Belly dancing & the treble viola da gamba

COVINGTON, Ky. - Yeah, it’s Super Bowl weekend ...but we’re not enthralled.
No. 1, our local team hasn’t been to the game since they started using leather instead of intestine to make the football. And No. 2, imagine come Monday telling a co-worker that “watching the game on TV” was the highlight of your weekend.
At least get out and watch the game at a cool place, and we provide a short list of places to do that below (and yes, we’re sure EVERY bar will have the game on, many of which aren’t listed below).
Better yet, go to a place that brags about NOT having the game on (also below).
And better yet still, do something memorable this weekend like taking in a belly dancing showcase ... seeing a concert showcasing the treble viola da gamba ... or drinking a Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout.
Hey, read on ...
Braxton’s & Graeter’s
Beer and chips. Beer and burgers. Beer and fries.
But beer and ice cream?
Starting Friday at 8 a.m., Braxton Brewing Co. - in partnership with Graeter’s Ice Cream - is celebrating the release of its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout with a weekend of events that include live music, Sundae Funday Family Sundae Bar and of course the beer.
Info, HERE.
Belly Dancing showcase
Want to see a dance style of another sort that’s a lot harder than it looks?
Come check out the Twinkle Belly Dance Showcase at the Leapin’ Lizard Lounge in MainStrasse Village on Saturday evening (NOTE: It’s kid friendly).
It features Emily Marie Belly Dance, a professional in Raqs Sharqi/Egyptian dance forms based in Cincinnati, and lots of students with their teachers. There are workshops earlier in the day.
Info, HERE.
Bet you’ve never heard one of these
Gorgeous music, spiritual setting? Yeah, we’re in.
It’s “Petit Concert on a Petite Viole” on Sunday afternoon at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Hosted by Catacoustic Consort, the concert will feature a variety of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods all to showcase what’s generally seen in the classical music world as a neglected instrument: the treble viola da gamba and Baroque harp.
Info, HERE.
Farmers Market
Yes, it’s winter. But this is Covington, and the Farmers Market here is year-round.
Typical wares include seasonal produce, bread, pastries, desserts, meats and eggs, hot soups, prepared salads, cold-pressed juices, natural body products, unique spice blends and rubs
and much more.
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Smoke Justis. Info, HERE.
The big game
Face it: You shouldn’t watch the Super Bowl alone, and most bars have better television sets than you do (and more of them).
Here are some options:
  • Gypsy’s Super Bowl and Skyline Coneys, HERE.
  • Super Bowl Party and Chili Cook Off at Happy Days Sports Tavern, HERE.
  • Super Bowl at The New Playhouse, HERE.
  • Football Sunday Specials at City Goat, HERE.
Not the big game
And if you want to be at a place Sunday where the game will most definitely NOT be on, (other than church, of course, but then we’re talking Sunday evening) there’s OKBB’s Annual Super Bowl-Free Party and Potluck on Sunday at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.
Info, HERE.
Sand & surf dreams
Sub-zero temperatures have you dreaming of the beach? Can’t afford to jet away to an island these days (or any day - who the heck are we kidding)?
Check out the Resort Wear Fashion Show + Brunch on Saturday at Hotel Covington and Coppin’s.
Outfits for women, men and children. Vendors, raffles, etc.
Tickets and info, HERE.
Live music ...
Friday, there’s Plan B at Gypsy’s, HERE ... Basic Truth at The Fifth Lounge, Radisson Riverfront, HERE ... Stone’s Throw with Arcadian Bliss and Chalk Eye at Madison Live, HERE ...and DCC, Bald Man Band and Kevin Wayne at Zola Pub & Grill, HERE.

Saturday, there’s Kitchen Dwellers and Magic Beans at the Octave, HERE ... Millie O at The Main Street Tavern, HERE ... Grey Dogs at Molly Malone’s, HERE ...


And then there’s ... the Acrylic Pouring Workshop at Chroma Vino on Saturday, HERE ... Stream Storytime (for kids) Saturday morning at the Kenton County Library, HERE ...the MainStrasse Village Food and Culture tour on Saturday, HERE... the Madison Avenue Food and Culture tour on Sunday, HERE ... and Rooted Yoga’s Hanumanasana Workshop Saturday, HERE and $5 Karma Class on Sunday, HERE.