Your Weekly To Do List (Oct. 5-10)

Inflatable rabbits, John Cleese, Music Hall returns, HallZOOween and more!



It’s Thursday night. Do you know where your Scotch is? Most likely at HopScotch, CityBeat’s inaugural tasting celebration of Irish whiskey, Scotch and craft beer. Only 250 tickets are available for this alcohol adventure at New Riff, featuring samples from brands including Glenfiddich, Slane Whiskey, Isle of Arran, Tullamore Dew, Bruichladdich Distillery and more. Cincy Brew Bus will be shuttling guests from a nearby parking lot, and the after party continues at Braxton Labs inside the Party Source. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25; $30 day-of. New Riff, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., — MAIJA ZUMMO 

click to enlarge Bodybuilder Tazzie Colomb - Photo: Rachel Rampleman
Photo: Rachel Rampleman
Bodybuilder Tazzie Colomb


Originally from Cincinnati and currently based in New York City, filmmaker Rachel Rampleman is best known for her lens-based work that explores themes of gender, artifice and spectacle. Her subjects are often exuberantly bold and irrepressible female/femme personalities who revel in challenging outdated expressions of identity. The real life muses and collaborators at which Rampleman aims her video camera include the world’s first and only all female Mötley Crüe tribute band and the world’s longest competing female bodybuilder/powerlifter, among others. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free admission. Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER

click to enlarge Mr. Joy - Photo: Tony Arrasmith, Arrasmith & Associates
Photo: Tony Arrasmith, Arrasmith & Associates
Mr. Joy


Communities are built around personal connections. That’s what this play by Daniel Beaty, a New York writer who grew up in Dayton, Ohio is all about. Clarissa, age 11, tries to piece together what has happened to a Chinese shoe shop owner in Harlem who has tragically disappeared. We hear her perspective and those of eight more neighbors whose lives were affected by Mr. Joy. Actress Debra Walton (a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music) plays all the characters, young and old, male and female, revealing the invisible ties that bind them together. Through Oct. 22. $30-$85. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, — RICK PENDER


click to enlarge Music Hall - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Music Hall

When Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s music director Louis Langrée raises his baton at 8 p.m. on Friday, Music Hall will officially be back in business. At a cost of $143 million, the renovation of the historic, 139-year-old building is one of the region’s largest such projects — and the work has been completed on schedule. Your first chance to see and hear it for yourself occurs Friday and Saturday as the CSO opens its season with a program that includes works by John Adams, Beethoven and Scriabin and a world premiere by Jonathan Bailey Holland. Upon entering the building, there’s no doubt you’re still in Music Hall. Only it’s different — very different. Inside Springer Auditorium, which is where the CSO and Cincinnati Pops will perform (as will the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and May Festival, for at least some performances), lifts extend the stage so that the orchestra is seated forward and closer to the audience — a critical factor for the acoustic changes. To accommodate the acoustic upgrades and more comfortable seating, Springer Auditorium’s seating capacity is down markedly, from 3,417 to 2,269 for the CSO/Pops and up to 2,500 for the Cincinnati Opera. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets still available starting at $20. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, — ANNE ARENSTEIN

click to enlarge Lilly Hiatt - Photo: New West Records/Alysse Gafkjen
Photo: New West Records/Alysse Gafkjen
Lilly Hiatt


On her first two albums, Lilly Hiatt displayed her natural musical gifts for rootsy melody and lyricism, the result of a lifetime’s exposure to the craft through her hyper-talented father, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Hiatt. Her sophomore album, 2015’s Royal Blue, touched on her myriad influences — Grunge, 1970s singer/songwriter fare, Britpop, ’80s Synth Pop and more — while remaining rooted in the Americana vibe that she knew so well. But when the time came to follow it up, Hiatt was living a long, dark teatime of the soul. Hiatt was heartbroken after a break-up, still coming to grips with her hard-fought sobriety and just beginning to reconcile her adult feelings about her mother’s suicide when she was a baby. She found an apartment off Trinity Lane in East Nashville and, after touring as John Moreland’s opener, began documenting the emotional maelstrom she had been experiencing in her new songs. 7:30 p.m. doors Friday. $10-$12. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, KY., — BRIAN BAKER

click to enlarge Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Krystal Peterson & The Queen City Band


This two-day arts and music fest celebrates the Clifton Gaslight community, packing Ludlow Avenue full of vendors, artists, 3-D chalk drawers and bands including The Faux Frenchmen, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Krystal Peterson & the Queen City Band and The Cliftones. The Saturday pet parade kicks off at 2:15 p.m. with prizes for best costume, best owner/pet lookalike, wildest wag and more. There will also be a 5K run/walk through Burnet Woods and a wine tasting for those 21 and older. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11p.m. Saturday. Free. Ludlow Avenue, Clifton, — ALISON BAXTER

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Don’t be late for a very important date. Giant glowing white rabbits — one over 23 feet tall — are coming to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. Intrude is an installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer, who includes an environmental message in her inflatable art. In her homeland, the animals are an invasive species, introduced to the continent by European settlers in the late 1700s. Parer uses the big bunnies’ playful images to break through barriers to discuss humans’ huge ecological impact. The nylon sculptures will be at Pyramid Hill just over a week, so before they all dash off, the park is packing in events like a Hip Hop night, a hoppy hour, a “hare” salon show and a Mad Hatter tea party. Noon-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 15. Until 7 p.m.: $8 adults; $3 ages 6-12; free for members. After 7 p.m.: $10 adults; $5 ages 6-12; $5 members. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, — KATHY SCHWARTZ


click to enlarge Tabitha Soren - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
Tabitha Soren

FotoFocus, the nonprofit organization that promotes deep appreciation of photography, has a free all-day symposium at Memorial Hall on Saturday called Second Century: Photography, Feminism, Politics. In describing the event, Kevin Moore — the group’s artistic director and curator — said via email that the current “intensely politicized moment goes beyond feminism; it’s a lingering (seemingly increasing) polarization that was exacerbated by the 2016 election, after which the populace seems to be on the brink of civil war regarding the future on all issues, be they social, environmental, fiscal, international. Even scientific data has been questioned and politicized.” So with that as a premise, this should be a lively and insightful event. FotoFocus has lined up many local and national speakers for panel discussions and individual conversations. The panels include: “Still They Persist, with FemFour,” which has assembled an archive of material from this year’s Women’s March; “Gender and Imaging in the Online Realm;” “Women of Latin American Film;” and “Woman with a Camera.” The discussions are “Comment by Aruna D’Souza: Photography in an Intersectional Field” and a closing keynote conversation with photographers Tabitha Soren and Justine Kurland called “Shooting America.” Both have had their work presented in museums and books. 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Free. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Admission is free. More info: — STEVEN ROSEN

click to enlarge HallZOOween - Photo: Cincinnati Zoo
Photo: Cincinnati Zoo


Trick-or-treating isn’t just for humans. Animals get in on the Halloween fun at the zoo’s annual HallZOOween, complete with animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride and treat stations throughout the grounds. Polar bears, elephants, painted dogs, otters, meerkats and more will be given pumpkins during special enrichment activities; go online for a daily schedule. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and bring their own treat bags. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Free with zoo admission: $19 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, — EMILY BEGLEY

click to enlarge Mini Maker Faire - Photo: Maria Dehne
Photo: Maria Dehne
Mini Maker Faire


Attention amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, engineers and performers: Come to the Mini Maker Faire at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds to display your specialized skills in a community-building event. Like the name implies, the Mini Maker Faire is a downsized version of the Maker Faire — a family-friendly showcase of creativity and resourcefulness. Whether you’ve invented a robot that speaks six languages or just want to show off what you’ve tinkered in your garage, you’re free to participate in the biggest show-and-tell in the city. Come for the inventions, but stay for the beer (and Shakespeare!) at the ShakesBEERean Film Festival later on Saturday evening. Pizza from Fireside Pizza and beer from Taft’s will be served and, of course, Shakespeare movies will be played. Cometh ’round! 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $7 advance; $10 day-of. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage, — ERIN COUCH


If you’re interested in real chills and thrills this Halloween, the children of the corn have returned to the Highway 50 Fright Field, located on an authentic 1830s farm near an Indian archeological site. Brave guests will traverse through a cornfield, down a haunted trail, into a haunted wood and back through a haunted field — at night, in the dark. Flesh-eating freaks, bloody horrors and dreadful surprises abound. Opt for a “triple threat” ticket ($27 adults; $24 children) and gain entry to the Night-Time Corn MAZE and Operation Termination Zombie Paintball. FYI: Heavy rain will typically cause the attractions to close. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $12 adults; $10 children. 11294 Highway 50, North Bend, Ohio, — MAIJA ZUMMO


During Coney Island’s weekend Fall-O-Ween festival, trick-or-treat through the Creep County Fair, walk through a not-so-scary town comprised of whimsical kid-sized buildings and meet a host of slightly spooky characters. Additional activities include pumpkin painting, a Halloween-themed magic show, pony rides, a pumpkin launch and an apple pie school, where kids can create their own pies. Head over to the park’s Famous Fairways golf course, which has been transformed into a creepy-crawly playground, and catch a showing of Fright Lights, a choreographed light show set to popular Halloween tunes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 22. $11; free ages 2 and younger. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, — KENNEDY PONDER


click to enlarge John Cleese - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
John Cleese

The premise is simple for the John Cleese and the Holy Grail live show at the Taft Theatre on Sunday: “They show the movie, then I go up onstage, normally with a local radio host, and he or she asks a few questions,” Cleese says. “Then we open it up to the audience and we get wonderfully silly questions from them.” That’s the evening summed up, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity. “People love it,” Cleese says. “It’s the easiest money I’ve ever made. It’s like falling off a log.” The initial exposure for most Americans was the Holy Grail movie. Cleese, of course, is quite proud of the film, but like any artist he’s not completely satisfied with it. “I think the first 50 minutes is really wonderfully funny,” he says. “The best of our stuff. But I don’t think the second half is so good, and I’m beginning to sway people that I’m right.” Indeed, Cleese has re-edited the ending and has been showing that to audiences on tour.  “I think my ending is better than the one we have in the film,” he says. The audience can decide for themselves and give their input during the question-and-answer period after the screening.
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. Tickets/more info: — P.F. WILSON

click to enlarge Andrew W.K. - Photo: Jonathan Thorpe
Photo: Jonathan Thorpe
Andrew W.K.


Andrew W.K. hasn’t released an album since 2009, but don’t think the man born as Andrew Wilkes-Krier has been in hibernation the least eight years: The Michigan native went on a speaking tour dubbed “The Power of Partying,” launched his own political party called the Party Party, gave the keynote speech at a My Little Pony convention, delivered a guest lecture at the Oxford Union titled “The Philosophy of Partying” and, perhaps best of all, released a pizza guitar. For the uninitiated, Andrew W.K. rose to prominence behind his 2001 debut full-length I Get Wet, a collection of straightforward Hard Rock anthems anchored by his exuberant sing-shout voice and highlighted by his signature song, “Party Hard.” And now it seems the world’s most dedicated partier is ready to get back to his bread and butter — going on tour to highlight songs from his six albums and releasing a new record that will drop in March 2018. 7 p.m. doors Sunday. $17. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, — JASON GARGANO

click to enlarge Dayton Street - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Dayton Street


Take a walk down historic “Millionaire’s Row” and explore the homes located in the West End of Cincinnati. Dayton Street used to be home to some of the richest people in the city, and the architectural styles of their grand mansions include Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire and Victorian. More than a dozen homes will be open to tourists on this walking tour, including the 1870 Hauk House and the Heberle School. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $10 per person (cash only); tickets available on site one hour before tours begin. Leaves from the corner of Dayton and Baymiller streets, West End, — KENNEDY PONDER



The deck at Washington Park (recently renamed the “Southwest Porch”) will become a live read-aloud session with Warlock Vorobok during the spooky Campfire Classics series. This week, hear eerie and supernatural stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. This event is open to all ages and the deck will be selling beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 

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