13 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Jan. 15-21)
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EVENT: Science on Tap: Beekeeping
Catch the buzz on beekeeping at Urban Artifact, as hosted by Science on Tap, a monthly event spearheaded by March for Science Cincinnati that brings working scientists to pubs across the city. This month, local business Bee Haven Honey will discuss the pollinators importance and their various hives some of which are tucked in the countryside of Clermont County, while others call neighborhoods within the Queen City home. Learn about the inner workings of these fascinating creatures and the people who keep them while sipping on a brew.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. Free. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, marchforsciencecincinnati.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
COMEDY: Murray Valeriano
A lot of comics pick up TV-writing gigs after theyve been doing stand-up for a while. For Murray Valeriano, it was the opposite. I was doing a weekly show at a comedy club with my two partners, he says. It was a mix of stand-up, sketch and improv. The trio got a pilot deal from that, but it didnt go anywhere. The production company hired Valeriano for another show, though, and it was around that time he started doing stand-up. Its been a career trajectory similar to the late, great Garry Shandlings. The only nice thing Mitzi Shore, the late owner of the Comedy Store, ever said to me was, Youre a good writer. You remind me of Garry Shandling. Of course she was 112 when she said that. She probably thought she was talking to her cat. Valeriano also hosts the podcast Road Stories and is a rotating co-host of the Rock Solid music podcast.
Showtimes Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 16-19. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: Provided by Murray Valeriano
EVENT: Womens March Sign-Making Workshop
Raised fists. Lady Liberty. Pink uteruses. These are some of the symbols that dominated protest signs in over 700 womens marches worldwide the day after President Trumps inauguration in 2017. Organize with fellow change-makers ahead of this years Cincinnati Womens March with a sign-making workshop at the Kennedy Heights Art Center. KHAC will provide craft supplies like markers, glue, paint, tape, scissors and fabric scraps just bring your own cardboard, poster, foam board or other signage material. Sign-makers can also visit the gallerys new exhibition REVOLUTIONARY: Being American Today, which explores the notion of citizenship and its definitions through personal and community-based stories. Whether you plan on painting a powerful slogan or a clever caricature of a certain politician, dont leave home without a sense of creativity and perseverance.
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Free. Kennedy Heights Art Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, facebook.com/UWSCincy.
Photo: NICK SWARTSELL
SPORTS: Cincinnati Cyclones Marvel Weekend
Beyond the (ingenious) $1 beer nights, the Cincinnati Cyclones have always done a great job of drawing in fans by mixing the on-ice hockey action with various themed promotions that make the games fun for the entire family. This year already, the Clones have hosted games themed around things like Batman, Star Wars, Disney princesses and the WWE. For the teams second homestand of 2020, young (and young at heart) fans can meet some of their favorite superheroes during Marvel Weekend. For those not in the know, the Marvel comics universe includes the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Black Panther, though its unclear which heroes will be on hand for the Friday and Saturday night games. The Cyclones play the Fort Wayne Komets on Jan. 17 and the Rapid City Rush on Jan. 18. Special ticket packages include Cyclones/Marvel posters and the players will be sporting special jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off.
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18. $18-$30. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, heritagebankcenter.com.
CLASSICAL: CSOs 125th Anniversary Concert
Celebrate the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras 125th year at their special anniversary concert, which will feature both new and classic works. The sounds of George Gershwin, who performed with the CSO in 1929, will return via a special performance of Rhapsody in Blue recorded for player piano. Also on deck is Scriabins Symphony No. 5. Based on the creation myth of Prometheus, the piece imagines a new instrument a light organ. Through a video by Tal Rosner, the fictitious instrument will be given life. The composer experienced synesthesia, a condition in which one sense is perceived simultaneously as another; in his case, sound allegedly caused him to hallucinate color. William Winsteads CSO-commissioned Passages in Time will get its world premiere at the anniversary concert and conductor Louis Langrée will summon gigantic orchestral forces for the CSO-commissioned Collider, a work by Daniel Bjarnason. Attendees can also expect performances of Ysaÿes Exil! and Duke Ellingtons New World A-Comin. Pianists Aaron Diehl and Vadym Kholodenko will perform, as well as the CSO Youth Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus.
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. $14-$130. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
EVENT: Remus Revival
Jan. 20 marks 68 years since the death of German-born, Cincinnati-based criminal defense lawyer George Remus and several area revelers will be joining together to raise a glass in his honor. As a lawyer, Remus was considered a pioneer in the use of the by reason of insanity defense, but thats not why hes being toasted. Remus was better known as the King of the Bootleggers thanks to his role in keeping booze flowing during Prohibition in the 1920s. Remus used his sharp legal mind to exploit loopholes in the law banning alcohol sales and consumption namely the one that allowed liquor to be used for medicinal purposes. He moved to Cincinnati in 1920 because it was centrally located near distilleries and pharmacies that manufactured and sold bonded whiskey; Remus bought those companies, then sold the supply illegally, amassing a vast fortune in the process. The Remus Revival is an annual party presented with help from Lawrenceburg, Indiana-based George Remus Bourbon that features an exploration of Remus bootlegging exploits, light bites from Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, plenty of Remus-themed cocktails, dancing and more. Theres a 1920s theme (logically), so attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly.
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. $10. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com.
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MUSIC: Morgan Wallen
Rising Country star Morgan Wallens Whiskey Glasses Roadshow tour finds the singer getting back to headlining for the first time in a while after working the circuit as an opening act. The tour comes on the heels of Wallens summertime stint touring with Florida Georgia Line, as well as his latest No. 1 Country hit, Whiskey Glasses. Nominated for a 2019 New Artist of the Year CMA, the Tennessee native also found success last year with two very different songs the EDM-tinged Heartless (with Diplo) and Cover Me Up, a cover of a popular Jason Isbell tune. Wallen capped off the biggest year of his career by surprise-releasing the reflective new single, This Bar, in late December.
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. $35-$65. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: John Shearer
EVENT: Cincinnati Womens March
Cincinnati will once again join other cities across the country in hosting a womens march protesting gender-based inequities and promoting progressive causes related to issues like economic justice and environmental stewardship. After remarks from local activists and leaders, a one-mile march will wind through downtown. After the march, more speakers will address attendees. The event will include a performance by progressive choir MUSE, information tables for various nonprofits and activist groups, plus food trucks. The original Womens March was held in January 2017 in Washington, D.C. to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has received heated criticism for his remarks about women, including some seeming to condone sexual assault. Local organizers helped put together a Cincinnati iteration of the march that year and in 2018. Both of those events drew roughly 14,000 people, organizers say.
Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown.
Photo: Nick Swartsell
EVENT: Onesie Bar Crawl
If New Years Eve was for dressing to the nines in glitter and Roaring Twenties party favors, then what is Jan. 18 for? Decking out in pseudo-pajamas and rolling up to Over-the-Rhine destinations for the comfiest party of the year, apparently. Dress in your coziest onesie and enjoy drink and food specials at bars like 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, Holiday Spirits, MOTR Pub, Mr. Pitifuls and more.
4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, Jan. 18. Free with promo code; follow event instructions. Check in at Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/crawlwithus.
EVENT: Art on Vine
A craft market mingles with craft beer at Art on Vines indoor winter market beneath the vaulted ceiling of Rhinegeists Over-the-Rhine taproom. Once a small college project, shoppers can now browse the wares of up to 70 local artists, crafters and creators peddling fine arts and handmade goods while sipping on something sudsy.
Noon- 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com.
Photo: Provided by Art on Vine