What to Do/See/Hear | Oct. 25-31

By Thomas Consolo

If this week’s wet, chilly weather has you thinking that you’d like to curl up with a good book, or at least hear about one, you’re in luck. The word is center stage this week at several events around town. Plus, Music Hall’s reopening will move en pointe, but still with a literary theme.



Cincinnati Museum Center | Union Terminal, Queensgate. 513-287-7000

  • Through Sunday, Oct. 29. “Shakespeare and the Queen City”

It’s the last weekend to see this exhibit on the Bard’s lasting effect on culture, particularly the adaptability of the stories to other formats. Highlight is a rare – only 234 exist – First Folio of Shakespeare’s works on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Pieces from the Museum Center’s collection, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books add a strong local flavor. Visitors also can try their hand at reading from a script and following stage directions.



Cincinnati Ballet | Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine

  • Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 26-29. “Romeo & Juliet”

Cervillio Miguel Amador and Janessa Touchet

It’s the Bard in motion: Cincinnati Ballet gets its first crack at its new-old home this weekend with Prokofiev’s powerful take on the tale of history’s most famous star-crossed lovers. The Cincinnati Symphony is in the pit. Artistic director Victoria Morgan staged the production.



Books by the Banks | Duke Energy Convention Center, downtown

  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Books by the Banks’s premier event, the Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, has become a very big deal. For the 11th edition of the daylong festival, approximately 150 authors and illustrators of children’s, fiction, local and even graphic novels will be on hand. There also will be plenty of book signings, panel discussions and activities for the entire family.

The Mercantile Library | Downtown. 513-621-0717

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, noon-1 p.m. Book discussion: “Answering the Call” by Nathaniel Jones

Retired 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel Jones discusses his autobiography as part of the Ohio: The Heart of It All book discussion series. The Youngstown native has been witness and participant to much of the Civil Rights struggle, both locally and nationally, including arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court as general counsel of the NAACP and working on President Lyndon Johnson’s Kerner Commission.

Cincinnati Arts Association | Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, downtown. 513-621-2787

  • Monday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. “An Evening With David Sedaris”

The unique voice of David Sedaris – both in person and in print – has made him one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. His current tour coincides with the release of his latest book, “Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002.” Expect sardonic wit and incisive critiques of cultural euphemisms and political correctness.



Butler Philharmonic Orchestra | St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Liberty Township. 513-895-1584

  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Tillmann Memorial Concert

The BPO’s second 2017-18 program in what it’s calling A Season of Evolution is the Tillmann concert, the orchestra’s classical showcase program. This year it presents the evocative Vaughan Williams “Sea Symphony,” setting poetry of Walt Whitman. Joining the BPO will be soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Thom Dreeze and a tripartite chorus combining the BPO Chorus, Mason Chorale and Springfield Symphony Chorale. Paul John Stanbery conducts.

Shasta Geaux Pop

Contemporary Arts Center | Sixth and Walnut streets, downtown. 513-345-8400

  • Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27, 7:30 p.m. Shasta Geaux Pop

“If Millie Jackson, Roxanne Shante, OutKast and Monty Python had a baby in the year 3030…”

Written and conceived by Ayesha Jordan, and created in collaboration with director Charlotte Brathwaite, this is an evening of high energy music, satire and Southern charm wrapped in the stylings of ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop. Kudos to the CAC for continuing to tug at the edge of the box.



Clifton Performance Theatre | Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Northside 513-813-7469

  • Opening Friday, Oct. 27. “The Drowning Girls”

It may be one of Cincinnati’s smallest theater companies, but its productions have a big impact. “The Drowning Girls” marks CPT’s season debut and curtain-raiser in its new sister venue, Northside’s Liberty Hall. Bridget Leak directs the play by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic. Three wives of George Joseph Smith – all drowned in the bathtub – return to indict their murderous, womanizing husband.

Memorial Hall | 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-977-8838

  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ComedySportz Cincinnati

So whose line is it, anyway? If you need a laugh, spend a Friday night with Cincinnati’s version of the brand-named comedy competition ComedySportz. (We’re city No. 23 to get a CSz franchise.) Two three-member teams, red and blue, take their cues from the audience as they vie to generate the most laughs in a series of short-form improvisations. A master of ceremonies (called the referee to follow the sports metaphor) keeps the subject matter G-rated.



Cincinnati Art Museum | Eden Park. 513-721-2787

  • Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 26-29. Art in Bloom 2017

Pinky Laffoon’s creation for the 2015 Art in Bloom

Every other year, the Cincinnati Art Museum transforms into a place where flowers meet fine art. Take part in special events, family friendly activities, docent-led tours, plus conversations and demonstrations by curators and floral arrangers. Events include an opening party (6-9 p.m. Thursday), Art After Dark: Flower Power (5–9 p.m. Friday), Art in the Great Hall (a chance to see flower-inspired art in progress, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), and the Jazz in Bloom concert (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday).



Cincinnati Arts Association | Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, downtown. 513-621-2787

  • Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. “Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood”

Stafford Berry

This genre-crossing cultural celebration honors the spirit and accomplishments of women from all walks of life across Greater Cincinnati. Spoken word, music, song, dance and visual art all will be represented. Among artists scheduled to appear are Stafford Berry, 2017 Duncanson artist in residence at the Taft Museum, singer-songwriter Dee Dee Foster, rapper JaHipster, gospel singer Janice Napier, poet Annie Ruth and a community choir directed by Catherine Roma. Courtis Fuller hosts the evening.

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