The WU December 11-14

The WU December 11-14

The Weekend Update (WU)

Featured Artist: Ben Walker II

Ben Walker II is an amazing dancer and choreographer. He is also the founder/director of Dance With Me, a local dance company that, besides creating productions and performing for private events, also has a TV show on public access every 2nd and 4th Friday at 6 p.m. on channel 4, and every first Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on metro access channel 24. This program is an innovative and independent educational entertainment show with the purpose of connecting, informing and inspiring – as well as communicating the achievements, organizations and lives of new and professional local working artists.

Learn more about Ben here and about his company Dance With Me here.

Thursday Dec. 11: You’ve probably heard about Give Back Cincinnati, the local young professional group that organizes large-scale volunteer efforts on a monthly basis – but have you been to one of their events? If not, this is a great way to start (and if so, you’ll know to be there!).

Tonight they celebrate another year of lending a hand at their annual holiday party – which starts at 7 p.m. at Molly Malone’s in Covington. The party goes until midnight and involves food, music by the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and DJ Apryl Reign.

Friday Dec. 12: Still have some holiday shopping to take care of? Get it done and be entertained at the same time at Engine 22 Gallery, from 8-11 p.m. at 216 W 15th St. Downtown. Experience a wonderful holiday exhibition with live performances, music and an art raffle. Info: 513-485-0180.

Saturday Dec. 13:
Get away from the cold at this hot Salsa holiday celebration. Hosted by Salsa Underground at Step-N-Out Studios in Covington, this is a great way to end the year. Snacks provided, and BYOB. Also features DJ Jimmy C from Cleveland and amazing dancer Andy Cruz. $10 cover. 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. 721 Madison Ave Covington. Info:

Sunday Dec. 14: The Cincinnati Observatory offers a unique way to put the year in perspective at their Luminaria Holiday Open House. Visit for a tour of the restored buildings, refreshments and a view through their historic telescopes. 6-10 p.m. Sunday, 3489 Observatory Place. Info: 513-321-5186.

**If you are a photographer or aspiring photographer, there is a call for photos of neighborhood shots. This can be anything, from a streetscape to an action shot to a storefront. If you are interested in contributing, please contact All photos will be credited on a new website that goes live soon!

***If you would like to share info on an upcoming cultural or artistic event you believe is of note, or would like to nominate an artist for recognition in the blog, please email