Your Weekend To Do List (Aug. 25-27)

Get a taste of Blue Ash and Over-the-Rhine; mix laughs and booze at Cincy Brew Ha-Ha; enter the Upside Down at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

FRIDAY 25

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COMEDY: CINCY BREW HA-HA

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, as the name suggests, has perfected the art of mixing comedy and alcohol (the more you drink, the funnier people get!). More than 80 comedians, including headliners Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (Super TroopersBeerfest), Bryan Callen (The HangoverThe Goldbergs) and Brooks Wheelan (SNL), will take over Sawyer Point on four different stages while you sip on a selection of more than 110 craft beers, ciders and wine. Come for the comedy — the laughs are free — and grab a wristband and beer tickets to sample tons of local, national, rare and seasonal brews. 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Free; $5 wristband; $1 beer tickets. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com

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Art: Anthony Luensman


ART: ANTHONY LUENSMAN: NEW WORKS AT CLAY STREET PRESS

After 25 years of working with large sculpture, technology and installation, Cincinnati’s prodigal son Anthony Luensman has returned from his desert retreat outside of Tucson, Ariz., where he’s been living for the past year or so. According to the artist, “I began to grow weary of the complicated processes that kept me out of my studio in a constant sourcing of materials and services and onsite installations.” This new practice, then, is a result of “letting work grow out of its own formalities without didactic intent.” Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through Oct. 14. Free. Clay Street Press, 1312 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, patsfallgraphics.com. 

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MUSIC: TYLER CHILDERS 

Although he's just 26, Tyler Childers is already a seasoned music veteran. For the past six years, the Paintsville, Ky. native has been writing evocative new songs that are so steeped in Country/Bluegrass tradition, you'd swear they were obscure covers rescued from the dusty drawer of a forgotten Nashville publisher. Childers has also been forging the performance aspect of his craft with constant touring throughout the South and Midwest — on his own or with his bands, The High Walls and The Food Stamps — revealing a novelist's eye for detail in his songs and a showman's gift for holding an audience's attention from first note to last while onstage. Childers is the Friday headliner at the popular Whispering Beard Folk Festival; read more in this week's Sound Advice. Click here for tickets, directions and complete Whispering Beard details. 

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MUSIC: COM TRUISE 

For awhile, art director Seth Haley explored a different side of his creative personality by crafting Electronic/Synthwave music under a variety of pseudonymous identities, including SYSTM, Sarin Sunday, Airliner and Komputer Cast. After three years, Haley chose yet another new name for himself by inverting the initials of a certain movie star and recorded his first work under his new nom de synth, the Cyanide Sisters EP. Just before releasing Cyanide Sisters as a free download in 2010, Haley resigned from his job as an art director and turned his full attention to the Indie Electronic project he dubbed Com Truise. While it might have seemed like a gutsy (or even ill-advised) move seven years ago, Haley clearly understood his musical strengths and his audience; his Com Truise alter ego has become a force in the Electronic scene. On top of becoming a respected artist — eight months after Cyanide Sisters’ free release, he signed with renowned Electronic label Ghostly International (which re-released the EP), for which he records to this day — Truise is also an in-demand DJ, producer and remixer. Since the rapturous reviews for Sister and its various single-track, EP and LP follow-ups — including the recently released album, Iteration — Truise has helmed the board for Little Boots and Oddience and remixed the likes of Maroon 5, Foster the People, Daft Punk, Tycho, Deftones and Deadmau5, among many others. Read more in this week's Sound Advice

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LIT: BRUCE CAMPBELL

Bruce Campbell has been a cult actor for more than 30 years. He has been riding a career wave that has encompassed everything from B-movie-actor extraordinaire to author of 2002’s surprise bestseller If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor to, most recently, semi-mainstream TV success. Campbell, who appears Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion to support his new memoir Hail to the Chin, made his name playing Ash, the lead character in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead film trilogy, crafty horror adventures that were as humorous as they were terrifying. Campbell and Raimi grew up together in the suburbs of Detroit dreaming of making movies, and 36 years after the debut of the original Evil Dead, each is still doing what he loves. The most unlikely of Campbell’s endeavors has been his success as an author: His 2002 memoir’s out-of-nowhere success was evidence of the square-jawed actor’s unique presence on the cultural landscape. Now comes its sequel of sorts, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor. Read more about the book here. Bruce Campbell will appear 7 p.m. Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. More info: josephbeth.com.

EVENT: BEWILDERFEST

This weekend, Urban Artifact hosts its second-annual Bewilderfest, a celebration of wild culture as manifested in music and craft beer. Urban Artifact is famous for its funky, tart brews, highlighting wild-caught yeast, bacteria and other microscopic friends. This fest builds on that unique philosophy by asking a roster of bands — including Abiyah, BLVCK SEEDS, Dream Tiger, Eugenius and more — to perform songs outside their comfort zone, and breweries to test their limits by bringing barrels of fun fermented brews to tap.Friday-Sunday. Free admission. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, artifactbeer.com

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EVENT: TASTE: BLUE ASH FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Held in the still-expanding Summit Park, the Taste of Blue Ash is bigger these days than ever before, complete with a brand new name: Taste: Blue Ash Food & Music Festival. The event consistently draws thousands of people from all over Cincinnati eager to get a taste of the ’burb. This year’s participating restaurants and food trucks include C’est Cheese, City BBQ, Busken Bakery, Le’s Pho and TAHONA Kitchen + Bar (and that’s just scratching the surface). Friday’s performers include Naked Karate Girls, Blessid Union of Souls and Loverboy, while Saturday features the Keith Swinney Band, Halfway to Hazard and Big & Rich. Noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, blueashevents.com. 

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FILM: MOVIE MADNESS! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Resurrect lost cinema with host Count Fat-cula and explore the terrain of late-night movie specials of times gone by — thinkElvira’s Movie Macabre or Svengoolie. This week, watch an alien plant mooch off lovable, clumsy Seymour in the original classicLittle Shop of Horrors (1960), which later spawned the famous musical. Held at Darkness Brewing, the popcorn is free and the beer is good. Grab tickets in advance by calling 859-815-8375. 9 p.m. Friday. $5. Darkness Brewing, 224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., facebook.com/darknessbrewing

EVENT: GERMANIA SOCIETY OKTOBERFEST 

Authentic to the first Oktoberfest — held in Munich in 1810 — the Queen City’s Germania Society has celebrated the Bavarian tradition since 1971. Feast on German food like sauerkraut balls, schwenkbraten and classic wursts, then wash it down with German beir, wein and schapps. Throw on some lederhosen and dance to live music all weekend. Kids will be entertained by rides and games, and the whole family can kick off the event with a parade of dignitaries from German organizations across Southwest Ohio. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5; free 12 and under. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com

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COMEDY: BRYAN CALLEN

Having lived in seven different countries by the time he was 15, Bryan Callen quickly discovered that laughter is indeed a universal language. “I was put into an entirely new situation with strangers,” he says. “The way you get guys to like you is to be good at sports and to make them laugh. I was pretty good at sports, but I was better at being an idiot, and now I get paid for it.” Comedy fans will recognize Callen from his scores of appearances on TV shows over the years, most notably as a cast member of Mad TV and as Bilson on How I Met Your Mother. He headlines the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Festival Friday. 9:30 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincybrewhaha.com

SATURDAY 26

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EVENT: CHARM AT THE FARM 

Nearly two decades ago, the 56-acre farm that Amy Doyle calls home with her husband and three young children was used to raise champion Budweiser Clydesdales, whose names are still emblazoned on the stalls inside their barn. But today, a different vision — Doyle’s — is manifested on the Lebanon, Ohio farm: a seasonal vintage market she established with the help of her best friend. It’s called Charm at the Farm, and it takes place this Friday through Sunday. From rustic gifts and furniture to one-of-a-kind décor from local vendors, the open-air market exudes its namesake: charm. Two years in the making, the grand-opening event was held on June 3, 2017, attracting nearly 3,000 shoppers over a two-day period. After this weekend’s summer market, the fall installment is scheduled for Oct. 27-29. Read more about the market here. Charm at the Farm's Summer Market takes place Saturday and Sunday, with a VIP session 5-8 p.m. Friday. More info/tickets: charmatthefarm.com.

MUSIC: VACATION 

Vacation might be the most inappropriately named band in the Cincinnati music scene. Three years after the formation of one of the city’s most vibrant Punk/Pop outfits, the band’s Jerri Queen (drums) and Peyton Copes (bass) joined guitarist/vocalist Bridget Battle as Tweens, juggling both bands’ gigs thereafter. That pathological desire to make music remains strong for Queen. He moved to the guitarist role in Vacation and left Tweens when Copes decided to become a tour manager, but Queen has since joined three other bands — Mardou, Black Planet and The Switzerlands. Vacation’s other current members are also multi-banded. Drummer Dylan McCartney fronts Mardou and also plays in The Switzerlands, while bassist Evan Wolff fronts his own hometown band, Pretty Pretty, in Columbus, Ohio. Guitarist John Hoffman moonlights with Swim Team and records and performs as a solo artist.“We love the punishment,” Queen jokes. Read a full feature on Vacation here. Vacation plays an album-release show at 6 p.m. Saturday at Shake It Records with special guest Chuck Cleaver. More info: vacation.bandcamp.com.

ART: FANDOM: STRANGER THINGS

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fandom series bridges pop culture and art history by presenting quirky themes as a lens through which to view the museum’s permanent collection. In June it wasGame of Thrones and in July it was The Bachelorette. This time around the theme is Stranger Things. Find out how the sci-fi Netflix hit relates to the art on display and listen to several jokes about Barb and Eggo waffles. Fandom programs take place the fourth Saturday of the month. 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Free; reservations required. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

EVENT: PARTY IN PLAID PLUNGES UNDER THE SEA

Caracole, the local nonprofit devoted to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS through housing, care and prevention, is celebrating its 30th anniversary underwater. Party in Plaid Plunges Under the Sea is a perfect excuse to try out that mermaid hair you’ve secretly been considering — both plaid and nautical-themed attire are encouraged. The evening includes live music, cocktails, dinner-by-the-bite and a performance by noted local choreographer and DANCEFIX founder Heather Britt. The event’s signature silent auction also returns. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $75 general admission; $40 young professional. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, caracole.org

EVENT: AN AFTERNOON WITH THE BEER BARONS

Do you like beer and dead people? Spring Grove Heritage Foundation does, too, and its fourth-annual An Afternoon with the Beer Barons explores both via tours and tastings (of beer, not people). Docents will lead guests on guided coach jaunts of the final resting places of famous local beer kingpins like Christian Moerlein and John Kauffman, relating tales of their history and alcoholic achievements along the way. Local living brewers — including Braxton, MadTree, Rivertown and more — will also be on hand so you can sample their most popular and unique beers. Strictly 21 and up. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. $40. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org

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EVENT: TASTE OF OTR

Discover all the culinary delights of Over-the-Rhine (and nearby) without the usual two-hour wait. Head to Tender Mercies’ fifth-annual Taste of OTR to fill up on food from the likes of Eli’s BBQ, Macaron Bar, Che, Taste of Belgium, Tom+Chee, Fireside Pizza and more while benefiting the nonprofit’s mission of transforming the lives of homeless adults with mental illness. The event also includes beer from locals Rhinegeist and Samuel Adams, plus a full lineup of live entertainment. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $25 VIP (includes special tastings and covered seating). Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, tendermerciesinc.org

SUNDAY 27

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MUSIC: DOWNTOWN BOYS

If the stench of social injustice that has been especially putrid in America over the past several months has you feeling overwhelmed or perhaps all alone in your anger and frustration, Downtown Boys’ appearance in Cincinnati this week might just be the perfect communal experience for you — in desperate and divisive times, a shared expression of rage and empowerment can do wonders. Unless you are on the wrong side of history and societal evolution (in which case, Kid Rock is still accepting fans), there probably isn’t a more “of-the-moment” band right now than Downtown Boys, which just released their high-profile Sub Pop debut, Cost of Living, an album overflowing with righteous, pull-no-punches/throw-all-punches Punk Rock manifestos that rail against the very hatred, bigotry and pro-oppression ideologies that dominate headlines daily in Trump’s America. 10 p.m. Sunday. $10. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.

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TV: GAME OF THRONES WATCH PARTY AT KITTY BREW

Gatos join the game of thrones at Kitty Brew Cat Café, which is hosting a fabulous feline-infused watch party this Sunday for the Season 7 finale. Sip Blood of my Blood Punch, Dornish Red Water and Night's Watch Coffee and drown your sure-to-be emotions in a feast fit for royalty. Popcorn and cake pops — in the shape of Ned Stark's head, may he rest in peace — will also be served. Mother of Dragons (Cats?) Daenerys Targaryen will be in attendance to deliver dragon eggs filled with prizes, one of which is the opportunity to watch the finale perched atop an Iron Throne. Event is 21 and up. 8 p.m. Sunday. $30; reservations required. Kitty Brew Cat Café, 6011 Tylersville Road, Mason, kittybrew.com.


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