Top 10 events this week include: Giada Valenti and ‘Long Island Medium’

Giada Valenti, the acclaimed Italian chanteuse, will put her own spin on American popular music, from The Doors to Christina Perri, at the Aronoff Center on March 30. CONTRIBUTED
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Giada Valenti, the acclaimed Italian chanteuse, will put her own spin on American popular music, from The Doors to Christina Perri, at the Aronoff Center on March 30. CONTRIBUTED

“All the Roads Home”

From award-winning playwright, Jen Silverman, this play chronicles three generations of headstrong women, from the 1950s to the present day, who struggle to discover whether they’re chasing their own dreams or merely rebelling against the legacies of their parents. See it at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, on March 25-April 23. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information and ticket prices, call 800-582-3208 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

The central claim of the controversial “Long Island Medium” is that she can communicate with the dead and pass on messages to the living. Although there have been numerous allegations of fraud, Caputo’s TV series has had a popular, eight-season run, spawning several books and a jewelry line. See her at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.75 and up. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Giada Valenti: From Venice With Love

This Italian chanteuse will put her own spin on a diverse repertoire of popular American hits. The artists to be covered will include The Doors, Christina Perri, Rosemary Clooney, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield and several others. The VIP ticket option comes with premium seating, a copy of her album, and a post-show meet and greet. See her at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.75-102.75. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Donuts & Drafts

This self-guided tasting tour will take you through the hidden nooks and crannies of historic Hamilton and Middletown. Waiting for you at each stop will be a locally prepared donut and craft beers from Butler County breweries. The tours in Hamilton and Middletown occur simultaneously. Meet in downtown Hamilton (ArtsSpace, 222 High St.) and Middletown (The Windamere, 2 S. Main St.) on March 31-April 1 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include both nights. For more information, search the event on www.eventbrite.com.

DePue De Hoyos

This fiddler/guitar duo (Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos) has performed with metropolitan orchestras, on international television, and for various government officials. Individually, Alex DePue has toured with rock guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. The duo has released several albums both together and separately. See them at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, on April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18. For more information, call 513-867-5348 or visit www.fairfield-city.org/cac.

Dog Gone Bone Hunt

Finally, an Easter egg hunt for your canine family members. Plastic eggs willed with dog treats will be dispersed over a wide, green area. Golden eggs can be redeemed for special prizes. Also on hand will be dog-oriented vendors, potential new pets from a local rescue center, and the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities. Check it out at Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton, on April 1 from noon-4 p.m. Admission is $4 per dog. Registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 513-895-4359 or visit www.yourmetroparks.net.

11th Autism and All Special Needs Expo

Over 70 local, state, and federal organizations will be handing out information on the services they provide for autistic and special-needs people. For families with children, there will be puppet shows, music shows, movies, and other activities. Check it out at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, on April 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-771-7744 or visit www.autismexpo.com.

“The Inventive Princess of Floralee”

This interactive fairy tale staged by the Know Theatre of Cincinnati combines fantasy and science as kids help Princess Floralee solve numerous mathematical, science, and engineering problems in order to rescue the kidnapped king from an evil witch. Check it out at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, on April 1 from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.oxarts.com.

“Rocktopia Live”

This classical music and classic rock fusion concert will feature an orchestra, choir, rock musicians, and five vocalists to perform unique arrangements on songs by Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Rachmaninoff, Pink Floyd, Beethoven, The Who, and more. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48.50-$102.50. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

“Tarzan: The Stage Musical”

This musical theatre version of the 1999 Disney movie features all of the Phil Collins songs as the famous jungle boy, after being raised by caring gorillas, encounters humans like himself for the first time. This Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati production is intended for children aged pre-K-12. See it at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, on April 1-2 and 7-9. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $10-$30. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

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