Top 5 Events This Week

Art you can eat and a healthy dose of the Wu Tang Clan? Sounds like a banner week to us!
1. Tuesday, February 21
In his book, Glass House, journalist Brian Alexander reports on the economic downturn of his own hometown, Lancaster, Ohio, headquarters of the iconic Anchor Hocking Glass Factory. Alexander illustrates how 35 years of corporate decimation have reverberated through this once thriving “All-American” company town now struggling with low-wage jobs and drug addiction. He talks about the book at the Mercantile Library with former Cincinnati Magazine executive editor, Linda Vaccariello, the first in a series of conversations celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cincinnati Magazine.

2. Tuesday, February 21
It’s opening night for Ensemble Theater’s regional premiere of writer Sarah Treem’s ’70s-era drama, When We Were Young and Unafraid, about a bed-and-breakfast proprietor whose inn doubles as a secret shelter for women fleeing domestic violence. Treem is the co-creator of Showtime’s The Affair and has also written for the Netflix series House of Cards and HBO’s In Treatment.

3. Wednesday, February 22 – Friday, February 24
In the premiere of Twice the First Time, Cincinnati-based rapper and performer Napoleon Maddox (also the founder and front man of the conscious hip-hop group IsWhat?!) brings to life the true story of his great-grand aunts, Millie-Christine, conjoined twins born into slavery in 1851. Presented at the Contemporary Arts Center as part of their Black Box Performance Series; 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10/members, $15/general public.

Millie-Christine, The Two-Headed Lady, by Strobridge Lithographic Co., 1882.

From The Amazing American Circus Poster, Kristen Spangenberg (Ed), Cincinnati Art Museum, 2011

4. February 23 and Friday, February 24
The 11th annual Art of Food returns to The Carnegie in Covington. This year’s theme: An Atomic Dinner Party, which features local chefs and artists putting their spin on iconic ’50s home life.

“For the Children: Artwork Inspired by and Dedicated to the Wu Tang Clan”

Image courtesy Chris Breeden

5. Friday, February 24
By his own admission, Arnold’s Bar & Grill general manager, Chris Breeden has a bit of a Wu Tang Clan obsession. Turns out he’s not alone. His collection of memorabilia, along with new work by local artists like Pam Kravetz, Keith Neltner, James Billiter, and others, are unveiled in his curated show, For the Children: Artwork Inspired by and Dedicated to the Wu Tang Clan. 6 p.m.–midnight at Frameshop, 1317 Main St., OTR with beer provided by West Sixth Brewing


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