Looking for something to do this weekend? WCPO has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks.
1. The "Original" GoettaFest on MainStrasse
The Tri-State's favorite breakfast oats, put on every other type of food one can dream up. Sample Goetta Pizza, Goetta Reubens, Goetta Balls, Goetta Chedda’ Cheese, Goetta Chili, Goetta and Cheese Omelet and Goetta Burgers.
Games, children’s activities, arts, crafts, music and entertainment will fill the tree-lined Sixth Street Promenade while you telax, enjoy the food, shopping and music in MainStrasse Village.
More festival info here: http://www.mainstrasse.org/2012/05/12th-annual-mainstrasse-village-original-goettafest/
2. Comedian Jarrod Harris performs this weekend
In the back of his mind, Jarrod Harris always knew he’d be a stand-up comic. “I was never a big comedy fan growing up,” he says, “but I remember in middle school seeing two comics and liking them a lot. One was Janeane Garofalo and the other was Sinbad. I know they’re polar opposites, but I really liked them.”
Before pursuing comedy, Harris was involved in the world of BMX racing, then started a pressure washing business and nearly got married. He was later put in touch with Stephen Colbert, who mentored him.
Get ticket information here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-jarrod-harris-performs-this-weekend-in-the-tri-state) .
3. 'Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)' at CSC
Don’t go thinking that Cincinnati Shakespeare Company doesn’t have a sense of humor about what they do. In fact, they’ve now decided to make this amusing send-up an annual tradition. Complete Works (abridged) mentions every one of the Bard’s plays — most of them framed briefly and ridiculously — in about 90 minutes.
Three actors — Billy Chace, Travis McElroy and Nick Rose — careen wildly through the comedies, histories and tragedies using a trunkful of props, wigs and silly costumes.
This show is not to be missed! For more details click here ( http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/complete-works-of-william-shakespeare-abridged-now-showing ).
4. MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square
Every Friday on Fountain Square, musical acts from around the world, including regional and local artists, will take the stage from June 1 through Aug. 31. The event is free and begins around 8 p.m.
This week's acts include The Seedy Seeds, Belle Histoire and Wymond Miles.
Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/midpoint-indie-summer-series-lineup-announced) .
5. Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park
On June 19, 1865, the face of humanity in the United States changed forever in Galveston, Tex. when, legend has it, Union General Gordon Granger announced the formal abolition of slavery. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cincinnati’s Juneteenth Festival, which honors African American emancipation with a rich, colorful celebration featuring cultural happenings ranging from Blues, Reggae, African drumming and dancing, traditional storytelling and vendors offering diverse assortments.
Find out more on the event here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/juneteenth-festival-in-eden-park) .
6. Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival
The Jungle Jim's Beer Fest will include over 350 beers from 100 breweries plus a few extras. Master brewers will be on hand to guide you along your journey to finding your new favorite beers. And with a retail selection of over 1,500 beers, domestic and international in the Jungle Jim's Beer Department, you will be able to purchase most of your favorites right there in-store!
On Saturday 40 percent of the beers will be different than on Friday. So if you come both nights there will be even more to experience.
For more info on the beer fest, go to http://www.junglejims.com/beerfest/index.asp .
7. Pride Night at the Cincinnati Opera
When a troupe of pagliacci (clowns) pulls into town to put on a show, the drama turns personal — and deadly. That’s "Pagliacci", part I of Cincinnati Opera’s opening double bill, followed by more recognizable and genuinely ridiculous clowns, the gold-digging Donati family in Puccini’s comic masterpiece, Gianni Schicchi.
Cincinnati Opera’s annual Pride Night celebration in support of LGBT community follows Saturday night’s performance with a circus-themed party in Music Hall’s Corbett Tower.
Find out more on the event here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/onstage-pride-night-at-cincinnati-opera) .
8. Exhibit: Built in the Digital World
This Friday, June 15, The Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery opens "Built in the Digital World", a group show premised around the virtual origins of the featured artists’ work. As a card-carrying member of the neo-luddite union and proud owner of a way-past-its-prime LG flip phone, technology, especially coupled with art, makes me uncomfortable.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/built-in-the-digital-world-featured-at-the-weston-gallery) .
9. Contemporary Dance Theater's Area Choreographers Festival
In case you didn’t get to see enough dance performances at the recent Cincy Fringe Festival, you’ll have another chance this weekend with Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographers Festival at the Aronoff Center. As its title suggests, the annual production showcases local and regional works from both established and emerging talent. This year’s show features “Legacy,” a solo with a “Charlie Chaplin everyman flavor” from Leslie Dworkin, who’s guest faculty at Oberlin College.
Get ticket information here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/contemporary-dance-theaters-area-choreographers-festival) .
Things to do anytime:
Chef Josh Campbell knows something about spinning plates. Over a three-year span, he manned the World Food Bar at Findlay Market, opened Mayberry’s original location on Vine Street, tried his hand at a small grocery on Seventh Street and experimented with a flatbread concept in The Skinny Pig. All but Mayberry are now footnotes in Cincinnati’s culinary past.
Mayberry’s first incarnation was a cozy nook of a place, its menu a “who’s who” of comfort food classics, punctuated by Campbell’s signature twists.
Read CityBeat's review here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/review-mayberry) .
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