by Jac Kern
Halloween is no
longer a one-night event just for kids. Like many holidays, Halloween’s reach
goes beyond Oct. 31 (I’m pretty sure I saw costumes descend into stores
mid-August), giving us grownups a chance to dress up and act out. This
(Hallo)weekend features events that celebrate all the weird, wonderful and
freaky aspects of our favorite holiday.
If staged dance
performances weren’t what you had in mind, think again. While not necessarily
Halloween-related, Cincinnati Ballet’s ALICE
(in Wonderland) will take audiences on a whimsical journey down the rabbit
hole Friday-Sunday. In addition to talented dancers and music by the Cincinnati
the costume and set designs are truly freaky-fabulous.
For a darker dance
experience, check out Exhale Dance Tribe’s one-night engagement, Dead
Can Dance. The troupe has transformed Emery Theatre into a haunted
house, where dancers will lead spectators from room to room, creating an
interactive, spooky show Saturday night. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
After a month of bringing
photography to the forefront of the Cincinnati art scene, FotoFocus will close
with Saturday’s Carnevil. The event boasts a full bill of entertainment from
live music and DJs to improv and burlesque to fortune-tellers. Guests are
encouraged to explore the venue, Newport’s Thompson House — which is said to be
haunted — and hunt for spirits from Southgate’s past. Find tickets and event
than three identical mute men, covered in paint? Blue Man Group wraps up its local run with performances at the
Aronoff Center Friday-Sunday. The show is an energetic spectacle that theater critic
Rick Pender describes as “a strange and wonderful communal experience.” Go here to read
our full review.
Judging by the
number of Halloween bar and club events, alcohol is the “candy” of choice for
many adult trick-or-treaters. So it looks like Arnold’s picked the perfect
weekend for The Bourbon Ball. The bar will be stocked with more than 30 top
shelf selections, offering specials on Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and other
bourbon classics as well as bourbon-infused bites like Bourbon Bacon Strips and
Bourbon Sauce Pork. The free event will also have swag bags and live music all
means Night Owl Market
is back, bringing food trucks and vendors together at the parking lot at Main
Street and Central Parkway. In addition to late night eats, NOMers can
participate in a costume contest and a flash mob-style “Thriller” dance with
Pones Inc. The free fun runs 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.
One thing that’s
definitely scarier than any haunted house or paranormal activity hotspot is
breed discrimination. Show some love to dogs that prove no breed is born “vicious”
at Bark Bash:
Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
From pit bulls to puggles, all are welcome to romp around Voice of America Park
Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be raffles, vendors, kids activities and
appearances from the Ben-Gals and Cincinnati Rollergirls.
Few experiences are more
picturesque than spending a fall afternoon perusing Findlay Market. This Sunday
the market presents its annual Fall Food Festival, featuring a pie baking
contest, cider mulling demo, live music, food tour and more. Come hungry
between noon and 4 p.m. Find details here.
Check out ScaryBeat
for a full rundown of costume parties, bar events, haunted houses and more
happening this weekend through Oct. 31.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Let’s cut to the chase: Dead Can Dance
is no ordinary dance show. True to form, Cincinnati-based Exhale Dance
Tribe pushes a range of artistic and stylistic boundaries in this
Constella Festival’s second season kicks off with diverse performances featuring local and international artists
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Constella Festival embarks on its
second season with stats that veteran music organizations would envy: a
lineup of world-class performers, growing and diverse audiences and a
budget in the black.
by Jac Kern
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Summer doesn’t officially begin until June
20, but it’s Memorial Day weekend and Cincy’s signature mugginess is in full
effect — the season is upon us! Stay hydrated, slap on the sunscreen and get
ready to make the most of this three-day weekend.
It’s tradition to fire up the grill and open
pools at the start of summer, but the biggest local ritual this time of year
is the Taste of Cincinnati, taking over downtown Saturday-Monday. Fifth Street
will fill with local food vendors, plenty of booze stations, carnival rides, four performance stages and more. This year is the debut of food trucks at the Taste — be sure to stop by Café de Wheels, Pizza Bomba, Taco Azul and Queen
City Cookies’ mobile eateries in addition to the traditional Taste staples. Pick
up an issue of this week’s CityBeat for a guide to the Taste with a map and
full menu or click here for a digital copy.
Tonight OTR’s green general store Park +
Vine celebrates its fifth anniversary. P+V
is a hub for local goods, vegan food, eco-cooking/gardening/living classes and
much more. Danny Korman and the rest of the P+V crew have introduced
Cincinnatians to kombucha keg parties, bike-friendly culture and even tasty vegan
cheese (seriously, it exists). Stop by the shop from 6-11 p.m. tonight and
enjoy a street market with local environmental organizations, food and produce
vendors. Inside, there will be music, a Flashbox photo booth, beverages and the
usual great shopping. Across the street, Northside vintage outfitters Chicken
Lays An Egg present a fashion show at the park adjacent to Old St. Mary’s
As bike month comes to a close, celebrate
the way countless teens end their high school careers — with a prom!
Saturday the City of Cincinnati Bike Program hosts a Bike Prom ride from Northside’s
Hoffner Park to Fountain Square (and back), kicking off at 4:30 p.m. Dress in
your snazziest bike-friendly formal wear, get your photo taken prom-style under
a balloon arch and even vote for a king and queen. After the ride, head to
Mayday in Northside for after-prom: Mobo Bicycle Cooperative’s annual
fundraiser. Dance to classic prom tunes, participate in a busted bike
build-off, sign up for a silent auction and enjoy delicious Mayday drinks-n-'dogs all night long. The ride is free, after-prom admission is $10.
Exhale Dance Tribe presents its
season closer Saturday with Imprint.
The contemporary Jazz show features original choreography by Exhale founders Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Dancing With the
Stars champ and 98 Degrees alum Drew Lachey hosts the evening. Check out Lea
Lachey, Sherene Schostak and Traci Swain, a father-son live art performance,
solo by Andrew Hubbard and much more. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday;
purchase tickets here.There's even more going down this weekend: Read Rick Pender's Stage Door for theater shows, follow our music blog for nightly concerts (and plenty of music festivals this weekend), and check out the To Do page for more.
Cincinnati Ballet's season opener offers crowd-pleasing, modern-leaning good time
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Dance is never better than when paired with live music. Starting its season, Cincinnati Ballet's 'New Works' opening-night Thursday marked the sole performance featuring live musical accompaniment from popular local artists for three of five local choreographers' works (plus one cool Italian native).