20 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (May 22-28)

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WEDNESDAY 22
ART: Magic & Melodrama: Cincinnati Posters from the Gilded Age
The Taft Museum has mounted an exhibit featuring seven theatrical posters from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County advertising turn of the 20th century productions. According to the museum, “Traveling actors, illusionists and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements.” Created in Cincinnati by the Strobridge Lithographing Company, these posters will transport viewers to The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan via bits of entertaining magic, melodrama and fantasy. Through August 18. $12 adults; $10 seniors; free youth and members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

WEDNESDAY 22

ART: Magic & Melodrama: Cincinnati Posters from the Gilded Age
The Taft Museum has mounted an exhibit featuring seven theatrical posters from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County advertising turn of the 20th century productions. According to the museum, “Traveling actors, illusionists and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements.” Created in Cincinnati by the Strobridge Lithographing Company, these posters will transport viewers to The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan via bits of entertaining magic, melodrama and fantasy. Through August 18. $12 adults; $10 seniors; free youth and members. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
WEDNESDAY 22
MUSIC: mewithoutYou
For a band that’s aged enough to embark on 15th anniversary tours, mewithoutYou remains as puzzling and adventurous as ever, despite curtailing some of the scorched-earth brutality that marked early works like 2002’s [A-->B Life]. Joined by scene veterans Cursive and The Appleseed Cast, their current tour feels like a throwback to Emo’s pre-web 2.0 incarnation, though revitalized interest in the era’s sub-genres allows its participants to sound as fresh as ever. 7 p.m. doors Wednesday. $22 advance; $25 day of. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
Photo: Carina Romano

WEDNESDAY 22

MUSIC: mewithoutYou
For a band that’s aged enough to embark on 15th anniversary tours, mewithoutYou remains as puzzling and adventurous as ever, despite curtailing some of the scorched-earth brutality that marked early works like 2002’s [A-->B Life]. Joined by scene veterans Cursive and The Appleseed Cast, their current tour feels like a throwback to Emo’s pre-web 2.0 incarnation, though revitalized interest in the era’s sub-genres allows its participants to sound as fresh as ever. 7 p.m. doors Wednesday. $22 advance; $25 day of. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
Photo: Carina Romano
WEDNESDAY 22
MUSIC: PUP
Canadian Punk quartet PUP heads to Bogart's. PUP frontman Stefan Babcock makes his lyrical mood known from the get-go on the Toronto quartet’s new album, Morbid Stuff. His snotty vocal delivery on the titular album opener clamors, “I was bored as fuck/Sitting around and thinking all this morbid stuff/Like if everyone I’ve slept with is dead and I got stuck/On death and dying and obsessive thoughts that won’t let up/It makes me feel like I’m about to throw up.” 7 p.m. doors Wednesday. $20. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: Vanessa Heins

WEDNESDAY 22

MUSIC: PUP
Canadian Punk quartet PUP heads to Bogart's. PUP frontman Stefan Babcock makes his lyrical mood known from the get-go on the Toronto quartet’s new album, Morbid Stuff. His snotty vocal delivery on the titular album opener clamors, “I was bored as fuck/Sitting around and thinking all this morbid stuff/Like if everyone I’ve slept with is dead and I got stuck/On death and dying and obsessive thoughts that won’t let up/It makes me feel like I’m about to throw up.” 7 p.m. doors Wednesday. $20. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: Vanessa Heins
WEDNESDAY 22
ART: Creatures: When Species Meet
A plaque on the wall at the Contemporary Arts Center’s newly opened Creatures: When Species Meet informs visitors of the etymology of the word “animal.” It comes from the Latin animalis, meaning “having breath” or “soul.” It’s a perfect introduction for an exhibition that celebrates the artistic relationships between human and animal.  After five years as head curator, it also marks Steven Matijcio’s last exhibition with the CAC. In March, he began a new position as director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum on the University of Houston’s campus. “I think work in the past has grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons when artists work with animals,” Matijcio says. “I wanted to show that there could be a more complex dynamic and negotiation that’s happening with the work showcased at the CAC.”  Creatures: When Species Meet runs through Aug. 18 at the Contemporary Arts Center. For more info, visit contemporaryartscenter.org.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Miguel Angel Rios, and Gallery Wendi Norris

WEDNESDAY 22

ART: Creatures: When Species Meet
A plaque on the wall at the Contemporary Arts Center’s newly opened Creatures: When Species Meet informs visitors of the etymology of the word “animal.” It comes from the Latin animalis, meaning “having breath” or “soul.” It’s a perfect introduction for an exhibition that celebrates the artistic relationships between human and animal. After five years as head curator, it also marks Steven Matijcio’s last exhibition with the CAC. In March, he began a new position as director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum on the University of Houston’s campus. “I think work in the past has grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons when artists work with animals,” Matijcio says. “I wanted to show that there could be a more complex dynamic and negotiation that’s happening with the work showcased at the CAC.” Creatures: When Species Meet runs through Aug. 18 at the Contemporary Arts Center. For more info, visit contemporaryartscenter.org.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Miguel Angel Rios, and Gallery Wendi Norris
THURSDAY 23
EVENT: Margarita Madness
Attention margarita lovers: CityBeat and Milagro Tequila present Margarita Madness, an evening of tequila, food, live music and lively competition on the Purple People Bridge. Participating restaurants include Bakersfield, Keystone Bar & Grill, Condado Tacos and other favorites — each of which will be competing in a margarita throwdown. Guests will vote for their favorite marg to win the People’s Choice award alongside local judges, who will be bestowing honors on the Best and Most Creative margaritas. Don’t miss the Guac-Off competition to inaugurate the Queen City’s guacamole master, either. Live music will be provided by The SunBurners. Tickets include 10 drinks, food samples and one token to vote for your favorite margarita. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. $40. Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way, Newport, margaritamadnesscincy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

THURSDAY 23

EVENT: Margarita Madness
Attention margarita lovers: CityBeat and Milagro Tequila present Margarita Madness, an evening of tequila, food, live music and lively competition on the Purple People Bridge. Participating restaurants include Bakersfield, Keystone Bar & Grill, Condado Tacos and other favorites — each of which will be competing in a margarita throwdown. Guests will vote for their favorite marg to win the People’s Choice award alongside local judges, who will be bestowing honors on the Best and Most Creative margaritas. Don’t miss the Guac-Off competition to inaugurate the Queen City’s guacamole master, either. Live music will be provided by The SunBurners. Tickets include 10 drinks, food samples and one token to vote for your favorite margarita. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. $40. Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way, Newport, margaritamadnesscincy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
THURSDAY 23
ONSTAGE: A Flea in Her Ear
You’ve probably never had a flea in your ear, but you can imagine that it would bug you considerably and perhaps inspire bizarre behavior. That’s what happens in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 classic French sex farce A Flea in Her Ear. It's not a real flea, mind you, but a spark of annoying suspicion is what sets comic pandemonium in motion at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s final production of its 25th season. A Flea in Her Ear, presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, continues through June 2. Tickets and more info: cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography

THURSDAY 23

ONSTAGE: A Flea in Her Ear
You’ve probably never had a flea in your ear, but you can imagine that it would bug you considerably and perhaps inspire bizarre behavior. That’s what happens in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 classic French sex farce A Flea in Her Ear. It's not a real flea, mind you, but a spark of annoying suspicion is what sets comic pandemonium in motion at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s final production of its 25th season. A Flea in Her Ear, presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, continues through June 2. Tickets and more info: cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
THURSDAY 23-SUNDAY 26
COMEDY: Mike Cronin
Cincinnati native Mike Cronin blows in from the Windy City to headline a run of shows at Go Bananas this weekend. He’s lived in Chicago for the past few years and when he’s not on the road headlining a club or featuring for the likes of Tom Segura, he runs a comedy night at a bar across from Wrigley Field. “I’m gearing up to record a second album,” he says. It will be a follow up to his 2015 debut Hot for Too Long. “It will have more family stuff and a lot of relationship stuff, as well as some traveling and living in Chicago bits. And farts, as always.” Indeed, family is a constant source of material for Cronin. “My mom is the exact opposite of my dad — she’s very tech-savvy, almost to an inappropriate degree,” he tells an audience. “She’s told me two of my grandparents have died through text messages, which is so inappropriate. Why don’t you just tweet it to me at that point mom?” 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: RooftopPRO Press Photo

THURSDAY 23-SUNDAY 26

COMEDY: Mike Cronin
Cincinnati native Mike Cronin blows in from the Windy City to headline a run of shows at Go Bananas this weekend. He’s lived in Chicago for the past few years and when he’s not on the road headlining a club or featuring for the likes of Tom Segura, he runs a comedy night at a bar across from Wrigley Field. “I’m gearing up to record a second album,” he says. It will be a follow up to his 2015 debut Hot for Too Long. “It will have more family stuff and a lot of relationship stuff, as well as some traveling and living in Chicago bits. And farts, as always.” Indeed, family is a constant source of material for Cronin. “My mom is the exact opposite of my dad — she’s very tech-savvy, almost to an inappropriate degree,” he tells an audience. “She’s told me two of my grandparents have died through text messages, which is so inappropriate. Why don’t you just tweet it to me at that point mom?” 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.
Photo: RooftopPRO Press Photo
THURSDAY 23-MONDAY 27
EVENT: Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend
Spring Grove Cemetery hosts a series of events this Memorial Day weekend in tribute to veterans. Running Thursday through Monday, the weekend kicks off with a concert courtesy of the Ohio Military Band. After walking tours of Norman Chapel and the cemetery grounds, a customary scattering of petals over soldiers’ graves, a Civil War music performance by Steve Ball and a presentation by a President Lincoln impersonator, the weekend will conclude with a walking tour detailing the site’s Civil War history. Various events through Monday. Free admission. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
Photo: Civil War Section Section 21 // Provided by Spring Grove

THURSDAY 23-MONDAY 27

EVENT: Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend
Spring Grove Cemetery hosts a series of events this Memorial Day weekend in tribute to veterans. Running Thursday through Monday, the weekend kicks off with a concert courtesy of the Ohio Military Band. After walking tours of Norman Chapel and the cemetery grounds, a customary scattering of petals over soldiers’ graves, a Civil War music performance by Steve Ball and a presentation by a President Lincoln impersonator, the weekend will conclude with a walking tour detailing the site’s Civil War history. Various events through Monday. Free admission. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, springgrove.org.
Photo: Civil War Section Section 21 // Provided by Spring Grove
FRIDAY 24-SUNDAY 26
MUSIC: Nowhere Else Festival
Over the Rhine hosts their fourth Nowhere Else Festival, a micro-Woodstock the band presents annually at their Clinton County farm. The fest stands as a potential new direction for Over the Rhine to pursue going forward. This year’s Memorial Day weekend lineup features James McMurtry, Birds of Chicago, John Paul White (ex-Civil Wars), Leigh Nash (ex-Sixpence None the Richer), Joan Shelley, Carrie Newcomer, Over the Rhine guitarist Bradley Meinerding and many others.
The 2019 Nowhere Else Festival takes place May 24-26 at Over the Rhine’s land in rural Clinton County. For directions, tickets and more info, visit nowhereelsefestival.com.
Photo: Kylie Wilkerson

FRIDAY 24-SUNDAY 26

MUSIC: Nowhere Else Festival
Over the Rhine hosts their fourth Nowhere Else Festival, a micro-Woodstock the band presents annually at their Clinton County farm. The fest stands as a potential new direction for Over the Rhine to pursue going forward. This year’s Memorial Day weekend lineup features James McMurtry, Birds of Chicago, John Paul White (ex-Civil Wars), Leigh Nash (ex-Sixpence None the Richer), Joan Shelley, Carrie Newcomer, Over the Rhine guitarist Bradley Meinerding and many others. The 2019 Nowhere Else Festival takes place May 24-26 at Over the Rhine’s land in rural Clinton County. For directions, tickets and more info, visit nowhereelsefestival.com.
Photo: Kylie Wilkerson
FRIDAY 24
EVENT: Furry Friends Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with man’s best friend. Washington Park is hosting a pet-friendly, kid-friendly festival complete with vendors offering dog food, pet toys and photography services. With live Bluegrass music from acts including Black Mountain Throwdown, The Vims and Ohio Valley Salvage, plus food and a full bar featuring brews from Fifty West, Rhinegeist, Taft’s and more, this two-day festival is sure to be doggone fun. 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Photo: 3CDC

FRIDAY 24

EVENT: Furry Friends Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with man’s best friend. Washington Park is hosting a pet-friendly, kid-friendly festival complete with vendors offering dog food, pet toys and photography services. With live Bluegrass music from acts including Black Mountain Throwdown, The Vims and Ohio Valley Salvage, plus food and a full bar featuring brews from Fifty West, Rhinegeist, Taft’s and more, this two-day festival is sure to be doggone fun. 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Photo: 3CDC