1. Cincy On Tap Beer Festival
“Wait, wasn’t there a beer festival last weekendyou might be wondering, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Last weekend was Cincy Beerfest, which normally takes place earlier in the year but has been changed due to the pandemic. This time it’s a whole new beer festival in the spotlight. Cincy on tap takes over at Great American Ball Park (100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and features over 60 brews and 200 beers, live music and a few surprises. You’ll also find food available for purchase at several food trucks, and all attendees will also receive free tickets to the Reds vs Cardinals game on April 24.
Three levels of festival entry are available. General admission ($50) gets you 30 4-ounce samples, access to all GABP, and entertainment; early-bird tickets ($65) get you the same price, but from noon to 4 p.m. with limited-release beers; and VIP admission ($90) gets you all of the above plus access to the warning track and dugouts, with lawn games and VIP beers poured on the course. The festival takes place rain or shine. cincyontap.com.
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2. “Becoming Dr. Ruth”
Before podcasts and social media, there were talk shows, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer rewrote the playbook on what could and couldn’t be discussed live with strangers. But few know the story of his remarkable journey to becoming Dr. Ruth. This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating piece for a woman that details how she escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 10 in 1939, how she survived in war-torn Europe, her experiences as a Israeli sniper and Jewish freedom fighter, and how, as a single mother working in New York, she trained in psychology and counseling to become America’s favorite sex therapist.
The show opens Saturday at Playhouse in the Park (962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams), but this performance is already sold out. The play runs until May 15, with the next performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 12). The play contains discussions of healthy sex and sexuality, while also covering other mature topics, so it is recommended for adult and teenage audiences only. Tickets are $35 to $45, $15 students. cincyplay.com.
3. FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography
If you’ve ever wondered how photojournalists do their work, or how lens-based artists create visual works, or if you’ve ever flipped through a fashion magazine and wondered about the person behind the camera instead than before, then this weekend’s FotoFocus symposium is a must. You’ll hear from Collier Schorr, one of the world’s foremost celebrity and fashion photographers; visual editor Alice Gabriner, who served as deputy director of photography in the Obama White House; Associated Press photojournalists Maye-E Wong and Dieu-Nalio Chery; photographers Iwan Baan (Netherlands) and Erin Schaff (New York Times photographer) and many other international artists, curators and photojournalists. SaturdayThe symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine) with a wide range of topics – including how 19th century scientists tried to capture electricity on film , the progression of press photography from the 1930s to the 1970s, and the complex role of being a photojournalist in today’s world of fast-paced news cycles.
Part 2 takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Garfield Theater (719 Race St., Downtown) and features Latin American shorts, a panel discussion, and a special feature, “The Leading Actor.” The program showcases the diversity of Latin American cultures while examining how media – particularly photographic imagery – creates and distorts understanding of foreign cultures. You will hear, among others, Diana Vargas, artistic director of the Havana Film Festival New York, and Sandra Fiorin, founder of FiGa Films in Miami. Both days are free and open to the public. fotofocus.org.
4. “I Won’t Be Moved” and “Your Negro Tour Guide”
Ensemble Theater stages a double bill of one-woman shows created by Black Cincinnatians. The first is the world premiere of “I Shall Not Be Moved” by Cincinnati playwright Isaiah Reaves. The play thrillingly tells the story of Reave’s grandmother, Betty Daniels Rosemond, a nationally recognized civil rights pioneer, and her beautiful, gruesome, and groundbreaking journey through the American South as a as one of the first Freedom Riders in the 1960s. Samantha Russell plays the lead role.
After a short intermission, Torie Wiggins brings Kathy Y. Wilson’s “Your Negro Tour Guide” to life. This updated adaptation draws heavily from National Public Radio columns and commentary collected in Wilson’s book, “Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black & White,” based on his former CityBeat column. The piece brings to light misguided notions of natural black beauty, black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes. Previews are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tuesdaywith opening night Wednesday April 13. Productions run until May 7. Tickets cost between $38 and $55, $29 for students. togethercincinnati.org.
5. “The Comedy of Errors”
Shakespeare’s silliest, twisted, slapstick comedy returns to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company stage, this time with a Sin City twist. Inspired by the Golden Age of Las Vegas, this music-filled production will be filled with friendly cats, packs of rats, showgirls, sages and more.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. The play runs until April 30. Tickets cost between $58 and $68, between $54 and $64 for seniors and between $28 and $38 for students. cincyshakes.com.
Honorable Mention: “New Year’s Eve at Stop-N-Go”
Northern Kentucky University performs “New Year’s Eve at the Stop-N-Go” on stage as part of the Yes Festival, the nation’s oldest collegiate festival of new plays. Written by Samantha Oty and directed by Mike King, the play tells the story of a group of friends who confront their changing lives and each other in a convenience store on December 31, 1999. Tickets are $18, 14 $ for seniors and $10. for students. Performances are held at the Stauss Theater on the NKU campus, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Fridaywith additional performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The play runs until April 16. nku.edu/tickets.
Honorable Mention: Cincinnati Ballet’s Snow White
Who’s the fairest of them all? Find out in this regional premiere of Cincinnati Ballet’s “Snow White,” which follows the treasured fairy tale of a jealous queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a kiss from a handsome prince. This family series production is just over an hour long and is a narrated, fun, fully staged ballet and the perfect introduction to dance for the whole family, even the little ones.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Friday11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. cballet.org.
Honorable Mention: Victory of Light Psychic Festival
This holistic living festival features a selection of the nation’s top psychics and psychics, as well as alternative health products, wellness tools and resources. There are also learning sessions and presentations featuring psychics, experts and holistic practitioners who are at the top of their field. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Admission is $15. bmse.net.