by Jac Kern
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Two annual festivals
descend on the Ohio River this weekend: Paddlefest and RoeblingFest. The 13th
annual Ohio River Paddlefest takes over Coney Island — and the nearby river —
Friday through Sunday, bringing hundreds of canoes, kayaks, boats and lovers of
the outdoors. The weekend kicks off with the ninth annual Kids Outdoor
Adventure Expo on Friday (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The Paddlefest Outdoor Expo and Roots on the River Music Festival runs 10
a.m.-midnight Saturday and the main event is Sunday, where more than 1400
human-powered boats will take the trip from Coney to the Public Landing
downtown. Go here for daily event lineups.
is in its 10th year of celebrating the John A. Roebling Bridge, which connects
downtown Cincinnati with Covington, Ky. The festival first and foremost
highlights the bridge’s historic relevance, and guests can take guided tours of
the bridge and surrounding murals, landmarks and statues as well as browse
informational displays with photos and artifacts from area museums and
organizations. There will also be art for sale, children’s activities, food
from local restaurants and live music, all from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The fun takes place on Court Street between Third and Fourth streets and Park
Place between Scott and Greenup streets. Find more info here.
Indie Summer is in full swing. This week’s acts include Those Darlins, The
Harlequins, The Frankl Project and Those Crosstown Rivals. Music starts at 7
p.m. Friday on Fountain Square. If you don’t have your MPMF wristbands yet,
purchase those on the square and get access to all these killer acts.
Summer Solstice is
Saturday, and the Cincinnati Observatory is offering a unique way to ring in
the season. Visitors can enjoy wine, snacks and a killer view during Celestial
Sips 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Shannon Depenbrock of D.E.P.’s Fine Wines will
sample four organic, biodynamic wines (which means the grapes are planted and
harvested according to the moon’s phases) and, pending clear skies, guests can
view Saturn’s rings through America’s first telescope. Tickets are $60 and
space is limited; call 513-321-5186 or go here
Cincinnati Opera’s season
opener Carmen continues through this
weekend. Performances are Friday and Sunday. Get tickets and full summer
opera season information here.
The U.S. takes on Portugal in
their second World Cup game this Sunday. Fans can join Cincinnati Saints, the
city’s pro soccer team, at Fountain Square
to watch the game on the jumbo screen, listen to music and enjoy food and beer
from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Read this week’s cover
story on the Cup here.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The complexity, mysterious beauty, level
of accomplishment and downright strangeness of Jay Bolotin’s art is
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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Sawyer Point turns 25 this weekend, celebrating with a big
birthday bash Saturday. The party will feature live music, food and beer, a
kids entertainment area with Cincinnati Circus and inflatable rides and all the
other playgrounds and park features Sawyer Point has to offer. The Sawyer Point
Rockin' Birthday Bash
runs noon-10 p.m. Saturday and admission is $3.
Cincinnati Opera closes its summer season with Aida,
Giuseppe Verdi's grand opera about an Ethiopian princess mixed up in an epic
love triangle. Aida is onstage Saturday at Music Hall and continues next
week. Find tickets and more info here.
Considering how much time most of us spend typing — on a computer at work or school, on a phone texting friends — the average kid today probably types faster than a professional
secretary 50 years ago. Think you’ve got the fastest fingers in the city? Test ‘em
out in the Cincy Typing Challenge. Typists and texters will compete in the
qualifying round Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Finals are July 25 and the grand prize is $500, so register now, as same-day registration is
Let your Francophile flag fly Saturday at
Montgomery’s annual Bastille Day celebration. Montgomery’s sister city is Neuilly-Plaisance,
France and for 24 years the city celebrates this relationship with food, beer and
wine, kids activities and lots of live entertainment. The free fête is noon-11
p.m. Saturday along Montgomery Road between Remington and Cooper roads. Bonne
Bastille!Butler County, Warren County and Kenton County all host their respective fairs this weekend. Rides, games, animals and tractor pulls abound!For more art openings, theater shows, summer
festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks and full calendar.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Eats
at 12:03 PM | Permalink
Father’s Day is June 16, so make sure you get
out there and show Dad (or the Dad-like guy in your life) a good time this
weekend. There’s lots going on the next few days: stuff to do with Pops, and
plenty to check out on your own once Dad starts talking about how wrecked the
government is and how tough he had it when he was a kid (sorry, Dad, but it
Newport’s Italianfest runs Friday-Sunday on
the Levee. Food is obviously a highlight at this annual fest; expect plenty of
pizza, pasta, cannoli and gelato from area restaurants. There will also be live
music, cooking and eating contests, rides and games and a photo exhibit of
Italians that settled in Newport generations ago. Admission is free; go here for
hours and more info.Cincinnati Opera’s summer season kicks off with Mozart’s
comic drama, Don Giovanni. The opener’s
second showing is Saturday. Read our full Opera season preview here.
Jungle Jim’s is known for being the go-to
grocery store for exotic types of meats, fancy cheeses, rare candy and
produce from around the world, but it also has an extensive beer selection.
Friday and Saturday, Jim’s hosts an International Beer Fest featuring 350 beers from 100 breweries across the globe. Tickets are $40 for
Friday, $45 for Saturday, $15 for designated drivers and can be purchased at
the store’s beer and wine department while they last (online sales have
The City Flea takes over
Washington Park Saturday. Browse furniture, clothing, housewares, accessories
and other vintage, antique, local and handmade goodies, plus food from local
vendors and food trucks from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Does your father love pork? Of course he
does, this is America! Bring Dad to Covington for MainStrasse Village’s “Original” Goettafest Friday-Sunday. Find
ample versions of the sausagey Cincinnati stable along with plenty of beer,
music, shopping and other festival favorites. Go here
For more stuff to do this weekend, check out
our To Do
picks full calendar
and Rick Pender’s Stage
for weekend theater offerings.More to look forward to: Peep our Summer Guide, tucked into this week's issue, for all sorts of seasonal goodness to keep you busy all summer long. And be sure to get tickets to next Wednesday's Margarita Madness celebration at Newport on the Levee. Admission is $20 in advance ($25 at the Levee, if there are still tickets available) and includes ample tequila and margarita samples, summery bites from area restaurants and live music and DJs, all from 5:30-9 p.m. June 19. Get tickets and more info here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Opera is the operative word for June.
Cincinnati Opera kicks off its 93rd season with expanded venues,
programming and some of the hottest singers on the scene.
by Jac Kern
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Screech is going to be at Boogie Nights. The ‘90s TV geek-turned-porn star
Dustin Diamond will make an appearance at Hollywood Casino’s night club Friday.
Cover is $10 cover, but admission is free if you dress like Kelly Kapowski,
Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano or any of your favorite Saved By the Bell characters.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Get ready to dance like you’re so excited…
The Mutual UFO
Network (MUFON, real thing) hosts an international symposium this weekend at
the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. If you have seen an unexplainable
object in the sky, are interested in the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial
life or just love a good conspiracy theory, here’s an opportunity to share your
stories and learn more about UFOs. Speakers include a nuclear physicist, an
abduction researcher, an aerospace engineer and many others in the field.
Additionally, researchers at MUFON will announce a major discovery, presenting
credible evidence for UFOs. Register here
and see what it’s all about,
Friday-Sunday in Covington (Spoiler Alert: ticket prices are kinda steep).
Remember Wiedemann beer? George Widemann founded the company in 1870
with a brewery on Columbia Street in Newport, Ky., making the Bohemian-style beer
synonymous with Northern Kentucky. The brewery closed in 1983, but the brand
has recently been reclaimed and the new owners are debuting Wiedemann’s Special
Lager Friday night. Swing by Pompilio’s, another Newport landmark, at 5 p.m. for
a celebration and the inaugural keg-tapping at 5:30 p.m.
Washington Park hasn’t even been open for a month and already it’s
become a city hub, bringing tons of Cincinnatians and visitors together. On
Friday, four of the city’s prominent performance organizations will also come
together for a concert and show unlike any we’ve seen in the park thus far. The
performance will include Cincinnati Ballet dancers, the Cincinnati Pops,
Cincinnati Opera soloists and the May Festival Chorus, with conductor John
Morris Russell. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy on the Civic Lawn.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton County Park District has teamed up with edible Ohio Valley Magazine to present the first Ohio Valley
a weekend-long festival celebrating local
eats and agriculture and healthy, sustainable food practices. Special events
include a pig roast Friday at Winton Woods; a workshop and lecture on green
floral design Saturday; and Sunday’s big greenmarket at Glenwood Gardens,
featuring a farmers market, cooking and gardening demos, speakers and
activities for kids.
“Back to School” might have been out of your vocabulary for a few years,
but there are local kids whose summers are coming to an end and they are still
in need of adequate supplies. So, once again, PROJECTMILL presents Back to
School_MF this Saturday. In addition to fun art installations and dance music,
MFers are asked to bring donations for area students. Think standard school
supplies like pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, backpacks, and other
goodies you couldn’t go without when you were in school. Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers optional. The free dance party
is 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. at Northside Tavern.
events this weekend include: the World’s Longest Yard Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sunday at MainStrasse Village; Glier’s Goettafest
at Newport on the Levee every day through Sunday; more recommended arts, theater and event picks here.
And be sure to stop by the square tonight for the MidPoint Indie Summer
Series with Bear Hands, Lightning Love and Fort Lead, 7-11 p.m.!
by Jac Kern
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Those lucky enough
to snag a ticket to Cincinnati Opera’s sold-out run of Maria de Beunos Aires get to see a rare performance, which opens
tonight. Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova team up for the first time to
present the story of an a woman in Argentina who becomes the embodiment of Tango. If you
didn’t get tickets in time, check out our preview to learn the backstory of this CO production.
continues on Fountain Square from 7-10 p.m. The Ark Band, a Columbus-based St.
Lucian reggae group, performs tonight.
Looking for a fun
spot to grab dinner or drinks tonight? Mosey on down to Django Western Tacos,
Northside’s newest watering hole. Taco options range from chicken to beef
tongue to squash and peppers and can be ordered premade or DIY assembly. Django
also offers larger traditional Southwest dishes and tasty cocktails. Peep our profile
for more tasty morsels. Django Western Tacos is open until midnight tonight.
Bluegrass is just one of the new weekly free music nights at Washington Park.
Each Wednesday, a new band takes the stage — check out The Comet Bluegrass
Allstars tonight, 7-9 p.m.
Over on the Civic
Lawn of Washington Park, Cincinnati Sports Kickball League takes over. Last
week’s game rained out, so this is your first chance to check out the ballers
in action. Games are each Wednesday from 6 p.m. ‘til dusk.
If you want to do
your after-work drinking outdoors with a local cover band and thousands of others at Yeatman’s Cove,
tonight it your last chance to do so! Party in the Park
wraps up tonight with Naked Karate Girls from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy half-priced
drinks until 6:30 p.m.
entertainer, dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” George M. Cohan is the focus
of Cincinnati Landmark Production’s latest show. George M!, onstage at Showboat Majestic, features good choreography and showtune classics like “Yankee
Doodle Dandy.” Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. performance are $17-$18. Read our
full review here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A hybrid of opera, music theater and
performance piece, the surreal storyline follows Maria from birth to her
arrival in Buenos Aires, where tango seduces her and leads to a life of
prostitution. She is murdered and resurrected, becoming the embodiment
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Opera always struck me as a strange,
overblown cousin to musical theater. I told people that I had to “turn
off my theater filters when I went to see opera.” But then I spent
several seasons working for Cincinnati Opera, and my eyes were opened to
the reasons people react so strongly to that art form.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 09:04 AM | Permalink
'The Second City 2' and 'next to normal' conclude this weekend, among others
It’s a weekend of last chances, as several shows that have
been entertaining audiences wind up their runs just before Independence
Day. Let’s start with The Second City 2: Less Pride … More Pork.
If you haven’t yet caught this evening of poking fun
at our local foibles and sacred cows, you have only until Saturday. The
cast of five from Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe has been tickling
local funny bones since late April, drawing their material from
bottomless well of our beliefs and behaviors. Even if you saw the show a
month or two ago, you’ll be entertained by a return visit. Improv is
the fuel for the evening, and every night they’re up to new tricks to
entertain audiences. By the way, that includes involving a few folks in
attendance, so be prepared. Box office: 513-421-3888.
Sunday winds up Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s revival of the Tony Award-winning musical next to normal. (Review here.) The story of a woman struggling with schizophrenia
and how it affects her family is even better than it was back in
September. The show uses the power of a brilliant Rock score to enhance
the impact of this painful story. ETC has reassembled most of its superb
cast from last fall, including Jessica Hendy in the central role. Her
beleaguered husband is now played by Bruce Cromer, who you might know as
Ebenezer Scrooge in the Playhouse’s annual A Christmas Carol. His character’s relationship with Hendy’s makes their struggles all the more deeply felt. Box office: 513-421-3555.
Last Sunday I had some good laughs at the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace
on the Showboat Majestic. It’s an old chestnut (it was a hit in 1944),
but it’s one of the funniest shows you’re likely to see, about a pair of
off-kilter elderly maiden aunts who keep their rather normal nephew
astonished and scrambling to keep them in line. The kind-hearted women
take in boarders, quiet elderly men who are “all alone in the world,”
and polish them off with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. They
convince another nephew, who believes he’s Teddy Roosevelt, to bury them
in the basement by telling him they’re Panama Canal works who are
victims of yellow fever. A great show for the whole family. Box office:
Also winding up this weekend is Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This
rambunctious show mentions of all the Bard’s works — although many are
completely unrecognizable, thanks the three buffoonish guys who
undertake the task. Order your tickets online where you’ll find an
automatic buy-one, get-one offer. Website: www.cincyshakes.com.
Cincinnati Opera is offering Porgy & Bess
for the first time ever, with a performances on Saturday evening (as
well as July 6 and 8). (Preview here.) Is it an opera or a musical? Judge for yourself
(and read about it in my Curtain Call column in next week’s issue of CityBeat).
It’s at Music Hall, with lots of seats, but as always, a limited run.
This is one you shouldn’t miss. I saw it Thursday night, and the leading
performers are great: Measha Brueggergosman is a conflicted Bess,
Jonathan Lemalu conveys Porgy’s dignified but depressed life, Gordon
Hawkins is the brutal Crown, and Steven Cole steals the show as the
animated, irreverent Sporting Life. And pay attention to the chorus —
it’s a wonderful ensemble. Box office: 513-241-2742.
Each week in Stage Door, Rick Pender offers theater tips for the weekend, often with a few pieces of theater news.