Top 5 Excuses to Leave the House This Week

Old man winter may have returned for yet another encore, but really, it’s time to emerge from hibernation.

1. Vibrant colors and playful forms are on display at the Taft Museum’s latest exhibition, Color + Rhythm: New Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox. Cox, a Cincinnati-based artist, has exhibited widely throughout the city, including solo shows at the CAC, the Weston Gallery and The Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts. This time he takes inspiration from works within the Taft’s own collection. Through June 25.

Cedric Michael Cox, Dutch and Chinese Impressions, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Photograph courtesy Taft Museum of Art

2. Want to know how to eat your yard? Amy Stross, author of The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People comes to Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood for a book signing and discussion on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

3. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, an exhibit of photographs by Matthew Willman, opens in the Skirball Gallery at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Friday, March 24. Viewers see Nelson Mandela’s South Africa through Willman’s images, which he made when he visited Johannesburg, Pretoria, Robben Island, and other locations that played a role in Mandela’s journey for personal freedom and racial equality.

4. The Ringling Brothers’ caravan may be rolling off into the sunset, but My Nose Turns Red keeps those Big Top skills and traditions alive for local kids. Their annual Youth Circus Extravaganza: The Roaring Twenties comes to the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

5. Bill Charlap, world renowned jazz pianist and 2105 Grammy Award winner (with Tony Bennett for their album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern), takes the stage at Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater for one performance only on Sunday March 26 at 3 p.m.


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