1. A year on the verge
See 20,000 acres of Ohio wilderness through the photographer’s lens with this new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and Science at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate) that features nearly 100 framed photos taken throughout each of the four seasons . The Richard and Lucille Durrell Edge of the Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including Allegheny Woodrats, wolf spiders, clams, and bobcats.
In addition to photos, you’ll also find display cases with specimens of some of the animals that live there, including bobcats, flying squirrels, foxes, various birds, and a collection of research tools – including a plant press and a notebook from pioneering naturalist Dr. E. Lucy Brown. The museum center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Monday. The exhibition is free with paid museum admission: $ 14.50 for adults, $ 13.50 for ages 60 and over, $ 10.50 for children 3 to 12 years old, and free for museum members and children under two years of age. cincymuseum.org.
2. Future story now 2021: Black Art Gallery
For the past six years, Mortar and Hillman have teamed up to create Future History Now, a celebration of Black History Month and Black Culture. This year, FHN is shedding light on a different breed of black entrepreneur: black visual artists. These innovative artists have found new ways to show their talents and inspirations – even in the midst of a pandemic and ongoing social unrest.
This curated gallery showcases the talents of Gee Horton, Ninamdot, Frank Young, Davida Casey, Allen Imagery, Tasha Beckwith, Antonio Wooten Jr., Rae Parker, and Louis Rideout. The exhibition opens Friday in the Brick Pop Up Stores (963 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills) and runs through March 14th. The gallery’s opening times are Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Saturday to Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. Entry is free, but reservations are required to comply with social distancing protocols. eventbrite.com.
3. Unconscious inclination
This community art exhibition illuminates and positively about social marginalization. The participating artists present what “unconscious bias” means to them, be it size, race, religion, gender, economy, age or education. The official opening date is Saturday From 12 noon to 5 p.m., guests can choose between five time windows of 30 minutes each to see the exhibition. Masks are required within the facility and numbers are limited to ensure safe social distancing.
The exhibit will be held at ART, 506 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, and will run from February 13th to March 13th. Admission is free, but advance booking tickets are required. eventbrite.com.
4. Karrikin German Pop-Up
Karrikin Spirits and the Lübecker team up for a special one-day pop-up event in the distillery. You can enjoy contemporary German street food and classic cuisine along with beer, sparkling spirits and much more. It runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Karrikin Distillery (3717 Jonlen Dr., Fairfax). The event is first come, first served with social distancing guidelines. facebook.com/karrikin.
5. Beyond Fame: The Stories of 8 Recipients of the Medal of Honor
The Sorg Opera House opened in 1891 and is one of the oldest surviving performing arts theaters in the region. After closing in 2014 for major renovations – including removing the old theater seats to make room for seating donated by Cincinnati’s Music Hall after the renovation – it reopened and has an interesting mix of performing arts events, including “Beyond Glory: The Stories of 8 Medal of Honor Recipients.”
The one-man game was originally scheduled for earlier this year but has been postponed due to the pandemic. A synthesis of cinema and theater that takes you through the desperate conflicts of World War II, Korea and Vietnam through the eyes of eight Medal of Honor recipients. The play was adapted from Larry Smith’s book “Beyond Glory: Heroes of the Medal of Honor in Their Own Words” by playwright Stephen Lang.
Seat capacity has been reduced to be COVID compliant. Therefore, all members of your group must be present before your group takes a seat. Face covering must always be worn in the building. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sorg Opera Theater (63 S. Main St., Middletown). Tickets are $ 25 and are available through sorgoperahouse.org.
Honorable Mention: Jim Breuer: Freedom of Laughter Tour
Former Saturday Night Live star Jim Breuer brings his new Freedom of Laughter tour to the Funny Bone Comedy Club (7516 Bales St., Liberty Township) this weekend. The Saturday evening is already sold out. If you want to see this show don’t hesitate. At the time of publication, some tickets remain for 7pm and 9.15pm Fridayand 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $ 42 each and are available for ages 21 and up. liberty.funnybone.com.