A few weeks ago we saw the weekend of the rock opera. It just so happens this weekend ushers in the weekend of the barbecue.
In addition to food, music and brews, this week's WVXU "Do" List features art, paddles and plenty of opportunities for sun- and bird-watching.
Friday, August 3
- Stanbery Park (2221 Oxford Avenue) offers up some "Friday Night Fun," with a performance by The Generics starting at 6 p.m.
- DJ Diamond plays First Friday at Fountain Square from 7-11 p.m.
- The 2018 Price Hill Creative Community Festival, a free event celebrating performing arts and the neighborhood, kicks off at 5 p.m. Shows happen over the span of two days across four venues in East Price Hill. Find the performance schedule and locations here.
- Pyramid Hills Sculpture Park and Museum (1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road) begins to display "Chromatic Curves," a collection of paintings by artist Cedric Michael Cox. An opening reception takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. and your RSVP is requested. Cox's artwork will show through Sept. 14.
- It's Paddlefest! The largest paddling event in the U.S. enters its 17th year with a party at Schmidt Recreation Complex (2944 Humbert Avenue) starting at 4 p.m. Races start Saturday at 7 a.m. Learn more about Paddlefest by tuning into this episode of Cincinnati Edition.
Saturday, August 4
- Grammy-nominated trumpet player Terell Stafford comes to the Kennedy Heights Center (6546 Montgomery Road) for a performance with the Dan Karlsberg Trio starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
- New Orleans-based alternative jam band Cowboy Mouth plays Fountain Square starting at 7 p.m.
- Miami Whitewater Forest (9001 Mt. Hope Road) hosts Bands, BBQ and Brews starting 5 p.m. The evening is exactly what it sounds like -- live local music, food and beer. Tickets start at $9 (without beer sampler) for adults; $5 for kids ages 2-12.
- Summermusik begins with a "British Invasion" of Sir Edward Elgar's cello concerto in E minor as performed by Cincinnati native Coleman Itzkoff. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (108 West Central Parkway). Tickets are $30; $10 for students and children.
Sunday, August 5
- Adath Israel (3201 E. Galbraith Road) holds its second annual Kosher BBQ Cook-off, featuring 18 local barbecue teams cooking up brisket, chicken thighs and turkey breasts. Things get cooking at 3 p.m. and will be supervised by the Cincinnati Kosher Vaad Hoier and judged by a panel from the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Admission is free; food and drink range from $1-6.
- Cincinnati Obervatory astronomer Dean Regas hosts "Sunday Sun-day Sundae" from 1-4 p.m. The free event features a short talk about the sun, tours of the historic building, safe viewing of sun spots and solar flares, and free ice cream -- while it lasts.
- Homage to a Sound and Other Short Films About Jazz comes to the Mini Microcinema (1329 Main Street) for free screenings of several documentaries about the style of music. Doors open at 7 p.m., with films starting at 7:30 p.m.
- Think mornings are for the birds? Then from 10-11 a.m., visit Sharon Woods (11450 Lebanon Road) for "Coffee with Birds," a morning (complete with coffee) spent spotting robins, cardinals and more with fellow bird-watchers.
- From 2-5 p.m., Shawnee Lookout (2008 Lawrenceburg Road) is holding an "Historic Buildings Open House," where you can tour a cabin built in 1795 and a two-story schoolhouse dating back to 1800.
- Think plays these days are too long? Come to the One-Minute Play Festival at the Know Theater (1120 Jackson Street), where -- you guessed it -- the nearly 40 shows are no longer than 60 seconds. The festival goes until Wednesday, and tickets cost $20.