Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

April 20 – 22, 2018

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Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Opens April 20, 11 a.m.

Exhibition continues through August 12

Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive


The formation and vast influence of China’s landmark Qin dynasty will be showcased in Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China at the Cincinnati Art Museum from April 20 to August 12. This special exhibition includes 120 objects drawn from the collections of Chinese art museums and archaeological institutes. More than 40 of these works have never been on view in the U.S. before this exhibition.


Dating from 770-206 B.C., these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, richly reflect history, myths and burial practices in ancient China. In addition to the 9 life-size terracotta figures, the exhibition includes a cavalry horse, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry and ceramics.


In 1974 local farmers digging a well outside the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province, China, discovered pottery shards and bronze arrows. This led to the astonishing discovery of 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses, which is considered one of the most important archaeological finds in human history. The mausoleum was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.


Timed tickets for Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China are free for museum members and are available for purchase by the general public at the Cincinnati Art Museum front desk and online at General adult admission tickets are $16 at the front desk, $14 with discount code ONLINE. Tickets are $8 for college students, seniors (65+) and children (6-17 years). Allow at least one hour to view the exhibition.



Renew Reveal Art Exhibit

Opening reception: April 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibition continues through June 15

YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, 898 Walnut St.



The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery was established in 1993 to showcase local women artists. The exhibit, Renew Reveal features works by Paige Wideman, Terri Kern and Renee Harris. The free opening reception, with light bites and drinks, is April 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Paige Wideman is a constant observer of nature and is inspired by the vast differences found within it, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Her sculpture reflects, responds and speaks to the environment and the multitude of elements it encases.


Terri Kern’s work documents her personal history. Each sculpture functions as a visual marker that commemorates a single moment, event, or memory. Her work changes as it follows the natural evolution of her life and experiences.


Renee Harris revisits drawing in her current work while exploring the infinite possibilities of incorporating mixed media, acrylic wash, graphite pencil, various inclusion papers on wooden surfaces.


The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the YWCA, 898 Walnut Street (on the corner of 9th and Walnut), downtown. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – to 5 p.m., or by special arrangement.



Classical Roots: Under One Roof

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.


The smash-hit annual tradition Classical Roots returns to beautifully renovated Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Community Mass Choir in a program to lift you up and bring the house down. An extraordinary 150-voice Classical Roots will join John Morris Russell and the CSO Community Mass Choir, made up of singers from dozens of area churches, for this one-night-only concert experience.


One Roof shines a light on the history of legendary artists who have graced Music Hall's stages including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Marian Anderson and more.


Ticket prices range from $10 to $55 and are available online and at the box office.



An Evening with Mavis Staples

Friday, April 20, 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.


Grammy Award-winner, Kennedy Center Honoree and iconic singer, Mavis Staples has woven herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, blues, rock, and R&B over the last 60 years. She made a name for herself in the 1950s as part of The Staple Singers, went on to contribute to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, and later rose to pop radio stardom with hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.”


With her trademark deep growl more powerful than ever, Staples shouts, croons, scats, swoops and testifies like no one else can, and brings her message of hope and positivity to new listeners, song after song.  Tickets are $55 to $80 and available online and at the door.



Mark de Jong: Swing House and Chris Larson: Function is Redundant

Opening reception: Friday, April 20, 8 – 11 p.m.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 2

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.



The Contemporary Arts Center brings two artists who are changing the way we view and move through space with Mark de Jong, Swing House and Chris Larson, Function is Redundant. Both exhibitions will display architecture in unfamiliar ways, blurring the lines between the architectural and artistic landscapes.  The free opening reception is April 20 from 8 to 11 p.m.


Mark de Jong is the hometown hero. Residing in Camp Washington, the Dutch-born, Cincinnati-based artist has been making noise around the city over the last couple of years with his massive architectural transformations. He is now bringing his creations into a gallery setting of this scale for the first time.


With this exhibition, the CAC will celebrate his most ambitious venture to date – showcasing the reconstructed three-flight staircase from Swing House as an archaeological wonder. It will be surrounded by related sculptural pieces de Jong has crafted from the materials gathered from this and other renovations.


Chris Larson, the Minneapolis-based artist transforms ordinary building structures into surreal studio spaces that he pierces and spins to create drawings, prints and videos, challenging the viewer’s sense of direction; is up really up?


Admission to the CAC is always free.



Canstruction: Strut the Structures Guided Walking Tour

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.


“Strut the Structures” guided-walking tours are a great (and free) way to see all the entries in the annual Cincinnati Canstruction competition. Groups meet at the Weston Art Gallery.


The 21st Annual Cincinnati Canstruction sculptures are on display through Sunday, April 29:

·        The Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut Street)

·        The front lobby of the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut Street)

·        The Scripps Center (312 Walnut Street)

·        The Downtown Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (800 Vine Street)

·        Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (151 West 5th Street)

·        The Center at 600 Vine (600 Vine Street)

·        The PNC Center (250 East Fifth Street)


Canstruction is a unique three-week display, sponsored by the Cincinnati chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration features fantastic sculptural constructions built entirely of stacked arrangements of canned and non-perishable packaged foods. At the conclusion of the display, all canned and packaged food used to build the sculptures is donated to the Freestore Foodbank.



ArtsWave Days: Block Party at the Taft Museum of Art

Saturday, April 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

The Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.


A large festive event tent over the Taft garden will be jumping with a community block party in full swing on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy music, crafts, games, as well as food and themed-beverages for purchase. Live music will be performed by Bacchanal Steel Drum Band from 6-8 p.m. and Shanay Productions featuring MzMusic 8-9 p.m.


See Twisted | Patrick Dougherty Entwined at the Taft, a large-scale stick work sculpture, as it evolves on the front lawn.


Guest will also have full access to the Museum’s historic house and art collection, and FREE admission to Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection.



Adam Sandler

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth


As a successful actor, writer, producer and musician, Adam Sandler’s films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide and include box office hits such as “Grown Ups,” “Big Daddy,” “The Longest Yard,” and “The Waterboy.”  This April, Sandler co-stars in the Netflix comedy, “The Week Of,” reuniting him with friend and SNL alumni, Chris Rock. After a long absence from the comedy stage, Sandler is now performing in front of live audiences in a tour in the U.S. and Canada. With special guest Rob Schneider.  Tickets are $59.50 to $250.00.



Earth Day OTR

Sunday, April 22 12 – 5 p.m.

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.


3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a free day of eco-friendly activities and vendors in Washington Park.


The event will feature live international music, food and drink, eco-friendly products and goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults.


Entertainment Schedule:

·        12 p.m. – Pancarribean

·        1:15 p.m. – April Aloisio Trio

·        2:30 p.m. – Queen City Silver Stars

·        4 p.m. – Wild Rumpus



Musicians for Health Presents The Power Of Music

Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. 

Musicians for Health presents The Power of Music benefiting the U.C. Health Barrett Cancer Center, as well as honoring Dr. Fred Elkus and Dr. Stanley Kaplan. Tickets are $100.


The event includes music composed by Zac Greenberg, composer and professional musician, who composed and performed music for BLINK in October 2017. 




Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library”

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, 11th floor



Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” - the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.


This film runs approximately three hours. There will be an intermission.

Free with $5 suggested donation. Presented in partnership with the Mini Micro Cinema.


Reservations required: 513.621.0717 OR email