16 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (March 4-10)
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ART: Selections from the Seagrave Museum
Selections from the Seagrave Museum at the University of Cincinnatis Reed Gallery exhibits real works inspired by fictional artists. The shows premise and details are a fiction. I hesitate to call it a put-on, although there are times I laughed. But when some of the labels got really Twilight Zone creepy, I realized how uncomfortably deep the impulse to create can be for some artists and how tenuous our understanding of an artworks meaning can be. Selections from the Seagrave Museum was inspired by a new novel, The Ambrose J. and Vivian T. Seagrave Museum of 20th Century American Art, by Matthew Kirkpatrick, an associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Michigan University. It was published by Acre Books, a 3-year-old literary press affiliated with UCs creative writing program. Kirkpatricks novel is largely in the form of exhibit labels, but every now and then, the description for a specific (imaginary) artwork expands and allows bits of mysterious narratives the disappearance of the Seagraves daughter during a violent storm, the life of the Seagrave family and the strange artists they knew, the musings of a troubled curator (and unreliable narrator) who is in love with an artists ghost.
Through March 29. Free. UCs Reed Gallery, 2624 Clifton Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Courtesy of DAAP Galleries
LIT: The Ghosts of Eden Park: An Evening with Karen Abbott
Author and historian Karen Abbott is coming to The Mercantile Library to discuss her book The Ghosts of Eden Park. Abbott is from Philadelphia, not Cincinnati, although the topic of her vivid historical fiction is the Queen Citys infamous bootlegger George Remus. The New York Times best-seller tells the tale of the murder of Imogene Remus, wife of George, who begins an affair with the FBI investigator who imprisoned her husband for violating the Volstead Act. The duo betray George in more ways than one. Abbott will discuss her book and sign copies. Cincinnatis own Molly Wellmann will lead a bourbon tasting for an additional cost. 5:30-6:30 bourbon reception; 6:30 p.m. program
Wednesday, March 4. Book talk free and open to the public; bourbon reception is $15 members, $25 non-members; registration required.
The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., Downtown.
ONSTAGE: Pride & Prejudice at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The most popular of Jane Austens novels is getting the stage treatment. Witty, highly-quotable, and oozing with romance, Pride & Prejudice will grace Cincinnati Shakespeare Companys stage. Directed by Sara Clark and adapted by playwright Kate Hamill, the work has been hailed as "unlike any adaptation of Jane Austen one has seen before." In a directors note, Clark writes that Hamill wanted to take female-centric classics and write them for modern audiences. And what better place to start than with Austen an author whose work, despite being one of the most beloved and widely-read women authors of her time, has mostly been adapted to the stage by men? Clark writes that, personally, what she loves about Hamills take is that it mines at something often missed by screen and stage treatments: "how FUNNY Jane Austen was and how keen her satire of the society in which she lived." Revisit the tale of headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and the aloof Mr. Darcy as they frustratingly deny their obvious chemistry, letting romantic (and sexual) tension run high. In case you dont know the ending to this 1813 novel, we wont give it away but its a happy one. Through March 28. $38-$66. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner
EVENT: Zip Dip Opening Day
Creamy whip Zip Dip is opening its doors for its 70th season on March 6, which means warmer weather, little league games and balmy evening ice cream runs cant be too far off. A West Side family tradition, Zip Dips old-school neon sign, featuring a lightning bolt striking an ice cream cone, is instantly recognizable a nostalgic, glowing reminder of summer since 1950. And just like every Cincinnatians has their favorite creamy whip, every creamy whip has their own quirky specialties. If youre a Zip Dip first timer, try a face cone (soft serve with a candy face), an extra thick malt or a classic Zip Dip Bar. The first 500 customers will get a special Zip Dip koozie.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, March 6. Zip Dip, 4050 Drew Ave., Bridgetown, zip-dip.com.
Photo: Sami Stewart
EVENT: Cincy Winter Beerfest
The 13th annual Cincy Winter Beerfest is one of the biggest beer extravaganzas of the year, featuring more than 400 different craft beers from more than 130 breweries, including 110 from Cincinnati-area breweries alone. If you dont want to drink on an empty stomach or need to lay down a base layer look for concessions from local food trucks. Live music will set the mood both nights. Event tickets include unlimited beer samples and a souvenir mug. Attendees can buy tickets to one of three sessions (or all three). Other ticket options include early admission or the Connoisseurs Reception ticket, which includes a reception area, private restrooms, a coat check, catered appetizers, premium and large-format beers and a special snifter to take home. Proceeds from Beerfest will benefit the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation. 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, March 6; 1-4:30 p.m. or 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Regular admission tickets start at $50; early admission starts at $60; $90-$95 Connoisseurs Reception; $20-$25 DD. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincybeerfest.com.
Photo: Byron Photography
ART: Women and Nature in the Arts, Sciences and Letters at the Lloyd Library
As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of womens suffrage, the Lloyd Library and Museum opens an apt exhibition: Women and Nature in the Arts, Sciences and Letters. Described as a "tribute to the female scientists, authors, artists and illustrators in the Lloyd collections," the show features works by the likes of Maria Sibylla Merian and Elizabeth Blackwell, both of whom were pioneers in the field of scientific illustration. Also showcased is the work of Gertrude Jekyll, who designed over 400 gardens in her lifetime. In a more modern turn, guests can also take in the photography of Cincinnatian Rama Kasturi. Her series compiled in a book and to be displayed at the Lloyds gallery Four Seasons at Burnet Woods, was created after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Members of MUSE, Cincinnati Womens Choir, will perform at the opening.
Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 6. Through May 22. Free and open to the public. Lloyd Library, 917 Plum St., Downtown, lloydlibrary.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Lloyd Library
FILM: CWC 2020 Oscar Nominated Live-Action and Animated Shorts
This years batch of Academy Award winners may have been unveiled in February, but moviegoers still have a chance to see 2020s Oscar-nominated short films made larger than life on the Garfield Theatres silver screen. This marks Cincinnati World Cinemas 19th consecutive year of hosting its Oscar-nominated shorts program and the first in its new 719 Race St. theater space. While the documentary shorts screened there earlier this year, the live-action and animated nominees will be spread across two weeks starting March 6 and running through March 15, with eight days total of showtimes. Hailing from countries across the globe France, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Guatemala and a Tunisia-Canada-Qatar-Sweden polyglot the films collectively mine at a broad inventory of themes, from family relationships to survival to hope.
Multiple showtimes through March 15. $11-$22. The Garfield Theatre, 719 Race St., Downtown, cincyworldcinema.org.
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The best installments in NPRs Tiny Desk Concerts series are the sets that defy their cramped space, not merely stripping down the artists studio sound, but opening up new avenues of sound. In OHMMEs case, though, the inverse is true. Armed with two electric guitars and a drummer, the Chicago-based duo of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham recreate the cavernous, surreal atmosphere of their sophomore record Parts with a precision youd never think was possible.
10 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.
Photo: Alexa Viscius
Brandon Lancaster is literally living his dream. The frontman of LANCO has seen the hit single "Greatest Love Story" top the Country charts. But having the hit isnt the dream hes talking about. Its what he sees onstage night to night, as an outgrowth of the singles success, that has Lancaster smiling. "We had this dream that we would take these songs and they would be just as meaningful to other people as they are to us and in the past year, weve gotten to experience that," Lancaster says. "I think the biggest change is were not singing to people anymore as much as were singing with people, which is the ultimate dream come true."
7 p.m. Saturday, March 7. $25. Bogarts, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: Jim Wright
ONSTAGE: Baby Shark Live! at the Aronoff Center
Baby Shark Live! is coming to Cincinnatis Aronoff Center on March 7 and there is nothing you can do to escape the "doo doo doo doo doo doo." The stage show is a "fully-immersive live concert experience" based on Pinkfongs song "Baby Shark." According to an event description, "Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and, of course, Baby Shark!" "Baby Shark" is literally just a series of song verses you will never be able to get out of your head about different members of a shark family (from baby to mommy, daddy, grandma and grandpa) with the words "doo doo doo doo doo doo doo" over and over again.
2 p.m. Saturday, March 7. $30-$65; limited number of post-show meet-and-greets are available for $50. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati Arts Association