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Friday, Jan. 30
SUPER BOWL PREP: Football: Most people enjoy the game, some consider the sport their religion and others pretend to not even know what it is, filing it under the athletic umbrella of “sportzball.” But no amount of hipster cynicism can stifle the excitement surrounding the Super Bowl. From sports nuts to Pop music fans, ad aficionados to crazy cat ladies, there’s something for everyone to get in the Super Bowl mood. Kick off the pre-game fun with the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special (10 p.m. Friday, Comedy Central). Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key riff on SportsCenter, athlete names and more, plus another East/West Bowl! And look out for a special Super Bowl edition of Tonight Show Superlatives on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m. Friday, NBC). Of course, it all leads to the Seattle Seahawks taking on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX (6:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC). Katy Perry headlines the halftime performance with additional music from John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lenny Kravitz and more throughout the night. 


Photo: David Michael Beck
FINAL FRIDAY AND THE SLAM BAM COMIC JAM AT THE ART ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI: It's Final Friday, which means Main Street in Over-the-Rhine the and Pendleton Art Center are full of new art and exhibit openings. The opening reception for the Slam Bam Comic Jam at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is more than an art show — it’s basically a month-long comic-geek celebration. While the cornerstone of the exhibition is the comic work of David Michael Beck, Tony Moore and David Mack (KabukiDaredevil), there will also be a costume contest during the opening reception. Opening reception: 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free. Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, artacademy.edu.

George Lopez

THE BLACK & BROWN COMEDY GET DOWN: The Black & Brown Comedy Get Down is an all-headliner tour of who’s who in today’s comic scene: Mike Epps, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy, D.L. Hughley and Eddie Griffin. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. $49.75-$65.75. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.


The Ori Naftaly Band

SIGNATURE SERIES BLUES & BREWS AT MEMORIAL HALL: Season two of Memorial Hall’s Signature Series Blues & Brews features a performance from internationally renowned Tennessee Blues band The Ori Naftaly Band, plus food from Eli's BBQ and The Phoenix and Rhinegeist beers. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. $47-$57. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatimemorialhall.com.



Saturday, Jan. 31

MadTree Brewing Company
Photo: Jillian Tellep
MADTREE TURNS TWO: Beer! Beer! Beer! MadTree Brewing turns two with this bonanza of a birthday party, replete with beer, food and live music in the brewery’s warehouse and taproom. They are offering a completely insane selection of local and regional craft beers, including more than 30 of their own brews, plus beers from Bad Tom, Blank Slate, Fifty West, Old Firehouse and more. Noon Saturday, Jan. 31. Free; $5 beer tickets. MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave., Oakley, madtreebrewing.com.


Bockfest Beefsteak Club Dinner
Photo: Michael Morgan

BEEFSTEAK CLUB DINNER: Bockfest's Beefsteak Club Dinner's misleading name derives from an elite club that has formed annually since 1896, in which prominent Cincinnatians gather to pair beer and beef in the ambience of a brewery. This year’s event will be held on the third floor of the Hudepohl Brewery bottling building and feature roasted goat and pig (with sides and dessert) instead of steak. 6.30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. $50 single dinner ticket. Hudepohl Brewery, E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, bockfest.com.



One Child
Photo: Zijian Mu

CINCINNATI WORLD CINEMA OSCAR SHORTS PRESENTATION: Cincinnati World Cinema hosts two days of screenings to bring you the five short documentary films nominated for this year’s Academy Award in Documentary Short Subject, plus two additional Oscar short-list films. The nominees offer an astonishing degree of diversity in respect to genre, narrative and style, capturing the full spectrum of documentary filmmaking in ways that, in some years, is lacking in the main feature categories. 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. $10; $12 at the door. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., cincyworldcinema.org.



Rumpke Mountain Boys

SUPERJAM 2015: Though it’s (obviously) wintertime, organizers of SuperJam 2015 will create an outdoor music festival atmosphere indoors at Tori’s Station in Fairfield on Saturday. The all-day show features an eclectic array of some of the area’s best bands, including reigning Bluegrass Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners Rumpke Mountain Boys, plus Rising Smoke, Peridoni, Sassafraz, The Almighty Get Down (which just won the Best Live Act CEA), Tropidelic and Elementree Livity Project. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. $30. Tori’s Station, 74 Donald Drive, Fairfield, superjam2015.com.


David Lewis
Provided

THE HISTORY OF CINCINNATI MUSIC: The presentations on The History of Cincinnati Music that David (“Uncle Dave”) Lewis has been presenting at the Main Library over the last year or so have been so good — so enlightening and entertaining — that one wishes he could do it for much larger crowds at the Aronoff Center or Music Hall. But because his presentations have been on Wednesday evenings, many haven’t been able to attend. But now there’s a second chance. The Main Library’s music librarian, Steven Kemple, has arranged for Lewis to present reprises of his past lectures at 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month in the Reading Garden. It starts tomorrow with The Hymn Composers of Cincinnati: Philips, Bliss & Doane, and Lewis will have guest pianist Jeremy Stevenson with him. All lectures are free.


Sunday, Feb. 1

The Other Place at Ensemble Theatre
Photo: Ryan Kurtz

THE OTHER PLACE AT ENSEMBLE THEATRE: Sharr White’s troubling, engrossing and sometimes humorous drama The Other Place debuted on Broadway a year ago; Ensemble Theatre’s D. Lynn Meyers is staging its regional premiere, featuring veteran actress Regina Pugh as the enigmatic Juliana Smithton, a scientist renowned for her expertise in pharmaceuticals. She’s highly respected as a professional, but she’s becoming unhinged as a result of divorce and being estranged from her daughter. Through Feb. 15. $18-$44. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-3555, ensemblecincinnati.org.


Reverend Horton Heat
Photo: Gene Ambo
REVEREND HORTON HEAT: Fans of the Reverend Horton Heat haven’t exactly been flooded with new music from the band lately. After cranking out eight studio albums over the first 13 years of a recording career that began with the 1990 release Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em, the group’s most recent album, Rev, marks only the second studio release from the Dallas-based group since 2004’s RevivalBut frontman Jim “The Reverend” Heath figures people haven’t been bothered by the reduced musical output. What fans won’t hear during the live show is much in the way of ballads — no surprise for a group known for one of the most energetic shows of any band. Still, Heath says the group has calmed down a bit in a few ways over nearly 25 years of touring. “We still play a lot of fast, high-energy songs,” he says. “Our slow songs don’t usually make the set. We’re usually going, pile-driving from one fast song into another to keep the crowd energetic and going. That’s kind of what we do."  Reverend Horton Heat plays Southgate House Revival Sunday. Tickets/more info: southgatehouse.com.


Ring of Fire
Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr.
LOTS OF LIVE THEATER: Sunday matinee shows are great. Waiting for Godot is at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The Handmaid's Tale is at Know Theatre. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is at the Playhouse. And Greater Tuna is at the Covedale Center.

For more stuff to do, including ongoing exhibits at places like the Cincinnati Museum Center, Krohn Conservatory and Newport Aquarium, visit our staff picks page here.


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The Ghostbusters reboot has its leading ladies!

Director/co-writer Paul Feig posted a picture on Twitter of what he’s confident will be the next ghost-busting foursome: