Trivia, tunes & Tagalongs®

COVINGTON, Ky. – Why is January soooo long? And cold? And gray? And why does Mercury have to be retrograde now? Ugh. (Insert “woe is me” emoji here).

Enough. Time to get out and enjoy the (last) weekend of this seemingly endless month (finally).

If cookie and beer pairings can’t jolt us out of winter doldrums, then what on earth possibly can?

Perhaps a classic story of a family fleeing for their lives played out on stage with lots of good music will lighten the spirit. Or get competitive with a bunch of big-haired friends for ‘80s and ‘90s trivia.  

And there’s always music – cool, reliable music all weekend long (maybe you sing some cool tunes of your own).

1 neighborhood, 3 bars, endless tunes

“Roebling” is the name of an engineer, a bridge and a bookstore, but it’s also the name of a business district.

Tonight, that district is home to the Roebling Point Thursday Live Music Series, featuring live and local tunes at three places: Molly Malones Irish Pub & Restaurant (Missy Werner Band), Smoke Justis (Jimmy D. Rogers), and Keystone Bar & Grill (Matt Cowherd).

Of course you can also graze and sip at all three restaurant-bars, whether you visit one or all three. But check HERE before you go, because music is scheduled at different times throughout the evening.

Crimp your hair, rewind the VHS

Call that one friend who never parted ways with her teased-up bumper bangs and shoulder pads and take her with you to Keystone Bar & Grill on Friday, where it’s ‘80s and ‘90s Movie Trivia night.

Doesn’t matter if you saw your flicks on the big screen or on VHS in the comfort of your home, the details of every scene are still with you. Shout ‘em out loud to win.

Keystone invites you to “sip on a totally righteous cocktail” as you take “a radical trip down memory lane.” Details HERE

Stout & Thin Mints®?

It’s cookie season, and by now, you’ve been hit up a million times – by your niece, the co-worker with daughters, the entrepreneurs outside the local grocery, the neighbor who you used to babysit, and …

But no matter how many boxes of Girl Scout Cookies you’ve bought already this season, Braxton Brewing Co. has a different way this Saturday to enjoy them.

Your menu for the Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing event is thus: Shortbread Cookie with Mantra Vanilla Cream Coffee Imperial Pastry Stout (now, that sounds like breakfast, right?) … Peanut Butter Sandwich with Oatmeal Stout plus peanut butter … Lemonade with Pineapple Orange Crush Wheat Beer plus Lemon zest … and Caramel deLites® with Dead Blow Tropical Stout plus coconut & caramel.

This self-led pairing begins at 1 p.m. And naturally (because those Scouts are persistent) you can also buy a box (or two or 10) of cookies for the road during a sale 4 p.m-6 p.m. in the Taproom. Details, HERE   

The hills are alive …

Sounds almost as ominous as that 1977 horror classic, “The Hills Have Eyes.”

But, as you may have guessed, we’re talking about the hills coming alive “with the sound of music,” as in “The Sound of Music,” (actually, though, Nazis pursuing small children and a nun across the mountains of Austria is far more frightening than creepy cannibals in the hills, but it’s set to a score of timeless musical favorites to distract us from that horror just a bit).

The show opens Saturday at The Carnegie, when the theater lights up the stage with its iconic score – “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and, of course, “Climb Every Mountain.”

Danger. Romance. Music. A whole lot of children. It has it all. Even “doorbells and sleighbells and schnitzel and noodles.” Details HERE.

A banjo, ukulele & outer space

Tia Martini and Leon Elam (aka The Pickin’ Pear) take those unique instruments down the road of folk, rock, and Bluegrass, combining some traditional stylings to create an original modern American sound.

It’s a bit surprising, they say, as the ukulele “will launch you straight to outer space!”

The folk ’n’ roll duo will be at Wunderbar on Saturday, where a cold beer, a behemoth pretzel, and just enough room to cut a bit of a rug await you. Details HERE.   

More live music

There’s … Joe’s Truck Stop at Wunderbar on Friday, HERE. … The Varner/Netherton Trio at Smoke Justis on Friday, HERE. … Hifi Honey at Covington Yard on Saturday, HERE. … Karaoke with DJ Mystic at Pandemonium on Sunday, HERE. … and Railroad Earth at Madison Theater on Sunday, HERE.   


And then there’s …. Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, HERE. … a MainStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday, HERE. … Make Your Own Incense Sticks, HERE and Paint a Sunflower: Fine Art Van Gogh, HERE, both Saturday at Local Studio 325.