Belly dancing & ‘bundles’

COVINGTON, Ky. – The odds of you wanting to leave your house this weekend are slim.

We get it. We’d just as soon stay put too. Make a fire, grab a book, drink hot chocolate, or warm up with bourbon.

But … we have a job to do, and that job is to inform you of the always cool, wonderful, entertaining, tasty, and just plain overall worthwhile things to do in The Cov, come weekend time. And come rain or shine (as in shiny ice), there is always something to do in The Cov.

(Note this list was much longer and more interesting as of this morning, but events have been canceled … which brings us to this: Call or check social media and websites before you go.)

‘Artists on the Rise’

It’s a veritable showcase of artists whose trajectory continues to rise.

Who’s taking the stage Friday at Madison Live? Wolf Mane, Suicide Rascal, Tokyo Daniels, Vegas X, Waddy, and JDingers. More HERE.   

The family that reads together

February is Black History Month and on Saturday, the Kenton County Public Library hosts a celebration of African-American literature with storytime for families with children up to 8 years old.

The “African American Read-in” will feature top authors in children’s literature like Jacqueline Woodson, Priscilla Mante, Matthew Cherry, Malorie Blackman, Vashti Harrison, Karyn Parsons, Nathan Bryon, Amanda Gorman, and Lupita Nyong’o.

It’s 5½ hours long, so stop in anytime.

If you haven’t yet seen the bookshelves at the library that are brimming with the works of talented Black authors and creators, here’s your nudge to do so. Details HERE.   

Work that veil

Did you now that belly dancing’s refined movements tone muscle and improve balance and posture? That its fluid, dramatic moves trigger the production of endorphins, the happy hormones?

With that in mind, Safiya’s Nawaar’s “Twinkle Workshops” at Leapin’ Lizard Lounge on Saturday could be just what the doctor ordered.

Nawaar is an international instructor and performer, and she’s leading a class that combines “stagecraft and emoting” in the art of belly dancing. Expect to work on “traveling steps, combinations, and how to be dynamic on stage through use of flow and energy.”

Don’t be scared off: You don’t have to be a belly dancing pro to join in. It’s appropriate for all levels of dancers.

Stick around for Safiya’s second workshop and she will teach you to love your veil and treat it like the dance partner instead of a mere prop. Don’t forget to bring a veil that’s at least three yards (chiffon works, but it won’t flow like silk). More HERE 

Chocolate box of magic

Does anyone remember Whitman’s Samplers? Full of chocolate caramels, chocolate creams, chocolate covered nuts, and chocolate covered toffees? You had to be quick to the box though, or someone would do their own personal sampling and squeeze each one or take a chomp out of it to determine what was inside.

You can eliminate any hint of mystery (as well as violations upon a box of chocolates) by making your own personalized box of chocolates. After all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Local Studio 325 will teach you how to make your very own box of chocolates on Sunday. They’ll also help you design a hand-crafted custom Valentine card (for a special someone or just for you. Self-love, baby).

All materials are included, but there’s a fee.

And, as if learning how to make your own chocolates wasn’t exciting enough, you get to sip beer or wine while you’re creating your chocolate magic. Just bring your own. Details HERE.       

Gothic Appalachian

For some it’s a way of life and for others it’s a genre of music.

From the “hillside, back alleys, and ditches of Kentucky” comes Chalk Eye.

They’re bringing their surrealist gothic Appalachian Blues, rock music to Latonia on Saturday when they perform at Pandemonium. Details, HERE

Bundles of local food

Just because the Covington Farmers Market showcase of locally grown and produced food isn’t happening on Saturday morning doesn’t mean you can’t get those things.

(We’ve been through this before, during the early days of the pandemic.)

Get your fix of farm-fresh food and support local farmers by ordering a Farmers Market Bundle before noon Monday. Then pick it up on Tuesday.

Oh, and SNAP/EBT customers can apply their discounts.

Quantities are limited, and ordering info can be found HERE.


And then there’s … “The Sound of Music” at The Carnegie on Friday and Saturday, HERE. … Friday Night Trivia at Keystone Bar & Grill, HERE. … MainStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday, HERE. … Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout Release Party at Braxton Brewing Co. on Saturday evening, HERE … Custom chocolate-making class (no Valentine card though) at Local 325 on Saturday, HERE … and a distribution of free baby-care items Saturday at Be Concerned, HERE.