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With the wealth of arts opportunities around the Queen City, this week’s lineup will not disappoint. So get out your calendar and work some of that entertainment into it.

 

May 24 — Monday

 

concert:nova — "Carnival of the Animals"

The original music by Camille Saint-Saens is a staple among pieces programmed for children. For this performance, concert:nova has commissioned 15 short "animal" compositions — contemporary musical representations of these creatures. All will be brought to life by dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet.

 

8 p.m., Cincinnati Ballet Center, 1555 Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine concertnova.com

 

May 25 — Tuesday

 

Playhouse in the Park —"Ain’t Misbehavin’ "

 

A tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ’30s, this revue of rowdy, bawdy songs by Fats Waller represents the magical time when black culture and creativity began to flourish in what was known as the Harlem Renaissance. (It will stick around through May 29.)

 

7:30 p.m., Robert S. Marx Theatre

(513) 421-3888

CincyPlay.com

 

May 26 — Wednesday

 

Women’s Committee for Cincinnati Riverfront Park — "Hats Off" Luncheon

 

This champagne reception followed by a gourmet luncheon gives you a chance to wear your favorite hat or an excuse to go buy one! The Women’s Committee has raised more than $700,000 for the park to be located between the stadiums, and the group is announcing a new initiative.

 

11 a.m,, Ault Park, Mt. Lookout

Reservations: (513) 357-2621

 

Taft Museum of Art — Evening in the Garden "A Crystal Celebration"

 

Enjoy dinner by the bite, wine and champagne surrounded by spectacular table settings and floral arrangements, plus the opportunity to purchase works of well-known local artists. Tickets are $75 and reservations are required.

 

6-9 p.m.

(513) 494-0595

cwill54303@aol.com TaftMuseum.com

 

May 27 — Thursday

 

Playhouse in the Park — "The Fantasticks"

 

This longest-running musical of all time is an intimate, timeless, allegorical tale of forbidden, youthful love and the perspective provided by maturation. It will run through June 20.

 

8 p.m., Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Mt. Adams

(513) 421-3888

CincyPlay.com

 

May 28 — Friday

 

Two gallery openings in the up-and-coming DeSales Corner neighborhood of East Walnut Hills

 

PAC Gallery: "Untouched"

 

In this solo exhibition, Kevin White, one of the Visionaries and Voices (Northside) artists, communicates through a colorful Morse code of text, lines and dots. Snakes, reptiles and other animals are woven into map-like patterns telling imaginative stories reminiscent of Australian Aboriginal tribes. (It will run through June 27.)

 

5-8 p.m., 2540 Woodburn Avenue, E. Walnut Hills

(513) 321-5200

PACGallery.net

 

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center — "GuideBook," contemporary collage and assemblage

 

This exhibit explores when ordinary things (or those not commonly considered artful) are suddenly seen as being sublime — a guidebook to a creative, enlightened way of seeing and being in the world. (It will run through June 25.)

 

6-9 p.m., 2727 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills

(513) 861-3638

ManifestGallery.org

 

College-Conservatory of Music/University of Cincinnati — Spring Dance Concert

 

Enjoy two famous works by revered choreographer George Balanchine, plus a world premiere by Shellie Cash and Charles Woodman combining video art with Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons." (Also check it out May 29.)

 

8 p.m., Corbett Auditorium

(513) 556-4183

CCM.UC.edu

 

May 29 — Saturday

 

Clifton Cultural Arts Center — "Old School"

 

Thesis exhibits will be on display from masters of fine arts students at UC’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning – one of the best programs of its kind in the country. (It will run through June 11.)

 

9-2 p.m.

(513) 497-2860

3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton

CliftonCulturalArts.org

 

Country Club Gallery — "Peak and Flow" Abstract works of Fritz Chestnut

 

In his abstract paintings, Californian Fritz Chestnut, references waves, moving water, outer space, mudslides and molten lava. Part psychedelia, part color-field painting, he marries surfing zen with modernist abstraction, yielding a distinct California feel with saturated and sometimes garish fluorescent colors. This is the last day for this show!

 

10-5 p.m., 3209 Madison Road, Oakley

(513) 792-9744

CountryClubGallery.com

 

Mariemont Players — "The Dixie Swim Club"

 

A 33-year saga of five female friends from college who meet each summer to re-kindle their friendships on a weekend free from husbands, children and responsibilities but full of laughter and sharing. (Also check it out at 2 p.m. May 30.)

 

4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont

(513) 684-1236

MariemontPlayers.com

 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra — "Pop Goes Vegas"

 

Come join conductor Steve Reineke; the Pops; and a full cast of singers, dancers and showgirls as they bring the full flavor of a Las Vegas nightclub to Music Hall. (Also check it out at 8 p.m. May 28 and at 3 p.m. May 30.)

 

8 p.m., Music Hall

(513) 381-3300

CincinnatiPops.org

 

May 30 — Sunday

 

College Conservatory of Music/University of Cincinnati — Studio Opera Series

 

"Die Fledermaus"(The Bat) by Johan Strauss II

 

This charming, farcical operetta comes from the composer of such famous waltzes as "The Blue Danube." Superbly talented graduate students in the CCM opera department provide the performances. Come see the future of opera singing at its best. (Also check it out at 8 p.m. May 28 and 29.)

 

2:30 p.m.

(513) 556-4183

CCM.UC.edu

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of Express Cincinnati

 

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Editor’s Note: "Express Picks" is Cincy Chic‘s newest column. Columnist Thom Mariner is the publisher of Express Cincinnati, a free local print and online publication dedicated to the promotion of arts and philanthropy, so each week he will share his picks for the best events in the Cincinnati area. If you have ideas or suggestions for "Express Picks," e-mail info@cincychic.com.

 

May 18 — Tuesday

 

Cincinnati Opera — Redux Public Performance Series "Bohème"

 

If you’re curious about opera, but short on time, here’s an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with a 50-minute version of Puccini’s beloved "La Bohème"

 

7 p.m., Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside

(513) 241-2742

CincinnatiOpera.com

 

Ensemble Theatre — "The Marvelous Wonderettes"

 

This is your final chance to see this extremely popular show — extended two weeks via popular demand.

 

7:30 p.m., 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

(513) 421-3555

CincyETC.com

 

May 19 — Wednesday

 

Playhouse in the Park — "The Fantasticks"

 

This longest-running musical of all time is an intimate, timeless, allegorical tale of forbidden, youthful love and the perspective provided by maturation. It will run through June 20.

 

7:30 p.m., Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Mt. Adams

(513) 421-3888

CincyPlay.com

 

May 20 — Thursday

 

Mercantile Library — Reading by author Curtis Sittenfeld

 

The New York Times best-selling author and Cincinnati native reads selections and signs her novels, American Wife, Prep and The Man of My Dreams.

 

7 p.m., $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. 414 Walnut St., Downtown

(513) 621-0717

MercantileLibrary.com

 

Bacchanalian Society — BYO wine tasting, benefiting Madcap Puppets

 

7-10 p.m., $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door, Moonlite Garden/Coney Island,.

BacchanalianSociety.com

 

Opera in Cinema — "L’Orfeo" by Claudio Monteverdi One of the earliest works (1607) identified as an opera, this recorded performance of the Orpheus story is from the legendary Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

 

7:15 p.m. (also at 1 p.m. May 23), Rave Motion Pictures, West Chester

RaveMotionPictures.com

 

May 21 — Friday

 

Prairie Gallery — Opening reception

 

Installation/mixed-media exhibit of work by Katie Parker

 

6-9 p.m., 4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside

(513) 703-5729

PrairieCincinnati.com

 

May Festival — "Robert Porco 20th Anniversary Concert

 

The oldest choral festival in the Western Hemisphere presents a concert honoring and featuring conductor Robert Porco and his 20-plus years of preparing the May Festival Chorus. Experience exciting, accessible music by Leonard Bernstein and William Walton, plus a world premiere commissioned by the singers.

 

8 p.m., Music Hall

(513) 381-3300

Mayfestival.com

 

May 22 — Saturday

 

May Festival — "Season Finale"

 

This concluding concert will feature a grand-scale Russian opera by Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky in addition to the spectacular choral version of Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture."

 

8 p.m., Music Hall

(513) 381-3300

MayFestival.com

 

Exhale Dance Tribe — "Going… (Now)here"

 

Expressionistic and multi-lingual dance that is rooted in rhythmic language and storytelling features diverse and versatile performers.

 

8 p.m., Jarson Kaplan Theater/Aronoff Center for the Arts

(513) 479-5047

ExhaleDanceTribe.com

CincinnatiArts.org

 

Contemporary Arts Center — "The Event"

 

A gala street party will spread throughout the Backstage District with artist Shepard Fairey taking a turn as DJ.

 

10 p.m., 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown

(513)345-8400

ContemporaryArtsCenter.org

 

May 23 — Sunday

 

Cincinnati Ballet and ballet tech Cincinnati — "Cultures of Dance"

 

This collaboration highlights the commonality of movement in various dance cultures and the timeline from ancient to modern dance styles.

 

3 p.m., Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road

(513) 621-5219

BalletTechCincinnati.org

 

concert:nova — "Carnival of the Animals"

 

The original music by Camille Saint-Saens is a staple among pieces programmed for children. For this performance, concert:nova has commissioned 15 short "animal" compositions — contemporary musical representations of these creatures. All will be brought to life by dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet. (Also at 8 p.m. May 24)

 

7 p.m., Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio/Cincinnati Ballet Center

concertnova.com

 

For a full listing and preview of upcoming arts and philanthropic events, as well as photos from past events, visit ExpressCincinnati.com or pick up a copy at hundreds of locations where you work and play.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of Thom Mariner