Looking for something to do this weekend? WCPO has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks.
1. It's back! Italianfest kicks off Thursday
Love Italian food? Newport on the Levee's annual Italianfest takes place this weekend. In addition to a variety of authentic foods, a pizza eating contest and live entertainment, a family photo booth will also be available.
The event kicks off this Thursday. For more information click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/italianfest-is-back-newport-on-the-levee-kicks-off-summer-events) .
2. Second Sunday on Main
If you're looking for something new to add to your summer routine, Second Sundays on Main are not to be missed.
Every second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m., local businesses, vendors, artists and musician collaborate efforts to host a neighborhood festival in Over-the-Rhine.
This weekend marks the seventh season for the event which takes place on Main Street between 13th and Liberty streets starting this Sunday.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/second-sunday-on-main-in-otr) .
3. Aziz Ansari brings 'Buried Alive Tour' to Cincinnati
Most know him as Tom Haverford from "Parks and Recreation", and some know him from his appearances in films. Rolling Stone named him the “funniest man alive under 30.” Aziz Ansari is back for a second hour-long stand-up special.
With his self-deprecating, quirky act, the comedian can always land laughs even from the stiffest crowds.
Get all the details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/aziz-ansari-brings-his-buried-alive-tour-to-cincinnati) .
4. The Dynamites on Fountain Square
After an exuberant kick-off last week spotlighting energized Austin rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, the second MidPoint Indie Summer concert — free local and national acts every Friday on Fountain Square this summer season — is a mini-musical world tour, covering classic Soul Funk, Jamaican Ska/Reggae and Timbuktu desert Blues. Headlining is the sweaty Funk troupe The Dynamites, featuring retro Soul shouter Charles Walker.
For more information on the event or on the MidPoint Indie Summer Series, click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/the-dynamites-headline-this-weeks-midpoint-indie-summer-series).
5. Taste of Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Don’t miss the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Taste of Duveneck. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this year’s event will feature many favorite wine and food vendors from past years along with new local restaurants, all providing tastes of their finest offerings for your pleasure.
For ticket information go here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/taste-of-duveneck-at-the-cincinnati-art-museum) .
6. 'Bob & Tom' star performs at Go Bananas
Donnie Baker almost never made it to the "Bob & Tom Show", where he is now a staple. The character’s creator, Ron Sexton, had a difficult time getting his foot in the popular duo’s studio door. Sexton worked in the same building as Bob and Tom in Indianapolis, although he was doing sports on a sister station. After a stint of a open mic sets, Sexton finally got a break. The two hosts were knocked out by his initial appearance.
Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/bob--tom-star-performs-at-go-bananas) .
7. Actors share personal stories in 'True Fringe'
One of the highlights of the 2011 Fringe Festival was an evening produced by the David Levy and Jeff Groh, who mastermind the quarterly “True Theatre.” For “True Fringe,” they recruited Fringe artists to talk about real moments from their lives, and the results were entertaining and insightful.
This one-night-only, 90-minute event (starting at 7 p.m.) happens at Know Theatre’s Underground Bar. You won't want to miss it.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/actors-share-personal-stories-in-true-fringe) .
8. NVISION hosts new exhibit
Be it final Friday or third Thursday, just about every neighborhood with an art gallery has their version of the monthly art walk. In Northside, Cincinnati’s most unconventional ’hood, it’s second Saturdays. From 6-10 p.m., shops of all manner keep the doors open and the music on, welcoming visitors to experience Northside’s diversity firsthand.
The funky vintage clothing and accessories shop NVISION, hosts "Abandon Ship", a new exhibition of paintings and drawing by artist Angela Oster.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/nvision-hosts-abandon-ship-exhibit) .
9. Cincinnati Rollergirls Crosstown Knockdown
A little pit of aggressive, point-scoring skating is a guarantee at the first annual Crosstown Knockdown, when the Cincinnati Rollergirls look to rough up their neighbors to the south, the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls. The battle takes place at Cincinnati Gardens in Bond Hill.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincinnati-rollergirls-crosstown-knockdown) .
Other things to do in the Tri-State:
When people say The Beach Boys are iconic, they’re usually referring to the band’s association with sunshine, cars and girls, but the group is woven into the fabric of this country in so many more ways. This year, the band celebrates its 50th anniversary, and the surviving members are make a tour stop at Riverbend Music Center for an evening of classic American Pop music.
Read more on the show here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/the-beach-boys-make-a-stop-in-the-tri-state) .
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