Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 23-29

Monday, Aug. 23

ART ENDING SOON: Jay Bolotin, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Carl Solway Gallery, 424 Findlay St., West End. Cincinnati artist’s survey of work from last 45 years. Ends Aug. 28. Reservations required. 513-621-0069. 

CONCERTS: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Riverbend Music Center. With Squeeze.

FAMILY: Butterflies of Bali, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Timed ticket entry. Runs May 8-Sept. 6. Reservations:

THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Civic Park, 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Free.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

HEALTH: Outdoor Fitness Series, 7 p.m., Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township. Rotating series of HIIT, boot camp and zumba every Tuesday June 1-Aug. 31.

HEALTH: Hops & HIIT, 6 p.m., Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village. K2 Fitness Collective leads group through HIIT exercise class. Afterward, enjoy a complimentary beer. Bring mat and water. $10.

MUSEUMS ENDING SOON: Future Retrieval: Close Parallel, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Exhibit of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, reimagined. Ends Aug. 29. Free admission.

MUSIC: Summer Concert Series, weekly, Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. This week: Ricky Nye Inc.

MUSIC: Acoustic Lunch Series, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Piatt Park, 100 Garfield Place, Downtown. Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays June 1-Aug. 31.

THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Uptown Park, High and Main St., Oxford. Romeo and Juliet. Free.

TOURS: Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora. Guided tours of historic home. $10, $4 ages 7-13, free ages 6-under. Discounts on Thursdays for seniors and veterans. 812-926-0087;

Wednesday, Aug. 25

ART: Wild Frictions: The Politics and Poetics of Interruption, Contemporary Arts Center, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, noon-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. Runs April 9-Sept. 19. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. contemporaryartscenter,org.

FILM: Summer Cinema, 9-11 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. This week: Princess Bride. Free. 

MUSIC: Reggae Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Thsi week: Etana. Free.

MUSIC: Bluegrass on the Patio, 6:30-9 p.m., Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village. Live music by Moonshine Drive.

SPORTS: Florence Y’alls vs Joliet Slammers, 5 p.m. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Y’alls Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence.

Thursday, Aug. 26

COMEDY: MOTRMouth Comedy, 8 p.m., MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine.

CONCERTS: Buddy Guy, PNC Pavilion. With Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

Buddy Guy

DANCING: Salsa on the Square, 7-10 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Weekly dance series with live salsa bands. Runs May 6-Sept. 30. Free.

FOOD: Collaborative 5-Course Dinner, 6:30 p.m., New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport. Featuring New Riff’s Brian Sprance, Brewery Ommegang’s Rick DeBar and Chef Stephen Spyrou from Twisted Greek Bakery. $75.

MUSIC: Music on the River, 7-9 p.m., Civic Park, 111 E. High St., Lawrenceburg. Family-friendly atmosphere with live music, food trucks, vendors and beer garden. Bring lawn chairs. Free. This week: Forever Diamond.

MUSIC: Roots Revival, 7-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

MUSIC: The Takeover, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Township. Free live music Thursdays June-August. This week: Zack Attack.

THEATER OPENING: Mongrel, 8 p.m., Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. The Know Theatre brings traveling, live outdoor theater to Pyramid Hill. Step directly into the inner circle of the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, where we draw back the curtain on one of the greatest figures of military history … if you’ve got the courage to face him. $25. Runs Aug. 26-Sept. 12.

THEATER: Shakespeare in the Park, 7 p.m., Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington. Macbeth. Free.

TOURS: Outdoor Tours of Music Hall, 4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Saturday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 60-minute tours for groups of up to 8 people. $15, $5 ages under 12. 513-621-2787;

Friday, Aug. 27

ART OPENING: 1212 House Party: A Celebration of the Opening of Site 1212, 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. Live music by Wussy, Young Heirlooms and more. Free.

ART OPENING: Constance McClure: Never a Day Without Drawing, 5-8 p.m., Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. Reception and gallery dedication. Free.

ART: Final Friday, 5-9 p.m., Pendleton Arts Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton. Over 250 artists in four buildings. View and purchase art directly from the artists. Artist of the month: Tari Sasser, studio 313. 

CABARET: Queen Bee Cabaret, 8:30 p.m., Esoteric Brewing Co., 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Celebrate cabaret’s first birthday with cocktails, performance art, dancing and more. $25-$50.

CHARITY: Canines & Wine, 6-8 p.m., Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. Bring furry friend for walk in park. Enjoy live music, bar, free tennis balls and frisbees. Benefits Animal Friends Humane Society.

COMEDY: JP Sears, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. Runs Aug. 27-28.

JP Sears, comedian and YouTube personality, will perform at Funny Bone Comedy Club Friday and Saturday.

COMEDY: Comedy in the Grotto, 8-10 p.m., The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Scott Eason, Cali Botkin and Chris Simer. $10.

CONCERTS: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, PNC Pavilion. With Cheap Trick.

FILM: Outdoor Movie Series, dusk, field at Austinburg Neighborhood Park. Hosted by the City of Covington Parks & Rec. Popular movies shown on large, outdoor screens.

FILM: Movie on the Lawn, 9-11 p.m., Ziegler Park, 1322 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. Romeo and Juliet.

FILM: Hollywood Drive-In Theater, 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1538 Cedar Ave., College Hill. Friday: The Princess Bride. Saturday: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. $25 per car.

FOOD: Margarita Madness, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Purple People Bridge, Newport. Ticket includes admission, food samples, 10 drink tickets, live music and more. Ages 21-up. $40.

Margarita Madness takes place Friday evening on the Purple People Bridge.

MUSIC: Fifth and Vine Live, 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St. Downtown. Friday: Soul Pocket. Saturday: Lung, Paige Beller & Small Reactions. Free.

MUSIC: Friday Flow, 6-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free.

MUSIC: Summer Concert Series, weekly, Towne Square, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. This week: Model Behavior.

SPORTS: Florence Y’alls vs Sussex County Miners, 7 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Y’alls Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence.

Saturday, Aug. 28

ART: ArtFest on Main, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Main St., Springboro. Art, entertainment, food and drinks and more.

CHARITY: Fur Ball Gala: Disco InFURno, 6:30 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Dinner, auction, raffles, dancing and more. Benefits SPCA Cincinnati. $250.

CHARITY: FastForward: CAC Gala + Auction, 6-10 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. Food, drink, valet included. Art auction, entertainment, performances. Gala ticket includes admission to NewFuture after party. Benefits CAC. $150, $20 after party only.

CONCERTS: Johnny Mathis: 65 Years of Romance Tour, Aronoff Center for the Arts. 513-621-2787;

Legendary crooner Johnny Mathis will perform Saturday night at Aronoff Center for the Arts.

CONCERTS: Maroon 5, Riverbend Music Center. With Blackbear.

CONCERTS: Soul Asylum, Riverfront Live. With Local H and Juliana Hatfield.

FAMILY: Enjoy the Arts at Parks, 1-5 p.m., Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison. Performances by Satin Smooth Project, Just Vince and the Fellas. Free.

FAMILY: Kids Fun Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Park, 6303 Harrison Ave., Green Township. Celebrate end of summer with family event sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Games, demonstrations, activities and snacks. Free.

FESTIVALS: Hamilpalooza, noon-6 p.m., Downtown Hamilton around Marcum Park, Hamilton. Vendors, food, live entertainment. Free.

FESTIVALS: Amateur Radio Hamfest, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville. Sponsored by Milford Amateur Radio Club. Includes flea market, products, services, FCC license exams, food trucks and more. Southwest Ohio DX Assn. hosts W8DXCC Convention from 1-6 p.m. covering radio communications topics focused on making rare long distance radio contacts throughout the world. $8, free for active military. Parking is free.

FESTIVALS: Cincy Vegfest, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Burnet Woods Bandstand, 280 Burnet Woods Drive, Clifton. Plant-based food, yoga, music and more.

FESTIVALS: Urban Farming Festival, 2-7 p.m., Great Parks Nature Center at the Summit, 1580 Summit Road, Roselawn. Features indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Plant swap, yoga, vendors, urban hikes, food trucks and more. Free.

MUSIC: Keehner Park Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Keehner Park, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester. This week: BlueStone Ivory. 

MUSIC: Amped Up Concert Series, 6-8 p.m., Schott Amphitheatre at Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. This week: Stoney Doperella.

RECREATION: Workshop-apalooza, Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. Learn a new skill at a one-time workshop. Choose from a variety of workshops, including oil painting, gnocchi making, hatha yoga, making clay beer mugs, homemade cheese, eclairs and more. Supplies included. $15-$55.

Gnocchi making is one of the classes being offered at Baker Hunt's One-Time Workshop event, happening Saturday.

THEATER: Queen City Vaudevillians, 7-8:30 p.m., Falcon Theater, 636 Monmouth St., Newport. Family-friendly show. Theater requires all audience members to wear masks. $20-$25.

THEATER: Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown. One weekend only. COVID-compliant theater, limited tickets. $25. Free parking.

Sunday, Aug. 29

COMEDY: Poppy and the Queer Queens of Qomedy, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township.

CONCERTS: Kesha, PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation. With Betty Who.

FARMERS MARKET: Fall Market, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village. Stock up on apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah, browse produce, handcrafted goods from local vendors and more.

HEALTH: Puppy Yoga, 11:30 a.m., Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village. Enjoy yoga class and playful puppies with The Yoga Bar. Bring mat. $15.

MUSIC: Naked Karate Girls, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tower Park Amphitheater, Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas.

SHOPPING: Cincinnati Guitar Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center, 1355 Chester Road. Bring your gear to sell or trade. Over 40 vendors.

Bring your gear to trade or sell at the Cincinnati Guitar Show, happening Sunday at Sharonville Convention Center.

SPORTS: Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins Pre-Season Game, 4 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium, One Paul Brown Way, Downtown.

TOURS: Historic Mount Adams Walking Tours, 1 p.m., Mount Adams Bar & Grill, 938 Hatch St., Mount Adams. 2-hour guided walking tour of neighborhood. Wear comfortable shoes and mask. Runs Sundays through Oct. 31. Benefits Mount Adams Civic Association. $10.

Looking ahead

CHARITY: International Freedom Conductor Awards Gala, Oct. 16, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Aug. 31 is last day to buy tickets. This year’s honorees are Amal and George Clooney, Congressman John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson. $300.

CHARITY/FILM: Lunafest, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, Garfield Theater, 719 Race St., Downtown. Benefits Women in Film Cincinnati.

CHARITY/HALLOWEEN: Tender Mercies Halloween Bash, Oct. 28, Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine.

FAMILY: Crazy Cardboard Regatta, Sept. 11, Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township. Free for spectators. Valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit ($8) required to enter park. Register to compete: 

RECREATION: 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk, Sept. 11, Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township. Local fire departments, police, medical personnel and active duty and veteran military encouraged to walk/run in full gear to commemorate fallen first-responders.

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