Here are 10 things to do in southwest Ohio this week:
1. Lewis Black
For the notoriously ranting comic, Lewis Black, every day brings fresh headlines and fresh fodder. Come see what’s he angry about these days at the Taft Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on March 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$65.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.
2. “Is He Dead?”
This rare comic play written by Mark Twain wasn’t published or widely staged until the early 2000s. Based on the life of the French painter Jean-Francois Millet, an artist fakes his death to increase the value of his work, and later dresses like a woman to keep up the ruse. Millet’s paintings are featured in the lobby throughout the play’s run. See it at the Lebanon Theatre Company, 10 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon, on March 17 and 22-24. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 513-228-0932 or visit www.ltcplays.com.
3. Pauly Shore
The MTV personality famous for his stoner persona in the 1990s comedies, “Encino Man” and “Son-In-Law,” has never stopped doing stand-up. See him at the Funny Bone at Liberty Center, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Twp., on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$55. For more information, call 513-779-5233 or visit www.liberty.funnybone.com.
4. “On Your Feet!”
This Broadway play tells the life story of Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, their rise to crossover pop stardom as the Miami Sound Machine and Gloria’s solo career, and the moment they almost lost it all. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on March 19-24. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 and up. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.
5. Spring Brew Review
One of the things about looking forward to warm weather is imagining a refreshing craft beer to go with it. Three local breweries — Dogberry, Rolling Mill, and Municipal — will be rolling out their spring selections for your palate’s perusal. Check it out at Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, on March 21 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $50 (all spirits) and $25 (designated driver). For more information, call 513-868-3210.
6. Learn To Curl
Curling has exerted a weird hold on the American imagination, like what exactly is it? This how-to class will instruct your friends and family on just what those people are doing with those funny little rakes. Check it out at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford, on March 21 at 8-10 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 513-529-9800.
7. “The Great Space Caper”
This kid-oriented play will have your little ones exploring the universe as Buxby helps his little alien friend, Galax, find a new home. See it at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, on Mach 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 513-524-8506 or visit www.oxarts.com.
8. Millennium Tour 2019, featuring B2K
This R&B/hip hop boy band achieved stardom in the early 2000s. They’re headlining a show that also includes Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Bobby V, the Ying Yang Twins, and Chingy. See it at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $46.50-$329. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.usbankarena.com.
9. Animatic Con 2019
This anime con is especially tailored for those on the autism spectrum (though all are welcome, of course). There will be cosplay, gaming tournaments, panels, autograph signings, and more. Check it out at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati, on March 22-24. Hours are 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 (individual days), and $25-$35 (three-day pass). For more information, visit www.animaticcon.com.
10. Kelly Clarkson: Meaning Of Life Tour
The original “American Idol” winner remains one of the show’s most popular alumni. She is touring in support of her eighth album, “Meaning Of Life,” released in 2017. See her at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on March 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39-$89. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.usbankarena.com.
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