Your Weekend To Do List (8/14-8/16)

The Great Inland Seafood Festival, Western & Southern Open, Caracole's Party in Plaid & Paisley, 1940's Weekend, Midwest Black Family Reunion and more

The success of duo Johnnyswim has come gradually and organically. Abner Ramirez, a multi-instrumentalist who attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Florida, first met singer Amanda Sudano, onetime back-up singer for her mother (the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist Donna Summer), at church in the early 2000s. Ramirez was smitten, but Sudano blew him off. It wasn’t until four years later that the pair reconnected and started writing songs together (the chemistry wasn’t just creative; the twosome eventually married). Working under the name Johnnyswim (the duo has given multiple sources for the name, so it’s unclear where it actually originated), Sudano and Ramirez created a sound that blended some of their prime influences, coming up with a super-accessible hybrid of Pop, Folk, Rock and R&B. Johnnyswim plays Coney Island's Moonlite Gardens 8 p.m. Friday. $25. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California,

Great Inland Seafood Festival
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While there might not be any lobster in the Ohio River, there will be 10,000 of them — imported from Maine — on the banks of the Ohio all weekend for the 28th-annual Great Inland Seafood Festival. The fest features more than 15 local and national eateries and vendors selling everything from super-fresh shrimp and crawfish to crab legs, oysters, salmon and more. 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.,

'Under 30' at C-LINK Gallery
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C-LINK Gallery at Brazee Street Studios hosts Under 30, an exhibition of artwork featuring local artists under the age of 30. Seven artists — Laura Brooks, Kendra Douglas, Justin West, Sam Ferris-Morris and Eric Blythe (working together as creative studio Intermedio), Didem Mert, Andrew Neyer and Jessie Rienerth — will exhibit 2- and 3-D works ranging from painting to sculpture, plus multiple interactive installations. The works chosen are intended to highlight the diversity and talent of millennial artists currently working in Cincinnati. Opening Reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through Sept. 3. Free. 4426 Brazee St., Oakley, 

Dan St. Germain
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“I am recently single,” comedian Dan St. Germain explains to an audience. “My girlfriend left me to work at Google up in Northern California. The worst part of the break-up is using other search engines. You think you’re depressed? Try asking Jeeves something.” In addition to appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central, St. Germain also hosts the podcast My Dumb Friends. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery,

Alt Hip Hop/Electronic artist Juan Cosby of the Counterfeit Money Machine crew is a participant in two new releases due out this weekend. Friday, Cosby and fellow CMM member AP’s side-project Night Bees will celebrate the release of their new EP, Donald Rump, with a free 10 p.m. CMM show at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, The show also serves as the launch of a CMM tour that will take the group throughout the Midwest, East Coast and South this summer. On Saturday, Cosby and Supa of Electronic music collective Cinthesizer issue their new EP, Submersibles, on cassette in conjunction with the monthly #Freshlist dance party at Chamelelon (4114 Hamilton Ave., Northside, Supa kicks off the event at 9 p.m. and Bit Flip, Firecat 451 and others are set to perform throughout the night. For more on Night Bees, visit You can hear other CMM projects at And to check out audio and video from the Cinthesizer crew, go to

The City Flea

Keep your dollars local and support small business by shopping from hundreds of area vendors, selling everything from handmade goods and vintage finds to artisan eats and organic beauty products. Food trucks flank the park and drinks will be available from the concession stand. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Western & Southern Open
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Cincinnatians freaked out last month when Major League Baseball’s superstars descended on the Queen City for the All-Star Game. This month, the best of the best of another major sport will come to town when the Western & Southern Open kicks off in Mason. The event is the longest-running professional tennis tournament played in the city of its origin (it was first played in 1899 on the site where Xavier University currently sits). In addition to the best players in the world — including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova — the W&S Open will go out of its way to provide live entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations, food, drinks and shopping. Attendees can use the WSOpen NOW app to stay apprised of live scores, results, entertainment options and a fan feed. Warning: Selfie sticks are banned. Seriously. Through Aug. 23, $10-$95; series and mini plans sold out. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason,

Party in Plaid & Paisley
With the mission to provide a safe environment and supportive services for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Tristate, nonprofit Caracole hosts the third-annual Party in Plaid & Paisley. Guests can look forward to cocktails, meals catered by Jeff Thomas Catering, breaking it down on the dance floor in plaid pants, a spontaneous plaid and paisley fashion show, a moving tribute and the hosting talents of emcee Clyde Gray. Proceeds benefit Caracole. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $75; $40 YPs. Cincinnati Masonic Center Ballroom, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown,

'Bail or No?'
Photo: Joe Castrucci


Bail or No? The Impossible Tricks Show is the latest unusual exhibition from the Near*By curatorial collective. Artists, including John Auer, Joe Castrucci, Abby Cornelius, Tim McMillan, CityBeat’s Nick Swartsell, Jordan Tate, Loraine Wible and Erica Wine, have been charged with creating skateboards that should be hard — if not impossible — to use. But boarders have tried anyway, and Near*By will show videos of those attempts, along with the unusual skateboards themselves, at this event. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Lohio Gallery, 2157 Central Ave., Brighton,

Joe Bonamassa 
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Guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa says his new DVD/album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, captures a concert that will always stand out as a highlight of his musical life. Some of his memories involve the sheer enjoyment Bonamassa got from playing with the all-star band he assembled for the show last summer. But what also stood out about the Red Rocks performance — the first time the bluesman had played that spectacular outdoor Colorado amphitheater near Denver — was what the show meant for Blues as a genre. Joe Bonamassa plays Kettering, Ohio’s Fraze Pavilion Saturday. Tickets/more info:

The Cincy Brass
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The Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its newspaper, Streetvibes, by throwing a music fundraiser this weekend. Streetvibes is also a fundraiser of sorts; the homeless can purchase the newspapers (which features content created by the distributors and others) for 50 cents each, then sell them for $1.50, keeping the profit earned. Saturday’s music fest will feature a guest appearance by hometown-boy-done-good Drew Lachey (his 98 Degrees bandmate Justin Jeffre is Streetvibes’ editor), plus the Blue Wisp Big Band, The Cincy Brass, The Burning Caravan, Cheryl Renee, Russell Up Some Grub and more. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,

Photo: Mikki Schaffner
The Carnegie is staging Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical that broke the mold back in 1970, opening a new direction with a concept about friends advising a 35-year-old bachelor about the virtues and challenges of marriage. The show offers a series of vignettes rather than a continuous story that starts and finishes. It was a surprise hit in the day, and it continues to be a show that connects with audiences after more than four decades. Memorable tunes include “Being Alive,” “Sorry-Grateful” and “Getting Married Today.” Through Aug. 30. $18-$25. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky., 859-957-1940,

1940's Weekend
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Men, strap on your fedoras, and ladies, put on your favorite shirtwaist, because it’s time to Lindy Hop back in time and experience a little living history at Union Terminal’s 1940’s Weekend, a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The schedule includes a classic car show, food tastings, film screenings from the ’40s, vintage hair and makeup demonstrations, historical displays and live music from The P7G Big Band, Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys, The Queen City Sisters and more. Bring your dancing shoes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $14.50 adults; $12.50 children; $13.50 seniors; $4 members. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate,

The Food of Love; Eric Lu
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Kick off the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik series in style at Food of Love: Fête, an elegant Art Deco-inspired soirée preceding Summermusik’s opening concert Saturday. Begin with cocktails in the Music Hall Ballroom, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a performance — “The Food of Love,” a play on a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night — featuring a collaborative effort from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. The second half of the program features a premiere performance from the National Chopin Piano Competition winner Eric Lu (and a choclate dessert intermission). Cocktail attire recommended. Cocktails 5:30 p.m.; concert 8 p.m. $150; includes tickets to concert. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,

Started in 1989, this weekend celebration is wholeheartedly dedicated to showcasing and reinforcing the strengths, values and historic morals of the Black Family. The events kick off with a parade Saturday from Avondale Town Center, followed by an R&B concert; expect Gospel and morning services Sunday. With stages and pavilions for spirituality, young adults, children, the arts, seniors, health awareness and even chess and card games, there is something for everyone. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown,

Burlington Antique Show
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The Midwest’s premier antiques and vintage collectibles-only show is back, with 200 vendors spread over the Boone County Fairgrounds offering vintage jewelry, memorabilia and Midcentury Modern, as well as some wonderfully awful kitsch. It’s so good the History Channel’s American Pickers chose the fair as the location to film their spinoff, Top Collectors. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. third Sundays. Through October. $3. 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky.,

The Perfect Kiss (QQ)
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Matt Morris, the Chicago-based artist/curator whose show The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer is at Contemporary Arts Center, will be there himself Sunday to give a gallery talk and sign his new exhibit-related book. In The Perfect Kiss, he matches his own work with that of the late American conceptualist James Lee Byars. Morris, when he lived here, contributed visual-arts coverage to CityBeat. 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Free with museum admission. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown,

'Banquet Still Life' by Abraham van Beyeren
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It is not often one is able to stand in the presence of almost indisputable masterpieces, but the Cincinnati Art Museum is offering just this opportunity with Northern Baroque Splendor. The exhibit consists of 64 Dutch and Flemish paintings from the prestigious Hohenbuchau Collection, a bounty of 17th-century marvels from Vienna’s Liechtenstein: The Princely Collections museum, which is on a brief tour in the U.S. Cincinnati will be the collection’s second and last stop. Northern Baroque Splendor is on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum through Sept. 20. More info:

Photo: Daniel R. Winters
Hundred Days, the first production of Know Theatre’s 18th season, defies categorization. Of course, it’s a play. But the performance is as much an Indie Rock concert as it is a dramatic work. Settling into Know’s 100-seat auditorium, you’ll see a multi-level stage ready for music: microphone set-ups, a drum kit, a snare drum, a cello, a keyboard, an accordion and several guitars. As Abigail and Shaun Bengson stride onstage, they are accompanied by five musicians. Abigail describes a dream she had before meeting Shaun, and you wonder if this is just to draw us in before they get down to the actual storytelling. But it’s a preface to a powerful love story, rooted in theirs but taking on a life of its own.
They quickly launch into songs — “Vows” and “My Skin is Made” — as their personal story unfolds. Their chance meeting was a case of love at first sight, “This Moment.” Shaun shares his excitement with a friend and we’re transported to their wedding three weeks later. Abigail’s dream had a fearful twist, “He Fell Down So Slowly,” which becomes the jumping-off point from the reality of the Bengsons to a speculative future that reflects more universal fears of mortality and separation, ultimately assuaged by the reassurance of love and longevity.
They imagine a couple faced with a fatal illness. Rather than panic, they fling themselves into living 60 years together in the 100 days life has allocated. It’s a joyous, poignant tale that uses every dimension of the performers

Hundred Days runs at Know Theatre July 24 to Aug. 22.

Oscar Isaac in 'Show Me a Hero.'
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From True Detective to a true story, Sundays on HBO feature new programming for the remainder of the month with Show Me A HeroThe creator of The Wire (David Simon) and director of Crash (Paul Haggis, whom you might recognize from his interviews in the recent HBO Scientology doc, Going Clear) present this miniseries about efforts to desegregate Yonkers, N.Y., public housing in the 1980s and ’90s. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina) stars as Nick Wasicsko, a cop-turned-Yonkers City Council member who becomes the city’s youngest mayor. When a federal judge orders Yonkers to build 200 units of public housing in a largely white, affluent area of the deeply segregated city, Wasicsko (while running for office) opposes it. But when his term begins, the young mayor changes his tune. Wasicsko’s efforts to enact the changes are met with opposition, bringing to surface the many political, socio-economic and race issues facing the city at that time — and much of America today. Miniseries Premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, HBO. The series airs two parts at a time from 8-10 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30.

A non-human in 'Humans.'
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The season winds down as the action ramps up, with Hobbs capturing Elster’s synths (and Leo) and the Hawkins family dealing with the fallout. One simple storytelling technique that many shows overlook is just a solid mix of characters interacting with one another. Humans nails that — from people to synths (and synths that act like people), each character has a range of relationships with the others. And with the promise of Season Two, we can expect to explore this even more next year. Season Finale, 9 p.m., AMC.

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