Top 5 Awesome Things To Do This Week

Some weeks get all the goods, and this is one of those weeks. Spanning the gamut of target ages and interests—from foodies to reality show buffs, families to party-hardiers—the only way to categorize this week’s Top Fivers is to simply say they share an element of awesomeness. With such a stellar selection this week, there are no excuses to be bored. 

1. CincItalia: May 13–15
The “Cincinnati Italian Festival” kicks off with an adults-only party on Friday night, complete with plenty of grown-up beverages. Saturday and Sunday offer live entertainment (including The Remains and Michael Sutherland), cooking demonstrations (headlined by Buddy LaRosa!) and, of course, lots and lots of authentic Italian food from regional favorites such as Pompilios and Dolce Vita. Fri 6 pm–midnight, Sat 3–11 pm, Sun 1–9 pm. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Rd., Cheviot,

2. A Night with Captain Sig & The Hillstrand Brothers: May 9
Ahoy, matey! Join the cast of the “Deadliest Catch”—the Discovery Channel’s popular reality show about crab fishing on the Bering Sea—for an interactive evening of storytelling, never-before-seen video clips, and a Q&A session. They’ll dish about high seas, crew feuds, and the perils of this dangerous profession. Tickets: $29.75–$75. Mon 8 pm. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 621-2787

3. Cirque Du Soleil OVO: Thru May 15
This Cirque performance takes on a creepy-crawly twist as brightly clad bugs swarm around the stage. A wire-walking spider dangles dangerously high, ants juggle ants, and soaring scarabs skim the ceilings with death-defying feats. Tickets: $45–$250 adults, $31.50–$175 children. See website for performance times. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp.,

4. MainStrasse Village Chalk Art Contest: May 14
Sidewalk chalk is good for so much more than hopscotch. At this third annual event, both professionals and novice artists alike use chalk to beautify the sidewalks of downtown Covington with pictures and murals. Each participant (or team) receives a piece of sidewalk to bedazzle with the chance of winning cash prizes. Artist entrance fee: free, all chalk is provided. Sat 1 pm; judging at 6 pm. MainStrasse Village, Main St., Covington. Visit to fill out an artist application.

5. Top Chef: The Tour: May 13 & 15
Too many cooks in the kitchen? We don’t think so! When two former “Top Chef” contestants swing by Cincinnati on the national tour of the Bravo network reality show, fans get to witness first-hand the dishes that made these chefs famous. Get your autograph books ready! Tickets are free at, but are going fast. May 13: Kroger, 3105 North Bend Rd., Hebron. Fri 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm.  May 15: Hyde Park Square Farmer’s Market, U.S. Bank lot, 3424 Edwards Rd., Hyde Park. Sun 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm



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