17 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Nov. 06-10)
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EVENT: Cincinnati Pizza Week
CityBeats Cincinnati Pizza Week is back through Nov. 10. Head to any one of the two dozen-ish participating area eateries Mikey's Late Night Slice, Catch-A-Fire, Deweys, Goodfellas, Harvest, Joes Pizza Napoli and more to grab a specialty $8 pizza and have your Cincinnati Pizza Week passport stamped. Get four or more stamps and enter to win $250 in gift cards. Through Nov. 10. $8 pizzas. More info at cincinnatipizzaweek.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
ATTRACTIONS: Fountain Square Ice Rink
The Fountain Square Ice Rink is open to the public. Wear some flannel of the lumberjack variety, not grunge throw on a scarf, grab some hot cocoa and youll basically be an extra in one of those Hallmark movies. How very twee. The rink will be open daily (except certain holidays) through Feb. 2, 2020, so youll have plenty of time to hone your skills and maybe not embarrass yourself completely. Concessions will be selling hot and cold snacks and boozy beverages. Through Feb. 2. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.
ONSTAGE: Mean Girls at the Aronoff Center
Wildly popular teen comedy film Mean Girls is headed to Broadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center during its national tour. The musical is based on the 2004 movie, which tells the story of a clan of popular teens dubbed "The Plastics" who become at odds with an innocent girl that moves into their suburban Illinois town from the African savanna and attempts to take down the queen bee. The award-winning creative team behind the Mean Girls musical includes director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), author Tina Fey (30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde).
Through Nov. 17. $35-$115. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
MUSIC: Joan Shelley
Kentucky Roots musician Joan Shelley headlines the Southgate House Revival.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Advance Tickets $15; Date of Show $18. Southgate House Revival, 111 E Sixth St., Newport, Kentucky. southgatehouse.com
Photo: Amber Estes Thieneman
COMEDY: Mark Chalifoux
Its a busy time for comedian Mark Chalifoux, onstage and off. Im coaching 6-year-olds in soccer, he says, and Ive been traveling a lot. Hes hoping to end 2019 on a high note. Im going to win my fantasy football league championship, then get a TV spot, he states. Hes also trying to get pal, fellow comic Josh Sneed, to reboot their popular podcast Detention. I was somewhere and a guy said to me, I love your podcast. I thought, Youve got the wrong guy. But the fan continued, You had Jimmy Pardo and T.J. Miller on. That was indeed Detention. Thats a super fan, Chalifoux says. His album, Think Fast, which came out in 2018, continues to do well. Although you can buy it, Chalifoux recommends simply streaming it from your platform of choice. I just want people to enjoy it, he says.
Thursday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 10. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: Provided by Mark Chalifoux
MUSIC: Bob Dylan
The music legend and his band will perform Nov. 8 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Kentucky, on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Dylan's upcoming tour will take him to several college campuses across the country, including shows at Stanford, Iowa State University, Indiana University, Ohio State and Robert Morris University, to name just a few.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets from $47. BB&T Arena 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky. thebbtarena.com
Bob Dylan in 1978 // Photo: Chris Hakkens
SPORTS: Cyclones Shut Out The Hate Night
The Cincinnati Cyclones are taking pride to the ice with their Shut Out the Hate promotion to celebrate the diversity of (their) fans, employees, players and coaches, because Hockey Is Anyones Game. The concourse at U.S. Bank Arena will have a special LGBTQ support and family resources pop-up and the team will be donning Shut Out the Hate jerseys to be auctioned off after the game, with additional Shut Out the Hate merchandise available online and in person. Proceeds from the jersey and merch sales will be donated to local LGBTQ charities. The team faces off against the Brampton Beast.
7:30 p.m. puck drop Friday, Nov. 8. $18-$30. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, cycloneshockey.com.
Photo: Provided by The Cincinnati Cyclones
ATTRACTION: Christmas Nights of Lights
Yes. As soon as Halloween is over, its time for holiday lights. Coney Island transforms into a drive-thru Christmas show during the ten-week-long Christmas Nights of Lights. Enjoy the warmth of your car while lights manipulated to resemble dancing candy canes, glowing snowmen, colorful tunnels and giant holiday trees are synchronized to Christmas tunes both classic and new available via your car radio. The two-and-a-half-mile long display features more than one million lights.
The show begins at dusk and runs until 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, 2020. $6 per person. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, coneyislandpark.com.
Photo: Provided by Coney Island
EVENT: Brick Bar
When we wrote about the Brick Bar pop-up this spring and when it was slated to appear in Cincinnati in July and then was rescheduled for November did we really think the bar made with more than 1 million LEGO-style bricks was going to appear in the Queen City? No. We did not. But it seems like Brick Bar is actually coming and its popping up at the American Sign Museum (probably the most ideal place for this type of playful event). The traveling bar which features LEGO-style sculptures and fountains, DJs, an adult ball pit, ping-pong and a bevy of the building bricks for anyone to use has made its way from Australia to London to America. Of course, it wouldnt be a pop-up bar without booze, and Brick Bar offers cocktails and beer in oversized containers shaped like LEGO blocks. You have to reserve your spot in advance for a 90-minute session in the bar. Food and drink are sold separately.
4-11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. $15-$25. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington, thebrickbars.com.
Photo: Provided by Brick Bar
MUSIC: Marcus Miller
Though known as an influential Jazz player, bass superhero Marcus Miller is far from just a Jazz bassist. Hes done sessions with Jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie, collaborated with David Sanborn and Wayne Shorter and worked closely with Miles Davis in the 80s, producing, writing and playing on Davis late-period work, including the Grammy-winning Tutu. He had a similar (though longer and more commercially fruitful) relationship with R&B legend Luther Vandross, for whom he wrote and produced during the most successful period of the singers career. Miller has also worked with other notable superstar artists, including Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Bryan Ferry, and his resume includes film scores for more than two dozen movies, including 2017s Marshall. Miller is also an accomplished solo artist and bandleader, with 13 studio albums to his name. His most recent was last years Laid Black on Blue Note Records, on which he incorporated everything from Gospel to Trap into his groove-centric Contemporary Jazz mix.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. $45-$85. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Erinc Salor