Express Picks: Get Wild, Have a Blast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom Mariner   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 09:07

Express Picks: Get Wild, Have a Blast
Different kinds of excitement await you this week, both indoors and out. Hear a rarely performed operatic gem, sip and taste with the wild things or have a Blast in Hyde Park. Summer is in full gear! 

062110ARTS copy.jpg
June 23 — Wednesday


Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (1868)


Rarely performed because of its massive scale, this is Wagner's only comedic opera. Having been in the chorus for the last performance by Cincinnati Opera in 1983, I can bear witness to the astounding outpouring of emotion and appreciation from the audience at the close of a monumental experience. Yes, it's a long sit (five hours of music, plus intermissions), so don't drink too much wine before it starts! Do your homework ahead of time so you can be involved in this charming, clever and moving story.


For this opera, Wagner seemed to step aside from his serious self and delivered a love story of great warmth and humanity, wrapped in a tapestry of colorful characters and gorgeous melodies. Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity… (also June 26)


Who: Cincinnati Opera

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Downtown

When: 6 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 241-2742 or visit


June 24 — Thursday062110_RELISH_INSTORY.GIF

(Plenty of time to squeeze in two events this evening!)


2010 Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Photo Exhibition and Competition — Opening Party


Imagine the possibilities: 2,500 Cincinnati citizens unleashed with disposable cameras to capture the unique, special character of their lives, families and neighborhoods, then sharing their discoveries for all to see on the Fountain Square Jumbotron. Participants of all ages can submit up to three photos online. Part of Learning Through Art's fifth year of arts and culture community engagement. The party also features Orchestra Kandela, a 12-piece female salsa band. Come Downtown and join the fun!


Who: Learning Through Art, Inc.

Where: Fountain Square

When: 5-7 p.m.

More information: Visit



Wild About Wine


For those of you without kids, sneak out of Cincinnati Snaps (above) a bit early and head to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens to sample some excellent wine while wandering amidst the flora and fauna. Ticket price includes food from several excellent vendors. Handlers bring animals out for you to see and touch, and the peacocks occasionally try to drown out the musical entertainment. Just don't let them sample your wine! Great fun. We attended in May.


Where: Cincinnati Zoo

When: 6:30 p.m.

More information: E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit


June 25 — Friday


Red, Pink and Blue 2010


Of course, there's only one place to be this Friday evening, and that's the Purple People Bridge! Fashion, food and drink spanning the Ohio, plus you'll get some great info on heart, breast and diabetes health and wellness. Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds go to American Heart Association, Pink Ribbon Girls and the American Diabetes Association.


Who: Cincy Chic and Locals on Living

Where: Newport landing Purple People Bridge

When: 6:30 p.m.

More information: Visit


June 26 — Saturday


Hyde Park Blast, for The Wellness Community and CancerFree Kids


The Blast is an all-day event for the whole family, starting with an early-morning run/walk, followed by kids' foot races later in the morning. The evening is all about the adults, with an elite runners' race and a series of cycling races throughout the neighborhood, culminating with a men's pro race. The evening races are wrapped around a mega-block party in one of Cincinnati's most-inviting neighborhood squares. Add the '80s music of The Rusty Griswolds, stir, and have yourselves a party!


Where: Hyde Park Square, Erie Avenue and Edwards Road

When: 6:30 a.m.-midnight

More information: Visit


Museum Shops of Greater Cincinnati Showcase and Sale


The Museum Shops of Greater Cincinnati is an organization of diverse gift shops associated with local parks, museums and cultural centers. Their merchandise is unique and makes for great gifts! Take advantage of having all this variety in one place: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, Behringer-Crawford Museum, Krohn Conservatory and the National Underground Freedom Center. Choose among jewelry, art, books, gardening items, baby goods, glassware and ceramics, hand-made crafts, and much more!


Who: Museum Shops of Greater Cincinnati

Where: Sharon Woods’ Sharon Centre

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also June 27)

More information: Call (513) 923-3665 or visit


June 27 — Sunday


No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain


Anthony Bourdain, "the bad boy of cuisine" and host of Travel Channel's "No Reservations," brings his brash attitude and behind-the-scenes revelations to Cincinnati. On the heels of the release of his new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, Bourdain, executive chef of the famed Park Avenue bistro, Les Hailes, lifts the lid on his fellow gastronomical personalities in his own inimitable style.


Who: Anthony Bourdain

Where: Aronoff Center — Procter & Gamble Hall

When: 7:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 721-3344 or visit


Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Opera

Thom Mariner -

Thom Mariner is Cincy Chic's art and philanthropic events columnist, and he is co-publisher of Express Cincinnati, a free print and online publication showcasing Cincinnati's creative arts and generous spirit. E-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or read more at Read More >>

More articles by this author

Express Picks: Food for ThoughtExpress Picks: Food for Thought
Express Picks: Food for Thought Everything is making our events columnist...
Express Picks: Old, New, Borrowed and BluesExpress Picks: Old, New, Borrowed and Blues
Express Picks: Old, New, Borrowed and Blues No, it's not wedding...
Last Updated on Friday, 25 June 2010 07:46



We have 2346 guests online