Top 5 Artsy Events

This week has a mixed bag of artsy events that celebrate everything from music, to fine arts, to crafting, to literature. It might be a perfect excuse to try something new.

1. Charlie Harper Art Show 2011
Master printmaker Charlie Harper is Cincinnati’s own art world rock star. Check out a collection of his prints at the Cincinnati Nature Center. $8 adults; $3 children 4-12; Dec 7–Dec 31 at Rowe Woods Auditorium, Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, (513) 831-1711, 

2. Christmas with The Celts
Irish musical group The Celts join the Nashville Irish Step Dancers, the Gael Strings, the Psallite Children’s Choir, and more to celebrate the holidays Celtic style. Special guest Ivan Goff from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance joins the fun. Dec 16, 8 pm, at Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., (800) 745-3000,

3. Drop-In Drawing Class at Cincinnati Art Museum
Find inspiration from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s remarkable collection. Bring your art supplies and join this free drawing class, organized by the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Urban Sketchers. Reservations not required. Dec 17, 11 am–2 pm in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Castellini Foundation Room, 953 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park,

4. Cratchit’s Christmas Dinner at Golden Lamb Inn
Get the essence of the Cratchit family Christmas—literature’s most famous Christmas dinner—at the local landmark Golden Lamb Inn. The multi-course dinner includes classic old world dishes such as goose and pheasant, finishing with a vanilla buttermilk chess pie with chocolate ganache. The dinner is part of three special Christmas menus offered by the historic restaurant throughout December. Dec 12-18 at Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon, (513) 932-5065,

5. One Night One Craft
Be a hero for a day by working with the ArtWorks program Hero Design Co. to sew superhero capes and masks for Children’s Hospital patients. $5. Dec 12 at Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., downtown, (513) 345-8400, 

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