Your Weekend To Do List (May 5-7)

Visit the Cincinnati Zoo's newest arrivals all month long during Zoo Babies; celebrate Latino culture, values, traditions, music and authentic eats at the 14th-annual Cincy-Cinco; get riding during Bike Month.

FRIDAY 05

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EVENT: ZOO BABIES

Before you ask, no: Premature baby hippo Fiona is not yet on exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo (although her caretakers say she could be as early as June). But the Queen City’s newest celebrity isn’t the only baby in town. Celebrate the zoo’s newest arrivals all month long during Zoo Babies, from cubs and calves to pups and beyond. Keep an eye out for pink and blue stork statues throughout the grounds, which indicate where babies are located; little ones include giraffes Cora and Zoey, tigers Chira, Batari and Izzy and a hoard of African Painted Dog pups all named after cheese. Don’t miss a Zoo Babies poster signing 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the gift shop with artist Loren Long; proceeds benefit the care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. Through May 31. Free with zoo admission: $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

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EVENT: VIVA LA FRIDA

The Cincinnati Opera’s YP group Center Stage celebrates the life and legacy of legendary artist Frida Kahlo in preparation for the upcoming June performance of Xavier Rodríguez’s 1991 opera, Frida. This fiesta features Mexican cuisine from Mazunte, music and dancing in true Cinco de Mayo style. 6-9 p.m. Friday. $5 advance; $10 door. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiopera.org.

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MUSIC: THE CLASSIC CRIME 
Because of their five-year affiliation with Tooth & Nail Records, The Classic Crime has typically been considered a Christian Rock band, but as frontman Matt MacDonald has rightly pointed out, religion is a highly personal issue and the members of the band are not united in their religious pursuits — which means they’re not a Christian band. There are a good many spiritual references and observations in the Seattle quartet’s songwriting, but they are obviously reflective of the individual songwriters’ viewpoints and not meant to infer a band position on Christianity. The Post Rock/Punk/Pop band began 13 years ago as a quintet, featuring MacDonald, guitarists Robbie Negrin and Justin DuQue, bassist Alan Clark and drummer Paul Erickson. After a couple of years of steady gigging and building a strong fan base, The Classic Crime signed with Tooth & Nail for its 2006 debut, Albatross, which set the label record for first-week sales of a debut album. The group’s acclaimed sophomore set, 2008’s The Silver Cord, was darker and heavier than its predecessor and featured the song “5805,” named after the address of the group’s first rehearsal space (several members have a tattoo of the number as well), which had been a live favorite long before the band recorded it. Amazingly, the album’s Soundscan report showed that The Silver Cord sold exactly 5,805 copies in its first week of release. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. The Classic Crime plays The Mad Frog Friday. Click here for tickets/more info.

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MUSIC: THUNDER DREAMER

I’m not sure what kind of a music scene is currently happening in Evansville, Ind., but if Thunder Dreamer is any indication of its quality, labels should be converging on the Indiana city like hippies flocking to Woodstock. To put them in a local context, the quartet’s 2013 self-titled EP and 2014 debut full-length, Lonesome Morning, cross-pollinated the beautiful Folk delicacy of Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and the blistering Americana shit-kick of Frontier Folk Nebraska, then topped it with a sweet layer of Kid Stardust icing. For its sophomore album — the imminent Capture — Thunder Dreamer has switched from Bloomington, Ind.’s Winspear label (onetime home to Cincinnati’s own Pomegranates) to Los Angeles-based 6131 Records (whose roster includes the likes of American Clay, Touché Amoré and Julien Baker) and expanded its sonic palette, sounding a little like The Shins if they’d been steered by the whole Ride/Curve/Swervedriver Shoegaze era. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Thunder Dreamer plays The Comet Friday. Click here for more on this free show.

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EVENT: CINCY-CINCO

The 14th-annual Cincy-Cinco festival celebrates Latino culture, values, traditions, music and authentic eats — including arepas, empanadas, tacos and more — all weekend long. Salsa bands Tropicoso and Orquesta Kandela will be playing throughout the fest with traditional dancing from countries including Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Brazil. Other highlights include a children’s craft area and the premiere of a Cincinnati Latino anthem, composed by Alfonso Victoria. 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, cincy-cinco.com. 

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ONSTAGE: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

For many fans of literature, the single word “Baskerville” is enough to conjure the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in his deerstalker cap and meerschaum pipe. The Hound of the Baskervilles, written in 1901 and 1902, remains the best-known story penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who invented Holmes and most of the tropes we identify with mystery tales from “deductive reasoning” to red herrings (aka false clues). More than a century later, it’s a classic. But can it be translated into something new and entertaining, rather than merely repeating the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, supernatural beast? The answer to that question is yes, as handily provided by playwright Ken Ludwig with his 2015 script, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, currently onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It faithfully renders the story of Holmes and his devoted companion Dr. Watson, sorting out what’s going on at an estate in England’s West Country where Sir Charles Baskerville has recently been mauled to death by a ravenous animal, relighting a fuse of frightened speculation about a hound from hell that’s roamed the moors for years. But Ludwig tells the story through a comic filter. That’s no surprise, since he’s the successful playwright of such award-winning stage comedies as Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. Read a full review of the show here. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery continues through May 20 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Tickets/more info: cincyplay.com.

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ART: A MATTER OF SKIN 

The beauty of A Matter of Skin, the current exhibit at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, is that it’s not skin-deep. Ostensibly all about our outer layer, the show also reveals what’s in our souls. By exploring how comfortable or uncomfortable we are in our own skin and when looking at others’ flesh, the artists and guest curator Jymi Bolden expose what it means to be human — warts and all. Given the sociopolitical climate, it would be understandable if Skin were solely about race. A quilt depicts the global reverberations of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C.; dolls celebrate all shades of dark skin. But from the beginning, contributing fiber artists Carole Gary Staples and Billie Cunningham, who proposed the exhibit, had a vision beyond black and white. A discussion that grew out of their experiences as women of color inspired their friend Robin Harris to write an essay that became a call to artists. The statement asks whether all skin matters. What is good skin? What do you think of aged skin? How about skin sold for cheap thrills? Read more about the show here. A Matter of Skin runs through June 3 at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. More info: kennedyarts.org.

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EVENT: BIKE MONTH 

Happy Bike Month! From themed rides and workshops to bike-in movies, there are plenty of two-wheeled activities happening throughout the Tristate to celebrate. Check out this week's cover story for rides, events and an interview with Green Umbrella’s Danny Korman. 

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ONSTAGE: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Before she became the legendary ’60s Pop songwriter Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn kid who had the right stuff. She broke into the record business as a teenage songwriter, and her career took off even as she married in her early 20s. But her own voice didn’t entirely surface until some things went wrong in her personal life. That led to a career some have called the “soundtrack of a generation” — “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” You’ll definitely be humming these tunes when you leave the Aronoff after Broadway in Cincinnati’s performance. Through May 14. $29-$107. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org. 

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MUSIC: PAUL BARRERE AND FRED TACKETT 

As individuals, guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett have notched some of the most impressive accomplishments in Rock history. Barrere joined Little Feat in 1972, three years after Lowell George assembled the band, and immediately showed his worth as a songwriter, penning Feat classics “Skin It Back,” “All That You Dream,” Time Loves a Hero” and “Down on the Farm.” In addition to being the spark plug for reviving that band in 1988, Barrere has recorded and toured with an incredible array of music icons, including Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce and Phil Lesh, among others. He’s also recorded three solo albums, three with The Bluesbusters and three duo sets with Roger Cole. Tackett has similarly stellar bullet points on his résumé. His long reputation as an invaluable session musician includes contributions to the works of Jimmy Webb, The Fifth Dimension, Glen Campbell, Bonnie Raitt, The Supremes, Rod Stewart, Harry Nilsson, Tom Waits, Van Dyke Parks and Jackson Browne, among dozens of others. A friend of George’s when he formed Little Feat, Tackett wrote for and accompanied the band in the studio and co-wrote songs for George’s only solo album, 1979’s Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, released just before his tragic death. When the Feat regrouped in 1988, Tackett was invited to become a full member, a role he has maintained for the past three decades, and in the new millennium, Tackett has finally recorded two solo albums. Read more in this week's Sound Advice. Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett play Live! at the Ludlow Garage Saturday. Click here for tickets/more info.

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EVENT: DERBY DAY SOIRÉE

Floppy hats are all the rage at Japp’s Derby Day Soirée, a stylish celebration of the 143rd “most exciting two minutes in sports” — aka the Kentucky Derby. Presented in partnership with Maker’s Mark bourbon, the event includes a big-screen stream of the race via projector, a tantalizing menu of juleps and themed foods by Bottle & Basket. Make sure to dress your best: The party also includes a derby hat and Southern gentleman contest, with winners selected by a roster of local celebrity judges (the most fashionable participants will take home a Maker’s Mark prize pack). Snap pictures in a photobooth, snag giveaways all evening long and stick around after the derby for live music by Rob McAllister. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. No cover. Japp’s, 1136 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wellmannsbrands.com/japps1879

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ART: UGO RONDINONE’S CHILDREN’S RAINBOW AT THE CAC

With just under 4,700 contributions from children as young as 8 months to 12 years old, the Contemporary Arts Center’s education staff worked with Swiss-born mixed-media artist Ugo Rondinone to put together a project in which they covered a 50-foot-long wall on the sixth-floor UnMuseum with drawings of rainbows. Rondinone’s goal was to capture how children imagine a rainbow — each with their own unique sense of awe and wonder. The artist will hold a question and answer session 1-1:30 p.m. during the opening, and artist Radha Lakshmi will create a giant sandstone and flower mandala with visitors. Opening 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 

SPORTS: CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS STAR WARS NIGHT

Cincinnati Rollergirls’ two teams face off against separate foes during Star Wars Night. First, the Black Sheep take on the Beckley Area Derby Dames and then the Violent Lambs battle Dollhouse Derby; one ticket gets you into both games. And the girls aren’t the only ones who will be seeing stars (you know, from getting hit on the rink and stuff) — fans will get Star Wars-themed giveaways at the door, including inflatable light sabers for kids and commemorative T-shirts and magnets for everyone else (while supplies last). Wear your best intergalactic gear for a Star Wars costume contest at halftime and a themed photobooth. 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. $12 adults; $5 kids. Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse, Xavier University, Winding Way, Evanston, cincinnatirollergirls.com. 

SUNDAY 07

EVENT: CINCINNATI PRIDE BRUNCH

Cincinnati Pride has made the best meal of the weekend better by tossing in a drag show. The Cincinnati Pride Brunch features everyone’s favorite local queens Brooklyn Steele-Tate, Jessica Dimon, Sarah Jessica Darker and more. Watch the ladies sashay and slay after satiating your stomach — and quelling any hangover — with scrambled eggs, sausage, pastries and a special Pride bloody mary. Funds go to support this year’s Cincinnati Pride event. Open to all ages. 11 a.m. Sunday. $20. Hilton Garden Inn, 9306 Schulze Drive, West Chester, cincyticket.com

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SPORTS: FLYING PIG

If you’ve ever said you’ll run a marathon when pigs fly, it’s time to lace up your tennis shoes. The Flying Pig Marathon has a little something for everyone, whether you’re running, walking, volunteering or simply cheering others on. Events and races take place Friday through Sunday, with the marathon itself kicking off 6:30 a.m. Sunday along West Mehring Way, followed by a well-deserved after party south of the finish line at Yeatman’s Cove. Other weekend highlights include the IAMS Flying Fur Run, a 2-mile loop for pups and their people (1:30 p.m. Saturday) and the carb-crammed Flying Pig “Pig Out” Pasta Party on Schmidlapp Lawn (5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday). Go online for locations and a full event schedule. Marathon begins 6:30 a.m. Sunday. $125 late registration (through Saturday). Begins along West Mehring Way, Downtown, flyingpigmarathon.com

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COMEDY: DAVE STONE

Comedian Dave Stone wanted to move from his native Atlanta to Los Angeles, but didn’t know how he would afford it. “I was renting a room in a buddy’s house,” he says. “A normal-sized room, but for whatever reason all my time was spent in this one little corner.” Then it hit him. “This could all fit in a van. Why don’t I just get a van and live in that?” So he did just that in L.A. for two and half years. Today, he’s a headliner and will close the special MOTR Mouth Anniversary Show at the Woodward Theater. Opening will be MOTR vets Mark Chalifoux, Karl Spaeth, Andy Gasper, Josh O’Neil and Ran Barnaclo. As for Stone’s van, he kept it even after he got an apartment in L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $10. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com

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