Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

February 16 to 25, 2018

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents

Ravel's La Valse

February 16-17 at 8:00 p.m.

Music Hall

1241 Elm Street


Refresh your Valentine’s Day with Ravel’s La Valse, a whirling dervish of a waltz. The drama and delight continue with Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major, in the masterful hands of pianist Jeffrey Kahane, as well as scenes from Stravinsky’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale The Ice Maiden.


RAVEL: La Valse

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1, Classical

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major

STRAVINSKY: Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss



Learn more about the music and composers at the free Classical Conversations held at 7:00 p.m. inside Music Hall.


Tickets start at $35.



You and a guest are invited to attend the concert for only $10 per ticket. Call or visit the Box Office (513.381.3300, phone hours Mon-Sat, 10 am-5 pm, walk up hours Mon-Sat 11am-3pm) and mention promo code FIRST TIMER to reserve your seats! This discount is not available online. This is an introductory, one-time offer for OH, KY and IN residents.


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Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike Street

February 17 to May 27

Spanning 30 years of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s design career, the exhibit presents a superb opportunity to experience the life’s work of one of the most innovative American artists of all time. The exhibition features more than 60 masterworks of exceptional beauty and unrivaled quality – including vases, lamps, windows, furniture and ornamental works – that have never been seen in any museum outside of Chicago before now.

A highly original craftsman and artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany took natural forms as the primary inspiration for his lush and inventive decorative creations.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was the son of Charles Tiffany, the founder of the famous jewelry and luxury goods retailer Tiffany & Co. Instead of joining the family business, Tiffany trained as a painter in New York and Paris. He is perhaps best known for his stained-glass windows, which he created by infusing color directly into the glass.

Among the highlights in the exhibition are the gorgeous illusionistic leaded glass window of a sunset entitled River of Life and a table lamp with wisteria shade.

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Taft Museum Café with a Tiffany inspired menu on February 24, March 10 and 23, April 6 and 19.

Tickets Prices: Wednesday through Saturday, adults $14 in advance, $16 at the door; senior/youth (6-18) $12 in advance, $14 at the door; children 17 and under free. Sunday, all visitors $4 in advance, $6 at the door. Taft members free. All tickets include admission to the historic house.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Maya Angelou: A Writer’s Legacy

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall

1225 Elm Street

A free, world premiere theatrical performance celebrating the life and work of Maya Angelou. This show is FREE but ticketed, please call (513) 977-8838 to reserve your seats.

Maya Angelou experienced a life that most of us could hardly imagine and her impact on society was immeasurable. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to bring you a world premiere biographical sketch of the iconic Maya Angelou. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter and poet entertained and challenged us. Ideal for grades 5 – 12.

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ArtsWave Presents Date Night

February 17

Various Venues


Looking for the perfect after Valentine’s celebration? Enjoy one of three special events to benefit the 2018 ArtsWave Community Campaign. Start with wine tastings followed by a show.  All wine revenue benefits the 2018 ArtsWave campaign. 


1.     At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company from 6 p.m. – 7:30, enjoy wine tasting while being serenaded by Tracy Walker, singing folk, blues, jazz, and rock, followed by a performance of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at 1183 Elm Street.


2.     At the Transept from 6-7:30 p.m., sip wine and take in the Queen Cincy Opera singing popular songs about love and wine, with an 8 p.m. performance of the Cincinnati Symphony’s Orchestra performing Ravel’s La Valseat Music Hall. The Transept is located at 1205 Elm and Music Hall is at 1241 Elm Street.


3.     At Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, hear Americana and folk music at 6:30 p.m. while you enjoy your wine, prior to an 8 p.m. show of the 2018 Tony award winner, The Humans. ETC is located at 1127 Vine Street.

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Aronoff Center for the Arts

February 18 at 3:00 p.m.

650 Walnut Street


Complete with the String of Pearls Orchestra and the In the Mood Singers & Dancers, IN THE MOOD: A 1940's MUSICAL REVUE creates a nostalgic atmosphere that transports the audience back in time. For over two hours this big retro event will hold the audience enthralled with its singers, dancers and period costumes, fine orchestral arrangements, vocalists delivering songs from the 30's and 40's, choreographed dance routines and sheer American pizzazz. Songs include 'Swingin' On A Star', 'Tuxedo Junction', 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy', 'Sing, Sing, Sing', 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', 'I'll Be Seeing You', 'La Vie En Rose', 'Take the 'A' Train' and 'The Last Time I Saw Paris.’


Tickets start at $33.


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Toyko Kitty

Now Open

575 Race Street


Tokyo Kitty is a Japanese-style karaoke bar serving Japanese tiki cocktails. It is inspired by the film "Lost in Translation," especially the karaoke scene, and by other anime movies and Japanese street culture.

There are seven reservable karaoke rooms that hold between five and 20 people, each themed differently...including a Bill Murray room.


There are drink servers for these rooms who are assisted by two BBot bar robots. This will be the second bar in the country to try the new robots. The first is in San Francisco, where the robots are made.

Order from the BBot, and it can actually move between the room and the bar to bring the drinks.


The entrance evokes an airport lounge as if you have just touched down in Tokyo. In the public bar, there's a dance floor with a DJ, who will alternate between playing music and inviting people to do karaoke from a list of the 500 best dance songs of the last few decades.


The "Japanese tiki" drinks feature lots of fruit and Asian liquors, interesting textures like bob pearls, plus some high-end selections of Japanese whiskey.


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The O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink Presented by Fifth Third Bank

Last Day is Monday, February 19

Fountain Square

RINK STATUS LINE: 513-381-0782


The O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank closes on President’s Day. The rink includes admissions and rental tents with 600 pairs of skates; a full-service concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.


Ice Rink Hours of Operation: February 16 to 19: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental. Payable by cash or credit card.


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Society for the Preservation of Music Hall presents a lecture:

Cincinnati’s Music Hall: Recent & Future Restoration

Mercantile Library

414 Walnut Street

February 20 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join historic preservationist and Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) board member Thea Tjepkema as she presents details, research methods and surprising discoveries about the recent restoration and revitalization of Cincinnati’s Music Hall. She’ll also speak about her ongoing research and future SPMH plans for restoration projects of this National Historic Landmark and Cincinnati architectural icon.


Ms. Tjepkema will be introduced by her husband, conductor of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, John Morris Russell.


Photographer and Assistant Principal Bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Matthew Zory will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of his book --  Through the Lens: The Remaking of Cincinnati’s Music Hall. Zory spent 16 months chronicling the renovation with unprecedented access to the building.


6 pm reception/6:30 program. Free and open to the public.


Reservations required: 513-621-0717 or email:



Constella Festival Presents

Guitar Fever: Artyom Dervoed

February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Freedom Center

50 E. Freedom Way


The 2018 Constella Festival kicks off at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's Harriet Tubman Theatre on February 23 at 7:30 p.m. featuring a jam session with a Russian “Guitar Hero” Artyom Dervoed. The Russian phenomenon has been called the “Tzar of Guitar”, and is hugely popular in Europe and Asia but rarely performs in the United States. This intense program features music by Niccolo Paganini, Kevin Callahan, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Astor Piazzolla, and Mauro Giuliani.


Tickets are $25.


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