CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks.
1. Wendy's Bridal Show
Getting ready for the big day? Then you don't want to miss the annual Wendy's Bridal show which returns to the Duke Energy Center this weekend.
Attendees can talk directly with more than 150 wedding professionals and check out the latest fashions for 2013.
The event is presented by Wendy's Cincinnati Bride and Peppe Ramundo & Son with entertainment provided by McFadden Music DJ.
Find out more here ( http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/wendys-bridal-show-at-the-duke-energy-center).
2. Ice skating on Fountain Square
While our summertime version of Fountain Square holds its charm with its warm-weather hoopla of constant live music and dancing, wintry Fountain Square comes alive in its own rite with an ice rink rivaling the size of the rink at the Rockefeller Center. It's a classic feel-good, family-friendly Cincinnati tradition that's worth keeping up.
Warm up at any number of nearby establishments; there's hot chocolate at Graeter's, pizza at Via Vite, coffee at Tazza Mia and too much else to list. On-site amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches and a heated tent with snacks and drinks.
3. Enjoy half-price admission at the Cincinnati Zoo
The holidays have come and gone, but your family doesn't have to stay cooped up inside until spring returns. The Cincinnati Zoo is now offering half-price admission to customers every day through Feb. 28 as part of the Penguin Days celebration.
On the weekends you can see a variety of animal encounters and enjoy heated indoor animal exhibits throughout the park. If you feel like bundling up, you can also watch the penguins, polar bears, snow monkeys and elephants enjoy the cold weather.
And you don't miss the Penguin Parade which takes place every day at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/antique-quilt-exhibit-at-the-heritage-village-museum .
4. Southgate House Revival Bazaar and Marketplace
It's a bazaar! Get lost amongst hidden treasures and gems featuring booths and wares from Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, Whispering Beard Folk Festival, Antiques and Collectibles by Picker Square, Wisdom Tree, Bethany Rose Pottery, Bang Bang Salon and many more.
There will be DJ sets by Devout Wax, featuring two curated, eclectic DJ sets by Margaret Darling (The Seedy Seeds) and Jonathan Goolsby (host of WVQC's "Salina Underground" radio program) spinning records by Cincinnati artists and regional acts.
5. Comedian Jeremy Essig returns to the Tri-State
Not only has Cincinnati produced dozens of homegrown stand-up comics, it has been the adopted hometown of several more. That list includes Greg Warren, Mike Lukas and Jeremy Essig. The latter came to the area to attend grad school at Miami University, but decided to drop out four days before the start of classes. Instead, he started doing stand-up at Joker's in Dayton and Go Bananas in Montgomery.
He returns to Go Bananas this weekend. Get details on his performances here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedy-jeremy-essig).
6. Roll your own sushi event!
Bring your own drinks and bring your friends for a night of sushi that you've made yourself. Chefs walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to make your own delicious dinner. Before you try your hand at sushi rolling, you'll get information on ingredients, how to cook the rice and different formulas to make your own sushi at home.
Make sure to make reservations in advance because the event fills up quickly. Come hungry and eager to learn for this hands-on dining experience.
7. Manifest free public gallery talk
One of the most consistent artist-run spaces in town, Manifest Gallery, offers its visitors a unique glimpse into the minds of its organizers this coming Sunday evening, as part of an ongoing free public gallery talk series. Manifest's associate curator, Tim Parsley, will lead visitors through two important year-end exhibitions: "ONE" (their annual juried $1,000 Manifest Prize), and "TAPPED 3" (works by professors and their students past or present).
Manifest's longest tenured staffer — himself an artist and graduate student — Parsley should provide insight into the cyclical visual language between exhibited teachers and students, and how 16 jurors were able to whittle down the 483 submitted art works by 190 different artists down to just one single piece.
8. Antique quilt show in Sharonville
The Heritage Village Museum in Sharonville is hosting an antique quilt exhibit that features quilts and patterns that date back to the late 1800s.
Located in Sharon Woods Park, the museum's exhibit features quilts from 1850 through 1925, including classic patterns like "Delectable Mountain," "Missouri Puzzle," and "Harvest Sun." The exhibit is open Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. The exhibits opens for the weekend beginning in May.
9. Music: Granny 4 Barrel
Don Wayne Reno, banjoist of Bluegrass ensemble Hayseed Dixie, carries on the Hayseed torch while the group takes a hiatus with his band Granny 4 Barrel, self-described as "Country music's first and only shock Country Rock & Roll band."
They perform a free show at the Southgate House Revival in Newport. Get details here ( http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_music/music-granny-4-barrel).
New places to check out:
Bella Luna chef Alfio Gulisano heads up Alfio's Buon Cibo (Italian for "good food"), a restaurant that's a permutation of both Italian and Argentine cuisine. Read CityBeat's review here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/Bella-Luna-chef-opens-Italian-Argentine-eatery).
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