Express Picks: Assorted Entertainment

Express Picks: Assorted Entertainment
From the opera to a mega-garage sale, this week's events columnist sings a full range of options that will be music to your ears. Find something fit for your schedule here.

Tuesday — July 20


An Evening with Sting


One of the most innovative and sophisticated of all pop musicians, Sting brings his Symphonicities tour to Riverbend, performing orchestrated re-interpretations of his most beloved songs backed by members of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This performance will come just a week after the release of his new recording by the same name. Be the first kid on your block to hear it live!


Where: Riverbend Music Center

When: 8 p.m.

More information: Visit


Wednesday — July 21


Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival


A fabulous opportunity for kids of all ages… Zoo admission is just $1 for the day (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Entertainment features a broad range of world music and artists as well as face and henna painting, celebrity storytelling, and a Mardi Gras parade. The first 2,000 groups will receive a free Kroger Snap Cam. If you live within reach of the Route 1 Art Bus (Museum Center-Mt. Adams-Zoo), Metro will offer $1 round-trip bus fare from anywhere on the route and riders on the bus can enjoy in-transport music and mime.


Who: Learning Through Art

Where: Cincinnati Zoo

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 242-6028 or


La Bohème


If you ever have wanted to see an opera but have hesitated not knowing which one, your time has come. Considered by some as "the perfect opera," "Bohème" has everything you could want: comedy, pathos, drama, idealistic love, and some of the most beautiful and poignant music ever written. Written in 1896, this dramatic inspiration for Broadway's "Rent" has become the world's most popular opera. If you haven't yet experienced Puccini's beloved Bohemians, this is the perfect opportunity, and the culmination of Cincinnati Opera's 90th season.


What: Cincinnati Opera

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Downtown

When: 7:30 p.m. (also Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.)

More information: Call (513) 241-2742, visit or visit page A3 in the Digital Edition of Express Cincinnati.


Friday — July 23


Shakespeare in the Park


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is producing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of their fourth annual Shakespeare in the Park series. Inspired by New York's Central Park Shakespeare series, Cincy Shakes takes The Bard beyond the stage and into nether climes. "Dream" is the perfect vehicle for this, with its lovers and gods and fairies and magic. The best part, as always, is just letting Shakespeare's words cascade over you, but this time you'll witness his "shadows" and "visions" under the stars!


Where: Burnett Woods, Clifton

When: 7 p.m.(also Saturday at Harry Whiting Brown Lawn in Glendale)

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


A Little Night Murder


Do you love mysteries? Are you a sucker for a "Law and Order" marathon? Then here is your chance to play Det. Lennie Briscoe, review all the clues, interrogate the suspects, and decide who committed the crime in this interactive murder mystery based in the "colorful" atmosphere of 1930s Newport. Come test your skills!


Where: Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport

When: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. (also July 24, 25, 30 and 31)

More information: Call (859) 655-9140 or visit


Saturday — July 24


Zonta Garage Sale


Looking for a way to maximize your garage sale efficiency? Then focus all your efforts in one location, enjoy mega-shopping at its best, and help a great cause in the process. With sponsors like Libby's Closet and 1-800-GOT-JUNK, you know there will be cool stuff to peruse. Zonta provides scholarships for women ages 25 and older to attend or return to college.


What: Zonta Club of Cincinnati Annual Garage Sale

Where: Snyder House at Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road, Deerfield Township

When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 842-0709 or visit


Dan Karlsberg CD release party


Do you or your friends like jazz? Composer/arranger/pianist Dan Karlsberg is one of the most interesting and creative new jazz artists on the local scene, generating original tunes and reflecting classical, world and funk influences in a fresh sophisticated way. Check out live performances of tracks from his latest (second) CD, Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories at Cincinnati's premiere jazz showcase.


Where: The Blue Wisp, 318 E. Eighth St., Downtown

When: 8:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 241-9477 or visit or


Sunday — July 25


TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art


Looking for an enriching new way to stay cool on a hot July Sunday afternoon? Love photography? This is the place to be, and it's free! Even in the earliest years of photography, certain visionary practitioners saw the potential for artistic expression and attempted to emulate the finest attributes of painting. This exhibition includes 118 vintage masterpieces from well-known photographers between 1895 and 1925. Runs through Aug. 8.


Where: Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

More information: (513) 241-0343, visit or take a look at page A2 of the digital edition of Express Cincinnati.

Photo courtesy of 
Dan Karlsburg

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 >>

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