Top 5 Events This Week: Jan 9-15, 2012

There’s plenty to do this week, from checking out a basketball game to peeking into Charlie Harper’s childhood.

1. African Culture Fest at Cincinnati Museum Center
Musicians, dancers, and storytellers transform the Museum Center’s rotunda into an African marketplace. Hear traditional tales, see drummers and performers, create African-style crafts, and tour a full-scale hut. Don’t miss the African Film Festival in the Newsreel Theater. Jan 14­­–16 at Cincinnati Museum Center,

2. Charley Harper retrospective at DAAP
Outsiders are often surprised to hear that the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning has two art galleries. This week, the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery hosts a Charlie Harper retrospective—the first of its kind for that artist. Gallery curators work directly with Charlie Harper Studios to gather pieces from Harper’s childhood, his time in art school, and his professional life—many of which have never been on public display. Free and open to the public. Jan 9–Feb 16; opening reception Jan 12 at Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery, 5th floor, DAAP, (513) 556-2839,

3. Henry VIII at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Visit jolly old England during one of its stormiest times: when infamous King Henry VIII and the English church weren’t exactly seeing eye to eye. Love, divorce, scandal, and betrayal are hallmarks of Shakespeare’s classic history. Jan 13–Feb 5 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company,

4. Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown at Know Theatre of Cincinnati
It was the Critics’ Pick of the Fringe at the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and it made major waves at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown tells the story of a young Southern debutante (Miss Magnolia herself, full name Magnolia Beatrice Devareux Beaumont) who has died an untimely death from choking on a pork rib. Soon, she is inhabiting the body of a young, gay New York man, (whom she’s dubbed “Master Joseph”). This “modern cosmic fantasy” isn’t your usual southern story. Jan 13 and 14 at Know Theatre of Cincinnati,

5. UC Men’s Basketball: Bearcats v. Villanova
The UC men may have emerged bruised and sheepish from their unpleasant Crosstown Shootout brawl with Xavier’s Musketeers, but the show must go on. Come out and watch them play their fifth conference game of the season. Jan 14 at Fifth Third Arena,

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