Top 9 things to do this weekend: Feb. 18-21

Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 21:02:45-05

Blake Shelton

Country singer Blake Shelton is most recognizable these days as A) a judge on reality singing competition “The Voice” and B) boyfriend to singer Gwen Stefani. But he puts on a helluva show, too. Shelton is bringing his act to U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday, along with opener Chris Janson, and there are still tickets left. Run, don’t walk.

7:30 p.m. Thursday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $29.75-$69.75.

Winter Jam

Looks like U.S. Bank Arena is going to be hopping this weekend. Winter Jam is the biggest tour in Christian music, and it’s coming to U.S. Bank Arena on Friday. King & Country and singer/songwriter Matthew West are headlining the show, joined by music artists Crowder,  RED, Sidewalk Prophets, NewSong, Trip Lee, KB and Lauren Daigle.
Starts at 6 p.m. Friday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $10 at the door. 

Cheers to Beer

Wiedemann Brewing Co. – which was revived by Jon and Betsy Newberry in 2012 after previous owners ceased producing and distributing the brand in 2007 – is launching a fundraising effort Friday on Kickstarter. The goal? To help Wiedemann build a brewery and taproom in Greater Cincinnati, preferably in its historic home of Newport, although other areas are being considered. The campaign will kick off the tapping of a Wiedemann Bock keg at Mecklenburg Gardens.

6:30 p.m. Friday. Fish fry ($16) at 6 p.m. Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave. 513-221-5353.

Bill Bellamy

Actor-comedian Bill Bellamy has been in the standup game for a long time (check his receipts), and he still knows how to crack up a crowd. He’s performing at the Funny Bone on the Levee this weekend, so get ready to laugh! 

8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Funny Bone on the Levee, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. $22.

Cincinnati Auto Expo

Cars are taking over the Duke Energy Convention Center during the Cincinnati Auto Expo. More than 400 of the newest cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrids on the market will be on display. Time to admire some hot wheels!

11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Admission: adults, $11. (Save $3 by buying a ticket at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores.) Children age 12 and under free with a paying adult.

I Spy A Fish Fry

‘Tis the season for fish fries! There are soooo many fish fries going on during Lenten season -- why not go to as many as you can? Check out our 2016 fish fry guide, which includes dinners at churches, nonprofits, clubs, restaurants and other organizations in the Tri-State, as well as Julie Niesen Gosdin’s top 9 fish fry recommendations.

Happy Anniversary, Lachey’s Bar!

The Over-the-Rhine sports bar is celebrating its first year in business with a  red-carpet party on Saturday. Both Drew and Nick Lachey will be there to pose for photos with guests, and there will be prizes and memorabilia up for grabs.

8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday. Lachey’s Bar, 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

"Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape"

Here’s a recommendation from WCPO arts reporter Rick Pender: It’s a safe bet you’ve never heard of Charles François Daubigny (DOE-bin-yee). A French landscape painter during the 19th century, Daubigny's work was admired during his lifetime but faded from popularity a century ago. However, he profoundly influenced younger artists who went on to great fame. "Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape," an exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art, will explore his work and its impact.

Opens Saturday and runs through May 29. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. $15 for non-members Tuesday-Saturday, $5 on Sundays.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Oriental Wok’s fabulous Chinese New Year party is all sold out, but you can still enjoy its Lunar New Year Afterparty at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati’s Diamond Lounge on Sunday. It’s open to the public, featuring food from Oriental Wok and the casino for only $15. 

10 p.m. Sunday. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown.

Bonus: A Night at the Movies

They call them classics for a reason. Join the Chimp Tent, the Cincinnati chapter of the International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society, for a fun evening of film on Saturday. It’s a tribute to films made and/or produced in 1936: Expect to see Laurel & Hardy’s "The Bohemian Girl," Charley Chase's "Vamp Till Ready," Robert Benchley's "How To Train A Dog" and Our Gang's "Follies of 1936."

6:45 p.m. Saturday. E.T. Carson Lodge, 218 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $5 adults, free for kids age 12 and under.