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click to enlarge Young Professionals' Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC)
Young Professionals' Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC)

May 22 is Buy a Musical Instrument Day, so whether you’ve got the budget for a grand piano or a kazoo, go out there an make some music! Our readers voted Buddy Roger’s as the Best Musical Instrument store in this year’s Best of Cincinnati awards. Check them out here.

Over-the-Rhine vocal ensemble Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (YPCC) presents an evening of music and wine tonight with In Vino Veritas (translation: “in wine, there is truth”). Travel across the globe with Italian and South African choral music and wines selected by 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab’s sommelier. You’ll get a taste of various regions, without leaving the city. Memorial Hall hosts the event, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (should have been ordered in advance) and include three glasses of wine. YPCC features more than 100 local singers in their 20s and 30s and is a product of the May Festival. If you didn’t get tickets, meet up with the crew at Below Zero Lounge for an after-party at 8:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative continues its New Voices season of staged readings of plays tonight with The Fool. The play, written by Fred Rothzeid and directed by Charlie Goetz, gives a modern twist to the role of the classic court jester. Also known as the “King’s Fool,” these jokesters used to mock the absurdity and corruption of those in power. Today, since much of the power lies in the hands of CEOs, could a “Corporate Fool” save the world’s leaders from their own destruction? Noting how congress’ rules and regulations do little to curb corporate greed, Rothzeid suggests taking a page from the past in The Fool. The staged reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets are $8.

Looking Ahead

Emily St. John Mandel discusses and signs her ambitious new novel, The Lola Quartet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph-Beth in Rookwood Pavilion. The book "pays homage to literary noir and is concerned with jazz, Django Reinhardt, economic collapse, love, Florida's exotic wildlife problem, crushing tropical heat, the leavening of the contemporary world, compulsive gambling, and the unreliability of memory."

Anderson wine shop and art gallery Winedog presents its Last Blast of Spring Thursday, with wine tastings (including some Spanish varieties), hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. After you find your new favorite wine, peruse the shop’s offerings and bring a bottle home! Make reservations for the event, which runs 6-9 p.m., by calling 888-288-0668 or sign up online before Wednesday.

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