Aliens & river swim

COVINGTON, Ky. – It’s no stretch to say that this weekend has some out-of-this-world happenings in store. Trust us. (Or “trust no one,” as Mulder and Scully might say.)

Among the fun in The Cov this weekend, you can swim the Ohio River, witness (and sip) a little alchemy, and maybe finally settle the debate on whether aliens are visiting for fellowship or destruction. Yep, a weekend of fun and learnin’.

Friend or foe?

That’s the question posed at the 2023 MUFON Symposium, which starts today at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and runs through Sunday. Let’s hope the answer is “friend,” because angry extraterrestrials are the last thing we need.

MUFON, or Midwest UFO Network, is a Cincinnati-based organization that investigates UFO sightings and collects data in the MUFON database for use by researchers worldwide, so expect some sessions that are out of this world (pun intended).

Some of the Who’s Who of UFOs will be speaking at the symposium, like Dr. Avi Loeb, Professor of Science at Harvard University, who will talk about the search for technological interstellar objects … Dr. Michael Masters, from Montana Tech, who’ll address that friend-or-foe question … and David Paulides (author, ex-cop, and investigator), who will talk about people who have disappeared in forests and national parks across the U.S. and what UFOs might have to do with their vanishing. And if you’ve seen the movie, “The Fourth Kind,” ask David what’s up with white owls, UFOs, and folks who go missing.

Hangin’ with ‘The Bad Guys’

Parks & Recreation’s Movie Night in the Park: “The Bad Guys” happens on Friday at Barb Cook Park at Madison and Ashland in Latonia.

The movie involves a gang of notorious critter criminals (a wolf, a snake, a tarantula, a shark, a piranha, and more) pretending to seek rehabilitation from a life of crime to avoid prison.

Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and look forward to an evening of family fun that includes yard games, cotton candy, and popcorn. Movie starts at dusk.

Spirited alchemy

Check out a new world of artistic libations on Sunday when brilliant bartenders and cutting-edge AI artists come together for Cocktails and Creatives: A New Alchemy Fest Adventure at Second Story Bar.

It begins with an alchemic pairing between six of the best local bartenders and six local AI artists. They’ll work together to create an overall competition concept: A work of art and a cocktail.

You’ll be happy to know that this involves audience participation, so get your ticket soon.

Dive in La Belle Riviere

If the heat has driven you to the point that taking a swim in the Ohio River sounds like an inviting prospect, then Sunday’s Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim is for you.

The event is a 900-meter open-water swim held in downtown Cincinnati. Turns out it’s the largest open-water swim across the Ohio River and back, launching from the Serpentine Wall and wrapping up at the Public Landing. The Swim was named in memory of Cincinnati attorney Bill Keating and his love for swimming, and is an all-around good event.

The river will be closed to all motorized traffic during the swim. Online pre-registration closes at noon Saturday, so get on it.

Live music

Tonight: Taylor Henry at Juniper’s … Kyle English at Keystone Bar & Grill … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant … Alex Poteet at Smoke Justis … See It All American Tour at Madison Theater … Beyond the Stage at Madison Live.

Friday: Angio Coyle Trio at Juniper’s … Linus Tate at Smoke Justis … Freak Mythology at The Rooftop at Madison Theater.

Saturday: Pete Benoit at Smoke Justis … Welcome to Cin City: A Player’s Affair at The Rooftop at Madison Theater … Drew Schueler with Mavenne at Madison Live … Jim Hart Trio at Juniper’s … The James Duo at Wunderbar.

Sunday: The Wailers at Madison Theater.


Friday: Holtman’s Pop-Up Donut Shop & Coffee at Braxton Brewing Co. … DIY Cat Toys Plus Kitten Cuddles at Purrfect Day Cat CafĂ©.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at 3rd & Court streets … Earring Class at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop … Oktoberfest Biergarten in the Taproom at Braxton Brewing Co.

Sunday: MV Flea at MainStrasse Promenade.