Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: March 18-20

1. Butterflies Along the Nile

It's a sure sign of spring – the butterflies are emerging at Krohn Conservatory. This year's butterfly show highlights the colorful butterflies soaring around lush floral exhibits that pay homage to ancient Egyptian gardens. Inspiration for the exhibits was taken from actual paintings found in temples and tombs, with images featuring orchards, palms and fish ponds with lotus plants.

Butterflies Along the Nile opens Saturday and runs daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through June 19 at Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams). Admission is $10, $7 for youth and free for ages 4 and under.

2. "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

With their signature dance moves and brilliant harmonies, the Temptations rose to the top of the music charts with an incredible 42 top 10 hits – 14 of which hit number one. This new smash-hit Broadway musical follows the extraordinary journey of the group, from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's a story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in America, set to the beat of the group's classic hits, including "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Get Ready" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."

A local in the show:'I never thought I would even touch that stage.' Fairfield native brings Broadway home

The musical opened earlier this week at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall (650 Walnut St., Downtown) and runs through March 27. Showtimes this weekend are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $35. 513-621-2787;

3. Cincinnati Pops: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

A few blocks away from the Aronoff, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra celebrates the life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at Music Hall. John Morris Russell and the Pops are joined by four powerhouse vocalists – Tamika Lawrence, Shaleah Adkisson, CoCo Smith and Blaine Krauss – to pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to this iconic singer, who Rolling Stone Magazine crowned "the number one singer of all time."

Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: March 18-20

Showtimes this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday. Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

4. "Steel Magnolias"

Truvy's beauty salon in Louisiana is where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done – and get the best gossip. Outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to all who enter, including an eccentric millionaire, a rich curmudgeon, a local social leader and Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, who's about to be married. The plot covers the ensuing three years, relating to Shelby's Type 1 diabetes and how the women cope with their conflicts while still remaining friends.

Preview performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and next week on March 22-23 in the Marx Theatre at Playhouse in the Park (962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams). The play opens officially on March 24 and runs through April 17.

5. Greater Cincinnati Home Expo

This comprehensive home expo is chock full of innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. You'll have the chance to chat with local experts and get advice for all your home improvement needs, from kitchen and bath remodels to landscape options.

The expo runs from noon-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Admission is $5, free for ages under 18.

Honorable mention: Big Weekend for Comedy

If you need a good laugh, we've gotcha covered.

New York-based comedian Mark Normand appears at Funny Bone Comedy Club (7518 Bales St., Liberty Township) this weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $37-$47.

Actor and comedian Jeremiah Watkins will be at Go Bananas (8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery) 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ages 18-up Friday; 21-up Saturday. Tickets are $15. 513-873-7233;

The Eatery at Kroger on the Rhine (100 E. Court St., Downtown) hosts Comedy Night on the Rhine at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by Tyler Ross, the show features Shaena Rabbani, Shawn Braley and Ossia Dwyer. Tickets are $15.

Also on Saturday, catch the Helltown Comedy Showcase at the Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside). This week's headliner is Mark Chalifoux, with feature comedians Kylie Dills, Mike Franke, Hanna Ljungholm and Nolan Miller. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info:

MOTRMouth brings actor, comedian and podcast host Johnny Pemberton to town Sunday for two shows in MOTR Pub's Sword Room (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine). Showtimes are 6 and 8:30 p.m. It's ages 21-up and tickets are $10. 513-381-6687;

Honorable mention: Pucks N Pups

Our beloved Cincinnati Cyclones might play on the ice, but they're helping fans gear up for warmer weather with their Friday night special promotion. The team's got you covered for the beach, pool or waterpark with Cyclones-themed beach towels, given away to the first 3,000 fans through the door.

On Saturday night, fans can enjoy the game with their furry friends by purchasing the special Pucks N Pups ticket package, which allows you and your precious pupper to sit together. During one of the intermissions, there'll even be dachshund races on the ice. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. each night against the Fort Wayne Komets at Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Downtown.