Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: June 9-12

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 09, 2016

‘The Fits’

The Esquire Theatre will roll out the red carpet Thursday for “The Fits,” a small-budget independent movie filmed in the West Side and Over-the-Rhine in 2014. The movie stars Winton Woods Intermediate School student Royalty Hightower, who plays the part of “Toni," a young girl drawn to the world of dance as she trains to be a boxer.

7 p.m. Thursday. Esquire Theatre, Clifton. $7-$9.75. Purchase tickets through the Esquire Theatre website or by contacting Caitlyn Proffitt of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission by email ( or phone (513-784-1744).

Celebrate Italianfest

The smell of Italian sausage sizzling on a hot grill never fails to make my mouth water. Sample all kinds of Italian cuisine, from pizza to cannolis, at the 25th annual Newport Italianfest on Riverboat Row. Food aside, there will be Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, pizza eating contests, bocce, rides, games and live music.

5-11 p.m. Thursday, 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Riverboat Row, Newport.

E.T. in Concert

I had to include the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s “E.T. in Concert” in this week’s Top 9, on the strength of the nostalgic factor alone. The orchestra will perform the Oscar-winning score for iconic movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” at the Taft on Friday and Saturday as the film plays on the Taft’s HD screen. Break out the costumes and relive your childhood.

8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, Tickets start at $15 for kids and $25 for adults.

A Celebration of Black Music

It’s time to pay tribute to black music with the 10th annual, aptly named A Celebration of Black Music. This year’s milestone anniversary edition at JACK Casino features some great names, including Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum and Chante Moore. Smooth grooves are on deck.

Starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway St. $60 per night.


I like yoga and football, and Namas-DEY sounds like a perfect mix. Here’s the deal: On Saturday, instructors from the Yoga Bar will lead a class on the field at Paul Brown Stadium. Just bring your mat -- all levels of experience are welcome, and proceeds go toward the Freestore Foodbank. And organizers say it's rain or shine.

Saturday: registration 9-9:30 a.m.; class 10 a.m. Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. $10.

Listermann Turns 25

What better way to celebrate 25 years of business than with beer and food? There is no better way if you are Listermann Brewing Co., which started selling and making home brew parts in 1991 before becoming a commercial craft brewer. Listermann is throwing multiple parties to celebrate, including a dinner night at Renegade Street Eats from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, the first Norwood Beer Dinner on Friday, and a big party at the Listermann taproom and bar starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

For information about all the events scheduled, visit Listermann’s Facebook page.  

Tiny Desk, Big Music

One of the most brilliant features to come from NPR in recent years is the Tiny Desk Series, where musicians play in a very intimate setting. To that end, the Southgate House Revival is celebrating local musicians who recently entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. The showcase also will benefit 91.7 WVXU.

9 p.m. Saturday. The Southgate House Revival. 111 E 6th St., Newport. $12-$15. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.

Hot Wheels!

Imagine beautiful vintage cars as far as your eye can see. The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, back for its 39th year, will bring hundreds of classic vehicles and motorcycles to Cincinnati this weekend.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave. $25 per adult, students with school ID $15, free for kids age 12 and younger.

Second Sunday on Main

Second Sunday on Main, the monthly summertime Over-the-Rhine street festival, returns this weekend with games --  Cincinnati Neighborhood Games will host Over-the-Rhine’s qualifying events, including a three-legged race, 40-yard dash, hula hoop, limbo, tug of war, super-sized Jenga, trivia and a stein-holding contest.

Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street between 12th and Liberty streets. Free admission.

A final reminder: The Cincinnati Fringe Festival runs through Saturday, with more than 40 shows being performed at multiple venues in Over-the-Rhine. For the full schedule, visit