Duveneck, Vivaldi, Queer Soup & the Bridge

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COVINGTON, Ky. - Cloning yourself wouldn’t be enough. Your clone would then have to clone itself - and maybe repeat the process once again - to take in all the events happening in Covington this weekend.
 
(Seriously, talk about calendar conflicts.)
 
There’s the symphony, a couple of fabulous art shows, festivals, plant sales, a pub crawl to benefit a bridge, more benefits (for mental health, kids and HIV-positive individuals), roller derby, a 5K, and a whole lot more.
 
And we’re not even compiling all the live music, or the Mother’s Day Brunches.
 
By the way, don’t forget to leave out a canned good or four next to your mailbox on Saturday for the Stamp Out Hunger drive to benefit Covington food agencies, HERE. It’s a ridiculously easy way to assuage your conscience for the all the fun you’ll be happening otherwise this weekend.
 
Frank D’s art show turns 50
The most famous Covingtonian ever?
 
Maybe Frank Duveneck. The master of the brush, Duveneck taught art in Munich, helped start a new art movement, was called “the unsuspected genius” by Henry James, and has a piece in the Smithsonian previously owned by Kurt Vonnegut.
 
Today, his memory lives on not only in his famous brushstrokes but also in the inspirational Duveneck Memorial Art Show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
 
Held Saturday in George Rogers Clark Park (rain date is Sunday), the free show will feature original art of over 70 regional artists, with $3,500 in prizes in four categories: painting, sculpture/3D, graphics/photography, and fine arts.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Sprouts & Stouts
Fabulous flowers, food, beer AND music?
 
It’s the 5th-annual Sprouts & Stouts Festival - under tent of course - at Trinity Episcopal Church. This year, it’s two days’ long.
 
Friday’s the plant sale. Saturday is a daylong music festival featuring six local acts. And here’s the best part: Proceeds from sales benefit non-profit agencies in Covington.  
 
Info, HERE or HERE.
 
Viva Vivaldi - inside and out
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. And what’s billed as the region’s first-ever indoor-outdoor concert Saturday.
 
The composition? It’s all Vivaldi, as in the 18th Century composer and ordained priest.
 
The music starts inside, then moves outside for a multi-media show featuring seasonal Northern Kentucky images. Bring your camp chairs, and also enjoy the lit-up stained-glass windows viewed the other way, for once.
 
Details (and reserved seating tickets): HERE.
 
Art, international style
“Art Meets World” is a culminating education event that will display the artwork and cultural knowledge of a year-long program at The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.
 
Come Saturday afternoon, and learn about China, India, Japan, and Mexico - and create lanterns, Rangoli art, origami and sugar skulls. Co-host is the World Affairs Council.
 
Info, HERE.
 
The bridge needs you
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge may be closed for repairs, but two events Saturday will focus attention on and galvanize support for one of Northern Kentucky’s most iconic structures. (Yes, the word “iconic” is overused, but in this case it’s accurate and appropriate.)
 
Bridge tours will answer all your questions about the bridge, its history and construction. Space is limited, sign up HERE.
 
Then a Pub Crawl at four cool establishments in the Roebling Point will raise funds for the Bridge Committee. Info, HERE.
 
Queer Soup Night in the Cov
What’s Queer Soup Night?
 
It’s a “Brooklyn-born queer party with soup at its center” - featuring the talent of queer chefs, music, drinks, and inclusiveness (a core Covington value), all to raise funds for the non-profit organization Caracole.
 
It’s at Lil’s Bagels on Saturday evening, and info can be found HERE.
 
Plant sale at Latonia Elementary
The Latonia Elementary Herbmania and Urban Garden is one of those super-cool programs you wish EVERY school would feature. Young green thumbs and business leaders in training, you know.
 
On Friday afternoon, they have flowers, plants, and herbs for sale at great prices. The goal is raising money to fund its garden program.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Bunbury & Braxton
Get ready for the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati later this month by going to Braxton Brewing Co., where Covington’s happening place is giving away passes to the festival as part of the Braxton Bunbury Buzz Bash!
 
It happens Friday evening and includes music, craft beer and swag.
 
Did you know that Braxton is the official craft beer of Bunbury? (Cue the Olympics anthem, because that line reminds us of how hundreds of products claim to be “the official this and that” of the international games every four years. But we digress ... )
 
Info, HERE.
 
Veggies & pets
The Covington Farmers Market is back in full calendar mode this Saturday, outdoors with lots of fresh produce and baked goods PLUS an adoption event for dogs and cats.
 
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Third Street.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Football on wheels
Momma said Knock You Down.
 
That’s the theme for the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls’ bouts against the Prairieland Punishers on Saturday evening at Hits Indoors Baseball and Sportsplex, HERE
 
Miscellaneous
And then there’s ... the Latonia-wide yard sale all weekend, HERE ... the Duveneck Center Clean-up Day on Saturday, HERE ... the dog-friendly “Sit. Stay. Drink.” Happy Hour on Friday at Keystone Bar & Grill, HERE ... the Cincinnati Scurry team adventure event (to benefit teen mental health) at RiverCenter on Friday afternoon, HERE ... the CASA for Kids 5K Superhero run/walk on Saturday morning in Devou Park, HERE ... the musical comedy whodunit “Curtains” at The Carnegie all through the weekend, HERE ... and open registration for summer classes at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, all weekend, HERE.
 
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