Ten things to do in the Butler County region this week:
This pop country band is best known for their hit, “What Hurts the Most” and their cover of “Life is a Highway” for the Pixar film, “Cars.” Their last album was 2017’s “Back To Us.” See them at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34-$93.75. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.
“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man”
If you can’t make it to Burning Man, the desert festival that attracts over 70,000 people per year, then let Burning Man come to you. This exhibit features room-sized installations, mutant art vehicles, films, photographs, archival materials, and much more. Check it out at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, in Cincinnati through Sept. 2. For more information, call 513-721-ARTS or visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Tiny houses became kind of “a thing” a few years ago. This world premiere comedy explores the comic mishaps of four adults in Oregon trying to live in a 200-square-foot house. See it at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, through June 2. For more information, call 800-582-3208 or visit www.cincyplay.com.
This stand-up comedian is also known for voicing Swift Wind on “She Ra and the Princesses of Power” and for playing Slimer in the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot. See him perform at the Funny Bone at Liberty Center, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Twp., on May 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$42. For more information, call 513-779-5233 or visit www.liberty.funnybone.com.
This cerebral, acclaimed pop-rock band will release their fourth album, “Notes on a Conditional Form,” this summer. Pale Waves and No Form will perform in support. This show is sold out, but tickets are still available at secondary outlets. See them at the Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on May 12 at 7 p.m. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org.
Asian Food Fest
This two-day event celebrates the culture and cuisine of Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The fest also includes live entertainment, family activities, and local craft and Asian beer. Check it out at The Banks, located between Walnut and Elm Streets, Cincinnati, on May 12 from noon-8 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.asianfoodfest.org.
The 50th annual Appalachian Festival will feature live music, dancing, storytelling, handmade crafts, and living history demonstrators that will teach you how to do live like a frontier pioneer, from making soap to wielding a tomahawk. Check it out at Coney Island, 620 Kellogg Ave., on May 12 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 (adults), $5 (seniors 55+), $2 (children aged 5-11), and free for children 4 and younger. For more info, call (513) 232-8230 or visit www.appalachianfestival.org.
“My Brother, My Brother, And Me”
The creative minds behind the role-playing game podcast, “The Adventure Zone,” have followed up with this podcast that provides modern, comic advice to questions submitted by listeners. Check out this live version at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on May 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.
Buckeye BBQ Fest
This multi-faceted festival will feature over 30 BBQ and sweet treat vendors, live blues music, craft beer, classic cars, and a kids’ zone. Check it out at the Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester, on May 17-18. Fest hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.buckeyebbqfest.org.
The May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra are collaborating again on this annual classical music festival. The program this year includes Brahms, Mahler, the U.S. premiere of Mark Simpson’s “The Immortal,” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” the Grammy-winning vocal project, Roomful of Teeth, and more. Check it out on May 17-25. For more information, including venues and tickets, call 513-621-1919 or visit www.mayfestival.com.
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