by Jac Kern
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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
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Cincy Blues Fest is back at Sawyer Point
this weekend celebrating its 20th anniversary. The volunteer-driven festival
showcases quality Blues entertainment on multiple stages year after year.
Performances run 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday.
Adonis Nightclub opens the pool for Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign’s dive-in movie night Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
and Bridesmaids will be shown on the
big screen at 9:30. Come early to hang out poolside and enjoy a men’s swimwear
fashion show by Knickers XY at 8:30 p.m. After the show, there will be a silent
auction for those very sexy suits! When else can you take the knickers right
off a model? A photo booth and plenty of grub will be on hand all night. Tickets
are $20 at the door.
Find your polo, iron your pleated skirt and lather on the sunscreen —
it’s time for the Western & Southern Open! One of tennis’ oldest and largest tournaments kicks off Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis
Center in Mason. Matches continue through Aug. 19, featuring Maria Sharapova, recent
Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray and Serena Williams. There
will even be live music from noon-2 and 5-7 p.m. Aug.12-18. Get tickets,
schedules and directions here.
Saturday is Community Art Centers Day, presented by ArtsWave. Cincinnati is lucky to have a community center where
children and adults can express themselves creatively in almost every major
neighborhood. On Saturday, these participating centers will host open houses
and present parades, demos, performances and more. Kennedy Heights Arts Center,
Sharonville Fine Arts Center and Clifton Cultural Arts Center are just a few
locations celebrating and showing off their stuff this weekend.
Second weekends = extra fun in Northside and OTR. Head to Northside
Saturday to check out extended hours and
specials at the neighborhood’s great galleries, restaurants, bars and
businesses, 6-10 p.m. Second Sundays on Main keep
the party going through the weekend. This month’s theme is Growth &
Wellness, so come harness your chi or just recover from your hangover with
food vendors, street performers, yoga demos, food and wine pairings, shopping
and live music. The street fest takes over Main Street between Thirteenth and
Liberty, noon-5 p.m.
Hamilton County Fair and Great Inland Seafood Festival
continue through Sunday. And be sure to swing by Fountain Square Friday for the
Indie Craft Market, coinciding with
MidPoint Indie Summer featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, The
Kansas Bible Company and Sidewalk Chalk.
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This weekend marks the end of the Fringe Festival. If you
haven’t seen any shows yet, go here
to check out all reviews, show times and ticket info and go see some before
Saturday’s final performances. Tonight at Know Theater, local live storytelling
collective True Theater presents a special Fringe edition. True Fringe features five Fringe performers who will divulge
personal stories of their experiences during this year’s theatrical fest. This
is a one-time event, and True Theater shows are always intriguing, so stop by
Know or go here
for tickets ($12). Stories being at 7 p.m.
It’s Northside Second Saturdays time again! Celebrate the
funky-fab neighborhood by visiting local shops, salons, bars, restaurants and
more between 6-10 p.m. Participating businesses offer sales, extended happy
hours, food and drink specials and plenty o’ good times. This weekend,
Fabricate opens Oh, Smell the People!,
a mixed media exhibition by Michael Reuter, and NVISION presents an exhibit of
youthful paintings and drawings by Angela Oster, titled Abandon Ship!.
Last Year’s Crosstown Shootout ended in an all-out brawl,
and Saturday’s Rollergirls Crosstown Knockdown is sure to bring body-slammin’
action, too — on the rink, that is. If you want to see a badass competition
without the worry of getting punched by an athlete, cheer on your favorite
chicks on wheels as the Cincinnati Rollergirls take on the Black-n-Bluegrass
Rollergirls in the first-ever Crosstown Knockdown at Cincinnati Gardens.
Cincy’s B-team, the Violent Lambs will compete against the Little Steel Derby
Girls at 7 p.m. and the main event kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at just
$12. If you’ve never experienced a roller derby before, this will be an awesome
introduction. Grab tickets here.
Cincinnati’s curated urban flea market is back for the
summer this Saturday! The City Flea makes its home at Twelfth and Vine streets
in the Gateway District this season and it promises to be even bigger and
better than last year’s inaugural summer. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, browse
the open air market with vendors like Queen City Cookies, Fab Ferments, Brush
Factory, Cincy Craft Cartel, Charmingly Modern and lots more local food, arts,
clothing and other retailers. Find ‘em all here.
People love comedian Aziz Ansari for his many laugh-out-loud
roles. Some know him as Tom Haverford from Parks
and Recreation, others recognize him from his small-yet-memorable characters in
Funny People, Observe and Report or
Flight of the Conchords, while longtime fans (ahem) still quote his
hilarious sketches on Human Giant, but his stand-up trumps ‘em all. Saturday,
the dude who has everyone “treatin’ they selves” performs at the Aronoff
Center. From his family to celebrity encounters to everyday observations,
Ansari brings the LOLs. Hopefully his alter-ego RAAAAAAAANDY will make an
appearance. Go here
to get tickets to tomorrow’s show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Second Sundays on Main also makes a return this weekend. Hop around
OTR as you enjoy live music, food, beer and local shopping from noon-5 p.m.
Sunday. Highlights this week include a Crafty Supermarket mini-market, Dr. Bongonatti's Art Parade,
celebrity chef demos by Executive Chef Jose Salazar
and Pastry Chef Russ Wheeler of The Palace and the ever-popular drag races.
Follow our music and To Do pages for even more fun weekend stuff.
by Jac Kern
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival opens tonight at Duke Energy Convention Center. More than 600 varieties from 100 wineries will be at your disposal during the grand tastings tonight, tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening. There will also be live music, a silent auction and plenty of food to soak up that alcohol. This is a pricey event, but it's a chance to taste wines from across the globe. Go here for tickets.Is beer more your style? The folks who brought us Cincy Winter Beerfest just a couple weeks ago present All About Stout Fest Saturday at Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Covington. For $15, guests get five tastings, one full pint of choice and a souvenir pint glass. There are 25 stouts to choose from, plus Molly's 18 draft beers on tap. With live Irish music to keep you movin', consider this your dress rehearsal for St. Patrick's Day. Find a full beer list and ticket information here.Though we live in a city with limited access to independent, art house and foreign films (the Esquire can only do so much!) Cincy World Cinema brings us some much-needed film opportunities, like this weekend's Oscar Shorts. Saturday and Sunday, CWC hosts an exclusive screening of Academy Award nominated live-action and animated short films. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the rare opportunity to see these films on the big screen, in one day. Many screenings have sold out, so go here to purchase yours. Final Fridays are to OTR as Second Saturdays are to Northside. As usual, all are encouraged to explore the neighborhood's bars, restaurants, galleries and businesses for extended hours, later happy hours, art openings and sales starting at 6 p.m. Find a full list of participating venues here.Springtime brings the start of everyone's favorite spectator sport. No, not baseball, roller derby! The Cincinnati Rollergirls open their seventh season with a double-header against the Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis Saturday. Head down to the Cincinnati Gardens early for free parking and tailgating, then enjoy $1 happy hour beers beginning at 6 p.m., when the doors open. The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls, featuring mini badasses age 8-17 (isn't that kind of a crazy age range?) make their debut during halftime. General admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door ($15/$17 for trackside seats). If you haven't been to a roller derby since the '90s, it's exciting, cheap and the sport is really fun to get into. You'll be getting rowdy in no time! Go here for tickets.Tickets to Radiohead's June concert at Riverbend go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. If you're planning on snagging a pair, you should probably camp out tonight.Of course, there's also tons of live music, theater, art shows and more events going on this weekend. Find all our To Do recommendations here.