1. Zoo Blooms
See one of many largest tulip shows within the Midwest because the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard explodes in a riot of shade this spring. In addition to an unimaginable show of greater than 100,000 tulips, you will additionally discover thousands and thousands of different stunning blooms, from daffodils and hyacinths to flowering bushes and shrubs, all through the park.
Tunes & Blooms seems to be a bit of completely different this yr, too. As an alternative of reside bands performing every week on the zoo, there’s a curated Spotify playlist of favourite native artists you could take heed to at dwelling or whereas strolling across the zoo. Zoo Blooms runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day April 1-30 at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard (3400 Vine St., Avondale). cincinnatizoo.org.
2. Oscar-Nominated Shorts
The Garfield Theatre will display screen this yr’s Oscar-nominated brief movies, beginning Friday and working each weekend by April. This weekend kicks off with an at-home viewing possibility for many who would relatively watch nearly, after which in-theater screenings begin on April 9 and run for 3 consecutive weekends for these wishing to look at on the large display screen. The primary two in-theatre weekends (April 9/11 and April 16-18) are allotted for under those that are absolutely vaccinated, with the ultimate weekend (April 23-25) open to everybody.
There are three separate packages to select from: Program A screens documentary shorts and runs roughly 135 minutes; Program B is animation shorts clocking in at 92 minutes; and Program C reveals live-action shorts, working roughly 124 minutes. If you wish to see all of them, go for the $36 combo ticket, which covers all three packages. If you happen to’re solely involved in a single program, they run $15 every. Garfield Theatre is positioned at 719 Race St., Downtown. 859-957-3456; bit.ly/CWC_OscarShorts2021
3. Angels in America Half One: Millennium Approaches
Catch this socially distant, staged studying of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece impressed by mid-Nineteen Eighties America on the subject of The Carnegie this weekend. The play, set in opposition to a backdrop of the HIV-AIDS disaster and President Ronald Reagan’s administration, particulars the lives of New York Metropolis residents as they grapple with the juxtaposed extremes of life and dying, love and intercourse, and heaven and hell.
The studying, that includes actors from the Larger Cincinnati space in addition to New York, occurs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. As a result of nature of the play, it is suggested for grownup audiences solely. The Carnegie is positioned at 1028 Scott St., Covington. Tickets are $10. thecarnegie.com/events.
4. Historic Strolling Excursions
A number of guided strolling excursions resume this weekend, every providing a novel slice of Cincinnati historical past. There’s the Brewers & Barons Tour, a part of the Brewing Heritage Path operated by the non-profit Brewery District CURC, which options an outside tour chronicling the tales of the employees, brewmasters and beer barons of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Excursions start at the brand new Brewing Historical past Tour Middle (1941 Race St., Over-the-Rhine) and final roughly 90-minutes. $25. brewingheritagetrail.com.
American Legacy Excursions restarts its fashionable “1919: The 12 months That Modified Baseball” tour, which is a favourite for baseball followers of all ages. This tour focuses on the occasions and actions surrounding the controversial 1919 World Collection between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. Excursions start on the Cincinnati USA Customer Middle at Fountain Sq. (511 Walnut St., Downtown). $29. americanlegacytours.com.
Out of doors excursions of Music Corridor additionally happen weekly at 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Whereas anybody can view the construction, this tour explores Music Corridor’s historical past, the symbolism and design of the structure, and tells the tales of those that made it occur. Excursions run roughly one hour and begin on the steps of Music Corridor (1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine). $15, $5 ages beneath 12. 513-621-2787; friendsofmusichall.org.
5. This Time Tomorrow Competition
After being canceled final yr as a result of pandemic, this yr’s five-day efficiency artwork pageant is again, however with some format adjustments designed to ship outstanding experiences in areas which might be accessible and protected. The 2021 This Time Tomorrow Competition options 4 intimate tasks: Three reside engagements created with security in thoughts, and one digital, worldwide collaboration.
Main tasks this yr embody the North American premiere of Begum Erciyas’ “Letters from Attica;” the regional premiere of “Worktable” by Kate McIntosh; the North American premiere of Portuguese artist Raquel Andre’s “Spectators Competition;” and “Crimson Tent Revival” by Transfer X, a strong efficiency set up designed to deal with the collective energy of Black girls. The pageant runs from noon-9 p.m. April 7-11 at Modern Arts Middle (44 E. Sixth St., Downtown). contemporaryartscenter.org.
Honorable point out: A Report of Gunfire
Within the mid-aughts, a rising-star journalist accepts a posting as a conflict correspondent within the Center East. Because the tales he is pursuing unfold, he should grapple with the moments when information of worldwide significance turns into deeply, devastatingly private.
“A Report of Gunfire” joins 10 different audio dramas presently accessible for obtain from The Know Theatre. The audio drama stars James Creque and is directed by Zach Robinson. $5. knowtheatre.com.