Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati Feb. 22-24, 2013

CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks.

1. Join our LIVE Oscar chat!

9 On Your Side will cover everything Oscar this Sunday, including a LIVE blog where you can dish on all the glitz and glamor of the 85th Academy Awards.

From the red carpet to the stage, get all the Oscar details you need here ( .

2. Celebrate the Oscars, support a good cause

The Academy Awards is one of the most prestigious ceremonies in the entertainment world. This Hollywood-studded event is where the most distinguished actors and actresses of the time gather to celebrate each other's hard work and accomplishments.

Ever wondered what it would be like to attend a party like this? Now you can, at the People Working Cooperatively's Salute to the King, part of a national grassroots program that allows charities to host glam fundraising parties on Oscar Sunday.

PWC brings the Academy Awards to our city with a five-star Hollywood evening featuring a red carpet welcome, cocktails, appetizers, a gourmet meal, emcees from 9 On Your Side and the Academy Awards live on a giant screen.

Find out more here ( .

3. Cincinnati Auto Expo

Car enthusiasts rejoice! At the Cincinnati Auto Expo, auto vendors from Audi to Honda to Land Rover will be crowding into the Duke Energy Convention Center for one of the biggest amalgams of car dealers ever to coalesce in downtown Cincinnati. Dealer representatives and product specialists from will be more than happy to show off their expertise, but they are also available to answer any questions and concerns about their cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids.

Find out more here on the event here ( .

4. 20th Century Cincinnati Modernism Show

The 20th Century Cincinnati Modernism Show has become one of the region's top design/collectibles events. This year, 60 dealers will offer furniture, artwork, glass, pottery, posters, textiles, dinnerware and other objects representative of such 20th century progressive design movements as Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Streamline, Futuristic, Mid-Century and Op/Pop. There will also be an exhibit featuring memorabilia and objects from Russel Wright, the famous designer born in nearby Lebanon.

In a related free event, from 10-11 a.m. Sunday, an expert panel from the Cincinnati Form Follows Function (CF3) group will answer audience questions about discovering and maintaining Modernist homes and objects.

Get details here (

5.  "Million Dollar Quartet" at Aronoff

What if we said you could catch a jam session featuring four Rock & Roll icons together? We'd probably get your attention, right? That's what the unusual Broadway musical, "Million Dollar Quartet," is all about — an afternoon in early December 1956 when the not-quite-famous Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley ended up in a storefront recording studio at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn.

It really happened: Perkins was there for a recording session with Lewis, who was the new kid. Presley and Cash came by separately, and soon an impromptu jam session happened. The show was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical, and now it's at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for two weeks.

Visit million-dollar-quartet-debuts-at-the-aronoff-center for details.



6. Comedian Kyle Grooms at Go Bananas

Comedian Kyle Grooms never thought of stand-up as a job until he saw Def Comedy Jam. Now, he's into telling detailed personal stories about his life and is famous for his spot-on President Obama impression.

He performs though Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery. Get details on his performances here ( .

7. AMC presents Best Picture showcase

If you're planning on watching the Oscars this year, but haven't seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture, you're in luck.

AMC is hosting a Best Picture showcase this weekend for the 2013 nominees. Either see "Amour," "Les Miserables," "Argo," and "Django" for $30, or "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" for $40. And if you feel up to it, you can even see all nine for $60.

For info on tickets visit

8. Glory Be! Exhibition Opening

Former member of the now-defunct Publico Gallery and local artist Britni Bicknaver shows her discrete sculptural monuments to romanticized Anglophile narratives alongside Cincinnati artist Matthew Waldeck's suit of whimsical visual vignettes in Glory Be! (A Historical Romance). Find out more here ( .

9. "The Magical Adventures of Merlin" at Taft Theatre

The musical "The Magical Adventure of Merlin" made its world premiere in Cincinnati and this is the last weekend your family can enjoy this whimsical tale. It is described as a coming-of-age tale with the back story of Merlin, his childhood friend, King Arthur and the beautiful, bewitching Morgana as teens.

In addition to traditional song and dance elements, the production features magic tricks, slight-of-hand, illusions and other kid-friendly entertainment elements.

For performance times and ticket information visit .



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