CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do in the Greater Cincinnati area this weekend? 9 News has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks!
1. Saengerfest tradition returns this weekend
More than half a century has gone by since Over-the-Rhine hosted Saengerfest, but it’s back again. A German-American choral tradition first held in Cincinnati in 1849, Saengerfest attracted thousands of people to the area to witness the festive holiday choral celebrations.
What was once an integral part of Cincinnati holiday tradition faded away with the popularity of May Festival, but the tradition is back, in line with Cincinnati’s thriving vocal arts atmosphere still buzzing after the World Choir Games.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/saengerfest-tradition-returns-this-weekend) .
2. Light Up OTR
Workers, admirers and residents of Over-the-Rhine know it’s been a busy year for the revitalized neighborhood, which has not-so-slowly morphed into one of the city’s hottest art, cultural and entertainment districts. For the third annual Light Up OTR event, gather with fellow OTR-lovers in a festive celebration and appreciation of the culture we’ve forged together.
Reflect on a year of insurmountable progress with a neighborhood luminary lighting; the soft glows represent safety, unity and the arrival of the holiday season.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/light-up-otr-this-weekend) .
3. Bi-Okoto's Heritage Festival
It’s a celebratory time of the year, and the locally based African drumming and dance ensemble Bi-Okoto offers a hot, high-energy alternative to holiday-related fare with its 2012 Heritage Festival this Saturday. Bi-Okoto delivers a double dose of cross-cultural fun and learning: In the daytime at the Bi-Okoto Cultural Center, you can immerse yourself in traditional African dance and drumming workshops taught by visiting master instructors from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Ghana and the Congo.
Feeling less than full-on participatory? Visit the on-site African Market, where you’ll find unique jewelry, clothing, instruments, foods and other goods straight from the continent.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/bi-okotos-heritage-festival) for more information.
4. Handel's 'Messiah' performed at Music Hall
If you think the “Hallelujah” chorus is all there is to Handel’s Messiah, you’ll have to wait until the end of Part II. But it’s well worth hanging in there. Handel’s iconic oratorio is in three parts, depicting the life of Jesus through memorable choruses and dramatic arias that are vocal touchstones.
This holiday tradition gets the ultimate performance ensemble: the CSO; the always terrific May Festival Chorus, led by renowned Baroque music specialist Jane Glover; and soloists Arianna Zukerman, Phyllis Pancella, Nicholas Phan and Kevin Burdetta.
Find out more information here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/local_music/music-sing-hallelujah) .
5. Lisa Landry performs at Go Bananas
Brash, bold and, of course, hilarious, Lisa Landry returns to town this weekend. Her acclaimed DVD "Brazillionaire" came out last year and has helped gain her an even bigger following. That’s good, as this is the only job that has ever worked out for her.
“I kept getting fired off every job I ever had,” she says of her decision to start doing stand-up. “I had to turn this smart mouth into something that would get me ahead, and get me off of unemployment.” Even job interviews were difficult for Landry.
Get more details on her visit to the Tri-State here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/lisa-landry-performs-at-go-bananas) .