Top 5 Free Events This Week

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These events won’t cost you a thing, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth checking out.

1. The Tree of Life
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s holiday exhibit is back. This 16-foot, 19-year-old crabapple tree-turned-sculpture is here to hold your wishes for 2015. You don’t just get to look: This exhibit asks viewers to write down their wishes for the New Year and place them in the glass vials hanging from the sculptures branches. What will you wish for? Opens Nov. 11, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Downtown, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

local artist Matt Kotlarczyk
local artist Matt Kotlarczyk

2. Ice Skating Lessons
It’s that time of year for everyone’s favorite way to mildly injure themselves. This year, if you’d like to avoid the scrapes and bruises that come along with ice skating, Cincinnati Skate School is offering free lessons. Now when the Fountain Square ice rink opens (on Nov 24) you can impress your friends and family by skating away from the wall. Register Online. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:55 p.m. – 6:35 p.m., Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Rd., Evendale, skatingschool.skatecincinnati.org

3. Weird Tomes
Horror is when a serial killer knocks on the someone’s door. Cosmic Horror is when something knocks on the someone’s door, and that someone goes mad when he answers. That’s the kind of horror story being featured in the Main Library. Weird Tales, a fiction magazine dedicated to the genre, is the main attraction, although the works of Algernon Blackwood, Lee Brown Coye, Frank Utpatel, and H.P. Lovecraft are also featured. Don’t look too closely; some things are better left unnoticed. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Downtown, cincinnatilibrary.org

4. Pity of War
This exhibit opened in July to mark the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Pity of War: Words and Images of World War I uses photos and stories to help us remember one of the deadliest conflicts in our history. Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, wilmington.edu

5. FotoFocus Biennial: Beautiful Deception
The Clifton Cultural Arts Center is participating in this year’s ongoing FotoFocus Biennial, and you can still catch Beautiful Deception before it closes. This photography exhibit focuses on the use of light, time, and space in photography. It is held in CCAC’s Great Hall; go at dusk to get the best effect. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Clifton, cliftonculturalarts.org

 

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