Downtown Events

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Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

January 26, 2018

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The Humans

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.

Now through February 17


Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents the regional premiere of the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, The Humans. This evocative drama brings a family face to face and provides a poignant reminder of why we gather together. 


Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his family from Scranton, Pa., to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s dingy apartment in Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the apartment, family tensions reach a boiling point…and the hilarity and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. Hailed as a new American classic, this haunting play encapsulates what we all dread most about the holidays and the pressure to present our best selves to those who mean the most to us.


Tickets range from $35 to adults, student tickets are $28 and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performances are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.



Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

Now through February 17


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the movie classic celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, comes to the stage in its Cincinnati debut at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.


Self-proclaimed liberals Matt and Christina Drayton must wrestle with their own buried prejudices when their daughter Joanna returns home with her new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentiss. When the family is joined by John’s parents, the young couple offers an ultimatum: the families must come to terms with their impending marriage that night – or John and Joanna will part forever.


The film featured Hollywood’s first interracial kiss and was groundbreaking in its portrayal of Joanna and John’s romance, and its incredible financial success cemented Sidney Poitier’s position as the top box-office draw of the year. The film also marked the final time that real-life power couple Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy appeared together onscreen, as Tracy passed away mere days after filming ended.


Tickets range from $14 to $52 and can be purchased at Box Office or online.



Paw Patrol Live! Race to The Rescue

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Saturday, Jan. 27 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that ‘no job is too big, no pup is too small’, and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving.


Tickets start at $22.50 and can be purchased at the box office or online.



Hip Hippo Hooray for Fiona!

Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.

Main Library – Reading Garden Lounge, 800 Vine St.


Celebrate Fiona’s first birthday and relive the experience of her very first days. This extraordinary time is captured in local author Jan Sherbin’s Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!, a photographic biography of the little hippo, accompanied by 65 Cincinnati Zoo photos. This heartwarming story chronicles Fiona’s journey from surprise early arrival through intensive medical care, learning to be a hippo, meeting her parents, and meeting her fans. Fiona fans will enjoy hearing about the author’s experiences creating the book, and sharing their own Fiona stories. The presentation will be followed by birthday cake, crafts and other fun activities for all ages.


Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. A portion of book proceeds will go to the Cincinnati Zoo and The Friends of the Library.



Jurassic Quest

Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.


Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family! The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaur bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more.


Jurassic Quest is America’s Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Guests walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs.


Jurassic Quest has over 200 true to life size dinosaurs across its two events. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each one was painstakingly replicated in every detail. In Jurassic Quests Dinosaur World, the dinosaurs roar and move, some even walk around. The interactive baby dinosaurs are always a big hit.


Guests can also dig up fossils like a real paleontologist. They can ride on the back of a 24-foot T-Rex, explore inflatable mazes, HUGE slides, and the multitrack Dino Bungee Pull. Jurassic Quest has a Dinosaur Petting zoo and a fossil area in the Dinosaur Museum where guests can  see real dinosaur fossils dating back over 60 million years.


Tickets range from $18 to $34 and can be purchased at the Box Office or online.



Red Door Project Show: Balance

Saturday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.

The Yoga Bar, 15 W. Fourteenth St.


The Red Door Project is excited to partner with The Yoga Bar for the January art show themed Balance. This is a perfect theme for the start of the New Year. Enjoy an evening of local art, food, and a few surprises.


Anyone can create art. Each month, The Red Door Project has an open call to artists to submit their artwork based on a theme. The entire community is invited to The Red Door Project auction opening each month.



Beefsteak Club Dinner

Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Christian Moerlein Malt House Tap Room, 1621 Moore St.


The Beefsteak Club returns to support the 26th Bockfest which takes place March 2 to 4, 2018. As the name might suggests, the event includes dinner, but the experience does not involve steak. In the spring of 1896, the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewery hosted some of the most prominent Cincinnatians for an elegant meal with beer pairings in the unlikely ambiance of the brewery. Cincinnati’s political and social elite enjoyed the experience so much that it became a regular occurrence, and the standard guest list called themselves members of the Beefsteak Club.


Organizers have reinvented the traditional beefsteak dinner and transformed it into an evening of art, performances and unique Bockfest experiences plus an all new carnival inspired menu from Arnold’s Bar & Grill and bock beer pairings by the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company.


Some highlights of the party include:

·        Circus performances by Circus Mojo

·        Photo Booth from Floyd of the Universe

·        Jim Effler’s 2018 Bockfest Poster reveal

·        Carnival Food

·        Bock Beer

·        Body Painting

·        Mud Wrestling

·        Jugglers

·        Fire Breathers

·        Tea Leaf Readings

·        Strolling Musicians

·        Games and Prizes


All proceeds go to supporting Bockfest and the Bockfest Parade. Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, free parking, and a signed copy of this year’s Bockfest poster. Tickets are $55 per individual or $95 per couple and can be purchased at



14th annual Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, January 28, 12 – 4 p.m.

Findlay Market, 1801 Elder St.


12-1pm: Chili Competition with Local Amateur Chefs


1pm: Winners Announced + FREE SAMPLES while supplies last


All Day (12-4pm)


Live Music by the Johnson Treatment


Bloody Mary & Moscow Mule Bar with Watershed Distillery


Chili and Chili-Themed Items available for purchase from Findlay Market vendors, including:


Texas Beer Bacon Chili from Eckerlin Meats

Hispanic-Style Chili from Cake Rack Bakery

Chicken Chili from Gramma Debbie's Kitchen

Chili Verde from Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices

Bison Chili from Fresh Table

Lentil Skyline Chili from Dean's Mediterranean Imports

Chili, Coneys and Three-Ways from Areti's Gyros

Specialty Chili and Cheese Coney Pizza from Harvest Pizzeria

Cincinnati Chili Pierogies from Babushka Pierogies

Mild to Hot Cheddar Cheese Flights from Gibbs Cheese and Sausage

Jalapeño Bread from Em's Sourdough Bread           

"Some Like It Hot" Tea (made with chili) from Churchill's Fine Teas           

Cocoa Loco Gelato from Dojo Gelato           

Hot Chocolate with Fahrenheit 513 Chocolate shavings from Maverick Chocolate Co.            

Cinnamon Imperials from OTR Candy Bar           

Chipotle Olive Oil and Spicy Garlic Olive Oil from Kofinas Olive Oil & Vinegar           

Sweet 'n Salty Popcorn from Mama Lo Hizo

Mini Raspberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies from Taste of Belgium


Want to sample a wide variety of chili? Purchase tickets in advance to receive sample sizes of these chili specials from the Findlay Market vendors. $2 per ticket, 6 for $10, or 15 for $20. Tickets will also be available for purchase on-site during the event.




Sunday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.


Have you ever wondered how to use the ends of onions or what grocers do with the apples that have a small hole? On January 28, learn more about how to prevent, recover, and recycle surplus food when you watch the new documentary, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” that tells the powerful story of wasted food featuring Anthony Bourdain along with other celebrity chefs.


Afterward, there will be a panel discussion with local chefs, zero waste experts and other advocates about how businesses tackle wasted food in commercial settings. After the panel, sample tantalizing creations made by La Soupe, along with other delicious food from Chefs Collaborative members. All profit from this event will benefit their sustainability initiatives. This event is sponsored by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District whose mission is to assist residents, communities, businesses, and schools in achieving zero waste. Doors open at 3:00pm, with movie beginning promptly at 3:30pm. Tickets are $20.




School of Rock Mason Tributes to AC/DC and Rush

Sunday, January 28

4:00 PM – tribute to AC/DC

7:00 PM – tribute to Rush

The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street   

$6 advance, $8 day of show. All Ages.

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Students from Mason’s School of Rock will perform two different programs at The Woodward Theater on Sunday.  At 4:00 p.m., it’s a tribute to AC/DC and at 7:00 p.m., it’s a tribute to Rush. School of Rock isn’t just about creating excellent musicians with a lasting love for all things rock, they are also focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. School of Rock teaches music as well as building confidence and extraordinary teamwork.




Cozy up to a Fireplace


Here’s a list of five downtown bars and restaurants where you can cozy up to a fireplace and sip a hearty cocktail and munch on some snacks. 

Härth Lounge

125 West Fourth Street


The Härth Lounge is a stylish, urban lounge next to Bromwell's, a brand renowned for its selection of fireplaces and home decor. Along with great cocktails, fine wines and craft beers, Härth Lounge has live music from local favorites like Steve Schmidt, Todd Hepburn, and Jess Lamb and several seating areas around a fireplace.




122 E. Sixth St.


Igby's has a "snug room" with its own private bar, heated balcony, and fireplace available for private parties.



625 Walnut Street


Cincinnati's first gastropub, Nicholson's is modeled on the traditional Scottish tavern and features a warm, inviting fireplace in the dining room. It's the perfect place to sample one of the more than 70 Scotch whiskies on the bar menu.



The Phelps Bar

Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown   

506 E. Fourth Street


Located inside the Residence Inn Cincinnati, The Phelps Bar has wine, beer, cocktails, and history on the menu. Housed in a building constructed in 1926 by Charles Phelps Taft, The Phelps Bar has a living room-like setting where you can sip hand-crafted cocktails and savor flatbreads, charcuterie, and even an ice cream sandwich from Aglamesis in an elegant spot in one of downtown's most historic areas.



Presidents Room

812 Race Street


The Presidents Room, located inside The Phoenix, offers diners a mix of classic and new dishes, as well as cocktails with innovative variations, set in an architectural icon.  The Phoenix, built in 1893, is Cincinnati's finest example of Italian renaissance architecture, designed by Samuel Hannaford, the architect of many local landmarks.  The menu's German and Italian influences are showcased in new and original ways, using contemporary techniques with an old world feel. Those influences guarantee hearty comfort food - sauerkraut balls, pappardelle, and s'mores - served by a warm fire.





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