23 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (June 12-18)
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MUSIC: Josh Groban
Singer/songwriter/actor/musical theater performer Josh Groban says that hes aware that, for as many hardcore fans who come to his concerts, there are also a lot spouses and significant others who might just be coming along for the ride. While his primary focus is on his dedicated followers, he works hard to reach everyone in attendance. Doors 6 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets starting at $49.50. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown, usbankarena.com.
Photo: Brian Bowen Smith
EVENT: Sun Hunny Release Party
Meet Sun Hunny, a small-batch blonde ale from Rhinegeist. Brewed with local honey from Queen City Bee, the specialty brew is more than a beer its a community effort and it came to be from a stroke of fortuity. The brew will be released at the Civic Garden Center June 12, where theyll tap the first keg of the sudzy concoction. Plus, there will be performances from Indie rock band Slymar and live comics, as well as grub from local food trucks. If you want to catch a buzz, you can also take a tour of their observation hive, which has a glass pane for easy view of its inner-workings. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Free; donations toward CGCs beekeeping classes and activities are welcome. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, civicgardencenter.org.
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MUSIC: K. Flay
AltPop singer/songwriter K.Flay has one of the more magnetic voices in music right now, moving between a creeping soulfulness and silky raps that flow together seductively in her Trip Hop-adjacent sound. Born Kristine Flaherty, K.Flay began releasing singles and mixtapes while in college and DIY-released her debut full-length, Life as a Dog
, which helped earn her considerable attention. Imagine Dragons frontperson Dan Reynolds was one of the people captivated by K.Flays music, making her the first signing to his Interscope-distributed label, Night Street, and also taking her on his bands arena tour as an opener. Shes continued her ascent in the music world with regular headlining tours and getting her music into a lot of peoples ears via commercial placements. Shell be showing some love to a couple of local acts: Synth Pop duo Moonbeau were booked as direct support and she put a call out on Twitter last week to find another artist to kick off the show. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $22. Bogarts, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
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ONSTAGE: The Wolves
Sarah DeLappes The Wolves
was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnatis production makes it easy to see why. The play opens with the girls conversing about the widest array of topics possible. From mundane high school gossip about periods and boyfriends to serious discussions about Cambodian dictators and the death penalty, The Wolves
clearly and decisively tackles the safeness of suburbia and the transformational experiences of sports, womens friendship and unexpected tragedy.Through June 29. $55 adult; $38 preview; $31 student; $27 child. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, ensemblecincinnati.org.
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ART: Laffichomania: The Passion for French Posters
Laffichomania: The Passion for French Posters
debuted at the Taft Museum of Art June 8, kicking off a seven-stop nationwide tour. Featuring five artists Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Alphonse Mucha, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec the exhibition gathers the eras iconic prints while demonstrating surprising stylistic diversity. The vibrant celebrity portraits of Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec are instantly recognizable, making Muchas intricately detailed Art Nouveau works and Grassets vaguely Medieval forest scenes worth extra examination. Through Sept. 15. $12 adult; $10 senior; free members, military and 18 and under. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: "Le Chat Noir" Photograph by John Faier // © 2015, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
EVENT: House Party x Pride at the Taft Museum of Art
Explore your creative side and drop by the Taft Museum of Art for a night of crepes, cocktails and camaraderie. Below Zero Lounge will be co-hosting a courtyard cabaret, Caveman Crepes will have food for purchase and DJ Bjorg will supply the music. In addition, there will be aerial artists and drag performances. 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Free admission. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org.
Photo: Provided by the Taft Museum
CLASSICAL: Cincinnati Operas The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts masterpiece is one of the best comic operas ever written thanks to its cat-and-mouse plot that centers on disguises, dupes, desire and disorder. Widely considered the earliest member of the standard repertory of operas regularly performed across the world, this story from 1786 is still delightful and relevant today. Baritone Andrew Wilkowske returns as Figaro and promising young Soprano Janai Brugger debuts as his fiancé Susanna. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start at $35. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiopera.org.
Photo: Kelly & Massa Opera Philadelphia
EVENT: Newport Italianfest
The 28th annual Newport Italianfest is a great way to experience all things Italian without crossing the Atlantic. The festival features authentic Italian food and performances from chefs and musicians who will travel to Newport from both across the U.S. and the old country itself. There will also be Italian food from vendors including Pompilios, LaRosas, Trottas, Alfios, Paganos and more; cooking contests; wine tastings; an Italian heritage tent; Friday night fireworks; and kid-friendly games. 5-11 p.m. Thursday; 5-11:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Riverboat Row, Newport, italianfestnewport.com.
Photo: Newport Italianfest Facebook
MUSIC: Wilder Maker
Wilder Maker may hail from Brooklyn and have traits that would be at home in Greenwich Village like wiry, Velvet Underground-esque guitar lines but theyre not just stuck in an urban mindset. The band, led by founder Gabriel Birnbaum, melds together influences from Dr. John (R.I.P.) to 70s Bob Dylan to Debo Band, the renowned Ethiopian music group in which Birnbaum plays tenor saxophone. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Friday. $10 advance; $12 day of show. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
Photo: Annie Del Hierro