MARCH 16"” Paavo Jarvi conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with guest pianist Stewart Goodyear. Music Hall, 12th and Elm Sts., Over-the-Rhine. 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 8 p.m. March 18. $17.75 to $73.75. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

MARCH 16"” Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" premieres at the Playhouse in the Park, atop Mt. Adams. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays, through April 14. $39.50 to $52.50. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.

MARCH 18"” Local musicians such as Silver Arm, Mad Anthony Wayne Pipe Band and Traveler's Dream perform at the Celtic Lands Culture Festival. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Noon to 5 p.m. March 18 and 19. Free. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.org.

MARCH 23"” Sample the "Grand Tastings" at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, where more than 130 wineries pour nearly 600 wines accompanied by food and live music. Cinergy Convention Center, Fifth & Elm Sts., downtown. 6:30 to 9 p.m. (plus selected afternoon events) March 23, 24 and 25. $50 to $65. 513/723-9463 or www.winefestival.com.

MARCH 30"” "A Streetcar Named Desire" opens. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 719 Race St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 23. $20, $18 seniors, $16 students. 513/381-2273 or www.cincyshakes.com.

APRIL 1"” "Stone My Heart," winner of the Mickey Kaplan New Play Prize, premieres at the Playhouse in the Park, atop Mt. Adams. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays, through April 30. $39.50 to $52.50. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.

APRIL 2"” Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, returns to Cincinnati to lead the Cincinnati Pops in "Honoring 40 Years of Erich Kunzel," with guest vocalist Faith Prince. Music Hall, 12th and Elm Sts., Over-the-Rhine. 7 p.m. April 2 and 9. $22 to $63.50 ($88 for box seats). 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org.

APRIL 3"” The Great American Ball Park opens for business with the Cincinnati Reds vs. the Chicago Cubs, and at least 42,263 people plan to be there. For Opening Day of the 138th baseball season, look for the city's highrise offices to empty out for the traditional Findlay Market Parade. This year's parade (due to Fountain Square construction) begins at the Race Street entrance of historic Findlay Market and proceeds south on Race to Central Parkway. It will bear east (left) on Central Parkway to Main Street, then turn south (right) onto Main Street, and proceed to Fifth Street. The parade ends at Fifth and Broadway. Great American Ball Park, 100 Main St., downtown. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. April 3; the game begins at 2:10 p.m. $15 to $46. 877/647-REDS or www.reds.com.

APRIL 7"” The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati opens "Hansel and Gretel." Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore Sts., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 8 and 9. $7 to $18. 513/569-8080 or www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

APRIL 7"” "Marvels of Maiolica" opens, featuring Italian Renaissance ceramics. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays), through June 18. $7, $5 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under. 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.com.

APRIL 8"” It's the ultimate "annual" event, as the Cincinnati Zoo's "Zoo Blooms" shows off more than 1 million flowering trees, daffodils, tulips and shrubs. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through April 30. $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens and $7.95 children ages 2 to 12. 513/281-4700 or www.cincinnatizoo.org.

APRIL 22"” It's a floral show to end all floral shows, as the annual Cincinnati Flower Show opens. Coney Island amusement park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, through April 30. $20, children 3-12 $5. 513/872-5194.

MAY 6"” The Cincy-Cinco festival features a Salsa Dancing Contest, "the Largest Pinata in the World," a Mariachi Mass, and event pavilions devoted to Hispanic art, business, sports, dance, food and music. Riverbend Music Center Plaza, Kellogg Avenue at Interstate 275, Anderson Township. All day May 6 and 7. $10. 513/ 721-3555.

MAY 19"” The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's week-long May Festival (North America's oldest choral celebration) kicks off. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Concerts at various times and venues, through May 27. $15 to $87. 513/621-1919 or www.mayfestival.com.

MAY 27"” "Adventure Down Under" opens. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, kookaburras, lorikeets and other creatures from Australia. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 4.  $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens and $7.95 children ages 2 to 12. 513/281-4700 or www.cincinnatizoo.org.

ON-GOING
"Moonlight and Magnolias," comedy set in 1939 Hollywood, based on "Gone With the Wind." Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, through March 26. $32 adults, $29 full-time students (with an I.D.) and seniors (65 plus). 513/421-3555 or www.cincyetc.com