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Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

February 23 - 25, 2018

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Christian Moerlein Lenten fish fry dinners

Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:30 – 9PM

Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom, 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is excited to team up with St. Francis Seraph for their fourth annual Lenten Friday fish fry held at the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom in Over-The-Rhine located at 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. It will be held every Friday beginning February 16th and continuing through March 23rd from 5:30 – 9PM.

Fabulous beer battered cod filet fish dinners with two sides and dessert will be offered for $12 (Tax Extra). Cash or credit cards accepted. Free parking is available onsite. The Moerlein Malt House taproom will be pairing a wide range of freshly brewed beers every Friday for the fish fry. This will include its Moerlein Emancipator Doppelbock. Proceeds benefit St, Francis Seraph Parish.

Red Door Project Anniversary Show

Ensemble Theatre

Friday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

1127 Vine St.

For four years the Red Door Project has celebrated the work of local artists with pop-up galleries throughout Greater Cincinnati. Come out Friday and celebrate the Red Door Project by bidding on artwork through a silent auction. The theme for the anniversary show is "Scenes of Cincinnati." Free. For more information visit, the event Facebook page.

2018 Cincinnati Heart Ball

Duke Energy Convention Center

Friday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

525 Elm St.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment at the 2018 Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball.  This black-tie gala will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary of the American Heart Association's lifesaving work.  It's always an exciting night of glitz and glamour.

For years, the Heart Ball has helped to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the Cincinnati area.  Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.

You'll want to dress your best for the annual Cincinnati Heart Ball and afterparty on Saturday. The fundraiser for the American Heart Association will feature cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, dinner and a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. until the afterparty kicks off at 9:30 p.m. The afterparty will feature dancing and music from Johnny Clueless and DJ Ron Mixico until 1 a.m. $500 event tickets, $85 afterparty tickets.

NOIRE: A Pop-Up Dinner Experience

Revel OTR Urban Winery

Sunday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

111 E. 12th St.

Celebrate Black History Month with a soulful dinner this Sunday in Over-the-Rhine. Chef L. Mari, founder of L. Mari Catering, is hosting a pop-up dining event at Revel OTR that will feature Ghanaian jollof rice, jerk chicken, Creole seafood and chicken gumbo, spiced maple Hennessy wings, five-cheese baked macaroni and sauteed cabbage. Admission also includes a drink and noire bag. 21 and up. $25-$125. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

Friday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

1621 Moore St.

This is an event that began after a large snowfall almost entirely shut down Bockfest in 2008. The next year a group of die-hard Bockfest fans sacrificed a fabricated snowman by fire to ward off another snowstorm. The event has (mostly) worked and been a tradition ever since. Take part in this year's ritual burning during the Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. on Friday. Free. For more information visit their event page.

Polica & Star Gaze: Music For The Long Emergency

Presented by CAC Black Box & MusicNOW

Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall

1241 Elm Street

Music For The Long Emergency is the product of a yearlong virtual residency between Minneapolis electronic drum-&-bass quartet Poliça and Berlin-based chamber ensemble, s t a r g a z e, led by renowned conductor André de Ridder. The collaboration, which combines and showcases both groups’ unique aesthetics, was originally produced by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, premiering in November 2016 to a sold-out crowd at the historic Fitzgerald Theater.

Merging the worlds of modern classical compositions and electronic dark wave, Music for the Long Emergency is a collaboration of the emotional and pragmatic; music for love in a time of constant war; in a time of Xanax and screen time. Making music that cuts through the static of devices and seeks human connection and melodies that revive forgotten passions.

“Orchestral support can often feel self-indulgent and egotistical with the orchestra only there to serve the band. But here it feels entirely equal; two like-minded musical entities fluidly playing and communicating with each other.” – Huffington Post

For more information visit

Gaelic Storm

Taft Theatre

Saturday, February 24, 8:00 p.m., Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

317 East 5th St.

It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers. For more information visit

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents

Strauss The Knight of the Rose

Friday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Music Hall

1241 Elm Street

Explore the nature of love and life in this sparkling program book-ended by famous works by Richard Strauss: the music of the merry prankster Till Eulenspiegel, and the treasured Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose). Violin star Simone Lamsma, described as “polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), returns by popular demand to perform Bernstein’s Serenade to celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday. For more information visit

Family Festival: Play Party

Contemporary Arts Center

Saturday, February 24 at 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

44 E. 6th St.

Join us as we celebrate the UnMuseum’s newest installation, Please Play! This new work, designed by educator Leslie Hine Kochanowski, invites visitors to create and collaborate using repurposed materials. We’ll be making musical instruments from recycled objects, building cardboard cities and creating loose part portraits. Don't miss guests from Indigo Hippo and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! Stick around for the artist talk at 1:00 pm, followed by a special musical performance at 2:00pm from the Constella Festival. For more information visit

Cyclones Fight Cancer Night

US Bank Arena

Saturday, February 24, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Puck Drops 7:30 p.m.

100 Broadway

Join the Cyclones as we raise awareness for all types of cancer. The Cyclones will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. 4 tickets + 4 exclusive t-shirts ALL for $73. Individual ticket $18.25. For more information visit

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show

Duke Energy Convention Center

Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, 2018  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2, 2018  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 3, 2018  10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 4, 2018  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

525 Elm St.

Get ready to refresh your space! The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center February 24-25 & March 1-4, 2018.

Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof. 

10,000 square feet of feature gardens for inspiration. Also featuring, Fiona’s Cove an inspired water feature by Oberfields and the Cincinnati Zoo’s horticulture department. Wish Fiona a belated birthday by tossing a coin in the waterfall at Fiona’s Cove. All proceeds benefiting the Cincinnati Zoo and Fiona’s ongoing care.

Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will also be sharing Home Improvement: Tips & Tricks + The Dos and Don’ts. Presentations Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Sunday February 25th at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m

Thursday, March 1st is Hero Day, recognizing and thanking all military, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, medical professionals, and teacher with free admission to the show.

Friday, March 2nd is Family Day. Family-friendly activities.

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Memorial Hall

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.

1225 Elm Street

ComedySportz is the award winning comedy show where two teams of “Act-letes” battle it out for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes based upon audience suggestions. The Blue Team and the Red Team are under the command of the all powerful Referee and at the mercy of their audience fans, who control the outcome of the match! It’s fast, it’s funny, and it’s appropriate for everyone.

Our show is entirely improvised. We don’t have scripts or pre-planned scenes. A ComedySportz match only works with your suggestions. Just be sure to keep those suggestions clean, or the Referee could call a “Brown Bag Foul” and you’ll end up wearing a paper bag on your head.

ComedySportz matches are clean, light-hearted, and fast-paced entertainment designed with everyone in mind. We play with and for the audience, our fans, to create a one of a kind, laughter filled experience.

Seriously, your bachelorette party and your grandmother are guaranteed to have a great time! For more information visit

Art After Dark: Love is in the Hair

Cincinnati Art Museum

Friday, February 23, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

953 Eden Park Drive

Love is in the Hair this month! Join us Friday, Feb. 23 from 5–9 p.m. for live music from the Young Heirlooms, interactive love-themed tours from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, cash bars, food for purchase and exclusive access to the museum after hours.

Inspiration for this month's Art After Dark comes from special feature Mementos of Affection: Ornamental Hairwork in Jewelry and Portrait Miniatures now on view through November 2018.

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