by Jac Kern
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Cincy Blues Fest is back at Sawyer Point
this weekend celebrating its 20th anniversary. The volunteer-driven festival
showcases quality Blues entertainment on multiple stages year after year.
Performances run 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday.
Adonis Nightclub opens the pool for Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign’s dive-in movie night Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
and Bridesmaids will be shown on the
big screen at 9:30. Come early to hang out poolside and enjoy a men’s swimwear
fashion show by Knickers XY at 8:30 p.m. After the show, there will be a silent
auction for those very sexy suits! When else can you take the knickers right
off a model? A photo booth and plenty of grub will be on hand all night. Tickets
are $20 at the door.
Find your polo, iron your pleated skirt and lather on the sunscreen —
it’s time for the Western & Southern Open! One of tennis’ oldest and largest tournaments kicks off Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis
Center in Mason. Matches continue through Aug. 19, featuring Maria Sharapova, recent
Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray and Serena Williams. There
will even be live music from noon-2 and 5-7 p.m. Aug.12-18. Get tickets,
schedules and directions here.
Saturday is Community Art Centers Day, presented by ArtsWave. Cincinnati is lucky to have a community center where
children and adults can express themselves creatively in almost every major
neighborhood. On Saturday, these participating centers will host open houses
and present parades, demos, performances and more. Kennedy Heights Arts Center,
Sharonville Fine Arts Center and Clifton Cultural Arts Center are just a few
locations celebrating and showing off their stuff this weekend.
Second weekends = extra fun in Northside and OTR. Head to Northside
Saturday to check out extended hours and
specials at the neighborhood’s great galleries, restaurants, bars and
businesses, 6-10 p.m. Second Sundays on Main keep
the party going through the weekend. This month’s theme is Growth &
Wellness, so come harness your chi or just recover from your hangover with
food vendors, street performers, yoga demos, food and wine pairings, shopping
and live music. The street fest takes over Main Street between Thirteenth and
Liberty, noon-5 p.m.
Hamilton County Fair and Great Inland Seafood Festival
continue through Sunday. And be sure to swing by Fountain Square Friday for the
Indie Craft Market, coinciding with
MidPoint Indie Summer featuring A Place to Bury Strangers, The
Kansas Bible Company and Sidewalk Chalk.
by Jac Kern
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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.