Top 5 Parties This Week

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1. Party like a Rock Star benefits the Music Resource Center in Walnut Hills, a non-profit teen center devoted to inspiring and empowering youth through music. MRC offers its students music lessons, recording studios, a radio station and mentoring in a safe and diverse environment. Tickets are $65 ($120 per couple) and include food, beer, wine, entertainment from Sexy Time Live Karaoke and a silent auction with Hamilton tickets up for grabs. Friday, August 26, 7:30–11:30 p.m.,

2. To coincide with the release of its book, Cuisine Art Cocktails: Celebrating Contemporary Cincinnati, The Contemporary Art Center Gala & Art Auction features food and drink from some of the city’s best loved chefs and mixologists, including Japp’s Molly Wellman, Nectar’s Julie Francis, Sleepy Bee’s Frances Kroner, Daveed’s David & Liz Cook and Salazar’s Steven Clement. Tickets are $250. Friday, August 26, 6–10 p.m.,

3. The folks at Powerhouse in Covington present their first ever Back to Cool party, a free event with refreshments and live music by Go Go Buffalo. They’re opening their creative studio to the public and offering a massive one-night-only sale—all $20 posters in the Powerhouse collection are only $5. Friday, August 26, starting at 6 p.m.,

4. Go ahead, ask Alice. She’ll tell you to hit Taste of Blue Ash on Friday at Summit Park to catch a live performance of Starship with Mickey Thomas (founding member of Jefferson Airplane). Taste of Blue Ash runs through Sunday with food booths, festival rides, and family fun. Friday, August 26, 6–11 p.m.,

5. Now that you’ve partied all weekend, it’s time to pay the piper and detox. What better way than with the 5K Cheetah Run at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens? The course winds through the zoo so you can see all the animals you’re supporting. There’s also a free Cub Run for kids 12 and under. And if you’re old enough to appreciate Starship (see above) you’ll love the old-school embroidered wrist sweatbands the zoo has for runners this year. Sunday, August 28, 8 a.m.,

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