18 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Week (July 31-Aug. 6)
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ONSTAGE: Girl in the Red Corner
Halo learns life in the MMA cage and outside of it are disturbingly similar in Know Theatres Girl in the Red Corner
.Through Aug. 17. $10. Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Dan R Winters
GET INVOLVED: Bans Off My Body
Angry about the 22 reproductive health restrictions Ohio has passed since 2011, including the Heartbeat Bill voted into law earlier this year? Then come to this teach-in to hear from reproductive rights leaders. Panelists from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, NARAL Pro Choice Ohio, Young Activists Coalition and Cincinnati Black Pride will educate attendees and give them tips on how to resist these new laws. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown.
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EVENT: One Night One Craft: Sashiko Upcycling
Inspired by Saya Woolfalks exhibition, A Cabinet of Anticipation
featuring a fictional race of futuristic women who can alter their genetic make-up and merge with the natural world the Contemporary Arts Center is hosting a craft night featuring sashiko, a traditional Japanese way of decorating and reinforcing clothing. The technique is characterized by little stitches done only with a needle and thread. The result resembles a quilted effect. No experience is necessary, and helpers will be there to assist you. While upcycling your old clothes, enjoy a cocktail from the new Fausto cafe. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10 members; $20 non-members. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown.
EVENT: Gliers Goettafest
Gliers Goettafest has expanded its festivities at Newports Festival Park on the Levee to two weekends for the first time since the annual celebration began 18 years ago so you can enjoy one of our citys most popular regional dishes twice as long. Attractions at Goettafest include two live music stages, a carnival-style dunk tank, face painting, speed pitch and more goetta than you could ever eat. Vendors cannot repeat what anyone else is making, so the variety of dishes includes everything from deep-fried goetta balls and goetta donut sandwiches to goetta nachos and goetta brownies. Theres also a novelty refrigerated goetta vending machine on-site in case you want to take goetta home. 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Levee, Newport.
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COMEDY: Big Jay Oakerson
Right before I started doing comedy, I was in community college in Philadelphia, says comedian Big Jay Oakerson. I had my niche: some guys are great athletes; some are a ladys man. I was the funny guy. He never gave performing much thought until he ran into an old friend from high school. We started talking and she said she was disappointed in me. She always thought Id end up doing comedy. By chance I was with my buddy the next day, buying sneakers, and I saw a comedy club that was having an open mic. I fell in love with it immediately. Onstage these days, hes much more of a storyteller who lets the audience guide him. Thats what I sometimes advise younger comics to do, he says. Learn how to relate something to a room full of people and make them laugh. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $17-$47. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township.
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EVENT: Delhi Skirt Game
Started in 1978 as a fundraiser to help offset the medical expenses for a local child hurt in a bicycle accident, the Delhi Skirt Game has become a West Side tradition. Men from the Athletic Association, Fire Department and other local orgs dress in drag and play ball in the name of the neighborhoods less fortunate. Party a day before the big event on Thursday with a tailgating party in the old Remke parking lot in the 5000 block of Delhi Pike. Then come watch the team play the 42nd annual Skirt game Friday and enjoy LaRosass, burgers, brats, beer and ice cream, plus a fireworks display. Tailgate 6-10 p.m. Thursday; Delhi Skirt Game 5-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Delhi Park, 5125 Foley Road, Delhi.
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EVENT: Worlds Longest Yard Sale
The Worlds Longest Yard Sale is an annual event that stretches almost 700 miles along State Route 127, from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan and straight through Greater Cincinnati. Locally, the 127 Yard Sale website has the Covered Bridge Antique Mall in Hamilton and the Northside Summer Market on Hoffner Street in Northside listed as major vendor stops, but expect plenty of people to be out throughout the weekend selling stuff in their yards. The aforementioned Northside Summer Market (northsidesummermarket.com) takes place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. on Saturday and includes not only a community-wide yard sale, but also a Humble Monk beer garden, live music, public mural art and a cool-down station with a grill out, cold drinks and kids activities. Worlds Longest Yard Sale Thursday-Sunday. Free admission.
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MUSIC: Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant brings their co-headlining tour with Beck to Riverbend. 6 p.m. Friday. $29.50-$200.50. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California.
Photo: Neil Krug
MUSIC: Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan at Memorial Hall
Louisville, Kentucky-area native Joan Osborne made a huge splash in the mid 90s with her major label debut, Relish
, which produced one of the seminal hits of the era, One of Us. Osborne whose varied musical output encompasses Rock, Blues, Soul and other Americana forms hasnt maintained as high of a mainstream profile in the years since her astronomical rise (which was preceded by years of DIY work and self-releases), but she has maintained a successful career that has included work with some cornerstone legends of popular music. In 2017, Osborne released a collection of her versions of songs by Bob Dylan, aptly titled Songs of Bob Dylan
. With her signature soulful and earthy style and a willingness to toy with the original arrangements, Osborne offers a retrospective of the legendary singer/songwriters career. 8 p.m. Friday. $28-$45. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Jeff Fasano
MUSIC: Mac Sabbath
Mac Sabbath brings Drive Thru Metal to the Woodward Theater.8:30 p.m. Saturday. $16 advance; $20 day of show; under 21 pays $3 cash surcharge at the door. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Downtown.
Photo: Jeremy Saffer