By Thomas Consolo
If you were among the estimated one million people who braved downtown traffic to see the wonders of BLINK, you’re probably ready for something that’s happening indoors. Whether it’s an intimate concert in a living room setting or Part 3 of Music Hall’s rechristening, there’s a concert to fit you. It’s also a particularly busy week on the West Side. Here are a few suggestions:
City Flea | Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine
- Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eclectic arts and crafts market
Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market is about to wind down for the winter. There’s still a holiday Flea in December, but this is the last monthly happening of the year. Why not enjoy the weather while it lasts … and pick up a few things you didn’t even know you needed?
The Mini Microcinema | 1329 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
- Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Short Films from Standing Rock
- Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. “The Elephant Man,” presented by tt stern-enzi
There’s nothing mini about the weekend The Mini has lined up. Five screenings show off the wide range of its cinematic appreciation. Thursday’s Standing Rock shorts reflect on recent events – the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline; on Sunday it’s a mainstream Hollywood production – David Lynch’s 1980 take on the story of John Merrick.
Price Hill Will | Price Hill. 513-251-3800
- Oct. 21, 5-10 p.m. 2017 Warsaw Ave Film Festival
Few Cincinnati neighborhoods have advocates as dedicated as Price Hill. This free film-screening event is a fine example. The theme is community and communication at four venues across the West Side neighborhood, starting at Warsaw Avenue Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave. Partners include the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Film Society and Cincy Stories, and there will be food vendors and live music.
Women Writing for a Change | 6906 Plainfield Rd., Silverton. 513-272-1171
- Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. “A Taste Of Wine & Art”
This WWf(a)C fundraiser offers a wine tasting, silent auction, live music, Cincinnati Art Club’s 49th annual juried competition and selected readings by group members.
Calvary Episcopal Church | 3766 Clifton Ave, Clifton. 513-861-4437
- Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Raymond Nagem, organist
- Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble: “American Voice”
Music is important at this inclusive Clifton congregation. Witness this weekend’s performances: Nagam, organist at St. John the Divine in New York, gives a solo performance Friday, then teams up Sunday with the professional Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble under the direction of its conductor Howard Helvey and guest Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for a program of choral works and art songs, including the Eastern U.S. premiere of Wilberg’s “The Prodigal Son.”
Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra | The Redmoor, Mt. Lookout Square. 513-280-8181
- Oct. 19, 7 p.m. “Big Band at The Redmoor”
- Oct. 22, 2 p.m. “Jazz@First” (at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Mt. Auburn)
Two programs featuring New York-based trombonist Conrad Herwig showcase CCJO’s joint mission to explore contemporary jazz composers and the classics of the genre. Thursday is opening night of the season; hear the Latin Side of Hancock, Shorter and more. On Sunday, Herwig plays his own compositions and arrangements.
Salon 21 | Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center, downtown. 513-977-4165
- Oct. 18, 7 p.m. “Trio con Fuoco”
In olden days, the best performances took place in private homes. Salon 21 recreates the salon atmosphere with its series of intimate piano concerts in unusual venues. The season opens Wednesday with Siryung Park, violin, Colin Lambert, cello and Sujin Kim, piano, playing trios by Mendelssohn (No. 2, Op. 66) and Shostakovich (Op. 67).
Cincinnati Symphony & Cincinnati Opera | Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300
- Oct. 20-21. Debussy “Pelléas et Mélisande”
The final chapter of Louis Langrée’s three-year Pelléas Project coincides with the reopening celebrations for Music Hall. Debussy’s only completed opera is presented as a collaboration of Music Hall’s two premiere tenants. Langrée conducts, James Darrah directs. The May Festival Chorus gets in on the act, too.
Queen City Chamber Opera | Arts Center at Dunham, Price Hill. 513-503-8323
- Oct. 20-22. “Cinderella,” by Gioachino Rossini
There’s more than an overture to “La Cenerentola,” and here’s your chance to hear it on the West Side. QCO assistant conductor Jesse Leong conducts a cast of current and former CCM students.
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | Taft Theatre, downtown. 513-569-8080 x10
- Oct. 21-29. “Peter Pan Jr.”
With a heritage that dates to 1924, CTC’s professional productions have introduced generations of children to the theater. This season kicks off with a musical retelling of the classic J.M. Barrie story of Peter, his mischievous sidekick, Tinkerbell, and a visit to the Darling family nursery.
Cincinnati Arts Association | Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-621-2787
- Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”
In his follow-up to “Edible Inevitable,” Food Network host Brown returns with a new recipe’s worth of fresh ingredients. Expect comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings).
Cincinnati Landmark Productions | 4990 Glenway Ave., Price Hill. 513-241-6550
- Oct. 19-Nov. 9. “Young Frankenstein”
You already know: It’s pronounced “Frahn-ken-steen.” When Dr. Frederick Frankenstein inherits the Transylvanian castle where his notorious grandfather worked, expect hijinks thanks to the real mad scientist at work here, Mel Brooks. Good night … Frau Blücher.
College-Conservatory of Music | Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM, University of Cincinnati. 513-556-4183
- Oct. 19-29. “Seussical”
CCM’s sesquicentennial celebration continues with its mainstage opener, the product of the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty, who happens to be a CCM alumnus, and Lynn Ahrens. “Seussical” is billed as a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.
Eva G. Farris Gallery | Thomas More College, Crestview Hills. 859-344-3300
- Oct. 19-Nov. 4. “Surrender,” works by Chris Beiting
The show of works by Chris Beiting technically opened Oct. 12, but the opening reception is 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Gallery talk is 1:15-2 p.m. Monday.
Taft Museum of Art | 316 Pike St., downtown. 513-241-0343
- Oct. 21-Jan. 21. “Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts”
These 19 quilts – the earliest from 18th-century England and, following the craft to the New World, to 19th-century America – highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of women who have practiced mosaic patchwork quilting for nearly 300 years.