Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

November 3–5, 2017

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Antique Christmas

Opens Friday, Nov.3, 11 a.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Fill yourself with holiday cheer by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past.

This year, you will see toys Santa might have left in years gone by: a jack-in-the-box display, a vintage Lionel toy train set, and dancing antique dolls. Festive decorations include a miniature lighted village of German houses, a heavenly arrangement of angels, a German table-top chandelier, and feather trees. Enjoy such treats as an unusual brown-coated Belsnickle “Santa” candy container, trees with cotton fruit, and a display of vintage dime store memories.

Greenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for a holiday feast with sparkling china, crystal, and silver.

Dig Deeper

Saturday, Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m.

Get to know a work in the Taft collection on a whole new level! This hour-long interactive program requires participants to look at, ask questions about, and discuss one work of art under the expert guidance of a docent. This program is designed to leave you with a new appreciation for some of your favorite paintings. FREE for Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Advance registration required.

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts

Through January 21, 2018

For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio


Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p. m.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky teenager Tracy Turnblad has two big dreams: to dance on The Corny Collins Show and win the heart of her teenage crush, Link Larkin.

Hairspray started as an independent film, written and directed by John Waters, in 1988. In 2002, with a cult following, Waters’ film would be adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway musical that ran until 2009.

Come see if Tracy’s dreams will become reality at SCPA, a world-class public K-12 arts school where dedicated students prepare for a lifelong involvement in artistic and scholastic pursuits. With choreography by Lea Lachey, this music features big talent and even bigger hair. Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

Friday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Through his Emmy Award winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America's favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and SHAPING SOUND are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever

SHAPING SOUND, created by the 2015 Emmy Award-winner (and six-time Emmy Award-nominee) for Outstanding Choreography, Travis Wall, with partners Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, creates evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as ‘visual musicians’, i.e. their dance gives shape and form to sound.

After The Curtain tells the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking, and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

What’s Going On? Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Dance Company

Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4 8 p.m.

Aronoff Center For The Arts, 650 Walnut St.

The first concert of Contemporary Dance Theater’s 45th Season will be the presentation of a young company from Washington DC, the Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Dance Company, in their dance tribute to Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice. This work features the choreography of Vincent Thomas, Artistic Director of VTDance, Sylvia Soumah, and Ralph Glenmore. Originally produced by Dance Place in Washington DC, the work brings together connections between Dance Place’s Carla Perlo, who went to the University of Cincinnati, Sylvia Soumah, who grew up in Cincinnati, and Jefferson James of Contemporary Dance Theater. This residency offers CDT a delightful opportunity to share this work and the work of these amazing artists.

What’s Going On is an interesting and organic collaboration of three choreographers and a combination of three different styles of dance: modern, jazz, and West African dance. The music of Marvin Gaye evokes the ‘60s and ‘70s, the social unrest and war fatigue, as well as the social dances and melancholy introspection of that time. But there is some solace in the end of the work with images of people coming together.

Tree Trimming Party

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fountain Square

Come to the O’Keeffe’s Company Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank for a Tree Trimming Party, as the Macy’s Tree makes its grand entrance to Fountain Square.

While we are decorating the tree for the holidays, create your very own ornaments at the Happen, Inc. workshop in the Lykins Energy Solutionswarming tent. The ornament making workshop is free with purchase of rink admission ($6).

Stay after the workshop to skate and for Watch It & Wear It with Cinderella (1950) on the LED Video Board. You can help extend a royal welcome to Cinderella who will be greeting guests at the ice rink along with her step-sisters, and her evil step-mother! Dress to impress in your prince and princess attire or costumes to meet and greet the princess and her family.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

Opens Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have a passion for African American history, art and culture and one of the largest private collections of African American art, artifacts and documents, spanning 400 years of history.

Amassed during more than four decades of the Kinseys’ marriage, the collection features work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston and Malcolm X. The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, presented by Macy’s, has been exhibited at the California African American Museum, The DuSable Museum of African American History, The Norton Museum of Art, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The collection has been cited for three national awards one of which includes the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services.

Holiday Beer Extravaganza

Saturday, Nov. 4, 12 – 5 p.m.

Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way

The Moerlein Lager House welcomes the holiday season again this year with the annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza. The Extravaganza serves as the unofficial opening of the holiday and winter beer season, this year featuring Moerlein ‘77 Winter Warmer. Also featured will be a number of Moerlein Lager House creations, including Holiday Porter Variants Mole, Cherry Cordial, Rum Cake and others, along with 16 other holiday craft beer selections from guest breweries. Furthermore, the Moerlein Lager House Brewers and Chef team have collaborated on four entirely unique infusions of a brand new Office Party Porter.


The list includes

  • Moerlein ‘77 Winter Warmer; spiced winter warmer with essence of Glayva
  • Moerlein Office Party Porter-Mole Spice Infused; notes of cocoa, espresso and smokiness
  • Moerlein Office Party Porter-Rum Cake infused; including cherries, raisins, pecans and vanilla
  • Moerlein Office Party Porter-Cherry Cordial; bing cherries, cocoa and vanilla bean
  • Moerlein Office Party Porter-Date Night infusion; dates, fresh rosemary and orange zest
  • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabazza; Belgian strong ale with figs, raisins and sugar plums
  • St. Bernardus Christmas Ale; deep dark color with velvety taste and fruity nose
  • Ridgeway Lump of Coal; bittersweet chocolate stout
  • Delirium Noel; winter ale with a sweet touch, then bitterness
  • Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale; lightly toasted malts with spicy hops into cinnamon
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale; dry hopped for a lively intense aroma
  • Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas; toasted and caramel malts with honey and cinnamon
  • Fifty West Home Sweet Home; brown ale with cinnamon, sage, molasses, pecans and sweet potatoes. (Thanksgiving in a glass!)


Tickets are $35 and include event access, eight beer tasting tickets, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and featured keg tappings. This is an opportunity to experience samples of rare and unique beers alongside food pairings perfect for each beer.

All-City Boychoir Festival

Saturday, Nov. 4, 12:30 – 6 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Hundreds of boys from around the tristate join in song at the seventh annual All-City Boychoir Festival. Guest conductor Mollie Stone, from the Chicago Children’s Choir and an expert in authentic music performance from around the world, will teach the boys South African music. (Their Ambassadors Choir will tour South Africa in the summer of 2018!)

Don’t miss the festival’s free showcase concert at 5 p.m.!

Boys in grades 1-12 will participate in thise half-day event, where they will sing, play musical games, and put together public concert in just one afternoon.

An Evening with Groucho

Opens Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m.

Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York, and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in An Evening with Groucho.


Ferrante was described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material.” Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast-paced 90-minute show contains all the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs.


Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo and MGM's Louis B. Mayer, among other legendary celebrities. The show also incorporates interaction with the audience.


Ferrante won the 1987 New York’s Theatre World Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for portraying Groucho Marx in Groucho: A Life in Revue Starring Frank Ferrante, which was a long-running Off-Broadway play.  He reprised the role in London's West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for “Comedy Performance of the Year.” Ferrante also played the same part Groucho Marx performed in Off-Broadway revivals of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.

The Storm that Built Music Hall

Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.

This closing program of five weeks of celebration for the re-opening of Music Hall looks back to 142 years ago. Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for our treasured Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. The Storm that Built Music Hall celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the CSO’s and the city’s German roots.

Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe. Equinox, commissioned for the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, is based on verses by poet, essayist, playwright and teacher Elizabeth Alexander, one of the most prominent and influential figures in contemporary American literature. Her book of poems American Sublime (2005) was one of three finalists for that year’s Pulitzer Prize and among the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” Get inside the minds of composers and to the heart of the music with Classical Conversations, one hour subscription concerts. This weekend Julia Adolphe will be speaking.

Northside Distillery White Label Bourbon Release Party

Saturday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

922 Race St.

Due to a limited supply and overwhelming demand, Northside Distilling Co. are currently pre-selling 500 of the Bourbon White Label bottles. Then you can pick up your bottle at Northside Distilling’s Bourbon Release Party, with live music, Northslice Artisan Pizza, and a great time as they celebrate this labor of love.

The Northside Distilling Co. started in the way that any good distillery starts, with friends. Chris and close friend, Josh, began home brewing in the basement, which lead to an interest in distilling. After purchasing a 13 gallon still and two years of paperwork later, Northside Distilling was born. NDC focuses on creating high quality spirits. “From Grain to Glass” every piece of the process is done at their distillery. Mashing, fermenting, distilling, labeling, bottling, and aging bourbon can be seen right on location. No push button operations, good old-fashioned, hand-crafted bourbon.


Earlier this year, they expanded their production facility, and a bar, in the heart of downtown.  Patrons can take a tour while enjoying specialty cocktails or a local beer. 

Cincy Brass w/ Eric Harland's RUDE UNKAL

Sunday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St.

“N’awlins Soul Meets Cincinnati Funk” – That’s the best way to describe The Cincy Brass.

This nine-piece brass band has the essence of Bourbon Street, funk, hip-hop, and jazz all wrapped into an epic explosion of sound and passion. Whether it be an original off of their album (featuring Bootsy Collins, buggs tha rocka, or Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russel) or a mind-blowing twist on your favorite covers (Beyonce, James Brown, Def Leppard, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, or Led Zeppelin just to name a few), or an old time N’awlins street music hit, The Cincy Brass delivers a performance that can’t be duplicated.

The band has been a staple of the Cincinnati music scene since 2010, performing at some of Cincinnati’s hippest music venues and biggest festivals. You also may have seen the 3-time CEA winners at Reds games, festivals, opening for national artists in Cincinnati's biggest venues, or with Andy Dalton in his 2015 Pepsi commercial.

Cincinnati Pizza Week

Monday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 12

Various locations

Sky’s out, pies out — pizza pies, that is! Find $8 pizzas from Cincinnati's most popular pizza joints. Each participating Cincinnati Pizza Week restaurant will bake up its own spin on the wheel — from signature pies to secret menu specialties and more. It’s seven days of paying homage to all things ’za, no matter how you slice it.

Featured restaurants include Goodfellas Pizzeria, Harvest Pizzeria, Palomino, Pies and Pints Pizzeria, Snappy Tomato Pizza, and Zablong Peculiar Pizza. During Cincinnati Pizza Week some participating locations will be offering specials from sponsor Braxton Brewing Company,

Cincinnati Pizza Week passports will help guide pizza lovers to participating restaurants — passports will be stamped by the restaurant for each full pie ordered.

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