Kick off the weekend with us as we present our New Music Showcase at Bogart’s. The bands nominated for CEA New Artist of the Year will each perform tonight and audience members will get to vote for their favorite. The lineup: Heavy Hinges (7:45-8:15p.m.), The Natives (8:30-9 p.m.), Public (9:15-9:45 p.m.), Jeremy Pinnell and the 55's (10-10:30 p.m.), DAAP Girls (10:45-11:15 p.m.) and Ohio Knife (11:30 p.m.-midnight). Nominee R. Ring was unable to perform. The total votes will be weighted by votes from the CEA nominating committee to determine the ultimate winner. The winning band will get a show at Bogart’s and a live recording session at Ultrasuede Studio and will be announced at the CEAs Sunday, Jan. 27. Be a part of a fantastic night in local music — tickets and more info here.
A stone’s throw away, at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the school is hosting its annual Moveable Feast fundraiser Friday. The event, which is sold-out, features a sampling of all the major talent from different CCM departments. Guests will enjoy dinner by the bite and drinks throughout CCM and performances include: musical theatre, dance, drama, opera, choral music, preparatory department, chamber music, wind symphony, piano, backstage tours and lighting demos.
If you didn’t get tickets to Moveable Feast but are looking to indulge in a vast array of the arts this weekend, check out Performance and Time Arts, Friday and Saturday. Entertainment includes puppetry, poetry, dance, drama and more at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios at College Hill Town Hall. The event begins at 8 p.m. each night; tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.
Arnold’s Bar and Grill has been a Cincinnati institution since 1861, and has always been big supporters of local beer, music, food and causes. So it’s no surprise that Saturday Arnold’s presents Local Local Local 4, a celebration of all things — you guessed it — local. Live music from Cincy Brass starts at 9 p.m.; master distillers and owners/CEOs of local breweries will be on hand with swag and endless info on your favorite area brews and booze; a mini craft market will feature local artists; and the menu will be full of beer-infused bites and dessert specialties from Madisono’s, Bonbonerrie and Take the Cake. It all starts at 8 p.m.
Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium are in full swing every day through Feb. 28. Two children get free admission for each adult paying full price. Check out sharks, jellyfish, Mighty Mike (not to be confused with this guy) in Gator Alley and more aquatic creatures 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Stock up on used books, CD, DVDs and more at the Friends of the Public Library Winter Warehouse Sale running now through Sunday. Members get 50% off their haul Saturday and Sunday. Go here for more info.
Check out our calendar for more art exhibits, theater shows, concerts and special events.