MAY

"Baroque Biology," a collection of hyper-realist dioramas involving primates, and "Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art," both open. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, closed Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 4 through July 15. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students, $4.50 children 3-13. Free Monday nights after 5 p.m. 513/345-8400 or www.ContemporaryArtsCenter.org.

Bluegrass gospel music takes center stage in Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park Circle, Mt. Adams. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays, May 5 to June 24. $39 to $55. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.

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. Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday (kids' area closes at 7 p.m.) and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5 and 6. $10, kids 16 and under free. 513/721-3555 or www.cincy-cinco.com.

The music, crafts and culture of Appalachia are celebrated at the 38th annual Appalachian Festival, held along the banks of the Ohio River. Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11, 12 and 13. $8, $4 for seniors and $2 for children 4-11 (3 and under free). 513/251-3378 or www.appalachianfestival.org.

"Zoo Babies" celebrates the zo'™s newest arrivals. Grammy-nominated children's artist Zak Morgan headlines the entertainment. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 12 through May 27. $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens and $7.95 children ages 2 to 12. 513/281-4700 or www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Cincy Business contributing editor Laura Pulfer hosts the "Smart Talk" series, featuring CNN's Nancy Grace as speaker. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14. $129. 513/621-2787.

"Hiram Powers: Genius in Marble" explores the work of one of America's most notable 19th-century sculptors. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from May 18 to Aug. 12. $8, $6 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under (free admission to all on Wednesdays). 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

Maifest 2007 is based on the German tradition of welcoming the first spring wines. Look for six city blocks stuffed with food, drink, live music and crafts. Sixth Street Promenade between Main and Philadelphia streets as well as Goebel Park, Mainstrasse Village, Covington. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 19 and 20. Free. 859/491-0458 or www.mainstrasse.org.

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, May 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. $15 to $87. 513/621-1919 or www.mayfestival.com.

Kings Island opens for daily business, featuring the new ride Firehawk. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, from Thursday, May 24, on. $44.99, $29.99 for seniors and children 3-6. 513/754-5700 or www.cedarfair.com.

Taste of Cincinnati, the nation's longest running culinary festival, features 45 restaurants serving up a multitude of miniature menu samples. Headliner entertainment includes Bootsy Collins, Shawn Mullins and Saving Jane. Located along Fifth Street and Fountain Square, downtown. Noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Monday, May 26, 27 and 28. Free. 513/579-3197 or www.taste-of-cincinnati.com.

JUNE

The 40th annual Summerfair is an artistic extravaganza which imports 300 painters, artisans and craftmakers from across the country, all selling paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Other entertainment includes live bands, strolling mimes, jugglers, magicians, clowns, banjo players and barbershop quartets. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2 and 3. $9 for adults, children 12 and under free. 513/531-0050 or www.summerfair.org.

The exhibit "Where Would You Wear That?" opens, examining avante-garde Japanese fashion design. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily(the museum is closed Mondays and open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays), June 2 through Aug. 12. Free. 513/721-5204 or www.cincinnatiARTmuseum.org.

Cincy Business contributing editor Laura Pulfer hosts the "Smart Talk" series, featuring actress Geena Davis as speaker. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. $129. 513/621-2787.

The Cincy Business Manny Awards banquet celebrates the best in Tristate manufacturing excellence. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Ticket price to be announced. 513/225-3060 or www.cincybusinessmag.com.

The 30th annual Concours d'Elegance, a rare auto show, is themed to "Legends of British Motoring," but also includes American oddities such as a GM Futurliner (only 12 were ever produced). Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Avenue, Mt. Lookout. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10. $20, free to ages 11 and under. 800/383-6843 or www.ohioconcours.com.

The Cincinnati Opera's summer festival kicks off  with Faust on June 14 and 16, followed by Cosi Fan Tutte on June 28 and 30, Nixon in China on July 12 and 14, and Aida July 25-31. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $27 to $136. 513/241-2742 or www.cincinnatiopera.com.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir joins the Cincinnati Pops orchestra. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue at I-275, Anderson Township. 8 p.m. Friday, June 29. $12.50 to $25. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org.

"Pete: The Exhibit" is the first major public celebration of the Hit King's career, and includes 300 pieces of memorabilia such as signed baseballs, cards, bats and more. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Main St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, as well as Reds game nights until 8 p.m., through spring 2008. $8, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12. 513/765-7923.

"Mapping Our Tears" describes the journeys of Holocaust refugees, survivors, liberators and families, from Nazi Europe all the way to their homes in Greater Cincinnati. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College, Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton Heights. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through Dec. 31. Free. 513/221-1875.

"Slavery Today" is a new exhibit at the Freedom Center that examines contemporary slavery. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 2nd Street at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, downtown Cincinnati. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Monday). $12 adults, $10 seniors (age 60 plus), $8 children ages 6-12. 513/333-7500 or www.freedomcenter.org.

"Shark Central" showcases an interactive exhibit that includes (gulp) a shark-petting tank. 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.

The Rosemary Clooney House Museum, the home of the late singer and entertainer, features the largest display of costumes and memorabilia from the film White Christmas. Rosemary Clooney House Museum, 106 E. Riverside Dr., Augusta, Ky. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, weekday tours by arrangement. $5. 606/756-2603.

The Tristate Warbird Museum features a P-51 Mustang, an AT-6D Texas trainer, a TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber, a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, a Corsair fighter and more. Also on display: An English barracks like something out of "12 '™Clock High." Tristate Warbird Museum, Clermont County Airport, 4021 Borman Dr., Batavia. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $12, $7 children, free for WWII veterans. 513/735-4500 or www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org.