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Meet over 300 journalist at the National Association of Black Journalist Conference. After networking, enjoy the ballet, jazz and more!

There are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati this week.


Not sure what to get into this weekend? Want to step away from your normal dinner spot or hang-out with friends? We’ve got you covered. Here is a list of things to do in Cincinnati April 26 – May 2.  The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to taking action. 


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Friday – April 26

2019 National Association of Black Journalist Conference
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
$15 – $50
The conference will feature an opening networking receptions, Q&A session facilitated by award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien, and a keynote speech given by Jamilah Lemieux at the scholarship jazz brunch. The conference runs Aprils 26 – 28.


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Cincinnati Art Museum

11 a.m.
Free Entry
Includes over-sized sculptures and creative costuming and immersive gallery-sized installations. Parking is also free.


APNET Business Networking Mixer
Kingsgate Marriott

6 p.m.
Free Entry
Mix and Mingle with dynamic professionals in Cincinnati and grow your network. The guest speaker will be Clara Matonhodze of Multicultural Solutions.


Basic Truth
Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar & Grill
7 p.m.
Free Entry
Listen to live R&B, soul, and funk music in an authentic tiki-hut venue.


Bold Moves
Aronoff Center
8 p.m.
$36 – $125
Cincinnati Ballet closes its 2018-2019 subscription season with a play that follows a ballerina named Dottie as she travels to Oz on a journey of self-discovery, meeting the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and a cast of colorful characters along the way.


Saturday – April 27

Scotty’s Café Block Party
Scotty’s Café

12 p.m.
Free Entry
Celebrate Cincinnati’s newest brunch spot. Enjoy live performances from local artists and 3 DJs. Free sack lunches for kids 13 and under.


West End Business Festival
Carl H. Lindner YMCA

12 p.m.
Free Entry
Will engage West End business owners with community members. Festivities will include face painting, bounce houses, food trucks, and more. Free bike helmets will be available to the first 72 children.


Love Culture Fashion Show
The Mockbee
5 p.m. – 7 pm.
Come support local artists, designers and small businesses as they show of their talents. Food, music and pop-up shops will also available for your enjoyment. See styles of casual, street and Afrikan flair. 


Live Jazz featuring Carla Cook
The Greenwich
8 p.m.
The Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist will be performing with an illustrious ensemble of musicians from Cincinnati’s jazz scene. Admission includes complimentary appetizers and social hour from 7-8 p.m.


Adult Prom
American Sign Museum

9 p.m.
$55 and up
Hosted by Bravo and LaKeisa Ealy, guests will enjoy live music from Natural Progression, DJ Master Fresh and 100.3’s own DJ Vader. This is a 21+ event and no tickets will be sold at the door. Click the link for a promocode to receive discount tickets. 


Sunday – April 28

Sip & Shop
The Avenue
2 p.m.
$10 and up
Sip, shop and network with some of the “boss moms” and “young bosses” of Cincinnati. Speakers will include local black-owned business owners. VIP tickets include complimentary food, an exclusive vendor lounge, swag bags, and more.


AfroSwag Hair Show
Elegant Event Center

3 p.m.
See Cincinnati’s top natural hair stylists slay in some of the latest and greatest trends in Black Hair. Each stylist will feature indigenous and new age styles, with their own splash of creativity in each head.


OTR Revel
10 p.m.
$10 and up
Kick back at a nostalgic 99-2000 Rap & RnB Party featuring DJ Ghost, DJ Clockwork and more. Save $5 by purchasing tickets online. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Monday – April 29

Off the Block
The Mockbee

10 p.m.
Free Entry
Show your talents during an open mic freestyle cypher featuring resident hosts Goodword, DJ Noah I Mean, and WhatUpWally?


Tuesday – April 30

International Jazz Day Celebration
The Greenwich

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Enjoy food and music while watching a webcast of the 2019 International Jazz Global Concert from Melbourne, Australia on a 10-foot video/audio system. Features over 30 world-renowned artists including Herbie Hancock, James Morrison, and more. Admission includes complimentary appetizers.


Phil DeGreg Trio
Muse Café

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Hear many styles ranging from jazz and Brazilian classics, to contemporary remakes of Beatles and Stevie Wonder music.


Skeleton Crew
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
7:30 p.m.
$24 and up
A compelling drama, inspired by August Wilson, about a driven team of Detroit autoworkers trying to navigate a cutthroat industry. Enjoy half-price tickets when purchased two-hours prior to the show by phone or in person. Student tickets are also available for $15 in person only with valid student I.D. 


Wednesday – May 1

Privilege and Perspective
Cincinnati Museum Center

6:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Explores the existence of, acceptance of, resistance to and how we communicate about white privilege. It is designed to open minds through frank conversations, cognitive dissonance and audience participation.


Visiting Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe House

7 p.m.
Free Entry
See how important Harriet and Uncle Tom’s Cabin were to two important African American authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Tours begin at 6 p.m. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided.


Mercury Play
Know Theatre
8 p.m.
$10 and up
If Hellraiser were a sitcom, it might be like this play – a satisfying romp where karma has a wicked sense of humor. Click the link to see how you can get discount tickets. 


Thursday – May 2

Opera Goes to Church
Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Enjoy an evening of gospel, jazz, and classical music featuring opera soloists and dynamic church choirs. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Click the link for promocode.


Nnedi Okorafor
Main Library

7:30 p.m.
$5 and up
Enjoy an evening with an award-winning novelist and Cincinnati native who writes African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults.


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