Dec. 1-Dec. 6


A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, Chicago is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy. Broadway Across America, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-ARTS or

Dec. 3-Dec. 30

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Howard Dallin, this version of the Dickens favorite combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life the familiar tale of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams. (513) 421-3888 or

Dec. 18-Feb. 28


Employing fragile and temporal materials along with found objects, Cincinnati resident Alice Pixley Young creates large structures and installation environments that explore space and sound. Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 977-4165 or

Dec. 18

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour

Fresh off the release of its double album, Night Castle, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra — one of rock music’s biggest arena attractions — comes to the Queen City for the 2009 Winter Tour. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., downtown. (513) 421-4111 or

Jan. 29

The Opera Show

Opera’s greatest hits are brought to life in a Mitch Sebastian production filled with dazzling choreography animating renowned works of classical music. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-ARTS or

Jan. 29-Jan. 30


Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner choreographs each piece to define a unique set of relationships and experiences, and boldly addresses the depths of the human experience. Contemporary Dance Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-ARTS or

Illustrator/painter Robin Ewers has participated in many art shows in the area, and her work can be found at several Tristate restaurants and bars, including the Keystone Bar & Grill in Covington. Ewers focuses on people as her primary subjects, whether they’re famous retro celebrities such as the Beatles or Marilyn Monroe, or hand-drawn family portraits.

To view Ewers’ work, visit, or, to see what she’s
currently working on, visit


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▲ Thanksgiving Day Cruises
Nov. 26
Let the chef do all the work while you and your family sit back and enjoy the sights on the Ohio River. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. (859) 261-8500 or

▼ PNC Festival of Lights
Nov. 27-Jan. 3
The zoo gets decked out in festive light displays. Puppet shows, train rides, storytelling, reindeer and more. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. (513) 281-4700 or


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Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Through Dec. 26
Join students Myron, Bebe, Leslie, Rondi and Dameon for a series of strange encounters and skewed adventures at the 30-story Wayside School. Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St., downtown. (513) 300-KNOW or

▲ The Santaland Diaries
Dec. 3-Dec. 19
Deliciously irreverent tales by David Sedaris to spice up your holiday season. New Edgecliff Theatre, Columbia Performance Center, 3900 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum. (888) 588-0137 or

▲ Holiday Follies: A Family Holiday Festival
Dec. 4-Dec. 13
This holiday spectacular highlights yuletide favorites, with special appearances by Frosty, Rudolph, Susie Snowflake, Jack Frost, and that Jolly Old Elf himself — Santa Claus. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, The Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown. (513) 569-8080 ext. 10 or

▲ Feast of Carols
Dec. 6
CCM’s annual Feast of Carols inaugurates the holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s choirs: the Chamber Choir, Chorale, University Men’s and Women’s Choruses and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, as well as guest choirs. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Corbett Auditorium, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. (513) 556-4183 or

▲ Kenny G: The Holiday Show
Dec. 9
Experience the magic and warmth of the world’s most renowned soprano saxophone stylist, Kenny G, who holds the record for the bestselling holiday album in history, Miracles. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-ARTS or

Dec. 9-Dec. 13
This new musical take on the traditional tale has a bookish and nearsighted heroine who finds and captures the heart of a studious prince. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. (513) 863-8873 ext. 110 or

Happy Holidays with the Pops
Dec. 11-Dec. 13
The Cincinnati Pops fills Music Hall with carols, holiday tunes and seasonal songs, and welcomes special guest, the African Children’s Choir. Cincinnati Pops, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. (513) 381-3300 or

▲ Oliver!
Dec. 11-Dec. 27
James R. Cassidy leads members of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in a holiday production of Oliver! that brings Dickens’ classic novel to life. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. (859) 957-1940 or

▲ Christmas at VAE
Dec. 12-Dec. 13
The Vocal Arts Ensemble’s holiday tradition continues with music inspired by the nativity, including John Tavener’s “Mother and Child” and Rautavaara’s mystical “Canticum Mariae virginis.” St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Dec. 12), 325 W. Eighth St., downtown; St. Boniface Church (Dec. 13), 1750 Chase Ave., Northside. (513) 559-0000 or

▲ The Nutcracker
Dec. 17-Dec. 27
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous score and Val Caniparoli’s enthralling choreography take you and your loved ones into a ballet adventure where dolls come to life. Cincinnati Ballet, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-5282 or

▼ 94.1 Xmas Show with

Gym Class Heroes
Dec. 18
Gym Class Heroes take to the stage to promote their latest release, The Quilt, in which they expand on their unique blend of hip-hop, rock, soul and punk. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington. (859) 491-2444 or


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Secrets of Egypt
Through Jan. 3
Explore the secrets of Egypt with the exhibit Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science and the companion OMNIMAX® film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End. (513) 287-7000 or

▲ Holiday in Lights
Through Jan. 3
Visitors can enjoy a mile’s worth of festive light displays from the warmth of their cars. Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. (513) 521-PARK or

The Taming of the Shrew
Through Jan. 3
Shakespeare’s beloved battle of the sexes takes a star turn with a glamorous 1930s old Hollywood setting, the perfect backdrop for wooing, sparring, and maybe even true love. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown. (513) 381-BARD or

▼ Toys Through Time
Through Jan. 3
A free exhibit featuring everything from 19th- and 20th-century dolls and games to vintage items, such as the original Star Wars toys made by Cincinnati’s Kenner Toy Co. and a first edition Monopoly set with sterling silver game pieces. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End. (513) 287-7000 or

Jan. 8-Jan. 9
The contemporary jazz troupe celebrates the full range of modern and rhythm-based dance and features diverse and versatile performers. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown. (513) 621-ARTS or

Antique Christmas
Through Jan. 10
Vintage Christmas decorations from area private collectors will deck the halls of the Taft this season. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. (513) 241-0343 or

Under the Tree: Photographs of Christmas Past
Through Jan. 10
An exhibition of vintage photographs in the Keystone Gallery offers glimpses into how Christmas was celebrated at the end of the 19th century. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. (513) 241-0343 or

▲ C. Spencer Yeh: Standard Definition
Through Jan. 24
In his first solo museum exhibition, Cincinnati resident Yeh transforms the gallery into a multi-sensory experience with a multi-channel sound and video installation. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. (513) 345-8400 or

Piano Power
Jan. 8-Jan. 10
Paavo Järvi conducts and pianist Denis Matsuev returns to Music Hall for performances of Rach 3 (the same concerto that provoked madness in the character at the center of the film Shine), as well as selections from Messiaen and Mozart’s Prague Symphony. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. (513) 381-3300 or

Musical Maledictions
Jan. 9-Jan. 10
Hear Franck’s Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Hunstman), Corigliano’s The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin & Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, locations vary by date. (859) 431-6216 or

Stage Fright
Jan. 15-Jan. 31
An actress takes her revenge on a leading metropolitan drama critic who has virtually destroyed both her career and that of her actor-husband. Mariemont Players Inc., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont. (513) 684-1236 or

▲ African Culture Fest
Jan. 16-Jan. 18
Sample authentic goods from a bustling African marketplace, listen to storytellers and watch exciting performances by African drummers and dancers. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End. (513) 287-7000 or

My Name is Asher Lev
Jan. 27-Feb. 14
Born into a Hassidic Jewish family in post-World War II Brooklyn, Asher Lev is a young artist torn between his observant religious community and his need to create. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. (513) 421-3555 or

Voices for Change
Jan. 29-Jan. 31
Student-developed and produced performance pieces based on contemporary issues of justice and social equality. Xavier Players, Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Avondale. (513) 745-3939 or

Solas with April Verch Band
Jan. 30
As part of the Miami University Hamilton Artist Series, Solas plays with special guest, the April Verch Band. Miami University Hamilton, Parrish Auditorium, Hamilton. (513) 529-3200 or

▲ An Evening of Romance with Jim Brickman
Jan. 31
Grab someone special for an early Valentine’s rendezvous, then sit back, relax and be prepared for lush melodies, powerful emotion and the sound of fairy tales and dreams coming true. Cincinnati Pops, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. (513) 381-3300 or

Calendar of Events

Dec. 5: Get out your best jingle bells, costume and running shoes and join the Arthritis Foundation for the 2009 Jingle Bell Run/Walk. For more information, call (513) 271-4545 ext. 112 or visit

Dec. 20: Join the Cincinnati Ballet for its 30th annual Nutcracker Ball. The black-tie ball will be held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and feature cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite. To buy tickets or for more information, e-mail Tammy Gambrel at

Dec. 31: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rings in 2010 with a New Year’s Eve concert at Music Hall followed by a Venetian Masked Ball. Steven Reineke conducts. For more information, call (513) 381-3300 or visit

Dec. 31: For a festive New Year’s Eve bash, join friends at the Know Theatre. Screens on both floors will stream a live feed from New York’s Times Square. The event will feature food, dancing, games, drink specials and a midnight toast. For more information, call Alexandra Kesman at (513) 300-KNOW or visit

Jan. 18: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Begin the day with the 2010 King Legacy Awards Breakfast & Program. Afterward, march to Fountain Square for a brief prayer service, then proceed to Music Hall. For more information, visit

Jan. 24: Enjoy a special opportunity to see a collection of very rare vintage sports and racing cars up close and personal while helping the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the same time. CSO musicians will add their own cache to this Party of Note. For reservations, visit or call (513) 381-3300.

For a complete list of nonprofit events, visit

Hats off to the Cincinnati Museum Center, which recently received the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries.

The Museum Center was one of 10 recipients of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, an honor awarded annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award recognizes institutions for outstanding social, educational, environmental or economic contributions to their communities.

“Every day, Cincinnati Museum Center makes a real difference in their community,” says IMLS Director Anne-Imelda Radice. “Their exemplary programs respond to community challenges, positively impact people’s lives, and serve as models for the nation’s museums.”

In addition to the medal, the Museum Center will receive a $10,000 check as part of the award.

Other recipients of the 2009 National Medal include Braille Institute Library Services in Los Angeles, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Ill., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore., the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Fla., the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

— Colleen Weinkam

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