Top 5 Indoor Events This Week: July 25-31

The dog days of summer have officially arrived. So until further notice (i.e., when the weather decides to play nice), move your activities indoors to beat the heat. Cincinnati is never lacking in options for air-conditioned fun, and this week you can enjoy everything from acoustic music to a film screening to a guided ghost tour.

1. Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses), featuring Allison Moorer
You may recognize Steve Earle from his brief but memorable stint on HBO’s popular television series The Wire, where he played a recovering addict. But Earle started his career as a singer-songwriter, known mostly for his countrified rockabilly style. This week, Earle’s tour with The Dukes (and Duchesses) and singer-songwriter Allison Moorer (who is also his wife) comes to Oakley’s iconic 20th Century Theatre. $30 Adv.; $35 day of show. July 27, 8 pm, Tickets available at 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 731-8000,

2. Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey season may be a distant memory, but you can still get your Cincinnati Cyclones fix with the Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser at The Firehouse Grill. Cyclones team members join the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Hockey Club to raise money for the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, which since 1998 has worked with community groups to raise more than $11 million to support cancer research, hospitals, and organizations. The event will host a silent auction and live music by Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. $5. July 29, 2 pm, The Firehouse Grill, 4785 E. Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash, (513) 733-3473,

3. A Special Acoustic Evening With Heartless Bastards
From their 2005 debut album, “Stairs and Elevators,” up through their most recent 2009 release, “The Mountain,” the Heartless Bastards have earned critical praise from local and national audiences alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a unique acoustic set from one of our most treasured musical acts. $12–$15. July 28, 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm), The Southgate House, 24 E. 3rd. St., Newport, (859) 431-2201,

4. A Guided Ghost Tour of Music Hall
Music Hall is one of Cincinnati’s representatives on the National Historic register, and a building with so much history can’t escape the occasional ghost story. For those who want to learn more about the building’s paranormal possibilities, the Cincinnati Arts Association offers after-hours guided tours, hosted by local ghost hunters Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies. $25. Limited Availability. July 30, 7 & 9:30 PM, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Visit for tickets.

5. Rock ‘N Roll Movies at MOTR Pub: Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
MOTR Pub’s free Rock ‘N Roll Movies series shows a music documentary or film every Sunday night, starting at 6 pm. Head down to the basement to view the film, which will play on repeat until midnight. This week, see Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, where Cash himself stars alongside music legends Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins, and more. July 31, 6 pm. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-6687,

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