Top 9 things to do this weekend

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jan 28, 2016

Art After Dark

It’s Final Friday and you know what that means: It’s time for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark! This month’s edition, “Winter Wilderness,” will feature music by local folk band Wilder and guided tours of “Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert.” Wear something black and/or white, and you’ll fit right in with the theme of the black-and-white photography exhibit.

5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive. Free admission. For details go to the event’s Facebook page.

Red Door Project

The Red Door Project continues its mission of making art accessible to all with its first show of the year on Friday in Over-the-Rhine. The monthly pop-up art gallery, which lets people bid on art created around a different theme (this time it’s travel), will open its doors at 116 13th St., where Red Door creator Barbara Hauser publicly displayed her first piece of artwork a decade ago.

6-9:30 p.m. Friday. 116 13th St. Free admission.

YO!tr Old School Hip Hop Dance Party

I love old-school hip-hop -- Eric B. and Rakim, Pete Rock and CL Smooth and EPMD. So YO!tr’s Old School Hip Hop Dance Party sounds like so much fun. DJs EZ G, Spam, Topspeed and Noah Sweeney will be spinning '80s and '90s hip-hop classics. Get ready to dance!

10 p.m. Friday. Drinkery OTR, 1150 Main St. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

MadTree’s Winter Bonanza 

MadTree Brewing will celebrate its third birthday Saturday with its Winter Bonanza Party, which will feature nearly 60 beers from MadTree and other breweries around the region. Local bands such as the Turkeys, Almighty Get Down and Rumpke Mountain Boys will perform, and  Catch-A-Fire Café and food trucks such as Red Sesame Korean BBQ and Bones Burgers and C’est Cheese also will be there.

Noon-1 a.m. Saturday. MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave.

Kip Moore

He’s cute, he’s country and his bringing a friend. Singer Kip Moore is performing at Bogart’s on Saturday, along with fellow country artist Chase Bryant. Break out the cowboy boots and enjoy the show.

7 p.m. Saturday. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St. $29.50.

Bockfest Beefsteak Club Dinner

It’s not time for Bockfest yet but the Bockfest Beefsteak Club Dinner is back to start getting your mind ready. It has long roots; in 1986 the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewery welcomed elite Cincinnatians for an upscale meal with beer pairings. It became a tradition, with guests christening themselves the “Beefsteak Club.” This year’s version, aimed at supporting Bockfest and its parade, will take place at the Hudepohl Bottling Building on Saturday, featuring Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. beer and dinner by Arnold’s Bar & Grill. (Note: There will be NO beefsteak.) The evening also will include the unveiling of this year’s Bockfest artwork, live music and tours of the building and lagering cellars.

6:30 p.m. Saturday. Hudepohl Bottling Building, 40 E. McMicken St. $55. 

Sunday School

This is not the kind of Sunday School you’re thinking of. Catherine Manabat hosts a series of cocktail classes at Metropole, and each class focuses on a particular spirit or theme. This semester kicks off with a class on split-base cocktails, and drinks and snacks will be provided. To reserve a spot, call 513-578-6686 or email

4 p.m. Sunday. Metropole, 609 Walnut St. $35 per class. 

Chili Cook-Offs, Times Two

So many chili cook-offs, so little room in mah belly. There are two competitions happening Sunday, and if you time it just right, you could hit them both.

Findlay Market is hosting its Gold Star Chili Cook-Off (register here; only 25 competitors will be allowed). Aside from the contest itself, there will be cooking demonstrations, craft beer and live music.

Park + Vine is hosting its annual vegan Chili Cook-Off, too, with categories such as best chef entry, best enthusiast entry and best use of ingredients (think tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegetables and/or beans). If you want to enter or taste, tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Note: Only 15 competitors will be allowed.

  • Gold Star Chili Cook-Off: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Crown OTR, 1739 Elm St. Free admission. For more details check out the event’s Facebook page. 
  • Park + Vine Chili Cook-Off: 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Park + Vine, 1202 Main St.  $10 before 6 p.m. Saturday; $15 at the door. For more details check out the event’s Facebook page.

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

CityBeat is hosting its 19th annual CEAs, a celebration of the best artists on the local music scene, at Covington’s Madison Theater on Sunday. The awards ceremony will feature live performances from acts such as Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Noah Wotherspoon Band and the Rumpke Mountain Boys. Madison Live next door will host the official afterparty, which will feature a performance by Skeleton Hands 

7 p.m. Sunday, Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. $20; day of event $25; $40 VIP.