Top 5 Events This Week: Aug 8–14

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Cincinnati brings the fun this week: Give it up for seafood in a river town, open-air Shakespeare, and a long-awaited rock reunion (plus some artsy options for the creative types).


1. WEBN Album Project Reunion Featuring The Raisins

Loyal fans of local band The Raisins have certainly paid their dues: The last big reunion show for the 1980s-era group was more than a decade ago. What better reason to reunite (temporarily, at least) than for the reconstituted WEBN Album Project? Look out for Rockduster, Johnny Schott, Peter Mayer, and others to round out the one-night-only show at Covington’s Madison Theater. Aug 13, 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm). $15 advance, $20 day of show. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Rd., Covington, (859) 491-2444, madisontheateronline.com

2. Shakespeare in the Park
We don’t know why outdoor theater so often gravitates toward Shakespeare’s plays, but we’re glad that it does. So get it while it’s hot: For the last half of summer, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company alternates free performances of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at parks throughout the city. Aug 11- Sept. 25, check online for schedules and locations. http://www.cincyshakes.com/shakespeare-in-the-park.html

3. One Night: One Craft
You don’t have to be at camp to make a few crafts—but we’re guessing that you’d prefer to graduate from macaroni necklaces and popsicle sticks. The Contemporary Arts Center hosts an adult upgrade on the traditional craft party: a series of “DIY sessions for grown-ups” where you can go to learn paper crafts, henna art, and more. Aug. 8, 15, and 22, (513) 345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org/DIY

4. Great Inland Seafood Festival
We may be a river town, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the fruits de mer. In its 24th year, the Great Inland Seafood Festival in Newport hosts more than 15 local seafood restaurants doing what they do best. Enjoy whole Maine lobsters (at $10.95 each, they’ll go fast), shrimp, crawfish, oysters, salmon, and more, plus free live entertainment. Aug 11-14.Newport, greatinlandseafoodfest.com

5. Cincinnati Modern Architecture—A Retrospective at the Betts House
Tucked away in Cincinnati’s historic West End, the Betts House is one of our best-kept secrets. Not only is the structure Ohio’s oldest brick house, but its caretakers are also committed to exhibiting a variety of local art and history within its walls. “Cincinnati Modern Architecture—A Retrospective,” on view through September 15, will examine our city’s contribution to mid-century design through its many iconic buildings and residences. Aug 13–Sept 15; opening reception Aug 12, 5–8 pm. Betts House, 416 Clark St., (513) 651-0734, bettshouse.org

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