Your Weekend To Do List (Aug. 26-28)

An iceberg-shaped monochromatic installation debuts at Xavier's Cohen Gallery; the O.F.F. Market pops up in Oakley; Cincy Brew Ha-Ha takes over Sawyer Point and more.

FRIDAY 26

MUSIC: KURT VILE

Kurt Vile’s most recent album, 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down, was a left turn of sorts — a Folk-fortified collection powered less on the Philadelphia native’s soaring guitar leads and more by a laid-back, meditative vibe. “Wheelhouse,” the album’s melancholic centerpiece, sounds like something lifted from prime-era Yo La Tengo, its atmospherics and circular guitar pattern transporting listeners to an alternate universe. Then there’s “Dust Bunnies,” an addictive gem that seems to combine Tom Petty with John Prine — a well-crafted, interestingly textured song flavored with Vile’s distinctive drawl and evocative lyrics. Kurt Vile and the Violators play Friday at Covington’s Madison Theater. Tickets/more info: madisontheateronline.com.

EVENT: TASTE OF OTR

Celebrate the flavors of Over-the-Rhine during the fourth-annual Taste of OTR, which this year has expanded to include a second day. Hosted by Tender Mercies, a local nonprofit that provides security, dignity and community to homeless adults with mental illness, the event features a local Craft Beer Village, live music and more than 30 vendors, including Goodfellas Pizzeria, Tom+Chee and Washington Platform. The family-friendly event also includes a KidsZone with a stilt walker, a balloon artist, face painting, a water-balloon toss and coloring contests. All proceeds benefit Tender Mercies. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $30-$50 VIP. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, tendermerciesinc.org.

EVENT: CINCY BREW HA-HA

The 10th-annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, the city’s biggest (and booziest) funny fest, returns to Sawyer Point with 75 comedians and more than 120 beers. Brews will be available at a whopping 30 beer booths manned by Blank Slate, New Belgium, Fifty West and many others, with eateries like Skyline Chili and Texas Joe’s Food Truck providing some additional sustenance. Comedians perform on four stages throughout each evening; performers include Chris Porter, who notched a third-place win on Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing; Ben Bailey, former host of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab; and actor Hal Sparks. 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Free admission; $5 beer wristband. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com.

EVENT: CUISINE ART COCKTAILS: CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY CINCINNATI GALA

Like the city itself, the museum has undergone many changes, and the CAC wants to show off the ever-changing cultural landscape of Cincinnati with a new cookbook, Cuisine Art Cocktails: Celebrating Contemporary Cincinnati. The project started in the spring of 2015, according to Maria Kalomenidou, the project manager and creative director for the book. “The CAC is run by volunteers, and every year the docent council gets together to come up with a fundraising idea for the education programs,” Kalomenidou says, “This year they decided on the idea of a cookbook.” Cuisine Art Cocktails: Celebrating Contemporary Cincinnati is no ordinary cookbook. “When we first started, the idea was just for a cookbook, but progressively we thought about the up-and-coming life of OTR and downtown, and we wanted to make something that truly reflected the creativity of those chefs,” she says. The book involves 26 talented chefs, three mixologists and one sommelier, each creating a dish or drink based off a contemporary art piece. The CAC celebrates the cookbook at a gala and art auction Friday. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs, and the event will feature food made by 12 chefs and mixologists from the book, including Francis of Nectar, Dave Taylor of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Molly Wellmann of Wellmann’s Brands and Danny Combs of Sotto. 6:30 p.m. Fruday. $250. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.

MUSIC: LILY & MADELEINE

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are perfect examples of the social media paradigm at work in the music industry’s current state. The Indianapolis natives began their musical partnership in high school when they recorded themselves singing covers of favorite songs and posted the videos on YouTube. Renowned producer/engineer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, The Afghan Whigs, Iggy Pop, The Fray) saw them and extended an invitation to record at his Bloomington, Ind., studio. He then introduced the pair to Gentleman Caller frontman/songwriter Kenny Childers, rightly assuming their talents would mesh well. They’ve been co-writing ever since and have even started a side project, Sandpaper and Silk. Last year, the sisters welcomed drummer Katie Siefker to the live fold; they’d already been working with multi-instrumentalist Shannon Hayden onstage since their 2013 debut. For the recently released Keep It Together, the duo’s first album with New West Records, Lily & Madeleine incorporated their touring band into the studio sessions and expanded their stylistic range from the simple Folk/Pop melodicism of their first two albums to include deeper, darker, more dramatic songwriting themes and hauntingly dreamy Trip Hop rhythms and textures. Given the breadth of their accomplishments at astonishingly young ages — they’re now 19 and 21, respectively — it would seem that Lily & Madeleine’s continued success is as sure and as warmly welcome as tomorrow’s sunrise. 8-11 p.m. Friday. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

MUSIC: WHISPERING BEARD FOLK FESTIVAL

The ever-growing Whispering Beard Folk Festival returns this week for four days of Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Roots music, much of it provided by artists from the Greater Cincinnati area. The festival (which is “camping-friendly”) takes place at the Old Mill Campground, which is about an hour southwest of Cincinnati. Whispering Beard — which has become a much-anticipated event for Americana fans in the region — begins Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon, with the Mt. Pleasant String Band closing things out at 2 p.m. (Music runs all day and night — with special late-night sets planned — on Friday and Saturday.) Other local acts joining touring headliners like Robbie Fulks (see Sound Advice on page 50), Joseph Huber and Tim Easton (among other regional/national acts) include The Tillers, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Easy Tom Eby, Dawg Yawp, My Brother the Bear, David Faul, The Rubber Knife Gang, Arlo McKinley, Jeremy Pinnell, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Maria Carrelli, Krystal Peterson and HuTown Holler. Just as the Cincy Blues Fest offers a great snapshot of the city’s rich Blues scene, Whispering Beard is the perfect way to check out many of the finest Roots/Americana artists in the area. Full fest passes are $75 in advance or $80 at the gate. Single-day tickets are $40 for Friday or Saturday and $20 for Thursday. Tickets (including campsite reservations) can be purchased at cincyticket.com. Old Mill Campground, 7249 First St., Friendship, Ind., whisperingbeard.com.

ART: ICEBERG AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Xavier University’s Cohen Gallery will host an opening reception for a two-person exhibition featuring the work of artists Emily Moores and Samantha Parker Salazar. Moores, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s studio arts MFA program, and Salazar, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in printmaking, both work with hand-cut paper forms, and their pieces for this show come together to create an intricate, iceberg-shaped monochromatic installation. Both artists “have an inherent interest in aesthetic abundance and intricacy,” reads the show’s press release. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. On view through Sept. 24. Free. A.B. Cohen Center 1658 Herald Ave., Norwood, 513-745-3811.

EVENT: GERMANIA SOCIETY OKTOBERFEST

Willkommen to the 46th-annual Germania Society Oktoberfest — Cincinnati’s original Oktoberfest (the first was held in 1971) and probably the most authentic. Hosted by the Germania Society, a local organization that promotes German heritage in Cincinnati, the fest features traditional homemade German food — sauerkraut balls, rotisserie-grilled chicken, wursts, strudel, schnitzel and more — live German music, dancing, imported German merchandise and a variety of German bier, wein and schnapps. A ceremonial Oktoberfest keg will be tapped on Friday, so dust off your dirndl. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com.

EVENT: TASTE OF BLUE ASH

More than 20 local eateries will coalesce this weekend to answer an age-old question: What exactly does Blue Ash taste like? Taste of Blue Ash, one of the ’burbs’ most popular fests, takes over Summit Park with three days of food, live music, games, festival rides and other festivities. This year’s music lineup includes headliners Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Friday, 3 Doors Down on Saturday and Easton Corbin on Sunday. Don’t miss the annual Best of Taste competition 6 p.m. Friday, which pits eateries against each other in categories like Best Appetizer, Best Entrée and Best Dessert. 6-11 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com.

MUSIC: BIG EYES

Big Eyes first emerged in 2009 in the form of then-21-year-old New York singer/songwriter Kait Eldridge’s solo demos following the breakup of her previous bands. Eldridge moved to Seattle in 2011 and recorded several singles and a couple of full-lengths with a rotating cast of friends. Big Eyes toured frequently in the U.S. and Europe, including several weeks opening for Against Me!. Eldridge returned to New York City in 2014 and made Big Eyes a more concrete band, then started recording Stake My Claim. The hook-laden album expertly mixes Indie Rock, Power Pop and Punk Pop, sounding like a blend of Liz Phair, The Ramones and The Runaways but laced with a modern verve and personalized passion that is all Big Eyes’ own. 9 p.m. Friday. $5. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.

ART: WELL-KNOWN PACIFICALLY AT THUNDER-SKY, INC.

Thunder-Sky, Inc. gallery hosts the third and final show in a group of works that beloved local artist Antonio Adams began in 2012, which speak to his fascination with celebrity and reality. In this iteration of his trilogy, Adams continues to explore those themes with “a sense of mischief, comic grief and funky spirituality,” according to the gallery. The show will feature Adams’ familiar line-drawing portraits, paintings, photographs, writings, costume and sculpture. Thunder-Sky’s multi-artist tribute to the life and legacy of Prince, The Beautiful Ones Always Smash the Picture, is simultaneously on view downstairs. Opening reception: 6-10 p.m. On view through Oct. 8. Free. Thunder-Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside, raymondthundersky.org.

MUSIC: BEWILDERFEST

This Friday through Sunday, Urban Artifact plays host to the first Bewilderfest, another local-music-heavy event that features a wide range of styles (and also a wide selection of special beers from around the world). According to the mission statement on the fest website, performers are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones — the goal of the three-day affair is to “twist the usual, bend the standards and jump to new conclusions,” so fest-goers can expect uncommon sets and covers from some of the area’s more interesting and creative artists. All three days of the festival are free to those 21 and up; for those 18-20, admission is just $5. Music begins at 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Local acts to appear Friday at the inaugural Bewilderfest include Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s, Lung, Leggy, Coconut Milk, mr.phylzzz, Filthy Beast, Dynamite Thunderpunch, Lipstick Fiction and The Terror Electric. Cincinnati area artists in Saturday’s lineup include Injecting Strangers, Trxlleydxdgers, Buggs Tha Rocka, Go Go Buffalo, 1-71 Stranglers (featuring Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver and Clinton Jacob of mr.phylzzz/Trxlleydxdgers), Jim Trace & the Makers, Fycus, Sundae Drives, Colors in Mind and Expeditions. For Sunday’s lineup, locals like Mad Anthony, The Whiskey Shambles, New Moons, Wonky Tonk, The Mark Borison Vanity Project, The Grove and Father Smash and the Revival are slated to appear. Friday-Sunday. Free 21+; $5 ages 18-20. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, bewilderfest.com.

ONSTAGE: SLUT SHAMING

When Stephen Skiles became Xavier University’s director of theater in 2012, he wasn’t exactly a newcomer. His experience and background have helped him in bringing to the school a lively and often topical series of productions, like the one that opens the new season, Slut Shaming. It was first staged at the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe. Inspired by real events in Steubenville, Ohio, when a young woman was raped and then scorned through social media, it’s a story relevant on today’s college campuses where sexual conduct is a hot-button topic. Skiles fundamentally believes theater in a college setting should be “the crossroads of the curriculum.” “We can offer an insight into any subject in a very humanistic way,” he says. Trey Tatum’s Slut Shaming is an example of that. The playwright and his wife, director Bridget Leak, worked with Xavier students on this production, which is onstage Wednesday through Sunday. Skiles saw the show in 2014 and envisioned staging it at Xavier with Tatum and Leak involved. He recognized the show’s relevance to campus conversations. Xavier’s ambitious upcoming season includes productions of The Music Man (October); Jim Leonard Jr.’s The Diviners (November); Hamlet (February); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), staged by Stern (February); Into the Woods, staged by ETC’s Meyers (April); and Annie Baker’s The Aliens (April). It’s likely that more and more Cincinnati theatergoers will pay attention to productions at Xavier this year and beyond. Slut Shaming, presented by Xavier University Theatre, will be onstage through Sunday at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. If free tickets remain, visit xavier.edu/tickets for information about obtaining them.

SATURDAY 27

EVENT: O.F.F. MARKET

The monthly Oakley Fancy Flea — or O.F.F. Market — is a pop-up marketplace that brings together artists, farmers, specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses and other makers to exemplify the slogan, “Shop small. Shop local. Love your community.” 10-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 2890 Madison Road, Oakley, theoffmarket.com.

EVENT: PARTY IN PLAID AND PUNK

Local nonprofit Caracole will throw its fourth-annual Party in Plaid fundraiser and fashion show this weekend to benefit its mission of providing safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. This year, a new Punk theme is being added to the mix: Pop-up shops will be onsite with Punk accessories, as will local hairstylists and MAC cosmetics, who will help rev up your style. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner by the bite by Jeff Thomas Catering. Cincinnati native Asha Ama Daniels, a finalist in Project Runway spinoff Under the Gunn, will be in attendance to showcase her award-winning designs. A dance party, cash bar and silent auction are also on the agenda. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $75 general admission; $40 young professional. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, caracole.org/party-in-plaid.

COMEDY: RAJIV SATYAL

Cincinnati native and comedian Rajiv Satyal is celebrating his 10th anniversary as full-time comic and L.A. resident this fall. In addition to his stand-up pursuits, the former Procter & Gamble employee is producing a talk show with a company in Mumbai, India, and on his own is creating a series of short videos about everything from pop culture and politics to food and philosophy. He returns this week to the club where he started: Go Bananas. “My act has always been about race, politics, dating and technology,” he says. “Those are the four things that I seem to come back to.” Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.

SUNDAY 28

EVENT: MAKING NEW FRIENDS

Artistic taxidermy shop and enthusiastically approachable biological/naturalist educational organization Meddling with Nature is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and they want you to make new friends at their birthday party. The group hosts the first of its “Making New Friends” workshop series Sunday, where guests are invited to come and create their own taxidermied rodent. Select from a mouse, hamster or other critter and follow along as you take your creature from frozen corpse to finished mount while simultaneously learning about anatomy and medical and taxidermy history. Scalpels, gloves and other materials will be provided (as will wine, beer and snacks). 4-8 p.m. Sunday. $60. Meddling with Nature, 1707 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., meddlingwithnature.com.

EVENT: THE HAYMAKERS’ SOCIAL

An al-fresco dinner party held at one of Ohio’s oldest farms, Carriage House Farm, featuring some of the region’s best chefs, pork and produce — and a live Bluegrass band. Hood’s Heritage Hogs, a multi-generational sustainable red wattle hog farm, will be providing the meat for the snout-to-tail dinner, which also includes three courses and wine pairings. Featured chefs will be adding their take to the meal, including Mike Florea, Jason Louda and Jose Salazar, with additional brews and booze from the likes of MadTree, Watershed and the new Woodburn Brewery. 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday. $150. 10251 Miamiview Road, North Bend, Ohio, carriagehousefarmllc.com.

EVENT: CINCY SUMMER STREETS: NORTHSIDE

The unique, free summer event series — Cincinnati Summer Streets — returns to Northside on Sunday. Hamilton Avenue will be closed to cars and transformed into a fun public space full. Find activities like a climbing wall, jump rope, lawn bowling, mini golf, jousting, yoga, crosswalk painting and more. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Hamilton Ave., Northside, cincysummerstreets.org.

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