24 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Oct. 2-8)
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FILM: Over-the-Rhine Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival that runs Oct. 2-6 serves as the Cincinnati debut for filmmaker YaKe Smith, Taft Museum of Arts 2019 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. The residency program, established in 1986, honors the fact that arts patron Nicholas Longworth in the mid-1800s commissioned the African-American painter Robert S. Duncanson to create murals for his home, which is now the Taft Museum. The residency has been for contemporary African-American artists. The Over-the-Rhine Film Festival, which features over 80 films in various genres, will present Smiths five-episode web series The Beginning and Ending of Everything twice at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centers Harriet Tubman Theater. (Additionally, Smith will appear at a Freedom Center workshop, Realities of Micro-Budget Filmmaking, at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 5. He is also a jurist for the film festivals awards, to be announced at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Oct. 5 at 3 Points Brewery.) Over-the-Rhine Film Festival, Oct. 2-6. Passes start at $75; individual screenings at $10. Find full details at otrfilmfest.org.
Ya'Ke Smith // Photo: Courtesty Taft Museum of Art
FILM: Fright Nights at Washington Park
Washington Park hosts film screenings Thursday, Friday and Sunday night to start October off with some family-friendly frights. First up is Hocus Pocus, the Disney favorite featuring the witchy 17th-century Sanderson sisters, who are brought back from the dead after a virgin lights the black flame candle. On Friday, its Halloweentown, a 90s Disney Channel romp about some siblings and their witch grandmother who have to save the mortal world from supernatural powers and keep the spooky citizens of Halloweentown safe. On Sunday, its Beetlejuice (
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice), everyones favorite crusty poltergeist. Concessions will be open with wine, beer and drink specials.
Films start at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; Friday, Oct. 4; and Sunday, Oct. 6. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, https://washingtonpark.org/events/.
EVENT: Friends of the Public Library Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Public Library, which is an independent organization supporting the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, is putting on its annual fall book sale. The warehouse holds over 100,000 titles, but thousands more will be available to purchase so make to check your shelf and your wallet. All of the books are either library discards or private donations, so dont be surprised if you find notes or writing in your purchase. Daily markdowns, clearance bins and discount carts will be available throughout the sale, as well as a large selection of non-library science fiction novels. All mass-market paperbacks will be 50 cents. The books are organized by categories like self-help, fiction, horror, sci-fi and local. More books will be on tables outside, if the weather permits. Restocking will take place daily and volunteers are happy to guide you to a specific section and answer questions. Members get 50-percent-off purchases on Sunday.
10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Free admission. The Friends Used Book Store at the Warehouse, 8456 Vine St., Hartwell, cincylibraryfriends.org.
ONSTAGE: AC2 Live: An Intimate Event with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper met on a blind date more than 25 years ago and have been close pals ever since, their comedic chemistry on display on social media, Cohens late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live and CNNs New Years Eve Live, which the pair has hosted since 2017-18. And over the past four years, theyve taken their friendship and all its stories on the road as part of their show, AC2 Live, which stops in Cincinnati on Oct. 4. The tour offers an unscripted, unfiltered and informal fireside chat with the two silver foxes, with a Q&A portion and embarrassing old video clips to boot. Its like going out to a bar with us and hearing our stories, Cohen says.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. $58.75 -$353.75. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, cincinnatiarts.org.
Photo: Mckay Calderon // Icon Concerts
MUSIC: Com Truise
Synthwave provocateur Com Truise moves from an interstellar storyline to an earthbound tale with Persuasion System. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. $19. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, madisontheater.com.
This annual fest takes over Ludlow Avenue for a weekend of art, music and shopping. The eighth-annual CliftonFest captures the spirit of the neighborhood with a plethora of live music everything from Rock and Reggae to Blues and R&B along with popular live sidewalk chalk drawing artists and a mural unveiling. Friday night features live Jazz and a wine tasting on Clifton Plaza. Saturday keeps the party going with street performers; beer tents; kids games; more live music from the likes of The Cliftones, IsWhat?! and the Tracy Walker Band; a costumed pet parade (with prizes for best Pet/Owner Lookalike, Pet Floats and Most Mysterious Heritage).
Note: Ludlow Avenue will be closed to traffic between Clifton and Middletown avenues on Saturday. 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 5. Free admission. Ludlow Avenue, Clifton, cliftonfest.com.
The Cliftones // Photo: Joelle Gueguen
EVENT: All Hallows Eve Terror Town
The former grounds of the Old West Fest have been transformed into a Dodge City ghost town literally. Well, almost literally. A prop fabrication and haunted attraction team has transformed the space into an immersive 19th-century Terror Town with shops, vendors, restaurants, bars and an outdoor theater screening classic horror films. There are also theater performances, games and a 30-minute haunted trail based on Wild West folklore.
7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Nov. 3. $25. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, allhallowsevellc.com
Photo: Provided by All Hallows Eve
EVENT: Kentucky Wool Festival
Drive through winding country roads before landing at the Kentucky Wool Fest; be greeted by the wafting scent of fried food, twangy banjos, a petting zoo and vendor booths with handcrafted items selling everything from threads to keep you warm to goat-milk soap and lots and lots of wool. Watch sheep herding and sheep shearing demos as well as artisans turn wool into yarn and fiber works.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. $5. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth, kywoolfest.org.
Photo: Provided by KY Wool Festival
MUSIC: Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
There are few family dynasties as prominent in any field as the Marsalises are in Jazz. The New Orleans clan includes patriarch Ellis Marsalis and an all-time Jazz supergroup in sons Wynton (trumpet), Branford (sax), Jason (drums) and Delfeayo, one of the greatest trombonists in music today. Delfeayo Marsalis was inspired to take up trombone due to early influences like Tommy Dorsey, Curtis Fuller and, of course, J.J. Johnson. Also an accomplished producer, Marsalis has worked the boards on recordings by artists like Harry Connick, Jr. and Terence Blanchard and he played in the bands of legends like Art Blakey, Slide Hampton, Max Roach and Elvin Jones. As a composer, his work has long had a big-picture, conceptual edge. For Marsalis two Cincinnati shows on Oct. 4, hell be joined by alto saxophonist Khari Allen Lee, pianist Richard Johnson, bassist David Pulphus and drummer Willie Green III. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. $15-$30. Caffè Vivace, 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, caffevivace.com.
Photo: Zack Smith
MUSIC: Legends of Hip Hop
The Legends of Hip Hop tour is like a living Spotify playlist made up of some of the more influential Rap artists of the past 30 years. It also serves as a great exhibition of localized Hip Hop scenes from that same time period. Representing the Bay Area are E-40 and Too Short. Too Short rose to prominence in the late 80s, became involved in the Southern Hip Hop scene at the turn of the century and collaborated with a wide range of artists throughout his career from Tupac Shakur to Lady Gaga. Memphis 8Ball & MJG are two of the most respected rappers to ever emerge from the South; the duo has two entries Comin Out Hard and On Top of the World on Complexs Best Rap Albums of the 90s list. Along with his solo work, Houston MC Scarface became a Hip Hop legend with the Geto Boys and is considered one of the best lyricists to ever hold a mic. Rounding out the Legends of Hip Hop Cincinnati tour stop is another Texan, Bun B (who rose to prominence as one half of the duo UGK), Atlantas Pastor Troy and New Orleans Mystikal, who broke through to the mainstream in 2000 with his James Brownian hit Shake Ya Ass. Some of the artists in the lineup have worked together in the past, so dont be surprised to see some onstage crossover throughout the night.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. $63-$129. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown, usbankarena.com.
Scarface // Photo: Jeremy Perez Photos