by Jac Kern
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The 2012 Fringe Festival kicks off tonight! Performances don't begin until Wednesday, but the Fringe folks start this celebration of freaky performance art with a party at Know Theatre tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m., and guests will enjoy live music from local Rockers (and house band for the recent successful Know production, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) The Duke Are Dead, drinks, eats from local restaurants and the kick-off of Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update. This is also a great opportunity to mingle with everyone involved in Fringe and the local theater community — from actors to volunteers to fellow fans. A suggested donation of $5 gets you in the door. The party continues until 1 a.m. Here is the official guide with a full schedule and ticket info. Find our cover story on Fringe here.Brazee Street Studios is home to more than 25 artist studios, a school of glass and an art gallery, and the Oakley organization also offers tons of art classes for newbies and pros alike. Tonight from 5-7 p.m., budding artists will make fused glass channel plates in an introductory class. Put a little creative juice in your Tuesday. Admission is $65. If you haven't already registered, go here to check out more upcoming art classes.Also offering lots of interesting workshops is the Civic Garden Center. If you've wanted to learn how to preserve fruit, jams, jellies, tomatoes or salsa, CGC's class Preserving the Harvest: Water Bath Canning is a perfect how-to. Learn about safe and efficient canning techniques and leave with a tasty product. This summer's garden harvest can last through the winter with these helpful tips. The class runs 6-8 p.m. and costs $15 (free for CGC volunteers).Check out our To Do page for more happenings and follow our music blog for daily concert info.
by Jac Kern
Tonight's the night! Our annual Best of Cincinnati Party is always one of the most fun events of the year. You voted for your favorite restaurants, bars, public figures, galleries, theaters, and everything in between – now's your chance to check them all out under one roof. This year's celebration is a preview party – our Best of issues doesn't hit the streets 'til Wednesday morning, which means those in attendance will be the first to know about all our winners!As always, there will be dinner-by-the-bite from your favorite restaurants like Adriatico's, Izzy's and A Tavola; coffee and dessert from Coffee Emporium and BonBonerie; and the city's best cocktails including martinis, Bloody Marys and margaritas. As you're eating your way through the beautiful Memorial Hall, enjoy music from a DJ and a live performance from Exhale Dance Tribe performers. If that's not enough, more than 100 guests will walk away with amazing swag bags from the Procter & Gamble eStore full of your favorite P&G products and coupons to local Best of businesses. Of course, like last year, we will feature Golden Ticket giveaways, which will feature amazing prizes like tickets to Bunbury, Forecastle, Bonnaroo, MidPoint Music Festival, eight consecutive Bogart's shows and much more. If you still don't have tickets, they'll be available at the door for $35. See you tonight!Other events tonight include a Make and Bake glass jewelry class at Brazee Studios from 5-7 p.m., a Homegrown Tomatoes workshop at the Civic Garden Center from 6-8 p.m. and free concert at CCM featuring the U.S. Navy Band from Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m.Find more daily arts, theaters and other events on our To Do page and follow our music blog for live show info.