Weekly Top 5: The Road Less Traveled Edition

As springtime proceeds, Cincinnati’s many civic institution are now jockeying for space on your calendar. But don’t forget to off-road it now and again.

1. Play with your Lunch presents A New York State of Mind, a noontime performance at Memorial Hall, featuring local actors Brooke Steele, Susan Emerson, Barry Mulholland, and Justin McCombs, who interpret the work of  playwrights who know what it means to be a New Yorker (Hint: there’s more to it than orange hair and tiny hands.) Wednesday, April 12, noon, $35 (including lunch), memorialhallotr.com

2. Former Florida Republican Congressman, Tea Party-er (who, it turned out, liked to party a little too much), and Elder High grad Trey Radel hits Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood to read and sign copies of his memoir, Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food. Want a taste of Radel’s style? Read our Cincinnati Kid interview with him in the April issue of Cincinnati Magazine. 7 p.m., josephbeth.com

3. Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and all-around movement guru Fran Bailey brings her SHEVA Method (Seeking Harmony in Energy, Voice, and Action) moving meditation workshop to the Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen on Thursday, April 13 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Includes a simple lunch (this is Turner Farm, after all) served with plenty of mindfulness, consciousness, and harmonious flow. turnerfarm.org

4. Head to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum for a one-night only pop up exhibit and mixer with painter, illustrator, and afro-surrealist Terrance Vann at Pyramid Hill on Thursday, April 14. The Wilmington, Delaware-based Vann is a graduate of the Cab Calloway School of Art and celebrated the unveiling of his first mural project, Divine Mind, in Wilmington last November. pyramidhill.org

5. Off the Page continues at The Lloyd Library. The exhibit features the renowned botanical illustrations of 17th -century artist Maria Sibylla Merian as well as three-dimensional displays influenced by Merian’s work from everyone’s favorite local taxidermist Jeremy Johnson, of Meddling with Nature. Exhibit runs through summer 2017. lloydlibrary.org

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