Jake Speed, T’Challa & NYE

COVINGTON, Ky. - We’re going to bend our rules and talk not only about the weekend in #LoveTheCov but also about next Tuesday because ... well ... for obvious reasons.
But lest you rush forward in time, you should realize that there are indeed interesting to do this weekend, including a lot of live music, a museum concert and a racial justice film discussion.
Jake Speed & river ragtime
First up is American folk, bluegrass and ragtime. Hearing that, you know it’s Jake Speed.
And if you know Jake’s music, then you know that the Rivers Gallery at Behringer-Crawford Museum is the perfect backdrop for a concert on Friday afternoon ... particularly since Jake and the Freddies practically live there.
Info, HERE.
Probing “Black Panther”
How about finishing up 2018 with a last bit of personal development?: The Racial Justice Film Series will feature a showing of “Black Panther” and a discussion afterward of the cultural importance of T’Challa in this era.
It’s Saturday afternoon at the Kenton County Public Library, hosted by the Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Info, HERE.
Expanded museum hours
Oh, and Christmas isn’t over. Behringer-Crawford Museum will continue its expanded hours this coming week to give people more opportunity to see the Holiday Toy Trains, Dickens’ Village and other special holiday exhibits.
Friday, the museum will stay open until 7:30 p.m. (2½ hours later than usual), and it’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. (It’s usually closed on Mondays.) The holiday exhibits will be on display until Jan. 13.
Info, HERE.
PPPP & psychedelic funk
Baltimore-based Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings its high-energy psychedelic funk to Madison Theater on Saturday night, with an after party featuring LITZ to follow at Octave.
Info and tickets, HERE. About the party, HERE.
NYE in LovetheCov
Pretty much every bar and restaurant in Covington is having a New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, and we’re going to call attention to a few: 
  • Hotel Covington (what’s the point of having a fancy hotel if you don’t brag about it?) is hosting its “All that Glitters New Year’s Eve Party.” Tickets and info, HERE
  • Braxton Brewing Company is ringing in the new year with not only new beers but also signature cocktails. Info, HERE
  • The Frock is holding its Confetti Ball 2019 (make sure you “dress to impress”). Info, HERE. 
  • And for something different, Rooted Yoga is hosting New Year’s Eve Candlelit Yoga early in the evening. Info, HERE. 
New Year’s Noon w/ kids
But if you have kids and you’re searching for a toned-down New Year’s Eve get-together (think “noon” instead of “midnight”), here are a couple of options: 
  • The Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party at Behringer-Crawford Museum will offer crafts, games, snacks and fun. Call (859) 491-4003 to register. Info, HERE. 
  • The Kenton County Public Library in Covington will have a similar party featuring crafts, snacks, music and dancing - complete with a balloon drop and soda pop toast at noon. Info, HERE. 
And then there’s a lot of live music: “Jeff’s Acoustic Holiday Hoe Down” featuring Dirty Water Revival at Bar 32 on Saturday, HERE ... Kung Fu’s 2-night NYE run at the Octave on Sunday and Monday, HERE ... Pickin’ Pear at Wunderbar! on Saturday, HERE ... Floyd and the Walkmen at Molly Malones on Saturday, HERE ... and The Yadas at Strasse Haus on Saturday, HERE.