Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend (April 24-27)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the Top 9 picks!

1. Strike up some romance with Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari, comedian and star of Parks and Recreation and Rolling Stone’s funniest man under 30, brings his Modern Romance stand-up tour to the Horseshoe Casino.

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The show is all about modern relationships and technology, so expect humor and insight -- all while Ansari is clothed in a velvet blazer. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Horseshoe Casino Pavilion in downtown Cincinnati.

For tickets and more, go to: .

2. Cheer the Cyclones to the Kelly Cup finals

The Cincinnati Cyclones are making another push to the finals.

The team continues its best-of-seven series against the Orlando Solar Bears this weekend.

The puck drops on the fourth game in the series at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The team is doing a special that night -- $1 John Morrell hot dogs.

If the Cyclones lose, it’s on to Bobblehead Blowout night on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the US Bank Arena.

If the team drops both games, it’s back to Orlando to close out the series.

For more information and to get your tickets, go to:

3. Let your inner maker out at the Crafty Supermarket

Everyone’s favorite local indie craft show, Crafty Supermarket, returns to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday.

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Since 2009, the market has been bringing a curated (and juried) selection of some of the best crafters, artists and makers from all over North America to Cincinnati for a day of shopping, where guests can meet the artisans and enjoy local food and drink plus DJs and activities.

Their fourth anniversary show at Music Hall this past November supported 90 crafters and 4,000 shoppers, so be prepared for this spring show, with more than 45 crafters from as far away as North Dakota.

The first 100 shoppers get a free swag bag.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. For more information, go to: .

4. Hop onboard for the Tap That Brew Tour

CityBeat hosts an afternoon of drinking and not driving.

Start at one of the participating breweries -- Rhinegeist, Listermann Brewing Company, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Christian Moerlein or MadTree -- and then hop on a shuttle to the next one.

After you’ve visited each, hop back on the shuttle to be driven to your starting location.

Tickets include beer at each brewery, a custom CityBeat Tap That growler, lunch from Tom+Chee and shuttle rides.

The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $40.

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5. Head to Mt. Adams for some erotic theatrics

“90 minutes of good, kinky fun” is how The New York Times described this Broadway hit from 2011.

The Cincinnati Playhouse is one of numerous American theaters staging David Ives’ arousing show "Venus in Fur" this season.

When an ambitious and attractive actress arrives late for her audition for a play based on an erotic novel from Victorian England, the director thinks she’s wasting his time.

But her performance turns the tables quickly as the story becomes a cat-and-mouse game of who’s really in charge. It’s a hilarious study of the politics of sex -- for adults only. 

The show runs through May 17 at the Playhouse in the Park.

For tickets and more, go to: .

6. Punk rock meets standup

Ben Roy has been called a punk rock Sam Kinison, but this is inaccurate. Where volume was part of Kinison’s punchlines, for Roy it’s strictly more of a vehicle to deliver that laugh.

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“My high school drama coach used to say, ‘Play it to the deaf old lady in the back of the room,’” Roy says.

He also credits his years as a rock singer for his amplified style.

It wasn’t until he moved to Denver and his wife picked up a part-time job at the city’s famous Comedy Works comedy club that he gave stand-up a try.

Nine years later, his acting skills have been dusted off for a new series he just sold to Amazon called Those Who Can’t.

The show grew out of his Funny or Die series Grawlix.

“One of the producers of (Comedy Central’s) Workaholics saw it, and put the bug in our ear to try shopping it as a pilot.” 

The show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Funny Bone on the Levee.

Head to for more information.

7. Rev up your engines for the Sharonville Classic Car Show

Spring hasn’t officially started until you’ve checked out old cars, drank beer and eaten a hot dog all on the same street corner.

The 37th annual Sharonville Classic Car Show features more than 400 historic vehicles like Thunderbirds and Corvettes.

New to the show this year are two-wheeled modes of transportation: vintage bicycles.

Spend the day reminiscing about cars of the past with a friend, the kids or alone, but be sure to stick around for the awards show. 

The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Go to for more information.

vintage car show

8. Support sustainability at ReUse-apalooza!

Be a part of the sustainable community as Building Value

celebrates 10 years of building with repurpose at the fifth annual ReUse-apalooza!

Everything at the “zero-waste” ReUse-apalooza! will be reusable, recyclable or compostable, including the items in a silent auction featuring products from a designer challenge in which earth-friendly artists created works made entirely from recycled products.

The festivities will also include craft beer, live entertainment and local food from Northside and Over-the-Rhine eateries including Django Western Taco, Boswell’s, Fusian and more.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. Friday at 4040 Spring Grove Ave. in Northside.

Go to for more details.

9. Find a forgotten treasure at Village Vintage & Arts Bazaar

With purveyors of art, antique, vintage and repurposed items such as furniture, home goods, décor, tools, jewelry, clothing, gadgets and collectibles, this colorful marketplace rivals Cincinnati’s City Flea.

The outdoor bazaar is free to shoppers, and all are welcome to browse and buy from vendors and fellow shoppers. 

The event runs every fourth Sunday through October in the MainStrasse Village in Covington.

Head to for more information.

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