What to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: Aug. 31-Sept. 3
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Cincy Kids Book Release and Play to the Gallery at the Pendleton Art Center
Its the little things we remember from childhood, and favorite toys loom larger than life for Kristian Geer, a UPS sorter whose hobby is forced-perspective photography. For about three years, the fifth-generation Cincinnatian has posed tiny treasures from a chest that his dad made in front of city landmarks. Now hes compiled the shots into Cincy Kids, a picture book with his poetry. Join the release party and Play to the Gallery photo exhibition to see where your imagination takes you. Ten percent of sales will be donated to ArtWorks. All drink tips go to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Plus, bring a gently used plastic toy or action figure for Happen, Inc. Toy Lab and receive a postcard featuring one of Geers geek-outs.
Opening reception 6-11 p.m. Friday. By appointment through Sept. 21. Free admission. 510 Annex Gallery at the Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton, geersofchange.com.
Photo: Kristian Geer
WHY? with Lala Lala and Ben Sloan
On March 11, 2008, Cincinnati-native and Bay Area transplant Yoni Wolf and fellow Cincy musical brothers Josiah Wolf (also Yonis actual brother) and Doug McDiarmid saw the album on which theyd spent months working, Alopecia, released into the wild. Issued by experimental Hip Hop label Anticon (which Yoni co-founded), the album would prove to be a landmark moment in WHY?s history, marking a pronounced evolutionary sonic shift and the true beginnings of Wolf & Co.s imminent global success as a recording and touring band. Friday in their hometown, WHY? kicks off an extensive run of dates that will have them playing Alopecia in full all over the world. Anticipation is high the late-November tour stop in New York sold out in mid-August.
8 p.m. Friday. $16 advance; $20 day of. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.
Art After Dark: Art After Ducklings
Celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museums exhibit of Hamilton childrens book illustrator Robert McCloskeys Make Way for Ducklings, a collection of his Caldecott Medal-winning artwork from the mid-20th century. At this Art After Dark event, there will be a bounce house, live music from Jake Speed & the Freddies, meet-and-greets with FC Cincinnati players and Cincinnati Reds mascots and food for purchase from Mazunte and Graeters.
5-9 p.m. Friday. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
AGAR Block Party featuring Pomegranates
Friday's AGAR Block Party is a free outdoor celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cincinnati marketing/events company AGAR, the engine behind (among many other things) BLINK Cincinnati and the Ubahn Music Festival. AGAR is shutting down the block in front of its headquarters for a night of live music and DJs including The Hood Internet, Pomegranates, Passeport, Knotts Music and DJ HD. Cincinnati Indie Pop group Pomegranates returns to the concert stage for the first time in since 2015.
6 p.m. Friday. Free. The stage will be in front of AGARs offices at 1205 Walnut St., between 12th and 13th streets Over-the-Rhine. More info: facebook.com/agaragency.
Photo: Pomegranates by Michael Newsted
Friday 31-Sunday 02
Jay Phillips at the Liberty Funny Bone
My son, who is 15, was asking me for advice on women, comedian jay Phillips tells an audience. I dont know what to tell him. Technology has messed everything up. eHarmony is a big lie. They say, We asked people 350 questions to make sure we find the perfect match for you. Im a college-educated man; Ive never taken a test with 350 questions in my life. Phillips, a native of Washington, D.C., began his career in radio, co-hosting the morning show on a popular Baltimore, Md. radio station.
Through Sunday. $15-$45. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
Overcast Hip Hop Fest
This weekend marks the debut of a new Cincinnati Hip Hop festival, Overcast, which goes down Friday and Saturday at Northsides Urban Artifact. One of the top-of-the-poster performers at Overcast is Cincinnati Hip Hop legend Mr. Dibbs. Along with Eyenine and Dope KNife, Dibbs is joined at the top of the Overcast poster by Columbus, Ohios Blueprint. The rest of the Overcast lineup is heavy on local Hip Hop artists. Greater Cincinnati performers include Raised x Wolves, Sons of Silverton, Eugenius, Audley, Xzela & Luna Bruja, Haskell, Trademark Aaron, Devin Burgess, Evolve and Triiibe, among many others. The fest will also feature plenty of non-locals, like Nashvilles Spoken Nerd, Milwaukees Taiyamo Denku, Phillys ialive and Columbus Hafrican and Happy Tooth & Dug.
8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. $20 single day; $30 two-day. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, facebook.com/overcastfest.
Photo: Blueprint (left) and Mr. Dibbs
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Take a step back in time into the 16th century at this 30-acre recreated Elizabethan village offering 400 years of fun in a single day. There are costumed characters; jousting tournaments; jugglers; swordsmen; pirates; peasants; busty ladies of all stripes; authentic artisans laboring over metal and glass; and enough turkey legs to cancel Thanksgiving. Browse the Medieval market, try your hand at archery, indulge in Renaissance stew, wine and ales or come during a themed weekend for some bonus fun. Opening weekend adult tickets are buy one, get one free.
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28 and Labor Day. $23 adults; $21 seniors/military/police/fire/EMS; $9.50 children ages 5-12; $60 adult season pass. Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio, renfestival.com.
Photo: Checkmate Photography
Cincy Beerfest at Great American Ball Park
The 10th-annual summer Cincy Beerfest is moving from Fountain Square to Great American Ball Park for a single-day, two-session festival on Sept. 1. Sessions take place 1:30-4:30 p.m. or 8-11 p.m. that day, and early admission tickets get you into each session one hour early. Tickets include 25 samples, each good for up to a 5-ounce pour of more than 150 different local and regional craft beers. You can also redeem tickets for mini craft cocktails or gluten-free ciders and wine, if beer isnt your thing.
1:30-4:30 p.m. or 8-11 p.m. Saturday. $45-$50 regular admission; $50-$55 early admission. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, cincybeerfest.com.
Photo: Byron Photography
Listermann 'King of Them All' Beer Release
Listermann Brewing Co. reveals a special brew on Sept. 1 in honor of September's King Records Month and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic Evanston record label whose historic building is located just down the street from the brewery. The beer, named "The King of Them All," is a tribute to King alumni, including label founder Syd Nathan. The beer will be on tap at the brewery for all of September and will also be available in a collectible four pack with can art. The beer is a New England-style IPA with hints of citrus, strawberries, mangoes, pears, apples, and light florals.
10 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. Listermann Brewing Co., 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, listermannbrewing.com.
Counting Crows with Live
Counting Crows celebrates 25 years of producing radio-friendly College Rock on a worldwide tour, hitting more than 40 cities across North America before heading abroad. The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night, said Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz in a release. So expect an eclectic mix of old favorites and new sounds. AltRock band +Live+ opens.
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $26 for the lawn. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org.
Photo: Danny Clinch Photography