Your Weekend To Do List (Feb. 10-12)

MadTree opens its new brewery, taproom and event space with a mega-sized celebration; new chorus Fluidity performs its debut concert; My Furry Valentine returns to the Sharonville Convention Center.

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FRIDAY 10

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MUSIC: LA NOURRITURE

When Rhonda Juliano’s contract as artistic director with MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir ended in July, she took inspiration from the word “fluidity” to form a new chorus — Fluidity, a Creative Choral Community for a Cause. Its debut concert, La nourriture, is this Friday evening at New Riff Distillery in Newport. Fluidity concerts will be designed as social events that educate the audience about a nonprofit agency and present music that supports the theme, with the program clocking in at less than an hour. Juliano decided on feeding the hungry for the first program’s theme, but she wanted to find a lesser-known organization to help. She made a match at the Social Enterprise Cincy summit in October, at a roundtable discussion with Suzy DeYoung, founder and chef of La Soupe, an organization that provides food and education where the need is greatest. Read more about Fluidity here. Fluidity presents La Nourriture 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Riff Distillery. Tickets/more info: fluiditycccc.org.

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MUSIC: JULY TALK

Toronto rockers July Talk have been on a gradual but unstoppably steady climb since their formation in 2012. That year saw the initial release of the band’s self-titled debut album on Canadian indie label Sleepless Records; the album proved to have a lengthy shelf life. Coupled with the group’s intense and jubilant live show, July Talk was released (in an extended version) on Universal Music Canada in 2013. The wider distribution and growing acclaim led to an Alternative Album of the Year win at the Junos (Canada’s Grammys) and a U.S. release on Island Records in 2015. July Talk plays MOTR Pub Friday. Click here for more on this free show.

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DANCE: KING ARTHUR’S CAMELOT

Art thou ready to experience the epic tale of King Arthur? If you answered yes, you’re just in time — King Arthur’s Camelot is coming to the Aronoff Valentine’s Day weekend. King Arthur’s life is thrown into turmoil when he learns of the transgressions of his wife and newest knight, Lancelot. The performance is translated through original choreography from the Cincinnati Ballet, with original music performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Projections, puppets and exquisite sets and costumes help tell the story. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $32-$116. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cballet.org

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MUSIC: ROSANNE CASH

The newly renovated Memorial Hall hosts singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash as she sings tunes from her Grammy-winning homage to the American South, The River & the Thread, with her collaborator and husband John Leventhal. 8 p.m. Friday. $35-$55. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com

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ONSTAGE: SUMMERLAND

Childhood diseases and America’s bloody Civil War left many families in the 1860s bereft, yearning to connect with lost loved ones who they believed had moved on to a lovely place called “Summerland,” where they awaited entry to heaven. Spiritualism thrived, and many believed the mysterious art of photography afforded ghostly glimpses of those who had passed when a portrait of a widow or grieving parent was taken. Those are the circumstances in Arlitia Jones’ world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where a photographer and an investigator spar over what’s real and what might be a scam. Through March 5. Tickets start at $30. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com. 

SATURDAY 11

ART: BIJOUX PARISIENS: FRENCH JEWELRY FROM THE PETIT PALAIS, PARIS 

For its Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris exhibition that opens Saturday, the Taft Museum of Art is offering an obvious tie-in: macarons during three special Saturday afternoon tea services. But maybe it should also be renting those magnifying eyeglass loupes, some with LED lights, that jewelers and lapidarists wear to better see tiny gemstones they must inspect. Because, believe me, there are tiny — miniscule — details to the 75 pieces of jewelry in this show that you will want to study carefully. The exhibit covers jewelry by such famous names as Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels and more, from the early 19th to mid-20th centuries. Read more in this week's Big Picture

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Photo: Orlando von Einsiedel
"The White Helmets"
FILM: OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT DOCUMENTARIES 

This year, possibly moreso than in years past, Cincinnati World Cinema’s annual presentation of the Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries shoulders a historic burden, beyond its mission to highlight education and culture by providing “the community with outstanding motion pictures that explore the human condition and celebrate cultural diversity.” As always, this aim syncs up with eligibility requirements for documentary films as defined by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, which states that films must be “theatrically released nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects.” Read more hereCincinnati World Cinema will host presentations of the Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries Feb. 11 and 12 at Memorial Hall. More info: cincyworldcinema.org

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EVENT: MY FURRY VALENTINE

The sixth-annual My Furry Valentine — Cincinnati’s largest companion animal adoption event — returns to the Sharonville Convention Center this weekend, playing matchmaker to help more than 800 adoptable animals find their forever homes. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits will be available from nearly 40 local shelters like the SPCA, Pampered Pets Animal Rescue, League for Animal Welfare and Louie’s Legacy. More than 45 vendors will also be onsite to provide information about animal care and advocacy groups and local veterinary services.Noon-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5; $25 early-bird. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, myfurryvalentine.com.

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EVENT: MADTREE 2.0 WINTER BONANZA

Oakley’s MadTree will open its new brewery, taproom and event space this weekend during the MadTree 2.0 Winter Bonanza. The celebration will also mark MadTree’s fourth anniversary and an expansion of a modest 15-barrel system to a 120-plus barrel system, equating to a production capacity of an eventual 180,000 barrels a year. Located in the former Cincinnati Frog & Switch building, the 50,000-square-foot space cost an estimated $18 million to renovate. The Winter Bonanza will feature more than 70 beers on tap with guest taps, live music and a variety of food vendors. There are currently 7,800 people “interested” and 2,800 listed as “going” on the Facebook event page, so a word to the wise — purchase beer tickets beforehand on the brewery’s website. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. MadTree, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley, madtreebrewing.com. 

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EVENT: CINCY PROHIBITION PARTY

The Cincy Prohibition Party promises an evening of revelry for bootleggers, scofflaws and dapper flappers. Put on your best Roaring Twenties costume and head to the Woodward Theater to Fox Trot to Jazz-era classics from The Cincy Brass, with entertainment from hula-hooping fire dancers Cirqulate. Start the party at Arnold’s Bar and Grill with a picket parade to protest the Temperance Movement and happy hour with musical numbers performed by The Queen City Sisters. The parade will begin promptly at 8 p.m. from Arnold’s with picket signs provided. Happy hour 6-7:30 p.m.; event 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $15 advance; $20 door. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-The-Rhine, facebook.com/radpadentertainment

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Japan Suit of Armor, late-18th century, metal, leather / Museum Purchase 1892.2783
ART: DRESSED TO KILL: JAPANESE ARMS & ARMOR

More than 130 warrior-related objects from the 16th to 19th centuries will be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum for the new Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor exhibition. Dressed to Kill aims to tell the true story of warriors in Japan, contrasting the reality of the noble Samurai with how we may think of them from popular books and films. With 11 full suits of armor, including one for children, plus weapons, banners, costumes, prints and paintings, the exhibit explores the impact of cultural development in Japan and its influence. Through May 7. $10 adults; $5 children 6-17, seniors and students*. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.com

* a previous version of this story erroneously said this exhibit was free

SUNDAY 12

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MUSIC: POP EVIL 

Given the struggle and tumult that Hard Rock quintet Pop Evil has endured to reach the level of success they’ve achieved, it might have been tempting fate just a little to name its most recent and best album Up. You know what they say about up — only one way to go from there. For Pop Evil, that down came last April when drummer Josh “Chachi Riot” Marunde opted out of the band for an opportunity that allowed him more family time. While the split was amicable — Marunde left the door open for future cameo or reunion appearances — Pop Evil now had an immediate need for a hammer, especially considering they were in the middle of the touring cycle for 2015’s Up, the most successful album in the band’s 15-plus year history. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Pop Evil plays Bogart's Sunday. Click here for tickets/more show info.

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