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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: April 5-8

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 15:33:03-04

First Friday Art Opening

Start your weekend with a glass of wine while learning about the art of screenprinting at the Skeleton Root. Artist Aaron Kent will be at the Over-the-Rhine winery to share insights into his DIY Printing business. His art will be on display and for sale at the Skeleton Root throughout April.

8-10 p.m. Friday. The Skeleton Root, 38 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Enjoy "Symphonic Dances," along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Piano Concerto" by composer Samuel Barber, on Friday at Music Hall. Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan will perform "Piano Concerto." CSO Spectrum, an organization of LGBTQ friends and allies, will host an off-site party after the performance. 

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$107. cincinnatisymphony.org

Bill Burr at the Taft Theatre

Comedian Bill Burr's caustic, no-nonsense standup has gained him a strong following. The Boston native first gained fame with recurring appearances on the second season of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central. He has since appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" multiple times. Burr will perform two shows at the Taft Theatre on Saturday. (Warning: Only single seats are left for the early show.)  

7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $45. tafttheatre.org

Northside Record Fair

Find that missing vinyl record you've been searching for during the annual Northside Record Fair on Saturday. Dozens of vendors will be buying, selling and trading records, CDs, cassettes and other music-related media and memorabilia. Pay an extra $5 and get into the fair an hour early. 

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside. $5 general admission; $10 early-bird entry. www.northsiderecordfair.com

Brian McKnight 

This suggestion is a bit of a drive from Cincinnati but it's worth it for R&B fans. Singer-songwriter Brian McKnight will perform on Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Event Center. McKnight has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards since his professional music career began in 1990. If the drive home after McKnight's show is too far, Lawrenceburg has plenty of hotel options, and the Hollywood Casino is also nearby for a little extra fun.

8 p.m. Saturday. The Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. $20-$35. www.thelawrenceburgeventcenter.com

Caffé Vivace grand opening

Caffé Vivace is one of the newest businesses to open as part of Walnut Hills' ongoing revitalization. Described by its owners as a coffeehouse by day and jazz lounge by night, Caffé Vivace's grand opening will bring some warmth to an unseasonably cold Saturday evening. Enjoy the smooth sounds of the Mike Wade Quartet while taking in Caffé Vivace's ambiance.

8-11 p.m. Saturday. Caffé Vivace, 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Lil Jon DJ set at Jekyll 

Prepare for an evening of beats, drinks and dancing on Saturday at Jekyll. The rapper, record producer and DJ will perform a set during this special ticketed event at the Downtown nightclub. You'll want to buy tickets ASAP.

9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday. Jekyll, 28 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $25 general admission. jekyllcincy.com

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Get the lead and aggression out this weekend at the Monster Jam Triple Threat show at U.S. Bank Arena. You'll have three opportunities to see big trucks smash through cars and a series of obstacles when this nationally touring show comes to Cincinnati.

1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $16.50-$71.50. usbankarena.com


Wyclef Jean: the Carnival Tour

Who is ready for a great night of live music? Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean will bring his Carnival Tour to OTR Live on Sunday. The Haitian-born rapper made a name for himself in the 1990s as a member of the Fugees. Since then he has continued to wow audiences with his solo career. And don't worry Fugees fans: He likely will mix some old favorites into his set. 

8 p.m. Sunday. OTR Live, 209 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $35-$75. Ages 21 and up. For more information visit the event Facebook page