Things to do in Cincinnati this week: February 28 – March 6


Holy Bockfest, Batman! Here’s a look at what’s happening in Cincinnati this week.

Monday February 28

MUSIC: Jazz at the Memo: Mardi Gras Mambo with Kris Keith and NOLA-tet, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. The series features some of the best from Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene. $8, $6 students.

Tuesday, March 1

HOLIDAYS: German-style Mardi Gras celebration, 6 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 Third St., Newport. Special children’s parade with prize giving at 7 p.m., adult parade at 7.30 p.m. with prize giving for the best costumes.

MUSIC: Daniil Trifonov: solo piano recital, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

MUSIC: Live Music at Lunch: Lagniappe, 12:10 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. Free.

MUSIC: We Banjo 3, Tuesday to Wednesday, Memorial Hall.

VIRTUAL: Ask the Curator: Designing Justice, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Discussion with the artist Luba Lukova. Free.

Wednesday March 2

CHARITY: Charitable Suds, 5-8 p.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Advantages Gallery of the wave pool. Free entrance.

CONFERENCE: Morning snack, 11:30 a.m., Fitton Center for the Arts, 101 S. Monument St., Hamilton. Kathleen Kern of Churchill’s Tea leads tea tastings.

MUSIC: Beach house, PromoWest pavilion at Ovation.

MUSIC: Postmodern Jukebox by Scott Bradlee, Taft Theatre.

MUSIC: Wishbone Ash, Ludlow Garage.

Thursday March 3

COMEDY: Steve Gillespie, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery. From March 3 to 6. 18 years and over; from 21 years old on Saturday. $10 to $15. 513-873-7233;

DINNER: John G. Carlisle Bottled-in-Bond Contest and Celebration, 6-8:30 p.m., Smoke Justis. Guests are taken through a 4-course tasting menu and a blind tasting of 4 of the country’s finest BIB whiskey varietals. $40.

EXPOS: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, 11am-8pm. Thursday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Shop home-related products and services, connect with industry experts, and see displays to help inspire your next home improvement project. More than 400 stands to discover. From February 26 to March 6. $14, $12 advance, free for children under 12.

FESTIVALS: Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, through Eventive. The virtual film festival runs until March 5. Screening of the closing film “A Common Goal” from March 3 to 5. Discussion recorded at 7:30 p.m. on March 5.

THEATER: Little Women, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown.

Friday March 4

ART: OH KY & IN; Mark; Ornamental; Bonnie Ralston, 6-9 p.m., Manifest Gallery, 2727 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills. Four unique openings. From March 4 to April 1.

ART: first Friday at the Westheimer gallery, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sharonville Cultural Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road, Sharonville. Meet the artist and enjoy wine and refreshments. Free and open to the public.

ART: Cynthia Lockhart: Hopeful Joy, 5-8 p.m., Gallery 708, 2643 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. The artist unveils a new series of fiber art. From March 4 to 18. 513-551-8171;

CHARITY: Redwood Express Fundraising Gala, 6-11 p.m., Music Hall, 1341 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Live music, plated dining, open bar, live and silent auctions and raffles. Hosted by JonJon of KISS 107.1 FM. Redwood benefits from Northern Kentucky. $150. 859-331-0880;

Comedian Lavelle Crawford, best known for his recurring role on the award-winning television series "Breaking Bad," is performing this weekend at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Liberty Township.

COMEDY: Lavell Crawford, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. From March 4 to 6.

COMEDY: Katt Williams: World War III Tour, Heritage Bank Center.

FESTIVAL: Bockfest, Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., Sunday noon, Outre-Rhin. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Arnold’s Bar and Grill (210 E. Eighth St., Downtown) and ends at Bockfest Hall (1811 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine). Bockfest 5K starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bockfest Hall. Guided tours of the brewery district and historical programming from Saturday to Sunday. Coronation of the Sausage Queen 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Bockfest Hall. Chef Christian Gill prepares the Bockfest pork roast on site from Saturday to Sunday. On Family Sundays, you’ll find a petting zoo, goat yoga, free games for kids and adults, live music, a fun 0.05 mile run, and the Little Links contest.

FILM: Oscar-nominated short films, Friday through Sunday, Cincinnati World Cinema, 719 Race St., Downtown. With documentaries, animations and live action shorts. Runs three weekends from February 25 to March 13.

MUSEUMS: First Person Series: Belle Boyd, 7 p.m., Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. Learn about notable people from the past. Includes dessert. $20.

MUSIC: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Brahms 1 & Elgar Concerto, 11 a.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

MUSIC: Vocal Arts Ensemble: Mass for the Endangered, 7 p.m., Wilks Studio, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $35.

MUSIC: Devon Allman Project & Samantha Fish, River front live. With the kittens of the river.

THEATRE: Alton Brown: Living Beyond Meals, 7:30 p.m., Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. $35 to $125.

THEATER: Harpers Ferry 2019, The Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. In peaceful West Virginia, a love triangle of national park rangers practice presenting living history documents about John Brown’s ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry 160 years after the event as a team of reality TV documentaries. When race and politics enter the equation, will history repeat itself? From March 4 to 20.

THEATER: Shining Star, The Theater Workshop, 3716 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot. From March 4 to 20. This musical was written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

THEATER: Hello Dolly, Loveland Stage Company, 111 S. Second St., Loveland. This 1964 musical follows the story of willing matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a partner for miserly “well-known bachelor half-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. From March 4 to 20.

THEATER: Evidence, Lyric Theatre, 1530 Central Ave, Middletown. A troubled young woman has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. After his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions and the arrival of her estranged sister. From March 4 to 12. 513-425-7140;

Saturday March 5

ART: tint, chrominance and magic, 3-6 p.m., Women’s Art Cultural Center, The Barn, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont. 70 works of art in oil, watercolor and pastel. From March 5 to 27. Free entrance.

FAMILY: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Lollipops, 10:30 a.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

MUSIC: Winter Jam 2022, Heritage Bank Center. With Skillet, Tauren Wells, KB, Colton Dixon, NewSong, I Am They, Abby Robertson, Bayside Worship, Shane Pruitt.

MUSIC: Ministry, Madison Theater. With Melvins and Corrosion Compliance.

Ministry plays at the Madison Theater on Saturday.  Pictured is leader Al Jourgensen.

MUSIC: Kentucky Symphony Orchestra: Greatest Showmen: Charlie Chaplin and PT Barnum, Drees Auditorium, St. Henry High School, 3577 Scheben Drive, Erlanger. Screening of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “The Circus” with KSO playing Chaplin’s original music. $35. 859-431-6216;

SHOPPING: Ludlow Vinyl, HiFi and Sneaker Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ludlow Theater, 322 Elm St., Ludlow. Buy, sell and trade new and used vinyl records, vintage stereo equipment and sneakers/streetwear.

SPORTS: FC Cincinnati v DC United, TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Pkwy, West End.

THEATER: Grace & Glory, Middletown Lyric Theatre, 1530 Central Ave, Middletown. From March 5 to 20.

THEATER: Queen City Vaudvillians Season Closer, 7 p.m., Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth Street, Newport. Fast-paced family entertainment night. $20 to $25.

END: Drinking habits, Dunham Center for the Arts, 1945 Dunham Way, Westwood. Two nuns from the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing are secretly making wine to keep the convent doors open. When two reporters and former fiancées go undercover to investigate, accusations, mistaken identities and romance ensue in this laugh-out-loud prank. From February 18 to March 5.

Sunday March 6

ART: 1628 Ltd. Spring exhibition: After reflection, 1 to 4 p.m., 1628 Ltd. Coworking space, 11 Garfield Place, downtown. The exhibition shows how contemporary women choose to represent themselves and other women to their audience. Free. Registration:

COMEDY: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Heritage Bank Center.

Gabrielle "Fluffy" Iglesias brings his comedy tour to the Heritage Bank Center on March 6.

END: Krohn Spring Show: Forest Folklore, 10am-5pm, Krohn Conservatory, Mount Adams. From February 12 to March 6, closed on Mondays. Tickets $7, $5 for ages 5 to 17. Face masks required inside.

HEALTH: Yogananas, 2 p.m., Go Bananas Comedy Club, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery. Comedian and yoga instructor Hanna Ljungholm leads the class, followed by an hour-long stand-up presentation. First and third Sunday of each month. $10.

MUSEUMS: Under one roof: the African-American experience of the music hall, 4 p.m., Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Avenue, Walnut Hills. Learn about the builders, politicians, athletes and performing artists who have shaped the Music Hall. $7 to $45. Registration:

MUSIC: Coheed and Cambria, PromoWest pavilion at Ovation. With Pure Mag.

MUSIC: Southbank Quartet Concert Series, 2 p.m., Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., downtown.

MUSIC: Choral Vespers, 5 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. Free.

SHOPPING: Cincinnati Guitar Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. $10, free from 12 years old.

Look forward

CHARITY: Upstander 5,000 meter run/walk, June 12, Holocaust & Humanity Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Benefits from HHC’s Cincy Upstander project.


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