by Jac Kern
More and more
restaurants and food trucks are offering late-night yums to meet the demands of
the area college students, bar crowds and general night owls. Usually “fourth
meal” conjures up the thought of tacos or pizza, but what about donuts? Busken
has set up a pop-up donut shop at 1218 Vine St. (between A Tavola and Sloane Boutique), open 7
p.m.-midnight Thursdays and 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March
16. Here, guests can swing by after dinner or drinks for a free Lite-Hearted
donut, Busken’s new heart-shaped glazed treat. After tasting one of these bad
boys, you’ll be shocked to find they’re only 140 calories a pop. You won’t have
to feel too bad about indulging in a mindnight snack, but you may be left
wondering whose soul Busken had to sell to get these delicious donuts to clock
in at 2.5 grams of fat.
Bockfest might not officially
begin until next weekend, but events leading up to the big parade and festival
are already in full effect. Friday is the annual Precipitation Retaliation
at Milton’s Tavern. Why the retaliation? In 2008, a huge snowstorm nearly shut
down Bockfest, so the next year a paper snowman was set ablaze as a sacrifice
to the precipitation gods. The burning snowman tradition stuck, and it continues
tonight at 8 p.m. Grab a drink and watch the sucker burn!
In the market for
some unique furniture, home décor or apparel? 20th Century Cincinnati is a must this weekend. The 19th
annual show brings vintage and mid-century modern trends to a one-stop shop at
Sharonville Convention Center. Sixty dealers bring furnishings, paintings,
textiles and much more, filling 20,000 square feet. And fashionistas: There
will be lots of vintage clothing, costume jewelry, accessories and more dating from
the ‘20s to the ‘80s. The showroom is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
$7 admission is good for the full weekend. Find more info here.
The Northern suburbs of Cincinnati
sometimes get left out of the city’s biggest celebrations, so they made one
their own! The Taste of Northern Cincinnati, also in the Sharonville CC,
features food from some of the top eateries in the ‘burbs. From noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, attendees will enjoy grub from LaRosa’s, Red Squirrel, Velvet Smoke
BBQ, Blue Goose and more. These restaurants will also be competing for awards
for best appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and a people’s choice prize.
Admission is $18; $5 for kids.
Awards are Sunday and if your invitation also got lost in the mail (every damn
year!), there’s a local way to celebrate. People Working Cooperatively presents
its annual Oscar party at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, complete with a red
carpet, cocktails, dinner, and a live screening of the show. Ticket sales
benefit PWC’s Modifications for Mobility Program, which helps low-income,
elderly and disabled homeowners make important alterations to their houses so
they can remain safe and comfortable in their own homes. Buy tickets and find details here.Check out our To Do list and full calendar for more events, art exhibits, theater shows and concerts.
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Northside and OTR
get a lot of neighborhood love, but Walnut Hills is quickly becoming yet
another hot spot for local businesses, art galleries, shopping and more.
Support the Hills Friday and check out the Walk on Woodburn
from 6-9 p.m. Neusole
Glassworks will have a mobile glass-blowing truck, there will be plenty of live
music performances and caroling, Queen City Cookies will be hawking delicious
edible art and pop-up shops will be joining area businesses for all your holiday shopping needs. Read Her Magazine’s feature on the women of
This year has been
an a amazing time to live and work in Over-the-Rhine. Businesses, restaurants
and bars are opening every week, Washington Park’s revitalization has been a
success and the area is truly becoming a destination for locals and visitors
alike. On Friday, OTR will shine — and not just figuratively —with luminaries
for the third annual Light Up OTR
event. Volunteers will illuminate the streets beginning at 6 p.m., followed by
the lighting of the OTR tree at Kaze (new sushi spot opening next week at 1400
Vine St.) at 10 p.m.
Make Covington Pop
and Renaissance Covington keep the local love flowing as they present the first
annual 7th Street Makers Market Friday and Saturday. This festival
features area artists, bakers, farmers and business owners as they show off
their handmade and homegrown goods. Purchase gifts or goodies for yourself and enjoy
free gift wrapping at Artisan’s
Enterprise Center (AEC). Come hungry on Friday — there will be a food truck
happy hour outside AEC. The fun runs 5-8 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
Street style is rapidly
gaining attention in the fashion world. No longer is fashion defined as
couture on a runway model — everyday folks are showing off their personal
style and flair all around cities, especially Cincinnati. Rise of the Cool Kids
(#ROCK) is a celebration of individual style, art and music and it all goes
down Saturday at the Bertke Electric Warehouse in Northside. Guests will get to
be a part of Cincy’s first projected fashion show, filmed in advanced,
featuring local designers and fashionistas. It all kicks off at 7 p.m. and is
followed by an after-party at FB’s downtown (there will also be a free shuttle
going to and from each location.) Get tickets here.
On Saturday, Third
presents a third installment of its monthly
experimental film program, Staring Eyes. “Yule Logs and
Certain Types of Nog” will feature eclectic holiday-themed screenings — no Miracle on 34th Street here.
The event begins at 8 p.m.
Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens Friday;
OTRimprov’s The Naughty List continues
at Arnold’s Sunday-Tuesday; Find more weekend theater info here.
out our calendar for more events, art shows, theater
productions and more to do this weekend and beyond.
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Everyone loves a
good surprise party. What’s better than an unexpected night of fun with
friends? How about supporting an importance local arts organization in the
process? Friday’s Secret ArtWorks event offers an exciting twist on fundraisers as each attendee will walk away with a piece of original artwork. The catch: guests will not know who created their work until it's
been purchased. More than 800 small-scale pieces have been donated by more than
300 locally-, nationally- and internationally-renown artists. Guests were
invited to preview the offerings online, but the secret artists will not be
revealed until tonight. Ticket sales are now over, but tonight’s attendees will
enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a mysterious night of art at The Center
downtown, all to benefit ArtWorks.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concludes its community concert series “One City, One Symphony” this weekend with the well-loved classic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducts the performance; these will be
his final shows with the CSO before starting his role as music director for the
2013-2014 season. Joining the CSO, Langrée and the May Festival Chorus for the
concerts Saturday and Sunday at Music Hall. Go here for tickets.
If you thought this cold
weather meant you had to retire your gold lamé hot pants, dry
your tears and pull those bad boys out, because OTR Skate is back! Channel your inner roller disco
king/queen and roll over to the OTR Rec Center Friday from 8-11 p.m. Five bucks
gets you admission and skate rental, complimentary pizza from Cincy By The
Slice, free gaming from Wii to air hockey, raffle prizes and music from DJ Positronic, The Yugos and Indigo Wild.
Saturday is all
about the little guy as local businesses around the Tri-state take part in
Cincinnati Unchained. Get a head start on your holiday shopping (or, if you’re
like me, take advantage of sales for your own damn self) and visit independent businesses in an
effort to keep your money in the local economy — where it goes much further
than when you drop your cash at a big box chain store. Participating Cincinnati
Unchained shops offer discounts and free goodies to thank shoppers for supporting
local businesses — find a full list here.
Another way to get
in on the conscientious gifting trend is giving handmade presents this holiday. Did
the Holly Hobbie gene skip over you? No worries. The Crafty Supermarket Holiday
Show takes over the Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Saturday. This isn’t your grandma’s church basement craft show — expect
handmade books, cool local artwork, quirky jewelry, textiles, posters, clothing
and many more hand-crafted gifts everyone can appreciate. Plenty of vendors will be on-hand to fuel your shopping in
addition to a DJ, craft demos and — as usual — awesome swag bags for the first
100 shoppers. The party runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
performs at Funny Bone on the Levee
Friday-Sunday. Workaholics fans know
him best as TelAmeriCorp's Montez Walker, a competitive salesman who has a very healthy sexual
relationship with his wife. Here’s a sample of one of Griffin’s finest Montez
Check out our
calendar for more art openings, theater shows, concerts
and other events happening this weekend and beyond.
by Jac Kern
The thought of an
“underground” party might conjure up images of a chic 1920s speakeasy or perhaps
a creepy warehouse rave. Neither is true of Saturday’s Scion Exposed tunnel party,
which is literally underground, at 220 Central Ave. beneath the Second Street overpass.
Part car show, part concert, Scion Exposed features a pop-up skate park, food
trucks, drinks and more, all free from 2 p.m.-midnight. RJD2 headlines the
music stage with support from Chairlift, DAAP Girls and more performing
throughout the day. RSVP here for free admission; Scion
owners get advanced entrance at noon.
to St. Patrick’s Day during the Cincinnati Celtic Festival
Saturday and Sunday. The free fest moves from Fountain Square to Washington
Park this year, but continues to celebrate all things Celtic with plenty of
music, food and entertainment. Knock back some Guinness, cheer on Irish dancers
and get jig-y to the sounds of bagpipes between noon and 10:30 p.m. both days.
With local Celts
taking over the park, this month’s City Flea moves up the street to the lot at
Twelfth and Vine. Vendors will be hawking everything from clothing and
accessories to home goods and fine art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City Flea is a fun one-stop spot to
support local artisans and sellers all under one roof. Sans roof.
hogging all the fun this weekend — Milford’s Longstone Street Festival brings
more than 15 area bands to the ‘burbs Saturday. Area musicians will perform on
two stages along Main Street where kid-friendly activities await (we’re talking
a Velcro wall, bungee joust, rock climbing and more). Saunter through historic
downtown Milford, stop in a few shops and restaurants and enjoy the music from
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
The fun continues
west at the Westwood Art Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More than 70 artists,
crafters and DIY-ers will be selling goods including photography, re-purposed
jewelry and accessories, woodwork, sculptures, pottery, edibles and more.
theater offerings include Ensemble Theatre’s Good People, The Three Musketeers
at Playhouse in the Park, To Kill a
at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Covedale’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Peep the links for our reviews of each.Browse our calendar for other events, art exhibits, volunteer opportunities and more to do this weekend.
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If the Little Mermaid song “Unda Da Sea” makes
your mouth water, you probably have some odd repressed childhood issues, but
you won’t need to worry about that this weekend during the Great Inland Seafood
Festival! Enjoy your fill of shrimp,
lobster, crawfish, oysters, salmon, crab and more of Ariel’s aquatic friends at
Newport on the Levee from 5-11 p.m. tonight. Admission is free and the seafood
smorgasbord continues through Sunday. Each night features live music and a
special on Whole Main Lobsters: just $10.95 a pop! Sorry, Sebastian.
Eddie kicks off his four-night run at Funny Bone on the Levee
tonight. A professional musician for more than a decade, Eddie performed
storytelling songs which led him to try musical comedy. In addition to playing
guitar, Eddie has a knack for impersonations, imitating everything from
celebrities and singers to children’s characters and random noises. Tonight’s
show begins at 8 p.m.
Welsh musician Gruff Rhys, of Super Furry Animals fame, makes a stop at the Contemporary Arts Center
tonight for a unique and super rare performance. As part of his “investigative
tour of the Americas,” Rhys will perform at 8 p.m. before bringing Cincinnati
native and Hip Hop producer Boom Bip onstage. Boom Bip will play a DJ set as
the CAC transforms into a dance party. Anticipate lots of fun surprises from
Well, there’s really no other
way to say it: Whisky Bar hosts the “baddest little show on Earth” tonight with Extreme Midget Wrestling.
Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $20 at the door, $25 “ringside.” Don’t worry,
the event poster assures “We support anti-bullying campaigns.”
Ongoing events: Hamilton
County Fair, It's Commonly Jazz at Eden Park, College Hill Block Party,
Salsa on the Square
with Kandela, Jazz in the Park
with Steve Schmidt.
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Tonight kicks off
the Drink in Ludlow Wine Walk, the first in a bi-monthly series to promote
the historic Gaslight District in Clifton. Sip samples of wine while sauntering
along the picturesque Ludlow Avenue, and pop in participating businesses like
Esquire Theatre, Habanero, Skyline, Sitwells, Mustard Seed Boutique and about a
dozen more, from 6-8 p.m. The walk and
wine are all complimentary (yay!); vendor proceeds benefit the Cincinnati
Public Library’s Clifton Branch (double yay!). After the walk, enjoy live music at Arlin's and Ludlow Garage 'til 10.
County Fair also begins its five-day run today, 4-11 p.m. Today’s special
events include an urban garden vegetable exhibit, live lion and tiger show, cow
milking demo, “celebrity” demolition derby, classic car show and much more in
addition to rides, games and grub. Go here
for directions and a full schedule.
Tone House Music
presents open mic from 7-10 p.m.
tonight. Liz Burkhart hosts the showcase each second Wednesday. Bring
instruments, friends, beers and come early to sign up. Each artist should have
about 15 minutes to perform. Providing there’s extra time, the night will end
with an open jam session.
The College Hill Block Party
continues tonight at College Hill Presbyterian Church. Enjoy free food, music by
Most Wanted, booths from local businesses and organizations and more fun, 6-9
p.m. The night begins with a unity walk at 5:45.
Ongoing events: Reggae
Wednesday on Fountain Square featuring Don Chani; Hofbrauhaus Beer Stein
Holding Competition; Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke at Northside Tavern; Kickball + Bandstand
Bluegrass at Washington Park featuring Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers
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With Cincinnati Pride Week just around the corner,
Oakley’s 20th Century Theater hosts Cincy Pride Week Cruise-In with
Chicago cabaret act, Amy & Freddy. The funny and fabulous duo is a
smash on the GLBT cruise circuit, and they’ll perform along with
Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and The Queen City D-Dolls. Dress in your
hottest resort wear and get ready for a night of music, dancing, comedy
and plenty of cruise cocktails. The ship sets sail at 8 p.m. and tickets
are $25 at the door. Seating is limited nightclub-format, so arrive
early and keep the party goin’ til 11 p.m. Find details here.
While we’re on the topic of cabarets, on the other side of
the river is Musical Theatre Night at the Thompson House. This
inaugural weekly event is like karaoke, but with a live pianist and
tunes from your favorite movies and musicals. Bring your own sheet music
or pick a hit from their provided selections. Come around 7:30 p.m. to
sign up. The night runs through 11 p.m. Flex those jazz hands and go here for more info.
The JCC Summer Film Series kicks off tonight at
Montgomery’s Mayerson JCC. Based on the popularity of the organization’s
Jewish and Israeli Film Festival last winter, the center will again
screen excellent movies rarely shown in Cincinnati, through Thursday.
Tonight’s film is Melting Away (Namess Ba'geshem), the
first Israeli feature film that deals with the topic of parents and
their relationships with transgendered children. The movie begins at 7
p.m. Check out the full lineup here.
CityBeat's 2012 Hot Issue summer guide
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Every year spring turns to summer and CityBeat
produces a summer guide previewing the season’s various entertainment
and cultural offerings, but it’s not every summer that there’s so much
to do in this town.
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celebrating your dad,
the end of slavery, a local pork product or just a welcome break from
work, there are tons of events in store this weekend. Buckle up!
As always, the Midpoint
Indie Summer Series is a superb way to kick things off. Tonight The Seedy
Seeds, Wymond Miles and Belle Histoire take over Fountain Square starting at 7
p.m. Grab a beer, something to eat
and if you haven’t already secured your MPMF wristbands, be sure to purchase
those tonight as well. Early bird tickets save you $10 — and they’re almost sold out! You
can also buy tickets and check out the full Indie Summer schedule and initial
MPMF band announcements here.
Barbeque may be the
widely-recognized seasonal meat dish of choice, but locals know better — Cincy
celebrates goetta with multiple festivals each summer. The first of which,
MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest,
begins tonight in Covington. Enjoy live music, vendors, booze and all the
goetta dogs, burgers, reubens, chili and pizza your heart desires (or fears)
though Sunday night.
If sampling pork dishes
isn’t your thing, why not sample the best of local and regional dancers?
Contemporary Dance Theater presents its annual Area Choreographers Festival
Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center. The program features six
performances from established companies and up-and-coming choreographers. Find
ticket information and a full lineup here.
Many associate the
end of slavery in the United States with Emancipation Proclamation, issued by
Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862 (and went into effect Jan. 1, 1863), but just
a small fraction of slaves actually benefited from this order. On
June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived at
Galveston, Tex., it is said, to enforce the abolition of slaves there. This
date represents a true end of slavery, called Juneteenth, and is recognized by
41 states. Celebrate this weekend at Eden Park with cultural music and dancing,
performances, traditional storytelling, ethnic food and vendors Saturday and
Sunday. This year marks the 25th annual Juneteenth Festival in Cincinnati, predicted to be one of the
largest local celebrations yet.
From a historical holiday to a fictional one, Bloomsday is
also celebrated this weekend. In James Joyce’s classic epic Ulysses, Leopold Bloom embarked on his
Dublin journey on June 16, 1904. Though purely a literary creation, June 16 has
become a day to honor Irish heritage and culture (you don’t have to wait until
March!). The Irish Heritage Center
presents an evening full of traditional Irish songs, readings,
performances and more Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Cincinnati Opera
opened its 2012 season this week, and celebrates with Pride Night Saturday. Experience the
tragic passion of Pagliacci and the humorous charm of Gianni Schicchi
in a classical doubleheader, followed by a circus-themed bash at Music Hall.
Enjoy a talent-packed performance, support the LGBT community and party it up in one night? Yeah, it’s
Things to do every day this summer
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We heard you were looking for suggestions for things to do every day through Labor Day. No problem!