Our Cincinnati Weekend Picks: May 5–8

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See two moving one-woman plays, a comedy about the “Mean Girls” of Ghana’s best boarding school, a new art installation at the CAC, a festival celebrating Appalachia, and try your hand at woodblock printing at these weekend events in Cincinnati.

You can also find fun Cinco de Mayo fiestas here and great places to take mom for brunch on Sunday here.

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

This biting, off-Broadway comedy lampoons fierce competition at Ghana’s most exclusive girls’ boarding school when the Queen Bee’s quest to enter the Miss Ghana pageant goes off the rails because of a new student. Find tickets and showtimes here.

May 5–22, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Cir., Mt. Adams

Last Weekend for I Shall Not Be Moved and Your Negro Tour Guide

This Ensemble Theatre double feature, which closes this weekend, kicks off with local playwright Isaiah Reaves’s I Shall Not Be Moved, a one-woman show recounting the harrowing journey of one of the first Freedom Riders—and the playwright’s grandmother—Betty Daniels Rosemond. Then, see an updated one-woman stage adaptation of Your Negro Tour Guide, based on Kathy Y. Wilson’s book about misguided notions of natural Black beauty, Black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes.

May 5–7, Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

Breaking Water at the Contemporary Art Center

This new show features installation and video art, photography, painting, sculpture, and performance examining the life-giving and destructive qualities of water.

May 6 – Aug 14, Contemporary Art Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown

Appalachian Festival at Coney Island  

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Appalachia at the 51st edition of this two-day festival, featuring music from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, dancing, storytelling, food, and more.

May 7 & 8, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp.

Block Printing Workshop with Studio Bagru at Rhinegeist

Try your hand at woodblock printing at this workshop inside Rhinegeist’s OTR taproom. Bring clothing, textiles, or anything you’d like to refresh with a unique woodblock pattern (light colors are recommended, and keep bedsheets, tablecloths, or other large textiles at home) and you’ll receive hands-on instructions from Studio Bagru artisans. You’ll also get two drink tickets (redeemable for any $6 beer or mimosa), a blank canvas tote bag, and ten blank notecards.

May 8, 11 am–2 pm & 3–6 pm, Rhinegeist Taproom, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

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