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WVXU "Do" List: A Child Cellist, Enjoy Appalachia And Don't Forget Mom

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Adam Smith
Cellist Miriam K. Smith, 11, will play works by Beethoven, Schubert, Ginastera, and Rostropovich Friday, May 11, which will be recorded for her first CD.

Welcome to the WVXU "Do" List, a roundup of arts-focused events happening around the Tri-State we think public radio listeners may enjoy.

Below are a few select events happening the weekend of May 10-13. (And yes, in our view, Thursday counts as "the weekend.") Want more? Also check out WVXU "Around Cincinnati" host Lee Hay's "Music Notes" for the week.

Thursday, May 10

  • Poets Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit read some of their work at Chase Public (2868 Colerain Ave.) starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free
  • Dottie Warner and Ricky Nye play some jazz at Arnold's Bar and Grill (210 East Eighth St.) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11

  • Miriam K. Smith (pictured) is an 11-year-old cellist who has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She plays a free recital Friday at 7 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music's Werner Recital Hall (in the CCM Village), which is being recorded for her first CD. 
  • The Dance Theater of Harlem, the first African-American classical ballet company in the country, comes to the Aronoff Center this weekend for two shows: one Friday at 8 p.m. and another Saturday at 8 p.m. Get tickets, starting at $30, here
  • Attention '90s babies: Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket plays Ludlow Garage (342 Ludlow Ave.) with special guest Jonathan Kingham. Tickets start at $15, and doors open at 7 p.m. 
  • Last Saturday may have been Free Comic Book Day, but this weekend comic artist MeSseD debuts his "MeSseD Tunnel Tour" in the basement of Union Hall (1314 Republic St.). In it, the Cincinnati native blends sewer management and science fiction, and turns "the solitary experience of reading a comic book into a social 'moment.'" Timed-entry tickets for the show, which starts at 6 p.m. and runs through June 16, can be purchased here
  • The 49th Annual Appalachian Festival kicks off Friday at Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave.). The weekend includes dancing, music, crafts, storytelling, food, and more, all promoting an awareness and appreciation of Appalachian culture. Friday offers a "Frugal Friday Special," where general admission tickets are just $5 ($10 the rest of the weekend). Doors are open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Saturday, May 12

  • Asian Food Fest runs Saturday and Sunday at Washington Park featuring authentic Asian and Asian-inspired cuisine all cooked by local restaurants and aspiring chefs. The event starts at noon both days and admission is free (food, however, is not). 
  • Children's book author Michelle Houts visits Fabulous Frames and Art (8002 Hosbrook Rd.) to sign copies of her book, "Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper," from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • The Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Westwood Historical Society are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Village of Westwood with a tour of seven historic homes and one church Saturday only from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $20 or at the door for $25.  
  • Jazz singer Mandy Gaines performs at Washington Platform (1000 Elm St.) starting at 9 p.m. The evening also happens to be the last day of the restaurant's Oyster Festival
  • K-so Combo, a subsidiary group of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, plays "Instrumentally Yours," a roundup of instrumental pop hits from the '60s through the '90s. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Greaves Concert Hall on NKU's campus (1 Nunn Dr., Highland Heights, KY). Tickets start at $19.
  • Dick Waller's ArtPlace (130 West Court St.) hosts an evening of art and music featuring talks by artists Susan Crew and Dick Waller, as well as a performance by Serenity Fisher and her father Bobby. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with light snacks and beverages served.

Sunday, May 13

  • It's Mother's Day, if you didn't know. (And if you didn't, you'll probably be in the dog house.) Need plans pronto? Lindy Society hosts its weekly swing dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. at College Hill Town Hall (1805 Larch Ave.) and indie rockers Mike Mains and Taylor Phelan play the Southgate House (111 E. 6th St., Newport, KY) starting at 8 p.m.