1. A Year on the Edge
Experience 20,000 acres of Ohio wilderness through the photographer's lens with this new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate), which features nearly 100 framed photographs captured over the course of all four seasons. The Richard and Lucille Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, located in Adams County, is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, from Allegheny woodrats, wolf spiders, mussels and bobcats.
As well as photographs, you'll also find display cases filled with specimens of some of the animals that live there, including bobcats, flying squirrels, foxes, a variety of birds and a collection of research tools – including a plant press and notebook from trailblazing naturalist Dr. E. Lucy Braun. The museum center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday. The exhibit is free with paid museum admission: $14.50 adults, $13.50 ages 60-up, $10.50 ages 3-12, and free for museum members and children under the age of two. cincymuseum.org.
2. Future History Now 2021: Black Art Gallery
For the past six years, Mortar and Hillman have joined forces on Future History Now, a celebration of Black History Month and Black culture. This year, FHN shines a light on a different type of Black entrepreneur: Black visual artists. These innovative artists have found new ways to showcase their talents and inspiration – even in the midst of a pandemic and ongoing social unrest.
This curated gallery showcases the talents of Gee Horton, Ninamdot, Frank Young, Davida Casey, Allen Imagery, Tasha Beckwith, Antonio Wooten Jr., Rae Parker, Louis Rideout and more. The exhibition opens Friday at Brick Pop Up Stores (963 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills) and runs through March 14. Gallery hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free but reservations are required to adhere to social distancing protocols. eventbrite.com.
3. Unconscious Bias
This community art exhibition sheds light and positive education on social marginalization. Participating artists present what "unconscious bias" means to them, whether it be size, race, religion, gender, economics, age or education. The official opening date is Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and guests can choose between five time slots – each 30 minutes long – to view the exhibition. Masks are required inside the facility and the number of entrants will be limited to ensure safe social distancing.
The exhibition is held at A.R.T., 506 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, and runs Feb. 13-March 13. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. eventbrite.com.
4. Karrikin German Pop-Up
Karrikin Spirits and the Lubecker are teaming up for a special one-day-only pop-up event at the distillery. You can enjoy contemporary German street food and classic cuisine along with beer, sparkling spirits and more. It runs from noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Karrikin Distillery (3717 Jonlen Dr., Fairfax). The event is first come, first served with social distancing guidelines in place. facebook.com/karrikin.
5. Beyond Glory: The Stories of 8 Medal of Honor Recipients
Opened in 1891, the Sorg Opera House is one of the oldest surviving performing arts theatres in the area. After closing in 2014 for extensive renovations – which included the removal of the old theater seats to make way for seating donated by Cincinnati's Music Hall after its renovation – it has reopened and offers an interesting mix of performing arts events, including "Beyond Glory: The Stories of 8 Medal of Honor Recipients."
The one-man play was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, but was postponed due to the pandemic. A synthesis of cinema and theater, it takes you through the desperate conflicts of WWII, Korea and Vietnam through the eyes of eight Medal of Honor recipients. The play was adapted by playwright Stephen Lang from Larry Smith's book "Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words."
Seating capacity has been reduced in order to be COVID-compliant, so all members of your party must be in attendance before your group will be seated. Face coverings must be worn at all times inside the building. The show runs 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Sorg Opera Theater (63 S. Main St., Middletown). Tickets are $25 and available via sorgoperahouse.org.
Honorable mention: Jim Breuer: Freedom of Laughter Tour
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jim Breuer brings his new "Freedom of Laughter" tour to Funny Bone Comedy Club (7516 Bales St., Liberty Township) this weekend. Saturday night is already sold out, so if you want to see this show, don't delay. At publication time, some tickets remain for 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $42 each and it's ages 21-up. liberty.funnybone.com.