Top 5 Events: December 10-16

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1. DETROPIA
From the directors who brought you Jesus Camp comes Detropia, a gorgeous and haunting documentary about Detroit’s fascinating past, troubling present, and uncertain future. Dec 10 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. contemporaryartscenter.org

2. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spectacles of Paris
The Cincinnati Art Museum offers up its collection of Parisian artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spectacles of Paris. Included is the refurbished 1896 lithograph The Cyclist Michael, along with 42 prints that have become icons unto themselves. Thru Jan 13, 2013, at Cincinnati Art Museum, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

3. Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots
The Contemporary Arts Center is known for its dedication to eco-conscious shows (you may remember The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life or Beyond Green), and this new exhibit is no exception. Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots presents the idea of farming as both art and activism, displaying works in the traditional museum space along with satellite exhibits throughout the city. Look for mobile farms, a chicken coop and native cedar hive stand, and an abandoned East Side lot that has been transformed into a grove of pawpaw trees. Thru Jan 20, contemporaryartscenter.org

4. Cincinnati and the Civil War: The Queen City Responds
Thanks to its precarious proximity to the Confederacy, the Queen City played a special role in the Civil War. This September marked the 150th anniversary of the “siege of Cincinnati,” when aggressive moves by the Confederates forced the Union to conscript civilians into military service. Some 15,700 men reported for duty and successfully defended their homes. Cincinnati and the Civil War: The Queen City Responds displays weapons, equipment, and uniforms alongside photographs, letters, and posters. Thru Jan 13, 2013, at Cincinnati Museum Center, cincymuseum.org  

5. Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Many people don’t know that some of Hank Williams’s most famous songs—including his number one country hit “Lovesick Blues”—were recorded right here in Cincinnati. Playhouse in the Park presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a show that is one part biopic, one part musical, starting with Williams’s childhood in backcountry Alabama and following him all the way to the Grand Ole Opry. Thru Dec 23 at Playhouse in the Park, cincyplay.com

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