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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: April 11-14

Posted at 5:49 PM, Apr 10, 2019

CINCINNATI — Enjoy beers, gears, fashion and sweet, sweet music this weekend.


CurioCity Series - The Cave: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. $10 members; $15 non-members. 21 and older. Dive deep into fun this Thursday with members of the Greater Cincinnati Grotto as the Cincinnati Museum Center hosts its next CurioCity Series event for adults. This month you'll sip the Geode, a signature event cocktail made with vodka, as you mingle and learn about cave exploration and conservation. www.cincymuseum.org

30th Annual Chili Cookoff: 2 p.m. Saturday. Brew House, 1047 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Free to enter; $10 for non-participants to sample. Bring your appetite, and perhaps some antacids, with you to Brew House this Saturday for the restaurant's 30th annual chili cook off. For those who want to pit their chili against others, show up with your crock pot before 2 p.m. A general category winner will take home $200 and a vegetarian chef will win $100 for their dish. And just so you know, judges will be accepting non-monetary but creative bribes. For those just bringing their appetites, show up after 3 p.m. to eat. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Gears and Beers presented by Zakira's Garage: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. MadTree, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. Free. Spring has sprung, which can only mean it's time for Gears and Beers' return to MadTree. Zakira's Garage is the 2019 presenting sponsor for the monthly showcase of cars benefitting CityLink Center. For more information visit the event Facebook page.


Grand Opening of Professor Lorenzo's Carnival of Mysteries: 7-9 p.m. Friday. People's Liberty, 1805 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Step right up and test your mental dexterity during the grand opening of Professor Lorenzo's Carnival of Mysteries this Friday. The carnival is People's Liberty's newest exhibit featured at its Globefront Gallery located across from Findlay Market. The carnival is part circus, part escape room and part interactive art installation. After the grand opening, it will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (excluding Easter) through May 27. The Carnival of Mysteries is the creation of local writer and puzzle creator John Bromels. carnivalofmysteries.com

2019 Night in White: 6-10 p.m. Friday. Backstage Event Center, 625 Walnut St., Downtown. $30 front row VIP; $20 VIP; $10 general admission. You'll want to come dressed in white, cocktail attire for this event hosted by Cincy Chic and the Backstage Event Center. The evening will include a fashion show, shopping, light bites, drinks, a photo booth and fundraising activities. Night in White is a fashionable fundraiser for the Eight Days & One Hour Foundation's Stephen Morsch Nursing Scholarship. cincy.live

Record Store Day: Saturday. Various locations. Go hands on and support local businesses during the annual National Record Store Day taking place this Saturday. Stores such as Shake It Records in Northside, Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge, Jet Age Records in Newport, Black Plastic Records in Over-the-Rhine and Hail Dark Aesthetics in Covington are just a few of the local shops that will have special offers and limited vinyl releases for the day. recordstoreday.com

20:12 Celebration: Begins 7 a.m. Saturday. Lytle Park, E Fourth St., Downtown. Are you one of the thousands of people who has spent the past four months or more training to run in the full or half Flying Pig Marathon on May 5? If so, don't run that last, long training run alone. Join fellow Greater Cincinnati runners at Lytle Park for that final 12-or-20-mile long run (get it . . . "20:12"). The run, sponsored by Fleet Feet Cincinnati, includes full course support. There will also be a great party with music, prizes, food and beverages waiting for you once your done with your run. fleetfeetcincy.com

Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Here comes Peter Cottontail . . . straight to Washington Park for 3CDC's annual Egg Hunt. This Saturday more than 10,000 candy-filled eggs will flood the OTR park. Sunrock Farm will also be there with animals to pet, Buddy Rogers Music will provide musical activities and everyone will have a chance to get their picture taken with Mr. Bunny. Red Balloon Café, Explore Nature, A-1 Inflatables and Usborne Books will also add to the egg hunt adventure. The egg hunt itself is broken down into various age groups by start times. For that schedule and more information visit the event Facebook page.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Find your inspiration during the annual Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at the Cincinnati Museum Center this Saturday. The fair is a celebration of creativity and invention that showcases the works of engineers, artists, scientists and crafters. cincinnati.makerfaire.com

Art on Vine - Hello Spring: Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. The Rhinegeist rooftop bar will be open when the monthly Art on Vine crafters market returns to the brewery's taproom this Sunday. More than 70 local artists will display and sell their works. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Art & Poetry: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a day-long outdoor event at Findlay Market this Sunday. This event will feature art vendors, a poetry open mic hosted by Symana She Speaks Dillingham, a spoke word competition hosted by DuWaup and interactive art. For more information visit the event Facebook page.


'Miss Saigon:' 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $31. "The New Yorker" called Cameron MacKintosh's new production of Boublil Schonberg's "Miss Saigon" as a "dynamite Broadway revival." Now you can experience the touring Broadway musical of that revival this weekend. The musical tells the story of the journey of a Vietnamese woman named Kim and an American G.I. "Miss Saigon" will be performed at the Aronoff through April 21. www.cincinnatiarts.org

This Time Tomorrow: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. $65 festival pass. This Time Tomorrow is a new four-day festival showcasing contemporary performance presented by the Contemporary Arts Center. The festival brings together local, national and international artists, along with their works. While the Contemporary Arts Center is the main hub for the festival, This Time Tomorrow exhibits, performances and experimentations will take place at various locations throughout Cincinnati. Some of those other venues include Wave Pool, Lightborne Communications, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 21c Museum Hotel and the Purple People Bridge. thistimetmrw.com

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth:' 7:30-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $31-$57. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company under the direction of Miranda McGee brings William Shakespeare's "MacBeth," the timeless tale of ambition, morality, tyranny and corruption to life this weekend during four performances. The play follows the path of Scottish Lord MacBeth as he pursues a path to power with his ruthless wife beside him. The company warns that the production contains adult situations and violence, which may not be suitable for children under 13. Performances of "MacBeth" continue every Thursday-Sunday through May 4. cincyshakes.com

Brit Floyd: 8 p.m. Friday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $38-$57. Celebrate 40 years of "The Wall" with one of the best Pink Floyd tribute shows, Brit Floyd. The evening will include musical highlights from the iconic rock opera, plus performances of other gems such as "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here." tafttheatre.org

Percussion Master Colin Currie: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$130. Prepare to be mesmerized by the musical mastery of Colin Currie. The percussionist will perform Nielsen's "Helios" overature, Kalevi Aho's "Sieidi" and Sibelius' "Symphony No. 5" utilizing seven instruments. John Storgårds will conduct. Friday's performance is also part of the CSO Encore Young Professional series and the final "Friday Orange" of the 2018-19 season. You can also join the CSO Encore post-concert afterparty Friday at nearby Cobblestone in Over-the-Rhine. www.cincinnatisymphony.org

An Evening with Branford Marsalis: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $29.50-$49.50. Branford Marsalis is a jazz master, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee. All of this basically means that he will likely wow whoever attends his performance at the Taft Theatre this Saturday evening. And if you don't know that much about jazz, this event sounds like one of the best ways to expand your appreciation for this musical form. tafttheatre.org

ArtsWave Days — Soul of the Arts: 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine. Free. Enjoy two free concerts inside the School for the Creative and Performing Arts this Saturday. Both performances are part of ArtsWave Days and cap off ArtsWave's 2019 Community Campaign event series. The first concert at 4 p.m. includes performances by Revolution Dance Theatre, Cincinnati Super Choir and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The 6 p.m. show includes performances by MUSE, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. guide.artswave.org