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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16, 2019

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The Phoenix, Eli’s BBQ and Memorial Hall Present Valentines at the Memo

Friday, February 14, 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

OTR’s favorite midwinter rendezvous returns with Valentines at the Memo 2020!

The Phoenix’s Chef Jeremy Luers collaborates with Elias Leisring on an eclectic, four-course dining experience. Enjoy the architectural grandeur of Memorial Hall as you progress through its ballrooms, Parkview Room and Anderson Theater, each vista offering culinary delights and live musical performances.

Tickets to Valentines at the Memo include a four-course meal (appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert) and two alcoholic pairings (one cocktail, one glass of wine). When purchasing, please choose either Meat or Vegetarian offerings. Patrons will be contacted in the week prior to the event to finalize seating arrangements. If you have any food allergies, please call the Memorial Hall Box Office (513.977.8838, Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm).

That’s Amore – Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner

Friday, February 14, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Butcher and Barrel, 700 Race St.

Join us for a Valentine's Day Dinner at The Butcher and Barrel for a very special prix fixe dinner menu from Chef Rob! Make reservations online at Regular dinner menu will NOT be served.

Valentine's Prix Fixe Dinner at The View at Shires' Garden

Friday, February 14, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The View at Shirer’ Garden, 309 Vine St.

Is there anything more romantic than a perfect meal, fantastic drinks, and a view that goes for miles? No way! Shires' is celebrating the holiday for lovers with a very special, four-course, prix fixe menu, and you're invited!

Enjoy your dinner with an included glass of sparkling wine in the dessert course, and let Shires' wine and dine you on the most romantic day of the year! Reservations available on our website, by clicking on the Open Table widget and and selecting 2/14/20.

$100/couple, and includes a glass of sparkling wine

Sweet Harmony

Friday, February 14, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

Spend your Valentine's Day at Rhinegeist Brewery!

Join for this exclusive event where you can indulge in Rhinegeist brews that will be perfectly paired with decadent sweets provided by local bakeries! Ticket includes 5 beer and dessert tastings, sample glass and valet parking.

Little Big Town

Friday, February 14, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 8:00 PM

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

See country music group Little Big Town with guest Caitlyn Smith.

Bloom and Grow

Friday, February 14, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Drive Park

Through March 8.

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.

Todd Pavlisko: Pop Supernatural

Friday, February 14, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, February 16, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.

In Pop Supernatural, Ohio native and New York City-based artist Todd Pavlisko presents a multifaceted installation of three interconnected bodies of work that reflect on cultural change and critique. Suspended in the Weston’s street-level atrium, Pavlisko’s All the Money I Found in a Year revisits his ongoing series by configuring the now hundreds of glistening gold-plated coins into a beautiful cosmos-like orb. Directly beneath, he introduces the Untitled, Sledgehammer series, metaphorically punctuating the ground with pounding spheres of sledgehammers, suggesting the meteoric impact of cultural currents.

A host of iconic and historic figures will dominate the Weston’s lower galleries in the form of enormous carved wooden PEZ dispensers. The dual gravity of the sculptures’ remarkable physical presence coupled with the subjects’ unarguable philosophical contributions and the ideals they embody throughout our shared cultural history belies the curious utilitarian twist of the sculptures. This contradictory bold admiration for the lived biographies of these titans of cultural progress, expressed via a ubiquitous popular candy dispenser historically associated with pop culture icons and cartoon heroes, encapsulates the unique challenges of our age and questions who and what are deemed worthy of celebration.

Superpower Dogs

Friday, February 14, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, 1301 Western Ave.

Through March 13.

Superpower Dogs showcases the lifesaving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives. Narrated by Chris Evans, the film reveals the astonishing science behind their extraordinary abilities, ensuring that we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again. Discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners in an immersive OMNIMAX® adventure.

Superpower Dogs opens November 23 in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. The 47-minute film, from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare, was filmed for large-format screens using special IMAX cameras over the course of 2 ½ years.

Cincinnati Cyclones Nickelodeon Weekend

Friday, February 14, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 15, 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 16, 3:00 PM

Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St.

Join the Cyclones for Nickelodeon Weekend presented by Meijer as we celebrate all things Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Paw Patrol with appearances from characters, clips from the shows, and specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off. On Sunday, Kids Club Members can join us for Kids Paint the Ice immediately following the game.

Les Misérables

Friday, February 14, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Through February 23.

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering ''Les Miz' is born again!' (NY1).

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption -- a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'On My Own', 'Stars', 'Bring Him Home', 'One Day More', and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

Swan Lake

Friday, February 14, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Spread your wings and fly away to the beautifully tragic world of Swan Lake. The story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is the epitome of classical ballet. The production is choreographed after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov by Kirk Peterson, former Cincinnati resident choreographer, set to Tchaikovsky’s haunting and majestic score. It’s a production guaranteed to take your breath away.

Marion Lee Johnson

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.

Over 400,000 engineers, chemists, technicians, seamstresses and more made the Apollo 11 mission a success. Among the many hidden figures critical to landing the first humans on the Moon was Marion Lee Johnson.

Marion will share her experience as a woman mathematician working in the historic Apollo program and give her advice to the next generation of STEM professionals. This special event is included with admission to Destination Moon at Cincinnati Museum Center.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brunch & Shop

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Phoenix, 812 Race St.

Darlings! You are cordially invited to join at The Phoenix for Bottomless Mimosas, a Brunch Buffet and Shopping with local vendors on February 15, 2020. The brunch is community style seating and will be available from 10:30am - 12:30pm and shopping will be available until 1:00pm, so come as you please!

Brunch tickets are $27 and include bottomless brunch and mimosas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Local shopping vendors will be on site with great finds!

Future History Now 2020

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Revel OTR, 111 E. 12th St.

Join us for a day of workshops, panels, and discussions centered around the promotion of black health, wealth, and expression.

In 2016, Cincinnati’s Black Founders Group & MORTAR came together to create Future History Now (FHN) in celebration of Black History Month. Throughout the past several years, FHN has always highlighted our community’s diversity and inclusion efforts through engaging conversations, knowledge sharing, and platforms that create opportunities for minority innovators.

We shouldn’t limit the purposefulness of this month to celebrations of past accomplishments. Black History Month provide us with a prime opportunity to discuss how to create more innovators, culture-shifters, and history-makers today.

Valentine’s Day Concert Dance Extravaganza

Saturday, February 15, 8:00 PM

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Starring Live in Concert The Enchantress Chante Moore. DJ D-Real will be spinning music for ballroom, freestyle, line, and steppers dances.

Valentine’s Day Sweet & Savory Stroll

Sunday, February 16, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St.

Valentine's Day at Findlay Market is all about the sweet and savory market treats! Celebrate Valentine's Day as a couple, or with friends and family by strolling through our heated Farm Shed, listening to romantic music and indulging in scrumptious samples at tasting stations from Findlay Market vendors.

Art on Vine

Sunday, February 16, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

Through April 19.

Art show featuring fine art and handmade goods for sale from 70+ local Cincinnati artists.

3rd Sunday Funday | Scientific Art

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Bring the whole family to the Taft Museum of Art to experience a free afternoon of great art, hands-on fun, family-friendly performances, and animal encounters. Most activities are ongoing throughout the afternoon, so stop by when you have time and stay as long as you can.

This month, science meets art at this Funday. Learn about the tools painters use at the Art Cart and create a masterpiece using erupting paint. Join Scientific Mayhem for hands-on show, Newton’s Discoveries that will answer the age-old question “Why is the sky blue?” at 2PM.

FREE. No reservations required.

On the Voice

Sunday, February 16, 4:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth St.

What happens when you let Collegium Cincinnati’s elite singers off their leashes? Come find out in this singers’-choice program, where arias and art songs are all on the menu for this winter afternoon romp, joined by the extraordinary collaborative pianist Marie-France Lefebvre.

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