Feeling crafty, but can’t seem to get past the DIY boards on Pinterest? The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a unique, weekly craft night with “One Night One Craft.” Each Monday, crafters of all levels are invited to learn a new project, mingle with friends, enjoy a drink and walk home with a fantastic handmade item. This week, Professor John Humphries will instruct visitors on painting with wine, coffee and other pigmented beverages. Attendees can expect to create around 5-6 drawings by the end of the night. And don’t worry, the wine isn’t just for painting — there will be a cash bar. Just bring a $5 material fee and leaver your artistic reservations at the door. One Night One Craft: Vintage Views of the City - Painting with Wine runs 6-8 p.m. tonight.
Jewish young professionals (ages 21-35) and their dates are invited to a wood-fired pizza cooking class tonight at A Forkable Feast. Access (an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation) presents this event, where JYPs will create their own pizzas from scratch, fire them up and —best of all — eat ‘em! The fun begins at 7 p.m. Guests should have already RSVPed here.
The Clermont County Fair is in full swing this week, with plenty of exhibits, rides, classic grub and various contests. Today, visitors can check out the Valley Exotics petting zoo (noon-9 p.m.), carnival rides (2-11 p.m.), “baby contest” (which I can only assume is a child auction; 4 and 8 p.m.), a tractor pull at 7 p.m. and live entertainment from Willis Music students (7-11 p.m.). The fair continues 8 a.m.-midnight daily through Saturday. Admission is $10, most rides included with entry.
Monthly, local LGBTQ magazine CNKY Scene presents its first-ever film festival this weekend. The three-day fest will screen 22 international short and feature films, present Q&As and workshops through Sunday at Know Theater. Special events include the screening of Raid of the Rainbow Lounge followed by Q&A with narrator, actress Meredith Baxter and after-parties each night. Find a full schedule here. Tickets start at $10; a full-access pass is $60.
The Chippendales perform at Belterra Casino Friday. Find your own Magic Mike.
Travel back in time for a Midsummer Masquerade at Loveland Castle Saturday. Dress in masks and costume, or just sport your most fanciful duds, and enjoy performances by Dante’s Gypsy Circus, Robbin Marks Magic, aerial dancers, live music and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door — er, castle gates. The soiree runs 8-11 p.m.
Come to the castle early for an all-ages festival beginning at 11 a.m. Castle Day features food, beer, crafts, entertainment and a great opportunity to saunter the castle grounds.
Considered to be the oldest festival in Cincinnati, Schutzenfest is a German celebration for all ages. The Kolping Center will be packed with authentic food and beer, games, vendors, rides and lots of live entertainment. The fest runs Friday-Sunday and admission is $3. Find details here.
If you missed
Thursday’s presentation of Ugandan artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine’s multimedia piece, A
Friday night is the last chance. Mwine portrays four different characters
onstage to describe the oppression of LGBTQ citizens in Uganda. The performance
includes raw video footage and photographs, dealing with a serious subject
matter with an upbeat tone. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $20, $14 for
Humorist and storytelling champion David Sedaris will return to Cincinnati for a one-night speaking engagement this fall. The best-selling author will bring his signature stories to the Aronoff Center Nov. 3; tickets are $40-$53 and can be purchased here.
Sedaris is known for his oddly relatable, true-ish tales that combine comedy, embarrassment, neurosis and observational rants into a beautiful, laugh-out-loud experience. Some of his most popular writings include Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and "Santaland Diaries." He is also a frequent contributor on National Public Radio's This American Life. And he has a pretty cool sister.
For a perfect slice of Sedaris storytelling, go here to listen to his recent contribution to This American Life's live theater event. Sedaris last performed in Cincinnati in 2010.
Shut Up and Play the Hits bridges that gap for us, though. The documentary, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, was screened in select theatres for only one night — a seemingly arrogant tactic, though I think it was done mostly just because it was the easiest and most affordable (the opposite of arrogant). Lucky for Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center showed it in the lobby of its stone, skate park-like building to a full audience.
Using shots of the band’s last show to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011, mastermind James Murphy’s life before and after the show, and an actually informative interview, Shut Up and Play the Hits does some explaining, which was what Murphy really wanted. Not only that, but it also takes us through the inevitable emotional roller coaster Murphy and his bandmates rode on, anywhere from feeling “disturbingly normal” to breaking down in the presence of the band’s now jaded yet memorable musical equipment.
This normal life seems to revolve around Murphy’s dog. Waking up at 10:32 the morning after the final, drunken show, Murphy lays pensively sleepy with his little dog on his belly, just staring at him. Maybe it’s the dog that keeps him from accepting the sadness of the end, or maybe he just hasn’t been able to look — really look — at his dog in quite some time. Either way, it’s an endearing moment that contrasts like a flash of lightening to the madness of their final show. The back and forth filming techniques foster those aesthetics.
In many moments throughout the film, Murphy’s gaze suggests a complexity of despondency and hopefulness all at once, whether he’s making coffee or glowing in front of an 18,000-person show. The end is near and never has such an ending become so suddenly swallowed up. The film symbolically leaves us with a weeping fan staring at the dispersing stage, gracefully blurring the line of the sacred and profane. Murphy only wished to leave a stain, but that final note of that final song could very well ring out forever.
There is a ventriloquist convention in town this week. Seriously! The Vent Haven ConVENTion takes over Cincinnati Airport Marriott daily through Saturday, and it’s got a full bill. Learn about the art of ventriloquism, browse puppets from dozens of vendors and enjoy entertainment from pros (the convention culminates with comedian Jeff Dunham speaking Saturday afternoon). The event is a product of Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, the only ventriloquist museum in the world.
If you want to skip the creepy puppets and cut straight to the comedy, see Dunham tonight at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $47.40.
It’s Founders Brewing Co. Night at The Lackman, where three Founders’ beers will be tapped: Devil Dancer triple IPA, All Day IPA session ale and Dry Hopped Pale Ale. Swing by after work to give ‘em a taste.
Over in Northside is Projectmill’s Slurring Bee at Mayday. Sign up at 9 p.m. and pay $5 to compete. It’s pretty simple: take a shot, spell a word. Every word you spell correctly grants you another shot. It’s like an alcoholic workout for your cranium!
You don’t need to
stay in the city to have a fun Thursday — the Warren County Fair
keeps truckin’ tonight with harness racing at 6 p.m., "Warren County Has Talent"
at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 9 p.m. Admission tonight is $15 per carload.
Tonight and Friday, the CAC offers the rare chance to see a multimedia performance piece about LGBTQ oppression in Uganda. Artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine combines photographs, video and live performance in A Missionary Position to portray the homophobia running rampant in Uganda, through a wide scope of perspectives. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $14 for members.
Popular PBS series and appraisal show pioneer Antiques Roadshow has come to Cincinnati to film an episode locally. Film crews can be seen at various area landmarks such as Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the American Sign Museum and the appraisal site, Duke Energy Convention Center.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Lark Manson were scheduled to visit the zoo today to discuss the rhino population crisis and its relation to antique trading. The crew will stop by the American Sign Museum Friday with Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to cover 20th century vintage signage and get some vibrant shots of the local attraction.
Saturday is the big day for the lucky 6,000 expected guests in attendance. From 8 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 70 appraisers will be on-site at the Duke Energy Center to assess the value of more than 12,000 vintage toys, antique furniture, knick-knacks and plenty of other items. Of all stops on Antiques Roadshow's six-city tour, Cincinnati's show received that highest number of ticket requests (more than 37,000). Antiques Roadshow attendees are selected at random prior to the event.
The episode is set to air on PBS in 2013. The show previously filmed an episode in Cincinnati in 1998.
Watch July 21st, 2012 -- ROADSHOW Comes to Cincinnati, OH! on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.
If you’re still upset you couldn’t make it to San Diego’s epic Comic-Con this year, share your woes with other local lovers of SciFi, fantasy TV shows and literature, comics and more at Cincinnati Geek Club. The informal group meets at Roxx Electrocafe from 6-9 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. All nerds welcome! Find more geeky-chic events and meetups from Pandora Promotions here.
The Warren County Fair kicked off Tuesday in Lebanon, and tonight’s activities include a garden tractor pull at 6 p.m. Get your fill of corn dogs and funnel cakes, Ferris wheels and farm animals through Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Tickets are $8 (kids 12 and younger get free admission). Yehaw!
The Newport Secret Six perform on Fountain Square as part of Reggae Wednesdays. Grab a snack or an icy beverage and relax to some island jams from 7-10 p.m. The free, weekly concert continues every Wednesday through Aug. 29.
The World Choir Games have come to an end, but Cincinnati continues to welcome talented artists from around the globe with this week’s World Piano Competition. More than 200 pianists compete through Saturday to be named champion musicians. Tonight’s quarterfinals begin at 6 p.m. at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are $12 through Friday; admission to Saturday’s artist finals are $17.
There’s been a lot of focus in recent years on adopting green eating habits: buying organic, supporting local restaurants, eating seasonally, etc. Behind the Kitchen Door exposes an aspect of food/restaurant ethics too often ignored: the exploitations of service industry workers. The documentary, set to be released next year, exposes the "political, economic and moral implications of eating out." Read more and find the trailer here.
When I was 12, it
was 2000. I had just been fitted with headgear, graduated from Hanson to
*NSYNC, and my AOL screennamed had “pRiNcEsS” in it. And, obviously, I was nowhere
as cool as Jeremiah McDonald, who was watching Doctor Who and creating a video
for his future self to watch one day. Twenty years later, McDonald created a video where he "interacts" with his preteen self.
It seems everybody (and not just hipsters) love Instagram, the now-Facebook-owned camera app. And soon, people may be able to buy an actual Instagram Camera. The model's features include 16 GB storage, touch screen, social media sharing, filters (of course) and an internal printer, providing tangible, instant, Polaroid-esque photos.
And now, six-year-old Albert Roundtree's rapping debut, "Booty Pop." Warning: NSFL(ife). Although the director says it was all a joke, he stands by the decision to put the hernia-shakin' child in a pool with half-naked adult women. And fans, worry not: a new Albie video is on the way, called “Girls, Girls, Girls.”
The historic Washington Park’s renovations are finally complete and the eight-acre space is now open to the public! The new park features a performance stage, interactive musical fountains, dog park, playground, underground garage and more great additions. Peruse the grounds, grab a free treat from Streetpops or Taste of Belgium, and check out a free World Choir Games Friendship Concert at 5 p.m. Saturday will kick off a weekly program for children featuring interactive appearances by Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Art Museum and more, noon-2 p.m. each Saturday. The park is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily and will host several weekly free concerts and other events.
Make your way through Downtown Middletown restaurants, galleries and shops for the popular First Friday Art Walk. Participating businesses include The Loft Gallery, Bella “a unique boutique” and Hollywood Dance Attire. Get your arts and shopping fix from 5-9 p.m.
The Newport Motorcycle Rally continues tonight through Sunday on the Levee. Mingle with bikers, soak up some sun and enjoy live music and games all weekend.
When the temperature shoots above 100 degrees, sometimes you just want to strip down and take a relaxing swim. At Paradise Gardens, nudity isn’t just allowed, it’s required! One of the city’s two nudist camps hosts an open house Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Go for a swim, sunbathe, go fishing and maybe even conquer some body shyness all in one day! Go here for more information, location details and FAQs.
It’s time for the monthly dance party at Northside Tavern, Projectmill’s Dance_MF. Saturday’s theme celebrates all things woman: Dance_FemmeF. Get down to some music by female artists and DJs and donate what you can to the Anna Louise Inn, a safe and affordable housing option for local women in need. Parties for a cause are the best kind of parties.
Sundays are for relaxing, day drinking and taking a break before the work week. What better place to spend this special day than Rabbit Hash? The quirky, tiny town, known to many as the “Center of the Universe,” hosts Folksiders Market each second Sunday. Vendors will be selling fine art, pottery, paper goods, unique found objects, vintage knick-knacks, food and more. Play with the town dogs, grab a beer or sarsaparilla from the wonderful General Store and enjoy a calming view of the river. The market runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
There are dozens of World Choir Games competitions, free concerts, events and workshops across the city this weekend. Find a full lineup here.
Cincinnati native Geoff Tate and In Living Color alum Tommy Davidson both perform in town this week. Tate made his national television debut this year on Craig Ferguson and recorded a CD/DVD at MOTR in April. His show at Go Bananas begins at 8 p.m. Davidson performs at Funny Bone on the Levee through Sunday; his show tonight also starts at 8.
With the World Choir
Games in full swing, there are lots of performances around the city today:
Friendship Concerts (5 p.m., Bellarmine Chapel; 7 p.m., Schmidlapp Event Lawn
at The Banks; 7 p.m., Village Green Park; 7:30 p.m. Newport on the Levee; 8
p.m., Blue Wisp)
Folklore Open Competition ($15-$40, 4 p.m. Aronoff Center)
Musica Sacra Celebration Concert ($28-$42, 7:30 p.m., Fountain Square)
Youth Choirs of Equal Voices Open Competition ($15-$40, 7:30 p.m., School for Creative and Performing Arts - SCPA)
Global Harmony Celebration Concert ($28-$42, 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Masonic Center)
Folklore Champions Competition ($15-$40, 8 p.m. SCPA).
Go here for a full schedule of WCG concerts, competitions and events.