The WU Jan 16-18

The WU Jan 16-18

The Weekend Update (WU)

Jan 16-18

Featured Artist: Renee Alper Renee is an extremely prolific multi-faceted artist – she is a musician, an actress and a playwright, and also speaks multiple languages. Besides her artistic pursuits, she also somehow manages to organize several Meetup groups and write, produce and star in her own play.

Non-Vertical Girl is her latest work, a powerful, quirky and upbeat musical about the world of disability. This play follows the heroine from the onset of a lifelong illness as a teen, through a devastating car crash, and ultimately to love and success. The story tells of one woman’s triumph despite – and often because of – her unique physical differences. Non-Vertical Girl is being shown 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 20 at The Aronoff’s Fifth Third Theatre, as part of a series put on by the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative.Tickets $7 ($4 students). Reservations: 513-621-2787

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Friday Jan 16: Rohs Street Cafe is one of the best places to have a cuppa and soak in some live music. This Friday’s special features Ellie Fabe and Scott Bravo, each performing original acoustic tunes. The hot chocolate is amazing, and music only makes it better. Plus, Rohs Street is a nonprofit and a community hub par excellence – check it out!   

Saturday Jan 17: Did you know that the Chinese New Year is right around the corner, on Jan 26? You can celebrate early at the Impression China 2009 New Year Concert, which will feature traditional Chinese music, including Beijing Opera, folk dance and classical Chinese music. It is presented by the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society. Tickets are $50 (patrons), $20 (general) & $10 (students). 7:30 p.m. at Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati. Info: 513.761.0245


Sunday Jan 18: Tired of the cold? Take a trip to Africa, hosted by the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of their Passport to the World culture fest. This fun indoor festival will feature music, dance and crafts celebrating African cultures. It’s great for all ages and is also free! Noon-5 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center.