Top 9 things to do this weekend

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 16:22:13-04

Hello, French Fry Heaven

French fries are one of my favorite foods, so even though I’m on a diet, new restaurant French Fry Heaven is worth a cheat day. The Corryville eatery, which opens Thursday, will serve nearly 30 variations of the starchy vegetable for tasting. People can top their fries with hamburger, turkey, chicken fingers, bruschetta, cheese or bacon, and further spice up menu selections with 16 seasonings and dipping sauces. *drool*

Opens at 6 p.m. Thursday. 206 Calhoun St., Corryville.

Monster trucks

Calling all monster truck fans! Monster Jam will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Friday and Saturday featuring a little racing, a few tricks and some huge trucks. Expect to see iconic machines such as Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt Dalmation.

7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St. $20-$60.

Seahorses Come to Town

Ready to explore under the sea? “Seahorses: Unbridled Fun,” the Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit, opens to the public Saturday. The interactive exhibit will feature 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpet fish, shrimpfish and pipefish.

Opens 10 a.m. Saturday. 1 Aquarium Way, Newport. $15.99-$23.99 (children under age 2 free).

FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati — the new professional soccer team in town — plays its inaugural United Soccer League home game Saturday at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Thousands of fans are expected to witness club history as FCC hosts the Charlotte Independence. The match has been dubbed part of the Queen City Cup Challenge between the two teams, whose host cities share a nickname. Time to root on our home team!

7 p.m. Saturday. Nippert Stadium, University of Cincinnati, 2700 Bearcat Way. $5-$25.

Cincinnati Rollergirls

The Cincinnati Rollergirls are back! It’s the second doubleheader of the season at the Cincinnati Gardens, and the Rollergirls will compete against the Memphis Roller Derby and Terrorz Roller Derby (Columbus, Indiana). The doubleheader also includes the Cincinnati Pit Crew's fourth annual Bullies at the Bout event, which will feature adoptable dogs, educational literature and swag. Rollergirls + adorable dogs = a fun combo!

6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave. $5-$17, children age 6 and younger free.

My Nose Turns Red

More than 50 kids from across the region will show off their circus prowess during My Nose Turns Red’s Youth Circus Extravaganza. The students will walk on stilts and across tight wires, juggle, hula hoop and demonstrate more fun skills. It’s an event perfect for kids -- and for the kid in you.

7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St. $15-$22.

Slow Art Day

The average amount of time someone spends examining a work while touring an art museum is 17 seconds. A counter-movement began in 2008 encouraging people to look slowly at works of art, under the belief that when people take time to deliberately examine a piece of ar, they make discoveries. On Saturday, at least 187 institutions around the world will celebrate International Slow Art Day, including the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Art Museum. Go to one institution (or both!), take some time appreciating the art and enjoy.

Visit for more details.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

With the party primaries raging, the KSO joins forces with three choruses — the KSO Chorale, Northern Kentucky Community Chorus and Voices of the Commonwealth — for "Heads Will Roll," a program of politics-themed music by Dmitri Shostakovich. The orchestra, choruses and bass-baritone Kenneth Shaw bring to life "The Execution of Stepan Razin," the story of a Russian folk hero's last hours. Then the KSO digs into the Symphony No. 10, a powerful work written as a response to the terrors of the Stalin years and laced with personal musical codes. Be sure to stop by the free vodka tasting after the show.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, 1 Nunn Drive,
Highland Heights. $19-$35. 859-431-6216;

Wussy, Daniel Martin Moore

Here’s a nice primer to get your mind right for Record Store Day: Popular Cincinnati band Wussy, which just released its new album “Forever Sounds” in March, and singer Daniel Martin Moore will both perform acoustic shows at Shake It Records on Sunday.

2 p.m. Sunday. Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Free admission. For details visit the event’s Facebook page.