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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Feb. 15-18

Posted at 1:00 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 07:04:15-05

The RnB Love Show

Get ready for a night of love, romance and fun as R&B group Pretty Ricky and singers Lloyd and J. Holiday take the stage Thursday at the Aronoff. The evening will be filled with smooth music and promises to keep your love alive well into the weekend. 

8-11 p.m. Thursday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $38.50-$88.50. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Sausage Queen Preliminary Round

The buildup to Bockfest can be a bit bawdy, especially when it comes to crowning the festival's next Sausage Queen. Rhinehaus in Over-the-Rhine is hosting a preliminary round that will help determine who will be heir apparent at Bockfest, which takes place March 2-4. Judges and the crowd will judge participants in a gender-neutral pageant and select someone to move on to the next round, which will be held at another neighborhood bar the following week. Go, judge and have fun.

9-10 p.m. Thursday. Rhinehaus, 119 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Ravel’s 'La Valse'

Keep the Valentine's Day romance going with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Saturday. The orchestra will perform Ravel’s "La Valse," which is described as "a whirling dervish of a waltz." The evening also will include pianist Jeffrey Kahane performing Ravel’s jazzy "Piano Concerto in G Major" and scenes from Stravinsky’s ballet "The Fairy’s Kiss."

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

Cheers to five years

MadTree Brewing Co. has a lot to celebrate. In five short years, the brewery's co-founders have gone from making beer in a little building on Kennedy Avenue to operating a 50,000-square-foot facility in Oakley. That's why the MadTree crew created a weeklong series of specialty tappings and a charity event. Festivities culminate on Saturday with an all-day bash that includes music, food and specialty MadTree beers on tap. 

10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. For the daily list of MadTree events visit the celebration's Facebook page.

Brink anniversary party

MadTree isn't the only local brewery with something to celebrate. Brink Brewing Co. opened in College Hill in February 2017 and has been a hit ever since. Brink also won a gold medal for its English-Style Mild Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in October in Denver. The craft brewery will celebrate its first year in business Friday, Saturday and Sunday with door prizes, live music and special beer releases.

3 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Brink Brewing Co., 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

Explore the exquisite color stained glass creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Taft Museum of Art's newest exhibit. Beginning this Saturday through May 27, the Taft will showcase more than 60 examples of Tiffany’s decorative genius, including vases, lamps, windows, furniture, and ornamental objects. The exhibition is on loan from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection in Chicago.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. Admission: Free to members and those 18-years-old and younger; $14 advanced tickets or $16 at door for adults; $12 advance or $14 at door for seniors. www.taftmuseum.org

Cupid's Undie Run

How much do you dare to bare? That's the question when you sign up for Cupid's Undie Run, a fundraiser for neurofibromatosis research. You can run through Mount Adams in your underwear, or not, before joining the post-run party inside Mount Adams Pavilion.

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. $40. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Winter Jam 2018

Laugh, sing and dance during the Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular on Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena. Billboard Music Award-winning rockers Skillet will headline the showcase of Christian entertainment. Comedian John Crist is also on the lineup, along with performers Kari Jobe, Building 429, KB, NewSong, Jordan Feliz, Nick Hall, Dan Bremnes, Mallary Hope and Westover.

6-9 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $15. usbankarena.com

Bad Veins at the Woodward Theater

After a yearlong break, local indie band favorite Bad Veins will perform at Woodward Theater this Saturday. Moonbeau and MARR will join the band for an evening of great music.

8-11:30 p.m. Saturday. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. Ages 18 and up. www.woodwardtheater.com

Bonus event

Art on Vine - Spread the Local Love

Art on Vine returns to Rhinegeist Brewing for its February edition. Show 70 local artists, vendors and merchants some love on Sunday by purchasing their creations while winding down your weekend with Rhinegeist beer.

Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information visit the event Facebook page