Don’t have an answer yet for when your co-worker asks you, “What are you doing this weekend?” Here are M&M’s top picks for getting out and experiencing what the Queen City has to offer today through Sunday.
1. World-class chamber music
Brentano Quartet and Jonathan Biss | Chamber Music Cincinnati
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. • Aronoff Center for the Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Pianist Jonathan Biss is in the midst of an extensive exploration of the “late” works of a variety of composers. He and the highly-respected Brentano Quartet will share their take on the late works of Beethoven in this program for solo piano, string quartet and piano quartet. NOTE: new venue for CMC this year – the Jarson-Kaplan Theater. 7:30 p.m. M&M will be in attendance; how about you? Join us!
→ Find more concerts and events in our Arts / Culture Calendar: Music
2. Classic elegance meets witty fun
“Coppélia” | Cincinnati Ballet
Oct. 21-23, varied times • Aronoff Center for the Arts, Proctor & Gamble Hall
Here’s a rare chance to see”Coppélia,” considered by many to be the great classic, comedic ballet of the 19th century, “Coppélia” features the delightful music of Léo Delibes, most well known for his opera, “Lakmé” and its sumptuous soprano “Flower Duet” used in numerous commercials over the years. According to Ballet CEO and artistic director Victoria Morgan, Kirk Peterson’s choreography for “Coppélia” is “really hard. But it’s so lively and charming, too. It’s everything we wanted a ‘Coppélia’ to be.”
Performances tonight and Saturday at the Aronoff Center.
→ Find more performances and events in our Arts / Culture Calendar : Dance
3. Jazz improv through the lens
“Homage to a Sound,” photographs by Melvin Grier | FotoFocus Biennial – Artist Talk
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. • Kennedy Heights Arts Center • Free
Listen to the great Melvin Grier share how jazz wove itself into his life and now comes out in his work. “Homage to a Sound” includes photos taken in Cincinnati music venues between 2006-2016, as well as video interviews with some of the city’s jazz legends. The exhibit is open until Nov. 12th, but this Saturday afternoon is the only “Artist Talk” with the award-winning, former Cincinnati Post photographer Melvin Grier.
→ Find more exhibits and events in our Arts / Culture Calendar: Visual Arts
For the Family
“Alice in Wonderland” | Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Oct. 21-23, varied times • Taft Theatre
Go down the rabbit hole with this world-premiere musical rendition of “Alice in Wonderland.” Whether this is your child’s first time meeting Alice and her friends or hundredth, they’ll have a blast. Recommended for children 4+ and the run time is 60 minutes, making it a great introduction to theater for young imaginations.
→ Find more performances and events in our Arts / Culture Calendar: Theater
For a Purpose
Walk ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure | Benefitting UC Brain Tumor Center at University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute
Sunday Oct. 23, 7:30 a.m. • Sawyer Point
Get out and move this Sunday for a great cause. UC Brain Tumor Center needs your support to fund education and research in the fight to find a cure for brain tumors. You can walk or run in this family friendly 5k.
→ Find more ways to give back in our Fundraising / Volunteering Datebook.