CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks!
1. Mardi Gras celebrations in the Tri-State
Even though it's a few days before the real Mardi Gras festivities kick off, you can still celebrate Cajun style in the Tri-State this weekend. We've compiled a list of celebrations taking place in case you can't make it down to Nawlins for the real deal.
Check them out here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/mardi-gras-celebrations-in-the-tri-state) .
2. My Furry Valentine Adoption
Anyone who’s ever been simultaneously single and had a pet knows that animals tend me much more reliable — and far more willing to hang out under covers with bedhead in favor of an expensive excursion — than most romantic human counterparts. Each February just before V-Day, there’s a “super adoption” weekend, where you can conveniently meet hundreds of furry cats, dogs and rabbits waiting to be someone’s a cuddle-buddy.
Think of it as a giant speed-dating event, except, well, way better. As if the animals weren’t entertainment enough, there will also be family-friendly activities like face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, live entertainment and food and drink.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/my-furry-valentine-adoption) .
3. Cupid's Undie Run in Mount Adams
If you think running outside is cold this time of year, how about running a mile in your underwear? The annual Cupid's Undie Run returns to Mount Adams and it's time to bust our your best under garments to raise money for a good cause.
Hundreds of runners are expected to meet at Longworth's Bar & Restaurant at noon this Saturday for a 1-mile run through the Mt. Adams business district. The event raises money for The Children's Tumor Foundation.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cupids-undie-run-in-mt-adams) .
4. Bridalrama Winter Showcase
Every year around this time, fashion shows are on the runway in “far-off places” like Paris, Milan, London and Florence. (And no, not the little Kentuckian city just south of us.) But why travel all around the globe when you can experience haute couture shows right here in Cincinnati? If you’re looking to get hitched or just plain interested in the latest wedding styles, Bridalrama is here to satisfy your nuptial planning needs.
This Saturday and Sunday, Bridalrama will host its Winter Wedding Showcase at the Duke Energy Center. Come talk beauty and hair, dresses and honeymoon details (just to mention a few) with local and national designers and business owners.
For more information visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/event-bridalrama-winter-showcase .
5. Kick off Cincinnati Beer Week at the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Get your buzz on with the makers of some of the best local beer money can buy and with the people who brew it. Artists from around the area will showcase their work around Mt. Carmel Brewery for one of the first events during Cincinnati Beer Week.
Local music duo Fiction and Fables will provide intimate and fun acoustic tunes to complete the atmosphere — if doing anything more than sitting on a stool and listening sounds like too much effort. So go kick off your weeklong booze-stupor the classy way, and appreciate local artwork — it’s good karma.
Get details on the event here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/beer-week-kicks-off-at-mt-carmel-brewing-company).
6. Comedian Sean Patton at Go Bananas
Comedian Sean Patton thought his sense of humor was too offbeat until he saw "Mr. Show" on TV, which spurred him to later drop out of college and try stand-up. He performs through Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery.
For details visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-sean-patton-at-go-bananas .
7. Second Saturday exhibit inside the Northside International Airport
In Northside International Airport’s upcoming Second Saturday exhibition, multimedia artist Doug Korfhagen exhibits some very Northside-centric artwork, featuring his portraits of local characters and his distinctive take on area buildings.
The Northside International Airport’s “most unique miniature art gallery” (actually a converted bathroom) also shares space with a vintage clothing store, a bike shop, makeup studio and a taqueria. While that may seem random (it is), the alliance also allows a group of people who might not otherwise be able to afford a live storefront — something that’s become almost redundant in the age of eBay and Etsy.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/northside-international-airport-second-saturday-doug-korfhagen) for details.
8. Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival Opening Night
The Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival will open with a special presentation of the film "Hava Nagila," a humorous documentary showing a different side of the famous Jewish party song by the same name. Mazel tov! The film features interviews with Connie Francis, Leonard Nemoy, Harry Belafonte and Regina Spektor (this article’s “hip and happenin’” rating just doubled with that name) as well as others telling the story of one of Judaism’s most universally known songs.
The film festival takes place Feb. 9-28, with screenings, panels and other special events spread across different Cincinnati theaters including The Cincinnati Museum Center, Esquire Theatre, Kenwood Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and the Mayerson JCC.
For details on the film's opening night or tickets visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/film-mayerson-jcc-jewish-and-israeli-film-festival-opening-night .
9. Know Theatre presents "When the Rain Stops Falling"
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Brian Isaac Phillips stages Andrew Bovell’s stirring play, "When the Rain Stops Falling," which spans from 1959 to 2039 and across continents in a world where the rain never seems to cease.
It’s focused on four generations and their search for truth. This production promises to compare favorably with Know’s award-winning staging of "Angels in America."
Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/know-theatre-presents-when-the-rain-stops-falling for more information.
New places to check out:
The Elusive Cow in Bellevue offers grub everyone can feel good about, including vegan and vegetarian pub food like house-made onion rings and tempeh sliders.
Read CityBeat's review here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/the-elusive-cow-offers-pub-grub-everyone-can-feel-good-about).
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