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

New year, who dis?
Posted: 7:00 AM, Jan 09, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-09 17:38:41-05

The official work-week weekend is back after a brief hiatus due to the holidays.

Here are a few suggestions to keep those winter blues at bay after putting the twinkling lights and festive decorations away.

FOOD & DRINK

German WINTERFEST 2020: 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Station Family + BBQ, 400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Free. Inspired by the great outdoor winter markets and festivals of Germany, Family Station will have Glühwein (hot spiced wine), sausage sandwiches, customized beer steins, live music from Green Light Morning and a little market, too. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Tom & Chee Anderson grand opening: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Tom & Chee, 7578 Beechmont Ave., Suite 501, Anderson Township. Free. Last year was one of transition for Tom & Chee after Gold Star purchased the local chain. This weekend the kitschy grilled cheese chain will debut its first new location under that ownership. To celebrate, Tom & Chee will be dishing out free meals for a year to the first 100 visitors to the new store. There also will be free swag, face painting and music throughout the day. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

COMMUNITY

House Party: '90s Game Night: 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown. Free. The museum's January House Party goes back in time in the new year with a '90s-themed game night. The party will feature a curated selection of board games and trivia, mixes by DJ Nill, a creation zone to create era-appropriate works of art, spiked hot chocolate and complimentary access to the museum's "Journey to Freedom: Art Quilts by Cynthia Lockhart" exhibition. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

The KOI Cavalcade of Customs: 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. $19 general admission; $7 children ages 6-12; free children under age 5. The annual KOI Cavalcade of Customs Car Show brings hundreds of the coolest custom cars, hot-rods, motorcycles and trucks to the floors of the Duke Energy Convention Center. The show also will feature celebrity appearances, special events, activities, contests, food and tons of fun. www.koiautoparts.com

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Snow Banks at The Banks: 5-9 p.m. Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The Banks, 120 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. $5. Zip down to The Banks and sign up to sled down a street. (Don't worry, the street will be closed.) For more information visit the event Facebook page.

MUSIC & COMEDY

Alan Jackson: 7 p.m. Friday. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Downtown. $39.99-$129.99. Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson will bring decades of hits to the Queen City. The singer will perform a wide array of the songs that have made him a country music icon. heritagebankcenter.com

Thunderstruck: 8 p.m. Saturday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $10. This is a show AC/DC fans won't want to miss. Tribute band Thunderstruck will perform with Mojo Rizin and Dr. J & the Apostles. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $10.25 adults; $7.75 seniors and children. It's the Denton Affair's first "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" screening of the decade at the Esquire. Enjoy the show with prop bags for sale and feel free to dress up so you, too, can do the "Time Warp" again. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

THE ARTS

"The Lion King": 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Tickets start at $29. "The Lion King" probably doesn't need a description to entice you to see the touring Broadway musical at the Aronoff. So, do yourself, friends and family the favor of getting tickets to see this moving production about a young cub who learns to be a king. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Renée Fleming and Rachmaninoff: 8 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14-$130. One of the most beloved sopranos of our time, Renée Fleming, will bring her incredible artistry to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with two different programs. www.cincinnatiarts.org