WVXU "Do" List: The Memphis Belle, May Festival And More 'Madness' Comes To Cincinnati

May 17, 2018

Rain may be in the forecast this weekend, but there's plenty to do around town inside and out. 

In this edition of the WVXU "Do" List -- a roundup of weekend arts-focused events happening around the Tri-State -- you can sip wine outside while listening to live music, learn the latest on King Records' revival, get lost in a scary silent film and more. Here's what's happening: 

Thursday, May 17

  • The Bacchanalian Society hosts its Spring Gathering on the South Lawn of Washington Park (1230 Elm Street), where for $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, attendees get to sample wine and listen to live music starting at 7 p.m.
  • The Miller Gallery in Hyde Park Square (2715 Erie Avenue) begins a showcase of work by artists Stephen Wilson and Punk Me Tender, who each are holding solo shows with mutual themes on the intersection of fashion and popular culture. The opening reception is from 6 - 8 p.m., with Wilson in attendance. Both exhibitions run through June 16.  
  • First responders get in to Kings Island free this week though Sunday, May 20. 
  • The original B-17 Memphis Belle comes to Dayton's National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (110 Spaatz Street, Dayton) starting today. The official public unveiling happens exactly 75 years after its crew finished its last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. Special events are planned all weekend

Friday, May 18

  • Buckeye BBQ Fest kicks off in West Chester's Square at Union Center (9285 Centre Pointe Drive), featuring blues, brews, a car show, kid zone, and of course, barbecue. Festivities take place Friday from 5 - 11 p.m. and Saturday noon to 11 p.m. 
  • The May Festival returns to Music Hall (1241 Elm Street) May 18 - 26, featuring performances of Guiseppe Verdi's "Requiem," George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" and more. Tickets start at $15 and some shows include extras like talks and interactive features. 
  • The Fairfield Community Arts Center (411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield) beings showings of the musical-comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," which runs May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., with final performances May 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15
  • Caribbean-born, Brooklyn-based artist Firelei Báex explores color, race and identity in her first Ohio exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. 6th Street). "To See Beyond" runs through August 19. 

Saturday, May 19

  • Hamilton's Fitton Center for Creative Arts (101 S. Monument Avenue) concludes its 2017-18 season with a 7:30 p.m. performance of "Jazz & Cabaret: The Pat and Julie Show," featuring Cincinnati's own, singer Pat Linhart and pianist Julie Spangler. Tickets are $30
  • Photographer Michael Wilson, whose work includes photos of Lyle Lovett, Hugh Laurie and Buddy Miller, recently worked with local students to teach analog camera skills. Their work will be on display for one day only in "Through Our Lens" at Manifest Drawing Center (4905 Whetsel Avenue) from 6 - 8 p.m. 
  • The Pat Kelly Trio plays Schwartz's Point Jazz & Acoustic Club (1901 Vine Street) starting at 9 p.m.
  • At 1 p.m., the orchestras CCO2GO, CCO and MYCincinnati come together for Side-by-Side at Community Matters Sanctuary (2110 St. Michael Street)  in Lower Price Hill for multiple performances, including works by Bach, Brahms, and Mozart.  
  • Herzog Music's (811 Race Street) Herzog Studios hosts a discussion on the state of the revival of the King Records building, featuring Cincinnati's own Otis Williams. Starting at 1 p.m., Williams will reflect on civil rights history, and members of the King Records steering committee will share their latest progress with the city on the land swap. (Come with the kids at 11 a.m. for a live puppet band show by Hannah Rae and the Little Folkers Puppet Party, then stick around for the complimentary Eli's BBQ after.)
  • Three journalists who knew Harlan and Anna Hubbard -- mid-1900s residents of Northern Kentucky who famously lived away from modern conveniences -- will share their recollections of the duo starting at 1 p.m. at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park (1600 Montague Rd., Covington, KY). Highlights from a new documentary about the Hubbards, titled "Wonder," takes place at 2:30 p.m. Reservations may be required, and the cost is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. 
  • At 7 p.m., the Weston Art Gallery will screen the 1926 silent film and horror classic, "A Page of Madness," with live musical accompaniment, at the Fifth Third Bank Theater (650 Walnut Street). The story, written by Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari, is about a man who takes a job at an asylum in the hopes of freeing his wife. Cost is $12. 

Sunday, May 20

  • Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester (7847 VOA Park Drive) hosts an opening for "As She Sees It," a 10-year retrospective look at the work of Liberty Township artist Cathy Fiorelli. The free public reception takes place from 2 - 4 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display through July 11. 
  • Phil DeGreg Trio plays Dee Felice Cafe (529 Main Street, Covington, KY) starting at 5 p.m. 
  • The Lindy Society hosts a swing dance, complete with a swingtime big band, starting at 6 p.m. at College Hill Town Hall (1805 Larch Avenue).