The big event this week is Cincinnati Auto Expo, which gives you a chance to check out the 2020 models without the pressure to buy. It opens Wednesday over at Duke Energy Convention Center. If motorcycles get you revved up, head to Rhinegeist Brewery on Saturday for the Garage Brewed Moto Show, where you’ll find some incredible custom bikes on display. Over at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, you’ll find a home and garden show chock-full of experts in home decor, remodeling and design.
Love cheese? The Big Cheese Festival at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield is your nirvana. Plus, we’ve got two film festivals continuing this week: The Jewish & Israeli Film Festival and the Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries.
Ever had the feeling there’s something funny going on around here? There is. Comedian and “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey headlines Bogart’s, actor-comedian Grant Lyon’s over at Go Bananas and you’ll find Pretty Ricki and Guy Torry bringing the laughs at Funny Bone Comedy Club in Liberty Township.
MONDAY, Feb. 3
Jewish and Israeli Film Festival various times and locations through Feb. 27. mayersonjcc.org.
Everything Thomas Feb. 1-March 1, EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. Enjoy a celebration of Thomas the Train with Thomas-themed train layouts, videos, scavenger hunt, coloring and crafts. Enjoy the kid’s train ride PLUS see all of the Thomas & Friends merchandise. entertrainmentjunction.com.
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TUESDAY, Feb. 4
Greensky Bluegrass 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. ticketmaster.com.
Oscar-Nominated Short Documentaries Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 7-8, Garfield Theatre, 719 Race St., Downtown. $18 combo package, $11 single program block. Two distinct programs provide a chance to experience thie year’s best short films on the big screen. See website for program times.
Bloom and Grow Jan. 18-March 8, Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. $7, $5 ages 5-17, free ages 4-under. Closed Mondays. Spend time among the blooming tulips and daffodils while you take a stroll through the hiking path. Along the way, you can collect leaves and twigs to make your very own piece of Nature’s Art in our Art Corner. Or “sit a spell” under the canopy of the Reading Nook. Before you go, add a drawing or a small note to our college wall. Enjoy the warmth of Spring while the weather is still chilly on the other side of the glasshouse.
From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead Behringer-Crawford Museum at Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington. $5-$9. Runs Feb. 4-May 10. See four of Cher’s dazzling beaded outfits as part of this glittering and glamorous exhibit. 859-491-4003; bcmuseum.org.
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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5
Cincinnati Auto Expo Feb. 5-9, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $8-$11. The Cincinnati Auto Expo is your chance to see, touch, inspect and experience the latest offerings from 34 manufacturers. Whether you’re in the market for a new car, just want to check out the newest design trends and tech, or simply want to enjoy one-of-a-kind, affordable family fun, the Cincinnati Auto Expo is the place to be. cincinnatiautoexpo.com.
THURSDAY, Feb. 6
Pretty Ricki 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. Ages 21-up. liberty.funnybone.com.
Grant Lyon Feb. 6-9, Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery. $8-$14. gobananascomedy.com.
John Sebastian 8:30 p.m., Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $30-$65. ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Tauk 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. ticketmaster.com.
Winter Used Book Sale Feb. 6-9, The Friends’ Used Book Store Warehouse, 8456 Vine St., Hartwell. Free admission. Browse thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, books on CD, puzzles and games, ephemera, art, books appropriate for gifting, greeting cards, crafts made from upcycled books and more. Runs 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Members’ Day: Current members get 50% off their purchase. Join or renew at checkout to get this fabulous deal. cincylibraryfriends.org/winter-book-sale.
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FRIDAY, Feb. 7
Dancing with the Stars Tour 7:30 p.m., Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Downtown. $49.50-$79.50. The tour delivers a spectacular night of dance performances from world-renowned dancers including Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Brandon Armstrong, Pasha Pashkov, Kate Flannery and Daniella Karagach. tafttheatre.org.
Guy Torry Feb. 7-9, Funny Bone Comedy Club, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township. liberty.funnybone.com.
Dearborn County Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show Feb. 7-9, Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. $6, free ages 10-under. Half-off discount admission with donation of non-perishable good at door. Runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The largest home show in the county features landscaping and interior design companies, remodeling contractors, organization specialists and more. 812-320-6099; dearborncountyhba.org.
Play of Light: Ravel’s Enchantment 8-10 p.m. Feb. 7-8, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets start at $15. Louis Langree conducts Ravel’s fantastical story – a fully staged production that blooms with illustrated animations and imagination. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard reprises her Grammy-winning title role as “the child” in L’Enfant. This fully staged production, a collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s CCM, features animations projected in light on and around the orchestra. Audience favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet fearlessly accepts Saint-Saens’ invitation to imaginary adventure. cincinnatiarts.org.
Frederic Chiu: Classical Smackdown 7 p.m., Northern Kentucky University Fine Arts Center – Greaves Concert Hall, 1 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. Free. Inspired by reality talent shows like “American Idol,” “Classical Smackdown” is a “tongue-in-cheek wrestling match” between contrasting composers with the audience voting for their favorite composer during the concert. The format is built so that any novice or professional can come and have an opinion. The program for Prokofiev-Debussy is arranged in four “rounds” of pieces specifically to provide an opportunity to compare and contrast. nku.edu.
Lee Rocker (of the Stray Cats) 8-10 p.m., Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield. $30 stadium, $25 orchestra. Bass player Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide. Rocker and his band deliver these hits and a lot more, including stories about his adventures lugging the giant piece of equipment around. Phone: 513-867-5348.
Totally 80s: The Motels 8 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. livenation.com.
Cincinnati Cyclones v Toledo Walleye: Winter Hat Giveaway & Military Night 7:30 p.m., Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Downtown. ticketmaster.com.
Cincinnati Golf Expo Feb. 7-9, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. $12. Shop, test and gear up for the 2020 season.
SATURDAY, Feb. 8
Big Cheese Festival noon-5 p.m. Feb. 8-9, Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. $15-$80. Runs Feb. 8-9. Ultimate 2-day homage to fromage brings out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer and wine pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere. This year the exclusive VIP area will be located inside The Oscar Station, a brand new event space accessible by the famous Jungle Jim’s monorail. junglejims.com.
Garage Brewed Moto Show noon-11:30 p.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Over 50 motorcycles that have been customized, restored and built into works of two-wheeled art. And beer. garagebrewed.com.
Ben Bailey 7:30 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. livenation.com.
Cincy Prohibition 2020 8 p.m.-midnight, Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $25, $20 advance. Great ready to party like it’s 1920. It’s been 100 years since Prohibition was enacted. We’ll turn the Woodward Theater into a speakeasy with music from the Cincy Brass and performances from the Queen City Sisters and the Pones. Don your fedoras and your flappers and get ready to Charleston. cincyticket.com.
Freekbass & the Bump Assembly Play Parliament Funkadelic 8:30 p.m., Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. $12-$15. Freekbass & the Bump Assembly the music of Parliament Funkadelic. Features members of Turkuaz, P-Funk and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
I Love You Craft and Vendor Show 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Heritage Hall and Banquet Center, 1705 State Route 28, Goshen. Free. Sample sweets, shop handcrafted jewelry and find that perfect gift to say “I love you.” Support small business and vendors like Tastefully Simple, Lularoe, Scentsy, Color Street, Essential oils, Lipsense, thirty one and more.
Cincinnati Boychoir: Canten Senores! 5 p.m., Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Free. ’Canten Senores’ is a beloved carnavalito, a folk song and dance style from Bolivia and Argentina, originally sung during carnival. The translation of the title is, ‘Sing, Sirs!’, perfect for a Boychoir Festival. The concert is all about celebrating with song. cincinnatiarts.org.
The Tillers 2nd Annual Old Time Stringbreaker’s Ball 6 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport. southgatehouse.com.
SUNDAY, Feb. 9
Alvin Youngblood Hart 7 p.m., Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport. $20-$25. southgatehouse.com.
Badfish 8 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. livenation.com.
Bodega 8 p.m., MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. motrpub.com.
Sundae Fun-Day 2-3 p.m., Lakeside Chapel, Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Springfield Township. Free. Enjoy a free ice cream sundae from Graeter’s Ice Cream while listening to the sounds of The Cincinnati Brass Band – Cincinnati’s “official” brass band. amgardens.org.
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