Akilah, pumpkins & 'Miscast'

COVINGTON, Ky. - A homemade salsa contest and a big pile of pumpkins for sale in a patch to rival Linus van Pelt's naïve trust of faith (though honestly we hear the voice not of Charlie Brown but of Jack Skellington as we type this) ... yeah, it’s getting to be autumn.
But ... there’s plenty of other things to do in #LoveTheCov this weekend, what with a one-night performance at The Carnegie, a Latino Picnic, a book signing by a You-Tube sensation, a politically minded singing event, etc. etc. etc. et al.
Mismatched & miscast
The theater world will turn upside down (or is that inside out?) on Saturday evening for the third-annual production of “Miscast.”
The one-night production at The Carnegie will feature some of the region’s top theater stars performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast.
Oh you’ll definitely recognize the songs. But we’re equally sure you’ll also wonder why the heck that particular person is singing it.
What fun, what silliness. Tickets, HERE.
Pumpkins galore
Again, we hear Jack Skellington’s voice as we type this, but if you need a pumpkin - for carving, decoration or eating - this is the place:
The Mutter Gottes (it’s a neighborhood) Annual Pumpkin Sale on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sixth and Craig streets.
Large and small, with gourds too. (Think Christmas tree lot, only the trees are round and orange, with a hard “skin”, and not really trees at all. Oh, and it’s warmer out.)
Proceeds benefit the Mutter Gottes Neighborhood Association.
Info, HERE.
Salsa Day at Farmers Market
The Covington Farmers Market has a special treat this week: a homemade salsa competition, serenaded by a salsa Band, Son Del Caribe.
Of course, vendors will offer the usual fare: “fresh and local fruits and vegetables, hand-made soaps, natural cleaning and body products, spices and rubs, pastured meats and eggs, cold-pressed juices, baked goods and desserts, fresh flowers and perennial plants, honey, pickles and relishes, and more”
Check it all out - plus live music and Covington Farmers Market swag - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday on Third Street. Info, HERE.
Akilah, obviously
Cool people know of Akilah Hughes.
For others, she’s a comedian, YouTube sensation, writer, and digital correspondent for MTV, Fusion, Comedy Central, etc.
And she’s an Edgewood native, though she now lives in New York.
On Friday evening, Hughes will be reading from and signing copies of her book, “Obviously: Stories From My Timeline” at Covington’s indie bookstore, Roebling Point Books & Coffee.
Info, HERE.
... echoes the beating of the drums
What’s the power of music to change the world?
As Robert Zimmerman or Enjolras would tell you, probably stronger than you think.
On Saturday afternoon, Our Savior Church on 10th Street is hosting “Singing for Democracy,” an event that features music, stories, songs and dance. It’ll include a performance by MUSE - Cincinnati Women’s Choir, among others, with messages from people disenfranchised by the machinations of society.
The event is sponsored by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
Info, HERE.
La música, baile y manualidades
¡Ven a celebrar nuestro Primer Picnic Latino en el Museo Behringer-Crawford!

¡Disfruta de la música, baile, manualidades para los niños y otras diversiones familiares!
El evento es gratis. Puedes traer tu propia comida o puedes comprar bebidas y comida.
In other words (and in sum), Behringer-Crawford Museum is hostng the first-ever Latino Picnic on Saturday, complete with music, dancing and crafts for children, not to mention food and fun for the whole family. And it’s free.
Info, HERE.
A little Pique
Molly Donnermeyer, Keloni Parks, and Ann Schoenenberger. Know them?
Librarians AND artists, their work will be showcased at an opening Friday of an exhibition called “Untitled Layer Studies” at Pique (“open-ended art experiment” space.
Info, HERE.
Your inner Picasso
Don’t go to your grave thinking “if only I’d had a little encouragement, I coulda been a painter/sculptor/chef ...”
This isn’t a weekend event per se, but it’s a deadline of sorts for all kinds of future fun: Fall classes at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center begin Monday, and you can register until Sunday.
We’re talking drawing, painting, ceramics and mosaics, cooking, assorted media, fiber arts and a lot more - just about anything that taps into your imagination and inner creative self.
(Yeah, maybe it’ll turn out that your clay creations look like a 4-year-old’s Play-Doh project and your drawings like Uncle Jimmy trying to play Pictionary ... but at least you gave it a whirl.)
Info and registration, HERE.
And then there’s ... the City Goat Bowling Tourney (with teams made up of local beer distributors) on Friday evening at City Goat, HERE ... Trauma Survivors (Female) Healing Share-September on Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, HERE ... Genealogy Lock-In on Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE ... the Care Net 5K Fun Run and Walk for LIFE on Saturday at Pioneer Park, HERE ... Violin Dreams with Jennifer and Rafael Roig-Francoli on Saturday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE ... Yoga Fit: Cov Edition with Sage Yoga on Saturday at George Rogers Clark Park, HERE ... Holmtan’s Popup Donut Shop on Friday morning at Braxton Brewing Co., HERE ... and the Madison Avenue Sunday morning Food & Culture Tour, HERE.