OCTOBER
The 5th annual Dress for Success “Women on the Move” fund-raiser presents a theme of “Saks Fifth Avenue: A Fashionable Afternoon.” The fashion show includes a luncheon. Duke Energy Center, Fifth and Elm Sts., downtown. 11 a.m. Fri., Oct. 5. $75. 513/651-3372 or www.dfscincy.org.

A new Omnimax film, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, premieres. The National Geographic documentary explores the lost world of marine reptiles. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Shown on the hour from 11 a.m. to 7  p.m. daily, Oct. 5 through January 2008. $7.25 adults, $6.25 seniors, $5.25 children (3-12). 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi present “An Evening of Mahler and Beethoven.” Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 7:30 p.m., Thur., 11 a.m. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11-13. $18.50 to $76.75. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org.
“Halloween Nights” tells the story of Halloween in a non-frightening way, with its glowing ghosts and whimsical witches, a walk-through light show boasting 250,000 bulbs, fanciful family-friendly characters, hay rides, storytelling, campfires and magic shows. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods Park, 10073 Daly Rd., Springfield Township. 6 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6 to 9 p.m. Sun. and Thurs., Oct. 12-30. $5, children 2 and under free. 513/728-3551, ext. 371, or www.greatparks.org.

The historical Heritage Village transforms into an hysterical “Haunted Village,” when all ten different village buildings take on an eerie atmosphere after dark. Look for a ghost train, haunted graveyard, spooky seance, trick-or-treat bags loaded with favors, hayrides, straw maze, and more. Sharon Woods Park, I-275 (exit 46) at U.S. Route 42 (11450 Lebanon Pike), Sharonville. 6 to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 5 to 9 p.m. Sun., Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. $10 adults, $7 children 3-12. 513/563-9484 or www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
Take a haunting stroll into Medieval madness at Loveland Castle, a one-fifth scale replica of a 10th-century Norman structure. The castle  provides a perfect moody setting for the season, as candle-lit rooms flicker eerily and stone archways mask various lurking villains. A dozen or so monsters hang out in the hallways and steep stairwells, including the bloody Warrior Monk, swordsmen and the odd hangman. Loveland Castle, 12025 Shore Dr., Loveland. 7 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27. $6, $5 age 12 and under. 513/683-4686 or www.lovelandcastle.com.

The “Ultimate Urban Tour of Living” features sneak peeks inside downtown's hottest lofts, condos and other nifty places to live. Cincy Business is media sponsor. Noon to 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13. Cost to be announced. 513/842-8968 or www.urbantourofliving.com.
More Fun Than Bowling is the second presentation in the Ensemble Theatre’s fall season. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 7 p.m. Wed.-Sat., with 2 p.m. matinees Sat.-Sun, Oct. 17-Nov. 4. $32 adults, $29 full-time students (with an I.D.) and seniors (65 plus), and $16 for children 12 and under. 513/421-3555 or www.cincyetc.com.

The Cincinnati Pops presents “A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.” with guest star Wayne Brady (of TV’s Whose Line Is It, Anyway?). Erich Kunzel conducts. Music Hall, 1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 19-21. $22 to $61. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org.

If you’re looking to mix scare fare with an educational trip, consider the Newport Aquarium’s “Ghosts of Pirate Cove” experience. It’s a child-friendly Halloween experience that includes treats and treasure hunts. Newport on the Levee shopping and dining complex, 1 Levee Way, Newport. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Oct. 20 through Halloween. $17.95, $10.95 ages 3-12, children 2 and under free (kids in costume get in for $5 with paying adult).  859/261-7444 or www.newportaquarium.com.

“The Vanishing Frontier: Rookwood, Farny, and the American Indian” explores the art and history of Native Americans as depicted by Cincinnati’s Rookwood Pottery Company and painter Henry Farny. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (the museum is closed Mon. and open until 9 p.m. on Wed.), Oct. 20 through Jan. 20. $10, $8 seniors and students, $6 children 6-17. 513/721-5204 or www.cincinnatiARTmuseum.org.

NOVEMBER
“Nauti Night” is the annual fundraiser for the WAVE Foundation, which benefits the educational programs at the Newport Aquarium and sea turtle conservation. The evening features casino games, a silent auction and live music. Cammy Dierking and Rob Stewart are the celebrity hosts. Newport Aquarium, 1 Levee Way, Newport. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3. $75. 859/815-1404.
“America Starts Here” is an exhibition of the sculptures and installations of Kate Ericson and Mel Zeiger. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon., closed Tues., Nov. 10 through Jan. 13, 2008. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students, $4.50 children 3-13. Free Mon. nights after 5 p.m. 513/345-8400 or www.ContemporaryArtsCenter.org.

The Ohio Designer Craftsmen's 2007 Winterfair is like shopping at a hundred gift boutiques, but requires just one stop. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, foot of the Suspension Bridge, Covington. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 23-25. $7, free to children 12 and under. 614/486-7119 or www.ohiocraft.org.

“Jewels of Time: Watches From the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute” exhibits 80 finely crafted American and European watches. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Nov. 30 through Jan. 27, 2008. $8, $6 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under (free admission to all on Wed.). 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

ONGOING
“A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie” is an exhibit of the richest source of artifacts from the early transatlantic slave trade era. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 2nd Street at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Mon.), through Dec. 31. $12 adults, $10 seniors (age 60 plus), $8 children ages 6-12. 513/333-7500 or www.freedomcenter.org.

 An exhibit of the work of Julian Stanczak, the so-called father of “op art,” is titled “Constellations.” Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon., closed Tues., through Feb. 11, 2008. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students, $4.50 children 3-13. Free Mon. nights after 5 p.m. 513/345-8400 or www.ContemporaryArtsCenter.org.

Dracula takes a bite out of the Playhouse season. Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park Circle, Mt. Adams. 8 p.m. Fri., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed., and 8 p.m. Thurs., through Oct. 5. $41.50 to $50.50. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet. 719 Race St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., through Oct. 7. $22, $20 seniors, $18 students. 513/381-2273 or www.cincyshakes.com.

“Romanticism to Post-Impressionism: 19th-Century German Art from the Milwaukee Art Museum” examines the roots of Teutonic art. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Nov. 4. $8, $6 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under (free admission to all on Wed.). 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

The Renaissance Festival is a replica of medieval village, complete with jousting knights. New are the festival’s themed weekends. Oktoberfest Weekend (Sept. 29-30) features all the ale, potato cakes and sauerkraut balls you could want. If you’re a fan of the Emerald Isle, check out Celtic Dreams Weekend (Oct. 6-7), featuring the music, food and dancing of Ireland and Scotland. Renaissance Village, Ohio Hwy. 73 (near I-71, exit 45), Harveysburg.10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 27. $16.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 5 through 12. 513/897-7000 or www.renfestival.com.

“Shark Fest” is an unnerving introduction to the most menacing predators on the planet. Visitors can actually stroll beneath the water with 75 of these big guys—inside long plastic tunnels or along see-through acrylic floors—standing just inches away, nose-to-snout, against the most deadly carnivore on Earth. And get this: The bravest of tourists are even invited to touch the creatures, learning the official “two-finger” technique and how to properly pet them.. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. $17.95 adults, $10.95 children ages 3 to 12. 859/261-7444 or www.newportaquarium.com.