From the silly to the scholarly, there’s plenty to see, try, and do in Cincinnati this week.
1. Crafty Supermarket
Crafters and craft-lovers unite! The Crafty Supermarket show makes its bi-annual appearance just in time for Mother’s Day. The show has more than doubled in size since it started in 2009; don’t miss designs from Larken (larkendesign.com), Hark + Hark (harkandhark.com/home.html) and others, plus tasty foods from local purveyors. May 5 at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, craftysupermarket.wordpress.com
2. An Evening with Elie Wiesel
Famed holocaust survivor and scholar Elie Wiesel has built a career on political activism, but is perhaps best known for his crushing memoir Night, which relates his personal experiences in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. May 6 at Cintas Center, Xavier University, xavier.edu
3. Mamma Mia!
If you’re like me, you saw the movie (Meryl!) before you saw the show. No matter. Get thee to the Aronoff for an ABBA-tastic good time. May 1 at Aronoff Center for the Arts, cincinnatiarts.org
4. Erik Larson
The author of The Devil in the White City (about a serial killer at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893) and other popular nonfiction tomes examining dark historical subjects (Jack The Ripper, the 1900 Galveston hurricane, Nazi Germany, et al.) discusses and signs his best-selling books. May 5 at the Main Library, cincinnatilibrary.org
5. The Second City 2: Less Pride … More Pork
Famed Chicago comedy troupe returns to roast the Queen City once more in the sequel to their fabulously popular 2010 show Pride and Porkopolis. Our recent public debates about everything from sports teams to streetcars provide a perfect round up of new material. April 29–July 1 at Playhouse in the Park, cincyplay.com