St. Pat’s, madness & murder

COVINGTON, Ky. – Beer and basketball will likely define everyone’s weekend -- what with the start of the NCAA Tournament today and St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow -- but you don’t have to like IPAs and a “3” from downtown to have a good weekend in The Cov.

We also have good theater, art, and music.

Oh, and wrestling.

Storm the court

It’s all beer and basketball on Saturday when Braxton Brewing Company kicks off the NCAA Tournament tonight with Storm the Court March Madness.

Expect to see Braxton’s famous Storm Golden Cream Ale and two new Storm variants, Storm Lemon and Storm Mango, flowing from the taps, which will be perfect for washing down some very satisfying empanadas … not to mention the pain of your busted bracket.

And if your favorite player on your favorite teams misses the potential game-winner, just stroll over to the Pop-A-Shot and show how you could have done better.

Patty’s or Paddy’s, the beer flows green

Everywhere. The beer is flowing green everywhere in The Cov and it’s flowing early. (Like, for breakfast).

We’re going to populate this little section right here with all the watering holes and restaurants in The Cov that will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (at least the ones we know about and found social media pages to link to, so forgive us if we miss some of them). So, here goes:

There’s … St. Patrick’s Day at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … St. Paddy’s Day Party at Smoke Justis …The End of the Roebling: St Patrick’s Day at Keystone Bar & Grill … Paddy’s Day Party at Paddy’s on Main St … St. “Mac”trick’s Day at Mac’s Pizza Pub … St. Patty’s Day at Strasse Haus … St. Patrick’s with 500 Miles to Memphis, Jims, Chalk Eye & Take the Reins at The Village Theatre.

Whodunit at The Carnegie

Remember back in 2007 when Law & Order: SVU’s Benson and Stabler grilled Janis Donovan, convincingly played by Cynthia Nixon – and what appeared to be her string of multiple personalities – in a no-time-to-lose search for her missing child?

Remember how the building tension was reliably punctuated with the iconic “dun-dun” sound mimicking a slamming jail door?

We’re just setting the scene, because another murder involving a suspect with multiple personalities will play out Saturday at The Carnegie. This time, however, expect laughter over tension in the comedic thriller “Multi-Shelled Hermit Crab.”

Watch as Chief Inspector Oscar Charles Dean investigates the timid Alex Hollow and his cadre of personalities as the main suspect(s) in the murder of a woman in this one-person show.

Written by Aki Hosoda, “Multi-Shelled Hermit Crab” is part of The Carnegie’s Creative Disruption Series, which focuses on supporting new theatrical works created by local theatre-makers, especially works relevant to the moment or that are new in either content or storytelling structure. So go support local theater on Saturday and try to solve this whodunit.

Feuds & figure-4 leglocks

Physicality, violence AND drama will be on display Saturday when Northern Wrestling Federation Live Pro Wrestling returns to The Cov.

In addition to the body slams, flying elbows, and acrobatic moves off the top turnbuckle, come witness the shifting alliances, feuds, back-stabbing, and, above all, trash talk.

Want a sample?

Adam Swayze, who takes on Beck Reeves for the NWF Heavyweight Title: “If this was a different time I would ride into your village on horseback and I would slaughter everyone there that wasn’t fit to work – but this, we’re in a new time, so I’ll just settle with whooping your #!& on Saturday.”

Or the more succinct Nikki Victory (who takes on Riley Matthews in a Women’s Grudge Match): “Come watch me take out the trash.”

Did we mention there’s also a “Straight Jacket Match” for the Women’s Revolution Championship between the maniacal Ella and the effervescent Savannah Sweet? Or that Mr. Destiny will be fighting Star Rider for the NWF Heavyweight Title?

Get your tickets for a wild night at Hits Indoor Baseball and Sportsplex off Madison Pike.

Resin-ating beauty

The ocean is a mystical, magnificent muse, and local artist Robin McPherson is a self-described “paramour of the beach, incorporating sand, shells, and gemstones into her art with a verisimilitude of the shoreline.”

Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop is featuring McPherson and her art Saturday for its Local Artist, Robin McPherson Meet & Greet. McPherson grew up with the ocean lapping along the edge of her hometown of Los Angeles, but relocating to Northern Kentucky hasn’t distanced her from the water’s influence.

So, if escaping to the beach is nowhere in your foreseeable future, stopping in to see McPherson’s art could be the fix you need.

Live music

Tonight: Matt Waters at Keystone Bar & Grill … Billy Strings Afterparty Featuring Stringus Khan at Madison Live.

Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Lineup at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Cro-Mags at Madison Live … Tyler Moore Band at Zazou.

Saturday: Benefit for Homeward Bound Shelter with Brian Martin at Madison Live … Folk-Rock Duo at Wunderbar … Suede Jackets at Strasse Haus.

Sunday: School of Rock NKY Presents Funk, Foo Fighters, and 80’s LA Hair Metal at Madison Live.


Friday: Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38 Fish Fry at IAFF Local 38 Union Hall … Fish Fry Fridays at Keystone Bar & Grill … Holy Cross High School Athletic Boosters’ Fish Fry at Holy Cross High School … Featured Art Exhibits with “Current” in Conjunction with NCECA 2023 Conference at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center.

Saturday: Satur-Day Drinking DJ Brunches at Keystone Bar & Grill … FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire at Keystone Bar & Grill.