by Jac Kern
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Cincinnati may be known as
a German city, what with our legendary Oktoberfest and love for pork and
sausages, but Irish heritage is also strong here, as we’ll see this weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day is officially Monday, March 17, but the green beer starts
flowing early in anticipation.
The 48th annual Cincinnati
St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday at noon downtown. The route begins
at Eggleston Avenue and Reedy Street, wrapping around Central Avenue, crossing
over Sycamore Street and back down Fifth Street. Hang out on Fountain Square
during the parade, where festivities
run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with live music, Irish grub and plenty of beer. Fun on
the square continues Monday starting at 11 a.m. — for those playing hooky.
For those looking to take a
more culturally rich approach to the holiday, Cincinnati actually has its own
Irish Heritage Center located in the East End. Read our story on the center and
its founders, Kent Covey and Maureen Kennedy, here.
Doors open at the center at 2 p.m. Saturday
and 4 p.m. Sunday; events include Irish music and dance, art exhibitions,
children’s events and food and drink for purchase. They host an Irish mass at
1:30 p.m. Monday, followed by more celebrating. Find the full schedule here.
The Cincinnati Museum
Center also gets in on the St. Paddy’s fun with its Celtic Lands Culture Fest
Saturday-Sunday. Get your fill of folklore, performances and art from Ireland,
Scotland and Wales. Kids will enjoy workshops, games and crafts throughout the
weekend. Activities in the rotunda are free; access to the museum requires
admission. Go here
for tickets and more details.
Movie lovers will want to
check out Cincinnati World Cinema’s annual Oscar Shorts screening this weekend;
a mix of the Academy Award-nominated flicks in the Short Film – Animated and
Short Film – Live Action categories will be shown in two programs Saturday and
Sunday. Each program contains a mix of five live action and animated shorts —
be sure to check out both programs to see the winners from both categories.
Find program details and schedules here.
It’s a Macy’s Arts Sampler
Weekend, with free art events across the Tristate all day Saturday. This
month’s sampler includes a special “Catch the Spirit” concert featuring the
collaboration of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati
Opera, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and other local arts
organizations. The performance takes place at 1 p.m. at Music Hall. Additional
performances, classes, exhibits and other exciting activities for all ages will
be offered at Elementz downtown, Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Ky., Fairfield
Community Arts Center, Hamilton’s Fitton Center for Creative Arts and more. Go
here for more locations with a lineup of events.For more art
openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
Cincinnati's Irish Heritage Center promotes a celebration of culture beyond Saint Patrick's Day
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Much like their Irish ancestors who
immigrated to America before them, husband and wife Kent Covey and
Maureen Kennedy were immigrants in their own right when they moved to
Cincinnati from New York and California, respectively.
by Mike Breen
Bua and the Dirk Quinn Band, plus Today In Music with Carole King, Adele and Prince
Music Tonight: Young quartet Bua (say: "boo-ahh") brings their acclaimed traditional Irish music to the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. performance. Members of the group — which uses traditional instrumentation that includes wooden flute, fiddle, Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, concertina and bouzouki — performed at the Center last year (each musician has other projects outside of the group) and were so fond of the venue and the audience they asked to return with the full band. Based in Chicago, Bua is a nationwide festival favorite, widely praised for their expert musicianship, passionate delivery and adherence to the foundational roots of Irish music. The group won "Top Traditional Group" at the 2009 Irish Music Awards and Bua's latest release, last year's self-released Down the Green Fields, was recently praised by Driftwood magazine, which wrote, "Damn, they killed it. Seriously. If you have any interest in the traditional music of Ireland, an emerald sound born of fiddles, pipes, whistles, and a clarity of voice that sounds like the musical equivalent of a crystal clear mountain stream and refreshes just as much, buy this album." And/or go see them in concert tonight if you're in the Greater Cincinnati area.