14 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Jan. 8-14)
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ONSTAGE: The Lion King
Feel the love tonight with the Broadway-adaptation of Disneys ever-popular animated (and now live action) film The Lion King
. More than 100 million people around the globe have viewed the six-time Tony Award-winning musical and the phenomenon returns to the Aronoff Center. Vibrant and lush with life, fans of the movie will recognize the music from Elton John and Tim Rice that made it a classic. The show might just leave you feeling worry-free. Or, as Timon and Pumbaa would say, Hakuna matata.
Times vary. Jan. 8-Feb. 2. Ticket prices start at $29. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
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EVENT: Saturday Night Live Trivia Night
Live from New York! Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has featured a slew of now-famous comedians including Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and many, many more, as well as a wide range of celebrity guest hosts (Adam Driver returns Jan. 25 as SNLs first host of 2020). Put your knowledge of the show to the test at Rhinegeists SNL trivia night, which has decades of info to pull from. Teams can be up to six people and, if you win, you might just score a prize.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Free. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinegeist.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Rhinegeist
FILM: Vision Quest
2020 is here. To celebrate, the Esquire Theatre is kicking off their 2020 VISION series with the 1985 coming-of-age flick Vision Quest. Starring Matthew Modine, it hones in on a high school wrestler who, upon turning 18, decides he wants to do something greater with his life. He sets out on a lofty goal without the support of his coach or father. But when he meets an older woman, Carla, he begins to lose sight of his aspirations. Directed by Harold Becker, its also the first film to feature a Madonna cameo. The other two films in the VISION series are 1978s Eyes of Laura Mars (screening Jan. 16) and 1993s Blink (Jan. 21).
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. $7.75 senior/child tickets; $10.25 adult. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
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EVENT: Taft House Party: 90s Game Night
Its time for a #ThrowbackThursday as 1990s mania takes over the Taft Museums House Party. Get competitive with a selection of The Play Librarys curated board game collection, as well as What Do You Meme: Taft Edition and a Last Call Trivia competition (with prizes) from 7-8 p.m. Reminisce to TLC and the Backstreet Boys with DJ Nill and craft a plastic, Lisa Frank-inspired Perler Bead creation worthy of any JanSport backpack. A cash bar with spiked hot chocolate and pizza from Mikeys Late Night Slice will be available for purchase. Guests can also check out Journey to Freedom: Art Quilts by Cynthia Lockhart and The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society.
5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Free admission. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: Provided by Taft Museum
MUSIC: Jason Ringenberg
Long before terms like AltCountry, Roots Rock and Americana were used for established genres heck, even before Alternative had entered the musical lexicon Jason Ringenberg was blazing trails with his red-hot Cowpunk band Jason and the Scorchers. An influential act that received a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Americana Music Association, the Scorchers burned bright throughout the 80s and 90s, before Ringenberg threw himself into a solo career at the turn of the century. He also started a fun side-hustle that would become a fruitful main gig: Using the pseudonym Farmer Jason, Ringenbergs childrens music project became highly successful, producing four albums and a series of interstitial videos that aired on PBS stations and earned several Emmy nominations. Ringenberg made his triumphant return to the grown-up music world last year with Stand Tall, his first solo album since 2004. The album was the result of an artist-in-residence program with the National Park Service; his time spent in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California sparked a wealth of new material. The albums deft mix of Country and Rock and Ringenbergs inspired songwriting made Stand Tall a triumphant return to form. Country Standard Time said the album incorporates most everything Ringenberg has stood for and recaptures Ringenbergs fire-brand approach to rockin country punk.
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. $18; $20 day of show. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com.
Photo: Provided by Southgate House Revival
COMEDY: Chad Daniels
I like the winter; I like playing in the snow and doing all that stuff, says comedian and Minnesotan Chad Daniels. But I have to tell you, this past winter, with the 30-below days and a foot of snow every other day that was a bit much. Fortunately, Daniels can escape to other parts of the country. I split custody of my 15-year-old daughter, so Im home as much as I can be, he says, but if I have to take her with me on the road, she loves it. Last year, Daniels did a run through the South, allowing him and his daughter to see the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated (now the Civil Rights Museum), as well as MLKs birthplace in Atlanta. We went through Alabama and it turned into a civil rights trail. Very cool, he says. Onstage, Daniels talks about being a divorced dad, having a daughter going through puberty and also having a son in college. His one-hour special, Dad Chaniels, is on Amazon Prime.
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11. $22. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo Courtesy of Chad Daniels
EVENT: Wolf Moon Walk
Head to the Cincinnati Nature Center after hours for a special guided hike backdropped by the Wolf Moon, aka the first full moon of 2020. Named after howling wolves, of which there are many in January (its breeding season!), the walks in Milfords Rowe Woods generally run for around an hour and a half. They avoid hills, steps and streams to ensure safety. As you stroll, expect periodic stops to learn about natural history, engage in special readings or simply to enjoy the light of the full moon.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. $5 members; $10 non-members. Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org.
EVENT: Cavalcade of Customs
The Cavalcade of Customs has been showcasing custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles and trucks for auto enthusiasts in Greater Cincinnati (both casual and hardcore) for 60 years now. The popular, family-friendly car-con returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center this year with its usual mix of automotive coolness and pop culture figures. Officially dubbed the KOI Federated Auto Parts Cavalcade of Customs presented by Maxmotive, the 60th-annual event will feature displays spotlighting Sprint racing and drag racing cars from throughout time, Rockabilly bands, a pin-up girl contest and a pedal car challenge. Celebrities attending this year for meet-and-greets/autograph signings include NASCAR star Kyle Busch, WWE star Seth Rollins and custom car builder and Discovery Channel favorite Aaron Kaufman. Visit autorama.com for the full signing schedule.
3-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. $19. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, autorama.com.
Photo: Paige Deglow
FILM: Little Women (1933)
Greta Gerwigs recently released and vibrant retelling of Little Women has garnered much Oscar talk, so its fitting that the 1933 Academy Award-winning film of the same name would get yanked out of the vault for the Esquire Theatres January series of classic Oscar winners. Based on Louisa May Alcotts famed novel, this iteration stars Katharine Hepburn as the fiery Jo March. Weaving the tale of the March sisters, who come of age in New England during the Civil War, its a story of sisterhood and the inner lives of women in the 19th-century. Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for their work on the film.
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. $7.75-$10.25. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
VISUAL ART: Leap Year Cake Farm
2020 marks a leap-year. Art gallery Thunder-Sky opens their first show of their 11th season commemorating that very detail. Mass media works by several artists including Sharon Butler, Bill Ross, Jeremy Johnson, Jan Nickum, Katherine Michael, Jim Damico, John Ross, Jen Edwards, Jessica Wolf, Sara Caswell-Pearce, Kenton Brett, Emily Brandenhoff and Laurel Tope will be featured, celebrating leap-year birthdays with cake at the center, the events Facebook page states.
Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Through Feb. 29. Free. Thunder-Sky, Inc., 4573 Hamilton Ave., Northside, raymondthundersky.org.
Photo: Adam Doty