19 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (June 19-25)

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WEDNESDAY 19
ART: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum
With her ongoing “Before I Die” project, Candy Chang has become a leader in the burgeoning field of participatory public art. To date, since the first one appeared on the outside of an abandoned New Orleans house in 2011, there have been more than 5,000 blackboard-like “Before I Die” walls created in some 70 countries — including one just installed at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of the second phase of its No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit. She created it in 2018. The wall now at the art museum is 8 feet high and 42 feet long — it occupies roughly a half of a second-floor balcony’s overall space.Through Sept. 2. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Photo: Courtsey of Candy Chang

WEDNESDAY 19

ART: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Cincinnati Art Museum
With her ongoing “Before I Die” project, Candy Chang has become a leader in the burgeoning field of participatory public art. To date, since the first one appeared on the outside of an abandoned New Orleans house in 2011, there have been more than 5,000 blackboard-like “Before I Die” walls created in some 70 countries — including one just installed at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of the second phase of its No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit. She created it in 2018. The wall now at the art museum is 8 feet high and 42 feet long — it occupies roughly a half of a second-floor balcony’s overall space.Through Sept. 2. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Photo: Courtsey of Candy Chang
WEDNESDAY 19
ONSTAGE: Lizzie
In the sweltering New England summer of 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused of the brutal killing of her father and stepmother. Though acquitted, the speculation around Lizzie as the true perpetrator who got away with murder-times-two endures. As the schoolyard rhyme goes: “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.” Currently onstage at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Lizzie is a bloody good high-octane Rock opera sung by four supremely talented women. Lizzie runs through June 30 at Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. More info/tickets: humanracetheatre.org.
Photo: Scott J. Kimmins

WEDNESDAY 19

ONSTAGE: Lizzie
In the sweltering New England summer of 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused of the brutal killing of her father and stepmother. Though acquitted, the speculation around Lizzie as the true perpetrator who got away with murder-times-two endures. As the schoolyard rhyme goes: “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.” Currently onstage at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Lizzie is a bloody good high-octane Rock opera sung by four supremely talented women. Lizzie runs through June 30 at Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. More info/tickets: humanracetheatre.org.
Photo: Scott J. Kimmins
WEDNESDAY 19
MUSIC: The Wailers
Starting in 1963, future Reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer formed The Wailers as a Ska singing trio in Kingston, Jamaica. The band would grow to take on many forms, most notably Bob Marley & the Wailers, which came together in the mid-’70s with brothers Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums, respectively. The grouped backed Marley on his journey to becoming a worldwide, cross-genre music icon until his death in 1981. Marley reportedly personally requested that the Wailers continue on after his death, a mission Family Man Barrett has stayed true to ever since. The post-Marley Wailers were founded by the Barrett brothers and have featured a rotating lineup that has included other original band members, as well as other members of the Barrett family, including current drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Family Man’s son who carries the torch for his late uncle (Carlton was murdered in 1987). The Wailers’ setlist features Reggae classic after Reggae classic, giving multiple generations of fans the chance to experience Marley’s magic with some of the roots of Reggae music’s family tree. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: The Wailers

WEDNESDAY 19

MUSIC: The Wailers
Starting in 1963, future Reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer formed The Wailers as a Ska singing trio in Kingston, Jamaica. The band would grow to take on many forms, most notably Bob Marley & the Wailers, which came together in the mid-’70s with brothers Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums, respectively. The grouped backed Marley on his journey to becoming a worldwide, cross-genre music icon until his death in 1981. Marley reportedly personally requested that the Wailers continue on after his death, a mission Family Man Barrett has stayed true to ever since. The post-Marley Wailers were founded by the Barrett brothers and have featured a rotating lineup that has included other original band members, as well as other members of the Barrett family, including current drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Family Man’s son who carries the torch for his late uncle (Carlton was murdered in 1987). The Wailers’ setlist features Reggae classic after Reggae classic, giving multiple generations of fans the chance to experience Marley’s magic with some of the roots of Reggae music’s family tree. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: The Wailers
WEDNESDAY 19
LIT: The Gay Metropolis: An Evening with Charles Kaiser
Charles Kaiser chronicles this history in his book The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America. Kaiser will be at downtown’s Mercantile Library June 19 to discuss and read from the book. First published in 1997, he has updated The Gay Metropolis for the third time for 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Organized by decade, it winds through modern LGBTQ history, starting with the 1940s and World War II, weaving through Stonewall and the AIDS epidemic, all the way to the present day.The Gay Metropolis: An Evening with Charles Kaiser takes place at The Mercantile Library from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. More info: mercantilelibrary.com.
Photo: Provided by Charles Kaiser

WEDNESDAY 19

LIT: The Gay Metropolis: An Evening with Charles Kaiser
Charles Kaiser chronicles this history in his book The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America. Kaiser will be at downtown’s Mercantile Library June 19 to discuss and read from the book. First published in 1997, he has updated The Gay Metropolis for the third time for 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Organized by decade, it winds through modern LGBTQ history, starting with the 1940s and World War II, weaving through Stonewall and the AIDS epidemic, all the way to the present day.The Gay Metropolis: An Evening with Charles Kaiser takes place at The Mercantile Library from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. More info: mercantilelibrary.com.
Photo: Provided by Charles Kaiser
WEDNESDAY 19
FILM: The Devil Wears Prada at Washington Park
Free films return to the park on Wednesdays this summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab snacks (and/or booze) from the concession stand and get ready to watch an assortment of movies on the big screen. Join Cincinnati Pride for this week’s screening: The Devil Wears Prada. Bring your family and friends and wear your finest fashions to compete for best dressed. Prizes will be awarded. Films start at dusk. 9-11 p.m. Wednesday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org
Photo: 3CDC

WEDNESDAY 19

FILM: The Devil Wears Prada at Washington Park
Free films return to the park on Wednesdays this summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab snacks (and/or booze) from the concession stand and get ready to watch an assortment of movies on the big screen. Join Cincinnati Pride for this week’s screening: The Devil Wears Prada. Bring your family and friends and wear your finest fashions to compete for best dressed. Prizes will be awarded. Films start at dusk. 9-11 p.m. Wednesday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org
Photo: 3CDC
THURSDAY 20
FILM: Easy Rider at the Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum hosts a screening of 1960s biker film Easy Rider as part of its Moving Images series. Perfectly lined up with the ethos of the current No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit, this 1969 film — the directorial debut of actor Dennis Hopper — follows outlaw hippie motorcyclists Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) as they take a cache of smuggled cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, sell it and try to make their way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Catch this free screening (with a cash bar) featuring an introduction by Stan Corkin, University of Cincinnati Niehoff Professor of Film and Media.  7 p.m. Thursday. Free admission. Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Photo: Cincinnati Art Museum Facebook

THURSDAY 20

FILM: Easy Rider at the Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum hosts a screening of 1960s biker film Easy Rider as part of its Moving Images series. Perfectly lined up with the ethos of the current No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit, this 1969 film — the directorial debut of actor Dennis Hopper — follows outlaw hippie motorcyclists Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) as they take a cache of smuggled cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, sell it and try to make their way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Catch this free screening (with a cash bar) featuring an introduction by Stan Corkin, University of Cincinnati Niehoff Professor of Film and Media. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free admission. Fath Auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Photo: Cincinnati Art Museum Facebook
FRIDAY 21
ONSTAGE: Shakespeare in the Park A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is bringing the Bard to the great outdoors this summer during its annual Shakespeare in the Park traveling performance series. The troupe of six actors from the CSC Professional Intern Company will be presenting excerpts from Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet for free in parks, pavilions and public spaces across the Tri-State. This week, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7-9 p.m. Friday at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park (1600 Art Museum Drive, Mount Adams), 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Linden Grove Cemetery (401 W. 13th St., Covington) and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Bramble Park (6300 Bramble Ave., Madisonville). Expect costuming, crowds and truncated showtimes. No tickets required. Get more info and additional show info at cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

FRIDAY 21

ONSTAGE: Shakespeare in the Park A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is bringing the Bard to the great outdoors this summer during its annual Shakespeare in the Park traveling performance series. The troupe of six actors from the CSC Professional Intern Company will be presenting excerpts from Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet for free in parks, pavilions and public spaces across the Tri-State. This week, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7-9 p.m. Friday at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park (1600 Art Museum Drive, Mount Adams), 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Linden Grove Cemetery (401 W. 13th St., Covington) and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Bramble Park (6300 Bramble Ave., Madisonville). Expect costuming, crowds and truncated showtimes. No tickets required. Get more info and additional show info at cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
FRIDAY 21
COMEDY: Randy Rainbow
Randy Rainbow, the New York-based singer/comic actor/writer/video producer, brings his live show to the Taft Theatre. The 90-minute stage show, described as a “greatest hits package,” includes some of Rainbow’s most popular song parodies plus a Q&A. Rainbow became popular with the LGBTQ community when his 2010 video parody, “Randy Rainbow is Dating Mel Gibson,” went viral. Since, he’s done tons of political satire and in February Rainbow was cast on Broadway as Sebastian Sebastian in a week-long restaging of Call Me Madam. His large, loyal and vocal fanbase weigh in on new song parodies, which Rainbow generally drops on Mondays after marathon sessions of writing, filming and editing. His most recent videos posted in May included a nod to Pop icon Ariana Grande’s “Breathin,” which became “Just Impeach Him.” 8 p.m. Friday. $47. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: Courtesy Randy Rainbow

FRIDAY 21

COMEDY: Randy Rainbow
Randy Rainbow, the New York-based singer/comic actor/writer/video producer, brings his live show to the Taft Theatre. The 90-minute stage show, described as a “greatest hits package,” includes some of Rainbow’s most popular song parodies plus a Q&A. Rainbow became popular with the LGBTQ community when his 2010 video parody, “Randy Rainbow is Dating Mel Gibson,” went viral. Since, he’s done tons of political satire and in February Rainbow was cast on Broadway as Sebastian Sebastian in a week-long restaging of Call Me Madam. His large, loyal and vocal fanbase weigh in on new song parodies, which Rainbow generally drops on Mondays after marathon sessions of writing, filming and editing. His most recent videos posted in May included a nod to Pop icon Ariana Grande’s “Breathin,” which became “Just Impeach Him.” 8 p.m. Friday. $47. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: Courtesy Randy Rainbow
FRIDAY 21
EVENT: Big Bounce America
Big Bounce America is an aptly named tour taking a giant inflatable bounce house to 40 cities across 25 states through November. And the world’s largest bouncy castle — according to Guinness World Records — is making a stop in Cincinnati Friday through Sunday. The colorful big-ass inflatable bounce house includes a basketball court, slide and ball pit, plus a DJ in the middle “playing a carefully selected soundtrack with nightclub quality sound and lights,” according to a release. Traveling with the main attraction are also an obstacle course called the Giant and a “space-themed wonderland” called airSPACE. The Giant features more than 40 obstacles to overcome and airSPACE is an intergalactic inflatable maze filled with aliens, spaceships, moon craters, a five-person race slide and 50-foot-wide bounce space. The family-friendly Big Bounce pop-up features sessions organized by ages, including those for adults only so you don’t step on any kids. Time slots start at 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $16 to $30 for adults (ages 16 and up) for a three-hour pass to all three attractions. Each ticket is for a dedicated time slot. Heroes Sports Park, 2175 Springdale Road, Mount Healthy, thebigbounceamerica.com.
Photo: Big Bounce America

FRIDAY 21

EVENT: Big Bounce America
Big Bounce America is an aptly named tour taking a giant inflatable bounce house to 40 cities across 25 states through November. And the world’s largest bouncy castle — according to Guinness World Records — is making a stop in Cincinnati Friday through Sunday. The colorful big-ass inflatable bounce house includes a basketball court, slide and ball pit, plus a DJ in the middle “playing a carefully selected soundtrack with nightclub quality sound and lights,” according to a release. Traveling with the main attraction are also an obstacle course called the Giant and a “space-themed wonderland” called airSPACE. The Giant features more than 40 obstacles to overcome and airSPACE is an intergalactic inflatable maze filled with aliens, spaceships, moon craters, a five-person race slide and 50-foot-wide bounce space. The family-friendly Big Bounce pop-up features sessions organized by ages, including those for adults only so you don’t step on any kids. Time slots start at 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $16 to $30 for adults (ages 16 and up) for a three-hour pass to all three attractions. Each ticket is for a dedicated time slot. Heroes Sports Park, 2175 Springdale Road, Mount Healthy, thebigbounceamerica.com.
Photo: Big Bounce America
FRIDAY 21
COMEDY: Andrew Schulz
Andrew Schulz is probably most recognized as a cast member of the TV series Sneaky Pete, as well as for his past work on MTV’s Guy Code. On the latter, he got to demonstrate his knowledge about relationships, something he still does onstage. “Women, you show love through love; we show love through sacrifice,” he explains to an audience. He insists men show love all the time, but their partners don’t know it. “For example, we’re sitting on the couch, cuddling, chilling and watching movies. You’ve got your leg on top of my leg. I don’t want your leg there. At no point in time during the movie am I thinking, ‘Baby you know what would make this better? If I had no feeling from the hip down. If I had one leg with blood in it and the other doing a Lieutenant Dan.’ ” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25-$55. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
Photo: Andrew Schulz Facebook

FRIDAY 21

COMEDY: Andrew Schulz
Andrew Schulz is probably most recognized as a cast member of the TV series Sneaky Pete, as well as for his past work on MTV’s Guy Code. On the latter, he got to demonstrate his knowledge about relationships, something he still does onstage. “Women, you show love through love; we show love through sacrifice,” he explains to an audience. He insists men show love all the time, but their partners don’t know it. “For example, we’re sitting on the couch, cuddling, chilling and watching movies. You’ve got your leg on top of my leg. I don’t want your leg there. At no point in time during the movie am I thinking, ‘Baby you know what would make this better? If I had no feeling from the hip down. If I had one leg with blood in it and the other doing a Lieutenant Dan.’ ” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25-$55. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
Photo: Andrew Schulz Facebook