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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Feb. 22-25

Posted at 1:00 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-25 19:33:24-05

'School of Rock -- The Musical'

Ready to rock? "School of Rock," the touring Broadway musical based on the hit film, is guaranteed to entertain audiences young and old with multiple performances at the Aronoff Center. The musical follows wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher and turns a class of straight-A students into a legitimate rock band. Each performance features 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, songs from the movie and children playing instruments live on stage.

Thursday through March 4. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $30. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Classical Collage 269

Wine lovers, rejoice. The Skeleton Root urban winery will host a special wine tasting and classical music concert Thursday evening. Members of concert:nova, a group of musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, will perform music from Bach, Mozart and those they influenced as wine is served.

9-11 p.m. Thursday. The Skeleton Root, 38 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine. $16.78 general admission; Free ages 35 and under with RSVP. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Constella Festival

The Constella Festival will kick off its seventh year of diverse, multidisciplinary concert experiences on Friday. The festival will hosts multiple programs at various venues in Cincinnati through March 3. Programs feature guitar music, bandoneon, tango, violin and piano and visual art. This year, Constella also will premiere of a short documentary series celebrating the Queen City's renaissance. The first Constella event will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. 

For the festival's complete schedule and ticket pricing visit www.constellaarts.com.

Art After Dark: Love is in the Hair

This month's Art After Dark event at the Cincinnati Art Museum is an ode to hair. Local band the Young Heirlooms will perform, AV Beauty bar will host a braid bar and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will give love-themed interactive tours at the event. There also will be a cash bar, food for purchase and access to the museum's "Mementos of Affection: Ornamental Hairwork in Jewelry and Portrait Miniatures" exhibit, which is on view through November.

5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Red Door Project Anniversary Show

For four years the Red Door Project has celebrated the work of local artists with pop-up galleries throughout Greater Cincinnati. Come out Friday and celebrate the Red Door Project by bidding on artwork through a silent auction. The theme for the anniversary show is "Scenes of Cincinnati." 

6-9:30 p.m. Friday. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour

This is an event that began after a large snowfall almost entirely shut down Bockfest in 2008. The next year a group of diehard Bockfest fans sacrificed a fabricated snowman by fire to ward off another snowstorm. The event has mostly worked and been a tradition ever since. Take part in this year's ritual burning during the Precipitation Retaliation Happy Hour at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. on Friday.

5:30-9 p.m. Friday. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Jungle Jim's Whiskey Night: Prohibition-Style

Who doesn't like a speakeasy? This Saturday, Jungle Jim's in Fairfield will host a night showcasing whiskey, cigars, food and live music. Everyone who plans to attend is asked to dress accordingly for this Prohibition-style party.

7-10 p.m. Saturday.  Jungle Jim's International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. $53.25 general admission; $21.30 non-drinkers. jungleshop.junglejims.com

2018 Cincinnati Heart Ball

You'll want to dress your best for the annual Cincinnati Heart Ball and afterparty on Saturday. The fundraiser for the American Heart Association will feature cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, dinner and a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. until the afterparty kicks off at 9:30 p.m. The afterparty will feature dancing and music from Johnny Clueless and DJ Ron Mixico until 1 a.m.

6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $500 event tickets; $85 afterparty tickets. ahacincinnati.ejoinme.org

Cabin Fever Music and Arts Festival

Have you ever been to Ludlow, Kentucky? If not -- or if it has been a long time since you visited -- the Cabin Fever Music and Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to get to know the river city. The festival will showcase 15 visual artists and their work and more than 30 bands playing everything from Appalachian folk music to hip-hop and funk. The artists will display their talents in establishment venues and other spaces throughout Ludlow. Former Cincinnati mayor and talk show host Jerry Springer will be in town to record an episode of his podcast before a live audience.

4 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Ludlow, Kentucky. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page

Bonus events

The Loft at Braxton Open House

Check out Braxton Brewing Co.'s new private event space the Loft during its open house this Thursday. The Loft has room for about 90 people in seats or 120 people standing and can be rented for almost any occasion. Braxton is opening the Loft's doors to give everyone a chance to check out the space before reserving it for your next big event.

5-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Braxton Brewing Co. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

NOIRE: A Pop-Up Dinner Experience

Celebrate Black History Month with a soulful dinner this Sunday in Over-the-Rhine. Chef L. Mari, founder of L. Mari Catering, is hosting a pop-up dining event at Revel OTR that will feature Ghanaian jollof rice, jerk chicken, Creole seafood and chicken gumbo, spiced maple Hennessy wings, five-cheese baked macaroni and sauteed cabbage. Admission also includes a drink and noire bag.

6:30-10 p.m. Sunday. Revel OTR Urban Winery, 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. 21 and up. $25-$125. For more information visit the event Facebook page.