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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

Aug. 17 – 19, 2018

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OTRi + Pones Friends Fundraiser

Friday, Aug. 17, 8 – 11 p.m.

Memorial Hall OTR

Don’t miss this ComedySportz/Pones Double Feature!. OTRimprov is helping Pones celebrate their ten-year anniversary! The two groups are teaming up for this special night.

ComedySportz Cincinnati welcomes Sean Paraventi and Eric Marquis from CSz Detroit! Sean and Eric are bringing their A game to join forces with Eileen Earnest and the Northern Kentucky Grass.Can they beat the Cincinnati Big Machine with Harrison J Hensley at the helm and teammates Ellyn Broderick and Patrick Parker. Keeping the match moving and the whistle blowing is referee Chance Tiberius Kilgour. Don’t miss this great lineup! ComedySportz is entertainment for the whole family so yes you can bring your WHOLE family!

Stick around for the second show by OTR Improv in a collaboration with innovative Cincinnati dance troupe, Pones, Inc. Their comedy is for almost everybody, 18 and older, please.


Pones Inc. is a true collective, collaborating with multiple arts and community organizations. Whether dancing with international musicians in music videos, posing for Manifest Gallery as models, or partnering with the OTR Chamber of Commerce for the Malice Ball, Pones Inc. nurtures connections with partnerships with national and local businesses, arts and service organizations.

ComedySportz kicks off the night at 8pm, with Pones joining OTRi for the 10:30pm show.

Tickets are $12 + bring some singles to tip when Pones dancers make you laugh!

2018 Midwest Black Family Reunion

Friday, Aug. 17, 6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18, noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sawyer Point, 705 Pete Rose Way

UC Health presents the 30th Annual Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion (BRF) Celebration. Thousands will get health screenings, find jobs, celebrate those making a difference in the community, and enjoy concerts from nationally renowned performers—all FREE of charge.

The BFR nonprofit celebration is an empowering three-day cultural event that brings families, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the community together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. The event began has grown to be one of the city’s largest family-focused events — typically drawing over 25,000 visitors from the region and throughout the nation.

The family of the year is Jason and Tiffany Dunn. Tiffany is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Seven Hills Anesthesia and Jason is the first African American vice president of multicultural sales & community development for the Cincinnati USA Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

Friday, Aug. 17 6 – 10 p.m.

Punching For Peace (New to BFR this year)

Put down the guns/Pick up the gloves

Professional boxers spar with local youth

Saturday, August 18

Black Family Reunion Celebration includes spirituality pavilion, young adult stage, children’s pavilion, kids’ fun zone, seniors’ pavilion, health pavilion, non-profit organizations, African American heritage and food vendors, Jazz Alley and more

High School 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Headlining the music on Saturday evening is Jeffrey Osborne. This singer/musician/songwriter has had a career spanning five decades in funk and R&B, recently releasing this first album of original material in 15 years, Worth It All. The richly deep-toned vocalist started out on the drum set during his teenage years, but by the time he joined then-simmering soul outfit L.T.D. in the early ‘70s. During a six-year recording period, he led the band’s classics like  “Love Ballad,” “Back in Love Again,” “Holding On,” and “Never Get Enough of Your Love” to the top of  the R&B charts. He followed that with a decade of solo hits spanning both soaring ballads (“On the Wings of Love,” “You Should Be Mine,” “Only Human”) and contagious uptempo anthems (“Stay with Me Tonight,” “Don’t You Get So Mad,” “She’s on the Left”).

Sunday, August 19

Sunday Church Service with New Beginnings Church of the Living God, keynote speaker Pastor Enon Tait

Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Headliner Marvin Sapp is expected to perform between 6 and 7 p.m. The Grammy-nominated Gospel singer, songwriter & pastor performed with the group Commissioned in the ‘90s before beginning an award-winning solo career.

Food vendors include D Fish, Pita Pockets Cajun Café, Goodies, Asia’s Fish & Fries, Davis Cookie Collection, Mama Fe Fe Soul Food, Lala’s Blissful Bites, Ron’s Rib Shack, Chef Sterling, Queen City Waffles, and Fun’l Frenzy.

City Flea

Saturday, Aug. 18, 12 – 4 p.m.

Washington Park


Don’t miss the City Flea you know and love at Washington Park on Aug. 18, with the addition of the Kids Market around the bandstand until 2 p.m.

City Flea gives local kids a venue to showcase their wares, feel empowered, and allows them to get an idea of what it’s like to own and run a small business. See what these awesome local kid makers have developed.

City Flea is Cincinnati's original curated, urban flea market. It is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience your city in a unique and engaging way. It will feature products like estate jewelry, vintage clothing, collectibles, comics, tv/movie memorabilia, mid-century modern, furniture, and much more.

A Circus of One (Act II)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 3 – 4 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St, Cincinnati

Be one of the lucky ones to see this in-gallery performance by artist Alison Crocetta. Her exhibition will come to life with this 30-minute event followed by a brief Q&A. This performance runs the gamut from absurd to trance-inducing as she interacts with a large, shape-shifting wooden horse in her 20-foot-wide center ring. For this project, she has joined forces with composer/musician Zac Little of the band Saintseneca. Little’s haunting and spacious music creates the soundscape for Crocetta’s mesmerizing performance. The exhibition A Circus of One

closes on Sunday!

A Circus of One is Alison Crocetta’s first solo museum exhibition. A New York-born, Columbus-based artist and professor at Ohio State University, Crocetta works in an interdisciplinary fashion to merge performance, sculptural form, film and sound into hybrid artworks. This exhibition will provide an overview of her layered practice with works that span her disciplinary spectrum and evolve through her actions. At the heart of this exhibition is A Circus of One (Act II), a 30-minute event comprised of seven performance actions that occur within the intimate setting of a 20-foot-wide ring. Crocetta’s performance that runs the gamut from the absurd to the trance-inducing as she interacts with a large, shape-shifting wooden horse. Next to this work will be a projection of her 16mm black-and-white film, A Circus of One (scored by Jason Treuting), and related sculptures that were used in the film’s actions. Crocetta also debuted RESONATOR, a durational performance piece that features her singing a cappella, which was inspired by the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo’s work, Intonarumori, and his related manifesto, The Art of Noise. Taken as a whole, this exhibition celebrates the delicate resonance of Crocetta’s voice in both song and action as well as the unique marriage between objects and their shared lives as subjects and performance supports.

King David’s Jug Band Hall of Fame Induction Reception

Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6 – 9 p.m.

Herzog Music, 811 Race St.

Join Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation at the historic Herzog Studio space for a reception to celebrate King David’s Jug Band’s induction into the Jug Band Hall Of Fame! A commemorative plaque will be shared with all. This event will feature a special performance by the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs (themselves a HOF member) and a presentation about the upcoming National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the one recording session from King David’s Jug Band is the virtuoso stovepipe performances from the aptly named Stovepipe No. 1 (Samuel Jones). Jones plays the melody during every break of “What’s That Tastes Like Gravy”(recorded in 1930) so accurately it sounds like a kazoo ... but the rough attack of his lines on “Tear It Down” indicate that he's playing jug-style, by buzzing his lips into a metal pipe.

“King David” is probably David Crockett, who recorded several duets with Jones.

Voyage of the Red Violin

Saturday, Aug. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W Central Pkwy

The legendary “Mendelssohn” Stradivarius that inspired the film The Red Violin is coming to Cincinnati. The fictionalized voyage of this violin through the centuries creates a musical blueprint for this concert that will take us to contrasting musical worlds. Our concert begins in China, one of the stops for the violin, with music by composers who grew up during the Cultural Revolution when classical music was forbidden. Elizabeth Pitcairn, who performs on the Red Violin, will be featured on Chen Yi’s Chinese Folk Dance Suite which calls on the orchestra to vocalize percussive elements as accompaniment. Elizabeth will then play John Corigliano’s suite of the powerful and atmospheric Academy Award-winning soundtrack for the film. In the second half we will feature the winner of the inaugural CCO and SCPA 2018 Concerto Competition, violinist Mable Lecrone. Cincinnati Art Museum’s associate director of interpretive programming Russell Ihrig will share artwork – both on display and from their archives – that traces the violin’s fascinating journey.

Modo Yoga @ Rhinegeist Brewery

Sunday, August 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

Enjoy a Yoga Class led by an amazing Modo teacher! The class is Free but donations are accepted for the Yoga Program @CityLink Center. Please bring your own yoga mat & water.

CityLink is a city-wide initiative started by a group of social service agencies who recognized the need for integrated services. The founding partners reached out to the faith-based community for support in realizing their vision. CityLink leverages the strengths of various social service agencies in Cincinnati and continues to build support from a broad base of faith-based, corporate, foundation and individual supporters. The organization serve adults and their families throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. The collaboration brings together the city’s top social services, volunteers from throughout the community, and community and church partners all focused on working together to impact lives.

Dog Days of Summer

Sunday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m

3 Points Urban Brewery, 331 E. 13th St.

3 Points Urban Brewery will be dog friendly for one day benefiting STAF (Save The Animals Foundation). Well-mannered dogs are welcome to this family friendly event. A limited number of 3 Points Urban Brewery dog souvenirs will be available with furry fun activities benefiting STAF. A portion of all beer sales will also be donated to STAF.

Funded entirely by donations and operated solely by volunteers, STAF is a no-kill shelter that currently homes more than 00 dogs and cats, many of whom have been abused, abandoned or literally tossed away. Teams of volunteers work with the animals two shifts a day, 365 days a year, providing them with a safe and caring environment until we can place them in permanent, loving homes. Over the years they have matched thousands of lucky animals with equally lucky families.

3rd Sunday Funday: Green Art

Sunday, August 19, 1 – 4 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Get green this Funday! Re-use materials to make a brand new craft, look for examples of nature in the Taft collection, and learn about natural paints and artists’ tools. Join us at 2 p.m. for the interactive “STEAM! Powered Recycling” program by Crystal Clear Science Inc. Stop by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden station to discover how going green can help wildlife, and meet a few of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors, 3–4 p.m.

Art made from re-used materials is influenced by Vanessa German: Running With Freedom, which is currently on view in the Sinton Gallery and Longworth Foyer. Constructed from found objects including doll parts, antique tins, beads, household items, and other cast-off relics, her “power figures” evoke folk art traditions, religious icons, and African nkisi nkondi—ritual figures carved from wood to embody mystical forces.

German’s mixed-media sculptures and reliefs bridge the past and the present: antiques mingle with provocative imagery, challenging stereotypes and confronting current issues facing African American communities. Through her work as both an artist and an educator, German seeks to transform lives through the power of art and love.

Bring a blanket! Purchase a bite to eat (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) before or during the event and enjoy it outside or inside the Café area. This special family lunch option will be served in place of regular Café service.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra: Balkan Rhythms

Sunday, Aug. 19, 4 – 5 p.m.

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.

The Romani people have long been recognized for their role as entertainers and musicians all over Europe. The dazzling virtuosity and intoxicating rhythms of Eastern European Romani music that fascinated so many 19th and 20th-century composers can be traced back to Hungarian, Romanian and Russian sources. In the film The Red Violin, the famous instrument makes an important stop with a nomadic Roma group. Join the CCO string quartet, with CCO music director Eckart Preu at the keyboard, and sensational violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn in an intimate afternoon of exotic music performed on the Red Violin that inspired the film. Visit the Museum before the concert to take a specially-crafted tour led by a museum docent showcasing works from the museum’s collection that tie to the journey of the violin from the film. Visitors will meet at the Fath Auditorium.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sunday, Aug. 19, 7 – 9 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its tradition for over a decade of performing Shakespeare in the Park in communities across the Tristate area A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

CSC provides one of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare in the nation, both in number of stops and the radius of the region visited. Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and open to the public. There are no ticket or RSVPs required and all performances are general admission. On Sunday, they are featured in the DBL Law OTR Performs at Washington Park. The Park’s concessions offer full bar service including wine, liquor, Bud Light, and craft beer offerings from Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Fifty West Brewing Company, and the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

2018 Downtown Perceptions Survey

Now through Sept. 30

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. wants to know what you think about the Central Business District, The Banks, and Over-the-Rhine. Share your thoughts and offer your feedback through the 2018 Downtown Perceptions Survey. Take this 10-minute survey and you could win a $100 gift card!

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