Spiderman, poetry & the zine thing

COVINGTON, Ky. – We’re pretty sure you have a weekend planned that’s full of cookouts and pool parties this Memorial Day Weekend, but we hope you’ll make a point in between the festivities to pause and honor the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country.

Now, if you’re looking for opportunities to avoid cookouts and pool parties, well, we’ve got you covered. Stroll down and check out this weekend’s lineup of good things in The Cov.

Light it up for ‘Ladies Night’

And you can light the night up with a candle of your own creation.

It’s Ladies Night at Crafts & Vines tonight, with a candle making class and a MAVI Jewelry Showcasing.

Candles. Essential oils. Handcrafted jewels from Venezuela, made from pearls and semi-precious gemstones. Enough said, right? Tina Rouse with Doterra Essential Oils will help you select a scented oil for your candle.

Be sure to purchase a ticket at the link above.

Donuts & coffee

Two staples of any workday.

You can grab both at Braxton Brewing Company on Friday morning when Holtman’s Pop-Up Donut Shop shows up. And guess what? It’s going to be a staple every final Friday of the month.

This Friday you can get Maple Bacon donuts and unspecified “specialty” donuts (aren’t all donuts special?) and hot or iced coffee.

Evening brews

If you haven’t had your full dose of caffeine by Friday evening, you’re in luck because the Kenton County Public Library’s Coffee and Conversations is brewing up a pot or two – and they’ll have donuts too.

Experts from Mental Health America will be there to chat or offer guidance for anyone who might be experiencing a difficult situation.

Art & law

Ever wonder what kind of art adorns the walls of a law office? Does anything other than mahogany-framed juris doctorate degrees earn wall status?

Lucky DBL Law is just around the corner from the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center. On Friday these neighbors are coming together to present a Community Art Show at the new DBL Law offices, highlighting the work of Baker Hunt artists, instructors, and friends.

DBL will showcase more than 47 pieces of artwork on its 1st and 4th floors. The 30-minute tour includes a brief history of both organizations, the mission statement about the ongoing show, and a guided tour.

Calling aspiring zinesters

Always wanted to create your own zine but didn’t know where to begin?

Or maybe you’re not quite familiar with these self-published, non-commercial publications that got their start with 1930s science fiction fanzine and further developed as part of the punk subculture scene in the ‘70s and ‘80s. By the mid-90s and 2000, the Internet and desktop publishing provided the tools to prolifically produce these independent products of rebels, poets, artists, Star Trek fans, and now, maybe you.

Point is, a “zine,” which as you’ve likely guessed is short for “magazine,” begins with your desire to express something of interest to you, whether that constitutes poetry, short stories, essays, opinions, drawings, photographs, paintings, collage art, collaborative work, comic styles, edgy topics, political topics, personal narratives, or (well, you get the picture) “anything.”

On Friday evening, Art Equals, which is all about empowering everyone to be an artist, has a free Zine Lab at the Hellmann Creative Center, There you’ll learn how to create your own zine -- or you can join in the Art Equals community zine.

Bring a friend, a notebook, some collage materials, or just a pen to doodle and be ready to create to your heart’s content.

Stroll with a cone (of ice cream)

Meet up at Piper’s CafĂ© on Friday, choose from their 100 soft-serve flavors, and consume that frozen confection guilt-free on an Art & Ice Cream Walk. That’s right, you’ll be walking off those calories while you eat.

All told, you’ll stroll around three-quarters of a mile through MainStrasse Village while learning about clever art and other points of interest, such as shops, bars, and eateries.

The walk ends at Goebel Park for a quick history lesson and some behind-the-scenes photos of the Glockenspiel, which is being repaired. The rain-or-shine tour is free, you’re only springing for the ice cream.

Gorilla in the Yard

Gorilla Cinema is announcing their new partnership with Covington Yard, and they’re doing it on Friday in a big way, with a Yard Party.

You might be familiar with Gorilla Cinema’s other ventures – Tokyo Kitty, Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, and Cosmic Gorilla.

GC in 3D at Covington Yard will feature outdoor movies, live art installations, local food concepts, a new cocktail menu, newly decorated containers, and a DJ providing soundtrack.

Lawn chairs and Spiderman

Outdoor flicks are back!

Covington Parks & Rec’s Movie Night series begins this Friday and “Spiderman – No Way Home” is the premiere flick.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets down to Austinburg Park and plan to enjoy some pre-movie activities like that perennial favorite, cornhole.

‘Lincoln, lattes and paisley’

On Saturday, head over to the statue of Abraham Lincoln outside of the Kenton County Library’s  Covington branch to set off on the “Lincoln, lattes and paisley” art walk.

You’ll stroll by murals and beautiful homes with a brief pause at Left Bank Coffee House (a work of art in its own right), for a cup of coffee and the chance to take in some of the coffee shop’s beautiful mosaics (like the bathroom, which also has a “ruggedly handsome toilet paper guy”).

Then step inside the Covington post office to appreciate its 1940s architectural beauty, then finish off the tour at Purple Paisley Local Artisan Shop to browse original art created by locals.

‘The most lucrative game in World Football’

We were curious too.

By World Football, we mean soccer. By “lucrative” we mean possibly more than $300 million (or pounds, if you’re a Brit) over five years for the winner if they retain their new-found Premier League status (only five of the last 10 winners achieved this feat).

On Sunday, Nottingham Forest takes on Huddersfield Town at London’s Wembley Stadium to see who joins Fulham & Bournemouth in the Premier League for the 2022-23 season, and you can watch it play out at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub for their – you guessed it – “The most lucrative game in World Football” watch event.

Poetry in the garden

Bring your poems and your friends to Redden Gardens on Sunday for the first Summer Sunday Poetry Series.

The series is the first in Redden Gardens’ Vibrant Community Grant event series and will take place on the last Sunday of each month through August.

Share your poetry, listen to others share their works, and nibble on light refreshments.

Live music

Tonight: Dada Life: Blood, Sweat and Smiles Tour with Corrupt, Stapes, Da Casa, and Nellz at Madison Live … Matt Cowherd at Keystone Bar & Grill … Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis … Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium.

Friday: Telehope with DBMK, The Ivy, and Alico at Madison Live … Twin Sons Duo at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Santino Corleon X 3Letterznuk: Summer of Cin Show at Madison Live … Blue Boat Shoes at Smoke Justis. … Misery Loves Sunday at Pandemonium.

Sunday: Rooftop Sessions at Braxton Brewing Company. …


And then there’s … Covington Farmers Market on Saturday … “In the Clouds” final collaborative project on display at The Carnegie on Saturday … MainsStrasse Village Food Tour on Saturday … Live Art with Steve Nassano at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop on Saturday … Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck at Braxton Brewery on Saturday … 2022 UEFA Champions League Final at Molly Malone’s on Saturday … Jessica Dimon’s Memorial Day Party at Pandemonium on Sunday.