The Nerd
Aug. 4-Aug. 22
A levelheaded man loses his cool when a fellow ex-soldier who saved his life in Vietnam turns out to be a bumbling oaf. Showboat Majestic, 435 E. Mehring Way, downtown. (513) 241-6550 or
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young
Aug. 6
Country music trio Rascal Flatts brings its trademark sound to the Queen City. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. (800) 745-3000 or
Glier's Goettafest
Aug. 6-8
Celebrate all things goetta, such as goetta pizza, goetta reubens, goetta burgers, goetta omelets, goetta fudge and more. Newport's Riverfront Levee.
Jack and the Giant
Aug. 6-Aug. 14
A musical version of Benjamin Tabart's classic English folk tale, The History of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean, is family-friendly summer entertainment. Beechmont Players, Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. (513) 233-2468 or
Keystone Contemporary "” Paperwork: Kristine Donnelly
Aug. 6-Oct. 24

Cincinnati native Kristine Donnelly's installations and sculptures challenge the notion that decoration belongs in the background. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. (513) 241-0343 or
Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open
Aug. 7-15

See the world's best female tennis stars in action. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason. (513) 651-0303 or

Appalachian Heritage Day
Aug. 7
Experience Appalachian culture while you eat, listen to live music, and watch demonstrations in spinning, basket making and woodcarving. Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison. (513) 521-7275 or
Blithe Spirit
Through Aug. 8
The ghost of a novelist's ex-wife is determined to win him back, even if it means forcing him to join her on the other side. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown. (513) 381-BARD or
Great Inland Seafood Festival
Aug. 12-15
Enjoy the freshest catches the Tristate has to offer, including the festival's signature $10.95 whole lobster. Continuous live music acts play while guests gobble down everything from crab legs to salmon. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. (513) 477-3320 or

Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Aug. 14-22
The world's best male tennis stars play for the title of ATP Master Series champion. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason. (513) 651-0303 or

Coast to Coast American Prints 1960-2010
Through Aug. 15
This special collection of prints, including some by local artists, represents art and images spanning America from east to west. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. (513) 639-2995 or

Draw: What America Means to Me
Through Aug. 15
Engage with the space through writing, drawing and conversation prompts, books, magazines and social networking. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. (513) 639-2995 or

Wild About Wine
Aug. 19
Sample organic wines from South America, eight Italian wines from Bolla winery, and appetizers from several local restaurants, including Lavomatic, Local 127 and Taz Lebanese & Mediterranean. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. (513) 281-4700 or

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Aug. 20-Sept. 4
Take to the mighty Mississippi with Huck Finn as he tries to help his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. (859) 957-1940 or

9th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair
Aug. 21
The free event invites guests to peruse arts and crafts in the theater, lobby, stage and outdoors. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Western Hills.
Swiss Wine Festival
Aug. 27-29
Taste samples from Indiana's award-winning wineries at the three-day event, which includes food, arts and crafts, rides, fireworks, parades, live entertainment, a beer garden, riverboat cruises, canoe races, cornhole tournaments and a poker run. Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Vevay, Ind. (812) 427-3237 or

Brew Ha-Ha
Aug. 27-28
Pay tribute to Cincinnati's proud brewing history with comedic acts, music and beer tasting. Sawyer Point, downtown.

25th Annual Taste of Blue Ash
Aug. 27-29
Taste some of the best cuisine in Blue Ash while listening to the musical stylings of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Little River Band Player, Night Ranger, The Guess Who and Phil Vassar. Blue Ash Towne Square, 9520 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash.

Antique Car Display
Aug. 28
See how the equipment, machinery and vehicles of the past compare to today. Governor Bebb Preserve, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana. (513) 867-5835 or

Aug. 28-Oct. 22
Experience the meeting of air, earth, fire and water in full-scale origami installations and hand-formed ceramic structures, all by Ohio residents. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. (513) 863-8873 ext. 110 or

 American Elegance: Chintz Appliqué Quilts, 1780-1850
Aug. 28-Nov. 7
This exhibition traces the development of chintz appliqué quilts from the overall "Tree of Life" designs to those featuring a large, central motif (or medallion) to album quilts. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. (513) 241-0343 or
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Best in Dance
Gala marks end of season, begining of new brand.
Dance luminaries from around the world take center stage at the Aronoff Center Aug. 14, in ballet tech cincinnati's ninth annual Gala of International Dance Stars.

This year's season finale for the company features an all-new cast of 16 dancers and choreographers from nine world-renowned dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet.

Combining classical favorites with cutting-edge artistry, styles and choreography, the event is the only international dance gala in the Midwest.

"This is a unique show that's not being played anywhere else," says Producing Artistic Director Marvel Gentry Davis. "We stay on top of what's hot and exciting in the dance world."

The gala also marks the company's last performance under the name ballet tech. Its 10th season will open Oct. 15 "” with Twinight: from Dracula to Edward "” under the name arts innovation movement: aim cincinnati.

Tickets to the gala are on sale now. Visit for more information.


Nonprofit Scene

Aug. 2: Bethany House Services hosts its annual golf outing at Maketewah Country Club. Enjoy a golf scramble, lunch, dinner and a raffle. Non-golfers are invited to attend the banquet. For more information, call Debbie McGarry at (513) 921-1131 ext. 105, e-mail her at or visit

Aug. 19: The Emanuel Community Center presents its sixth annual Women of Over-the-Rhine luncheon at the Bell Event Centre downtown, honoring leaders and role models who mirror OTR's diversity and contribute to its evolution. Contact Jenny Mendelson at (513) 241-2563 ext. 20 for details, or order online at

Aug. 28: Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, appetizers, music, auctions and raffles at a fundraiser benefiting the Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The event is held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown. For more information, call Jenny Southers at (513) 772-3550, e-mail her at or visit

Sept. 10: Cincinnati's Finest Finale is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Cincinnati honoring young professionals in the Tristate. The fundraiser, held at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout, includes a reception, music and an auction. For more information, call Annemarie Barnett at (513) 533-9300 ext. 14, e-mail her at or visit

Sept. 11: A Gourmet Sensation, benefiting Hospice of Cincinnati, returns for its 21st year at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The evening features culinary creations of premier local and national chefs. For more information, call Rose Grafton, e-mail her at or visit

Sept. 25: 4C for Children celebrates champions for children with a grand slam event at Great American Ball Park. After a reception at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, there will be dinner and dancing at The Champions Club. For more information, call Karen Hurley at (513) 758-1201, e-mail her at or visit

For a complete list of nonprofit events, visit

Featured Tristate Artist

Spiral Jetty Breakfast Nook
Wood, table base and cardboard
33 x 45 x 33"

Keith Benjamin uses food and beverage packaging from his recycling bin to create structures and experiences that comment on the mundane pleasures found in everyday experiences. He's taught sculpture at the Art Academy of Cincinnati since 1993, currently serving as associate professor and chair of the master of art in art education program.

To view more of his work, visit or e-mail him at

If you've ever wanted to put your musical abilities to the test in public, but are looking for an audience a little less intimidating than the ones that typically fill a concert hall, here's your chance.

Beginning in August, you'll be able to sit down at pianos on Tristate streets and play whatever your heart desires.

It's part of a public art project called "Play Me, I'm Yours," an installation by British artist Luke Jerram that's coming to the region courtesy of Cincinnati Public Radio. The pianos, which are being donated to the station by area residents, will be painted "” half by Jerram and half by local student artists "” and placed throughout the region at community arts centers, Fountain Square, Price Hill Chili, Cincinnati Zoo, and other places.

While the Cincinnati event marks the installation's first debut in the United States, the street piano project has already appeared in cities all over the world, including São Paulo, Brazil, Sydney, Australia, and London.

Each piano will have its own page at, where you can upload and share your films, photos and stories of your interaction with the pianos.

The pianos will be in place until Sept. 21. For more information, visit