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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 25-28

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 25, 2018

Art After Dark: Winter is Here

This is one of the best and most laid-back ways to end the work week. Learn about a local art exhibit from the artists who created it while enjoying drinks and Eli's BBQ at Friday's Art After Dark. It's free to hear Cincinnati Art Museum adjunct curator Matt Distel and artists Curtis Goldstein and Matt Lynch discuss their exhibition "Made in Cincinnati." Drinks and food are cash only.

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

Guided ghost tours of Music Hall

Are you brave enough to look for the ghosts that many people say haunt Cincinnati's Music Hall? The Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies team will lead two tours through the iconic building on Friday. Learn about the history of Music Hall and paranormal experiences shared by visitors and staff over the years.

7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $30. cincinnatiarts.org

Fiona's Birthday Party

The celebration of the first birthday of everyone's favorite hippo continues Saturday with a special event at Rookwood Pottery. There will be Fiona cupcakes, refreshments by Coffee Emporium, presentations by the Cincinnati Zoo and a new Rookwood product reveal. WCPO's Kevin Necessary and Lucy May will sign copies of their book, "My Best Friend Fiona."

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Rookwood Pottery, 1920 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Swine City Brewing grand opening

Pints of delicious craft beer will flow from Swine City Brewing's taps when the brewery hosts its grand opening in Fairfield on Saturday. There also will be food trucks and live entertainment to mark the occasion.

11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Swine City Brewing, 4614 Industry Drive, Fairfield. Free admission. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Boozin' In Your Onesie Bar Crawl 

I cannot get images of Ralphie Parker from "A Christmas Story" dressed in his pink bunny onesie out of my head. You might not either if you attend the Boozin' In Your Onesie Bar Crawl on Saturday. This event invites people to visit eight bars throughout Over-the-Rhine and the Banks in their favorite onesie. There will be cash prizes for the scariest, funniest or sexiest onesies. 

Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Over-the-Rhine and the Banks. $29.99. Ages 21 and up. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Beefsteak Carnival Club Dinner

This event is one of the first signs that Cincinnati's oddest neighborhood festival is happening soon. The annual Beefsteak Carnival Club Dinner doubles as a night of entertainment and a fundraiser for Bockfest, which will take place March 2-4. Admission will get you eats and a buffet of entertainment from the Polyester Spy Club and Circus Mojo, along with bock beer, body painting, mud wrestling, tea leaf readings, games and prizes.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. $55 for one; $95 for two. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

2018 Garage Brewed Moto Show

Get your motor running this Saturday at Rhinegeist. The Garage Brewed Moto Show is an all-day event that will showcase custom motorcycles from around the country. There also will be plenty of beer on tap and an art show.  

Noon-midnight Saturday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. garagebrewed.com

Nikki Giovanni discusses 'A Good Cry'

I guarantee your mind and heart will be elevated Saturday after hearing poet Nikki Giovanni speak at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Giovanni will discuss her latest book of poetry, "A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter." The work is described as "an intimate, affecting and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart." A portion of the book's sales through Joseph-Beth will be donated to WordPlay, a local youth literacy program. 

6-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. $19.99. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Bonus events

Brent Green & Sam Green | Live Cinema: This could easily be the quirkiest live experience of the weekend. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and filmmaker/animator Brent Green will blend cinema, musical accompaniments and live narration to create engaging storytelling onstage at Memorial Hall. The artists, who are not related, will share stories about family, the woman who sewed a spacesuit for the first dog sent into space, Louis Armstrong, the fog in San Francisco and other offbeat topics.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $20 advance-purchase general admission; $17 CAC members; day-of show prices $23 and $20. memorialhallotr.com

Jurassic Quest: Who doesn't think dinosaurs are cool? Jurassic Quest, a fun, family-friendly event, will bring more than 80 life-size animatronic dinosaurs to the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend. There also will be areas to dig for fossils and bounce inside giant, dino-themed inflatables.

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $18-$34. For more information visit the event Facebook page.