What to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: Sept. 14-16
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FRIDAY 14-SUNDAY 16
EVENT: Cincinnati Comic Expo
The Cincinnati Comic Expo features celebrities from the varied entertainment realms the expo represents: actors, artists, writers and designers from film, television, comics and gaming. Two big 2018 appearances are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known as Jaime Lannister from the nearly-concluded Game of Thrones, and Peter Mayhew, made supernaturally famous as Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. But theres plenty of star power over the expos three-day stretch; check the expos website for the full slate of guests. And it's not just about the celebs. They're appearances are complemented by dozens of vendor booths, a cosplay element, costume competition, workshops and panels, the longstanding Geek Prom (this year is Midwest Muggle Fest, an extension of last years Harry Potter prom theme), and even speed dating and an annual blood drive.
The Cincinnati Comic Expo runs Sept. 14-16 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. More info: cincinnaticomicexpo.com.
FRIDAY 14-SUNDAY 16
ONSTAGE: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
After 25 years, the venerable Cincinnati Shakespeare Company tries something new for it, if not for us. It is presenting a musical: Stephen Sondheims 1962 Tony Award-winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A humorous tale about a scheming slave in ancient Rome, it has the infectious energy of vaudeville along with such songs as Pretty Little Picture, Everybody Ought to Have a Maid, Im Calm, Bring Me My Bride and more.
Through Sept. 29. $67 adult; $63 senior; $41 student. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
FILM: Airborne 25th Anniversary Screening
Does the name Mitchell Goosen mean anything to you? If not, adjust your priorities. Airborne is a Cincinnati-filmed, 1993 Rollerblading-focused teen drama that follows California surfer Mitchell as he relocates to Cincinnati to live with his aunt and uncle while his parents are on assignment in the Australian Outback. Mitchell trades in riding waves for blading down Cincys sweet hills and joining the high school ice hockey team (the movie weirdly and incorrectly thinks Cincinnatians are obsessed ice hockey). Starring Shane McDermott as Mitchell, Seth Green as his cousin Wiley and Jack Black as a dude from high school, the film features awesome Cincy scenes and landmarks, an intense blading competition and a really great Seth Green outfit-change montage. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, some diehard fans are screening it at Northside Yacht Club, followed by a 90s dance party. Rollerblades and Baja sweatshirts are welcome and encouraged for both indoor and outdoor use.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.
FRIDAY 14-SUNDAY 16
ONSTAGE: Fly By Night
ETCs D. Lynn Meyers knows which shows her audiences will love, even when theyre not familiar titles. Her season kicks off with this darkly comic Rock musical launched by New York Citys Playwrights Horizons in 2014. The life of a melancholy sandwich maker changes dramatically when he meets a pair of sisters during the Northeast blackout of 1965. They set off on a star-crossed journey of love and connection told with a catchy score and inventive storytelling.
Fly By Night, presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine), continues through Sept. 29. Tickets/info: ensemblecincinnati.org.
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
ONSTAGE: Luna: A Wizarding World Parody
Fans of J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series know Luna Lovegood to be one of the most quirky, sincere and likable witches at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, so even muggles couldnt ignore when Improv Cincinnati announced Luna: A Wizarding World Parody. This musically-driven stage show chronicles the dreamy titular characters travels across Midwestern America in search of a fantastic beast. Canonically, this unlicensed fan-fiction takes place five years after the events in book seven of the series, Deathly Hallows. Luna is pursuing her interest in magizoology, the same field of study shared by Newt Scamander, the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is put on by hardcore HP devotees, so pregame with some butterbeers for an authentic wizards Friday night out.
8 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 6. $20. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, improvcincinnati.com
Ava Luna with A Delicate Motor
The members of Ava Luna operate in a unique musical universe of their own creation. The Brooklyn band puts its own distinctly slanted spin on progressive, experimental Pop and the results are often mesmerizing, frequently beautiful and consistently exhilarating. The quintets diverse influences are distilled into a singularly dynamic, dream-like sound, which draws from Funk, Indie Rock, Post Punk, Dance and Soul music. Perhaps their closest contemporary (and most frequent RIYL companion) is Dirty Projectors, of which Ava Lunas keyboardist/singer Felicia Douglass is a touring member.
10 p.m. Friday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.
Photo: Richard Perez
MUSIC: Gary Numan
If perseverance had a human face, it would look a lot like Gary Numan. Back when Tubeway Army was a standard issue Punk band, Numan fought his label to switch the band towards Electronic music, which resulted in a whole lot of gold and platinum on Numans wall. That directional shift in the late 70s also helped birth a cornerstone of the Electronic movement. And when the genre he helped create considered him a relic, Numan reinvented himself with a darker, heavier, guitar-based sound that leaned toward the Industrial/Goth end of the musical spectrum. And while this might have felt like a seismic shift from an outside perspective, for Numan it was all just part of his creative journey. As much as Gary Numan has been cited as an Electronic pioneer and a huge musical influence, praised and covered by the likes of Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, he is also a role model for people on the autism spectrum. Ultimately diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, Numan has turned his challenge into an asset.
7 p.m. Friday. $15-$25. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com
ComedySportz Cincinnati is a local version of a national improv comedy show that pits two teams against each other in an improv competition to win audience points. The clean and family-friendly matches are entirely improvised and require audience suggestions. The troupe is hitting the road this weekend and leaving their Memorial Hall home to perform at the American Sign Museum.
6-10 p.m. Friday. $12. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington, otrimprov.com/comedysportz.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
EVENT: Cocktails & Couture at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincy Chic hosts this evening of cocktails and fashion at the Cincinnati Art Museum featuring historic fashion vignettes, a cocktail tasting led by mixologist Molly Wellmann, a vintage fashion show and shopping opportunities.
6-9 p.m. Friday. $10; $25-$35 VIP with fashion show seating. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, 2018cocktailscouture.eventbrite.com.
EVENT: Fifty Wests Fifty Fest
Fifty West Brewing Company brings together a bevy of local brewers for an afternoon of local beer, local music and local food. Check out timed tappings of rare and specialty beers plus more than 80 others available to sample whenever. There will also be a cocktail booth, food trucks, petting zoo and music from the likes of 90 Proof Twang, Bad Veins, Freak Mythology and The Almighty Get Down. All ages.
Noon-midnight Saturday. $7 presale; $10 door; $30 VIP (presale only). Fifty West, 7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township, fiftywestbrew.com.
Photo: Bad Veins // Provided