Baseball cards, art and a big opening-day party

All Stars event opening 2015, image courtesy of Rudy Harris

All Stars event opening 2015, image courtesy of Rudy Harris

Saturday, April 2, 7-11 p.m.; BLDG Gallery, Pike Street, Covington

Opening Day celebrations take numerous forms, and this one involves a baseball-themed art exhibition, a neighborhood block party and Renaissance Covington. The third annual “199C: House of Cards Edition” celebrates the Cincinnati Reds, the first day of baseball and Cincinnati’s neighboring city.

The name 199C comes from the pantone color for the Reds.

The exhibition in BLDG Gallery results from forays into shoeboxes and childhood collections of baseball cards to find Reds players. From Johnny Bench to Bronson Arroyo, Dave Parker to Paul O’Neill, Topps baseball cards were hand-chosen to inspire 40-plus local, regional and national artists. Each will create a work based on a Reds card received from BLDG.
The festivities will continue outside on Pike Street, where the folks from Folk School Coffee Parlor have planned family-friendly entertainment. That will include live music by Willie Tea Taylor and Honey & Houston, a celebrity podcast by Jerry Springer and the Curve Ball Classic Homerun Derby.

Braxton Brewing Company will offer beverages, while Covington restaurants and food trucks will have food available.

The BLDG exhibit will run through April 30.

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