Dolly & side hustles

COVINGTON, Ky. – There’s big ol’ weekend-long birthday party going on in The Cov this weekend for none other than Dolly Parton. So, make sure you make time for a slice of celebration.

There’s also a workshop where you might learn how to escape the daily grind of your current gig by doing something you actually enjoy, and another workshop where you get to create some version of your heart (or whatever it is that ticks inside your chest).

Plus, there’s music, food, football, wrestling, cuddles with cats, and more.

Beg your Parton?

Did somebody say it’s Dolly Parton’s birthday today?

It is, and we all need to celebrate in a big way.

Whereas The Roost Latonia celebrates this amazing human, humanitarian, artist, and everybody’s favorite Capricorn throughout the year (and rightly so), starting tonight and running through Sunday you’re in store for a sparkly, weekend-long celebration at Parton Us … It’s All Things Dolly Birthday Weekend.

So why not pull out all your sequins, pile on a big blonde wig, and stop in The Roost dressed up like Dolly? (Please, we beg and we double-dog dare you to dress up like Dolly, get a little stuffed dog, and bring down the house with your heartbreaking rendition of “Me and Little Andy.”). … Sip some Dolly-inspired drinks and play Dolly trivia. It’s all things Dolly, all weekend long.

Shake it up with a side hustle

Looking for a way out of that soulless, mind-numbing cubicle? A side hustle could put you on course for work you actually love and pad your pocket with additional cash.

But first, a brief dive into origins of the word “hustle” and its concept. (Because we’re word nerds).

One thing’s for sure – a “hustle” is nothin’ new. It comes from the Dutch word husselen, meaning “to shake.”  The expression “side hustle” made its debut in 1950, when it was used to describe both legitimate and less-than-legitimate work. Over the last 70 years, it’s come to describe legit jobs that are, in many instances, necessary second streams of income to full-time work. (“Many instances” being 44% of the population in the United States in 2022 according to a LendingTree survey.)

Aviatra Accelerators, a nonprofit organization in The Cov that empowers female entrepreneurs, is going to show you how to set up your own side hustle in just 7 days (now, that’s hustlin’, right?) at its Side Hustle Without the Hustle workshop at the Kenton County Library on Saturday.

You’re the cat’s pajamas

Get out those new pajamas you got for Christmas, put ‘em on, and head over to Purrfect Day Cat CafĂ© on Saturday for an Adult Cat’s Pajamas Party.

Prizes for the best jammies, lots of lounge time with all those wonderful cats, and “Happy Meow-R” cocktail prices. Reservations required so don’t dally.

Heart on display

As we inch our way toward Valentine’s Day, you might want to start thinking about matters of the heart.

We’re not telling you to spend all your time thinking about your paramour, paramour-to-be, or even the mate who has made you so happy for the last 18 years or so years. No, we’re talking about the kind of heart-themed work of art that you’ll create on Sunday at the Art Equals Show Your Heart Workshop at the Hellmann Creative Center.

And the creative inspiration needs to come from your heart. (What softens your heart? Pulls its strings? Accelerates its beat?).

There’ll be plenty of encouragement, supplies, and inspiration to fuel your creative flames and help you create a heart that can be auctioned during Art Works’ upcoming Heartfelt Tea Party in February.

Live music

Tonight: Matt Waters at Keystone Bar & Grill. … Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Alex Poteet at Smoke Justis.

Friday: Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: Schwabfest at Madison Live … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis.


Tonight: Funky Junk Journals and Zine Lab Workshop at the Hellmann Creative Center. … Thirsty Thursday Bingo at Frosthaus.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company … MainStrasse Village Food TourBavarian Light Lager Can Release at Braxton Brewing Company … NWF Live Pro Wrestling at Hits Indoor Baseball and Sportsplex.

Sunday: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills Playoff Watch Party at Braxton Brewing Company. … Kickoff in The Cov Bengals vs. Bills at Keystone Bar & Grill.