTON PLATFORM
Washington Platform hosts a Bockfest buffet with Avril Bleh sausages, roast lamb and goat, fresh oysters, spelt grain breads and more. Features music from the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $25. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, washingtonplatform.com.

EVENT: BOCKFEAST DINNER
A special Bockfest feast featuring fresh rotisserie roasted chicken by Donauschwaben, a sausage sampler from Queen City Sausage, potato-caramelized onion pierogies from Babuska Pierogies, German Potato salad, sauerkraut with apples, onions and bier from Grandma Debbie’s, and a Servatii strudel. There’s also a bloody mary bar. Pre-registration only. Noon-2 p.m. $20. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, bockfest.com.
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ONSTAGE: EMMA

Pretty much all you need to do to sell theater tickets these days is attach Jane Austen’s name to a show. No zombies in Emma à la the current film adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Cincinnati Shakespeare is on the bandwagon with another stage adaptation by Jon Jory, the longtime leader of Actors Theatre of Louisville; his renditions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have been bestsellers for the classic theater company. This production is all about girls — directed by 12-year ensemble member Kelly Mengelkoch and featuring second-year ensemble member Courtney Lucien as Emma Wodehouse, the amateur matchmaker whose efforts don’t unfold quite as planned. Through March 26. $14-$36. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com. 

'King Me'
Photo: Nina M Dot
ART: KING ME AT THE GLOBE GALLERY
Nina Wells, who goes by the artistic name Nina M Dot, opens her photographic exhibition at the Globe Gallery on Friday evening featuring lenticular portraits of local men of color contrasted with images of themselves dressed as kings. Wells aims to restore the perception of these men’s self-value by applying a what-you-see-is-what-you-become mindset. “It is a platform for men of color to better understand their value in this world,” she says in a press release. A recipient of People’s Liberty’s $15,000 Globe grant, the artist’s message of black male empowerment will be accessible to small group audiences on opening night in 20-minute increments to allow for a more intimate viewing experience. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday. On view through May 7. Free. 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, peoplesliberty.org, reserve viewing space at tinyurl.com/jc85f4m

Over the Rhine
EVENT: 30 ROCKS! AT ENSEMBLE THEATRE
Over-the-Rhine theatrical and community mainstay, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, turns 30 this year, and to celebrate they’re hosting a birthday bash to remember. 30 Rocks! will feature theater, live music, cocktails and tasty bites from a ton of local eateries like The Delish Dish, Funky’s Catering, Gomez Salsa, Macaron Bar and more. The party kicks off with dinner by the bite, followed by a performance from the cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes and a live concert from local and nationally acclaimed duo Over the Rhine. Fun cocktail attire suggested. 7-10 p.m. Friday. $125; $175 host/hostess (includes two drink tickets). Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, ensemblecincinnati.org.

EVENT: QUEERCON
If you search “social justice warrior” or “SJW” online, chances are you’ll see a lot of hate surrounding the term. It’s used pejoratively, a label for those who supposedly promote their socially progressive ideologies in aggressive and gratuitous ways. But that’s not what Kyle Shupe has in mind when it comes to the theme of the inaugural QueerCon 2016 — taking place this Friday at the University of Cincinnati’s Tangeman University Center — which is just that: Social Justice Warriors. Shupe is the co-chair for the conference along with Jo Teut, who came up with the theme. They’re both Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) second-year graduate students at UC who want to reclaim SJW and present it in a positive light. Read more about the event here. QueerCon takes place 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday at UC’s Tangeman University Center. Search “QueerCon 2016” on Facebook for more information.

'Avenue Q'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
ONSTAGE: AVENUE Q
Watching Sesame Street as a kid, you learned you could do anything. Well, Avenue Q, up next at Price Hill’s Incline Theatre, is the R-rated answer to that mantra, a musical coming-of-age tale that revels in the anxieties of growing up — using puppets who say and sing stuff you never heard on PBS, operated by visible puppeteers. Watching Sesame Street as a kid, you learned you could do anything. Well, Avenue Q, up next at Price Hill’s Incline Theatre, is the R-rated answer to that mantra, a musical coming-of-age tale that revels in the anxieties of growing up — using puppets who say and sing stuff you never heard on PBS, operated by visible puppeteers. Through March 6. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, E. Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

The Revolutionists
Provided
ONSTAGE: THE REVOLUTIONISTS
A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens). In The Revolutionists, up-and-coming playwright Lauren Gunderson assembles a crowd of badass historical women, including Marie Antoinette and assassin Charlotte Corday, imprisoned during the French Revolution. She imagines how they might encourage, inspire and support one another during the horrific “Reign of Terror” as they await the guillotine. Their short-term future certainly distills their conversations about what’s important, but Gunderson leavens her irreverent fantasia with a lot of sassy humor. “The beating heart of the play,” she says, “is that stories matter, that art matters.” Through March 6. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

Rayland Baxter
Photo: ATO Records
MUSIC: RAYLAND BAXTER
DNA is no guarantee of talent — sometimes it skips a generation; sometimes the progeny of the musically gifted rebel against any expectations heaped upon them. But when the children of greatness embrace their roots and use them as a starting point to chart their own unique path, the results can be breathtaking. That could easily describe the situation of Rayland Baxter, whose father, multi-instrumentalist Bucky Baxter, has sessioned and toured with Bob Dylan, Steve Forbert, Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Steve Earle, Joe Henry and many others. Like many musical offspring, Baxter came to his creative epiphany after a long and conscious avoidance of what could be perceived as his legacy. As a child, he was exposed to his father’s work and his mother’s church singing, and a good deal of popular music. Read more about Baxter in this week's Sound Advice. Rayland Baxter plays Friday at Madison Live. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com.

COMEDY: BENGT WASHBURN
Since his last visit to Cincinnati, Bengt Washburn has discovered a few things about himself. “I’ll just keep talking with more confidence,” he says. “That’s also what you do when you get older. You don’t get wiser, you get cocky and stupid.” Last year, Washburn did a string of military shows in Europe, including Kosovo, a place he found fascinating. “They’re pretty happy that we are there,” he says. “They have a high school called Bill Clinton High School in Kosovo. There’s a big banner with his face on it. That whole country is pretty happy with him.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com

SATURDAY
Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts 
ONSTAGE: SHEN YUN 
China was once known as “The Middle Kingdom” and “The Land of the Divine,” said to be inhabited by heroes, sages, dragons, phoenixes and immortals. It was an era characterized by magic and splendor — an age that will be resurrected this weekend on the Aronoff stage. Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, channels this lost civilization through intoxicating movement and melodies; in fact, the group’s name literally translates to “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” It’s a striking visual and spiritual performance in town for one day only. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $63.25-$123.25. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-ARTS, cincinnatiarts.org.

2016 A'cat'emy Awards Extravaganza
Photo: Provided
EVENT: A'CAT'EMY AWARDS EXTRAVAGANZA

Falling just before the 88th Academy Awards is a similarly minded ceremony with a big, cat-centric cause. The Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic is rolling out the red carpet for its fifth-annual A‘cat’emy Awards Extravaganza, a glamorous night of cinematic feline frenzy. Guests will enjoy dinner and drinks in addition to movie trivia, Oscar predictions, games, raffles and a silent and live auction. Then, witness movie magic — hopefuls have been submitting homemade, 30-second videos of their pets all month long; winning pieces will be announced and screened. Categories include Best Cat Action Film, Best Cat Comedy Film and Best Cat Drama Film. Proceeds benefit the clinic and their no-kill adoption center. 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 p.m. VIP preview party. $65 general admission; $100 VIP. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown, ohioalleycat.org

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show
Photo: Hart Productions
EVENT: CINCINNATI HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Those looking to remodel or build their own home (or simply pretend they’re at home in model kitchens and bathrooms) can head to the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend for the Cincinnati Home and Garden show, which has helped Cincinnatians with their home, garden and building needs since 1969. The event features landscape and interior designers, remodeling specialists, retail stores, contractors and exhibits featuring the latest trends in home and garden. Through March 6. $13 adults; free for children 12 and younger. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com

EVENT: MACY'S ARTS SAMPLER
Dive into the vibrant world of local art and culture with the Macy’s Arts Sampler, a weekend festival featuring free performances and activities. Now in its 30th year, the annual ArtsWave-sponsored fest features a wide range of activities in art, music and more. Try a creative writing workshop at the downtown public library, a craft workshop at Taft Museum of Art or art-making classes for the whole family at the Art Academy. Stop by a Madcap Puppet performance at the Cincinnati Art Museum or catch a performance by the Queen City Chamber Orchestra and others at the MYCincinnati firehouse on Saturday. Sunday, say goodbye to Music Hall before it close for renovations with an open house featuring dance, craft and drama workshops, plus a collaborative concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Ballet. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Various locations. Full schedule at theartswave.org.

EVENT: SYRIAN SHRINE CIRCUS
The Syrian Shrine Circus returns this weekend for its 95th-annual family-friendly extravaganza. This three-ring circus will dazzle with death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions and the notoriously funny Shriner Circus clowns. Kids will also have the chance to ride and pet many different animals, including elephants, donkeys and camels, during intermission and after the performance. The circus benefits Shriners Hospital for Children, a network of 22 hospitals committed to pediatric care. 7 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. $10-$30; $5 parking. BB&T Arena, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., 513-751-4717, syrianshrine.org

SUNDAY
EVENT: HOMETOWN HOLLYWOOD GALA
People Working Cooperatively’s final Oscar celebration/fundraiser, the Hometown Hollywood gala, is themed “Back to Black and White,” and guests will be transported to old-world Hollywood. Formal black and white dress is a must for the red-carpet welcome. There will be themed entertainment, a three-course meal, silent and live auctions and a live telecast of the Oscars. Experience a night of Hollywood glamour for a good cause. Proceeds benefit PWC’s Modifications for Mobility Program, which provides home renovations and repairs to make sure elderly, low-income people with disabilities can continue to live safely in their homes. 5:30 p.m.-midnight Sunday. $150. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth St., pwchomerepairs.org.

Chris Rock hosts the Oscars Sunday.
Photo: ABC/Andrew Eccles
FILM: THE OSCARS AT THE ESQUIRE
Watch The Oscars in a theater setting at the Esquire as winners are announced live with host Michael Baldwin from FOX 19. Will Cate Blanchett win Best Actress in a Leading Role for the locally filmed Carol (also nominated for cinematography and costume design)? Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally take home a Best Actor Oscar? Along with the screening, the evening also includes food by La Poste (now Harvest) and the BonBonerie, trivia and prizes. Seating is limited. 7 p.m. Sunday. $12. The Esquire, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com

Christian Sands
Photo: Provided 
MUSIC: CHRISTIAN SANDS
This season of the Xavier University Jazz Series has featured some truly remarkable and accomplished artists — like Chris Potter and Brian Newman — with even more great music on the horizon (Grammy favorite and Cincinnati native Fred Hersch plays April 3). This week, the series welcomes Christian Sands, a young piano virtuoso who has previously played Cincinnati with the Christian McBride Trio. For his first local solo visit, Sands — who is known for his mastery of a wide range of Jazz stylings — will perform “Southern Song,” which he wrote for Black History Month and which features a recording of a reading by the late poet Margaret Walker. 3 p.m. Sunday. $3-$28. Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston, xavier.edu/musicseries.

ART: DAUBIGNY, MONET, VAN GOGH: IMPRESSIONS OF LANDSCAPE
The Taft Museum of Art’s chief curator, Lynne Ambrosini, has spent 14 years organizing the Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape show that opens Saturday and believes it will be one of the museum’s most important presentations. Inspired by the fact that the Taft owns three Charles-François Daubigny oil paintings, Ambrosini’s exhibition aims to prove that this 19th-century French landscape painter served as a major, unheralded harbinger of Impressionism. The exhibition, for which you must buy a timed ticket, has 40 Daubigny paintings and also 15 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist ones by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Camille Pissarro. Through May 29. $15 adult; $10 child. 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org
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ONSTAGE: AVENUE Q

Watching Sesame Street as a kid, you learned you could do anything. Well, Avenue Q, up next at Price Hill’s Incline Theatre, is the R-rated answer to that mantra, a musical coming-of-age tale that revels in the anxieties of growing up — using puppets who say and sing stuff you never heard on PBS, operated by visible puppeteers. With a lot of very sardonic wit and off-kilter tunes — “It Sucks to Be Me,” “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet Is for Porn” — the sassy show was the 2004 Tony winner for best musical. Leave the kids at home. Through March 6. $23-$26. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place, E. Price Hill, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

Entomology DIY Workshop
Photo: Provided
EVENT: ENTOMOLOGY DIY WORKSHOP
For those who lose sleep wondering how an insect collection is best displayed, this workshop is an answer to a prayer. Jeremy Johnson, founder of Meddling with Nature, a local taxidermy, art and education organization, will teach the basics of preserving, mounting and displaying an insect collection at home. The DIY demonstration includes a large exotic specimen for everyone to position, pin, install and take with them. The workshop also acts as a precursor to an upcoming collaborative exhibit between Meddling With Nature and the Lloyd Library, which will bring the works of Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the world’s great natural illustrators and entomologists, to life. 7-9 p.m. Friday. $46 adult; $22 child. Lloyd Library and Museum, 917 Plum St., Downtown, facebook.com/meddlingwithnature.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Photo: Union Entertainment Group
MUSIC: TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN
With a well-constructed, Classic Rock sound and songs that would easily slide onto the playlists of every major FM Rock station in the country, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown seem well on their way to following fellow Nashville-area crew Kings of Leon into the mainstream spotlight. The group is signed to Republic Records and has a pair of releases under its belt so far, including the excellent EP The Wayside, which came out last year and shows the band in peak form. Given Bryant and Co.’s tight, fluid guitar riffing, impressively soulful melodies and a Blues streak, it’s no surprise that the band has landed coveted opening slots on tours with Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and AC/DC. The band’s visit to Cincinnati this week could prove to be a “see them in a small club for free before you have to pay big bucks to see them in an arena” kind of concert. 10 p.m. Friday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.

Simone Porter
Photo: Provided
CLASSICAL MUSIC: AMERICAN MASTER WITH APPALACHIAN SPRING
Join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend as Louis Langrée conducts a performance featuring work by four of America’s most iconic composers. The concert opens with Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” followed by Barber’s “Violin Concerto” performed by Timothy Lees, CSO Concertmaster. Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” is the centerpiece of the night and captures the openness of the American landscape. The evening will come to a close with Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront” symphonic suite. As a bonus, members of The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars will play in the lobby before the concert. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10-$112. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org

'The Revolutionists'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE REVOLUTIONISTS
A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens). In The Revolutionists, up-and-coming playwright Lauren Gunderson assembles a crowd of badass historical women, including Marie Antoinette and assassin Charlotte Corday, imprisoned during the French Revolution. She imagines how they might encourage, inspire and support one another during the horrific “Reign of Terror” as they await the guillotine. Their short-term future certainly distills their conversations about what’s important, but Gunderson leavens her irreverent fantasia with a lot of sassy humor. “The beating heart of the play,” she says, “is that stories matter, that art matters.” Through March 6. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com.

Izzy's Codfather
EATS: MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN FISH FRY
Home of the Codfather, aka the alter ego of John Geisen of Izzy's dressed in mafia-wear and carrying a stuffed cod (photo ops welcome). Offers dine-in, carry-out and drive-thru options so you can get a Holy Haddock sandwich on a hoagie bun, Icelandic beer-battered cod cooked in vegetable shortening, mac and cheese, green beans and more. Menu also features homemade desserts, pizza, grilled cheese and BEER, which you can imbibe waiting in line to get in. 4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 18. 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, Ky., 859-371-2622, mqhparish.com/#!fish-fry/rhwto.

SATURDAY
20th Century Cincinnati
Photo: Sam Wilder
EVENT: 20TH CENTURY CINCINNATI
Cincinnati’s annual retrospective of Vintage Modern design — now in its third decade — returns this weekend with more than 70 dealers. Participants will showcase classic Modernist forms, specifically those that emerged in the time period between World War I and the Information Age. Although the show is best known for its selection of lighting and furniture, guests can also purchase pop culture memorabilia, decorative objects and distinctly funky pieces. Get a head start 9 a.m. Saturday during the Java Preview, an exclusive shopping period that includes a complimentary juice bar, coffee and tea. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 two-day pass. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, 20thcenturycincinnati.com. 

Daubigny's 'Sunset Near Villerville'
Taft Museum of Art
ART: DAUBIGNY, MONET, VAN GOGH: IMPRESSIONS OF LANDSCAPE
The Taft Museum of Art’s chief curator, Lynne Ambrosini, has spent 14 years organizing the Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape show that opens Saturday and believes it will be one of the museum’s most important presentations. Inspired by the fact that the Taft owns three Charles-François Daubigny oil paintings, Ambrosini’s exhibition aims to prove that this 19th-century French landscape painter served as a major, unheralded harbinger of Impressionism. The exhibition, for which you must buy a timed ticket, has 40 Daubigny paintings and also 15 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist ones by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Camille Pissarro. Through May 29. $15 adult; $10 child. 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org

Do Ho Suh,
Courtesy the Artist and Lehman Maupin, New York
ART: PASSAGE AT THE CAC
Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it. But the South Korea-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh thinks about it very much. He approaches public and private spaces with the same sense of exploration that an astronaut devotes to the moon. You’ll be able to see what he’s discovered when the exhibition Passage opens at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday. It continues through Sept. 11. Using colorful fabric, he has constructed soft, allusive versions of spaces he has known in his 53 years of living and traveling throughout the world. The show features four major fabric sculptural installations, including a stand-out (and stand-up) three-story staircase called “348 W. 22nd St.” Read more about the exhibit here. 

EVENT: COMPREHENSIVE FERMENTING SEMINAR
A comprehensive fermenting seminar and workshop. Attendees will practice measuring and mixing brine, filling and
Native Gardens
Photo: Mikki Schaffner

 

 will take home a bubbling jar of probiotics. Includes seven hours of instructions, tasting samples, hands-on practice, printed resources, access to live phone support and a healthy lunch. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $299. Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, University of Cincinnati, 151 Goodman Drive, Clifton, 907-694-2284, store.probioticjar.com. 

SUNDAY

ONSTAGE: NATIVE GARDENS
When longtime, waspy residents are proud of their formal garden and the young Hispanic couple moving in next door prefer a more natural “native garden,” the temperature goes up. And when there’s a dispute about the property line, well, then there’s outright warfare. This world premiere by Karen Zacarías will entertain audiences (her Book Club Play did the same in 2013), but they’ll also think about how we get along with people who aren’t just like us. Kudos to the Playhouse for commissioning a new play by this skilled playwright. Through Feb. 21. $30-$85. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

Kevin Bozeman
Photo: Provided 
COMEDY: KEVIN BOZEMAN
Kevin Bozeman knew it was time to leave his day job to pursue standup comedy when he kept coming up with the same answer to his clients’ questions. “I sold insurance,” he says. “People used to ask me, ‘Why should I buy life insurance?’ And I used to tell them, ‘Because I need a commission check.’ ” He started doing standup in Madison, Wis., where he went to college. “I got ripped off,” he tells audiences about that experience. “All I got out of it was bad credit. College loans. I didn’t know they wanted you to pay those back; I thought that was only if you graduated.” The people trying to collect that debt don’t seem to be all that smart, either. “They call me at 11 o’clock in the morning, and I answer the phone. They have to know that’s a problem.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.

The library's smallest books are on display.
Photo: Courtesy of Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
ART: TINY TOMES AT THE LIBRARY
Tiny Tomes features 71 of the library’s smallest books, on display in six cases through March 13. It’s a quirky and thoroughly charming exhibit. Who knew so many miniature books of all types existed, or that their subject matter could be so unusual and their graphic design so beautiful? Read more about the exhibit here. Tiny Tomes is on display through March 13 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More info: cincinnatilibrary.org.

 
EVENT: CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY AT ORIENTAL WOK
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Oriental Wok. Party includes a nine course authentic Lucky Dinner, Chinese lion dance, firecrackers and fun information about the symbolism of the monkey. 6-9 p.m. $75; $25 children. 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, 859-331-3000, orientalwok.com.
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EVENT: CINCY WINTER BEERFEST
Cincy Winter Beerfest is one of the top 10 craft beer festivals in the nation and one of the Queen City’s biggest beer bashes of the year — and that’s saying a lot (we have a lot of beer festivals). More than 350 craft beers from more than 100 breweries will descend on the Duke Energy Convention Center for two nights of drinking, dancing and dining. This ninth-annual fest not only features samples of all styles, tastes and ABVs of brews, but also live bands, a silent disco and food from dozens of local restaurants. Part of the proceeds benefits the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation. 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $45 advance; $55 day of; early bird and connoisseurs packages available. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincybeerfest.com.

'Cinderella'
Photo: Cincinnati Ballet
DANCE: CINDERELLA
This weekend, Cincinnati Ballet’s Cinderella, last seen in 2010, takes the stage at the Aronoff Center. The timeless tale has fresh choreography by artistic director and CEO Victoria Morgan. There are newly refurbished sets and updated costumes, too, as well as the addition of friendly puppet mice and more children’s roles. Carmon DeLeone conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in perhaps the most rhythmically powerful example of Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet music. “Cinderella charmingly reminds us that generosity and imagination can lead to a different and better life,” Morgan says. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $32. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cballet.org. 

FILM: LOVE ME TONIGHT

Cincy World Cinema hosts their annual Valentine's weekend movie special, screening Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight. As the group notes, "If you like love stories, romantic comedy, great songs, classic cinema and the candid vibrancy of Pre-Code Hollywood, this film is for you!" It's also for your date. For an additional fee, you can take your honey to dinner at the Highland Country Club. Meal includes buffet, with wine and dessert. 6 p.m. cocktails and dinner; 7:30 p.m. film. $35 dinner and film; $10 film. Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, Ky., cincyworldcinema.org.

EVENT: ANATOMY OF A VALENTINE DINNER & DISSECTION

Meddling with Nature, a local artistic taxidermy and photography studio, heads to GOODS on Main for a very special Valentine's Day weekend. The weekend not only features your typical lovely dinner stuff, but also a real dissection. The evening kicks-off with a hands-on dissection of a heart, followed by casual discussion over a heart inspired meal. Gloves, wine and hand sanitizer will be provided. Come hungry, thirsty and curious. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $50. GOODS on Main, 1300 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/meddlingwithnature.

EVENT: LOVE MOER ON CAROL ANN'S CAROUSEL

Follow up dinner at the Moerlein Lager House with a romantic carousel ride. Moerlein is teaming up with Carol Ann’s Carousel and the Cincinnati Parks Department to provide everyone who dines at the restaurant this weekend with a pass for a complimentary ride. Carousel operates 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5-8 p.m. Sunday. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, moerleinlagerhouse.com.


Orchids at Palm Court
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

EVENT: VALENTINE'S DAY AT ORCHIDS

Five-diamond restaurant Orchids at Palm Court serves up Valentine’s Day eats all weekend with two different seatings, including four and six courses respectively. Reservations required. Friday-Sunday. First seating $85; second seating $105. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-9100, orchidsatpalmcourt.com.


EVENT: VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AT WASHINGTON PLATFORM

Meal includes fresh oysters, two entrées, salads, a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. But that’s not the best part — guests will also enjoy a half-hour horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. Friday-Sunday. $125; $90 without carriage ride. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110, washingtonplatform.com.


ONSTAGE: CCO PRESENTS LA SERVA PADRONA AND STABAT MATER 

The Cincinnati Chamber Opera performs a double bill of works by Giovanni Battista. The night kicks off with La Serva Padrona, a comedic one-act intermezzo often credited with bridging the gap between the Baroque and Classical eras. The second half of the program is a staging of Stabat Mater, which tells the biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion from Mary’s point of view. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25 adults; $20 students and seniors. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, cincinnatichamberopera.com.


EVENT: KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

The Krohn keeps its doors open a little later for an adults-only date night. Stroll through the conservatory’s current spring show, Hatching Spring Blooms, and stop by the education room to learn about chocolate. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. $12; reservations required. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-4086, cincinnatiparks.com.

Do Ho Suh,
Courtesy the Artist and Lehman Maupin, New York
ART: PASSAGE OPENING AT THE CAC
Only a few of us can travel in space like Neil Armstrong or Yuri Gagarin, but we all travel through myriad spaces in everyday life. It’s so common, we rarely even think about it. But the South Korea-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh thinks about it very much. He approaches public and private spaces with the same sense of exploration that an astronaut devotes to the moon. You’ll be able to see what he’s discovered when the exhibition Passage opens at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday. It continues through Sept. 11. Using colorful fabric, he has constructed soft, allusive versions of spaces he has known in his 53 years of living and traveling throughout the world. The show features four major fabric sculptural installations, including a stand-out (and stand-up) three-story staircase called “348 W. 22nd St.” Read more about the exhibit here. Passage opens Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center. Do Ho Suh will speak to members at 7 p.m., followed by a public opening at 8 p.m. More info: contemporaryartscenter.org.

The library's smallest books are on display.
Photo: Courtesy of Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
ART: TINY TOMES AT THE LIBRARY
Tiny Tomes features 71 of the library’s smallest books, on display in six cases through March 13. It’s a quirky and thoroughly charming exhibit. Who knew so many miniature books of all types existed, or that their subject matter could be so unusual and their graphic design so beautiful? Read more about the exhibit here. Tiny Tomes is on display through March 13 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More info: cincinnatilibrary.org.

Seratones
Photo: Chad Kamenshine
MUSIC: SERATONES
Shreveport, La., foursome Seratones began playing together in 2014. After working on its live profile, by the end of 2015, the band had signed a deal with Fat Possum Records, played acclaimed shows at the South by Southwest and CMJ fests and were named one of the 20 best new bands of 2015 by Paste magazine (among other accolades). Considering the band has yet to release an album (its debut is due this year), it’s safe to say Seratones is in a pretty good position to be a “best of 2016” contender as well. Meeting through musical peers in different projects, the group members started out as friends, attending Punk shows together in Shreveport. Read more about Seratones in this week's Sound Advice. See Seratones with Orchards Friday at Woodward Theater. More info/tickets: woodwardtheater.com.

Mike Stud
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: MIKE STUD
As a general rule, adopting the name “Stud” as a Hip Hop handle would be little more than chest-thumping braggadocio. But for Mike Seander, aka Mike Stud, it’s more or less a factual declaration. The Rhode Island native lettered in both baseball and basketball in high school. As a senior, Seander averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game on the court, but his baseball skills were even more impressive — he earned a 9-2 record and an ERA of 0.91 with 107 strikeouts, and was named the state’s Gatorade and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year. He also received an athletic scholarship to Duke University, where, as a true freshman, Seander notched a 1.61 ERA in nine saves, respectively the lowest and second-highest marks in school history. Read more about the artist in this week's Sound Advice. Mike Stud plays Bogart's Friday. More info/tickets: bogarts.com.


SATURDAY
'The Revolutionists'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: THE REVOLUTIONISTS

A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens). In The Revolutionists, up-and-coming playwright Lauren Gunderson assembles a crowd of badass historical women, including Marie Antoinette and assassin Charlotte Corday, imprisoned during the French Revolution. She imagines how they might encourage, inspire and support one another during the horrific “Reign of Terror” as they await the guillotine. Their short-term future certainly distills their conversations about what’s important, but Gunderson leavens her irreverent fantasia with a lot of sassy humor. “The beating heart of the play,” she says, “is that stories matter, that art matters.” Through March 6. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

My Furry Valentine
Photo: Provided

EVENT: MY FURRY VALENTINE

Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event returns to the Sharonville Convention Center for its fifth year of connecting animals in need with forever families. Meet a variety of pets, including cats, dogs, rodents, reptiles and birds. More than 500 adoptable animals from 40 local rescue groups, like Adore-A-Bull Rescue, League for Animal Welfare and SPCA Cincinnati, will be in attendance. Vendors will also sell a variety of products for your current furry family members. Last year, the event was attended by more than 10,000 people, resulting in 729 adoptions; organizers hope to see even bigger numbers in 2016. To ensure the safety of all animals involved, attendees are asked to leave their own pets at home. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 entry; adoption fees vary per rescue. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, myfurryvalentine.com


Jungle Jim's Big Cheese Festival
Photo: Provided
EVENT: JUNGLE JIM'S BIG CHEESE FESTIVAL

Looking for a cheesy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Jungle Jim’s has you covered. This year’s Big Cheese Festival promises to be the biggest one yet, featuring 40 booths from more than 80 different companies. Choose from 1,400 types of cheeses and pair your selections with meats, olives, breads, condiments and various liquors offered at stations throughout the building. Wine and beer can be purchased by the glass, and VIP and drinking wristbands are also available. Cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann, who holds a Guinness World Record for her talent, will be creating designs onsite; guests can even sample shavings from the cheese blocks Kaufmann carves. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12 general admission; $2 children 16 and under; $16 advance two-day pass; $25 wristband. Oscar Event Center, Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.

Lunar New Year
Photo: Provided
EVENT: LUNAR NEW YEAR

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and ring in the Year of the Monkey with a fusion of cultures in OTR’s newly renovated historic Gothic church, the Transept. Kick off the night with a cocktail hour and dim sum, including steamed pork belly sliders, sticky rice, rock salt tofu, turnip cakes and create-your-own congee. Main party starts at 10 p.m. with DJs and visuals from Chad Shack. Proceeds from the event will support Asian Food Fest and other Asian cultural events in Cincinnati. 8 p.m. cocktail hour; 10 p.m.-2 a.m. party. Saturday. $30 cocktail hour; free party. The Transept, 1205 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, godaspo.com

Whitey Morgan
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78'S
Well, looky here. The CMA Awards derned got turnt around this past November when the corporate Bro-Country boys and girls got to sit in their chairs and watch a true Honky Tonk hero, Chris Stapleton, win three top honors. The pendulum shift is nothing new — the battle between lame Nashville Pop (the mainstream cookie-cutter horseshit mostly heard on the radio these days) and true-grit Country music has been raging for a very long time. It is no coincidence that Stapleton grew up across the Ohio River in Eastern Kentucky (Paintsville), not far from where Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle was raised; Cordle, along with Larry Shell, co-wrote “Murder on Music Row,” a song about the beginning of the devaluing of the true nature of Country music. Read more about the artist in this week's Sound Advice. See Whitey Morgan and the 78's with Cody Jinks Saturday at Southgate House Revival. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.

Urban Hike: Winter Edition
Photo: Provided
EVENT: URBAN HIKE: WINTER EDITION
Lace up your trainers for a group urban hike with the folks from Imago and Park + Vine. Trek through Over-the-Rhine, downtown, across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge into Covington and finally into Devou Park for a great view. The hike is about eight miles and will consist of some hills. Hikers will stop at Son & Soil in Covington for shots of ginger or turmeric tonic, zoom balls and coffee. Registration includes a snack, boxed lunch and coffee. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. $20. Park + Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, parkandvine.com

EVENT: VALENTINE'S DINNER AT THE ZOO

This wild date night includes special close-up animal encounters in addition to dinner, dessert, a cash bar, wine-and-dine options and complimentary champagne. Guests will learn about the extreme measures some animals take to find a compatible mate in the wild. Saturday-Sunday. $150 per couple. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org

MUSIC: TIGERLILLIES AND THE SUNDRESSES

Acclaimed local Rock band Tigerlilies is taking over Cincinnati all month long, performing a free show every week in February. On Saturday, the band plays Northside’s The Comet with The Sundresses, honoring Valentine’s Day by taking “prom photos” with attendees — come dressed in your tackiest school-dance attire. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/thetigerliliesusa.

EVENT: ROMANCE IN THE HEAVENS
NKU's Haile Digital Planetarium presents an evening of live music, actors telling romantic constellation lore, dessert and coffee. Adults only. 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday. $20 per couple. Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky., 859-572-5600.


SUNDAY

EVENT: SPEED-DATING UNPLUGGED AT NEONS

Chill on the Tinder swiping for a second and meet some people IRL. Voted as one of Cincinnati's best bar for singles, Neons is hosting a series of six-minute speed dates, with some pre-written questions to help get things off to a conversational start. Only the first 30 ladies and gents to arrive will be able to participate. Evening includes romantic food spread from Picnic & Pantry (fruit, chocolate, cheese) and Valentine's cocktail specials. 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Neons Unplugged, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, wellmannsbrands.com/neons.

'Noir'
Photo: Provided
EVENT: PASSION: A POLE TROUPE PRESENTS NOIR
Couples looking for an artistic Valentine’s night out can head to Northside Tavern for aerial art, acro-yoga and some thematic burlesque by Passion: A Pole Troupe. The show is part of Passion’s mission to promote pole dance as performance art; ain’t no creep joint. Come be awed by some sultry athleticism from ladies dressed as sassy dames and femme fatales in Noir. Includes special guests Ginger LeSnapps of Cin City Burlesque and Jazz singer Samantha Carlson. 8 p.m. Sunday. $15; $20 door. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/passionapoletroupe.

EVENT: REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE & BAR'S SINGLE'S BRUNCH

V-Day is not just for couples (although couples are also welcome). Celebrate and treat yourself to a boozy brunch. Includes bottomless mimosas, Cards Against Humanity and hourly gift card giveaways. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 1106 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-0009, revolutionrotisserie.com.


ONSTAGE: CATACOUSTIC CONSORT: THE HEROIC BAROQUE VIOLIN

Spend Valentine’s Day with modern and Baroque violinist Krista Bennion Beeney. Accompanied by harpsichord and bass viola da gamba, Beeney takes on pieces by Leclair, Biber and Bach. 3 p.m. Sunday. $25 general; $10 students; free children 12 and under. Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, E. Walnut Hills, 513-772-3242, catacoustic.com.


EVENT: SONIC VALENTINE FOR THE EARTH

This local concert is part of a worldwide event called World Sound Healing Day, which combines sounds to generate peace and harmony. Featured musicians include Audrey Causilla, chant and piano; Vivian Hurley, gongs; Baoku Moses, Nigerian drumming and chant; and Janice T. Sunflower, Native American flutes. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $15. Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, 513-541-2415, gracecollegehill.org


COMEDY: JOHN ROY
John Roy has been touring steadily and plugging away at his podcast, Don’t Ever Change, where he talks to comedians about what they were like in high school. We hear a lot of so-called origin stories from comics, but Roy insists there’s quite a bit of variety in people’s backstories if you know how to dig. “There are only so many times you can hear ‘nerd boy discovers Punk Rock and becomes confident,’ ” he says. “I try to have a diverse range of guests on to discuss what challenges they faced in high school.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. 

Native Gardens
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: NATIVE GARDENS
When longtime, waspy residents are proud of their formal garden and the young Hispanic couple moving in next door prefer a more natural “native garden,” the temperature goes up. And when there’s a dispute about the property line, well, then there’s outright warfare. This world premiere by Karen Zacarías will entertain audiences (her Book Club Play did the same in 2013), but they’ll also think about how we get along with people who aren’t just like us. Kudos to the Playhouse for commissioning a new play by this skilled playwright. Through Feb. 21. $30-$85. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

Kathleen Wise as the Pilot in 'Grounded' at Ensemble Theatre
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: GROUNDED
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 30th-anniversary season continues with an intense one-woman story told through the eyes of a fierce fighter pilot whose pregnancy “grounds” her. Instead of spending time flying missions, she is stationed in a windowless trailer in the desert outside Las Vegas, flying military drones above the Middle East to hunt down and kill terrorists. Pulled between two worlds, she is trapped in an unsettling pressure cooker. Kathleen Wise, a Cincinnati native with an impressive professional acting career, plays the pilot. Michael Evan Haney, a Cincinnati Playhouse veteran who knows how to shape solo performances into compelling drama, is the director. Through Feb. 14. $28-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org.

Kimberly Gelbwasser and Greg Bossler in Chapter Two
Photo: Mikki Schaffner 
ONSTAGE: CHAPTER TWO
For years, Neil Simon wrote hilarious comedies — Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. But in 1977, he began to mine his own life for material. Chapter Two, a play about a widowed writer trying to start over while still grieving for his late wife, was rooted in his own experience. Simon’s trademarked one-liners are still there, but woven into the show’s humor is a story about coming to terms with death and moving on. With this whimsical play, Simon began to be taken more seriously. Local director Ed Cohen stages Chapter Two, which increases the odds for a good production. Through Feb. 14. $26; $23 seniors/students. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glendale Ave., Covedale, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

EVENT: SKATE WITH YOUR DATE AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Spend Valentine’s Day on the ice with complimentary 2-for-1 skating. In between skating sessions, enter to win a grand prize package from radio station KISS 107.1. Noon-9 p.m. Sunday.$6; $4 skate rental. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com


EVENT: VALENTINE'S NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY

Give your sweetie the universe. Evening includes music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and a viewing of the moon through the Observatory's historic telescope. 8-10 p.m. Sunday. $60 per couple. 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org.

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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List (2/5-2/7)]]> FRIDAY

EVENT: MAINSTRASSE MARDI GRAS

Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all! Break out your beads for MainStrasse’s 20th-annual Mardi Gras parade and party. Events kick off Friday with New Orleans-style drinks and dancing at MainStrasse bars. Then the Grande Parade Saturday features a raucous collection of floats, Big Heads and various wandering intoxicated people weaving through the town starting at 9 p.m. Baubles, bangles and beads available at MainStrasse businesses. Friday and Saturday. Free. MainStrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., 859-491-0458, mainstrasse.org

Terri Kendall
Photo: greateyefilms
DANCE: PERFORMANCE & TIME ARTS
Produced and directed by Shakira Rae Adams and co-producer Jacque Corcoran, Contemporary Dance Theater’s Performance & Time Arts this weekend rolls out a typically diverse mix of music, dance, poetry and multimedia from local performers. Aerialist Terri Kendall’s acrobatic “The Spirited Crow” is dramatic yet whimsical and includes some challenging poses and rolls. Performing flow wand is Samiya Shamma, a freshman at Cincinnati State studying sign language interpreting. She has studied gymnastics and dance over the years and learned flow wand with the My Nose Turns Red youth circus. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12-$15. College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave., College Hill, cdt-dance.org.

Eli's BBQ
Photo: Sarah Urmston
EATS: CINCINNATI MEAT WEEK
Cincy Meat Week continues through Sunday, with events at different local barbecue joints. Eli’s BBQ hosts #SuperBBQSunday starting at 1 p.m. More info meatweek.com/cities/cincinnati.

Carolyn Wonderland
Photo: Sandra Dahdah
MUSIC: CINCY WINTER BLUES FEST
This Friday and Saturday, the Cincy Blues Society’s Winter Blues Fest returns to The Phoenix (812 Race St., Downtown, thephx.com) showcasing over two-dozen Cincinnati Blues acts, as well as headliners like the Nick Moss Band and Carolyn Wonderland on four stages. Music begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 5:15 p.m. Saturday. This year’s lineup shows just how celebrated our local Blues scene is, with many acclaimed and award-winning and nominated artists slated to appear. Read more here.

ONSTAGE: IF/THEN
Cincinnati audiences loved Ensemble Theatre’s 2011 production of next to normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rock musical about a woman afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia. In fact, ETC revived it in 2012 at the end of the same season. Unlike many current Broadway hits, the show wasn’t a musical version of a movie or a collection of familiar Pop tunes. Kitt and Yorkey’s second Broadway collaboration, the musical If/Then, is another show that’s wholly their own creation. It’s currently onstage at the Aronoff Center. Read more about the play here. If/Then continues through Sunday at the Aronoff Center. More info/tickets: cincinnatiarts.org.

Native Gardens
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: NATIVE GARDENS
When longtime, waspy residents are proud of their formal garden and the young Hispanic couple moving in next door prefer a more natural “native garden,” the temperature goes up. And when there’s a dispute about the property line, well, then there’s outright warfare. This world premiere by Karen Zacarías will entertain audiences (her Book Club Play did the same in 2013), but they’ll also think about how we get along with people who aren’t just like us. Kudos to the Playhouse for commissioning a new play by this skilled playwright. Kudos to the Playhouse for commissioning a new play by this skilled playwright. Through Feb. 21. $30-$85. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com

TV: VICE
The Nigerian government sets out to eradicate Boko Haram, but the hunt for insurgents presents more danger; scientists have simplified the gene-editing method, making it easier than ever to retool human evolution. Vice, Season Premiere, 11 p.m., HBO.


SATURDAY

Garage Brewed Moto Show
Photo: Provided
EVENT: GARAGE BREWED MOTO SHOW

Rhinegeist will be packed with 50 custom bikes from builders all over the Midwest, who range in experience from professional builders to those who build straight outta their home garage. Come view the bikes, many of which were made specifically for the show, and vote for your favorite. That’s right, there are no professional judges. Builders will compete for the guests’ attention — and votes — during the moto show. 5 p.m.-midnight. Saturday. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, garagebrewed.com

'Remember'
Photo: via IMDb
FILM: JEWISH & ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
The Mayerson JCC hosts a month-long festival of thought-provoking, controversial and inspiring films at theaters throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Featuring the work of both established and emerging filmmakers, selections include Jewish-interest films produced in and outside of Israel. The event kicks off Saturday with a screening of Remember at The Carnegie. The thriller follows an elderly man and Auschwitz survivor (Christopher Plummer) in his search — aided by a hand-written letter and fellow survivor — for the person responsible for the death of his family. Ticket price includes a drink, dessert reception and valet parking. 8 p.m. Saturday. $36; $32 JCC members. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., mayersonjcc.org.  http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34554-festival_of_plenty.html 

Alex Stone
Photo: Provided
COMEDY: ALEX STONE
It has been quite a year for Sycamore Township native Alex Stone. After relocating to New York City, where he moved in with fellow Cincinnati comic Sam Evans, Stone released a CD titled Hello. Recorded at Go Bananas, the album perfectly encapsulates Stone’s storytelling style, while still containing plenty of absurdist jokes. Whether it’s talking about visiting home and staying in his old bedroom or telling the tale of how his girlfriend’s friend was hit on by actor John Stamos, Stone finds the funny. This past fall, Stone and roommate Evans started a podcast called F*** You We Like The Bengals, which each week deconstructed (or, more accurately, roasted) that week’s opponent. Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com

TV: SNL 
Bernie Sanders doppelgänger Larry David hosts; The 1975 performs. Saturday Night Live 11:30 p.m., NBC.

EVENT: CHRISTIAN MOERLEIN SUPER FIRKIN SATURDAY 
Moerlein hosts its first firkin cask beer festival Saturday to correspond with the big game. There will be innovative and experimental brews with one-time creations from Moerlein and other breweries from across Ohio. A dollar from each pint will be donated to the family of fallen firefighter Patrick Wolterman. 2-6 p.m. Free admission. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.

SUNDAY
TV: THE SUPERBOWL
The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in basically the only thing on TV tonight. First-timers Coldplay and Super Bowl vets Beyoncé and Bruno Mars look to one-up Left Shark for the halftime entertainment. Super Bowl 50, 6:30 p.m., CBS.

'The Guilty'
Photo: Ji Hyun Kwon
ART: JI HYUN KWON: THE GUILTY AT IRIS BOOKCAFE
Iris BookCafé has extended its current photography exhibition, Ji Hyun Kwon: The Guilty, through Feb. 12. Ji Hyun Kwon, a young Korean woman, began this series to “reconcile her own sense of guilt and selfishness for being an artist while the rest of the world continues in persistent suffering,” according to curator William Messer. She then went on to explore how those from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds wear their senses of guilt. She asked her subjects to express this guilt in writing and then transferred it to their faces in portraits. The show also separately provides their complete statements. Through Feb. 12. Free. 1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, irisbookcafe.com

Krohn Spring Floral Show
Photo: Provided
ATTRACTION: HATCHING SPRING BLOOMS AT KROHN
We might have just gotten our first snows of the season, but Krohn Conservatory is launching headlong into spring with its new floral show, Hatching Spring Blooms. Spring is in the air with fragrant daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas and bright green grass laid out in geometric patterns. Overhead, painted pastel branches hang above a canopy of trees, decorated with hundreds of painted eggs. You can even wander a hidden forest path lined with moss and stepping stones. Through March 13. $4 adults; $2 youth. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com



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<![CDATA[Your Weekend To Do List (1/29-1/31)]]> FRIDAY

ART: ART AFTER DARK: WINTER WILDERNESS

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark: Winter Wilderness celebrates art and nature with an after-hours party. There will be live Folk music by local band Wilder and guided tours of the exhibit Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert. Lempert is a German photographer who studied biology and presents a special view on plants and animals. Wear black and white to go along with Lempert’s black-and-white photography. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Photo: Matthew Kolodziej

ART: PATCH WORK: NEW PAINTINGS AT CARL SOLWAY GALLERY
Carl Solway Gallery hosts an opening reception for Matthew Kolodziej’s Patch Work: New Paintings, a selection of work informed by the painter’s interest in materials, archeology and construction processes. Although they resemble Abstract Expressionism, Kolodziej’s pieces are multi-layered fragments of visual details captured from architectural sites in flux. The painter, a professor of art at the University of Akron, photographs sites in the Midwest rust belt and then creates a patchwork of dimensional surfaces via a sophisticated process of computer manipulation, projection, tracing and paint application. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. On view through March 26. Free. 424 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine, solwaygallery.com.

'Grounded'
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: GROUNDED
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 30th-anniversary season continues with an intense one-woman story told through the eyes of a fierce fighter pilot whose pregnancy “grounds” her. Instead of spending time flying missions, she is stationed in a windowless trailer in the desert outside Las Vegas, flying military drones above the Middle East to hunt down and kill terrorists. Pulled between two worlds, she is trapped in an unsettling pressure cooker. Kathleen Wise, a Cincinnati native with an impressive professional acting career, plays the pilot. Michael Evan Haney, a Cincinnati Playhouse veteran who knows how to shape solo performances into compelling drama, is the director. Through Feb. 14. $28-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org.

ONSTAGE: SALOME
There's a heat wave coming Friday in Corbett Auditorium. The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music concludes its “Great Decade” festival with a concert performance of Richard Strauss’ Salome, an opera that packs enough obsession, erotic sensuality and dysfunction to fuel an entire reality-show season for E! — in 90 minutes. Oscar Wilde based his Symbolist play Salome on the New Testament story of a young woman whose dancing won her the head of John the Baptist. The play was banned in London; Wilde translated it into French for the Paris premiere in 1896 and Strauss used a German translation for the libretto of his 1905 opera. Read more about the performance here. CCM Philharmonia presents Salome Friday at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. More info: ccm.uc.edu.

ONSTAGE: THE WIZARD OF OZ
Yes, it’s a stage rendition of Dorothy’s 1939 cinematic dream of Oz, with every bit of music you will recall — plus a number you won’t (it includes “The Jitterbug,” deleted from the film) — performed lushly by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. This is a rather ambitious undertaking for The Carnegie, given the rather small stage: it’s accommodating 14 musicians and KSO conductor J. R. Cassidy as well as this expansive, highly visual story. But it’s all been managed with a whopping dose of creativity, especially the scenic design by Pam Kravetz. Her imagination knows no bounds, it seems, and I suspect it inspired some of director Matt Wilson’s zany choices as well as other design aspects of the show — such as the head of the “Great and Powerful Oz,” a large puppet made of cardboard boxes and paper cups, with moveable jaws and wiggling eyebrows. Or the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys — augmented by cardboard cut-outs on sticks waved up and down the aisles by young cast members. Read the full review here. The Wizard of Oz, presented by The Carnegie in Covington, will be onstage through Jan. 31. More info/tickets: thecarnegie.com.

SATURDAY
Tanya Tagaq's Cincinnati performance will feature her voice and the film Nanook of the North.
Photo: Ivan Otis
MUSIC: TANYA TAGAQ
Tanya Tagaq, the extraordinary Inuit throat singer, will provide vocal accompaniment to a screening of the silent film Nanook of the North at Cincinnati’s Woodward Theater this weekend. Her unusual background and performance style need introductions. Tagaq grew up in far northern Canada, at the small Arctic Archipelago town of Cambridge Bay in the largest and least-populated Canadian territory, Nunavut. Her town is on Victoria Island, one of the world’s largest. The Inuit are indigenous residents, originating from the land where they continue to live. They used to be called Eskimo, a term that has fallen out of favor. But while Tagaq very much identifies with those roots — her mother lived in an igloo until age 12 — her father was from Great Britain. After attending a residential high school at Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, she moved far away to study at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, where she fell in love with cutting-edge contemporary art forms. Read a full feature on Tagaq hereTanya Tagaq performs Saturday at Woodward Theater. Tickets are available at contemporaryartscenter.org.

MadTree's Winter Bonanza
Photo: Provided
EVENT: MADTREE WINTER BONANZA
MadTree celebrates its third birthday with the annual Winter Bonanza. This event features nearly 60 warming craft beers with favorites, limited releases and barrel-aged brews from MadTree, plus guest taps from other local and regional breweries. All beer tickets are $5, and pours range from 7-16 oz. depending on the brew. Keep your ears open for music from the likes of The Almighty Get Down and Rumpke Mountain Boys, and keep your belly full with bites from Catch-a-Fire Pizza, Red Sesame, Bone’s Burgers and C’est Cheese. Noon-1 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. MadTree Brewing Company, 5164 Kennedy Ave., Oakley, 513-836-8733, madtreebrewing.com.

Chad Daniels
Photo: Provided
COMEDY: CHAD DANIELS
“I think one of the biggest problems I’m talking about right now is parents giving their kids excuses,” says comedian Chad Daniels. “The problem is all the kid knows is excuses and he just keeps acting like an asshole. That’s the middle of my set right now.” But Daniels is quick to point out, “I can tell you I have zero answers to anything, but I do like to stir the pot a little bit.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. 

'Chapter Two'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: CHAPTER TWO
For years, Neil Simon wrote hilarious comedies — Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. But in 1977, he began to mine his own life for material. Chapter Two, a play about a widowed writer trying to start over while still grieving for his late wife, was rooted in his own experience. Simon’s trademarked one-liners are still there, but woven into the show’s humor is a story about coming to terms with death and moving on. With this whimsical play, Simon began to be taken more seriously. Local director Ed Cohen stages Chapter Two, which increases the odds for a good production. Through Feb. 14. $26; $23 seniors/students. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glendale Ave., Covedale, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

Keeps
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: KEEPS
If you thought “Nashville” and “Stoner Rock” were the most incongruous words to show up in the same sentence (see my All Them Witches preview from last year’s MidPont Music Festival), replace the latter with “Dream Pop” and prepare to have your mind blown by the two-man-with-help Psychedelic Indie Rock orchestra known as Keeps.  Gusti Escalante and Robbie Jackson met on their first day at Belmont University in Nashville and forged a friendship over their mutual distaste for the glittery Country veneer of their newly adopted hometown. Read more about Keeps in this week's Sound Advice. See Keeps with The Yugos and Orchards Saturday at Southgate House Revival. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com. 

'The People's State of the Union'
Photo: Brandon Simmoneau
ART: THE PEOPLE'S STATE OF THE UNION
Through her work as a cultural agent for the radically inclusive grassroots “U.S. Department of Arts and Culture” — not affiliated with any governmental agency — artist and activist Joi Sears has organized an exhibition and storytelling event called The People’s State of the Union at the new Artspace Hamilton Lofts this weekend. Artists and visitors are encouraged to bring their own artwork, stories and poetry — or game-changing ideas — to share and reflect on the challenges and opportunities affecting the nation. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Artspace Hamilton Lofts, 222 High St., Hamilton, tinyurl.com/htsvqxz.


SUNDAY
Cincinnati Entertainment Awards
Photo: Khoi Nguyen
EVENT: CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS

You know the bands. You’ve seen them perform. You’ve voted for your favorites. Now it’s time to find out which local musical acts are winners of the 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. CityBeat’s 19th-annual CEAs take over Covington’s Madison Theater for a night of unforgettable results and performances. CEA nominees including Jess Lamb, The Slippery Lips, Abiyah, The Whiskey Shambles and Rumpke Mountain Boys take the stage between award presentations. But the celebration doesn’t end there — stick around for the CEA After Party at Madison Live with music all night from Skeleton Hands. A portion of proceeds benefits the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. 6 p.m. Sunday. $20 advance; $25 door; $50 VIP. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-491-2444, citybeat.com.

Park Vine Vegan Chili Cook-off
Photo: Provided
EVENT: PARK + VINE CHILI COOK-OFF
Cincinnati’s favorite vegan café and green general store invites you to show off your unique twist on chili, with recipes featuring tofu, tempeh, seitan and/or vegetables. Enter your recipe to be judged by local celebrity foodies — including Colonel De and Joanne Drilling of Cincinnati Magazine — in categories like Most Likely to Serve to Unsuspecting Family or Guests. Or come ready to sample the results. Contest entry required by 6 p.m. Saturday; space is limited to 15. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. $10 entry fee; $10 chili tasting; $15 at the door; free for children under 10. Park + Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275, parkandvine.com

FILM: MOVING IMAGES: THOMAS STRUTH AND THOMAS RUFF
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Moving Images film series starts off 2016 with short documentaries about two contemporary German photographers named Thomas: Ralph Goertz and Werner Raeune’s Thomas Struth and Goertz’s Thomas Ruff. Both Struth and Ruff studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher, whose deadpan architectural photos have proven very influential. Also, both Struth and Ruff, men who worked in color, began showing in the late 1970s and are in the permanent collections of many museums. 2-4 p.m. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Scott H. Biram
Photo: Sandy Carson
MUSIC: SCOTT H. BIRAM
Scott H. Biram is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who performs unaccompanied. But those going to his show expecting to see a laidback, unplugged troubadour are in for a rude (and often rowdy) awakening. While his music shows the influence of Roots/Americana, Biram injects his songwriting with a broad range of inspirations, calling his sound “the bastard child of Punk, Blues, Country, Hillbilly, Bluegrass, Chain Gang, Metal and Classic Rock.” His latest album for Bloodshot Records, Nothin’ But Blood, wonderfully showcases his dynamic output. Read more about Biram in this week's Sound Advice. See Scott H. Biram with Strahan & The Good Neighbors Sunday at Southgate House Revival. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.
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EVENT: A MOVEABLE FEAST

Whether you are a theatergoer, symphony lover or tech junkie, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s most popular fundraiser has something for you. Enjoy cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres in between lively performances that sample the best of CCM, including musical theater, dance, drama, opera, choral music, chamber music, wind symphony, piano, backstage tours and lighting demos. 6:15-10:30 p.m. Friday. $35-$125. University of Cincinnati, Mary Emery Hall, 290 CCM Blvd., Clifton Heights, ccm.uc.edu.

Body Against Body features three illuminating works from the company's early years.
Photo: Paul B. Goode
DANCE: BODY AGAINST BODY
Eight members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company appear this weekend in Body Against Body at the Aronoff Center. The company was founded in 1982 by Bill T. Jones and his partner Arnie Zane, who died in 1988. Cincinnati audiences will see three illuminating pieces that return to company roots: Duet X 2 and Shared Distance — both small, intimate works from 1982 performed in silence — and Continuous Replay, an early solo concept from Zane most recently revised as a full company piece in 1994, set to “Music for Octet” composed and assembled by Jerome Begin from Beethoven string quartets. Read more about the performance hereContemporary Dance Theater presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Body Against Body Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Tickets/more info: cdt-dance.org/billtjones16.

'Chapter Two'
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
ONSTAGE: CHAPTER TWO
For years, Neil Simon wrote hilarious comedies — Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. But in 1977, he began to mine his own life for material. Chapter Two, a play about a widowed writer trying to start over while still grieving for his late wife, was rooted in his own experience. Simon’s trademarked one-liners are still there, but woven into the show’s humor is a story about coming to terms with death and moving on. With this whimsical play, Simon began to be taken more seriously. Local director Ed Cohen stages Chapter Two, which increases the odds for a good production. Through Feb. 14. $26; $23 seniors/students. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glendale Ave., Covedale, 513-241-6550, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

Sarah Colonna
Photo: Provided
COMEDY: SARAH COLONNA
“When I was 5, I was like, ‘I’m going to be comedian and an actress and I’m going to be on TV.’ My mom was like, ‘OK,’” says comedian Sarah Colonna. After she moved to Los Angeles, her mom continued to be her biggest cheerleader, even when times were rough. That belief and Colonna’s tenacity paid off — she eventually became a writer and panelist on Cheslea Lately, as well as a best-selling author. Her second book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants?, was released last year. Much like her stand-up, the book focuses on personal stories in a sharp, hilarious and self-effacing style. Showtimes Thursday-Saturday. $12-$17. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, 513-779-5233, liberty.funnybone.com.

Luke Wade
Photo: Provided
MUSIC: LUKE WADE
Unlike a lot of contestants on The Voice, NBC’s vocal talent show, Luke Wade wasn’t looking to get a record deal out of the experience. He had already released his sophomore album, The River, the spring before he successfully navigated the competition’s audition process and secured a spot on Pharrell Williams’ team until his eventual elimination in the program’s seventh season. Wade’s consolation prize was the broad exposure he’d received on The Voice, which translated to an exponential increase in his core audience and a significant spike in interest regarding The River. Critical comparisons between Wade and singer/song-writers like Ray LaMontagne, Van Morrison and Glen Hansard were completely justified, as Wade’s mournful rasp and earnestly heartfelt songwriting style placed him firmly in their hallowed company. Read more in this week's Sound AdviceLuke Wade performs Friday at Live! at the Ludlow Garage. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com.

SATURDAY
'Downton Abbey'
Photo: PBS
EVENT: FANDOM: DOWNTON ABBEY
If you happen to be a fan of Downton Abbey or a superfan of the costumes and witty one-liners of the Dowager Countess — and who isn’t? — head to the Cincinnati Art Museum for “Fandom: Downton Abbey,” part of the museum’s new monthly gallery conversation series that brings together art and pop culture through guided gallery tours. Celebrate (or mourn) the conclusion of Downton Abbey with an exploration of museum collection paintings, objects and costumes that fit into the lavish lifestyle of the Granthams. 2-3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-ARTS, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Karneval Maskenball
Photo: Germania Society 
EVENT: 2016 KARNEVAL MASKENBALL
Glücklicher Karneval! The annual Rheinische celebration of Karneval, or German Mardi Gras, begins every year on Nov. 11 (specifically at 11:11 a.m.) and continues through Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Join in the festivities during the Germania Society of Cincinnati’s 2016 Maskenball, an eccentric and colorful dance that culminates with a costume contest and prizes, with winners determined by the newly crowned Prinzenpaar — prince and princess — of the Germania Society’s current Karneval season. The PROST band performs live music throughout the evening in addition to traditional dance routines by the Germania Prinzengarde. 7:11-11:45 p.m. Saturday. $20. Radisson Hotel, 668 W. Fifth St., Covington, Ky., 513-742-0060, germaniasociety.com

X_X
Photo: Jim O'Bryan
MUSIC: X_X
If you draw a blank at the mention of the Cleveland Art-Experimental-Noise-Proto-Punk band X_X, that’s what its founder, John D. Morton, wants. That’s because the band’s name is pronounced “X-blank-X,” and it has been known to insert some other name into that blank space to fit the mood or project of the moment. It’s the kind of confounding, confrontational gesture one expects from a band led by a visual/performance artist. For instance, X_X used the name X (The Jazz Destroyers) X for their new record, Albert Ayler’s Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto. It is the group’s first new album since… well, a case can be made it’s their first ever. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice. See X_X with Obnox and All-Seeing Eyes Saturday at MOTR Pub. More info/tickets: motrpub.com.

Krohn Spring Floral Show
Photo: Provided
ATTRACTIONS: HATCHING SPRING BLOOMS AT KROHN CONSERVATORY
We might have just gotten our first snows of the season, but Krohn Conservatory is launching headlong into spring with its new floral show, Hatching Spring Blooms. Spring is in the air with fragrant daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas and bright green grass laid out in geometric patterns. Overhead, painted pastel branches hang above a canopy of trees, decorated with hundreds of painted eggs. You can even wander a hidden forest path lined with moss and stepping stones. Through March 13. $4 adults; $2 youth. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com

SUNDAY 
Taft's Ale House
Photo: Jesse Fox 
EVENT: CINCY BRUNCH BUS
Take Sunday Funday to a new level with Cincy Brew Bus’ Brunch Bus. The party starts at Taft’s Ale House with the brewhouse brunch menu, followed by a full-size beer tasting starting at 11:15 a.m. Then hop on the bus for stops at Rhinegiest and MadTree, with behind-the-scenes tours, informative history lessons, fun and more beer. Tour lasts approximately five hours. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. $52. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-258-7909, cincybrewbus.com 

The von Trapps
Photo: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
ONSTAGE: PINK MARTINI WITH SPECIAL GUEST THE VON TRAPPS
Place yourself smack-dab in the middle of a Rio de Janeiro Samba parade — just a little closer to home than Brazil. Twelve-piece “little orchestra” Pink Martini joins the Cincinnati Pops for a multi-lingual concert that showcases a mix of Cabaret, Samba and Jazz. Place yourself smack-dab in the middle of a Rio de Janeiro Samba parade — just a little closer to home than Brazil. Twelve-piece “little orchestra” Pink Martini joins the Cincinnati Pops for a multi-lingual concert that showcases a mix of Cabaret, Samba and Jazz. 7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$95. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-3300, cincinnatisymphony.org

The X-Files returns to Fox Jan. 24.
Photo: Ed Araquel/FOX
TV: THE X-FILES
Mulder and Scully are back. In this 10th-season opener, the duo reteams when a popular web-show host uncovers a possible government conspiracy. Elsewhere, someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens shakes Mulder’s beliefs. The limited series continues with its regular schedule at 8 p.m. Monday with an investigation into a scientist’s suicide that leads the two to a lab used for unusual genetic experiments. Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Fox.

ATTRACTIONS: ICE RINK AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE
Fountain Square’s Ice Rink is officially open, offering daily skating and special events all the way through February. Rent a pair of skates on-site and spend the day in the heart of downtown. Open daily. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com

ONSTAGE: DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! DANCING ALL NIGHT TOUR
Live music, flamboyant and glittery costumes, a partially shirted Valentin Chmerkovskiy… If you enjoy watching this dancing competition on TV, you’ll love seeing it in your own backyard at the Taft Theatre. The new production of Dancing With the Stars Live! follows previous back-to-back, sold-out tours. Fans can expect to see special guests alongside the regular troop of ballroom pros. 7 p.m. Sunday. $47-$75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org

“Necklace” by Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean Clemént
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Provided by The Cincinnati Art Museum
ART: HIGH STYLE: TWENTIETH-CENTURY MASTERWORKS FROM THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION
Two separate traveling fashion exhibitions — High Style and The Total Look — both brought here by Cynthia Amneus, curator of fashion arts and textiles/chief curator, showed how 20th-century fashion can have just as visionary and avant-garde an agenda — in the hands of a Gernreich, Charles James or Elsa Schiaparelli — as painting or sculpture. High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection continues through Jan. 24 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
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ONSTAGE: KINKY BOOTS

Encountering a show title that uses the word “kinky,” you might think that the so-named play could push the boundaries of taste. That’s certainly not the case with Kinky Boots, despite the images the title suggests. In fact, the touring production of this Broadway hit (winner of several Tony Awards), at the Aronoff for a two-week run, opens with a building façade that looks as if it was moved in from a historic street in pre-3CDC Over-the-Rhine. It’s actually the Price & Son shoe factory in Northampton, England. But built in 1890, as the sign proclaims, it’s the same vintage as many buildings in Cincinnati’s historic neighborhood. Read the full review here. Kinky Boots, presented by Broadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, continues through Jan. 17.

Barrel Aged Beer Bash
Photo: Jungle Jim's
EVENT: BARREL AGED BEER BASH
Jungle Jim's celebrates barrel-aged beer with this annual bash. Attendees can move between booths, sampling more than 80 different types of rare beers aged in barrels ranging from wine to whiskey from a variety of brewers. Many beers aren’t available outside of their respective brewery’s walls, and many won’t be bottled either. This festival-style tasting party proves that many things do get better with age. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $40; $15 designated driver. The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com

Elena Rodriguez and Clint Fisher in 'Double|Sided'
Photo: Courtesy of MamLuft&Co. Dance
DANCE: DOUBLE|SIDED
Cincinnati’s resident modern dance company MamLuft&Co. Dance, now in its ninth season, opens 2016 with Double|Sided, an eye-opening world premiere. It’s been co-choreographed for the company, known for conceptual nuance and athleticism, by company members Elena Rodriguez and Steven P. Evans, who also dance in the piece. The full-length work is performed in an intimate space without a proscenium. The audience will be seated so that each side can see only half of the stage at the beginning of the performance. Read more about the performance here. MamLuft&Co. Dance presents Double|Sided Thursday-Sunday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. More info: mamluftcodance.org.

Gill Landry
Photo: Andrea Behrends
MUSIC: GILL LANDRY
As an erstwhile member of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gill Landry has been a vital component of one of the most expansively creative American Bluegrass outfits of the past two decades. As a solo artist, Landry has applied a modern veneer to traditional Country and Folk, crafting songs that combine the melancholy perspective of a contemporary Americana troubadour with the ramshackle wear and tear of a classic hobo. Comparisons to Bob Dylan, John Prine and Tom Waits are neither inappropriate nor undeserved. Read more about Landry in this week's Sound Advice. Gill Landry performs with Noah Smith Friday at Live! at the Ludlow Garage. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com. 

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show
Photo: Hart Productions
EVENTS: CINCINNATI TRAVEL, SPORTS & BOAT SHOW
The 59th-annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show continues the tradition of celebrating outdoorsman hobbies with more than 400 displays of boats, RVs, hunting and fishing gear and the latest in camping technology and adventure sports. Attendees can even test out some kayaks and paddleboats in a 17,000-gallon demo pool. Admission to the Cincinnati Golf Show (Friday-Sunday) is included with ticket purchase. Through Jan. 24. $12 adults; free for 12 and younger. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnatiboatshow.com

'Fiber?'
Photo: Jonpaul Smith
ART: FIBER? AT C-LINK GALLERY
Here’s a creative way to add more fiber to your diet: Brazee Street Studios’ C-LINK Gallery presents Fiber?, an exhibit combining traditional quilting, felting and weaving techniques with unconventional materials. Opening night features a performance by colorful installation artist and fashion designer Lindsey Whittle, who likes to connect with audiences via Velcro. (You might want to leave your snag-prone sweater at home.) Other artists include Judy Dominic, Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb, Jonpaul Smith and others. Opening 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 26. Free. 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, cincyartlink.com

SATURDAY
MUSIC: BEST NEW BANDS SHOWCASE
The 7 p.m. show features New Artist of the Year nominees Go Go Buffalo, Dawg Yawp, Coconut Milk, JSPH and The Skulx, and also special guests Daniel Van Vechten and Dead Man String Band. Speaking of special, the night will close with a performance by rockers Honeyspiders, who won the CEA for New Artist of the Year in 2015 and are nominated for CEAs this year in the Rock, Best Live Act and Album of the Year categories.  Admission for Saturday’s showcase is only $5. For more on the 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, visit citybeat.com's CEA page.

Art on Vine
Photo: Provided 
EVENT: ART ON VINE
Support local artists at Art on Vine, a monthly boutique art fair. Back indoors for its third year at Rhinegeist Brewery, the fair showcases fine art, handmade goods and photography from more than 60 local artists. Skyline Chili, Holtman’s Donuts and Rhinegeist will be available for purchase while you shop. 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com. 

After disolving Saintseneca in 2011, Zac Little (second from right) revived it just a year later.
Photo: Nick Fancher
MUSIC: SAINTSENECA
When Noble County, Ohio native Zac Little was in high school, he heard Led Zeppelin make its musical point with a mandolin, and that led him to the conclusion that if banging on four instruments was interesting, three times that many would be exponentially incredible. When Little entered Ohio State, he began collecting the musical menagerie that currently defines his shifting and engaging band, Saintseneca. “I was bored just playing guitar,” Little says. “You get a mandolin, a dulcimer, a bass or a synth, and all of a sudden, there’s this whole other terrain you can access that you never would have touched on guitar. It was just not being content with the limits of playing one instrument and wanting to have a broad spectrum of access to all that sonic territory.” Read more about Saintseneca here. Saintseneca plays Saturday at Southgate House Revival. Tickets/more info: southgatehouse.com.

Shawn Klush as Elvis
Photo: Provided by Taft Theatre
MUSIC: THE ELVIS TRIBUE ARTIST SPECTACULAR
Slip on your best pair of blue suede shoes and head to the Taft for an era-by-era tribute to one of music’s greatest entertainers. The theater’s annual Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular returns Saturday with the world’s best Elvis entertainers/impersonators Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter and Ryan Pelton, who will each perform a unique, hip-thrusting take on Elvis Presley at different points in his ground-breaking career. Special guests include DJ Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, former members of the Stamps Quartet and tribute orchestra The Fabulous Ambassadors Band. 8 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 7 p.m. $21.50-$41.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-232-6220, tafttheatre.org.

Kirill Gerstein
Photo: Marco Borggreve
ONSTAGE: BRAHMS & SCHUMANN: SONGS FOR CLARA
The latest installation in Louis Langrée's and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s two-year Brahms Fest, Songs for Clara, features compositions of warmth and romance from both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms for Clara, Schumann’s wife (possibly at one time Brahms’ mistress) and a distinguished pianist in her own right. Special guest pianist Kirill Gerstein will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the CSO, and end the night with Brahms’ "Symphony No. 1," whose finale includes a horn theme originally written as a birthday song for Clara. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$99. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org

Wildhoney
Photo: Poor Brain PR
MUSIC: WILDHONEY
Apparently, this is the age of musicians using the word ‘honey’ in their band name. There is Oh Honey from Brooklyn, N.Y., Moon Honey from Baton Rouge, La., HoneyHoney from Los Angeles, The Locust Honey String Band from Nashville, Tenn., The Honey Chasers from Johnson City, Tenn., The Honeycutters from Asheville, N.C. and many more.  Wildhoney is a new Rock band out of Baltimore that is out to cut through the pollen-jelly-saturated world of music. The group has its roots in Punk but lately has veered toward more atmospheric, hook-laden fare. They are a part of the recent return to 1960s Psychedelia that foments every few years. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Wildhoney plays MOTR Pub Saturday. More info/tickets: motrpub.com.

Lebanon Antique Show and Sale
Photo: Provided
EVENT: LEBANON ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE
For 68 years, the Warren County Historical Society has put on a spectacular display of folk art, American and Continental furnishings, decorative arts, textiles, primitives and fine art from as early as the 18th century. The Lebanon Antique Show’s wide array of unique pieces and spread of food are sure to keep everyone happy, even the hangry who are sick of shopping. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $8 door; $6 online; good for both days. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, wchsmuseum.org/events.  

SUNDAY
“Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 38” by Jacob Lawrence, 1938
Photo: Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982
ART: HEROISM IN PAINT — FINAL DAY 
Currently on display at the Taft Museum of Art is Heroism in Paint: A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence, featuring the world-renowned painter’s first venture in creating a series of historical paintings — The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture series, which launched his successful 60-plus-year artistic career and made him into a de facto historian.  Some of the most striking pieces in the L’Ouverture series are the ones in which Lawrence allows his abstracted patterns of color to set a mood. Painting 21, for example, depicts the aftermath of the Haitian general’s attack on the English at Artibonite. In this figureless landscape, the painter puts the colonial commodity of sugarcane front and center in the composition, which is largely composed of contrasting shades and tones of undulating green sugarcane reeds. Read a full review of the exhibit here. Heroism in Paint: A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence is on view through Jan. 17 at the Taft Museum of Art. More info: taftmuseum.org.


Krohn Spring Floral Show
Photo: Provided

ATTRACTIONS: HATCHING SPRING BLOOMS AT THE KROHN CONSERVATORY

We might have just gotten our first snows of the season, but Krohn Conservatory is launching headlong into spring with its new floral show, Hatching Spring Blooms. Spring is in the air with fragrant daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas and bright green grass laid out in geometric patterns. Overhead, painted pastel branches hang above a canopy of trees, decorated with hundreds of painted eggs. You can even wander a hidden forest path lined with moss and stepping stones. Through March 13. $4 adults; $2 youth. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com


ATTRACTIONS: ICE RINK AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Fountain Square’s Ice Rink is officially open, offering daily skating and special events all the way through February. Rent a pair of skates on-site and spend the day in the heart of downtown. Open daily. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com


“Necklace” by Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean Clemént
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Provided by The Cincinnati Art Museum.
ART: HIGH-STYLE: 20TH-CENTURY MASTERWORKS FROM THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM COSTUME COLLECTION

Two separate traveling fashion exhibitions — High Style and The Total Look — both brought here by Cynthia Amneus, curator of fashion arts and textiles/chief curator, showed how 20th-century fashion can have just as visionary and avant-garde an agenda — in the hands of a Gernreich, Charles James or Elsa Schiaparelli — as painting or sculpture. And you can wear it! Read about other striking 2015 art exhibits here. High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection continues through Jan. 24 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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FRIDAY

SPORTS: REDSFEST

So maybe they came in last in the NL Central last season, but they’re still our Cincinnati Reds, and while they may not win the season, they always win the traditions. Redsfest is the team’s annual winter warm-up, offering fans of all ages a chance to interact with Reds past, present and future with autograph signings, games and other activities. See appearances from the likes of Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto, Marty Brennaman and more, plus play on an indoor baseball field, check out Reds-related booth displays, visit the Hall of Fame and pick up some authentic merchandise. But Redsfest isn’t just about the Reds — it helps sustain the Reds Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the team, which improves the lives of young people through baseball. 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday. $17 single-day pass; $25 two-day pass. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com

The Cincinnati Men's Chorus
Photo: David N. Martin
HOLIDAY: SAENGERFEST
Three years ago, Saengerfest — a German tradition that celebrates choir singing groups, or Saengerbunds — returned to Cincinnati after a 60-year hiatus. Although the event was hugely popular after it was established locally in 1849, popularity died down with the rise of the May Festival. Now, Saengerfest is back, and it’s taking over four historical venues patrons can tour while enjoying choral classics: the Christian Moerlein brewery, St. Francis Seraph, the First Lutheran Church and the Over-the-Rhine Community Church. Fourteen choirs, including the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, the May Festival Youth Chorus, MUSE | Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the SCPA Primary Select Choir, will participate. Shuttle buses take concert-goers from venue to venue. 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25 per night. christmassaengerfest.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Photo: Provided
HOLIDAY: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA WINTER TOUR
As part of its annual winter tour, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is visiting Cincinnati for a musical retelling of a holiday story, recounted in the orchestra’s unique audio-visual way. This year’s performance is “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which follows a young girl who runs away from home and finds herself among the ghosts of an abandoned vaudeville theater. The story includes Christmas classics like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Music Box Blues” and “This Christmas Day.” A portion of ticket proceeds benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Toys for Tots, St. Joseph’s Orphanage and The Music Resource Center. Tickets purchased online come with a digital copy of the orchestra’s recently released studio album. 4 and 8 p.m. Friday. $35.50-$63. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.

Jess Lamb
Photo: Annette Navarro
MUSIC: JESS LAMB
This Friday, Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter Jess Lamb will be putting out a new EP, her first major release since her post-American Idol single, “Memories.” In honor of the release, Lamb is performing a free show Friday at MOTR Pub. Joining Lamb and her band for the 9 p.m. event are Dayton, Ohio’s Moira and Cincinnati’s The Perfect Children.  The EP — titled Free and featuring the tracks “Lovers on the Run” and “Step Out of the Dark”  — marks an expansion of Lamb’s musical approach as she moves into new territories that were only hinted at previously. Dubbed “Industrial Gospel” by Lamb, her new recording is more heavily focused on synths, beats and guitars, which help create an atmospheric sound that’s even darker than her earlier work. Read more about Lamb here. Jess Lamb performs a free show Friday at MOTR Pub. More info: motrpub.com.

Photo: The Cincinnati Zoo
HOLIDAY: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
It’s that time of year again — more than 2 million sparkling lights illuminate the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, transforming its exhibits and landscape into an exuberant “Wild Wonderland.” New in 2015 are a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake and a Frozen-themed area where guests can meet Anna and Elsa. Other festival features include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Toyland Express Train Ride and a black-light show by Madcap Puppets. Remember to stop by the Holiday Post Office and the newly themed Gingerbread Village, where you can peek through the windows of each house to find the mouse that lives inside. Through Jan. 2. $27 adults; $21 seniors/children. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org

'Irving Berlin's White Christmas'
Photo: Kevin White
HOLIDAY: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
This holiday tale, full of romance, comedy and choreographed dance routines, is brought from the screen to the stage in 
an all-new Broadway musical. Including classic Berlin songs like “Blue Skies,” and, of course, “White Christmas,” this story follows two war buddies from Florida to Vermont as they plan a fantastic show in the rundown inn of their former general, finding two sweethearts in the process. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, packed with laughs and some of the best songs in show business, is one of the greatest beginnings to the holiday season. Through Dec. 6. Tickets start at $29. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org


HOLIDAY: CINCIDEUTSCH CHRISTKINDLMARKT

Cincideutsch, Cincinnati’s society for German speakers, hosts its annual Bavarian-inspired Christmas market on Fountain Square. Inspired by the famous holiday markets across Germany, Christkindlmarkt features gifts made by local vendors and artisans, traditional German eats and Glühwein (aka hot spiced wine). Another good excuse to break out the dirndl. Weekends through Dec. 20. Free admission. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com


As You Like It
Photo: Mikki Schaffner

ONSTAGE: AS YOU LIKE IT

Who knew cross-dressing could be such fun? Apparently Shakespeare did. All the actors on the Elizabethan stage were men, so having Rosalind dress as a man while hiding in the Forest of Arden was a kind of double-down trick. While disguised, she finds the forest’s trees covered with love poems about her “real” self. What’s a girl to do? That’s what As You Like It is about. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, it’s a good-natured choice for the holidays. Audience favorite Sara Clark will play Rosalind; she excels with verbal comedy, so be prepared to laugh. Through Dec. 12. $22-$39. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com


SATURDAY

Dad Day at Rhinegeist
Photo: Rhinegeist
EVENT: DAD DAY AT RHINEGEIST

Party in plaid with dad at Rhinegeist. The brewery celebrates the release of its seasonal brew Dad — a hoppy holiday ale — with a party featuring commemorative glassware and posters for the first 100 guests. The event is BYOD and BYOP (bring your own dad and bring your own plaid), with a special #DadPlaid photobooth and cozy holiday setting. BTW: Dad comes in a plaid can, which is why Dad Day has a patterned theme, not just because tartan is incredibly festive. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinegeist.com

'This is Our Youth'
Photo: Xavier University
ONSTAGE: THIS IS OUR YOUTH
Wayward young people working hard to grow up — that’s the big picture for Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about three friends on the cusp of adulthood navigating their lives in 1982 New York, out from under their dysfunctional parents but still making a mess of things in the arenas of friendship and love. In this local production, Ed Stern, longtime producing artistic director at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directs three Xavier University theater students — Mac Blais, Griff Bludworth and Tatum Hunter. He’s excited to work with actors who are exactly the right age for their roles. Through Sunday. $12-$17. Gallagher Student Center Theater, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston, 513-745-3939, xavier.edu/theatre.

Findlay Market
Photo: Holly Rouse
HOLIDAY: HOLIDAY MARKET AT FINDLAY MARKET
Findlay Market’s Holiday Market is a shopping wonderland. Local artisans and craft vendors will bring holiday joy through old-fashioned gifts, food and seasonal drinks. Live holiday music will be provided by Cincinnati choirs and musicians while scavenger hunts and craft beer keep market-goers occupied. There will also be holiday cooking demos, kids activities and a performance from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. And, according to our sources, Santa Claus himself will be making a surprise appearance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org. 

All Childish Things
Provided
ONSTAGE: ALL CHILDISH THINGS
It’s 2006 and two thirtysomething guys still pine for the galactic adventures promised by Star Wars when they were kids. In Joseph Zettelmaier’s 2011 play, one guy lives in his mom’s basement; another has a girlfriend who could care less about The Force. But they’ve concocted a plan for their big break that involves raiding a Norwood warehouse storing collectible Star Wars memorabilia by Kenner Toys. A nefarious character says he’s ready to pay big bucks for their take. Zany shows rooted in childhood have become a holiday staple at Know Theatre, and this is right up that weird, happy alley. Through Dec. 19. $20. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-300-5669, knowtheatre.com.

Waxeater
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MUSIC: WAXEATER
Waxeater is full-bore Post Punk/Hardcore with brains, brawn and balls. The band launched its 2010 Sleeper album with a track called “Are Those Fucking Beers Ice Cold Yet?” and devoted its latest, 2013’s Baltimore Record, to songs themed entirely around the HBO series The Wire.  It’s not hard to connect Waxeater to the likes of Shellac, Jesus Lizard (they’re named after a JL song), The Melvins and early Black Sabbath, as the trio grinds gears with abrasive dissonance, but still manages to bristle with some semblance of Grunge-tinted melodicism and a wickedly sharp sense of humor. And as the musicians exhibit the concussive power of a monsoon leveling a grass-hut village in the service of songs that are perfectly obfuscating, it becomes infinitely clear that Waxeater is thinking man’s Punk with scorched-earth appeal. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Waxeater performs Saturday with Wolverton Brothers and Knife the Symphony at Northside Yacht Club. More info/tickets: northsideyachtclub.com.

'Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie'
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ART: GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE AT THE WESTON ART GALLERY
The Weston Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, an exhibition organized by artist and sometimes-curator Todd Pavlisko. Gimmie will examine “the varied experience of amassing objects and the practice of collecting” by featuring installation work by artists Antonio Adams and Alfred Steiner, as well as iconic works by world-renowned artists including Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Ana Mendieta and Adrian Piper. Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 17. Free. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery. 

MainStrasse Village Holiday Event
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HOLIDAY: WILLY WAHOO'S WINTER WONDERLAND
This special holiday celebration is part of MainStrasse Village’s series of Christmas events. The animated holiday attraction includes a candy cane forest, ice-skating dogs, photos with Santa and more in Goebel Park. The holiday fun keeps going this weekend with a visit from Saint Nicholas on Sunday — similar to Santa, but much more fond of leaving oranges in socks. He’ll stop by Goosegirl Fountain at 6 p.m. to give treats to good girls and boys. Through Dec. 20. Free. Goebel Park, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org

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ART: SHOP: CINCINNATI AT BRAZEE
Peruse one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays (or just because) at C-LINK Gallery’s annual SHOP: Cincinnati exhibition. Beginning Friday, the gallery inside Brazee Street Studios will showcase a treasure trove of handmade items crafted by local artists, including everything from jewelry, ceramics and ornaments to greeting cards, paintings and more. Through Dec. 26. Prices vary. C-LINK Gallery, 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, brazeestreetstudios.com

 
EVENT: BRAXTON BLOCK PARTY
Dec. 5 is Repeal Day (the day Prohibition was repealed), and Braxton Brewing Company is throwing a Braxton Block Party from noon-1 a.m., where they’ll release their first bottled beer in the Heritage Series, Dark Charge, “a massive imperial stout that showcases Kentucky’s heritage: bourbon.” They’ll sell Dark Charge and its variants — Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged with Starter Coffee, Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel-Aged with Vanilla — in bottles and also have them on tap. Besides the new beers, Braxton will have several local and regional beers on tap, along with food trucks and the band Motherfolk. braxtonbrewing.com.

SUNDAY
Repeal Day Celebration
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EVENT: REPEAL DAY CELEBRATION
On Dec. 5, 1933, the United States passed the 21st Amendment, effectively repealing Prohibition. Celebrate by getting drunk on Sidecars and Mary Pickfords in Jazz Age costumes at the Metropole at 21c. The restaurant and bar’s Repeal Day Celebration honors the end of Prohibition with 1920s tunes, a burlesque show and classic speakeasy cocktails. Period-inspired costumes encouraged; mustaches provided by Metropole. Special room rates apply for those who don’t want to tipple and drive. 7-11 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, metropoleonwalnut.com.

HOLIDAY: O.F.F. MARKET
Brunch, booze and shopping await at the O.F.F. Market’s winter 2015 event. Vendors, ranging from small businesses and entrepreneurs to farmers and chefs, will sell items specifically geared toward the holiday season. Accompany your perusal with drinks from a full bar that includes local craft brews, mimosas and a special-recipe bloody mary. Brunch, booze and shopping await at the O.F.F. Market’s winter 2015 event. Vendors, ranging from small businesses and entrepreneurs to farmers and chefs, will sell items specifically geared toward the holiday season. Accompany your perusal with drinks from a full bar that includes local craft brews, mimosas and a special-recipe bloody mary.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, theoffmarket.org


Janet Weiss (left) says Sleater-Kinney reunited because they craved the intensity of the band.
Photo: Brigitte Sire

MUSIC: SLEATER-KINNEY

It seems slightly inaccurate to describe the past decade without the ebullient adrenaline rush of Sleater-Kinney as a hiatus. It implies that the trio’s members — guitarists/vocalists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss — have been preoccupied with the scent of long-neglected roses and gazing into heretofore unexplored navels between 2005’s The Woods and this year’s across-the-board-excellent No Cities to Love. Given the artists recent schedules, Sleater-Kinney needed a hiatus from its hiatus. Read a full feature on the band here. Sleater-Kinney plays Bogart’s Sunday. Tickets/more info: bogarts.com.


HOLIDAY: ICE RINK ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Fountain Square’s Ice Rink is officially open, offering daily skating and special events all the way through February. Rent a pair of skates on-site and spend the day in the heart of downtown. Open daily. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com


Randy Liedtke
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COMEDY: RANDY LIEDTKE

Randy Liedtke is a Los Angles-based comedian who hails from Oregon. He’s known for obtuse jokes that feature odd turns. “The last few days of my grandmother’s life was spent in a hospice home surrounded by her family,” he tells an audience. “It was getting late at night so we ordered a pizza and the delivery guy shows up to the home and we’re like, ‘Pizza’s here!’ ” But it was at that exact moment his grandmother passed. Liedtke swears this story is true. “How long do you have to wait to eat in that situation? I don’t want to be rude, but we all agreed we were hungry 20 minutes ago.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com. 


HOLIDAY: BRICKMAS

Newport on the Levee has partnered with the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group to present BRICKmas. This holiday display is centered around one of the world’s favorite toys, but in large-scale. With more than 13 scenes built out of LEGO bricks — from a life-size Santa head to a Star Wars tribute to giant models of Music Hall, Washington Park and the Roebling Bridge — there’s a bit of everything. Through Jan. 1. $10. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com


ART: FIELD GUIDE AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

Jochen Lempert, the German photographer whose first major U.S. museum show, Field Guide, is now at the Cincinnati Art Museum, combines the metaphysical with the biological so well that the effect is often magical. Or, I should say, the effect is downright scientific. He’d appreciate that latter term — he’s a trained biologist who turned to art photography in the 1990s. Yet much of his work achieves magic by making something ephemeral concrete and vice versa. This is a show to spend some time with, because the way individual images affect the viewer often depends on the size and placement of the black-and-white prints. And the impact upon our cognitive process of seeing, in close proximity to each other, close-ups of sand (“Etruscan Sand,” a 2009 photogram), “Rain” (a 2003 photograph) and “Crushed Shells” (a 2013 photogram) teaches us as much about ourselves as photography. Read more about the exhibit here. Jochen Lempert’s Field Guide is on display at the CAM until March 6. More info: cincinnatiartmuseum.org.




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