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CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do in the Tri-State this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to provide you with the top nine picks.
1. Reds Caravan
The 2013 Reds Caravan kicked off its four-day, multi-state fan tour Thursday.
The caravan consists of three separate tours traveling simultaneously to 15 total stops in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. The total tour will cover approximately 2,800 miles.
Fans will have the opportunity to interact with current and former players, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each fan stop, the group will field questions from fans and sign autographs while time allows.
All fan stops open to the public are free, and at each fan stop listed below the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2013 Opening Day game on Monday, April 1 vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/sports/baseball/reds/reds-caravan-set-to-traverse-tri-state).
2. Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show
It's hard to believe spring is just around the corner, but for those of you with cabin fever you can escape the winter blues by planning your next vacation at the Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show.
This year marks the 54th anniversary of the event, which features hundreds of vendors throughout the course of the show. From boats and motorcycles to golf and fishing, the event is "all about playing on the water, playing over water, playing in the water, and playing around the water!"
More than 400 companies will be on hand representing boats, marines companies and travel destinations.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincinnati-travel-sports-and-boat-show-at-duke-energy-center) .
3. Cincinnati Entertainment Awards
Anybody who's made a trip or two to other midsized cities around the country knows that this town has its fair share of musical variety and originality, so it's really no surprise that such hardy talents are vying for this year's entertainment awards.
But if the newbies on the block competing for the "New Artist of the Year" category at Bogart's on Jan. 18 were any indication of the showmanship and quality rising in the ranks, it's probably safe to say that any winners at this weekend's event are going to have one heck of a 2013. Come on out to the Madison Theater and see Ted Clark host the most jam-packed awards show ever.
For ticket information and details visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/event-cincinnati-entertainment-awards .
4. Hebrew Union College hosts Holocaust Remembrance Concert
The Nazis nearly succeeded in obliterating what they deemed "degenerate" art and music, but over the past decade many works have been retrieved from the ashes. Hebrew Union College's Concerts on Clifton series commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a concert of chamber works by victims of the Nazi and Soviet oppression.
Internationally acclaimed pianist James Tocco performs Erwin Schulhoff's "5 Études de Jazz," Shostakovich's "Piano Quintet in G Minor" and Viktor Ullman's "Quartet No. 3," accompanied by cellist Daniel Culnan, violinists Rebecca Culnan and Chika Kinderman and violist Yael Senamaud.
5. Comedian Nate Craig performs at Go Bananas
First-time Go Bananas headliner Nate Craig is cool with the recession because he's realized being a broke pudding-lover all the time is recession-proof.
"It's more interesting when comics talk about their lives, I think," says comedian Nate Craig. "I love hearing stories, so I try to tell them." While the Wisconsin native, now based in L.A., has performed several times at Go Bananas, this will be his first time headlining. "The crowds are always great there. They're true comedy fans."
Craig started doing stand-up while still in college in his home state before moving to Chicago. For more information on his shows this weekend visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-nate-craig-performs-at-go-bananas .
6. CCM goes to the movies with Randy Edelman
The Oscars are a month away, but you can get in the mood at CCM when distinguished alum Randy Edelman takes the podium to conduct his best-known film scores featuring CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. An award-winning singer, songwriter, arranger and composer, Edelman started out working for James Brown at King Records and moved on to a solo career, touring with everyone from Frank Zappa to Barry Manilow.
He's written scores for more than 100 television shows and films, including "The Last of the Mohicans," "Gettysburg" and "My Cousin Vinny," along with theme music for ESPN, NFL football and NBC's Olympics coverage.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/ccm-goes-to-the-movies-with-randy-edelman) .
7. Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals and Mark Karan
The end of The Grateful Dead, with Jerry Garcia's 1995 death, didn't do much to squash the band's incredible popularity. To satiate some of that Dead thirst, various members from throughout Garcia's and the Dead's history have brought the legendary band's spirit to that huge fan base on a fairly regular basis.
Two Dead-affiliated artists have been sitting in with Chicago-based jammers Terrapin Flyer for the past few years for shows and tours. The band will be joined by Melvin Seals, who played Hammond B3 organ with the Jerry Garcia Band for 15 years, and Mark Karan, who played guitar with the post-Dead band The Other Ones and Bob Weir's Ratdog, when they swing through Stanley's Pub
8. $5K House opening this weekend
Taking a cue from Gordon Matta-Clark, artists living in cities like Cincinnati with a surplus of affordable real estate can employ architecture as a legitimate (and provocative) medium — particularly if the artistic process involves not just deconstruction (a la Matta-Clark) but reconstruction. Local artist/builder Mark Dejong has thoughtfully restored one particular house in Camp Washington, purchased for only $5,000, with an eye toward creative expression.
Tiles were unearthed, layers of paint exposed and woodwork redone to make the former dilapidated home into a breathtaking example of careful craftsmanship. An opening house will be held this weekend.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/art-5k-house-opening) for details.
9. ETC presents "Freud's Last Session"
Ever eavesdropped on a conversation between two super-smart guys? Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati offers that opportunity with "Freud's Last Session." Set in 1939 on the eve of World War II, young theologian C. S. Lewis accepts an invitation to visit with esteemed psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud. Lewis is a devout Christian (he later authored The Chronicles of Narnia). Freud is an atheist, dying of cancer — and it's just days before his suicide.
Bruce Cromer plays Lewis; Barry Mulholland is Freud — both are top-notch performers. Director Michael Evan Haney says of Freud and Lewis, "two giants of the 20th century … with diametrically opposing ideas have a civil, respectful and loving argument." The winner of several best-play awards in New York City, Freud's Last Session has generated so much ticket demand that ETC extended its run through Feb. 10 even before it opened.
Other things to check out this weekend:
Over-the-Rhine's hip new sushi joint, Kaze, revives the old Cincinnati Color Building with breathtaking artistry, and the menu sticks to authentic Japanese food and drink. Read CityBeat's review here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/kaze-revives-cincinnati-color-building-with-authentic-japanese-food-and-drink) .
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