14 Cool Things to Do in Cincinnati This Week (Aug. 28-Sept. 4)
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EVENT: Ohio Renaissance Festival
Maidens, mages and minstrels take heed: 16th century England returns to Waynesville, Ohio for adventure, merriment, craftsmen and giant turkey legs during the Ohio Renaissance Festival. The historically recreated Elizabethan village covers 30 acres with daily stage shows (dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates and jousters); a Medieval marketplace with glassblowers, blacksmiths and leather experts; rides powered by humans; and Renaissance-style fair food ranging from bread bowls and mead to steak on a stick. Themed weekends continue with Time Travelers Weekend (free TARDIS parking) Sept. 7 and 8. Through Oct. 27. $23 adults; $21 seniors; $9.50 children; free 5 and under. 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, renfestival.com.
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EVENT: The 51% at HomeMakers Bar: Vermouth
HomeMakers Bar owners Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat lead this retro adventure into the world of vermouth with the 51%, a social drinking club that brings bourbon and badass women together except this time theyre talking vermouth. The evening kicks off with a vermouth tasting featuring three different spirits. Manabat and Petiprin will lead attendees through the differences between each, how the regions the spirits came from affect their taste and the most common mistakes people make when it comes to vermouth. HomeMakers version of happy hour aka Spritzer Hour runs until 7 p.m. with $6 spritzers (featuring vermouth), plus $1 off well spirits, draft beer, red wine and all menu items featuring ham. Open a tab during the event and get 10 percent off the rest of the night. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. $15. HomeMakers Bar, 39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/the51bourbon.
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COMEDY: Joe Zimmerman
I still talk about things Im interested in and things Im curious about, comedian Joe Zimmerman says of his current set. Right now, Im watching that documentary on Netflix called One Strange Rock. Its narrated by eight former astronauts, as well as actor Will Smith. On the one hand, Im blown away by how amazing our planet is, and on the other hand, I want to be friends with Will Smith. Zimmerman has also channeled his curiosity into a new podcast called A Great Listening Experience in which he studies a topic and looks for what he calls the upside. Depression, for example, he says. Turns out there are some benefits to depression. When not satisfying his curiosity about certain subjects, he plays guitar. I do that to relax, he says. I definitely dont play with anyone watching, and I definitely dont do it to impress any girls. Through Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
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MUSIC: KISS: End of the Road World Tour
The larger-than-life Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be making their final stop in Cincinnati, ever one last time to rock and roll all night for the Queen City KISS Army. All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide whove filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those whove seen us and a last chance for those who havent. KISS Army, were saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and well go out the same way we came in
unapologetic and unstoppable, the band said in a release. Break out the face paint. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $25-$143. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
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EVENT: Art After Dark: All Good Things Must End
As they say, all good things must come to an end and that includes the trippy, immersive experience that is the Cincinnati Art Museums No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit. The show departs Sept. 2 (also the last day of Burning Man itself), so this final Friday, head to Art After Dark for a chance to check out all the psychedelic and interactive installations that have brought the Black Rock playa to Eden Park. Take a free docent-led tour of the exhibit (and the Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style show), listen to live music from Triiibe and grab food for purchase from Revolution Rotisserie, Deweys Pizza and Graeters. 5-10 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
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EVENT: Cincinnati Tattoo Arts Convention
This second annual Cincinnati Tattoo Arts Convention hits the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend, during which guests can get ink from some 150 of the best local, national and international artists. In addition to the option to get a permanent reminder of your visit, you can also check out live sideshow entertainment from the likes of Alakazam the Human Knot, aerial burlesque artist Shannon Sexton, risky risqu? performer Marlo Marquise and the jigsaw-tattooed Enigma. There will also be tattoo contests and seminars including advanced cover-up techniques. Special guests slated to attend are Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand, various Ink Master participants and the Black Ink Crew. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. $20; $40 three-day pass. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, villainarts.com.
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MUSIC: Hank Williams Songwriter Showcase
This year marks the 70th anniversary of music icon Hank Williams second recording session in Cincinnati. On Aug. 30, 1949, Williams cut four tracks including his enduring classic Im So Lonesome I Could Cry at downtowns Herzog recording studio. The Herzog building is now home to the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation and the music-gear-and-more store Herzog Music, which together will host a special songwriter showcase featuring artists from around the country whove been heavily influenced by Williams music. Among the songwriters scheduled to appear at the Williams celebration is Joey Allcorn, the young Georgian who is renowned for his traditional Honky Tonk style, something hes been exploring ever since his mother gave him a Hank Williams greatest hits album when he was a child. Other artists slated to appear include Josh Morningstar, Amanda Lynn, Brad and Tammy Sue Magness, Bobby Tomberlin, W.D. Miller and Zachariah Malachi. This year also marks 10 years since the formation of CUMHF. Over the past decade the organization, among many other things, has helped get a marker installed at the site of the 1979 Who concert tragedy, drawn attention to and assisted in the preservation of the original King Records complex in Evanston and helped develop Herzog Music into a downtown music hub. 7 p.m. Friday. $20-$50. Herzog Music, 811 Race St., Downtown, herzogmusic.com.
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MUSIC: Will Payne Harrison
Will Payne Harrison plays the Southgate House Revival. 8 p.m. Thursday. $20-$30. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com.
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ART: Dress Up, Speak Up
Dress Up, Speak Up at the 21c grapples with contemporary identity. It will open at the 21c Museum Hotel on August 30 and stay until July 2020. The reception will begin with a cocktail hour and following that will be a discussion with artist Bisa Butler and the curator. Opening reception 6 p.m. Friday. 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 21cmuseumhotels.com.
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EVENT: Lunken Airport Days
The Cincinnati Warbirds are taking over Lunken Airport for Lunken Airport Days, a chance for visitors to get up-close with jets, sport airplanes and a B-17 Aluminum Overcast bomber a 65,000-pound, World War II-era flying fortress. The Warbirds are a nonprofit educational organization with the goal of preserving historic military aircraft, honoring veterans/current military and educating the public about all of the above. Airport Days will be offering ground tours of the planes and about 20 to 25 rides each morning in the B-17 (for a tax-deductible donation of $409-$475; call 920-371-2244 or visit b17.org to book). There will also be free hot dogs, a static B-25 and other aircraft displays, helicopter rides, vendors and kids activities, a chance to check-out Lunkens Art Deco tower and a color guard ceremony at noon each day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., East End, cincinnatiwarbirds.org.
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