Downtown Events


Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2019

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Women and Nature

Friday, March 6, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lloyd Library and Museum, 917 Plum St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/women-and-nature

Through May 22.

In the year our country celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Lloyd Library’s spring exhibition, Women and Nature in the Arts, Sciences and Letters, opens on March 6. It is a tribute to the female scientists, authors, artists, and illustrators represented in the Lloyd collections.

The exhibition will feature works by naturalists, botanists, mycologists, horticulturists, and explorers, including pioneers of scientific illustration Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) and Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758), and designer of over 400 gardens, Gertrude Jekyll. Two of the more visually stunning books on display will be Familiar Indian Flowers by Lena Lowis (1878) and Illustrations of the Fungi of Our Fields and Woods by Sarah Price (1864). The Lloyd Gallery will feature Four Seasons at Burnet Woods, photography by Rama Kasturi.

Backstage and Beyond: Inside Cincinnati Music Hall

Friday, March 6, 2:30 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/spmh-backstage-and-beyond-inside-cincinnati-music-hall

Through April 30.

Friends of Music Hall presents... the indoor building tour of a world-class historical landmark: Cincinnati Music Hall!

Join Friends of Music Hall Program Guides for a 60-minute tour that goes backstage and beyond with a trip through a variety of private and public spaces and Cincinnati history. The tour speaks to guests of a wide range in ages and interests. If you have a particular interest in history, music, theater, architecture or Cincinnati culture, this will be a real treat!

Discover how this gorgeous building reflects the spirit of the past and present, and why it was the envy of the Great Midwest in the 19th century and the cornerstone of the 21st century renaissance of Cincinnati's historic heart. Proceeds benefit Friends of Music Hall a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information go to, friendsofmusichall.org.

Cincy Winter Beerfest

Friday, March 6, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/cincy-winter-beerfest

Sample over 350 craft beers. Named one of top 10 craft beer fests in nation. Choose from 3 different sessions.

Cincinnati Cyclones

Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St.

https://cycloneshockey.com/

On Friday night, the Cyclones show their appreciation for our local First Responders. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Fleece Blanket presented by the Plastic Surgery Group! Plus enjoy $5 Craft Beers, $1 Sodas, and $3 Cheeseburgers as part of 513 Friday!

On Saturday night, enjoy a game with your good boy at the Cyclones Pups N Pucks game presented by John Morrell. Bring your pup to the frozen pond with a Special Pups N Pucks ticket package. During one of the intermissions, the Cyclones will find out who the fastest dachshund on ice is. Plus $1 John Morrell Hotdogs All Night Long!

Celene Hawkins

Friday, March 6, 12:00 AM

Saturday, March 7, 12:00 AM

Sunday, March 8, 12:00 AM

21C Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/celene-hawkins

Through October 31.

There is a strong tradition of grand or dramatic depictions of landscape in art. I am interested, instead, in details of the landscape that are often overlooked. I use a range of materials and practices to explore order and entropy in Nature. Some of the works shown here are heavily digitally altered and overlaid, while others are highly realistic. Ambiguities of scale and pictorial space are intended to make the images more abstract, even artificial.

The sculptural frames act as ornate windows for the landscapes within, elevating the value of both object and image. Historically, decorative frames rarely had a specific relationship to the images they contained. In contrast, I am blurring the division between object and image by sculpting, or utilizing elements, that directly extend the narrative of the illusive image into actual three-dimensional space.

Other works simply employ the decorativeness of the ornamented frame as a formal backdrop for highly altered details from Nature. They reference tapestry, or other elaborate pattern and decoration-heavy design elements.

Shades of Greatness

Friday, March 6, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhalll Way

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/shades-greatness

Through April 16.

In August of 2003, the NLBM made available to the public the first-ever collaborative professional art exhibit inspired by Negro Leagues Baseball. This critically acclaimed exhibition features 35 original works of art produced by 28 diverse professional artists from across the country that interpret the Negro Leagues experience on-and-off the playing field. Renowned artist Kadir Nelson headlines the talented roster of artists who participated in Shades of Greatness. The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to bring this unique celebration of the compelling and powerful story of the Negro Leagues to Cincinnati to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues in 1920.

Bloom and Grow

Friday, March 6, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr.

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

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.

Vhils

Friday, March 6, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 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.

2020 Nominated Oscar Shorts

Friday, March 6, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Garfield Theatre, 718 Race St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/2020-nominated-oscar-shorts

Through March 15.

You'll find plenty to love in the 2020 animated and live action short film programs – memories of childhood, dramatic thrillers, parenting, comedy, shifting emotional landscapes, friendship and love — great short films from truly talented filmmakers.

~ PROGRAM A – ANIMATION ~ Total Run Time approximately 83 minutes.

SUMMARY: This year's animated shorts are artistically appealing, cleverly told (with some surprise twists) and emotionally effective – some invite smiles and warm your heart, others are heart-rending. Three of the five nominees are directed by women and four are about bonds between family members while the fifth is about a bond between a dog and cat. They all explore relationships, textured by friendship, love, kindness, regret and resignation. With imaginative and highly expressive approaches to storytelling, three employ labor-intensive stop-motion, but in different ways – using paper-mâché, wool felt and clay; while two utilize brightly colored 2D CGI (computer graphics imagery). In addition, four diverse bonus animations round out the program.

~ PROGRAM B – LIVE ACTION ~ Total Run Time approximately 102 minutes.

SUMMARY: This year's live-action shorts are diverse, well-made and engaging, offering a broad range of emotional experience, evoking intrigue and empathy. Three of the five nominees are directed by women; all are about familial relationships, and all are built on forms of hope – for understanding, personal well-being and better lives. With global entries from Belgium, Canada/Tunisia, France/Tunisia, Guatemala and the USA, only one is in English, but they all tell stories that transcend cultures. Although themes, tones and narratives vary from film to film, each is compelling and worth watching.

Anne and Emmett

Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 PM

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way

https://cincinnatiblacktheatre.org/ticket-info/10?fbclid=IwAR35rNNqIWTOK8Ws6IJcqEobyixP10m5huNREpm7JVjWMnttAizLji4CdPU

Through March 8.

Anne and Emmett is a play by American Janet Langhart Cohen. It explores an imaginary conversation between Emmett Till, an African American, and Anne Frank, a German Jew, which takes place in Memory, a non-specific afterlife or alternate dimension. They were killed as young teenagers because of racial persecution. An imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred. Frank is the 13-year-old Jewish girl whose diary provided a gripping perspective of the Holocaust. Till is the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi sparked the American Civil Rights Movement.

Pride & Prejudice

Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 PM

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

https://cincyshakes.com/event/pride-and-prejudice/

Through March 28.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” One of the single most beloved stories of all time returns to the CSC stage in a fresh new adaptation which critics are calling “delightfully different,” “fizzy and festive,” and “unlike any adaptation of Jane Austen one has seen before.” Sweepingly romantic, with a good dose of the tongue-in-cheek, Pride and Prejudice follows the affaires de cœur of the witty and willful Elizabeth Bennet, as she finds that the path to true love can lead to the most unexpected of places.

Annie Jr.

Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

https://thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/annie-jr/

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

BABY SHARK LIVE!

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 PM

Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/baby-shark

Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark, Ollie, as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!

Pipeline

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 6:00 PM

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.

https://www.ensemblecincinnati.org/shows/pipeline

Through April 3.

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. But when an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost? A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the forefront.

AMERICAN ORIGINALS: The Cincinnati Sound

Saturday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

https://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/pops/1920-pops-season/the-cincinnati-sound/

MR and former Late Show with David Letterman band director Paul Shaffer co-host a celebration fit for a Queen City. Cincinnati has nurtured some of America's most important musical styles and musicians, including James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Hank Williams, Mamie Smith and the Stanley Brothers. Experience the legacy of American music born just blocks from Music Hall in local landmarks King Records and Herzog Studios, reimagined with the power of the Pops and special guests. Following the Saturday concert, join us in the Foyer for a funk & soul party, free with your ticket. "It's a unique mélange that started with folk, bluegrass, country and then branched into gospel and rockabilly and, eventually, into the funk sounds of James Brown. That happened right here." —Pops Conductor John Morris Russell in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

City Flea: WomenFolk Market

Sunday, March 8, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Transept, 1205 Elm St.

https://www.facebook.com/events/541524369780065/

In honor of our 10 year anniversary coming up and because SO many of our vendors and shoppers are women, we are hosting the first annual Womenfolk Market - a market for women, by women on this years International Women's Day - Sunday March 8 at The Transept in OTR Cincinnati. Come shop woman owned business in a beautiful space in the heart of OTR while you sip coffee, cocktails and enjoy a bite to eat. ** Event will be ticketed

Glazed & Brewed: A Donut, Coffee and Beer Tasting

Sunday, March 8, 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://www.facebook.com/events/656599365145497/

What’s better than a beer? A beer, a donut, and a coffee, that’s what!

We’re teaming up with the java savants at Deeper Roots Coffee and the cruller kings at Holtman's Donut Shop for a guided tasting that will leave you jazzed and infused. Each participant will have a reserved spot on a guided tasting of four custom donuts, four fresh pour over coffees, and four rare Rhinegeist brews. Representatives from Holtman’s and Deeper Roots will be on hand to answer questions and guide the tasting.

Afterwards, Deeper Roots and Holtman’s will be serving coffee and donuts from a popup cafe in the taproom.