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Downtown Events

Downtown and Over–the–Rhine Events

Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019

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Botany and Brews: Blood Orange

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive

The first in the 2019 series of a fun events featuring beer and great stories. A special, limited release beer made with a tropical ingredient grown at Krohn Conservatory will be offered by Woodburn Brewery. Includes admission to the spring show, Fabulous Foliage! Tickets are $12 and include one specialty beer ticket, short lecture/tour and evening viewing of the conservatory. Additional beers can be purchased for $5 each. Must be 21 with valid ID.

A Winter’s Night – Red Door Anniversary Show

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St.

Imagine It. Create It. Share It. The Door is open. 

Red Door Project celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a show at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, just days before their show "A Winter’s Tale," opens.

The show runs until 9:30pm with the silent auction ending at 9pm. There will be a cash bar and a cake to commemorate the occasion.

Final Friday

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 to 10 p.m.

Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street

Studio walks are the Final Friday of each month from 6 pm to 10 pm. Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. It offers the public a chance to meet artists, view and purchase their artwork, attend lectures, live demonstrations and FREE interactive classes.

The building which currently houses artists of the Pendleton Art Center was erected in 1909 for the Krohn-Fecheimer Shoe Company, the company that later became U.S. Shoe. It was purchased in the mid-1900’s by Shillito’s Department Store to serve as a main warehouse facility. In September 1991, The Verdin Company, the world’s oldest and largest bell and clock manufacturer, opened the building close to their world headquarters to promote and showcase local artisans. With eight floors of studios featuring original pine floors, eight foot arched windows and over 200 artists, PAC is the world’s largest collection of artists under one roof.

Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner

Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St.

When an asteroid threatens the earth, the logical escape is your favorite diner, especially when that diner just might be a Time Machine. Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner is a world premiere adventure story about finding hope and connection in the face of insurmountable odds.

So have another cup of coffee, dig into a slice of pie, and keep an eye out on that light in the sky. Seems like it’s getting brighter, doesn’t it? No worries. The ladies of the Starlight have everything under control. Probably.

Rated: PG-13


Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

Satuday, Feb. 23, 2 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 1 and 7 p.m.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.

Contiues through March 10.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by

Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography.

Eric Church Double Down Tour

Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway

Church’s 2019 Double Down Tour will see this month’s American Songwriter cover artist visit 19 cities (list below) to perform six albums worth of material across two very different nights of music as well as a stadium-sized tour stop in Nashville, more than doubling the capacity where he previously set Bridgestone Arena’s attendance record upon the finale stop of his Holdin’ My Own Tour in 2017.

In a candid cover-story interview in July, Rolling Stone praised Church for “pushing boundaries in a way that sounds natural and unforced." The same goes for his touring in 2019, again foregoing an opening act and instead treating fans to dynamic marathon sets across back-to-back nights.

Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner

Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. (through March 16)

Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street

When an asteroid threatens the earth, the logical escape is your favorite diner, right? Especially when that diner just might be… a Time Machine.

It’s just your average night at the Starlight All-Night Diner – coffee, cigarettes, secret longings begging to be confessed, a mysterious comet in the night’s sky – you know, the usual.

Overnight janitor Sam and her very pregnant compatriot, late-night waitress Jessa, are passing the time polishing the fixtures and polishing off some coconut cream pie. But just as Sam is ready to spill her heart, in bursts the frantically brilliant Dr. Moxie and his graduate assistant, Danni, with a revelation that the comet isn’t just a pretty celestial event - it’s the end of the world as we know it. Armed with a coffee maker, a backup generator, and a conveniently-timed scientific breakthrough, Dr. Moxie has a plan to get the ladies of his favorite diner out of harm’s way.

But of course, even the most brilliant scientist can’t account for every variable…

In this charming love story, the stakes are more than life-and-death – they’re life-or-extinction. Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner is a world premiere adventure story about finding hope and connection in the face of insurmountable odds.

What can you expect from Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner?

Witty banter, rich relationships, tender moments, wacky antics, lesbian love stories. And maybe a dinosaur.

At its core, Starlight is about people who love each other coming together in a time of darkness to confront the impossible. Who and what do we rely on when we run out of road? Clearly the answers are, in no particular order: friends, love, coffee, science, and pie. I think that’s an important message for everyone to hear in a bleak midwinter.

Rated PG-13.

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

Saturday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday Feb. 24, 1 to 6 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street

The Cincinnati Home + Garden Show, presented by Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center from February 23 & 24 and February 28 to March 3 with a special garden tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the Cincinnati Reds, a 50th anniversary garden celebrating the Brewing Heritage of Cincinnati and a March 2nd appearance by Ty Pennington from TLC’s Trading Spaces and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The Grand Gardens of the Cincinnati Home + Garden Show will feature more than 10,000 square feet of landscape, patios and gardens with outdoor inspiration created by Cincinnati’s top landscapers.

New this year: McKenzie Landscape and Garden Center is partnering with the Cincinnati Reds to create a garden to pay tribute to the baseball’s first professional team while Semco Outdoor will create the 50th Anniversary Garden showcasing the Brewing Heritage of Cincinnati, which will have the appearance of a brewery along the banks of the Ohio River. Visitors will cross over the river via a bridge and enter the historic brewery where there will be artifacts from various breweriana collectors in the Greater Cincinnati area and the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail.

More than 400 experts specializing in landscaping, kitchen and bath, home improvement and more will exhibit at the 2019 Show.Tickets are now on sale at for $14 for adult admission (free for children under 12).

Back by popular demand, The MadTree Beer Garden, presented by Cincinnati Magazine, will allow guests to relax and enjoy MadTree’s latest beer in Hall C.

Wine lovers can enjoy a glass of wine in the Wine Garden surrounded by the beautiful gardens in Hall B Presented by Semco Outdoor.

The sponsors and partners for 2019 Cincinnati Home + Garden Show are: Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, A Step Above Flooring, AARP, American Family Insurance, Aquatic & Garden Décor, The Basement Doctor, BBB, Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Reds, The Dwyer Company, Granite Transformations, Infinity Massage Chairs, ITA Audio and Visual Solutions, Kroger, MADTREE, Neal’s Design Remodel, Northside Bank & Trust, Semco Outdoor, Sleep Number, Unilock, Watson’s and Windows Plus.

Visitors to the Show can learn more about The Dwyer Company, located in West Chester, and is one of the largest foundation repair, waterproofing, soil stabilization and concrete lifting companies in the United States.

ArtsWave Days: Freedom Celebration

Saturday, Feb 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

What better way to celebrate Black History Month, the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the arts than to experience it all together? In recognition of all of this and the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign, our partner, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is offering free admission all day.

While at the Freedom Center, you’ll experience a variety of arts that tell the story and struggle for civil rights. That’ll begin as you enter and experience our lobby performances by Ed “Sax” Thomas and various ensembles from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

In the Grand Hall, you’ll see MYCincinnati present works from composers of the African Diaspora. Cincinnati Black Theatre Company will perform monologues from “For Colored Girls.” Sharon McCollum of Shanay Productions will recreate an urban radio show, similar to WCIN during the 1969 civil rights era. City Gospel Mission’s Princesses Ballet will portray freedom through dance. The Children’s Theatre will explore Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, through excerpts from Martin’s Dream, an unforgettable one-man show. Elementz will showcase spoken word, dance, rap and music from hip-hop culture. It’s all free as part of the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign!

ArtsWave Days is brought to you by Macy’s. Series sponsorship from Frisch’s Big Boy and Official Print Media Sponsorship from Enquirer Media.

Family Festival: Frosty, Frozen Fun

Saturday, Feb. 23, 12 to 3 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth Street

Join us for a meet and greet with a real live penguin from the WAVE Foundation! Stop by for some frosty fun as we experiment with ice painting, design a frozen snow crown and take part in an epic snowball battle around our giant igloo. No blizzard bash would be complete without a hot chocolate warm up station stocked with all of your favorite toppings (because whipped cream makes everything better).

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

Sat, Feb. 23 at 2 and 5 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the animated movie.Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic!

Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson. Book adapted and additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler. music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle. based on the screenplay by Larry Clemmons. Based on the novel, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.

Afternoon Tea

Saturday Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.

Complement your visit to the Taft with and elegant afternoon tea! Treat yourself to a delicious assortment of traditional savory and sweet food items alongside a curated selection of teas from Churchill’s Fine Teas. A harpist will add to your enjoyment.

Currently on view, Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from The Phillips Collection, traces a century of the modern creative spirit in the United States, ranging from realistic landscapes to bold abstract forms. Fifty-five works by American masters—including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Helen Frankenthaler—span the 1860s through the 1960s.

Taft members: $45 adult, $20 child (12 and under), non-members: $55 adult, $25 child (12 and under). Includes Museum admission and gratuity.

Violinist Christine Kim on the Balcony

Saturday, Feb. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut Street

Reprising her appearance at the closing of The Future Is Female, Cincinnati violinist Christine Kim performs live on the balcony overlooking Walnut Street. Add to your already special evening at Hamilton with a moment or more enjoying Christine’s performance.

Christine Kim recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati–College Conservatory of Music with her Masters in Violin Performance, where she studied under the guidance of Timothy Lees. She has substituted for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Tyson McLean Orchestra, played with the New Concerto Project Orchestra, was concertmaster with the Project Sacred Spaces Orchestra, and has served as concertmaster in the Hot Springs Music Festival. Christine has been awarded the Opera Fellowship in the Miami Music Festival for two consecutive years. She has a passion for chamber music and has studied a vast range of repertoire. Her coaches have included Yehuda Hanani, Giora Schmidt, the Ariel Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Horszowski trio, Annie Boyle, Drew Irvin, the Monticello Trio, and many others. Christine has performed in masterclasses for, among others, Charles Castleman and Andrés Cárdenes. She was awarded a full scholarship to perform with Taconic Music Festival in the summer of 2018. She is the co-founder and producer of Duo Kito, which has released their first album, Soulfood.

Big Hazy Alt Music Showcase

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St.

Check out these bands, for your own Big Hazy Experience. Big Hazy Alt Music Showcase featuring See You In The Funnies, The Exit Strategy and The Midwestern on the main stage at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

Moerlein will be launching its award winning Big Hazy IPA in cans to set the night off right.

Show starts with The Exit Strategy, then The Midwestern and See You In The Funnies hits at 10:30 p.m. No cover and free parking. Cider, wine, and spirits for your imbibing pleasure.

Justin Willman: Magic in Real Life Tour

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street

Magician/comedian Justin Willman has cemented himself as one of today’s most prolific entertainers. In summer 2018, Willman premiered his six-episode magic series on Netflix entitled Magic for Humans with Justin Willman. In the series, Willman brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of America, while incorporating his disarming demeanor into street magic and social experiments that will boggle the mind. Upon premiering, the show instantly became one of the most streamed shows on Netflix with clips from the show garnering over 100 million views to date across social media. Prior to Magic for Humans, Willman was known for his multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, and Conan. His debut comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth premiered on Comedy Central in 2015 to rave reviews.

There’s No Queen Like A Snow Queen Brunch

Sunday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.

Metropole, 609 Walnut St.

Ain’t the dead of winter dreadful? Drag yourself outta bed, honey, ‘cause we’ve got party for you!

Treat yourself to performances by local drag queens and some of our most fabulous cocktails followed by a mouthwatering family-style brunch prepared by executive chef David Kelsey. Price ($34) includes brunch and a welcome mimosa.

Daring and divine costumes encouraged.

Emmaline Sings a Tribute to Billie Holliday

Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 – 7 p.m.

Bromwell’s Härth Lounge, 125 W. Fourth St.

In this intimate, private concert, Emmaline and her band will take you back to the 1930’s with a captivating tribute to Billie Holiday. Emmaline and the band will kick off the evening by performing a set list chock-full of Billie Holiday’s hit songs followed by a full set of Emmaline’s fresh, genre-bending original songs.

The Secret Society Of Spirits: Cabin Fever Antidotes

Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m.

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

Beat the late winter blues with a roster of revitalizing recipes, featuring Watershed’s trademark vodka, gin and bourbon along with tasty eats from The Rhined.

Cocktail lovers unite and enter the magical world of spirits, and libations, as Memorial Hall and Watershed Distillery Society return their popular Sunday mixology sessions. Each gathering will include four cocktails, with instructions and methods. The Rhined complements the beloved booze with tasty cheese and charcuterie planks at each table.

Tickets are $40, group of 8+: $36. Purchase each session individually or become a full time Society Member and purchase the whole year for a discounted price.

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