CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks!
1. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
In case you missed it, pop over to the new Horseshoe Casino, where you can pick your poison. There are slot machines, video poker machines, plenty of game tables, an Asian gaming room (to pay homage to sister city, Liuzhou, China), and a World Series of Poker room.
And whether you win or lose, you’ll also find food. From upscale to casual to buffet and Buffett: Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, The Spread Buffet, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace and more.
Check out a complete guide of the casino here (http://www.wcpo.com/generic/news/region_central_cincinnati/downtown/Cincinnatis-Big-Gamble-The-Horseshoe-Casino) .
2. Celtic Lands Culture Festival
Travel back in time this weekend at the 14th annual Celtic Lands Culture Fest to explore the folklore and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is hosting the festival from March 9-10. Enjoy Celtic tales told by skilled storytellers, traditional Celtic dances, authentic music and shop at a variety of vendors' booths.
And if you ever wondered where your surname originally came form, be sure to ask the historical research vendor. Activities also include a variety of arts and crafts workshops for children.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/celtic-lands-culture-fest-at-the-cincinnati-museum-center).
3. Mini Model Engineering Show
The EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester is hosting the fifth annual Mini Model Engineering Show which will display miniature train exhibits made by craftsmen all over the world.
The free exhibition will feature miniature train displays by craftsmen from all over the world that include functioning miniature steam engines, internal combustion engines, ships, boats, airplanes, action figures and more.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/5th-annual-mini-model-engineering-show-in-west-chester) for details.
4. ReelAbilities film fest comes to Cincinnati
ReelAbilities is the largest national film festival dedicated to sharing the lives of people with disabilities. And thanks to the work of local festival co-chairs Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) and Visionaries + Voices, Cincinnati was the first city outside of New York to host the film festival.
With an aim to promote “building a more inclusive and integrated community through education and understanding,” award-winning films prominently featuring characters with disabilities will take over screens for one week at various locations across Greater Cincinnati such as the Esquire Theatre, Kenwood Theatre and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Get more details on the event here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/film-reelabilities-cincinnati ).
5. Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Fermented grapes for three days straight? Count us in! The Cincinnati International Wine Festival has continued to grow in winery participation, events and attendees each year since its founding in 1991.
Not only do you get to drink a wide variety of wine at the Grand Tastings and Winery Dinners, your money also goes to support local arts and education programs.
Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincinnati-international-wine-festival for more info.
6. Shamrock Shuffle fundraiser for The Dragonfly Foundation
Run or walk to support Team Dragonfly! With spring on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to bring your friends, family and coworkers together to make great things happen for Dragonflies: families with children or young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer or blood diseases. The Dragonfly Foundation works to help ease the pain, fear and isolation young cancer patients and their families experience on a daily basis during — and after — treatment.
And this weekend’s Shamrock Shuffle will raise funds to help the cause. Shamrock Shuffle attendees have the option to participate in a Leprechaun Lap for the little ones, a 5k walk, a 5k or 10k run and a community block party on the square at Union Centre.
Find out more details here ( http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/shamrock-shuffle-for-the-dragonfly-foundation) .
7. Comedian Jimmy Dore at Go Bananas
Jimmy Dore does a fair amount of political comedy, but after the election and two sequesters, is he worn out on the subject? Not at all. “Things go forward,” he says from his home in suburban Los Angeles. “It’s funny to see how ridiculous the fourth estate is and how horrible the media is.” The recent controversy over the sequester he finds particularly puzzling.
Dore loves joking about politics, but also talks about everything from his dog to his marriage and religion. He peforms standup this weekend at Go Bananas.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/comedian-jimmy-dore-at-go-bananas).
8. 'On! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds' opening at CAC
If you missed the hubbub about this week’s OFFF Cincinnati (the annual festival celebrating “the close relationship between art, creative thought and digital technology”), the exhibition opening for "ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds," curated by the festival’s founder, Hector Ayuso, might be your last chance to see what all the fuss was about.
Prior to the official opening celebration, there will be an artist talk with participating artist/designer/technologist Joshua Davis, renowned for his work in digital and experiential design.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/art-on-handcrafted-digital-playgrounds-exhibition-opening-at-the-cac) .
9. "Tin Foil" exhibit in Northside
Northside’s NVISION is currently showing "Tin Foil," a quirky series of collages by Paul F. Tribble, incorporating, yes, tin foil. The tin foil sets off found images (found in second-hand coffee table books) in interesting juxtapositions that reward attention. Tribble’s day job, restoring stained-glass windows, takes him around the country and limits his on-the-road artwork to a size — 30 inches tall by 20 inches wide — that can be produced in hotel rooms.
These intriguing productions are not trammeled by their restrictions; instead, ideas abound. In “Chromosome,” life is represented in a multitude of forms — plant, avian and more — along with a wreck of a stone tower that carries its own implications.
Click here ( www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/art-tin-foil-exhibit-in-northside ) for more information.
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