See the band they just made a movie about, and 9 other things to do this week

MercyMe will perform at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on April 26. CONTRIBUTED
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MercyMe will perform at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on April 26. CONTRIBUTED

Here are 10 totally unique things to do in the region this week.

MercyMe – Imagine Nation 2019

This multiple Grammy-nominated Christian band is touring on the heels of “I Can Only Imagine,” the 2018 movie that tells the story behind the band’s first mainstream single. Crowder and Micah Taylor will also perform. See them at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24-$79. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.usbankarena.com.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

This 1967 musical comedy, based on the beloved “Peanuts” cartoon strip, gets a slightly new look with fresh musical arrangements and the actors playing their own instruments. See it at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, through May 19. For more information, call 800-582-3208 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Earth Day Celebration

The Fairfield Parks & Recreation Department will celebrate the 49th anniversary of Earth Day with a ceremonial tree planting. Come celebrate the environment at Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield, on April 22 at 1 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-867-5300.

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez, Broadway star of “Wicked” and “Hamilton,” also performs solo concerts at venues throughout the country. See her locally at the Hall Auditorium at Miami University, 501 E. High St., Oxford, on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.20-$20.40. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice.

Music of Whitney Houston

Rashidra Scott, star of Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud, the Life and times of the Temptations,” will join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in recreating the music of the late, great Whitney Houston. Scott will belt out popular hits such as “How Could I Know?,” “I Will Always Love You,” and many others. See it at Cincinnati Music Hall, 1243 Elm St., Cincinnati, on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$130. For more information, call 513.381.3300 or visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

Lil’ Ed is a blues slide guitarist who has built up a loyal following among blues enthusiasts. He and his backing band will bring Chicago-style blues to the Sorg Opera House, 57 S. Main St., Middletown, on April 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.sorgoperahouse.org or www.cincyticket.com.

Disc Golf Tournament

If you’ve always liked the idea of playing golf but were intimidated by your lack of skills, then disc golf might be for you. Instead of trying to hit a little ball with immaculate form, you throw a disc Frisbee-style. Participant in this 18-hole, two-man scramble will receive a T-shirt, sticker, dew fly towel, reusable scorecard, and your own disc. Winners will receive a $50 prize package. Check it out at the Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, on April 27 at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 per participant. For more information, call 513-932-1424.

Earth Day 2019

This annual Cincinnati Earth Day celebration includes recycling games, an Earth Day scavenger hunt, live music, exhibits and vendors, environmental awards, workshops, a recycled costume contest, and a kids’ zone. Check it out at Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, on April 27 from noon-5 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.cincinnatiearthday.com.

Patton Oswalt

This actor and comedian is known for his stand-up, his roles in indie movies such as “Big Fan,” and for his barbed Twitter activity. See him at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on April 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48-$78. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

“Sleeping Beauty”

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will present this modern rock musical version of the classic fairy tale. After rejecting “Princess School,” the courageous Princess Aurora fights to overcome her evil fairy godmother and save her kingdom with a little help from her true love. See it at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on April 27-May 5. Tickets are $10. For more information and performance times, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

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