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WVXU "Do" List: This Weekend Is "Bustin' Out All Over"

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A scene from the performance of "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" from the 1956 film based on the musical "Carousel."

It's true our headline is ripped from a song title in the musical-turned-movie "Carousel," but it also is a fitting description of this weekend's happenings. 

In this installment of the WVXU "Do" List, you'll find everything from caberet and campy "Rocky Horror" to the real 2nd Wind after a free day at 21c's spa. See? June really is bustin' out all over (which you can discover for yourself on Sunday with Cincinnati Opera's free performance of the song). 

Want more? Check out "Around Cincinnati" host Lee Hay's "Music Notes" for the week. 

Thursday, June 7 

  • Oxford's Uptown Music Concert Series takes place at Uptown Park (4 N. Main Street, Oxford). The SunBurners kick things off at 7 p.m. with acts like Butler Philharmonic, Lisa Biales Band, Ricky Nye and more following suit. See the full schedule here
  • Meanwhile in Covington, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars return to the Behringer-Crawford Museum's summer concert series at Devou Park (1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY). The Thursday-night soireé continues through August 10 with music by artists like Nasty Nati Brass Band, Mambo Combo, Leroy Ellington Band and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. shows. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. 

Friday, June 8 

  • The Aronoff (650 Walnut Street) welcomes "Nothing Like A Dame," a cabaret of Broadway's leading ladies like Mary Martin, Ethel Merman and Idina Menzel, as put on by some of Cincinnati's finest talent. Performances run through June 16, with tickets starting at $25. 
  • Indie band Flor plays a free concert at Fountain Square beginning at 7 p.m.
  • The Cincinnati Art Museum presents "The Art of Wine," where attendees can eat, drink and dance to tunes by the Naked Karate Girls, all while supporting a good cause: the maintenence of The Rosenthal Education Center, an interactive and hands-on art experience for families. General admission tickets start at $85, with additional package tiers available
  • Another helping of Curry please! The Fitton Center for Creative Arts (101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton) screens "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 10 p.m. (for adults only). Wise up Janet Weiss: An $11 ticket gets you in; bring more if you want to partake in the cash bar or concessions. Call 513-863-8873 for tickets. 
  • The Summit hotel hosts an opening reception for its latest art exhibit starting at 6 p.m. "Beyond Things" features the work of seven local artists in a variety of mediums, styles and approaches. The show runs until Sept. 30. All viewings, including the reception where artists will be present, are free.

Saturday, June 9 

  • The Yellow Springs Street Fair (on Xenia Avenue at Corry Street in Yellow Springs) starts at 9 a.m., with over 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, plus live music.  
  • It's the last day to see the Clifton Cultural Arts Center's (3711 Clifton Ave) "Moving Forward" exhibition, where artists in a variety of mediums contemplate themes of redemption, escape, action, death and rebirth. 
  • Cincinnati's own jazz phenom Mandy Gaines performs at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC; 6546 Montgomery Road). A pre-concert reception starts at 7 p.m. with free food from Dewey's Pizza. The concert begins at 8 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) go to KHAC's arts programs for low-income youth. 
  • Jazz and R&B band 2nd Wind put on a free concert at Fountain Square starting at 7 p.m.
  • It's the first concert of Huffman Park's (2100 John Gray Road) Blues & BBQ Summer Concert Series in Fairfield. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy free music by Tery Metcalf Project and food and drink for purchase by Hammann's Catering and Flubs. 
  • If you're in the mood for something a little more low-key, The Spa at 21c Museum Hotel (609 Walnut Street) hosts "An Afternoon of Serenity," featuring meditation classes, massage demonstrations, healthy snacks, giveaways and more. Most relaxing of all? It's all free

Sunday, June 10 

  • Ever want a portrait of Winston Churchill by Alfred Eisenstaedt? Today it can be yours -- along with other rare items like an original Matisse and a Bentley Motors automatic chronograph purple steel wristwatch -- if you bid before day's end in Everything But The House's Landmark Sale, a collection of the auction house's most rare and valuable pieces. If you'd rather view than purchase, visit 6000 Creek Road from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday to see these rare items up-close. 
  • It's the last day of the Know Theater's (1120 Jackson Street) Fringe Festival, and tickets are still available for all the usual unusualness. 
  • From noon to 5 p.m., Glenwood Gardens (10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn) hosts the Trillium Art & Music Fair. The event will be held rain or shine, and features the work of approximately 30 local artists, plus live music, demos, crafts, and things to eat and drink. This event is free
  • The Greater Cincinnati Soap Box Derby takes place in College Hill on Larch Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., an event that's been held since 1934. Winners will advance to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron July 21.
  • Cincinnati Opera kicks off its 98th Summer Festival with a free concert in Washington Park starting at 7:30 p.m. Selections include "Habanera" from "Carmen" and the fitting "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" from "Carousel." 
Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU.