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Top 9 things to do this weekend: Nov. 19-22

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 14:33:43-05

Bring on the Beer 

Christian Moerlein is hosting a homecoming launch party for Hudepohl Pure Lager at the Transept in Over-the-Rhine on Thursday, with pint glasses, T-shirts and other swag featuring the new design and logo for the beer. There also will be live music from Young Heirlooms, a photo booth and food. For more details, read WCPO beer reporter Jesse Folk’s story about the relaunch.

7-10 p.m. Thursday. The Transept, 1205 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free, but RSVP on Eventbrite. 

It’s Tradition!

The PNC Festival of Lights returns to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden starting Saturday, and it’s not just for kids. There are more than 2 million LED lights to dazzle you, and they are beautiful. This year, there also will be a colorful new light show on Swan Lake, featuring a 25-foot tree and music.

Opens 5 p.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Online: $25 adults, $20 children and seniors. At the gate: $27 adults, $21 children and seniors. Open nightly through Jan. 2. cincinnatizoo.org

Welcome, ‘MythBusters’

The duo dedicated to debunking commonly held beliefs vows to wow its audience Friday at the Aronoff Center during “MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed.” The live touring show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” incorporates audience participation, scientific experiments, video and behind-the-scenes stories.

8 p.m. Friday. Aronoff Center for the Arts, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $45-$68. cincinnatiarts.org 

A German Kind of Christmas

Cincinnati’s oldest and most authentic German Christmas market takes place once again this weekend at Germania Park. The Germania Society’s Christkindlmarkt features German food, Gluhwein (glow-wine), seasonal items and St. Nicholas under heated tents.

5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road. $3 per person; children 14 and under free. germaniasociety.com

Get Holiday Shopping Done Early

Browse all kinds of artistic goodies at Funke Fired Arts’ annual Holiday Bazaar. More than 40 artists will be selling pottery and ceramic sculpture in Funke’s 24,000-square-foot studio, ranging from professional artists with decades of experience to work by talented students. Mazunte will be serving its yummy tacos, and the Marty’s Waffles food truck will be there, too.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park. Free admission. funkefiredarts.com

Price Hill Hosts Film Fest

Expect to see shorts, webisodes and feature-length films at the Warsaw Ave Film Festival, which will spotlight social justice documentaries and films made in or about Price Hill. The festival also serves as the premiere of Price Hill Will’s Story Share project, featuring films by young videographers that focus on the life stories of Price Hill residents, business owners and Cincinnati leaders. Tap & Screw Brewery will have craft beer on tap, and the Guatemalan Chefs Collective will serve home-cooked tamales. too.

5-11 p.m. Saturday. Warsaw Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill. Free admission. For more details, visit the event's Facebook page.

Time to Rock

The DAAP Girls are celebrating the vinyl release of their second full-length record, "Look Inside Your Love,” at Northside Yacht Club on Saturday. All Seeing Eyes and Automagic will open the show, and Soul Step Records founder Melvin Dillon will cap the night with an all-vinyl DJ set.

9 p.m. Saturday. Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave. $5; admission includes digital copy of the album. For more details, visit the event's Facebook page. 

Let’s Get Nerdy

Bill Nye the Science Guy returns to the Tri-State on Sunday to talk about his new book, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.” Nye was last in town in February 2014 to debate Creation Museum founder Ken Hamm. This time, Nye will speak alone at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Tickets for Nye’s pre-talk book signing were all claimed early, but the talk is free and open to the public. Space is limited, though.

7 p.m. Sunday. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Reading Garden Lounge, 800 Vine St., Downtown. Free admission. www.cincinnatilibrary.org 

Calling All ‘Hunger Games’ Fans

I will be among the hundreds of thousands of people headed to the movies this weekend to see the final installment of the blockbuster “Hunger Games” film franchise. “Mockingjay -- Part 2” opens nationwide Friday and Union, Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson stars as Peeta Mellark. Come out and support the hometown kid on the film’s opening weekend!

Find local showtimes on Fandango.