Free Performances Happening on West Side as Part of ArtsWave Campaign

ArtsWave is shining the spotlight on West Side Cincinnati this weekend through its 2019 ArtsWave Days series, brought to you by Macy’s. The region’s planner, promoter and funder of the arts kicks off the 2019 annual ArtsWave Community Campaign this week with twice-a-month showcases of the arts that continue through April 13.

The first of the six ArtsWave Days, Destination: West Side, will happen February 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at three locations. At the new Madcap Education Center in Westwood, Madcap Puppets is presenting free performances of their latest production, “Rumpelstiltskin” at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the TriHealth Performance Hall. Reservations are strongly suggested at

In the lobby of Madcap, dance classes, free of charges, will be open to the public. Children and adults will learn the moves and choreography used by Rumpelstiltskin and Crazy Lady in the show. Classes are at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. 

In the SWATH Design Studio, children can “spin for gold” with a paint and wheel craft that creates a unique souvenir for the day.

At the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Preview Highlight Performances of upcoming “Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver” will be performed at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Covedale Director Tim Perrino and Music Director Greg Dastillung will host an actor-actress talkback after show which will cover how the production was created and provide explanation behind the theater’s history and organization’s parent company, Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Afterwards, you’ll tour the theater including parts not normally accessed by the public. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made at

Near the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, ArtsWave is partnering with series sponsor Frisch’s® Big Boy and the Cincinnati Opera to hold mini-opera performances in the Big Boy parking lot on Glenway Avenue. The Cincinnati Opera is bringing their 44-foot semi-truck, “Opera Express,” and will perform famous operatic melodies and explanation behind the music.  Performances will happen at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

All of these arts are being offered to the public in celebration of the three-month 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign, in which tens of thousands of residents and companies come together to fund the region’s arts.

Besides Macy’s title sponsorship, Frisch’s Big Boy® is the series sponsor and Enquirer Media is the Print Media Sponsor.   

For a full schedule of all six ArtsWave Days, including reservation registration and performance information, please see

Jackie Reau