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Dive into the vibrant world of local art
and culture with the Macy’s Arts Sampler, a weekend festival featuring
free performances and activities.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of
what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts
and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a
comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been
an elusive dream. Not
by Jac Kern
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This weekend’s forecast
includes warm weather, a bit of rain, a few clouds and tons of art. Whether you
want to watch it, make it, buy it or just support local arts organizations, art
is all around this weekend — starting with the last Macy’s Arts Sampler of the
season, presented by ArtsWave.
Macy’s Arts Sampler
Weekends bring free performances, workshops, tours and other art opportunities
to venues across Greater Cincinnati. Saturday’s final installment includes
concerts by the Cincinnati Children's Choir, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and
Cincinnati Men’s Chorus at St. John’s Unitarian Church; dance demo classes and
performances at Covington’s Step-N-Out Studio; yarn-bombing 101 with the Bombshells
of Cincinnati at 21c Museum Hotel and tons more events in College Hill, Butler
County, Mariemont and other neighborhoods. Find a full schedule of free art to
Visionaries + Voices provides
countless opportunities for local artists with disabilities. With locations in
Northside and Tri-County, V+V helps these artists create, market and showcase
their pieces. At the organization’s annual fundraiser, Double Vision, talented V+V
artists exhibit and auction their works of art. Double Vision V takes place at
Memorial Hall Friday — VIP and general admission ticket options available here. Art will be on sale via live and silent
auctions, and attendees can enjoy drinks, snacks and music by DJ Mowgli.
Oakley’s Brazee Street
hosts a free art supply swap from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Clean out your craft
closet and bring any unwanted items such as paint, textiles and brushes, then
stock up on other materials you may need. It’s all free and honor system-style
— please bring at least two items if you plan on swapping. All extra supplies
will be donated to Crayons2Computers.It’s Northside Second Saturday
time this weekend! Art, retail sales, food and drink specials abound throughout
the neighborhood starting around 6 p.m. Highlights include shows at Northside
Tavern and The Comet, gallery openings at Fabricate, NVISION and Northside
International Airport’s Bathrool Gallery and a closing reception at Thunder-Sky,
Local electronic artist
Charles Woodman is a founding member of video performance group viDEO sAVant
and he currently has a show on display in Weston Art Gallery you can read about
here. This Sunday viDEO sAVant presents Lateral Thinking, a unique, live
multimedia performance at 21c Museum Hotel downtown. Video clips of both sci-fi
and avant-garde films will play out as a soundtrack is composed live. This
feast for the senses is free and begins at 4 p.m. Read more here.
Be sure to read our Best of
Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best restaurants,
businesses, events and more.
For more theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and
by Jac Kern
It’s no secret
that Northside is the city’s premiere taco destination. The neighborhood welcomes its third taco
joint Friday with the grand opening of Barrio Tequileria. This latest addition
comes from the folks behind popular food truck Taco Azul and will specialize in
authentic Mexican/L.A.-style street food, tequila and mezcal. Doors open Friday
at 5 p.m. and they’ll be serving up tacos and drinks until 2 a.m. Check them
out on Facebook.
installment of Macy’s Art Sampler Weekend takes place Saturday. Enjoy free art
activities and performances all day in venues across Greater Cincinnati,
including: tours and music at the Contemporary Arts Center, Hip-Hop, spoken
word and crafts at the Taft Museum of Art, belly-dancing, toe-shoe performances
and Kung-Fu at the Cincinnati Ballet and an Amazing Arts Race from ArtsWave
Young Professionals. The sampler send with a Sock-Hop in Washington Park
featuring Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's Marvelous Wonderettes. Look up the full
schedule by event, venue or category here.
Theater celebrates 40 years of bringing modern dance to Cincinnati with the
FORTY40Gala Saturday. The evening includes music and dance performances,
retrospective displays and videos, a silent auction, complementary drinks and
hors d’oeuvres, all in the historic Emery Theatre. Go here
to read our interview with CDT’s founder, Artistic Director and CEO, Jefferson James.
Have you been
waiting for the opportunity to let you inner Maverick shine? Well, grab your
aviators, zip up that jumpsuit and fly on out to SkateTown USA’s Top Gun-themed “Roller SK80s” party
Saturday. Whether you’re a regular rollergirl or you haven’t skated since the
actual ‘80s, there will be enough fun to go around with music, a photobooth and
an all-you-can-drink bar (dangerous much?). Admission is just $10, which
includes skate rental and drinks, and proceeds benefit Disabled
American Veterans. The party runs 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and word is there will
be a shuttle to a hotel after-party. Go here
for details, directions and tips on
finding some prime ‘80s garb.
Museum Center wraps up its Passport to the World series with this weekend’s
Asian Culture Fest. Visitors will travel across China, India, Japan, Korea,
Taiwan, Vietnam and Nepal via cultural displays, hands-on workshops, music and dance
performances, an authentic Asian marketplace and much more. The fest runs
Saturday-Sunday. Find a full event schedule here.For more stuff to
do this weekend, check out our
To Do page or full
calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door
for weekend theater offerings.
by Jac Kern
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creates and supports art programs and opportunities in the city year-round, but
three Saturdays each year, the organization kicks its mission into high gear
with the Macy’s Arts Sampler. The free event brings visual art, theater, dance,
music, crafts and more to venues across Greater Cincinnati. This Saturday’s
sampler includes shows and backstage tours at Playhouse in the Park, Madcap
Puppets at Cincinnati Art Museum and tons of other fun, creative opportunities
for the whole family from Kings High School to Behringer-Crawford Museum in
Covington, all day long. Find a full schedule of events here.
Cincy Blues Society
celebrates 23 years this weekend with Winter Blues Fest. The fest takes place at The Phoenix,
CityBeat’s across-the-street neighbors, Friday and Saturday with more than 25 local acts. Sonny Moorman and
the Stacy Mitchhart Band headline; tickets are $20 per night; $35 for the
Not able to make
it to the Big Easy this Fat Tuesday? Celebrate Mardi Gras in MainStrasse Friday
and Saturday. Get your fill of beads with parades each night, plus live music
and Cajun grub in the entertainment tent open 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Stop by your
favorite MainStrasse bar, restaurant or business to keep the party going.
Tickets are $10 per night or $15 for the weekend; find more info here.
Day next week, lots of folks are buying up chocolates, flowers, special undies
and other goodies for their significant others. You know who could really use
some love? The hundreds of adoptable animals that have been abused, neglected
or left behind by owners. This weekend, My Furry Valentine
brings these lovable critters from dozens of rescues together in West Chester
for Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event. Skip pet stores and
breeders and find a pet that needs a home 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Sunday at flexi
USA, Inc. (8494 Firebird Dr., West Chester). If you can’t make it out to the
‘burbs, check out one of more than 20 participating locations. Each adopted cat,
dog, rabbit or other pet will go home with a gift bag of treats, toys, coupons
and more supplies.
The Mayerson JCC’s
Jewish and Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday with a screening of Hava Nagila, a comedic documentary that
tells the story of this Jewish celebration staple song. This opening night
celebration takes place 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center and
includes dessert, a photo booth and private admission to the museum’s Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. The fest
continues through Feb. 28 with films shown at the Museum Center, Esquire
Theatre, Kenwood Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and the Mayerson JCC. Go here for ticket
information and a full schedule.
Whether the word
“craft” conjures up thoughts of glitter and glue or bottles and brew, Mt.
Caramel Brewing Company’s Art. Craft. Beer. show has something for
everyone. The brewery’s gallery will be full of works from area artists with
plenty of fresh craft beer to go around, Saturday and Sunday. The event is just
one of many happenings coinciding with Cincinnati Beer Week (which continues
through Thursday). Get a full schedule and find participating bars and venues
by Jac Kern
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Whether you have a
great relationship with your boss or you’re dealing with your own personal
Michael Scott, we’ve all had a laugh or two at the expense of our employers.
And while I’m still perfecting my bit on Danny Cross, there’s group of former
senate staffers who turned office jokes into a touring comedy show.
The Capitol Steps is
a political satire troupe with a cast of 30 members, many of whom have worked
on Capitol Hill at some point. It began as a small skit at a Christmas party,
but was so well-received that staffers rounded up others and took the show on
the road. The Capitol Steps have been at it for more than 30 years, and they’re
bringing the show to town for one night only at Mayerson JCC. Reserved seats
are sold out, but a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door for $30
($25 for J Members). The show begins at 7 p.m. so show up early if you’re
looking for tickets. Check out our interview with two "Steps," original member Elaina Newport
and Cincy native Bari
Caracole provides safe, affordable
housing and support services for Southwest Ohioans living with HIV and AIDS.
The organization’s offices recently moved to Northside (4138 Hamilton Ave.) and
tonight the crew hosts an open house celebration. Learn more about their services and check
out the new digs while enjoying music, snacks, artwork and a photo booth from
4-9 p.m. Caracole is looking to stock up its donation pantry, so bring
any toiletries and cleaning supplies you can contribute.
Ballet and ArtsWave present “Cocktails and Conversations,” as part of their
Friends for the Arts program. Celebrate remarkable women in business and the
arts at Cincinnati Ballet’s theater tonight at 7 p.m. Before the Kaplan New
Works Series show is a cocktail reception where guests can mingle with
influential women from the aforementioned organizations as well as area
philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Afterwards, enjoy new dance performances all
choreographed by women. Buy tickets here.
Film Festival continues tonight at Esquire Theatre with Man from Orlando, Party
Crashers, Shining Night: A Portrait
of Morten Lauridsen and Street Paper.
The fest closes tomorrow.For more events, including concerts, art shows, theater performances and more, check out our full calendar.
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The same folks who
present the popular winter beer festival at Duke Energy Convention Center bring
the booze outdoors this weekend for Cincy Beerfest at Fountain Square.
Celebrate the city’s rich brewing history in the best way — by sampling beer!
More than 150 craft brews will be on tap for the fest, running 5-11 p.m. Friday
and 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Buy $30 pre-sale
and get automatic VIP status (which includes 24 additional exclusive beers, a
souvenir mug and other perks). Walk-up admission is $45.
Film Festival kicked off last night, bringing a bevy of movies to Clifton,
Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati. Find your new favorite documentary,
peep locally produced features, meet up-and-coming directors and attend the
world premiere of a James Franco/Winona Ryder thriller, all at various venues
across town. Check out our interview
with CFF Executive Director
Katharine Steele and get tickets and schedule info here.
This weekend is Northside
Second Saturday. Be sure to
check out the grand opening of WordPlay,
Michael Hurst’s art show That’s Just a
Myth at Fabricate, Dylan Speeg’s paintings at NVISION and the newly-opened
Tacocracy in addition to all the extended hours and specials at Northside bars,
restaurants, galleries and shops.
Whether you’re a
fat-bottomed girl or more of a “Killer Queen,” most would agree Freddie Mercury
is one of the most amazing entertainers of all time. Celebrate the Queen
frontman’s birthday (he would have been 66 Sept. 5) at the fifth annual Freddie
Mercury Birthday Bash. The Drinkery will play Queen tunes all night, 10 p.m.-2
a.m., so glitter yourself up and show off that chest hair.
your weekend takeout routine and visit the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati
for the Taste of India. Watch
traditional Indian dancers, shop for art work, jewelry and spices and, of
course, sample the best Indian cuisine the city has to offer. The evening ends
with a fireworks display by Rozzi. The free fest runs noon-8 p.m. Saturday.Support a local environmental education nonprofit while enjoying lots of
Bluegrass at Imago’s 12th Annual Music in the Woods
fundraiser Saturday. Visit Imago’s 16-acre nature preserve for live music,
vendors, food and drinks, a silent auction, family hikes, art projects and much
more. Music begins at 4 p.m. and runs ‘til 11. Tickets are $12-$20.Shakespeare in the Park is a popular event in most major cities, bringing live
theater out in the fresh air, much like when the original shows were first
produced. If you haven’t caught any of these free shows, Sunday’s performance
of The Tempest at Washington Park is
a must-see. ArtsWave
presents this special interactive production where the audience will help make
the show happen. Participants will create special illusions, noise effects,
lighting and more while enjoying Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and monsters. It’s
fun for all ages, and a great way to get kids interested in theater. The show
begins at 7 p.m., but come early for arts and crafts and face painting.For more to do
this weekend and beyond, check out our full To Do recommendations
and 41 other suggestions in our Cool
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rather than focus
on one venue, Cincinnati
Shakespeare Company delivers its Shakespeare in the Park Tour to more than a dozen parks
and outdoor venues throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The first of CSC’s touring performances will be on Saturday with the 7 p.m. opening of The Tempest
at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.
A research project gives rise to a film about Cincinnati’s thriving arts scene
2 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
“I’ve seen the future,” Prince sang back in 1989 on the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Batman, “and it will be …” Gotham City was on the cusp of change; a
hero had arrived on the scene to usher in the new. Cincinnati has been
waiting, always on the verge of its own bankable opportunity to step
into the future as a lively and engaged urban market. Every city needs a hero.