16 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Nov. 14-19)
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Festival of Lights // Photo: Teagan Dumont
ATTRACTIONS: Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center
The 73rd-annual Holiday Junction will transform the Cincinnati Museum Center into a whimsical winter wonderland through Jan. 5, 2020. The classic Duke Energy Holiday Trains display includes more than 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives that run on 1,000 feet of track. Real train aficionados can have fun identifying the new and old formations within the displays intricate diorama, including a Carlisle & Finch 1904 toy train and a pre-World War II Lionel set. In addition to a whole lot of locomotives, the event also features a special interactive winter wonderland where guests can build snowmen, leave footprints and even take a ride on a train. You can also pay a visit to Brickopolis, where youll find plenty of Disney and comic book character portrayed in fun LEGO-style scenes. Or head to Tower A on weekends to get a view of the Union Terminal rail yard.
Through Jan. 5, 2020. $14.50 adult; $13.50 senior; $10.50 ages 3-12; $5.50 ages 1-2; free for members. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.
Photo: Catie Viox
ART: Tyler Shields Fairytale
Photographer Tyler Shields has become a Cincinnati favorite since his first show at Miller Gallery in 2012, Controlled Chaos. Before that exhibit, CityBeat contributor Maria Seda-Reeder interviewed Shields, writing, The Jacksonville, Florida native gets a lot of flack for being so popular. Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Chris Lee wrote, Shields remains something of a joke in fine arts circles and is written off as a star-fucker by his vocal detractors. To hear him tell it, hes just a guy who never went to art school (or high school, for that matter), taught himself how to edit skate videos (he was a professional inline vert skater in his late teens/early twenties) and took a picture with his roommates camera that got really big on MySpace. Since Controlled Chaos, Shields nicknamed the Warhol of his generation by Sothebys has exhibited multiple times at Miller Gallery: in 2013, 2016 and 2018. The new exhibit, Fairytale, will feature his modern and inverse interpretations of classic stories. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. On view through Dec. 24. Free admission. Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, facebook.com/millergallery.
Photo: Tyler Shields
MUSIC: Ruben Sings Luther
Singer Ruben Studdard, whose career took off after he won the second season of American Idol in 2003, has been performing concerts that pay tribute to the late R&B legend Luther Vandross. Studdards ties to Vandross stretch back to the very start of his career: He performed a head-turning version of Superstar for his first-round song on Idol, which set the stage for his ultimate overall win. Superstar was originally released in 1969 by the duo Delaney & Bonnie (co-written with Leon Russell), but it was a bigger hit for The Carpenters in 1971 and then for Vandross in 1983. Studdards recorded version a single from his debut album, Soulful was nominated for a Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy; the 2004 award ultimately went to Vandross himself for his work on the song Dance with My Father. Last spring, Studdard released his Ruben Sings Luther album, which features his arrangements of Vandross hits like Always and Forever, Power of Love and Never Too Much. 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. $45-$65. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com.
Photo: Davenport Design
ONSTAGE: The Lifespan of a Fact
The Lifespan of a Fact explores the battle between storytelling and accuracy onstage at the Playhouse in the Park.
Through Nov. 16. Tickets from $30. 962 Mt Adams Circle, Over-the-Rhine, cincyplay.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
EVENT: Taft House Party
Head to the Taft Museum of Art for an after-work happy hour and house party, co-hosted by the Civic Garden Centers Young Professional Green Team. Think calm and lean into green with soft jams by DJ Mowgli, spiked hot apple cider, food from the Cheesecakery, a chance to create your own light-up peony and a guided meditation session in the galleries. The CGC will present a talk on current exhibit Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New York Historical Society, a collection of paintings that reveal natural wonders that sparked the first artistic movement in the United States, says the museum. 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Free admission. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: Provided by the Taft
ART: Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art
The Taft Museum of Arts annual holiday display, Antique Christmas, has bedecked the historic home-museum with a nostalgic collection of vintage ornaments, including Disney and German fairy tale pieces; trees decorated with pre-World War II miniature glass ornaments from Germany, Poland and Japan; Art Deco gift boxes; various iterations of Santa Claus figurines; and an exterior swept with evergreen garlands and wreaths. There will also be, according to a description, A whimsical display of the types of transportation Santa Claus uses to make his special deliveries, as well as a feather tree hung with brightly colored Russian ornaments watched over by figures of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden. Through Jan. 5, 2020. $9.99 adults; $8 seniors; free kids. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: Provided by the Taft
MUSIC: Billy Corgan
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan plays a solo show at the Madison Theater. 7 p.m. doors Friday, Nov. 15. $50; $60 at the door. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheater.com.
EVENT: Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom Anniversary
The Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom is celebrating its one-year anniversary in a big, boozy way. The brewery released its 11th-biennial barrel-aged Utopias in select locations on Oct. 15 and will be releasing it on draft for the first time in the Cincy taproom on Nov. 15. But this isnt just any regular beer release Utopias is one of the most expensive, exclusive and extreme beers on the market. With an ABV of 28 percent, the top-shelf beer is illegal in 15 states. According to a press release from Sam Adams, the rich, barrel-aged brew has a flavor profile reminiscent of a fine sherry or vintage port. This years edition was aged in cognac and Madeira finishing barrels. The celebration is free to enjoy, but in order to participate in the special Utopias tasting, which includes a one-ounce pour and commemorative glass, you must purchase a ticket. The brewery will also release Barley-topias at the event, a barleywine anniversary beer which is aged in Utopias barrels. Barley-topias will be available on tap and in bottles. There will also be barbecue from The Beerded Pig and live music. 6-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Free admission; $20 Utopias tasting. Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, 1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/samadamscincy.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
CLASSICAL: American Life with the CSO
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will celebrate legendary African-American composers via American Life at Over-the-Rhines Music Hall. Kicking off with Adolphus Hailstorks An American Port of Call, the concert will explore works by James Lee III, Florence Price, William Grant Still and Jazz giant Duke Ellington. Of the latter, Ellingtons composition Harlem will be performed, manifesting a Sunday morning walk through the New York neighborhood in the early-1950s. In Ellingtons memoir, he writes of the work: It is Sunday morning. We a strolling from 110th Street up Seventh Avenue, heading north through the Spanish and West Indian neighborhood towards the 125th Street business area... You may hear a parade go by, or a funeral or you may recognize the passage of those who are making Civil Rights demands. Immerse yourself in this experience, among others, during this two-hour concert. 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. $14-$107. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.
Conductor Thomas Wilkins // Photo: Kaylor Management