Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled kicks off its 2016 ReelsPrograms at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with author Liane Holliday Willey, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 35. The program she is introducing is part of a series of film events that illustrate the range of “hidden disabilities” faced by many Americans. It is also a buildup to the ReelAbilities Film Festival taking place in Cincinnati in 2017, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors from across the country.
ReelsPrograms: Starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 1 Neumann Way, GE Aviation Learning Center, Cincinnati. Pre-registration is required at cincy.reelabilities.org.
Explore experimental films and videos during the opening night of the Mini Microcinema at the Carnegie in Covington. There will be a reception and two screenings. First filmmaker Roger Beebe will offer a program of his multiple-projector performances; then curator Erin K. Drew will host a special version of the Cartoon Research Laboratory (CRL), in which scholars of the medium study classic cartoons and contemporary animation.
5:30-9 p.m. Friday. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Free. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Tip your hat to all things Irish on Saturday as the 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way along the riverfront. (Yep, there’s a new route this year.) The parade starts at noon near Paul Brown Stadium and ends on Freedom Way near Great American Ball Park. Then enjoy some kegs and eggs at Moerlein Lager House or take a trip to the Greater Cincinnati Irish Heritage Center afterward for some pre-holiday celebrations.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Starts on Mehring Way near Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown. www.cincystpatsparade.com
Cincinnati Heart Mini
Join 25,000 of your friends for a good cause Downtown on Sunday morning. The local chapter of the American Heart Association is hosting its 39th annual 1K, 2K, 5K, 15K and half marathon series of races beginning at 7:30 a.m. near Fountain Square. Day-of registration is still available for each run. Race prices range from $60 for the half marathon to $20 for the kids’ 2K race.
Heart Mini Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Starts near Fountain Square, Downtown. Races continue through the noon start time for the kids 2K. http://cincinnati.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1140201
Start your St. Patrick’s Day festivities a little early at Stoutfest, the fourth annual celebration of the traditional Irish pint at Molly Malone’s in Covington. Although VIP tickets sold out quickly, general admission tickets remain. Sample from among 30 stouts: Braxton’s barrel-aged Dark Charge, previously released only during the brewery's December block party, will be on tap, along with Rhinegeist’s BA Ink Coffee and Vanilla and MadTree’s BA Axis Mundi Coffee and Vanilla, among others.
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington. $20 advance, $25 day of event. www.allaboutstoutfest.com
Strong. Competitive. Awesome. All those words define the Cincinnati Rollergirls. The squad will open its 10th anniversary season Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens against the Roc City Roller Derby. While the Rollergirls will look a little different (the team has undergone a rebranding and has a snazzy new logo), the game will still feature the same can’t-miss-a-minute action. Oh, and this hasn’t changed either: Parking is free, tailgating is encouraged and beer is $1 during happy hour.
6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave. Adults general admission: $12 advance, $14 at the door; adult trackside tickets: $15 advance, $17 at the door; kids 7-12: $5 advance, $6 at the door; kids 6 and younger free. cincinnatirollergirls.com
Fun at Moerlein
Christian Moerlein Brewery is hosting two events that are right up my alley. First the brewery is offering a free Pure Barre class in the taproom on Saturday. Stick around after class for some happy hour brews. (And no, it totally won’t undo the benefits of the class.)
Head back to Moerlein on Sunday for Pints & Pitties. The brewery will donate $4 from each pint sold during the event to Adore-A-Bull Rescue, and you can shop vendors such as JD Couture Jewelry and Cincy Shirts, as well as all kinds of doggy-minded wares. You can’t bring your furry friends this year, but they probably won’t mind if you come home bearing gifts.
- Barre at the Brewery: 4 p.m. Saturday. 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. Free admission. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
- Pints & Pitties: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. General admission $20, VIP $30. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy
They are popular for a reason. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will bring their comedy act to the Taft Theatre on Saturday. Get ready to laugh at a little redneck humor.
5 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Downtown. $42.50-$199. http://tafttheatre.org
There are so many new places that have opened recently. Now’s the perfect time to check ’em. out. How about Taglio, a new pizzeria in Columbia Tusculum from the folks behind A Tavola? Or BC’s Bottle Lodge, the new growler shop and bar in Liberty Township? For inspiration, check out this roundup of new bars and eateries.