Your Weekend To Do List (April 28-30)

Spend an evening among furry celebrities at the SPCA's "Hollywoof"-themed Fur Ball; celebrate all things beer at the Lebanon BrewHAHa; zap some Latin flavor into your Friday night at Art After Dark.



Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has generated theater buzz for the past two years with the announcement and subsequent construction of its new Otto M. Budig Theater at 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine. Its first play there, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is set for September.But first, it has to say goodbye to its home of the past 18 years. This week, the 23-year-old company opens the final production at its longtime venue at 719 Race St. in downtown Cincinnati. It had moved into a space operated by The Movies, a onetime repertory cinema and art house. That became its base after preliminary stops at Gabriel’s Corner in Over-the-Rhine, The Carnegie in Covington and the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater. For nearly two decades, the adapted space has hosted plays by Shakespeare and other renowned playwrights. The last work staged by Cincy Shakes at Race Street will be Shakespeare’s The TempestCincinnati Shakespeare Company stages its final production at its Race Street theater, The Tempest, through May 20. Tickets/more info:

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Among the contemporary stars of the current Jazz scene, very few (if any) players have had the kind of prolific and diverse career bassist/composer/arranger Christian McBride has had. Outside of a few living legends from the music’s golden eras and the dean of Jazz, Wynton Marsalis, McBride is practically the king of the genre, a virtuoso with an unusually high profile for a Jazz musician. And though throughout his career he has regularly explored other realms of music, McBride didn’t have to resort to Smooth Jazz or pander to mainstream audiences to earn his lofty place at the center of the Jazz universe. He follows his creative instinct instead of expectations, helping to keep Jazz tradition alive (and push it forward) with his forays into Fusion, Big Band Jazz and particularly Bebop/Post Bop. Read more about McBride in this week's Sound AdviceChristian McBride plays the Xavier University Music Series Friday. Visit for tickets.

"Apples Descending a Staircase" - Photo: Christopher Makos
Photo: Christopher Makos
"Apples Descending a Staircase"

New York-based photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, aka the Hilton Brothers, are performance artists as much as they are visual artists. These renowned globetrotters pack personalities that are as colorful as their tailor-made matching suits. Makos previously worked with Andy Warhol, and his early mentor was Man Ray. In addition to gorgeous still lifes, Solberg is known for his portraits of servicemen and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Hear the pair’s stories Thursday when they return to Miller Gallery for the opening of Spring, an exhibit featuring Solberg’s flowers, plus juicy photos of apples that Makos took for a Bergdorf Goodman campaign. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Through June 10. Free. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 


The beloved artist Raymond Thunder-Sky drew demolition and construction sites while dressed in a clown collar and construction hat. When he passed away in 2004, he left behind more than 2,000 drawings, costumes, hats and toolboxes, which will be featured in the first major survey of Thunder-Sky’s artwork in the United States, Demolition Man at The Carnegie. Additionally, an exhibition co-organized by artist Peter Huttinger entitledWordly will feature the work of John M. Bennett, Fred Ellenberger and Avril Thurman — all of whom employ language in their work — with an opening reception the same night.Opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. Through June 10. Free. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky.,

Your Weekend To Do List (April 28-30)
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Zap some Latin flavor into your Friday night at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Salsa dance Spring Fling. Immerse yourself in the passion and fun of Latin dancing with Midwest Latino and enjoy performances by SalsAires and Casino Real. Not ready to break out your dancing shoes? There will be plenty of entertainment for non-dancers, such as after-hours access to some of the museum’s exhibitions including Dressed to Kill and Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color & Light. Food from Red Sesame Korean BBQ will be available for purchase as well as specialty cocktails. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park,

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Cincinnati community theater Showbiz Players is closing down on a high note after a 30-year run by restaging one of its best productions (previously presented in 2002 and 2006). Frank Wildhorn’s moving musical presents views of the “War between the States” from Union, Confederate and slave perspectives featuring a large, diverse cast of top-notch amateur actors. The company has presented many of Wildhorn’s Broadway shows, and he has provided a new song, written specifically for Showbiz’s production — one that will add another dimension to the show’s varied score that includes Gospel, Folk, Country, Rock and Rhythm & Blues numbers. Through May 6. $24 adults; $21 students/seniors. Showbiz Players at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington, Ky.,


Disney fans rejoice! All those hours spent singing along with your favorite movies will finally pay off. Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time is coming to the Taft Theatre this weekend for a musical celebration exploring the magical moments from classic movies includingFrozenThe Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast and many more childhood favorites. The performances include a quartet of young singers and high-resolution movie clips shown above the orchestra. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $15. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

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“I never knew I was going to do stand-up,” says comedian Andrew Schulz. Like so many of his generation, he grew up watching Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and other comics but had no idea how you got to be a comedian for a living. But he had confidence. “Stand-up is a weird thing,” he says. “You have to be insecure enough to be funny, but confident enough to believe you can do it. It’s a really weird collection of abilities. It’s like being a centaur. That top half has to feel so pathetic but you can still trot around all day as a horse.” Onstage his material is what he calls pseudo-political. Friday-Sunday. $12-$15. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township,


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Spend a night among bone-afide furry celebrities at “Hollywoof,” the SPCA’s 15th-annual Fur Ball. The black-tie-encouraged celebration kicks off with a silent auction and cocktails at the Sharonville Convention Center, followed by fine dining, an open bar and a red carpet pet parade starring adoptable cats and dogs. The ball is the SPCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, benefitting the organization and the care of its animals. New to the event this year is a wine wall, which allows guests to select a wrapped bottle of wine that may exceed its fixed price donation (so drink up!). 5 p.m. cocktails and silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner and program Saturday. $200. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, 

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Get ready to get crafty: Mega indie craft show Crafty Supermarket descends on the Clifton Cultural Arts Center Saturday with kaleidoscopic goodies from more than 50 local and out-of-state makers. New and returning crafters participating in the show’s spring edition include eclectic gift and stationary aficionados Handzy Shop + Studio, snarky T-shirt purveyors Keep Your Shirt On Covington and natural laser-cut gifts and décor pros Lucca Laser Workshop. Expect sizable crowds: More than 2,000 shoppers are expected throughout the day, so show up early, grab some food from local vendors and get lost among the wares. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton,

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Visionaries + Voices hosts their eighth-annual fundraising auction, which brings together regional artists and those from the V+V studios to create collaborative artworks for both live and silent auctions. In addition to artwork made by paired artists such as Courttney Cooper and Antonio Adams, Braxton Thomas and Tory Keith, and J.R. Bradshaw and Diane Fishbein, the auction will also feature items from FC Cincinnati, the Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo. 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday. $75. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,


The third-annual Lebanon BrewHAHa will be an epic celebration of all things beer with steins, lederhosen, food trucks, live music and more than 95 Ohio craft brews to sample. This is an event to help expand your beer knowledge and palate while also raising money for the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra. Tickets include 20 tastings, a tasting guide, souvenir glass and even more if you opt for VIP. Designated drivers will also have their own booth full of soda and water. This event is 21-plus. 4 p.m. Saturday. $10-$55. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 North Broadway, Lebanon,


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The seeds of Real Friends were sown seven years ago when bassist Kyle Fasel became discouraged with the music he was creating and invited guitarist Dave Knox to contribute his ideas to the woodshedding process. The pair began Real Friends with vocalist Dan Lambton and drummer Aaron Schuck and self-released their debut EP, This is Honesty, while moonlighting with The Fastest Kid Alive. Almost immediately they became disenchanted with their raw Punk sound and decided to start over, replacing Schuck with Brian Blake and adding rhythm guitarist Eric Haines, who were both featured on their sophomore EP,Everyone That Dragged You Here. Read more about the band in this week's Sound Advice. Real Friends play Bogart's Sunday. Click here for tickets/more show info.

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Wave Pool, the innovative Camp Washington nonprofit gallery, presents an alternative art fair in a parking lot at 2927 Colerain Ave. Participating artists receive a 9-by-18-foot parking space to present performances, experimental art actions and other activities and displays; the typical art-fair displays of works for sale will be missing. Among the participants will be Marc Governanti, Nina Caporale, POPP=D Art, Pam Kravetz and others. Other related activities include a studio sale in Wave Pool’s upstairs space and the grand opening of Welcome Shop at 2936 Colerain Ave. devoted to crafts made by refugees and immigrants.1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2927 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, 


Since 1987, Caracole has existed as a vital organization in the Southwest Ohio region striving to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS through housing, preventative care and assistance services. Support Caracole and their programs Sunday night at the annual Miss Northside Drag Competition, where staff members, board members and volunteers of Caracole and the members of the Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire will be dressing in drag and performing to raise money, one dollar at a time. 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside,

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