0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Washington Park is without a doubt the
jewel of this excellent summer in Cincinnati. And it’s drawing crowds —
whether to its well-chosen events or just to enjoy its well-designed
spaces. And crowds, we know, travel on their stomachs.
by Jac Kern
at 01:18 PM | Permalink
A downtown nightclub might not be the most
likely spot to find a pop-up gallery, local visual artists, independent
filmmakers and other creatives, but that’s exactly what’s happening Friday at
Luxe. RAWartists Cincinnati is a local chapter of RAW:natural born artists
which describes itself as an “international
independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent
creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry,
photography, models and performing art.” The organization gives artists in
various cities the tools to produce and showcase their work to the public. RAW
hosts RADIATE, an event featuring a
fashion show, short film screening, art gallery and music from Sweet Ray Laurel
and Honey Combs. The artravaganza begins at 8 p.m., followed by an after-party of drinks and dancing at midnight. Tickets are $15 at the door.
A belly dancing
convention in Cincinnati? Yup, that’s happening this
weekend. Sharonville Convention Center fills with dancers, music, Middle
Eastern culture and lots of exposed tummies Friday-Sunday. Visitors can attend
for belly dancing performances as well as workshops. Work those hips!
This weekend brings the Midwest
Black Family Reunion to town for the 24th year.
Celebrate African-American culture with Gospel and R&B music, lots of food,
guest speakers, a parade and more, Friday-Saturday at Sawyer Point.
The City Flea
takes over Washington Park Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You never know what
kinds of treasures you’ll find at this urban flea market: from vintage boots
and handmade rings to terrariums and refurbished furniture. Re-fuel with noms
from Fireside Pizza, Queen City Cookies, Taste of Belgium and more tasty local
Pull your rainbow
spandex bodysuit out of storage, because it’s time for another local LGBTQ
celebration! Northside Pride Festival
kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and
continues ‘til closing time for the neighborhood’s bars and businesses. Start
off with a party at Hoffner Park where there will be free grill-out grub,
Vitamin Water, HIV testing, music and more, then make your way through
Northside hot spots for more fun and specials all night long. Participating
businesses include The Serpent, Junkers Tavern, Chameleon and Northside Tavern,
which hosts a Chicken Lays An Egg fashion show 5-7 p.m. DJs and drag queens for
The Taft Museum highlights
animals in art this weekend with the Third Sunday Funday series for families. Kids
can look for animals in works throughout the museum, make animal puppets, get
some wildlife face painting and even meet some critters from the Cincinnati
Zoo. The free event runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
by Jac Kern
at 10:58 AM | Permalink
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.