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Top 9 things to do this weekend: March 24-27

Posted: 10:25 AM, Mar 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-24 14:25:33Z

Hustle Home Run Derby at Rhinegeist

Rhinegeist Brewery is celebrating the return of baseball season a little early. Donate $5 and get 10 swings in Rhinegeist’s Hustle Home Run Derby on Thursday. There will be ballpark-style hot dogs provided by Dutch’s Larder and plenty of beer, including the launch of Hustle Rye Pale Ale. Proceeds benefit Bow Tie Cause and Butler County Challenger Baseball, a baseball league designed to meet the needs of children and young adults from 5 to 22 years of age with special needs. 

5-9 p.m. Thursday. Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $5 to participate, free to watch. For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Celtic Woman

Musical ensemble Celtic Woman’s American tour will bring the group to the Aronoff Center on Thursday. The concert will feature music from the group’s latest recording, "Destiny," which includes a mix of Irish traditional songs and modern numbers such as “I See Fire” from "The Hobbit." It’s clearly a crowd-pleaser: “Destiny” debuted at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart.

7 p.m. Thursday. Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $48.25-$108.25. www.cincinnatiarts.org

Art After Dark

It’s Final Friday and that means it’s once again time for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Art After Dark event. This edition celebrates the opening of CAM’s newest exhibit, “30 Americans,” which features the work of 31 contemporary black artists exploring issues of identity and what it means to be “American” in today’s climate. The event also will feature street dance, spoken word and hip-hop performances by Elementz, a performance by violinist Eddy Kwon, director of MYCincinnati, and guitarist Nicolas Rose, and music by DJ Apryl Reign. There’s also a bonus for WCPO Insiders: Swing by our table, located at the entrance of the museum, and pick up a complimentary drink ticket.

5-9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive. Free admission. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artafterdark

Fetty Wap

“I'm like, ‘Hey, what's up, hello.’" Yes, I’m a Fetty Wap fan and I’m not ashamed. The man who gave the world hip-hop hits “Trap Queen” and “My Way” is performing at Bogart’s on Friday, and I’m ready to dance.

7 p.m. Friday. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St. $37.50. www.bogarts.com

‘White People: A Retrospective’

Award-winning photojournalist Melvin Grier’s career at the Cincinnati Post spanned 33 years. Through those years, Grier found that many times on assignments, he would be the only African-American in the room. “White People: A Retrospective,” a new exhibit of photographs from Grier’s career, depicts his experiences viewing the world of the majority through the lens of a minority. Grier will be at the opening reception at the Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

6-9 p.m. Friday. Art Beyond Boundaries, 1410 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Exhibit runs until May 13. Free admission. http://finalfridayotr.com/art-beyond-boundaries

International Butterfly Show

Expect to see thousands of beautiful butterflies fluttering about at Krohn Conservatory when the 2016 International Butterfly Show, “Butterflies of the Caribbean,” opens Saturday. Hundreds of owers in Krohn’s showroom will reect the colors of a Caribbean sunset, and performer Stan Ginn will play steel drum music to accent the mood. Sounds like the perfect way to welcome spring!

Opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive. Runs through June 19. Adults, $7; children ages 5-12, $4; kids age 4 and under free. www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn-conservatory

Braxton’s Anniversary Party

Braxton Brewing Co. will celebrate its first anniversary with a party on Saturday featuring live music, food trucks and the tapping of several new beers. Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, the Tillers, Motherfolk and Red Wanting Blue will perform in Braxton’s adjacent “Madlot” parking lot, and the brewery also will release 22-ounce bottles of Trophy Pale Ale to mark the occasion. The brewery calls Trophy its “give back beer” because 5 percent of its sales are donated to Northern Kentucky community projects, and Braxton will announce its first Trophy grant recipient at the anniversary celebration.

Noon to 1 a.m. Saturday. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. Free admission.  www.braxtonbrewing.com

‘Miles Ahead’ Screening and Afterparty

Local film fans have the chance to rub elbows with actor-director Don Cheadle during an advanced screening Saturday of his Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead,” which was filmed entirely in Cincinnati in 2014. The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission is selling tickets to “Kind of Blue,” a red-carpet gala and afterparty for the movie’s local premiere, and Cheadle will attend. An afterparty will follow at the Transept OTR.

Screening: 7 p.m. Saturday, following a 6 p.m. red carpet. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. Tickets for both the screening and afterparty cost $200, or $50 per person for the afterparty only. Afterparty: 9 p.m. Saturday. Transept OTR, 1205 Elm St. www.filmcincinnati.com  

Festival of Laughs

Tommy Davidson, Sommore, Mike Epps and Earthquake will take the stage at the Aronoff on Saturday for the Festival of Laughs. Although they are all funny, Sommore is my personal favorite: You’ve likely seen her in one of several movies or you might recognize her from the Queens of Comedy Tour. Four comics in one night -- this show is sure to make you laugh.

8 p.m. Saturday. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $55.25-$102.25. www.cincinnatiarts.org