September 17, 2019

22 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Week (Sept. 18-24)

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WEDNESDAY 18
ONSTAGE: The Absentee at Know Theatre
The Absentee is a play about casting your vote no matter where you are — even if you’re in outer space. Through Oct. 5. $10. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.
Photo: Dan R. Winters

WEDNESDAY 18

ONSTAGE: The Absentee at Know Theatre
The Absentee is a play about casting your vote no matter where you are — even if you’re in outer space. Through Oct. 5. $10. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.
Photo: Dan R. Winters
WEDNESDAY 18
ONSTAGE: Come From Away at Know Theatre
In mid-September 2001, 38 planes with over 6,500 passengers landed unexpectedly in Gander, Newfoundland, a remote island off Canada’s east coast. U.S. airspace had been shut down in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The town’s 10,000 residents hosted people from all over the world for nearly a week. The “guests” spoke more than 100 languages. Meals were served, shelter and medications were provided, friends were made and lasting relationships were formed. The hospitality of Gander and the connections made there has been captured and recreated in the award-winning musical, Come From Away. It’s been a hit on Broadway and in Toronto, London and Australia. And its touring production will land in Cincinnati for two weeks. Assembled by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the show distills events experienced by more than 16,000 people into 100 minutes that portray the innate goodness of humankind. A dozen actors play numerous passengers and locals, recreating people who met and embraced one another during the emotional moment. Through Sept. 29. Tickets start at $30. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Photo: Matthew Murphy

WEDNESDAY 18

ONSTAGE: Come From Away at Know Theatre
In mid-September 2001, 38 planes with over 6,500 passengers landed unexpectedly in Gander, Newfoundland, a remote island off Canada’s east coast. U.S. airspace had been shut down in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The town’s 10,000 residents hosted people from all over the world for nearly a week. The “guests” spoke more than 100 languages. Meals were served, shelter and medications were provided, friends were made and lasting relationships were formed. The hospitality of Gander and the connections made there has been captured and recreated in the award-winning musical, Come From Away. It’s been a hit on Broadway and in Toronto, London and Australia. And its touring production will land in Cincinnati for two weeks. Assembled by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the show distills events experienced by more than 16,000 people into 100 minutes that portray the innate goodness of humankind. A dozen actors play numerous passengers and locals, recreating people who met and embraced one another during the emotional moment. Through Sept. 29. Tickets start at $30. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Photo: Matthew Murphy
WEDNESDAY 18
DANCE: Kaplan New Works Series
The Kaplan New Works Series, Cincinnati Ballet’s annual season opener, kicked off on Sept. 12 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program is stacked with six world premieres from a variety of artists, including three of the Cincinnati Ballet’s own dancers. Kaplan New Works Series runs through Sept. 22. Tickets/more info: cballet.org. 
Melissa Gelfin's Clockwise // Photo: Peter Mueller

WEDNESDAY 18

DANCE: Kaplan New Works Series
The Kaplan New Works Series, Cincinnati Ballet’s annual season opener, kicked off on Sept. 12 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program is stacked with six world premieres from a variety of artists, including three of the Cincinnati Ballet’s own dancers. Kaplan New Works Series runs through Sept. 22. Tickets/more info: cballet.org.
Melissa Gelfin's Clockwise // Photo: Peter Mueller
THURSDAY 19
ONSTAGE: Once on This Island at the Playhouse
Love, power and community reign supreme in the Tony Award-winning musical Once on This Island, currently onstage at the Playhouse in the Park’s Marx Theatre. Set in the present-day Caribbean French Antilles, this 85-minute production spins the enchanting story of a young peasant girl, Ti Moune, on a quest for love as four competing gods use their forces to determine her fate. Once on This Island runs through Oct. 6 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. For more information and tickets, visit cincyplay.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography

THURSDAY 19

ONSTAGE: Once on This Island at the Playhouse
Love, power and community reign supreme in the Tony Award-winning musical Once on This Island, currently onstage at the Playhouse in the Park’s Marx Theatre. Set in the present-day Caribbean French Antilles, this 85-minute production spins the enchanting story of a young peasant girl, Ti Moune, on a quest for love as four competing gods use their forces to determine her fate. Once on This Island runs through Oct. 6 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. For more information and tickets, visit cincyplay.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
THURSDAY 19
EVENT: The Running of the Wieners
If you can hardly wait to see dachshunds in hot dog outfits using their teeny, tiny legs to run as fast as they can from one side of the street to the other, good news: Your wait time just got shorter. The wieners are running one day early to kick off Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Instead of its traditional Friday race time — the unofficial launch to the Oktoberfest festivities — the race will now take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. The race will feature 100 wieners running 75 feet down Freedom Way between Walnut and Rosa Parks streets. Oktoberfest provides a hot dog bun costume for each dog, and the race will take place in heats of 10 dogs. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to crown the first, second and third place winning wieners. The event is free — and very fun — to watch. 1 p.m. Thursday. Free. Freedom Way, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

THURSDAY 19

EVENT: The Running of the Wieners
If you can hardly wait to see dachshunds in hot dog outfits using their teeny, tiny legs to run as fast as they can from one side of the street to the other, good news: Your wait time just got shorter. The wieners are running one day early to kick off Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Instead of its traditional Friday race time — the unofficial launch to the Oktoberfest festivities — the race will now take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. The race will feature 100 wieners running 75 feet down Freedom Way between Walnut and Rosa Parks streets. Oktoberfest provides a hot dog bun costume for each dog, and the race will take place in heats of 10 dogs. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to crown the first, second and third place winning wieners. The event is free — and very fun — to watch. 1 p.m. Thursday. Free. Freedom Way, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
THURSDAY 19
MUSIC: Indigo Girls
Folk Rock duo Indigo Girls play the Taft Theatre with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche. 8 p.m. Thursday. $35-$75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: Jeremy Cowart

THURSDAY 19

MUSIC: Indigo Girls
Folk Rock duo Indigo Girls play the Taft Theatre with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche. 8 p.m. Thursday. $35-$75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
Photo: Jeremy Cowart
THURSDAY 19
MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa
A month after Woodstock, on Sept. 19, 1969, Jim Tarbell opened The Ludlow Garage in Clifton with a Grand Funk Railroad concert. The Ludlow Avenue venue would attract some of the biggest and most influential Rock acts of the era to Cincinnati, including Santana, The Kinks, Humble Pie, James Gang, Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges and MC5. The Allman Brothers also famously played the club a few times — the band’s Live at Ludlow Garage  became a hugely popular bootleg recording before Polydor released it officially in the early ’90s. The Garage burned bright and left a big impact on Cincinnati in its short lifespan — it closed in 1971. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that first Ludlow Garage concert and there have been myriad celebrations, including an all-day concert in Eden Park and a forthcoming mural in Clifton featuring depictions of BB King, Judy Collins, Captain Beefheart and others who played the club that will be unveiled in October at Cliftonfest. The venue’s current owners are celebrating with a special concert event this week. Using several “50th anniversary” angles, the club will host Rock legend Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa Thursday. On his tour that kicked off on Sept. 3, Dweezil is playing Frank’s seminal album Hot Rats in full (plus “other hot stuff,” the tour’s title promises). 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $30-$90. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Provided by the Artist

THURSDAY 19

MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa
A month after Woodstock, on Sept. 19, 1969, Jim Tarbell opened The Ludlow Garage in Clifton with a Grand Funk Railroad concert. The Ludlow Avenue venue would attract some of the biggest and most influential Rock acts of the era to Cincinnati, including Santana, The Kinks, Humble Pie, James Gang, Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges and MC5. The Allman Brothers also famously played the club a few times — the band’s Live at Ludlow Garage became a hugely popular bootleg recording before Polydor released it officially in the early ’90s. The Garage burned bright and left a big impact on Cincinnati in its short lifespan — it closed in 1971. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that first Ludlow Garage concert and there have been myriad celebrations, including an all-day concert in Eden Park and a forthcoming mural in Clifton featuring depictions of BB King, Judy Collins, Captain Beefheart and others who played the club that will be unveiled in October at Cliftonfest. The venue’s current owners are celebrating with a special concert event this week. Using several “50th anniversary” angles, the club will host Rock legend Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa Thursday. On his tour that kicked off on Sept. 3, Dweezil is playing Frank’s seminal album Hot Rats in full (plus “other hot stuff,” the tour’s title promises). 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $30-$90. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Provided by the Artist
FRIDAY 20
EVENT: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Call your boss, call your friends and steam your lederhosen: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is kicking off early this year and Mayor John Cranley has officially declared it a citywide half-day holiday. “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is one of our most important traditions,” Cranley said in a press release. “And it’s time we recognize it as the holiday it is!” Instead of the usual 5 p.m. Friday start time, work is canceled starting at 11 a.m. and the drinking can begin. As North America’s largest Oktoberfest — second only to the Munich original — things kick off with the Gemuetlichkeit Games (beer stein races and beer barrel rolls) followed by the official Oktoberfest keg tapping at noon. The festivities continue through the weekend with bratwurst-eating contests, the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” (taking place on all nine stages), German music and thousands of pounds of sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels and limburger cheese. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo: Devin Luginbill

FRIDAY 20

EVENT: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Call your boss, call your friends and steam your lederhosen: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is kicking off early this year and Mayor John Cranley has officially declared it a citywide half-day holiday. “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is one of our most important traditions,” Cranley said in a press release. “And it’s time we recognize it as the holiday it is!” Instead of the usual 5 p.m. Friday start time, work is canceled starting at 11 a.m. and the drinking can begin. As North America’s largest Oktoberfest — second only to the Munich original — things kick off with the Gemuetlichkeit Games (beer stein races and beer barrel rolls) followed by the official Oktoberfest keg tapping at noon. The festivities continue through the weekend with bratwurst-eating contests, the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” (taking place on all nine stages), German music and thousands of pounds of sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels and limburger cheese. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo: Devin Luginbill
FRIDAY 20
MUSIC: Overcast Hip Hop Fest
The Overcast Hip Hop Festival is returning for a second year this weekend. Showcasing local and out-of-town underground Hip Hop artists, DJs and dancers, the event debuted in 2018 at Urban Artifact in Northside. This year, Overcast is set to take place just across the river at the Thompson House Sept. 20 and 21. Along with live music from area and touring independent artists, like Scribble Jam, Overcast also spotlights some of the other elements of Hip Hop culture with a B-Boy/B-Girl dance battle and an MC battle. The dance battles will begin on Saturday around 5 p.m. in the Thompson House’s ballroom. Hosted by DJs Topspeed, Juan Cosby and NoahIMean, the Rap battles get going in the ballroom on Saturday at 8 p.m. On Friday, music begins in the ballroom at 8 p.m. with Cosby, Haskell, AP Counterfeit, WeirDose and Kill Bill performing with a live band that features local musicians Nick Baverman, Chris Barlow and Dan Dickerscheid. Friday and Saturday. An all-ages event, admission is $15 for single-day tickets or $25 for a two-day pass. 24 E. Third St., Newport, overcastfest.com.
Triiibe // Photo: Hailey Bollinger

FRIDAY 20

MUSIC: Overcast Hip Hop Fest
The Overcast Hip Hop Festival is returning for a second year this weekend. Showcasing local and out-of-town underground Hip Hop artists, DJs and dancers, the event debuted in 2018 at Urban Artifact in Northside. This year, Overcast is set to take place just across the river at the Thompson House Sept. 20 and 21. Along with live music from area and touring independent artists, like Scribble Jam, Overcast also spotlights some of the other elements of Hip Hop culture with a B-Boy/B-Girl dance battle and an MC battle. The dance battles will begin on Saturday around 5 p.m. in the Thompson House’s ballroom. Hosted by DJs Topspeed, Juan Cosby and NoahIMean, the Rap battles get going in the ballroom on Saturday at 8 p.m. On Friday, music begins in the ballroom at 8 p.m. with Cosby, Haskell, AP Counterfeit, WeirDose and Kill Bill performing with a live band that features local musicians Nick Baverman, Chris Barlow and Dan Dickerscheid. Friday and Saturday. An all-ages event, admission is $15 for single-day tickets or $25 for a two-day pass. 24 E. Third St., Newport, overcastfest.com.
Triiibe // Photo: Hailey Bollinger
FRIDAY 20
ART: Advice for Future Homecomers
People Liberty’s final installation opened at their Over-the-Rhine Globefront gallery location on Sept. 13. Staying true to that organization’s five years of forward-thinking projects, an exhibition curated by Wave Pool entitled Advice for Future Homecomers is posited on looking ahead in anticipation. Every Friday and Saturday through the end of the exhibition on Nov. 10, Schmit will host pretzel-making workshops in the Globefront from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Starting at noon on those days, he’ll take a pretzel cart through Findlay Market and neighboring streets to dispense pretzels to anyone interested in exchange for one thing: advice. “I think there are a lot of very invasive species that enter into communities and don’t really consider the needs of that community. What do they need? The pretzels will be a gesture of saying, ‘I come in peace, and then if you have the time, could you trade me some advice?’ ” Advice for Future Homecomers runs through Nov. 10 at the People’s Liberty Globefront, 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more info and a full list of programming, visit wavepoolgallery.org.
Photo: Courtesy Cal Cullen

FRIDAY 20

ART: Advice for Future Homecomers
People Liberty’s final installation opened at their Over-the-Rhine Globefront gallery location on Sept. 13. Staying true to that organization’s five years of forward-thinking projects, an exhibition curated by Wave Pool entitled Advice for Future Homecomers is posited on looking ahead in anticipation. Every Friday and Saturday through the end of the exhibition on Nov. 10, Schmit will host pretzel-making workshops in the Globefront from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Starting at noon on those days, he’ll take a pretzel cart through Findlay Market and neighboring streets to dispense pretzels to anyone interested in exchange for one thing: advice. “I think there are a lot of very invasive species that enter into communities and don’t really consider the needs of that community. What do they need? The pretzels will be a gesture of saying, ‘I come in peace, and then if you have the time, could you trade me some advice?’ ” Advice for Future Homecomers runs through Nov. 10 at the People’s Liberty Globefront, 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more info and a full list of programming, visit wavepoolgallery.org.
Photo: Courtesy Cal Cullen