by Jac Kern
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officially begin for another month and Memorial Day, the unofficial seasonal
kick-off, is next weekend. But looking at this weekend's
— the first round of church festivals, the opening of The Beach Waterpark,
food fests abound — and it’s clear: Summer is upon us.
and artist Patti Smith is in town for the opening of her anticipated
Contemporary Art Center exhibit and concert. Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, a tribute to Robert Mapplethore,
officially opens Saturday but the opening celebration at the CAC is 6-11 p.m.
Friday. On Saturday, Smith performs a sold-out concert at Memorial Hall. Check
out our interview with Smith here.
There’s a bevy of
festivals across the Tristate this weekend — most notably, the Asian Food Fest,
CincItalia and Maifest. Asian Food Fest returns to The Banks 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Your favorite area Chinese, Indian, Korean and Thai
restaurants and other Asian eateries will be serving up samples ranging from
$2-$6. Guests can enjoy performances from local Asian-American groups and
entertainers throughout the fest.
Get a taste of
Italy by way of Cheviot at CincItalia (6-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday
and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Harvest Home Park). Once you’ve gotten your fill of
pizza, pasta, gelato and tiramisu, check out the live music, auto show, Italian
market and cooking demos.
Why not round out
the weekend with a German celebration, too? The 34th Annual
MainStrasse Village Maifest is also
this weekend: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m.
Sunday. Maifest is the traditional German celebration of spring and the
hundreds of thousands of expected visitors can expect plenty of food, wine,
beer, street performances and kids activities. Think Oktoberfest, but in the
something a little edgier and a lot sexier? Don’t miss Exhibitionism 3 at
Weston Art Gallery (inside the Aronoff Center) Saturday. The late-night dance
party features DJs, a lingerie fashion show, body painting, drinks and light
bites. General admission tickets are $35 and get you in the door at 9:30 p.m.;
$100 VIP tickets include early 8 p.m. admission for an Epicurious Exhibitionism
pre-party dinner and drink tickets. Buy them here.
Waterpark opens Saturday under new management after being closed for the 2012 season.
Expect a total makeover of the park, new attractions and familiar favorites
like the lazy river and wave pool. The opening celebration runs
Saturday-Sunday; daily hours begin May 25.
Nearby, at Kings
Williams, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen — better known as Greg, Peter and
Cindy Brady — will be performing, signing autographs and taking photos with
fans Sunday. Why, you ask? To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Brady Bunch episode that was filmed at
KI in 1973.
And this is just a few options — for
more stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.