Have any plans for the weekend yet? From the All-American Rejects to Titanic the Musical to the Newport Jazz Festival, there is plenty going on around Greater Cincinnati. Here are some ideas to get you started.
May 10: This American Life — Live!
8 p.m., screenings at multiple theaters. Host Ira Glass and contributors present stories, plus things you could never do on the radio. Stories by David Rakoff, Glynn Washington and Tig Notaro, a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, music by OK Go, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and others. Broadcasting from the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. $20. To find a theater near you, call 513-770-0713 or visit www.fathomevents.com.
May 11: 4EGSquare
5-10 p.m., Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Visit all nine 4EG bars at one location. 4EG venues include: aliveOne, KeyStone Bar & Grill (Covington and Hyde Park), the Lackman, the Stand, Mt Adams Pavilion, the Righteous Room, the Sandbar and Tap & Go. Music by Bad Veins and DJ Matt Joy. Includes food and giveaways. Family friendly. Free. 513-721-0083; www.myfountainsquare.com.
May 11-12: Schwabenfest 2012
6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. German-style festival with Gemuetlichkeit, cash bar, music and dancing. Homemade sausage dinners and desserts. $3. Through May 12. 513-385-2098; www.donauschwaben.com.
May 11-13: Appalachian Festival at Coney
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Artisans, crafts, dance and food vendors. Storytelling and bluegrass music entertainment. Frugal Friday half-price admission (free under ages 3). $8, $4 ages 55 and up, $2 ages 4-11, free ages 3 and under. Parking: $6. Through May 13. 513-251-3378; www.appalachianfestival.org.
May 12: 500 Miles to Memphis
9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. Doors open 8 p.m. $10. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com
May 12-13: Newport, KY Jazz Festival
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport. Inaugural year of festival. Beverages available. Saturday: Traditional Jazz featuring Old Green Eyes at noon. Latin jazz featuring Monk River at 3:30 p.m. Modern jazz featuring Cincy Brass at 7 p.m. Sunday: Vocal and orchestral jazz featuring Sound Body at noon. Big band jazz featuring the Blue Wisp Band at 3:30 p.m. One day: $10-$15 VIP, $5-$10 lawn. Two days: $20 VIP, $12 lawn. 859-815-1389; www.newportonthelevee.com.
May 12: Women’s Health Expo
10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown. “Skinny-tinis” by vitaminwater, lululemon fashion shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., vendors, seminars and free health screenings. Presented by Cincy Chic. http://ccwomenshealth.eventbrite.com
May 12: Bella Vite E&J Gallo Wine Tasting
5-10 p.m., Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Vast assortment of local, national and international wines starting at $1. Ages 18 and up. Free admission. 513-763-8036; www.myfountainsquare.com.
May 13: All-American Rejects
8 p.m., Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25-$27; plus fees. 800-745-3000; www.livenation.com.
Through May 13: Les Miserables
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25-year anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical with new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Sign-interpreted performance. For details, call 513-241-2345. Presented by Broadway Across America. $27.50-$97.50. 513-621-2787; www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Through May 19: May Festival
The 2012 Cincinnati May Festival will take place on May 11-12 and May 18-19 at Music Hall in Cincinnati, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, and on May 13 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington. Ages 18 and up. Reservations required for all performances. 513-381-3300; www.mayfestival.com
Friday: 8-10 p.m., Music Hall. Festival opens with Stabat Mater, stirring portrait of Mary as she grieves for her son, Jesus, and Te Deum, hymn of thanksgiving and praise, from Verdis Four Sacred Pieces. Mood shifts from sacred to profane with Orffs popular Carmina Burana. $25 and up.
Saturday: 8-10 p.m., Music Hall. Two French works starting with celebrated Gloria by Poulenc. Followed by Durufle’s Requiem, which established the composer as a significant French composer. $25 and up.
Sunday: 8-9:30 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. May Festival Youth Chorus opens concert. James Conlon opens May Festival Chorus portion with remaining two a cappella works from Verdis Four Sacred Pieces. $35.
Through May 19: Titanic the Musical
Performance times vary. Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. Commemorate 100th anniversary of ill-fated voyage by meeting individuals who played integral part in tragic event: officers, crew and passengers from all classes. Presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre. $22; $20 seniors, military and students. 513-621-2787; www.cincinnatiarts.org.