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. Love Asian food?
Asian communities and vendors come together to promote diversity through food and culture during the fourth annual Asian Food Fest (AFF). The festival will feature food from countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, India and the Philippines. Sample-sized portions will range from $2-$6. Local craft and Asian beer will also be available.
Enjoy local bands and vocalists, cultural dances, Asian-inspired arts and crafts and family-friendly games.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/asian-food-fest) .
2. Northside Music Festival
If you love live music and tacos then come on down to Northside this Saturday for the sixth annual Northside Music Festival. Ten local bands will play on three different stages at the Northside Tavern, beginning at 7 p.m. Tacocracy will also be serving food. And, best of all, the event is free.
Check out the band lineup here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/northside-music-festival-returns-for-6th-year) .
3. Go OTR 5K Run/Walk and Summer Celebration
Runners, walkers, walkers with strollers, runners with dogs, walkers with dogs and anyone else who wants to support OTR are invited to participate in the seventh annual Over-the-Rhine 5K Run/Walk, followed by an intro-to-summer celebration in OTR with a party in Washington Park.
The live music will include music from the likes of The Cincy Brass, DAAP Girls, Decker, Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band, The Tillers, Mia Carruthers and more.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/go-otr-5k-runwalk-and-summer-celebration) .
4. Rocker/poet Patti Smith's exhibit opens at CAC
Patti Smith's Contemporary Arts Center exhibition, "The Coral Sea," opens this weekend, along with a special one-night Memorial Hall performance with her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith.
Both the exhibit and performance is a remembrance of and tribute to her close companion, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe,
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/patti-smiths-contemporary-arts-center-exhibition-and-concert-the-coral-sea) for more information.
5. Pet adoption at the Cincinnati Zoo
See more than just exotic animals at the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend. Petco is teaming up with the zoo to present a day of awareness for pets in need. More than 50 animals from 14 different local animal rescue agencies will be on display across from the entrance to the zoo parking lot, each available for adoption into forever homes.
Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/whiskers-and-wags-pet-adoption-at-the-cincinnati-zoo for details.
6. Civil War Weekend
If Spielberg's "Lincoln" had you jonesing for a deeper look into the bloodiest American war, you'll find your fill and more during the 2013 Civil War Weekend at the Heritage Village Museum in Sharonville.
This weekend includes more than your run-of-the-mill battle reenactment; guests will experience the ins and outs of soldiering life, from reenactments of life in the camps to taste testing integral parts of a soldier's diet.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/civil-war-weekend-in-sharonville).
7. Are you using that?
Building Value is a nonprofit building materials reuse center and deconstruction service that also provides on-the-job training for disabled and disadvantaged people in the community. For the past three years, Building Value has included a "designer challenge" element at their ReUse-apalooza fundraiser, which demonstrates the remarkable work that artists and creative types can make out of the materials the nonprofit acquires from various deconstruction jobs, donations and retail recycling projects.
For more details on where to check out those projects, visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/event-reuse-apalooza.
8. Comedian Bob Biggerstaff at Go Bananas
Comedian Bob Biggerstaff, who now travels internationally to make people laugh, started out his comedy career working the door at a comedy club. He performs through Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery this weekend. Find out more here: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-bob-biggerstaff-at-go-bananas.
9. IsWhat?! performs free show in OTR
Long gaps between albums aren't unusual for IsWhat?!
In fact, it took Napoleon Maddox and his Cincinnati-based genre-defying Hip Hop/Jazz/Rock/Soul collective three years after their 1996 formation to drop their auspicious debut, Landmines. Given the "collective" spirit of IsWhat?!, extended periods of inactivity are natural.
The group performs a rare, free hometown show this weekend. Get details here http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/iswhat-comes-to-over-the-rhines-motr.
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