Top 5 Shows to See This Week: Jan 30-Feb 5

    Cincinnati hosts some top-notch performers and exhibitions this week, and everyone from Beethoven to George Clinton is represented.

    1. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
    There’s just no one quite like George Clinton. The p-funk legend and his all star entourage will mix it up at Bogart’s this week, but his famous rainbow dreds just might steal the show. Feb 3 at Bogart’s, bogarts.com

    2. Beethoven’s Eroica, presented by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    When Beethoven finished composing Eroica (“heroic” in Italian), he dedicated it to his personal hero, Napoleon Bonaparte. After Napoleon declared himself emperor, however, the enraged Beethoven tore up the title page. The vigorous and emotional symphony—performed by violinist Christian Tezlaff and conducted by John Storgårds—announced the composer’s official status as a superstar of classical music. Feb 3 & 4 at Music Hall, cincinnatiarts.org

    3. Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection
    Claude Monet made his home in Giverny after spotting the French village from the window of a passing train, and his idyllic garden was immortalized in many of his most iconic paintings. On exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection displays a dozen works featuring the familiar Japanese footbridge, water lilies, and light-on-water motifs that characterize the later stages of Monet’s career. Feb 4–May 13 at Cincinnati Art Museum, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

    4. Speaking in Tongues
    See a modern noir drama in Playhouse in the Park’s famous black box theater. Speaking in Tongues follows two couples and five strangers, chronicling the love, deceit, and betrayal in their parallel lives. Feb 4–March 4 at Playhouse in the Park, cincyplay.com

    5. Shen Yun

    Get ready for some imperial grandeur. Classical Chinese dance company Shen Yun dons fantastical costumes and performs traditional choreography to original music. Feb 3 & 4 at Aronoff Center for the Arts, cincinnatiarts.org

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