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EVENT: HopScotch Casual Scotch fans and snifter aficionados: CityBeats HopScotch event is taking over Newports New Riff Distillery for an evening dedicated to non-bourbon whiskey. There will be plenty of smoky, peaty Scotch from distilleries including anCnoc, Balblair, Balvenie, Macallan, Tullamore Dew, Glenfiddich and more, as well as Irish whiskey, IPA pairings and light bites from area eateries (i.e. the Chart House, Nicholsons, Crown Republic Gastropub and more). The party takes place in New Riffs event space and includes tastings, live music and basically unlimited samples. General admission gets you food and alcohol and an opportunity to talk to Scotch experts; opt for VIP tickets for early entry and a tour (and tasting) of New Riff. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. $40 general admission; $55 VIP. New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., hopscotchcincy.com. Photo: Hailey Bollinger
FILM: Fright Night: Hocus Pocus Its not a true Halloween season unless youve watched Hocus Pocus at least once. Salem, Massachusetts infamous Sanderson sisters are back from the dead and ready to suck the souls of naive trick-or-treaters to gain everlasting life before the end of All Hallows Eve. They died in 1693, were raised from the dead on 1993 and now theyre celebrating the 25th-anniversary of this Disney cinematic classic. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch and Cincinnatis own Sarah Jessica Parker, this free film screening in Washington Park kicks of the Fright Night series of spooky movies taking place every Wednesday through Oct. 24. Next up is E.T. (Oct. 10), followed by Ghost Busters (Oct. 17) and Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 24). 8-10 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
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EVENT: Wellness Your Way Festival A new wave of wellness is taking over the Duke Energy Convention Center. With three days covering everything fitness- and wellness-related, the festival aims to be everything your inner wellness warrior needs. With an emphasis on the your way, this festival is meant to inspire guests to seek out their own definition of wellness. You can work-out with celebrity fitness experts, learn new ways of healthy cooking from world-renowned chefs, get inspired from guest speakers and learn new tips and tricks from a variety of other health professionals. Celebrity guests include chef Michael Symon, nutritionist Joy Bauer and musicians Gavin DeGraw (who performs 8 p.m. Thursday), Nick Lachey (who performs 8 p.m. Friday) and Jewel (who performs 8 p.m. Saturday). 1-10 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. $15-$125. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, wellnessyourwayfestival.com. Photo: Jewel // Provided
MUSIC: Chris Stapleton For many people, Chris Stapletons name might be a new addition to their list of favorite Country artists, but his voice and his resume tell a different story. Though relatively new to the spotlight, this aint his first rodeo. Before Stapletons deep, dark vocals cracked through speakers with Nobody to Blame, hed already made a name for himself in Nashville. Stapleton will finish off 2018 with a bang. Last years From a Room: Volume 2 and the single Broken Halos picked up a total of five Country Music Award nominations, so its likely hell be taking take home some trophies at the November ceremony. Stapleton is currently on tour with another Country music legend, Marty Stuart; their stop at Riverbend has long been sold out (like most Stapleton-headlined shows these days), so heres hoping you know somebody who knows somebody.
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COMEDY: Steve-O As a comedian, activist, TV host and stunt performer, Steve-O (aka Stephen Gilchrist Glover) wears many hats. Indeed, he once wore a jellyfish sombrero for bit on his YouTube channel that has since captured over 25 million views. I was just such an attention whore by the time I was born, he says, I had little recourse other than to pursue a career in show business. He cites spending his formative years in England as an influence. When I was 9, I had the freedoms (there) that a 16-year-old would have here. I was cruising all over London on the Tube and the busses; even on my bike Id go all over the city. Im really grateful for that. He was always a prankster as well. Id unscrew salt shakers and consume all the salt. It was pretty impressive, but it didnt make people like me any better. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25-$50. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com. Photo: Provided
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VISUAL ART: FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Kick-Off The 2018 FotoFocus Biennial theme of Open Archive speaks to the desire to organize and make sense of a growing visual catalog, but artistic director Kevin Moore appreciates some fluidity, too. In choosing this years theme, he wasnt concentrating on photographs stashed in boxes, but the free-use images that we access every day on the internet and keep on our smartphones. A prompt like open archive conveniently opens up infinite questions. Who decides what is worth documenting and preserving? How do artists draw upon the past? Are the memories that we hold in our hearts truer than the pictures we hold in our hands? Can we trust everything we see, particularly in the digital age? With more than 90 exhibits and events across Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, the fourth FotoFocus Biennial explores photographys historical and contemporary archives from multiple angles. Though some shows opened weeks ago, programming this weekend officially kicks off a packed month, and some exhibits continue into 2019. The lineups biggest names include filmmaker/artist/writer Miranda July, late photographers Berenice Abbott and Eugène Atget, and British artist and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing. A Conversation with Artist Miranda July takes place 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. Find more info and tickets at fotofocusbiennial.org. Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg
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EVENT: Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival Wooden Cask Brewing Company is coming at you with the beer-filled, live-music-bursting festival Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival. Spend your weekend with more than 30 local and touring bands along with a selection of over 30 craft beers. Local art vendors will be there to fulfill the other half of the festival title. And, of course, there will also be lots of food. Despite it being at a brewery, all ages are welcome and kids under 12 are free. With two stages set up for the performances, expect non-stop entertainment all weekend. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30. Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York St., Newport, Ky., woodencask.com. Photo: Moonbeau // Provided
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CLASSICAL: The Dharma at Big Sur Tracy Silvermans nonconforming approach to his music is an integral part of his psyche. He rejected a career as a classical violinist, switched to the electric violin and stopped listening to its two biggest exemplars, Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty turning to Rock and Soul giants Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin for inspiration. Silverman will make his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut this weekend performing The Dharma at Big Sur, a work that he says, never ceases to affect me. Dharma was inspired by composer John Adams first encounter with the spectacular California coastal landmark and by his friendship with West Coast composers Lou Harrison and Terry Riley. Adams creates a brilliant fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms using the electric violins meditations and ecstatic dancing phrases. Violinist Tracy Silverman performs The Dharma at Big Sur with the CSO Oct. 5 and 6 at Music Hall. Tickets: cincinnatisymphony.org.
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EVENT: CliftonFest Its CliftonFest time once again. The free, annual arts fest takes over the Ludlow Avenue business district this Friday and Saturday for another great weekend of art, music and other fun. Enjoy the spirit of the neighborhood with live art drawings on the sidewalk, light installations (designed and placed by DAAP students), performances from local bands and artisan shopping. You can start checking out the neighborhood, vendors and artist wares and installations beginning Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday is a full day of fun that starts at 9 a.m. (The fest goes until 11 p.m. both nights). For more info, visit cliftonfest.com.
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ONSTAGE: The Government Inspector This weekend at CCM his production of the hilarious show, working with a fresh adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, should evoke gales of laughter. The show, which satirizes bad behavior in a 19th-century Russian province, offers not one admirable character; everyone is corrupt. Fundamentally, the story is one of mistaken identity: The self-serving officials of a small town learn that an undercover inspector will soon visit. They are convulsed with panic when Ivan Hlestakov shows up, who is a well-dressed, clueless and foolish visitor from St. Petersburg. Quickly, they become convinced that he is the official sent to detect whats going on in the town. Ivan is in desperate straits, both out of money and far from home. He is about to shoot himself (while admiring his image in a mirror) when the towns mayor shows up with a load of rubles. Ivan is so dimwitted that he quickly abandons his dire decision and willingly accepts all attempts to bribe and banquet him. The Government Inspector, presented by CCM, continues through Sunday. More info: ccm.uc.edu.