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Top 9 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati: March 9-12

Posted at 2:56 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 11:08:22-04

Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival

This four-day film festival organized by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) showcases award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. A group discussion will follow each movie screening. Actor RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr. on "Breaking Bad," is a keynote speaker at the film festival. Listen to WCPO's one-on-one interview with him in this week's Hear Cincinnati podcast.

Thursday-Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. cincy.reelabilities.org

Rhapsody in Blue

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, along with guest pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, will bring the jazz-infused music of composer George Gershwin to life during three performances at the Taft Theatre. The CSO and Gavrylyuk will perform Gershwin’s “American in Paris” and “Rhapsody in Blue” as part of the show.

7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $22-$114. cincinnatisymphony.org

Bill Murray Streetcar Bar Crawl

Dress as your favorite Bill Murray character (or maybe just as Bill Murray himself) and ride the Cincinnati streetcar to local bars on Friday. The bar crawl, organized by Keep Your Shirt On Covington, will stop at the Rook OTR, Japp’s, Arnold's, Nicholson's and The Drinkery. There also will be trivia and prizes for the best-dressed Bill Murrays.

7-11 p.m. Friday. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $30. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

'Mamma Mia!'

Enjoy the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!” at the Aronoff Center for the Arts this weekend. This beloved musical tells the tale of a daughter trying to figure out who her father is on the eve of her wedding. There will be five performances of the musical, which is part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway series.

8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $30. cincinnatiarts.org

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Enjoy the “Greatest Show on Earth” for the last time at U.S. Bank Arena. The Ringling Bros. parent company, Feld Entertainment Inc., announced in January that the 146-year-old circus will quit touring in May.

Multiple showtimes Friday through March 19. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. $20-$114. usbankarena.com

Kevin Smith Day Movie Marathon

Fans of Jay and Silent Bob rejoice. Video Archive in Walnut Hills will screen all of the movies Kevin Smith has starred in or directed on Saturday. The bar also will have a Jay and Silent Bob costume contest, where the winners will receive a prize pack, Video Archive gift cards and two tickets to see Smith speak at the Madison Theater in Covington later that night. Smith first played Silent Bob in the 1994 indie film “Clerks." Video Archive is donating proceeds from the movie marathon to Smith's Wayne Foundation, a national nonprofit committed to ending human trafficking.

2-11 p.m. Saturday. Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Enjoy the 51st Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. The parade kicks off at noon on Mehring Way near Paul Brown Stadium and ends at Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street in front of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Noon Saturday. Mehring Way, The Banks. Free. cincystpatsparade.com

St. Patrick’s Parade Day festivities

After the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there will be plenty of opportunities to continue the celebration of all things Irish.

-- Irish heritage celebration: Head over to the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati for a true taste of the Irish. There will be traditional Irish music, songs, dance, drinks and food, along with storytelling, exhibits and a children’s parade. Doors open 2 p.m. Saturday. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum. $5 advance; $7 at the door. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

-- St. Patrick’s Day party at Fountain Square: Listen to Celtic rock bands, eat authentic Irish cuisine, buy merch and drink beer on Fountain Square before and after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Fountain Square, Downtown. Free admission. myfountainsquare.com

Heart Mini Marathon and afterparty

Run or walk for a good cause this Sunday during the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Mini Marathon. The half marathon and 15K race start at 7:30 a.m., followed by 1K, 2K and 5K run/walks later in the morning. An afterparty sponsored by the AHA’s young professionals group, featuring food, drinks, a DJ, photobooth and other activities, runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn next to Moerlein Lager House. And remember, runners and walkers: Pick up participant packets at the Heart Mini Expo from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Duke Energy Convention Center. 

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Starting line for races is at Fifth and Broadway streets, Downtown.  Race registration prices vary. www2.heart.org