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Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Feb. 21-24

Posted at 9:00 AM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 09:01:08-05

CINCINNATI – Get ready to take your shot at fun this weekend with the touring Broadway production of "Hamilton," botany and brews, the Oscars and more this weekend.


Hamilton: A Revolutionary Party: Thursday-March 10. Igby's, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown. Downtown bar Igby's will celebrate the touring production of the smash musical "Hamilton" at the Aronoff Center for the Arts now through March 10. Igby's will offer "Hamilton" inspired cocktails such as the Founder's Fizz, Hamilitini and Dueling Sangria, along with shot specials and Revolution Fist City craft beer on tap. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Botany and Brews: Blood Orange: 6-8 p.m. Friday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $12. 21 and over. Help Krohn Conservatory kick off the first of its 2019 series that pairs beers and great stories this Friday. For the first Botany and Brews event, the conservatory has partnered with Woodburn Brewery in East Walnut Hills to create the limited-release craft beer Krohn Grown Blood Orange brew. Admission includes one beer tickets, a short presentation, tour and an evening of exploring the conservatory. Additional beers can be purchased for $5. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Tropical Disco: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Rhinegeist is ready to get down and boogey this Friday. The brewery's taproom will transform into a Tropical Disco, complete with a blacklight dance floor, rotating DJ sets, face painting and a slate of brews that include Swizzle, Rhinegeist's latest cider. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Urban Stead Cheese One Year Anniversary Party: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Urban Stead Cheese, 3036 Woodburn Ave., Evanston. Free. Indulge yourself while supporting a great local business. Urban Stead Cheese will commemorate its first year making cheese with a one-day-only anniversary menu, a visit from Annie the Highway Cow from 1-4 p.m. and a special toast at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

2019 Mardi Gras Party: 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Alexandria Brewing Co., 7926 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria. Get a head start on Mardi Gras festivities without all the traveling this Saturday at the Alexandria Brewing Co. There will be beads, food, Mardi Gras music and beer. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Jamaica Mon Bar Opening: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Jamaica Mon, 6679 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. This sounds like a great way to keep those winter doldrums at bay. Jamaica Mon will celebrate its grand opening with Caribbean cocktails, live reggae music and other sunny forms of entertainment. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

The Secret Society of Spirits – Cabin Fever Antidotes: 4 p.m. Sunday. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $40. Learn to mix the perfect elixir to beat those winter blues during Memorial Hall and Watershed Distillery Society's popular mixology session. Sunday's session will include four cocktails, with instructions and methods on how to make them. www.memorialhallotr.com


The Big Fake Wedding: 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The Transept, 1205 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $25. This event will offer a unique take on the traditional "bridal show." The Big Fake Wedding is just that – a party for brides-and-grooms-to-be. Guests will enjoy a cocktail-style dinner, dance-party reception and "vow renewal ceremony," all while watching wedding vendors in action. Tickets to the event include light bites, signature drinks and a swag bag. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Art After Dark: We Built This City: 5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Free. This month's Art After Dark at the Cincinnati Art Museum is a special one. Come out and celebrate the Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration of Drawings and Prints exhibit. There will also be chili from Camp Washington Chili, Dewey's Pizza, cocktails, docent-led tours and star gazing with the Cincinnati Observatory. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

A Winter's Night - Red Door Anniversary Show: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Help the Red Door pop-up art show celebrate its fifth anniversary this Friday during a very special evening at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. The anniversary event is themed "A Winter's Night" in honor of the company's upcoming "A Winter's Tale," which opens on March 1. The Red Door show includes a silent auction of submitted pieces of work. There will also be a cash bar and cake to commemorate the occasion. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Oscar Night Gala: 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Cooper Creek Event Center, 4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. $100. This black-tie Academy Awards watch party will be a night to remember. The gala will include a cocktail reception, formal dinner, silent auction, wine pull and live viewing of the 91st Academy Awards. Proceeds from the evening support The Underground Academy of Cincinnati Arts, which celebrates teens in the cinematic arts. For more information visit the event Facebook page.


"Hamilton:" 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $10-$148.75. The most anticipated touring Broadway musical arrived in the Queen City this week. Although regular tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical "Hamilton" sold out long ago, there is still a slim chance to for the rest of us to see the show. From now until the final performance at the Aronoff on March 10, the production company will give folks the chance to purchase two $10 tickets for each performance through a lottery drawing. You can sign up for the lottery via the "Hamilton" smartphone app or on the "Hamilton" website. www.cincinnatiarts.org

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: 8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $30-$40. Alabama-based St. Paul & The Broke Bones will deliver its unique blend of soulful rock and roll at the Taft Theatre this Thursday evening. The band's music explores themes of fierce familial love and the tensions that play out between those ties that bind people together. Los Angeles-based band Valley Queen will join St. Paul for an evening of great music. tafttheatre.org

Chippendales: Let's Misbehave 2019 Tour: 8 p.m. Thursday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $25-$100. 18-years-old and over. For those hosting a bachelorette outing this week, this touring Las Vegas-based "male revue" may be for you. www.bogarts.com

Eric Church – Double Down Tour: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $39-$139. This two-night engagement at US Bank Arena is one that no country music fan will want to miss. Eric Church will perform Friday and Saturday when his Double Down Tour stops in the Queen City. Just be aware that tickets for either concert can only be purchased via ticketmaster.com. Tickets will not be available at the US Bank Arena box office for purchase. usbankarena.com

The Menus - Final Friday Free Concert at JACK Cincinnati Casino: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown. Jack Casino will bid February farewell with a few final Friday concert this week. Popular local band The Menus will delivery a high-octane performance in the Jack Party Room. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

The Kooks: 8 p.m. Friday. Bogart's 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $28. All-ages. English indie rock band The Kooks will rock Bogart's Friday evening during this all-ages show. www.bogarts.com

Beethoven's Eroica: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$115. Take part in a two very special performances of classical music with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée and violinist Leia Josefowicz. Meet both Langréee and Josefowicz an hour before they perform Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" and Symphony No. 3 "Eroica," along with Thomas Adés Ciolin Concerto "Concentric Paths" during "Classical Conversations" on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a wine tasting before the concert in Corbett Tower. cincinnatisymphony.org