1. SUMO!Don’t miss one of the very few chances to see the national sport of Japan practiced on this side of the Pacific. To commemorate the centennial anniversary of Japan’s donation of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington D.C. (trees that still bloom spectacularly each spring), The Japan American Society of Greater Cincinnati is hosting two Japanese sumo wrestlers at Northern Kentucky University for a demonstration and match. The event will also feature Aikido and Kendo martial arts demonstrations, and a performance from the Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Drummers. Tickets: $5 per person and $10 per family (includes parking). April 22 at Northern Kentucky University, Regents Hall, jasgc.org 2. Record Store DayThe heyday of records may be over, but they still have plenty of devotees. In fact, there are more than 700 independently owned record stores nationwide (and four in Cincinnati). Record Store Day is a great excuse for in-store celebrations and special releases at area stores. April 21, recordstoreday.com/Home
3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Covedale Center for Performing Arts takes on one of the most popular musicals of all time: the flamboyant tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors, set to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical score. April 19–May 13 at Covedale Center for Performing Arts, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/ccpa
4. Airstream: New Work by Peter HaberkornThis mixed media exhibit features “three-dimensional collages” created with travel photography and found objects, including salvaged Airstream trailer parts. Thru May 5 at Prairie Gallery, prairiecincinnati.com/exhibitions.html
5. Paper Trail: Contemporary Works on Paper by Kim Burgas, Terence Hammonds and Max Unterhaslberger The role that paper plays in art is usually as the vehicle, not the medium. O’Bryonville’s Phyllis Weston Gallery curates an exhibition of paper-as-art by a group of artist covering every subject from people to landscapes. April 17 at Phyllis Weston Gallery, phylliswestongallery.wordpress.com
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