Top 9 things to do this weekend in the Cincinnati-area (April 19-21, 2013)

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. Celebrate Earth Day at Sawyer Point

Celebrate the 43rd Earth Day at Sawyer Point with this year's theme: "One Earth … One Chance." This day of education and stewardship will also provide hours of family-friendly entertainment with hands-on displays from environmental groups, a rock-climbing wall, kayak safety lessons, story telling, a recycled materials fashion show, live bands, a Planet Protector Parade and possibly a petting zoo.

It's fun for the whole family. Get details on the event here: .

2. Record Store Day

This Saturday is Record Store Day (RSD), which began in 2007 as a way to celebrate (and draw business to) independent, brick-and-mortar record shops all over the globe. In the Cincinnati area, four longtime record shops with loyal fanbases will officially participate — Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge, Shake It Records in Northside, Mole's Record Exchange in Clifton Heights and Phil's Music & Memories in Cold Spring, Ky.

That means you'll be able to get your hands on some of the thousands of exclusive, RSD-only releases coming out this year from a wide range of acclaimed artists, new and old.

Find out more here ( .

3. International Butterfly Show

This year's International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory brings in an Arab North African twist and creates a beautiful spectacle in the process.

If you've never experienced the tastes, smells and sights of a Moroccan bazaar, then this event will get you there — at least in mind and spirit. More than 16,000 butterflies from majestic Morocco will soar and flutter through an exotic landscape of Islamic art and culture.

Click here ( for details.

4. Comedian Nick Griffin visits Tri-State

It's hardly a coincidence that comedian Nick Griffin is a fixture on all of the late night talk shows. "I watched the 'Tonight Show' and 'Letterman' quite a bit when I was young," he explains, "and was always fascinated by comics and looked for them to be on."

It wasn't until he was in college that the thought of being a comedian for a living occurred to him.

Griffin performs at Go Bananas this weekend. Find out more on his shows here (

5. Mandy Patinkin performs with Cincinnati Pops

The human hurricane known as Mandy Patinkin sets down this weekend for three concerts with the Cincinnati Pops, his first appearance with the Pops since 1991. The protean star of stage ('Evita,' 'Sunday in the Park with George'), screen ('The Princess Bride,' 'Run Ronnie, Run') and television ('Homeland,' 'Criminal Minds') says that these performances mark his "re-emergence with the orchestral world."

"It's been a lot of years since I did a concert with a full orchestra," he said during a conversation that included background on his multifaceted career, disciplined preparation and, eventually, Inigo Montoya himself.

Find out more here (


6. Legendary guitarist/ bassist Victor Wooten at Madison Theater

Victor Wooten is the apex four-stringer, the DaVincian model for the guitar half of a rhythm section; he is the bassist's bassist.

Wooten is a success in more than mere esoteric terms; the Idaho native has won five Grammys and was named Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine three consecutive years (and was the first to win more than once).

He performs at the Madison Theater this weekend. Get details here ( .

7. Tour of Madeira's historic Miller House Museum

Madeira's historic Miller House Museum is opening for tours twice a month. Built in 1922, this Sears Roebuck kit house, operated by the Madeira Historical Society, presents an accurate slice of life as it was from the 1920s through 1950.

Acting as a private residence until 1998, the home — a Sears Crescent model — was purchased from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue and constructed on-site by the patriarch of the family.

Visit for details on the tours.

8. CSC presents "Midsummer Night's Dream"

Shakespeare's tale of mismatched lovers and tomfoolery in the forest is certainly his most beloved comedy. The highly requested show is back at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, staged by longtime company member Jeremy Dubin. He calls it "a near perfect comedy, full of delight, joy, whimsy, frivolity and fun — with just a pinch of impertinence."

Dubin has relocated the story from ancient Greece to a Jazz-inspired forest in 1940s America. Catch the show before it's gone! Find out more here ( .

9. Cincinnati Ballet hosts fundraising event

Join the Cincinnati Ballet as they turn the Cincinnati Masonic Center into the hottest nightclub in town: Club B. Replete with the red carpet treatment, guests can dance the night away in the VIP section, meet the ballet's up-and-coming dancers and enjoy delicious food, cocktails and more.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the educational outreach programs hosted by Cincinnati Ballet. Click here ( for more information.













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