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.
by Rick Pender
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My first and foremost recommendation for the weekend is Blue Man Group.
(Review here.) It's a performance experience unlike much of anything else you've
probably ever experienced in a theater — raucous music, zany humor,
eye-popping technology and infectiously fun engagement with the
audience. Amazingly, it's done without spoken words — the guys mime
(well, kind of, it's actually more like they're mute in the style of
Harpo Marx, with a lot of staring and double-takes), although they're
backed up by awesome video that does offer some instruction (and laughs)
for the literate. As I've said before, it's hard to describe but easy
to enjoy. This is Blue Man Group's first time in Cincinnati, presented
by Broadway Across America; the Aronoff Center might never be the same.
(Through Oct. 28) Box office: 800-982-2787.
Last night I enjoyed opening night for the thoroughly authentic and charming production of Neil Simon's
Brighton Beach Memoirs
at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It's the story of a Jewish
family in Brooklyn in the 1930s, but thanks to Simon's witty, heartfelt
recollections of his own youth, it has a feeling of universality. The
narrator is Eugene Morris Jerome (who's a stand-in for Simon himself),
and actor Ryan DeLuca conveys the joys and pangs of adolescence and
puberty with feeling and hilarity. He frequently addresses the audience
about his interactions with his grouchy parents and his woebegon aunt,
his worldly brother, his pampered cousins — he's documenting them for
something he'll write when he's older, a novel or perhaps a play! And
that play is the one onstage at the Playhouse, the first Neil Simon
script ever presented there in more than 50 seasons. (Through Nov. 10.)
Box office: 513-421-3888.
Continuing productions of the comedy
Mrs. Mannerly at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (513-421-3555) and Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (513-381-2273, x1)
have been positively reviewed and appreciated by audiences. This
weekend also marks the opening of Cincy Shakes' staging of Shakespeare's
bloody history of the Roman emperor Titus Andronicus,
staged with tongue in cheek (and in a pie) for the Halloween season. It
happens on the nights when the R&J cast takes a breather.
You might also consider two special events: New Edgecliff Theatre's annual one-night fundraiser,
Sweet Suspense Theatre,
a presentation in the style of a radio play, happens on Saturday
evening. This year the production, a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's
story of The Canterville Ghost, is being presented at the
Cincinnati Art Museum — and includes an extended intermission with lots
of goodies from local bakeries and restaurants. (Tickets: 888-588-0177). You might also want to check in with the Playhouse about ticket availability for Post Secret
on Monday evening; the one-night presentation of a piece based on an
anonymous "true confessions" website is rumored to be sold out, but
there might be a waiting list if you call the box office. (513-421-3888)
Now say "Blue Man" — Ready Go!
1 Comment · Friday, October 19, 2012
Drawing comparisons is a futile way to describe Blue Man Group.
It’s a unique form of entertainment that
includes music, electronica, childish gross-outs and silliness that owes a lot to the
physicality Three Stooges and the silent slapstick of Harpo Marx.