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Change of plans -- this is where it's at

By CityBeat Staff · September 13th, 2006 · Cover Story
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WEDNESDAY SEPT. 13
Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in SWEET CHARITY. 8 p.m. $14-$15. (Through Oct. 1.) Showboat Majestic Theatre, public landing below the Mehring Way entrance. 513-241-6550.

Northern Kentucky rockers LONELY THE SEABIRD play Northside Tavern. 9 p.m. Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-542-3603.

THURSDAY SEPT. 14
The Cincinnati Observatory Center presents free lectures and telescope viewing on Thursdays. You'll be escorted on a historical tour of the observatory, including the oldest operational telescope in the country. Call for times. Free, but donations are always encouraged. Reservations are required. 3489 Observatory Pl., Hyde Park. 513-321-5186.

FRIDAY SEPT. 15
What could be cooler than CityBeat's Cool Party? Don't answer -- just join us for six beer tasting stations, more than 24 varieties of delicious brew (including new organic beers), complimentary eats from Palomino and cool prizes and giveaways. Galleries will be open during the event. 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-345-8400.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Brahms season opener with Paavo Jarvi conducting and violinist Gil Shaham. 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Sept. 16.) $19.50-$81. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

SATURDAY SEPT. 16
Vas you ever in Zinzinnati? Not if you never attended Oktoberfest, all the German brats, beers and Chicken Dance you can shake a potato pancake at. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free. Fifth Street, Race Street and Fountain Square to Sentinel, Downtown. oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com.

Walk for a cure at the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati's 17th annual Red Ribbon Walk For AIDS along the riverfront. 9 a.m. (8 a.m. kick-off with a continental breakfast). $10 registration fee; prizes go to walkers with the top donations. Schott Ampitheater, Sawyer Point, Downtown. 513-421-AIDS.

ESPN analyst and former Ohio State star Kirk Herbstreit brings back his annual Ohio vs. USA Challenge featuring top Ohio high school teams Nine Ohio teams against elite powerhouse programs from around the country. UC's Nippert Stadium hosts two games Friday (starting at 6:30 p.m.) and four games Saturday (starting at 11:30 a.m.). 513-556-CATS.

SUNDAY SEPT. 17
Cirque Du Soleil performs at The Banks for the final time today. 1 and 5 p.m. $35-$70. Under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau, Main Street and Mehring Way, Downtown. 800-678-5440.

MONDAY SEPT. 18
Learn ballroom dancing at a 12-week course on this fine art. Offered Mondays or Wednesdays, 7:30 and 9 p.m. $120. The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. 859-431-0020.

TUESDAY SEPT. 19
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati presents the regional premiere of Mack and Mabel, a play set in the 1920's that tells the beautiful story of a love triangle. (Runs Sept. 13-Oct. 1.) 7:30 p.m. $16-$32. ETC, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-3555.

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 20
Bands from Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis and beyond converge for the MidPoint Music Festival (through Sept. 23). Nightly at clubs along Main Street in Over-the-Rhine and downtown; conferences and tradeshows take place at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown. Shows begin at 9 p.m. each night. $100 full-delegate badge provides all access; $25 gets you into all the clubs all three nights; $10 gets you into all the clubs one night. mpmf.com.

America Votes is hosting an open house for activists, volunteers, and the media to provide information concerning what it and its partners will be doing over the next few weeks to bring change to Ohio. 6-8 p.m. America Votes Cincinnati Office, 10979 Reed Hartman Hwy. suite 109, Blue Ash. 513-322-5597.

Greatest MC ever? It's debatable, but Rakim is usually in at least the Top 5 when such lists are crafted. Catch him with Kid Capri and special guest Brother Ali. 8 p.m. $17 in advance; $20 at the door. Annie's, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-321-0220.

THURSDAY SEPT. 21
Check out Cincinnati Ballet behind the scenes in a studio rehearsal, as part of the company's new Ballet Teams program. This time, see an early run-through of noted choreographer Kirk Peterson's Javelin, a piece celebrating Olympian physicality and and the beauty of the (male) Greek ideal. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. Cincinnati Ballet Studios, 1555 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine. 513-562-1125.

FRIDAY SEPT. 22
The Carnegie presents an evening of bi-partisan silliness with The Capitol Steps before election day. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $22-$30. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. 513-621-4700.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents Durufle, Mozart and Franck. Paavo Jarvi, conducting. William Windstead, bassoon. 11 a.m. (also Sept. 23, 8 p.m.) $18.50-$77. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

SATURDAY SEPT. 23
The fourth annual Streetscapes: A Street Painting FestivAL Sept. 23-24 transforms Clifton's Telford Street into a showcase of 16th-century styled street chalkings. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Telford Street at Ludlow Avenue, Clifton. 513-588-0560.

The Cincinnati Reds wrap up their home season with a final series against the Chicago Cubs. Before tonight's 6:10 p.m. battle is the annual Mascot Whiffle Ball Game, pitting area sports and company mascots against each other in fuzzy, big-headed whiffleball action. CityBeat's mascot has been banned from this year's event due to an unfortunate spitball incident last year. $9-$215. Great American Ball Park, Second and Main Sts., Downtown. 513-381-REDS.

SUNDAY SEPT. 24
Appalachian styled folk group the Blue Rock Boys perform at Northside Tavern. Free. 10 p.m. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-542-3603.

Sponsored by Cincinnati Folk Life, the 14th annual Cincinnati Celtic World Festival Sept. 23-24 has been expanded to include music and other aspects of Middle Eastern, Austrian and Ukranian cultures, as well as maintain the emphasis on Celtic, Irish, Scottish and Welsh cultures. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. $9; $2 children 5-12. $4 parking. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp. 513-533-4822.

MONDAY SEPT. 25
The weather is just about to break. Experience the last days of the Indian Summer at Imago, Price Hill's eco-village. Hiking every day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily. Free. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill. 513-921-5124.

UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Faculty Artist Series. Frank Weinstock on piano plays Haydn, Brahms, and Schubert. 8 p.m. Free. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

TUESDAY SEPT. 26
Explore a simulated limestone cave at the Natural History Museum at the Museum Center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $7.25; $6.25 seniors; $5.25 children ages 3-12. Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., West End. 513-287-7000.

NYC's Mosquitos make enchanting, Latin-infused Indie Pop full of exotic wonderment and sensual melodies. The group returns with support from the exuberant Irish Electro Indie duo Oppenheimer. 8 p.m. $12. Southgate House, 24 E 3rd St., Newport. 859-431-2201.

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 27
Get spooked at Shadowbox Cabaret's Freak Show 2006, a Halloween-inspired showcase of theatrical shorts, original sketch comedy and live music by 'Box house band BillWho? (Through Nov. 25.) 7 p.m. $20-$25; $10 students. Newport on the Levee, Newport. 859-581-7625.

THURSDAY SEPT. 28
Join the Cincinnati Ballet in four world premieres and other works new to Cincinnati, like Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Lost and Found, which weaves the grief of 9/11 into a provocative ballet. Times vary, Sept. 28-Oct. 8. $30. Mickey Kaplan Performance Studio, 1555 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine. 513-621-5219.

Experimental musician/composer Kevin Drumm travels from Chicago for a performance that literally taps into the SIMPARCH installation Gloom and Doom. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Contemporary Arts Center, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-345-8419.

FRIDAY SEPT. 29
Get your ink on at Inktank World Headquarters with Writer´s Weekend 2006, featuring a Hip-Hop-ology workshop by Napoleon Maddox of Iswhat?!, a cultural storytelling workshop presented by Omope Carter Daboiku, NPR's Ira Glass and a whole lot more. Through Sept. 30. Free, but registration is required. Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-542-0195.

This Final Friday join the Art Academy for an open house at the Artists in Action studio sale and demonstration. Snacks provided. 6-9 p.m. Free. 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-562-6262.

Enjoy the Arts' 20/20 Festival kicks off today, to be followed by 19 more days filled with cool, artsy goings-on at cincinnatiarts.com (through Oct. 18). Various venues. 513-621-4700.

Have you ever wondered what really happens to your recyclables once they are picked up at your curb? If the answer is yes, join us for a tour of Rumpke´s recycling facility (presented in conjunction with New York artist Charlotte Becket's trash-recycling sculpture "Wishing Well" on view at the Contemporary Arts Center). Meet in front of CAC; bus leaves promptly at 11 a.m. Free, but reservations are required. Contemporary Arts Center, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-345-8419.

SATURDAY SEPT. 30
Playhouse in the Park presents In The Continuum, the journey of self-denial and self-discovery of two women who find that they are pregnant and infected with HIV (runs through Oct. 29). 5 p.m. $36.50 for this special preview performance ($43.50-$52.50 regularly). Playhouse in the Park, 963 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

Join in the fun at Nippert Stadium as the UC Bearcats play their longtime football rival, the Miami Redhawks, at 3:30 p.m. The winner takes home the Flying Pigskin Bucket or the Victory Bell or the Red Hatchet or some such trophy. $11-$22. Nippert Stadium, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-CATS.

Crazy for Dance is an evening of dance exhibition featuring performances ranging from French Cancan to the Charleston, from 1800 to 1920. 8 p.m. $5-$12. Xavier University's Gallagher Theatre, Evanston. 859-491-5526.

SUNDAY OCT. 1
The Hyde Park Art Show returns for the 39th year, showcasing more than 200 regional artists as well as some from as far as Florida. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hyde Park Square, Edwards Road and Erie Avenue, Hyde Park. 513-871-2458.

MONDAY OCT. 2
Immerse yourself in the balmy, indoor garden at the Krohn Conservatory. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2. 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams/Walnut Hills. 513-421-5707.

Bored? Nope, board. Come on out for Know Theatre's newest Happy Hour event -- Operation, Connect Four, Jenga, Trouble, Candy Land, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly will be in the mix. This is your big chance to find out how Battleship works when you have all the pieces. 5:30-7:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month. Bar Louie, Newport on the Levee, Newport. 513-300-KNOW.

Without the Melvins, there would likely have been no Grunge explosion. The Pacific Northwest icons bring the heavy like no other and have remained vital since their first record was released in '87. 8 p.m. $10. Top Cats. 2820 Vine St., Corryville. 513-281-2005.

TUESDAY OCT. 3
Southern rockers Widespread Panic bring their jams to town. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $37.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-721-8883.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 4
The Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival returns to Cincinnati with even more music, food, fun and riverboats to entertain and educate thousands and to once again shine positive national attention on the Tristate. More than 75 performances by national, regional and local artists provide music for every taste. Times vary, through Oct. 8. $20-$22 for all five days. Sawyer Point and Bicentennial Commons, Downtown. 513-352-6180.

She fiddled with John Mellencamp at the start of her career, but singer/songwriter Lisa Germano is better know today as a gifted solo artist. 8 p.m. $8. Publico, 1308 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-784-0832.

THURSDAY OCT. 5
As part of the 20/20 Arts Festival, Moving Art Dance Company will perform Moving Art, where dancers will become moving sculptures to be viewed from all sides while their different poses are captured by a sketch artist. 7-9 p.m. $12; $10 students; $9 Enjoy the Arts members. Mr. Pitiful's, 1323 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-621-4700.

The Taft Art Museum presents Jazz and Java ­ cool jazz, hot coffee and hip art. Music by the Dan Martinez Jazz Quartet. 7-10 p.m. Free for museum members; 20/20 Passport holders pay $5; others $10. 316 Pike St., Downtown. 513-241-0343.

FRIDAY OCT. 6
Jake Speed plays Northside Tavern. 10 p.m. Free. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-542-3603.

If you love Country music but thinks it needs a kick in the ass, look no further than Shooter Jennings as your guiding light. The son of the legendary Waylon Jennings, Shooter is well equipped to stir some dust! Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. 859-491-2444.

For a foot-stompin', handclappin' evening of all-American traditional dance and musical styles, look to performances by Dayton's own Rhythm in Shoes theatrical music and dance troupe. 8:30 p.m. $22-$27; $17 students and seniors. Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-621-ARTS.

SATURDAY OCT. 7
The Greenwich hosts the Urban Blast Explosion, a 20/20 event. The documentary La-Fabri-K: The Cuban Hip-Hop Factory plays at 9 p.m. Various local and national artists perform. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $7. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. 513-221-1151.

The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad presents the Pumpkin Patch Express, Halloween-themed, nostalgic rides out of Lebanon Station. Trains operate with a restored 1950s-era GP-7 diesel-electric locomotive and open window commuter coaches built in 1930. Saturdays 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Call for reservations. $17 adults; $15 children 12 and under. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 198 S. Broadway, Lebanon. 513-933-8022.

Kids ages 5-11 learn acting at the Saturday Stage Craft Classes, a six-week arts and drama course. Improv, mime, teamwork, costuming and loads of fun and silliness. 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday Oct. 7-Nov. 11. $130 for non-members, $115 for members. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington.

513-621-4700.

Covington's emerging arts district puts its best foot forward at Art Off Pike, a celebration of local visual and performing artists. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Stretching several blocks beginning at Lee and Pike, off the 12 Street I-71/75 exit.

SUNDAY OCT. 8
Hurry! It's the last day of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of Wild Bill's As You Like It. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $18-24. 719 Race St., Downtown. 513-381-BARD.

Continually pushing the boundaries of the live concert experience, Blue Man Group will bring their "How to Be a Megastar" tour to Cincinnati. 10 a.m. $42.50-$55.50. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. 513-562-4949.

Enter the metaphorical Grand Chapiteau (big top) and let ring masters David Cook and Paul Ortiz entice your senses with a discussion on feats of culinary magic at Cirque du Main. Part of the Second Sunday on Main events. 2 p.m. Donations accepted. Mr. Pitiful's, 1323 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-369-0202.

MONDAY OCT. 9
Tropicoso plays the Mad Frog. Free Salsa lessons with Patrick at 9 p.m., band plays at 10 p.m. $5 cover. Vine St. and McMillan Ave., Clifton Heights/ Mount Auburn/Corryville. 513-784-9119.

TUESDAY OCT. 10
Local high schoolers get a taste of the fine art and financial opportunities right under their noses at the Cincinnati Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. 7-9 p.m. Free. UC's Tangeman University Center, Clifton Heights. 800-822-6285.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 11
Dan Bern and Colin Priestner bring their acoustic sounds to town. 8 p.m. $14-$16. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201.

Lost Prophets with special guests 18 Visions and Boys Like Girls. 6:30 p.m. $14.50 in advance, $16 day of show. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. 513-241-7469.

THURSDAY OCT. 12
Regional Premiere of Know Theatre's See What I Wanna See, a revolutionary new musical that explores faith, love, trust and perception across three different eras. Runs through Nov. 4. $20; $15 students. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-300-KNOW.

Humorist author David Sedaris presents his spoken word show at Procter & Gamble Hall. 7:30 p.m. $76-$125. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-721-3344.

Go head to head against your arch nemesis at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Ultimate ArtTrek, a scavenger hunt around the museum. 5:30-9 p.m. $25; $100 per four-person team. Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mount Adams. 513-621-4700.

FRIDAY OCT. 13
Rock out at the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-721-8883.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky, Britten, and Prokofiev. Andy Boreyko conducting; Hilary Hahn on violin. 8 p.m. (also Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.) $17.50-$73. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

SATURDAY OCT. 14
Cincinnati Black Theatre Company presents the homecoming reunion of the Greater Cincinnati African and African-American Drum & Dance Companies for the first time in over 20 years! Starring Afrikan-American Drum & Dance Ensemble, Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre, C.I.C Percussions, Essence of Africa, Khamisi Dance Theater and Medasi African Dance Theatre. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $20. College of Mount. St. Joseph College Theatre, 5701 Delhi Road, Delhi. 513-241-6060.

Comedic Juggling act The Gizmo Guys performs as part of the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series for Children. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5 aged 4-18, $6 for adults. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams. 513-345-2242.

Hold off on the quiche if you plan to attend the Bud Light/Maxim Real Men Of Comedy Tour featuring Joe Rogan, Charlie Murphy and John Heffron. 8 p.m. $45.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-721-8883.

The annual Ohio Renaissance Festival, a 30-acre replica of a 16th-century English town, offers roving jesters, minstrels, magicians, fire-eaters, jugglers and knights adorned in full armor, plus daily shows on 11 stages or in roving areas. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends through Oct. 22. $17 for adults, $9 for children 5-12. Renaissance Park, Ohio Hwy. 73, Harveysburg. 513-897-7000.

SUNDAY OCT. 15
The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a noncompetitive 5-mile walk, takes place at Yeatman's Cove. 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8). 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. 513-354-1186.

Some of the sport's biggest names from America, Canada and Japan square off at the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Campbells Cup. Singles and pairs competitions. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $27-$75. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown. 513-562-4949.

MONDAY OCT. 16
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Faculty Artist Series. Kenneth Griffith on piano plays Arnold Schoenberg, accompanied by Cecily Nell, soprano. 8 p.m. Free. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

TUESDAY OCT. 17
Broadway Across America presents one of the season's most anticipated shows, Monty Python´s Spamalot. Times vary, through Oct. 29. $27-$90. Aronoff Center's Procter and Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-621-ARTS.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 18
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents Wind Symphony with Karol Husa as guest composer and the CCM Chorale, Xavier University Concert Choir and Percussion Group Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Free. CCM's Corbett Auditorium. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents Young People´s Concerts: The Wide World of Woodwinds. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $4 (available in advance only). Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

THURSDAY OCT. 19
Opening night of 1776, a musical that promises to put a human face on the historical icons who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Through Nov. 5. $21; $19 students and seniors. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale. 513-241-6550.

FRIDAY OCT. 20
The Cincinnati Cyclones are back in town and back downtown at US Bank Arena. Playing again in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the Cyclones will be the only minor league hockey game in town this season. Ticket prices TBA. 100 Broadway, Downtown. 513-421-PUCK.

Cincinnati Pops Symphony Orchestra presents Go To The Movies. Eric Kunzel conducting, Kristine Reese and Billy Tighe vocalists. 8 p.m. $23-$63. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

SATURDAY OCT. 21
SInger Mark Dvorak invites his audience to experience the beauty, innocence and determination of American Folk music. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5 aged 4-18, $6 for adults. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle., Mount Adams. 513-345-2242.

It's a Carnivale d´Expos at this YP-geared fund-raiser, with runway shows and body painting. 9 p.m. $50-$150. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. 513-621-4700.

SUNDAY OCT. 22
Fallen for the harvest season, have you? Well, aren't you corny. Every weekend in October is a Fall Festival at Blooms & Berries Probst Farm Market and Greenhouses, so head to Loveland for hay rides, pumpkin pickin', caramel apples and cider. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 9669. S. State Route 48, Loveland. 513-697-9173.

Jazz at CCM presents In a Whirl of Jazz 7, a benefit concert featuring Arturo Sandoval, the world's most renown jazz trumpeter, with Rick VanMatre as music director. 5 p.m. $10-$100. Corbett Auditorium. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-2100.

The U.K.'s Futureheads make excitable Post-Punk with agitated Pop melodies. The quartet (whose members were teens when they began) has grown up a lot after their time on the road with Oasis and Franz Ferdinand. 8 p.m. $10. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. 513-731-8000.

MONDAY OCT. 23
Paramount's Kings Island has something for everyone, from your biggest goblins to your smallest ghouls. FearFest is for teens and up and runs Fridays through Oct. 28. Nick or Treat is for the little ones and takes place Saturdays and Sundays during daylight hours (through Oct. 29). Park opens at 10 a.m. Free with park admission ($30 per adult; $15 for kids and seniors). Kings Island Dr., Mason. 800-288-0808.

TUESDAY OCT. 24
The American Sign Museum boasts 6,500 square feet of, uh, signs. Tours by appointment only. $5 suggested donation. Essex Studios, 2515 Essex Ave., Walnut Hills. 513-421-2050 ext. 336.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 25
2006 World Piano Competition Gold Medalist Tatina Tessman performs at the Taft Museum. 3 p.m. $10. 316 Pike St., Downtown, 513-241-0343.

Check out the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the actual home where Stowe learned of slavery and was prompted to write Uncle Tom´s Cabin. Donations accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. 2950 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. 513-632-5120.

THURSDAY OCT. 26
ArtWorks hosts a "secret" three-day event, as more than 1,500 postcard size masterpieces will be sold for $75 each. The identity of the artists is a secret until the sale. Event runs Oct. 26-28. Free reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown. 513-333-0388.

FRIDAY OCT. 27
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Macbeth through Nov 19. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $18-$24. 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-BARD.

SATURDAY OCT. 28
The Contemporary Arts Center takes The Long View with an exhibition dedicated to films of great length, including Jean-Luc Godard and the French New Wave. A lecture at 2 p.m. preceeds a one-time screening of Jean-Luc Godard's five-hour-plus consideration of film, Histoire(s) du Cinema. Free with museum admission. CAC, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-345-8400.

Get the ghouls and goblins together in the great outdoors at East Fork State Park's Halloween Campout Oct. 27-29. $24-$31. East Fork State Park's main beach, 3294 Elklick Road, Bethel. 513-734-4323.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents The Lollipop Family Concert: Chills, Spills, and Halloween Thrills. 10:30 a.m. $12, $6 for children. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

SUNDAY OCT. 29
Public Spectacles, Personal Pleasures: Four Centuries of Japanese Prints runs through Dec. 17 (closed Mondays and most holidays) at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free. 953 Eden Park Dr., Mount Adams. 513-639-2995.

The Cincinnati Rollergirls roller derby teams duke it out at Castle Skateland. Call for details. 980 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland. 513-683-6666.

MONDAY OCT. 30
Make Halloween official at the Cincinnati Museum Center's Shocktober, a spookfest where "the past really does come back to haunt you" in the Museum of Natural History. AfterShock! in the Children's Museum explores the facts behind the stories in the Shocktober exhibit. 6-10 p.m. $7.25. $6.25 ages 3-12. 1301 Western Ave. West End. 513-287-7001.

TUESDAY OCT. 31
Get spooked at St. Rita´s Haunted House, a Cincinnati Halloween tradition. 7-10 p.m. $8. St. Rita's School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. 513-771-1060.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 1
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Faculty Artist Series. Elizabeth Pridonoff on piano plays Beethoven and Brahms. 8 p.m. Free. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

THURSDAY NOV. 2
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Studio Musical Theatre Series The Robber Bridegroom, based on the novella by Eudora Welty. A rowdy musical fable with outrageous plot twists. 8 p.m. Free, but ticket reservations are required. Cohen Family Studio Theatre, UC campus. Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

FRIDAY NOV. 3
Hop to Mainstrasse Village, Newport and Bellevue for the Northern Kentucky 1st Friday Gallery Hop 6-10 p.m. Free. 859-291-5892.

SATURDAY NOV. 4
Shizumi: Japanese Dance and Music distills more than 2,000 years of Japanese dance, music and literature in this exhilarating performance for children. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5 aged 4-18, $6 for adults. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams. 513-345-2242.

SUNDAY NOV. 5
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Starling Series, Starling Chamber Orchestra. 7 p.m. Free to UC students, others $5-$10. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

MONDAY NOV. 6
In case you missed seeing any sharks during your summer beach vacation, you can not only see, but pet, the cartilage creatures at the Newport Aquarium. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $17.95 adults; $15.95 seniors; $10.95 children 3-12; free for children under 3. Newport on the Levee, Newport. 859-815-1441.

TUESDAY NOV. 7
It's Election day. Get out and vote!

Victoria Theatre Association offers its Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series presentation of The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean. This show has been hailed by critics as the next best thing to seeing the Rat Pack themselves. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 19). $32-$66. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 937-228-7591.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 8
Economic Democracy with David Kline, Amish bishop and organic farmer from Mt. Hope, Ohio. He's the author of Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer´s Journal and Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm. 7 p.m. Free. Schiff Family Conference Center, Xavier University. 513-745-3786.

UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the University Men´s and Women´s Choruses. 8 p.m. Free to UC students, others $5-$10. Patricia Corbett Theatre. UC campus. Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

THURSDAY NOV. 9
Get some holiday shopping done at the Madeira Branch Library Used Book Sale (through Nov. 11). Public Library Madeira Branch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7200 Miami Ave., Madeira. 513-369-6028.

FRIDAY NOV. 10
Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents Solace for Survivors: Requiem for the Living featuring works by Lauridsen (Lux Aeterna, 1997) and Brahms (Requiem, 1886). 8 p.m. Nov. 10-11. Prices TBA; single tickets go on sale three weeks prior to performance. Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, 859-431-6212.

Indie Film Night at the Library features recent DVD releases like Everything Is Illuminated, Thumbsucker and Chumscrubber (upcoming titles include The War Within and A Prairie Home Companion). 6:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month. Free. Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger. 859-962-4000.

The ongoing Friday night Jazz at the Hyatt series continues its perfect mix of local and national luminaries with innovative drummer Rashied Ali, a key John Coltrane collaborator who's considered one of the godfathers of Free Jazz percussion. 8 p.m. $10 members; $20 non-members. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-579-1234.

SATURDAY NOV. 11
The Marc Fields Sextet presents Jazz at the Main Library. 2 p.m. Free. 800 Vine St., Downtown, 513-369-4571.

SUNDAY NOV. 12
Anonymous 4 delights with traditional American music, a foot-stompin'collection of religious ballads, Gospel, Folk songs and hymns. 3 p.m. $32-$35. 325 St. Peter in Chains, W. Eighth St., Downtown. 513-556-2683.

MONDAY NOV. 13
Mariemont Players presents Black Comedy, a farce by Peter Shaffer and "One of the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language" according to London Sunday Times. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3-19. $15. Walton Creek Theater, 1401 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont. 513-684-1236.

TUESDAY NOV. 14
Slammin´ On Main is UC's weekly open mic and spoken word poetry slam. Every Tuesday 7-10 p.m. Free. Tangeman University Center's Catskeller Sports Lounge, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-1303.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 15
UC's College-Conservatory of Music's Music in the Arts series continues with Pre-Raphaelite Delights. 7 p.m. Free. Corbett Auditorium, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

THURSDAY NOV. 16
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents The Pajama Game, a musical about a fiery female union leader and a handsome foreman. Oct. 26-29 at 8 p.m. (also playing 2:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19.) $27 adults; $17 students. Corbett Auditorium, UC campus, Clifton Heights, 513-556-4183.

FRIDAY NOV. 17
Contemporary Dance Theater presents New York City's celebrated H.T. Chen and Dancers. The innovative modern dance company will present Shift, expressing through movement a surreal look into the inner workings of peoples' minds as they are in a dream state. 8:30 p.m. $22-$27; $17 for students and seniors. Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown. 513-621-ARTS.

UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Thinking about Music lecture series with Roy Howat, internationally renowned concert pianist and Debussy scholar. 8 p.m. Free. CCM's Baur Room, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

SATURDAY NOV. 18
Explore all things South of the border at the Museum Center's Latin CultureFest. Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Free. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End. 513-287-7000.

Club Mondiale hosts another International Music Jam. 6 p.m.-3 a.m. $7. 1717 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. 513-771-5201.

SUNDAY NOV. 19
MUSE Cincinnati's Women's Choir presents the Fall Concert and Health Fair event Sing, Heal, and Celebrate! featuring the breast cancer oratorio Where I Live. The choir will devote three performances Nov. 17-19 to breast cancer awareness and host a women's health fair. 3 p.m. St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. 513-221-1118

The 10th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards again recognize the best in the local music scene. The evening features awards, performances and inductions into the CEA Hall of Fame. 8 p.m., $20; $15 in advance. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-665-4700.

MONDAY NOV. 20
Enjoy dinner at Aqua, recently opened in Mount Lookout Square -- American meets Asian cuisine in a chic environment that's as much about design and music as it is about the food. 5-9 p.m. Monday; 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (Sushi bar stays open later.) 1012 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout. 513-919-2782.

TUESDAY NOV. 21
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Concert Orchestra Chamber Orchestra with Chin Lin, conductor. 8 p.m. Free. Corbett Auditorium, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 22
Have a Hillforest Victorian Christmas at the seasonal exhibit. 1-5 p.m. Through Dec. 30. $5; $2.50 students; children free. 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Ind. 812-926-0087.

THURSDAY NOV. 23
Instead of pigging out on turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving, why not consider volunteering at a soup kitchen instead? Calling ahead to schedule your date is required. St. Francis Seraph Ministries, 513-207-0924.

FRIDAY NOV. 24
Holiday Fest at The Beach Waterpark delivers ice skating, toboggan rides and winter fun. Times vary, Nov. 24-Dec. 31. $20-$27. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason, 513-398-4356.

SATURDAY NOV. 25
Bi-Okoto African Drum and Dance Theatre serves to educate you about African culture through cooking. 3 p.m. the last Saturday of each month. Prices vary. 2511 Essex Place, Walnut Hills. 513-221-6112.

SUNDAY NOV. 26
No time for a quick jaunt to the Big Apple? Then how about Dayton, Ohio? Catch the last performance of Cats in the Adrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece's 25th anniversary celebration. 7:30 p.m. $23-$56. Schuster Center, Second and Main Sts., Dayton. 937-228-3630.

MONDAY NOV. 27
UC's College-Conservatory of Music presents the Guest Artist Series featuring Florestan Project. 8 p.m. Free. Robert J. Warner Recital Hall, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-4183.

TUESDAY NOV. 28
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education's permanent theater exhibit, Mapping Our Tears, follows paths of Holocaust refugees to Cincinnati. Docent-led tours are available. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton. 513-221-1875.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 29
Xavier Musketeer basketball returns to the on-campus Cintas Center, as XU welcomes local rival Miami. Time and ticket prices are TBA. 513-745-3411.

THURSDAY Nov. 30
Tonight is the only Cincinnati Bengals home night game of the season, with the division rival Baltimore Ravens coming to town for a potentially crucial contest. And it comes just four days after the Bengals' annual trip to Cleveland. All home games are sold out, but you might be able to find a stray ticket somewhere. 8 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium, Second and Elm Sts., Downtown, 513-621-TDTD.

World Premiere of Christmas Yet to Come, Know Theatre's adaptation of Christmas Carol, which promises to turn this classic tale into a rough, raw and sexy rock video on stage. Through Dec. 23. $20; $15 students. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-300-KNOW.

FRIDAY DEC. 1
The world premiere of Ugly Duck, a musical in the tradition of the Ensemble Theatre's remakes of The Frog Princess and Cinderella. 8 p.m. (through Dec 31). Call for prices. ETC, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-3555.

Carlos Mencia brings his unforgettable brand of in-your-face social humor to the Taft Theatre. 7 p.m. $35.50-$40.50. 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-721-8883.

SATURDAY DEC. 2
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park revisits the holiday favorite, Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Through Dec. 30. $38.50-$51. Robert S. Marx Theatre, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

SUNDAY DEC. 3
The Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra presents their Memorial Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Montgomery Church of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash. 513-232-0949.

MONDAY DEC. 4
The GLBT Center of Cincinnati presents Monday Movie Mania. This is the perfect time to meet new people in the GLBT community in the area. Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Free. 4119 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-591-0200.

TUESDAY DEC. 5
Cincinnati Chamber Music presents the Antares Quartet, performing Messiaen´s Quartet for the End of Time. 8 p.m. $25. CCM's Corbett Auditorium, UC campus, Clifton Heights, 513-522-2652.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 6
The Anchor Grill, a gritty 24/7/365 pit-stop popular with the late-night crowd, has a slogan, "We may doze, but we never close." They also have a mechanical band that's always on duty. It's a great place for an after hours hang. 438 W. Pike St., Covington, 859-431-9498.

THURSDAY DEC. 7
Opening night of A Christmas Carol, a special musical edition of the Christmas classic. Through Dec. 23. $21; $19 seniors and students. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glendale Ave., Covedale. 513-241-6550.

FRIDAY DEC. 8
It's officially Nutcracker season, so why not catch a performance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts? 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 10). $7-$12. SCPA's Abigail Cutter Theater, 1310 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-363-8000.

SATURDAY DEC. 9
Take a trip on Santa´s North Pole Express, where you can beg and plead for forgiveness for last year's behavior. 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18). $18; $15 kids. Cincinnati Railway, 198 S. Broadway, Lebanon. 513-933-8022.

SUNDAY DEC. 10
Stop in at the Little Bit and feel welcomed and comfortable. The service is fast, and the bar staff is sweet and sassy. What more could a girl ask for? 2401 Vine St., Mount Auburn/Corryville, 513-721-8484.

MONDAY DEC. 11
Too cold outside? Then consider a visit to the oft-overlooked (and free) William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Run by the National Park Service, the museum preserves President William Howard Taft's birthplace. Six generations of the Taft powerhouse political dynasty (which include Ohio's current governor) are catalogued here. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Free. 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn. 513-684-3262.

TUESDAY DEC. 12
The Cincinnati History Museum and Historical Society presents windows into Cinncinati's past, from the pre-historic era through World War II. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5.25- $7.25. Museum Center at the Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave, West End. 513-287-7000.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 13
It's one of the local sports scene's big nights, when UC hosts the annual Crosstown Shootout with Xavier. It'll be next to impossible to find tickets if you don't already have one, but give it a shot. $15-$22. Fifth Third Arena, UC campus, Clifton Heights. 513-556-CATS.

Learn about women who stepped forward for the cause of freedom at the Women of Courage Tour. Runs through Dec. 29, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors, $8 ages 6-12. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, 513-333-7500.

THURSDAY DEC. 14
Pack up the family and drive to the Sharon Centre, the Hamilton County park district's newest addition at Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville. Displays include wildlife, fossils, the Buckeye Pool where visitors come eye to eye with wildlife and even a life-sized walk-through sycamore tree. 11450 Lebanon Pike, Sharonville. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free with annual $3 parking pass. 513-563-4513.

FRIDAY DEC. 15
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Dec. 7-31. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $18-24. 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-BARD.

Bronz (formerly known as Jacob's) continues its popular 80s dance night. DJ Gerald starts in at 11p.m. and the party runs 'til close. $3. 4029 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-591-2100.

SATURDAY DEC. 16
Catch Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker in all its magical holiday glory! 2 and 7:30 p.m., running through Dec. 26. This Dec. 16 date also features a special children's Nutcracker Toyland luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. for $35; performance tickets sold separately. $12-$58. Music Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-721-8222.

SUNDAY DEC. 17
The Gathering Church offers a progressive Christian service that's GLBT inclusive. 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Free. 1433 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. www.thegathering-church.com

MONDAY DEC. 18
With less a week 'til Christmas, now's the perfect time to catch The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's annual extravaganza of 2.5 million sparkling lights, yes, Festival Of Lights. $11.50, $9 seniors, $6 children. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 513-281-4700.

TUESDAY DEC. 19
Take a look at life underwater at the Newport Aquarium, more than 16 galleries that take you to the far reaches of the world. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $17.95 adults; $10.95 children 3-12; free for 3 and under. Newport on the Levee, Newport. 859-815-1441.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 20
Cincinnati Business Incubator presents the Basics Of Starting a Business, a free workshop helping local entrepreneurs get off the ground. Registration is free, but strictly limited to the first 20 callers. 7162 Reading Road, Roselawn. 513-556-2072.

Sing to the beat of somebody else's drummer at Karaoke With KJ Jimmy. 10 p.m. Free. Village Tavern, 9390 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. 513-793-7882.

 
 
 
 

 

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