Express Picks: Gather Your Friends for Fun

Express Picks: Gather Your Friends for Fun 
Get together with friends and family this week to expand your experience: Carmen at the movies, Beethoven amidst the breezes, suits that really rock!  

Wednesday — July 28


"Carmen" by Georges Bizet


Here's your last chance to check out this fabulous summer series. Come hear the very best the opera world has to offer while chomping on popcorn and quaffing an adult beverage of your choice. "Carmen" is one of those pieces that is so famous that people forget how truly great the music is. Here's your chance to see why this opera so shocked audiences at its premiere in 1875 and why it remains one of the most popular operas to this day.


What: The Met Live in HD Summer Encore Series

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

When: 6:30 p.m.

More information: Visit


Thursday — July 29


Greenacres Under The Stars


Pack a picnic, grab a group of friends or your music-loving family, and head out to beautiful Indian Hill to hear sublime renditions of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven played by members of the Cincinnati Symphony. Guest conductor Julian Kuerti, who was a huge hit this spring in Music Hall, is one of the true emerging talents in the orchestral world. Highly recommended.


Where: 8400 Blome Road, Indian Hill

When: Gates open at 6 pm; music begins at 7 pm

More information: Call (513)793-ARTS or visit


Friday — July 30




Inspired by the lush, verdant beauty of July in the Ohio Valley, Miller Gallery presents a diverse collection of inspiring landscapes from around the world by Velko Geurgevich, Stephen Bach, Hugh O'Neill, Timur Akhriev and Tom Bluemlein. Miller's openings always involve a fascinating mix of artists and aficionados — a cool crowd amidst the heat and humidity of summer in Cincinnati. Then go have ice cream on the Square afterward!


Where: Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park Square

When: 6-8 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 871-4420 or visit


"The Pilgrim's Progress"


Ralph Vaughan Williams was one of the most central figures in 20th-century English music. He was best known for his orchestral and choral music. This is a rare chance to see one of his operas, only the ninth time "Pilgrim's Progress" has been performed. The Christ Church music program is steeped in this Anglican tradition, so expect a beautifully sung interpretation.


Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown.

When: 8 p.m. (also Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.)

More information: Call (513)-621-1817 or visit


Saturday — July 31


Suits That Rock


By day, they wear business suits, but on this Saturday in July, more than 30 business leaders will don their rock-star duds and unveil their secret musical personas. This performance benefits the The Carnegie. Guests will receive a reserved seat, commemorative mug, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. Come see alter egos at their most pronounced, and it's all for a good cause.


Where: Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington

When: 7:30 p.m. (also Aug. 7)

More information: Call (859) 491-2030 or visit

Photo courtesy of 
Miller Gallery

Thom Mariner -

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