Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2019

For more events, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com.

Ghost Tours of Music Hall

Friday, February 21, 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/ghost-tours-music-hall

Music Hall is one of Cincinnati's most iconic buildings, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. It's also well known to paranormal enthusiasts as one of the nation's most active sites, with occurrences reported from the early 1800s. Built upon the grounds of an old potter's field and purported to be haunted, Travel Channel lists Music Hall as one of the most terrifying places in America. Additionally, the building was featured in the Halloween episode of the TV show, Ghost Hunters in 2014.

For those fascinated by the history of this unique venue, the Friends of Music Hall and Cincinnati Arts Association host special after-hours tours in partnership with a local group dedicated to investigating, documenting, and researching such claims. The Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies team will show you a side of Music Hall not often seen by patrons attending performances.

Tours include:

• Knowledgeable guides from Friends of Music Hall and CR&PS relate the history of Music Hall's founding and evolution with additional stories about the firsthand experiences of visitors and staff past and present

• Tours will see the foyer, auditorium, serviceelevator, ballroom, Corbett Tower, stage, backstage and basement; the entire theater is otherwise closed to the public.

• Participants are welcome to bring their own ghost hunting equipment (none is required)*

• Each tour is approximately 1 hour and 15 min hours long

The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute

Friday, February 21, 8:00 PM

Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.

https://tafttheatre.org/events/2020/02/the-fab-four-the-ultimate-tribute

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun," and "Hey Jude", the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.

Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz

Friday, February 21, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 22, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/cmt-singables

Your toes will tap and your fingers will snap as you enjoy song favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters, and more of the country’s best-loved jazz singers. Let some of Cincinnati’s finest local ‘Cats and Canaries’ entertain you, as they come on like ‘gangbusters’.

Cincinnati Cyclones

Friday, February 21, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St.

https://cycloneshockey.com/

Muggles are invited to join us as we celebrate Wizardry.The first 3,000 fans will receive a Twister wand! Enjoy a Butterbeer while watching the game!

Flow: Retro/ACTIVE

Friday, February 21, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Cincinnati Music Theatre, 650 Walnut St.

http://www.cincyweekend.com/event/?eID=9734045

Retro/ACTIVE features DCDC's masterworks from the company’s 51st season, plus a NEW work by DCDC's Chief Artistic Administrator & Producing Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. Works include: Vespers (premiered 1986), Ulysses Dove's touching poetic tribute to woman hood; On the Wings of Angels (premie red 1996), Warren Spear's soaring tribute to the Tuskegee airman; and Indestructible (premiered 2018), Abby Zbikowski's tribute to the endurance of those who struggle for justice.

Bloom and Grow

Friday, February 21, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Drive Park

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/bloom-and-grow

Through March 8.

You would have to travel a long distance to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Our permanent collection includes desert plants, tropical specimens, Bonsai trees, rare orchids, carnivorous plants and exotic fruit trees.

Todd Pavlisko: Pop Supernatural

Friday, February 21, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/todd-pavlisko-pop-supernatural

Through April 5.

In Pop Supernatural, Ohio native and New York City-based artist Todd Pavlisko presents a multifaceted installation of three interconnected bodies of work that reflect on cultural change and critique. Suspended in the Weston’s street-level atrium, Pavlisko’s All the Money I Found in a Year revisits his ongoing series by configuring the now hundreds of glistening gold-plated coins into a beautiful cosmos-like orb. Directly beneath, he introduces the Untitled, Sledgehammer series, metaphorically punctuating the ground with pounding spheres of sledgehammers, suggesting the meteoric impact of cultural currents.

A host of iconic and historic figures will dominate the Weston’s lower galleries in the form of enormous carved wooden PEZ dispensers. The dual gravity of the sculptures’ remarkable physical presence coupled with the subjects’ unarguable philosophical contributions and the ideals they embody throughout our shared cultural history belies the curious utilitarian twist of the sculptures. This contradictory bold admiration for the lived biographies of these titans of cultural progress, expressed via a ubiquitous popular candy dispenser historically associated with pop culture icons and cartoon heroes, encapsulates the unique challenges of our age and questions who and what are deemed worthy of celebration.

Superpower Dogs

Friday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 22, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, 1301 Western Ave.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/superpower-dogs

Through March 13.

Superpower Dogs showcases the lifesaving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives. Narrated by Chris Evans, the film reveals the astonishing science behind their extraordinary abilities, ensuring that we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again. Discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners in an immersive OMNIMAX® adventure.

Superpower Dogs opens November 23 in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. The 47-minute film, from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare, was filmed for large-format screens using special IMAX cameras over the course of 2 ½ years.

Les Misérables

Friday, February 21, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/les-miserables

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering ''Les Miz' is born again!' (NY1).

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption -- a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'On My Own', 'Stars', 'Bring Him Home', 'One Day More', and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

Vhils

Friday, February 21, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/vhils

Through July 6.

The CAC is excited to host an exhibition of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) in Spring 2020. Vhils is renowned for his unusual technique of removing the surface layers of urban walls to create riveting portraits and imagery. Using construction tools like hammers, chisels and pneumatic drills, the artist exposes and confronts architectural surfaces as they narrate the history of a city itself. Etching acid and bleach onto urban walls, Vhils sculpts pieces with texture, dimension and layers. His subject is almost always the same: the faces of anonymous city residents. Part artist, stone mason and archeologist, he gives careful attention to common people inhabiting their cities. Vhils’ walls serve as both canvas and historical context for themes of identity, the passage of time and interdependence between people and environments. The artist also works in other diverse media including screen prints, wood, metal, recycled paper and more.

Vhils’ art has been presented in art museums and galleries in over 30 countries; one of his pieces was even placed aboard the International Space Station in 2015. Vhils is creating a public wall work for the Blink festival. The CAC exhibition is Vhils’ first ever large-scale exhibition in the United States.

Workshop: Freedom Quilts with Cynthia Lockhart

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

https://taftmuseum.org/experience/adult-programming/workshops/

Paint, stitch and embellish a one of a kind mini art quilt with artist Cynthia Lockhart. Cynthia will share her work in the Journey to Freedom exhibition and encourage participants to use their personal ideas of ‘Freedom’ as a point of inspiration for their project. This workshop is appropriate for adult students of all levels who are interested in learning about fiber art. $55 for members. $65 for non-members (includes all workshops materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission).

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular featuring the Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd

Saturday, February 22, 8:00 PM

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

https://www.memorialhallotr.com/cincinnati-shows/pink-floyd-laser-spectacular/

Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before. The entire show is presented with The Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd!

Surrounded by walls of concert quality sound, Laser Spectacular carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, hi-def., large screen video projection, and special lighting effects. Your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack during this spectacular Laser Light Show.

“Over the years, the show has changed and so has the audience. Now days, you will see Classic Rockers along with a new generation of Floyd fans! So, parents, score “cool points” with your teenagers and bring ‘em along!”

For details on the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular go to www.pinkfloydlasershow.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pinkfloydlasershow

If you have epilepsy or otherwise are affected by flashing lights, you should not view a laser light show.

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com/

Through March 1.

Region's largest and longest-running spring showcase features over 400 exhibitors, including landscape and interior designers, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores, specialty boutiques, contractors and more.

Semco Outdoor presents Game of Stones: This all-new garden is a nod to a popular TV Show and its medieval fantasy. Visitors will enjoy having a photo snapped while taking their rightful place on this rockin’ throne.

Garden of the Future presented by McKenzie Landscape & Garden Center: A futuristic and inspirational look, featuring global and cultural variety, at how gardens will be designed and grown using vertical spaces and organic and sustainable materials.

White Claw Garden Lounge sponsored by White Claw Hard Seltzer Built by Semco Outdoor: It’s a White Claw oasis for drinking hard seltzer and dreaming of easy days in a newly landscaped home garden.

Swingers Wanted presented by Cinema Sounds: Test your golf swing in this high-tech, in-home golf simulator by Cinema Sounds, offering an innovative approach to golf instruction at your own pace.

Inspiration Destination sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine: Get on the spot advice with daily question and answer sessions to make your plan a reality

Mozart’s Denouement

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 PM

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/mozarts-denouement

The KSO joins forces with the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir to celebrate two of Mozart’s latest, greatest, and most beloved compositions — the sparkling and forward-looking Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) and the hauntingly moving Requiem.