The character of Don Juan as a sinful womanizer with a sparkle in his eye, a beautiful lady at his side and a seductive way with words that makes any woman swoon is well established in the arts. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte wrote the famous opera Don Giovanni about him. It premiered in 1787 and has remained popular. The Don Juan legend, penned originally in Spain in the 17th century, always ends with the libertine paying a spiritual price for his sexual rampages and playfully rude ways: He’s doomed to eternity in hell. And in the opera, Don Giovanni faces the same fate. At his worst, Don Giovanni has always been portrayed as a character that shows us our brutal but true selves — how badly we lust, how much we trick others to get what we want, how we sweet-talk those we desire. At best, Don Giovanni is the character we love to hate and hate to love, the epitome of the phrase “boys will be boys.” But Isaac Selya, artistic director and conductor of Queen City Opera’s fully staged performances of Don Giovanni Friday and Sunday at the Arts Center at Dunham Theater, summarizes the plot differently. “The opera deals with a rich young nobleman who uses his money and influence to manipulate and take advantage of women,” Selya says. Holding a doctorate of musical arts with specialization in orchestral conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music — his lecture-recital was “Fingi la Voce Mia: Mozart’s Baritone Roles as Depictions of Lechery” — Selya talks about the characters of Don Giovanni as old friends that he knows, unfortunately, all too well. Read more about the Queen City Opera's production here. Don Giovanni will be performed 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Arts Center at Dunham Theater in Price Hill. Pre-concert discussions are an hour earlier. Tickets: giovanni.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006. More info: queencityopera.com.
MUSIC: ANN WILSON
For the new Ann Wilson of Heart tour, Wilson cautions that fans shouldn’t expect a full-on Heart show, although she has promised a handful of “reimagined” songs from the band’s storied catalog. What they can expect is a set of fresh Wilson originals, written over the past year or so, and a few of the covers that were featured on her 2007 solo debut, Hope & Glory, and her two Ann Wilson Thing! EPs, all set to a variety of video presentations. And they can most assuredly expect the amazing voice that has powered one of the most influential and successful Rock & Roll bands of the past four decades. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Ann Wilson brings her tour to UC Health Stadium in Florence, Ky. Friday. Click here for tickets/more show details.
Peel back the veil of time and travel to the 1890s “Cin City” via the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of their Art After Dark series. Traverse Queen City streets rife with gambling, booze and prostitution, all set to a Ragtime soundtrack. At 6 and 8 p.m. local author, blogger and historian Greg Hand will present an illustrated tour of the “Naughty Nineties,” when Cincinnati was a cesspool of crime and intrigue. The event will also feature music from The Hot Magnolias, a screening of Rita Hayworth’s The Strawberry Blonde and dance performances from Pones Inc. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
EVENT: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SPRING GROVE CEMETERY
Even Abe Lincoln, dusting time and space off his petticoat, will attend this Memorial Day weekend celebration. Join the historic Spring Grove Cemetery as they honor both the past and present. The cemetery and arboretum welcomes over 10,000 visitors annually throughout the weekend festivities. View a veteran’s photo tribute display in Norman Chapel, which is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or take a walking tour that covers moments as far back as the Revolutionary War Sunday at 1 p.m. End the weekend with a Sons of Union Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m. and a Civil War music concert at 11:45 p.m. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Monday. Free. Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
EVENT: SAAP ON TAP
The Stray Animal Adoption Program, a local foster-based rescue organization, is hosting their inaugural SAAP on Tap fundraiser Friday at the Listermann Brewing Company. Pups and people are both on the guest list — dogs can enjoy treats from Brewhaus Dog Bones and Pet Wants, while their humans can indulge in bites from Renegade Street Eats, plus a silent auction of pet-friendly swag. Don’t hold back on the alcohol: A portion of proceeds from all beer, wine and cider sales will benefit SAAP. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Free entry. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, adoptastray.com.
Does your pup have what it takes to wow a panel of expert judges? Find out at the Memorial Day Dog Show, a series of four all-breeds competitions hosted by the Warren County Kennel Club and Cincinnati Kennel Club of Ohio, Inc. For more than two decades, the Butler County Fairgrounds have gone to the dogs for this special event, which also includes obedience trials, pet supplies and grooming equipment vendors, fair-style food and more. Best-in-show winners are crowned each day. Through Monday. Free admission. Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, wckcohio.com.
COMEDY: MIKE ARMSTRONG
Onstage, former Louisville police officer turned stand-up comedian Mike Armstrong likes to say things he thinks other people are thinking but are too polite to say. Inspirations run the gamut from work to family, with a fair amount of embellishment. “My son just graduated from high school,” he says. “He’s going to college at the University of Texas; he’s very smart. (Onstage) I make him sound like he’s lazy. I say ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with him. He wants to be a garbage man because they only work one day week.’ ” Through Sunday. $20. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
“If life is a bowl of cherries,” Erma Bombeck asked, “what am I doing in the pits?” Her witty, down-to-earth column about the grind of everyday life as a mother and housewife entertained newspaper readers three times a week for more than 30 years and she became a featured personality on TV and in national magazines. But she also crusaded for equal rights for women. “She managed to be extraordinary by being ordinary,” say playwrights Allison and Margaret Engel. Bombeck is being reincarnated at the Playhouse in the Park in this entertaining one-woman show, featuring a warm-hearted, genuine performance by actress Barbara Chisholm. Through June 18. $35-$85. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
EVENT: FURRY FRIENDS FESTIVAL
Beer. Bluegrass. Doggos. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and spread out at Washington Park with your canine companion in tow. Pick up a craft brew from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Madtree Brewing or Christian Moerlein Brewing Company (but make sure the pups keep their noses out of it!). Take a stroll to peruse pet-themed vendors with items ranging from dog food to accessories to photo services. The event kicks off on Friday with The Harmed Brothers taking the stage, followed by The Lil Smokies and Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band will headline the event on Saturday, with other performances by Casey Campbell & His Band, Warrick & Lowell, Tim Easton and Maria Carrelli. 6-10 p.m., Friday; 3-10 p.m., Saturday. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
ART: SIGNATURE SCHEURER
From his early ink drawings to his bulbous-nosed paintings, his quirky girl portraits and sublime mixed-media collages, Michael Scheurer’s creative output has been marked by ingenuity, wit, detail and balance. Again and again, the Cincinnati native has proven he has the artist’s eye. “I’m always telling people, ‘Check that out. Look at this,’ ” Scheurer, 62, says in a phone interview. “As an artist, you’re pointing out things that might be subtle and they wouldn’t have noticed.” Now, the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center downtown has created its own collage from nearly 50 years of material. Signature Scheurer is a retrospective curated by assistant director Kelly O’Donnell, who has been archiving Scheurer’s work. Read more about the show here. Signature Scheurer runs through June 18 at the Weston Art Gallery. Free. Gallery talk with Michael Scheurer 7 p.m. May 24. More info: westonartgallery.com.
Dallas Green is better known via his stage name, City and Colour. Green grew up in Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada, which is about a 20-minute drive northwest of Niagara Falls. If his name sounds familiar, especially for baseball aficionados, it should — born in 1980, he was named for Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Dallas Green after the younger Green’s father placed a bet on the team to win that year’s World Series (which it did). Fast forward two decades: City and Colour started in 2005 as a scaled-down side project from Green’s main band, a Canadian Post Punk five piece called Alexisonfire. City and Colour’s first album, Sometimes, featured little beyond Green’s expressive, high-pitched voice and an acoustic guitar.Sometimes drew more attention than Green anticipated, leading to additional albums every couple of years, each a more sonically ornate and commercially successful affair than the last — his current backing band includes former Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence — which eventually led to his departure from Alexisonfire in 2011. Read more about the artist in this week's Sound Advice.
ART: OUTDOOR DUCK TAPE EXHIBITION AT UC
Fine arts students and faculty members from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP will host an opening reception for the school’s annual outdoor duct tape exhibition. Shown in various locations around campus, participants utilized thousands of rolls of Duck Tape to create three-dimensional enlargements of work on this year’s theme of “circus.” Nearly a dozen works of art will be displayed outdoors on the plaza near Nippert Stadium, UC’s REC Center and the Meyers Gallery on campus before they move to the Annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival outside of Cleveland. Opening reception 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Through May 30. Free. University of Cincinnati, 2700 Bearcat Way, Clifton, uc.edu.
O.F.F. Market invites Cincinnatians to enjoy the blue skies and warm weather of summer while supporting their city. Small businesses, artists, farmers and customers will come together on Oakley Square to sell and shop local. Find upcycled flatware and gemstones from Spoons & Such, curated vintage looks from Down to Mars Vintage and metal works from Oberaw Industries at this month’s market. Guests can even grab a bite to eat from specialty food vendors such as Five One Three Bagel Co. or Cate’s Cookie Kitchen. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Oakley Square, Oakley, theoffmarket.org.
This three-day fest serves up the best eats Cincinnati has to offer. With more than 100 delicious dishes, you won’t go hungry. Jamaican jerk chicken, Cajun stew and slaw, Southern barbecue, Mexican tacos, tostadas and more are on the menu. Guests can also grab beer and other booze to pair with their meals. This year will be the first ever to feature a Taste of Cincinnati cocktail: the Fifth and Vodway, made with citrus vodka, triple sec, cranberry and Sprite. Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley will bring local trucks from the Fifth Street ramp to Columbia Parkway, and Taste of Findlay Market will offer up Findlay faves on the ramp to I-71. Rock your way down Fifth to catch live performances on five stages at the longest-running free food and music festival in the nation. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday. Free admission. Fifth Street between Main and Sentinel streets, Downtown, tasteofcincinnati.com.