21 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Week (Sept. 4-10)
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ART: Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. examines the legacy of revolutionary African-American men through original works of art, quotes and dramatic photographs. Through Dec. 1. $10 with general admission; $5 members. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, freedomcenter.org.
Photo: LeBron James // Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture // Gift of Walter Iooss // © Walter Iooss
LIT: Sonia Sotomayor at Walnut Hills High School
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is stopping by Cincinnati to promote her new kids book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Hosted by Joseph-Beth, the event will feature a discussion of the book in which Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice, discusses how our differences make us unique. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway, Evanston, josephbeth.com.
ART: Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style highlights the garments effect on fashion and culture and includes classic Japanese kimonos as well as modern takes by Japanese, European and American designers including Coco Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Tom Ford and more. Through Sept. 15. $10 adults; $5 senior/student/child; free for members. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Photo: The Kyoto Costume Institute // Photo: Takashi Hatakeyama
EVENT: Meet the Chefs: Fall 2019
Meet several chefs participating in CityBeats Greater Cincinnati Fall Restaurant Week and sample some bites and cocktails from Makers Mark. There will be a Q&A with each chef, hosted by WWE Ring Announcer Greg Hamilton. Participating chefs include Dave Bever from The View at Shires Garden, Shawn Heine from Prime Cincinnati and Jack Hemmer from Nicolas Restaurant. This event is 21 and older. Greater Cincinnati Fall Restaurant Week runs Sept. 23-29 with special $26 and $36 three-course menus at participating restaurants. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. $15. Fueled Collective, 3825 Edwards Road, Rookwood Exchange, Norwood, citybeattickets.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
MUSIC: Amos Lee
Soulful Folk/Rock singer/songwriter Amos Lee began cultivating his large and loyal fanbase in 2005 when he released his self-titled debut album, but it was 2011s Mission Bell that pushed him into the mainstream consciousness. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Lees latest album, My New Moon, was released last summer to widespread critical acclaim and strong chart debuts. Madison Cunningham, whos been compared to Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, will open for Lee this week when he brings his My New Moon tour to Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Friday. $39.50-$89.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: Brantley Gutierrez
COMEDY: Brad Williams
They say luck is when opportunity meets preparation and thats exactly how Brad Williams became a comedian. While attending a show by Carlos Mencia, Williams was called up onstage to chat with the veteran comic. Williams killed and gained the confidence to do comedy himself. However, it wasnt his natural cleverness that helped him win the audience over that night, so much as a lifetime of using humor as a defense mechanism. Williams credits his father, an attorney by trade, for bringing humor into his life. My dads one of the funniest dudes I know. Hes funnier than me. Hes great with comebacks and zingers, so he gets me a lot. The elder Williams made fun of his son, who was born with achondroplasia, but not in a mean-spirited way. He did it because he knew other kids would make fun of me, so he did it first to get me prepared for it. Kind of A Boy Named Sue thing. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$52. Liberty Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
EVENT: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Film with Live Orchestra
The Cincinnati Pops first-ever principal guest conductor Damon Gupton (also an accomplished actor aka SSA Stephen Walker on Criminal Minds, for any fans out there) leads the orchestra in a live rendition of John Williams epic score to accompany a screening of the second installment of the intergalactic cinematic saga, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Say hello to Yoda and goodbye to Lukes hand as the Pops perform every single note of the films soundtrack as it is played on the big screen above the stage at Music Hall. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $25-$115. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.
Damon Gupton // Photo: Damu Malik
MUSIC: Hank Von Hell
Hank Von Hell of Turbonegro plays the Southgate House Revival. 9 p.m. Friday. $20 advance; $25 day of. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com.
Photo: Ted Linden
EVENT: Covington Oktoberfest
Covingtons Oktoberfest will return to MainStrasse Village for a weekend of music, arts, food, drink and celebrating the citys German culture. This year, the free, family-friendly event will be a little bit smaller and will focus on the local offerings of Covington businesses. In previous years of Covington Oktoberfest, businesses in Covingtons MainStrasse Village experienced less foot traffic as visitors opted for street food and beer instead of indoor dining, a press release explains. This year, restored by local leaders like Braxton Brewing Co., the focus will be put back on local businesses. 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington, facebook.com/mainstrassevillage.
Photo: City of Covington
ART: Leaves of Plates at the Lloyd Library
During their artists residency at the Lloyd Library earlier this year, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis the duo behind local studio Future Retrieval stumbled upon a phrase while looking through the librarys catalog: leaves of plates. To break that down, a leaf refers to a book page, while a plate is an illustration printed separately from the text. In learning that term, Parker and Davis pored through Lloyds collection of illustrations in books about botany, exploration and alchemy. Though much of their leads were seemingly disparate, they eventually weaved their ideas together to create cohesive pieces inspired by their time at the Lloyd. That work culminates as Leaves of Plates. The show will feature mixed media works that include ceramics, cut paper and textiles alongside apothecary jars all of which draw inspiration from the librarys collection. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. Through Nov. 22. Free. Lloyd Library and Museum, 917 Plum St., Downtown, lloydlibrary.org.
Photo: Future Retrieval