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News from Downtown - 11.19.20

To help kick off a festive holiday season, we have several fun events happing this weekend celebrating local artists, music, and culture. ArtWorks’ popular annual event, Secret ArtWorks, returns tomorrow night as a virtual house party, featuring work by more than 50 local artists. Participants can view the items up for auction and bid on their favorite pieces, without knowing the artists until the launch of the event. The party will also feature a cocktail demonstration by the owners of HomeMakers Bar, a live DJ and celebrity guest experiences. The auction ends tonight at 8 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to bid on great local artwork while supporting ArtWorks. For more details, click here.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is partnering with  Cincinnati Playhouse in the ParkPonesTaft Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, and Hoxworth Blood Center for the Save a Life, Support the Arts Blood Drive. Participants can donate blood at the Hoxworth blood donation station at the museum today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday at Playhouse in the Park from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. All donors will receive fun items including a t-shirt, admission tickets, a swag bag, and other gifts from drive sponsors.

Get dressed up and experience the latest exhibition at the 21C Museum HotelDress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance. Explore the figures dressed in clothing that spans cultures and provides a commentary on social and political moments in history, from ancient religious traditions to European fashions and contemporary popular culture. Check out this exhibition in person by appointment, or view the collection virtually by clicking here.

On Saturday, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica, in partnership with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, is hosting a performance titled L’Opera Famiglia. Two talented opera-singing couples, Sandra Lopez & Stuart Neill and Stacey Rishoi & Gustav Andreassen, will be performing several favorite operatic arias and duets by Boito, Handel, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini and Verdi. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and you can purchase tickets here.

You still have time to shop at Findlay Market for your Thanksgiving meal, and the market has an easy way to do it. Use the Findlay Market Shopping app to place your order by tomorrow, and pick up your items between Nov. 23-25. Shoppers will also receive a reusable Findlay Market tote bag. The market will be open during special hours on Monday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To view the available food items, click here. For turkeys, side dishes and desserts, Findlay Market has you covered for Thanksgiving!

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