Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend (Jan. 16-Jan. 19)

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. Get your fill of haute couture at “What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft”

“It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of time, they too point to shoes -- at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.

Iris Van Herpen's Fang Shoes

The “Fang Shoes” by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen are fierce. Each sole features 10 shiny black teeth molded out of fiberglass and carbon fiber.

Such innovation and experimentation are at the heart of this exhibit, which showcases more than 20 recent additions to the museum’s fashion and craft collections. All the items were made since 1950. 

What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft starts Thursday continues through Jan. 19 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. For more, go to: .

2. Beat the winter blues with comedian Tony Woods

Tony Woods is a comic with global appeal, regularly performing throughout the English-speaking world.

The security-guard-turned-comedian got his big break appearing on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam on HBO and has since done his own Comedy Central Presents, Showtime at the Apollo, the prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as all of the late night talk shows.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Tickets run $8 to $14. For reservations and more go to: .

Tony Woods

3. Get ready for summer fun at The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show

Get in a warm state of mind this winter by escaping the cold and attending The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show.

With a variety of boats, campers, ATVs, motorcycles, trail bikes and more, this show has all things outdoor to support your active lifestyle.

The opening this Friday night is the best time to buy and will also include free admission to the Cincinnati Golf Show. 

The show runs through Jan. 26. Tickets cost $12 for adults but there is a $3 discount if you buy at Kroger. To learn more, go to: .

4. Quaff some delectable brews at Jungle Jim's Barrel Aged Beer Bash

As the Queen City’s booming brewery scene continues to serve up brand new brews on what feels like a daily basis, Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash is out to prove that good things come to those who wait. 

The festival will tap into the darker side of beer as buffs sample more than 30 varieties of barrel-aged beers -- brews that have been maturing for anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year in a barrel sometimes previously used to age wine or bourbon.

Jungle Jim's Barrel Aged Beer Bash

Brewers from across the country will roll in their rarest barrels to celebrate their belief that, like the finer things in life, beer only gets better with age. Brandy snifter provided for tasting. 

The event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $35 for full access or $15 for designated drivers. You can go to to learn more.

5. Toss up a win at White Castle’s cornhole tournament

A pastime of backyards and sports bars everywhere, cornhole is coming front and center in January thanks to White Castle and the American Cornhole Organization.

The fast food chain is hosting a series of cornhole tournaments in January that will culminate in a championship on Feb. 1.

The winning cornhole team could win an all-expense paid trip to Charleston, W. Va. to compete in the ACO World Championships of Cornhole in July 2014.

So grab your best tossers and sign up at . Registration is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The final two events will be at the following dates and locations:

  • Jan. 18 (3410 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213)
  • Jan. 25 (8101 US RT 42, Florence, KY 41042)

The top four teams from each location will advance to the championship tournament on Feb. 1 at the White Castle on Highland Pointe Drive in West Chester.

6, Cincinnati comes alive with The Sound of Music

Did you see Carrie Underwood in the December telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music?

You can compare her performance (thought to be a tad wooden by many viewers) with that of Abigail Paschke, as Maria, the singing nun who enchants the children of a stern, widowed father.

sound of music

She’ll perform with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in a “lightly staged production” of the Golden Age musical at The Carnegie in Covington.

Paschke, a master’s grad of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, has played four of the five Von Trapp family girls. This is her first time as Maria. 

The show starts Friday evening and runs through Jan. 26. For tickets and more, go to: .

7. Pay it forward with the Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off Program

Hamilton County is sponsoring a one-day-only computer and TV recycling drop-off program in Colerain High School’s parking lot on Saturday.

Their previous drop-off program closed in October of last year and will not be

resuming in 2014, so this is an opportunity to get rid of all the outdated tech devices taking up space in your home

Acceptable items include monitors, CPUs, printers, televisions (any size and any age), fax machines, main frames, laptops, mice, keyboards, speakers, scanners, personal copiers, printers, cables, chips, circuit boards, back-up batteries, cell phones, cameras, CD/DVD players, electronic game devices, GPS units, telephones, video equipment and PDAs. 

Pack ’em up, drop ’em off and Hamilton County will get rid of them responsibly.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Colerain High School at 8801 Cheviot Road in Colerain Township.


8. See science and art combine at Cut: Windows to Eternity

Artist Eric Standley’s laser-cut paper drawings are inspired by geometry from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation “in an attempt to capture a reverence for the infinite.” 

The associate professor of Studio Art and coordinator for the Foundations of Art and Design for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech creates mandala-like drawings, cut from separate sheets of paper using a CNC (computer numerical control) laser.

Each page may take up to two hours to cut, based on Standley’s drawings, and then the pages are stacked to reveal color, line and shape, providing a physical depth for the artist’s design. 

The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with an artist’s presentation at 1 p.m. To learn more, go to: .

the firebird

9. Go on a world journey with ‘The Firebird’

What could be more entertaining than a symphonic Russian fairytale brought to life through shadows and giant puppetry? 

Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet The Firebird Suite was performed in 1919 and has since been adapted and performed in many different mediums -- including Disney’s Fantasia 2000

Madcap Puppets Hats Off! program provides a theatrical and visually stunning shadow puppet rendition of the ballet, which tells the story of Ivan, the bird of fire and Katchai, a sinister magician. Culturally rich and highly creative, this is a perfect show for adults and kids alike. 

The show runs Saturday and Sunday with additional performances on Jan. 25 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. For tickets and more go to: .

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