Express Picks: Release Your Inner Animal

Express Picks: Release Your Inner Animal
Ogle buff male tennis stars. Carouse with creatures at the zoo. Take an adventure on the Big River. As the summer winds down, squeeze in these fun events before September's return to reality.

081610ARTS.jpgMonday — Aug. 16


Western & Southern Financial Group Master's Open


There are only nine tournaments in the world that have the depth of field of our annual men's and women's tournaments in Mason. This is the strongest men's field in Cincinnati history, containing the top 40 of those not injured. Now that the women have crowned their champion, Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, et al, take center court all week. What a great opportunity to see this phenomenal talent up-close-and-personal.


Where: Lindner Tennis Center, Mason

When: Each day through Sunday, Aug. 22

More information: Visit


Thursday — Aug. 19


Wild About Wine


The most important thing to know about this is to GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. As big as the Zoo is, they only have so many glasses, and this event usually sells out, so jump on it. This is a lot of fun. All sorts of creatures, and they bring out the animals too. Plus, the wine is very fine, as is the food. Go. Enjoy.


Where: The Cincinnati Zoo

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

More information: Visit the event's Web page at


Fox and Hound 5k


If wine is not your thing, you still can behave like an animal and chase (or be chased!) during the Fox and Hound 5k, benefiting United Cerebral Palsy. In a fun twist, the "foxes" will start five minutes ahead of the "hounds." So start your engines! If you aren't a runner or a walker, you can attend the after party only and become a completely different kind of animal.


Where: People Purple Bridge, Newport

When: 7:30 p.m.

More information: Visit


Friday — Aug. 20


"Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"


Mark Twain lived in Cincinnati as a young man, so it fits that we honor the 100th anniversary of his death with a show — and a fun one at that. Thanks in part to the music of "King of the Road," Roger Miller, "Big River" won seven Tony awards, including "Best Musical." The Carnegie stages this joyous romp in a locale fitting for Twain — a theatre built in 1904 while Twain was still alive. Great music. Great fun. Bring the kids. Share some history.


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

When: 7:30 p.m. (Also Aug. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.)

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


Ohio Lunch


''Faehnle is simply one of the best guitarists working today," according to Jazz Times, Known for his work with way-cool Pink Martini and Diana Krall, Ohio-native Faehnle brings his own group to the Wisp to showcase their new CD. Ed Felson and his Wisp crew continue to book great touring groups down on East Eighth. Check out this superb musician and see what all the fuss is about.


What: The Dan Faehnle Quartet

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

When: 8:30 p.m.

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


Saturday — Aug. 21




Snuggled in a verdant valley in the midst of Indian Hill, Stepping Stones Center is a welcoming place where individuals with disabilities come to learn how to become more physically and emotionally independent. "Bloom" is a lovely event held each August on the grounds of the facility. Come help them raise much-needed funds and enjoy tapas dining, live and silent auctions, and a little reggae on a warm summer eve.


Where: Stepping Stones Center, 5650 Given Road, Indian Hill

When: 6:30 p.m.

More information: Call (513) 831-4660 or visit


Sunday — Aug. 22


Cincinnati Art Museum


One of the things I love to do on a languid weekend afternoon in August is beat the heat and wander around one of our great museums. Several exhibits at the CAM wrap up in the next few weeks, and they are well worth seeing. Whether it's the multi-dimensional collage of the late Robert Rauschenberg, the stylized nature depictions of Cincinnati's own Charley Harper, or the decade-spanning photos of Walker Evans and 360 degree panorama of Las Vegas by local photographer Tom Schiff, there is something to amaze and delight the whole family. If that's not enough, take a fascinating look back at your Queen City through the eyes of artists-past in the permanent Cincinnati wing of the Art Museum. You'll always discover something new.


Where: 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park

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

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

Photo courtesy of The Carnegie

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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