March Madness, muscles & murder mysteries

COVINGTON, Ky. - (Channeling our best Sesame Street here) ... this weekend in Covington in mid-March is brought to you by the letter “M.”
It features... March Madness (if you like basketball, and not many of us in the Bluegrass State do not) ... the weekly Farmers Market ... auditions for the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show ... a meditation workshop (well, yoga etc.) ... lots of live music ... and a lot of heavily muscled arms competing against each other.
Watching the game(s)
Of course you can watch basketball anywhere, including in your home. And we bet most restaurants, bars, barbershops, and oil change stations will have televisions tuned to college basketball over the next few days.
But here are the places in Covington that we’ve found are ADVERTISING themselves as the place to watch basketball, whether they’re opening early, featuring drink specials or whatever. 
  • House of Orange Sports Bar & Grill is hosting its 2nd annual March Mania Event on Friday (including raffles, auctions and other contests) to benefit The Joel Cornette Foundation, which supports athletes through scholarships and wellness programs etc. Tickets and info, HERE
  • Mac’s Pizza Pub in MainStrasse Village, HERE
  • The Hannaford, HERE
  • FIRE at RiverCenter, HERE.
A ‘gun’ show (sort of)
Want to see big guns in action (as in the bicep kind)?
Come watch a specialized sport featuring strength and technique, as Kentucky Armwrestling is sponsoring the Cincinnati Area Armwrestling Championships on Saturday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
There are many divisions featuring both arms, plus a fitness expo. Info, HERE.
Hams, idols and thespians
Want to be (kind of, sort of, quasi-, semi-) famous?
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is seeking actors/comedians ages 18 to 65 for hire as ensemble members.
Auditions will be held Saturday afternoon at Embassy Suites Rivercenter, but you must email to reserve a spot. For information and requirements, HERE.
And then Saturday night there’s the Dinner (and Murder Mystery) itself, HERE.

Year-round Farmers Market
This Saturday, wares include things like baked goods, meats and eggs, unique rubs and spices, prepared soups and salads, natural body products, cold-pressed juices, and more.
Check it all out - plus your Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Smoke Justis. Info, HERE.
Meditation over medication
Learn how to use yoga, meditation, and breath-work to attack chronic pain at the Reimagining Pain workshop at Rooted Yoga.
It’s on Sunday afternoon and is open to all abilities and levels, including newcomers to yoga.
Info and registration, HERE.
Live music
On Friday, there’s Moonshine & Wine at Wunderbar, HERE ... East of Austin at Zazou, HERE ... Liz and The Perfectly Adequate Trio at The Globe, HERE ... The Amador Sisters at The Fifth Lounge at The Radisson, HERE ... Josh McIntosh and Company at Strasse Haus, HERE ... White Line Fever at Molly Malone’s, HERE ... and Scott Witte at Molly Malone’s, HERE.
On Saturday, there’s Melvin Seals & Jerry Garcia Band at Madison Theater, HERE ... Irish band Easter Rising at Molly Malone’s (hosted by the Diocese of Covington’s Young Adult Ministry, HERE ... and Root Cellar Extra in the Garage at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE.
And then there’s ... a popup donut shop at Braxton Brewing Co. early Friday morning, HERE ... Art by Autumn M and Purposeful Painting’s “Pouring for a Purpose” (a specialized acrylic painting class) on Saturday evening, HERE ... and the annual Spring & Summer Vintage Trunk Show at Julie’s Inspiration Consignment Shoppe on Sunday, HERE.