Express Picks: Escape from the Ordinary

Express Picks: Escape from the Ordinary
Explore the unexpected, the unbelievable and the, well, wacky right in your own backyard. This is the week for trying something extraordinary.

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Monday — July 12


Chiquita Classic


The Nationwide Tour, the feeder circuit for golf's main PGA Tour, brings a new event to the Cincinnati area this week. Come see the future of pro golf, as upcoming players hone their skills at the TPC Riverbend in Maineville. Practice rounds and pro-ams take place Monday through Wednesday, with the actual tournament running from Thursday through Sunday. Anthony Munoz is Honorary Chairman. The Classic benefits a long list of area charities and runs through July 18.


What: Nationwide golf tour benefit tournament

Where: TPC River’s Bend, Maineville

More information: Call (513) 721-4653 or visit


Tuesday — July 13


Back to the Zoo


Cincinnati Opera returns to its native habitat with a concert at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, where it performed from 1920-1971. Come hear rising young vocal artists entertain with arias and duets from famous operas and listen as hosts Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, and Zoo Director Thane Maynard share stories and legends from the long history of Opera at the Zoo. Handlers will bring animals out for you to greet up-close -and -personal. Maybe they'll sing too?! Parking and admission are free!


Who: Cincinnati Opera

Where: Wings of Wonder Theater, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

When: 6 p.m.

More information: Reservations required. Call (513) 241-2742.


Wednesday — July 14


La Boheme


If you aren't able to attend Cincinnati Opera's performances of this opera starting on July 21, never fear! New York's Metropolitan Opera offers a Summer Encore Series from recent seasons of performances broadcast to movie theaters around the world. This early gem by Giacomo Puccini was the model for Broadway's "Rent." Come hear and see, in marvelous HD, why it was described by one of my CCM professors as "the perfect opera.."


What: The Met Live in HD, Summer Encore Series

Where: Regal Deerfield Town Center, Mason; Showcase Cinema De Lux, Springdale and Florence

When: 6:30 p.m.

More information: Visit


Thursday — July 15


Unseen Originals


Artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) became famous for his minimalist treatment of nature and his focus on the beauty of its geometric shapes and patterns. Here's your chance to view previously unknown original paintings, watercolors and prints by this Cincinnati native. Ask Owner Phyllis Weston to share her insights into the imagination of this local, and national, legend.


What: Phyllis Weston Gallery

Where: 2005 1/2 Madison Road, O'Bryonville

When: 5-8 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 321-5200 or visit


Friday — July 16


Blithe Spirit


Noel Coward's silly, escapist comedy is the perfect excuse for hiding from the summer heat in late July. Come see what these Shakesperians can do with this 1941 black comedy about a seance gone awry and the consequences of doing one's first wife wrong. It runs through August 8.


Who: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Where: 719 Race St., Downtown

When: 7:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 381-BARD or visit


Saturday — July 17


Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know? — Live!


Here's your chance to see how this weekly NPR radio show is put together live during this national broadcast from the our own Aronoff Center. Reminiscent of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life," this is a quiz show in name only. Feldman, and sidekick, Jim Packard, are the primary attraction and their witty banter is what has kept this show on the air since 1985.


Where: Procter & Gamble Hall/Aronoff Center, Downtown

When: 11 a.m.

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


Endless Summer


This should be a fabulous evening of Beach Boys' surf tunes led by the Big Kahuna, Matt Catingub. Conductor and arranger of the Honolulu Pops, Matt Catingub has built a diverse career as saxophonist, conductor, pianist, vocalist and composer/arranger. Come have "Fun, Fun, Fun" with Matt and The Pops as they — (hopefully)! — exchange their traditional red jackets for Hawaiian shirts and "hang 10" on the Riverbend stage.


Who: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Where: Riverbend Music Center, Coney Island

When: 8 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 381-3300 or visit


Sunday — July 18


The House in My Head


House, dwelling, abode, domicile, habitat, … bungalow…? This group exhibition explores perceptions of the house as fantasy architecture, a living environment and psychological space. Is "home" a physical space or a mental place? Come see for yourself…. Runs through Aug. 29.


What: Weston Art Gallery

Where: Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown

When: Noon-5 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 977-4165 or visit

Photo courtesy of 
Weston Art Gallery

Thom Mariner -

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