Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

March 23-25, 2018

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Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive

Opens March 23

On view through July 22, 2018

Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death will introduce museum visitors to 17th-century painter Guido Cagnacci. The centerpiece of the special feature is the oil on canvas Death of Cleopatra (1660-62) on loan from the Pinacoteca de Brera (Brera Paintings Gallery) in Milan, Italy.

The special feature came about thanks to the museum’s ongoing partnership with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture (FIAC) that brought Raphael’s Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn to the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2015. FIAC facilitated the loan of the Cleopatra from the Brera, which inspired the Museum to seek complementary loans from American institutions.

Accompanying the Brera’s Cleopatra are two other paintings by Cagnacci: another Death of Cleopatra (1645-55), recently acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and David Holding Goliath's Head (1650) from the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, which has been recently conserved. These paintings will be joined by David with the Head of Goliath (circa 1636) by Bernardo Strozzi and an etching depicting Cleopatra made in the previous century, both from the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

The special feature is free and does not require tickets. It will be on view in the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Gallery (125) across from the Terrace Café.

Louis Langrée Conducts Mozart + Strauss

Music Hall, 1243 Elm St.

Friday, March 23, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.

The musical depth and intensity of the Orchestra is on full display in this program. Strauss’ Metamorphosen, featuring 23 solo string performers in an outpouring of tragic emotion, is considered a masterpiece of the string repertoire written toward the end of the composer’s life. Mozart’s deeply personal Gran Partita is a magnum opus.

The ideas for Metamorphosen came to Richard Strauss at the end of World War II, when he was devastated by the destruction during World War II of many of the temples of German culture— concert halls and opera houses in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, were in ruins and ashes…. Strauss, the hero of the late romantic tradition (who came to Cincinnati almost 40 years before this work was written to conduct concerts with the CSO) was then in his eighties and, as it turned out, writing one of his very last pages of music. This ambiguous masterpiece offers a striking contrast to Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade for 13 wind instruments. The Serenade is more than a charming open-air composition; its sensuality and depth, its clarity and density, and its rigorous and voluptuous inventiveness place it among Mozart’s greatest masterpieces.

Menopause the Musical

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Friday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 25 2 and 6 p.m.

Continues through March 31

Join the sisterhood! Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer ‘The Silent Passage’.

The cast will include Megan Cavanagh (as “Earth Mother,”) known for her role as “Marla Hooch” in A League of Their Own.

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of ‘The Change'. The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. 

Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating sixteen years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life adjustments after forty by embracing each other and the road ahead.

(And men love it, too.)

ArtsWave Days: Music Hall Open House

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the ins and outs of Cincinnati’s most historic architectural wonder. As you explore the newly-renovated Music Hall, you’ll also enjoy nonstop singing, orchestral, and dancing performances from resident companies throughout the day — and sing with the May Festival while you’re there!

Springer Auditorium Performance Schedule

10-10:40 a.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players: Dvorak Brass Quintet

11-11:40 a.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players: Sylvia Brahms Trio

Noon-12:40 p.m.

Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC)

1-1:40 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players: Fryxell Quintet

Lindner Grand Foyer

10-11 a.m.

Nouveau Chamber Players

11:10-11:30 a.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra ensemble: Allison Siekmann String Quartet

11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra ensemble: Jenny Gaffney String Quartet

1-1:50 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra: Brass Quintet

Wilks Studio Performance Schedule

10-10:50 a.m.

Cincinnati Ballet, In Step interactive dance program

11-11:50 a.m.

Cincinnati Opera, Opera for All, featuring two singers and pianist

12:10-12:50 p.m.

CSO Neighborhood Connection Drum Circle

1:10-2 p.m.

CSO musician Tim Berens with Afro-beat musician Baoku Moses

Corbett Tower Performance Schedule

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: SPMH History Station

10-11:45 a.m.

Music Lab: Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to learn how to make a sound on a variety of orchestral instruments like the violin, viola, cello, trumpet, and trombone.

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Prince Rooster: A narrator tells the tale of Prince Rooster with accompaniment by CSO musicians

12:15-12:35 p.m.

Visit from the White Rabbit: A narrator tells the tale of the Visit from White Rabbit with accompaniment by CSO musicians

12:35-1:30 p.m.

Bach & Boombox: Learn why modern musicians like AC/DC and Lil Pump owe Bach a big thank you!

1:30-2 p.m.

WWQ – Peter and the Wolf

May Festival Rehearsal Room Performance Schedule

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

May Festival Community Choir Open Rehearsal —sing with the May Festival!

1-1:30 p.m.

May Festival Chamber Choir

1:30-2 p.m.

May Festival Youth Chorus

P&G Founders Room

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

CET’s Documentary, Music Hall: The Next Movement will be playing every half hour


Society for the Preservation of Music Hall volunteers will provide historical insights throughout the day at the Theodor Thomas statue, Ruben Springer statue, and Corbett Tower.

Family Festival: Shadows and Illusion

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.

Saturday, March 24, 12 – 3 p.m.

The artist Glenn Kaino turns magical illusions into art! Guests are invited to create some illusions of our own with the help of a special magician from Cincinnati Circus. Join them as they experiment with invisible paint, construct large mosaics out of playing cards and design magic wands inspired by Kaino's Wands Bygone series.

The Mini Microcinema will be onhand with a collection of illusion-inspired short films for children playing in the UnMuseum.

The chameleon-esque practice of Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino utilizes sculpture, spectacle, video and performance to convey political restlessness and the uncanny blurring of news with fallacy in the exhibition A Shout Within a Storm. As a former street artist, web designer, theatre producer and chief creative officer for the pioneering digital music startup Napster, Kaino has been celebrated for his re-combinative approach known as “kit-bashing.” Developing his practice at the height of the Internet boom, Kaino was part of a generation of artists who rethought the model-maker's process of assembling standard structures into hybrid forms. His 2014 installation Tank integrates fragments of a decommissioned military tank into a series of aquarium environments. This stunning array of the Los Angeles-based artist's work will span the last decade of his enigmatic practice, including his collaborations with marine biologists, mentalists, gang members, chess players and – in his newest work which debuts in this exhibition – celebrity Japanese chef Niki Nakayama.

Pierogi and Kolachi Class with Babushka Pierogies

Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm St.

Saturday, March 24 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Get ready for the Easter holiday! Sarah Dworak, of Babushka Pierogies, will share her Babushka’s (grandmother’s) pierogi and kolachi recipes that have been handed down through the generations. This class will outline all steps of the pierogi-making process, as well as the kolachi-making process. Make sure to bring your rolling pin and a container for leftover pierogi, as each participant will be making about 20 pierogi. The class will end by enjoying the fruits of our labor, so come hungry!

Beer, wine, water, and traditional polka music will be provided. Smacznego!

Findlay Kitchen is a non-profit food business incubator, located in the heart of the historic Findlay Market district. Findlay Kitchen supports food entrepreneurs looking to start, grow and scale their business, by providing affordable access to 11 licensed commercial kitchens, commercial-grade kitchen equipment, and ample storage space. The facility was designed and built with maximum flexibility in mind for our members, whether you're just starting out or are looking to scale your current operation.

As a food business incubator, they partner with external programs and organizations to provide the necessary training, mentorship, and resources to aid business growth. But they also provide wraparound business support services, and access to exclusive sales channels and opportunities, all while helping these food entrepreneurs bring healthy, locally grown and produced foods to our region.

Collegium Cincinnati: Mothers & Sons

Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth St.

Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.

No one can imagine Mary’s pain as she witnessed Jesus suffering on the cross. Through the stunning music of Bach, Arvo Pärt, and others, we bring to the surface the wrenching emotion and spiritual meaning of the crucifixion from the perspective of a mother.

The Program

Fragment for the Virgin – John Tavener

Mother & Child – Tavener

Cantata 159 - Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem – Bach

Stabat Mater – Arvo Pärt

Lament of the Mother of God – John Tavener

Collegium Cincinnati is a professional choral-orchestral ensemble that embraces both the old and the new, and they invite our patrons to join them on a musical journey unlike any other they have taken. They revere the great masters, and celebrate the new works that are bound to inspire and astound. From the Passions of Bach to world premiere performances of today’s newest great repertoire, the Collegium presents stylish musical events that surprise, move, and captivate audiences.

While they maintain a home as artists-in-residence at Christ Church Cathedral, one of the most active music hubs in the city, the Collegium performs in traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the city.

Carol Ann’s Carousel Spring Break

8 W. Mehring Way

Monday, March 27, 2018 – Sunday, April 1

Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Look no further for your staycation this spring break then Carol Ann’s Carousel.

Take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel. The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen with panels depicting animal characters playing in one of the numerous Cincinnati parks. Additional panels celebrate the many historic landmarks of Cincinnati. The carousel is housed inside a glass building so it can operate year-round.

Take home a keepsake from the gift shop located inside the carousel building and play in the Pichler Spraygrounds when you bring your family and friends to experience this new Cincinnati tradition.

The carousel —a gift from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Foundation/US Bank was built by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of hand-carved wooden carousels.

Egg Hunt

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park.This event is FREE and open to the public. Produced by 3CDC the annual Easter Egg Hunt features:

• 10,000 candy-filled eggs

• Face painting with Over the Line Productions

• Photos with Mr. Easter Bunny & Mrs. Easter Bunny

• Play time with baby animals from Sunrock Farm

Participants may select one heat to participate in, limit 6 eggs per child.

Egg Hunt Schedule:

11 a.m.: ages 3-6

12 p.m.: ages 7-10

1 p.m.: ages 3-6

2 p.m.: ages 7-10

* Participants must bring their own baskets *