1. Brew Ha HaSometimes you just want a ready-made good time. Brew Ha Ha delivers two outdoor evenings featuring more than 100 beers to sample—including local favorites such as Christian Moerlein and Mt. Carmel—and food from Izzy’s, Krimmer’s Italianette, and more. And of course, there are dozens of comedians doing their thing; don’t miss Friday night’s headliner, former Saturday Night Live favorite Tim Meadows. The formula for fun is simple: Drink your favorite beer. Listen to some jokes. Repeat. Aug 24 & 25, Sawyer Point, cincybrewhaha.com
2. Music for Change: Hymns, Blues, and RockFresh out of World Choir Games fever, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center offers a series of events that highlights the universal awesomeness of music. This week’s musts include a poetry slam on Thursday night and an “Open Sunday” event, where audiences will be treated to entertainment from a diverse set of musicians hoping to send family-friendly, positive messages. Music for Change continues through September 22 and the events are free with admission to the Center. More info: freedomcenter.org, downtown, (513)-333-7500
3. Hugh Laurie at Miami MiddletownHugh Laurie, of House fame, moonlights as the front man for his New Orleans–style-blues Copper Bottom Band, now touring their latest album, Let Them Talk. Another surprise: Despite his skillful American accent in House, Laurie is British. August 25, Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami Middletown campus, hdg.muohio.edu/BoxOffice
4. Francis Upritchard at the CAC New Zealand–born artist Francis Upritchard is known for mixed media installations that combine kitschy found objects with imagery that is both cheeky and unsettling. The Contemporary Arts Center’s Francis Upritchard: A Long Wait features the artist’s figurative clay sculptures layered with psychedelic colors—pieces that feel both ancient and futuristic. Thru Sept at Contemporary Arts Center, contemporaryartscenter.org
5. Soul of the CityThe 5300 Group, a circle of seven local artists whose specialties range from photography to sculpture, showcases artwork that reflects and explores urban life. Soul of the City is the second installment in The Betts House’s exhibit “The Art of the Built Environment” and features paintings, sculptures, mobiles, and other pieces that represents the artists’ personal interpretations and observations of our fab city. The exhibit continues through September 22. More info can be found at The Betts House website: thebettshouse.org, admission: $2, (513)-651-0734
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