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Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 4-7

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jan 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-07 09:33:55-05

The KOI Cavalcade of Customs

It may be bone-chillingly cold outside, but more than 500 hot rods will heat up Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs will feature five cars from "The Fast & The Furious" movies, hundreds of locally owned customized cars and trucks, freestyle motocross stunt shows and a pedal car challenge.

3-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Admission: $18 for adults; $6 for children 6-12; children ages 5 and under free. Discounted tickets available at area KOI stores. koiautoparts.com

Laugh to the Bone Comedy Show

If hot rods aren't your thing, how about a good laugh? Comedian Michael Blackson will bring his standup act to the Aronoff Center on Friday, along with fellow comics AJ Johnson and D.C. Young Fly.

8 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $45-$125. cincinnatiarts.org

Rob Schneider 

Why not make it a weekend of laughter? Rob Schneider, the "Saturday Night Live" alum and "Real Rob" sitcom star, will perform four shows of his latest standup routine at the Funny Bone in Liberty Township.

7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. $30. Ages 21 and up. liberty.funnybone.com

Southern Accents: A Tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Many of us are still mourning iconic rocker Tom Petty, who died at age 66 in October. Luckily for those of us who grew up jamming to him, Petty tribute band Southern Accents will honor his music at Bogart's on Friday. The all-ages show's set list includes covers of such classics as "I Won't Back Down," "Running Down a Dream" and "Into the Great Wide Open."

Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $10. bogarts.com

Family First Saturday: Renaissance Festival

Take a trip back in time this Saturday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum will host a Renaissance Festival that includes special performances and a scavenger hunt. The day-long, family-friendly event also will celebrate the museum's special exhibition of works by German Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer.   

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. cincinnatiartmuseum.org

2018 Charity Hockey Game

Have you ever seen fire on ice? Well, that's what will go down Saturday when the Cincinnati police and fire hockey team takes on the Dayton fire team during a charity game at U.S. Bank Arena. Proceeds from the annual contest help fund the Norwood Firefighters Association's charity arm, which helps area communities. Bonus: A ticket to the charity game doubles as admission to see the Cincinnati Cyclones play later in the evening. The Cyclones will face the Wheeling Nailers on "Throwback Night" at 7:30 p.m. There also will be $1 hot dogs, pizza, soda and beer.

1:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $12. Ticket sales for the charity game end at 11:59 p.m. Friday. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular

This event has "Good Morning Tri-State" anchor (and huge Elvis Presley fan) Kathrine Nero's seal of approval. Saturday's Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular at the Aronoff will feature four Presley impersonators, music and special guests.  

8 p.m. Saturday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $22.50-$53. cincinnatiarts.org

Bach + Beethoven and the CSO's History

We'll have to wait a few centuries to see if Presley's music is really as timeless as the works of Bach and Beethoven. World-renowned conductor Andrew Davis will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as it plays music from the composers who rocked 18th- and 19th-century Europe. Performances also will reflect the CSO's history: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform Bach's sacred cantata chorale "Sleepers Wake," arranged for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski, CSO music director from 1909-1912; and "Symphony No. 2" by Eugene Goossens, CSO music director from 1931-1947.

8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$107. cincinnatisymphony.org

Officer Pete Durkin benefit

Raise a glass for a good cause in Blue Ash this Sunday. Fretboard Brewing Co. will host its first fundraiser in conjunction with local first responder nonprofit Behind the Badge. Both organizations will donate a portion of proceeds from taproom sales of the brewery's S23 beer and merchandise to Oxford police officer Pete Durkin and his family. The Durkins lost most of their possessions in a December house fire. Fretboard's owners created S23, a session IPA, to honor the legacy of Cincinnati police officer Eric Sierra, who died in 2014.

​​​​​​Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Fretboard Brewing Co., 5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash. Free. For more information visit the event Facebook page.