Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: February 25-27

1. Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

Growing up on a farm, I was always told not to “rush the seasons”. Dad meant not to plant (or harvest) too early, but when I look at the calendar and see that it’s almost March, I always think “almost spring”. It’s the perfect time to embark on those home improvement projects we’ve been dreaming about all winter, and there’s no better place to find inspiration than at the returning Cincinnati Home and Garden Show. after a one-year hiatus. You can shop home-related products and services, connect with industry experts, and view displays to help inspire your next home improvement project. It’s also a big show, spanning two weeks and offering over 400 booths to explore. New this year is a feature called “Ask a Designer” where you can contribute photos, drawings or even vision boards to gather inspiration from leading designers in the region.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday this weekend, then continues next week Thursday through Sunday at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. Admission is $14 at the door or $12 in advance if purchased online. Children 12 and under enter free.

The tulip-shaped base of this Burke table with six chairs is a signature of the Mid-Century Modern period.  Discover and shop modernist vintage pieces this weekend at 20th Century Cincinnati.

2. 20th Century Cincinnati

Home shows aren’t always about the latest trends and projects. 20th Century Cincinnati is the region’s largest vintage and modern shopping event, with over 50 selected dealers specializing in 20th Century Modernist furniture, decorative arts, lighting, accessories and fashion apparel. If you are a fan or collector of avant-garde art, architecture, furniture, decor and fashion that emerged between World War I and the Information Age, this is the show for you. for you. You’ll find arts and crafts, art deco, machine age, streamlining, mid-century modern, and op/pop art represented here , as well as a special exhibition entitled Herstory: Women Designers in the Modern Age, which focuses on a selection of works by women designers in the modern age.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Early entry is 9-11 a.m. Saturday and costs $35, $25 in advance. Regular admission is $10 and is good for both days.

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History opens Friday at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  On the picture : "woman with flowers" (1972).

3. Special exhibitions of black artists at CAM

Opening of two new special exhibitions of black artists Friday at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. Working Together: The Photographs of the Kamoinge Workshop is the first major museum exhibition about the revolutionary collective of African-American photographers Kamoinge Workshop, which formed in New York in 1963. The exhibition chronicles the formative years of the workshop and features over 150 photographs by 14 of the group’s early members, as well as photographer Roy DeCarava, a key mentor in the studio’s early years.

The second exhibit pays homage to David Driskell’s legacy as an American artist and educator. Icons of Nature and History brings together more than 50 highlights from his distinguished career, reviewing the artist’s paintings since the 1950s. One of the most revered American artists of his generation, the paintings, Driskell’s vibrant prints and collages combine sharp observations of America with the imagery and aesthetic innovations of the African diaspora.

Both exhibitions run until May 15. Tickets are $12, which provides access to both special exhibits. The Cincinnati Museum of Art is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams.

Street artist Shepard Fairey, widely known for his posters and murals, also creates NFT digital art.  Check out some of his digital work at NFTxCincinnati: Unfit this weekend at Sample Space.

4. NFTxCincinnati Presents: Unfit

Here is another kind of art exhibition. A group of artists, collectors and digital art enthusiasts bring Unfit, an immersive NFT gallery, to Sample Space at The Banks (140 Marian Spencer Way, Downtown). So what is an NFT gallery? NFT galleries are kind of an evolution of art collecting, only with digital art. NFT stands for “non-fungible token”, which basically means that it is original digital art (designs, music, etc.) which, due to its unique digital code, is guaranteed to be original rather than a copy . Most NFTs are part of the Ethereum blockchain, a type of cryptocurrency. The blockchain creates a unique token, so even though a digital file can be copied multiple times, NFTs are designed to give you something that cannot be copied: ownership of the work. Think of it like buying a real Picasso: only one person can own the original.

If all of this has you confused, you’re not alone. Unfit is designed to help you understand and familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of crypto and digital art by hosting panel discussions of industry experts and providing educational resources. And there will also be many NFT immersive digital works from artists around the world presented and offered. Local and regional artists include Dylan Graves, Annie Burke, Andrew VanSickle and many more, and works by international artists include BuffMonster, Damien Hurst, Dalek, Ian Murray and Shepard Fairey.

Panel/speaker sessions run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday with the gallery evening which will follow from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday as well as. It’s free to attend. Register:

Sara Clark portrays Hamlet in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company production, which opens Friday.

5. “Hamlet”

The mysterious death of a king casts young Hamlet – the rightful heir to the crown – in the role of a reluctant avenger after his brother’s unconventional ascension to the throne and queen’s bed. Incest and intrigue, murder and madness, triumph and betrayal combine to paint one of the most complex and compelling portraits in all of English literature. With Sara Clark portraying a gender-reversed Hamlet.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company production features a multimedia design by Brave Berlin, the founding creative directors of Blink, creating an immersive theatrical experience. It opens Friday at 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional performances through March 26. Tickets start at $58, with discounted seats for seniors and students. 513-381-2273;

"Take me home," a 39-minute documentary about American homelessness, is an immersive cinematic film capturing the experience from multiple angles.  See him at the Garfield Theater as part of the Oscar-nominated shorts through March 13.

Honorable Mention: Oscar-Nominated Short Films

With the Oscars just a month away, it’s time to watch on repeat if you want to see all the nominations. Here’s your chance to see the Oscar-nominated shorts over the next three weekends, courtesy of Cincinnati World Cinema. You will have the chance to see captivating stories featuring the peoples and cultures of Afghanistan, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland , Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

The short films are divided into three programs: documentaries (program A), animation (program B) and live action (program C). In-person screenings take place at the Garfield Theater (719 Race St., Downtown). Advance tickets for individual programs are $15. Same-day combo tickets are $24. See website for timetables. Races Friday Sunday until March 13.