SEPTEMBER

September 11, 2001: Global Response and Personal Remembrance opens. 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 Monday), from Sept. 18 to Nov. 31. $12 adults, $10 seniors (age 60 plus), $8 children ages 6-12 (free on the first Tuesday of each month, between 2 and 5 p.m.). 513/333-7500 or www.freedomcenter.org.

The Greatest Generation is a new exhibit about life in World War II, at home and away. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague St., Devou Park, Covington. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, Sept. 22 through Jan. 7. $5, $4 students and seniors. 859/491-4003.

Australian concert organist Thomas Heywood performs a program of Mozart and more on the E.M. Skinner Symphonic Pipe Organ. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. $18. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

The exhibit Michael Scott: Farny Fables mixes pop culture with imagery from the Old West. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Dec. 31. $7, $5 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under. 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

The 20/20 Festival"”which likens itself as something akin to "a Spoleto on steroids""”is 20 days and 20 nights of artsy, irreverent and fringe fun, taking place at dozens of different Greater Cincinnati stages, museums, galleries, clubs and parks. Enjoy the Arts, 1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Times, prices and venues vary during the run of the festival, Sept. 29 through Oct. 18. 513/621-4700 or www.20days20nights.com.

The exhibit Natural Moderns celebrates artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her contemporaries, including Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (the museum is closed Mondays and open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays), through Jan. 14. Free. 513/721-5204 or www.cincinnatiARTmuseum.org.

The Paper Sculpture Show is a hands-on project where visitors assemble 3-D paper objects, while "Tom Marioni" is a display by the California conceptual artist. 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, through Nov. 5. $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.

Drawn Together: Children's Artistic Response to 9/11 is a collection of drawings mailed and deliver to fire stations around the world in the aftermath of the attack. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), through Oct. 15. Free. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

OCTOBER

The five-day Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival features dozens of concerts for one price. Recently announced headliners are Rosanne Cash, Over-the-Rhine, Rhett Miller & the Believers, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Al Green, Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, Ricky Skaggs and Wilco. New this year: VIP corporate Sky Suites, tented areas that can be rented by businesses. Sawyer Point and the Cincinnati Public Landing, downtown. All day and evening, Oct. 4-8. $20 to $78. 513/562-4949 or www.tallstacks.com.
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati opens Tom Sawyer: A River Adventure. P&G Pavilion, Sawyer Point Park. Four shows daily, Oct. 4-8. $7 to $18. 513/569-8080 or www.thechildrenstheatre.com.  

The show Discover Theater! features excerpts from Disney Broadway hits. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., downtown. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. $22. 513/621-2787.

The city's iconic Fountain Square, closed for a year for a $42-million retrofit, reopens with a national caliber music concert. Fifth and Vine Sts., downtown. All evening Saturday, Oct. 14. Free. 513/621-4400.

Monty Python's Spamalot comes to town, straight from Broadway. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., Cincinnati. Nightly Oct. 17-29. Ticket prices tba. 800/294-1816.

ACE, a coming-of-age script, is the winner of the Mickey Kaplan New Play Prize. Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park Circle.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, Oct. 17 to Nov. 17. $41.50 to $50.50. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.  

Jennifer Joplin stars in Macbeth. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 19. $20, $18 seniors, $16 students. 513/381-2273 or www.cincyshakes.com.
The Cincinnati Pops presents "Go to the Movies," featuring a tribute to composer John Williams. Erich Kunzel conducts. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 22 and 23. $22 to $61. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org.

String of Pearls is a regional premiere that follows the journey of one pearl necklace and how it affects two dozen women. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 12. $32 adults, $29 full-time students (with an I.D.) and seniors (65 plus), $16 for children 12 and under. 513/421-3555 or www.cincyetc.com.

The Lady's Not for Burning is a comic drama about the absurd. U.C. College-Conservatory of Music, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati's main campus, Clifton Heights. 8 p.m. nightly with 2:30 p.m. weekend matinees, Oct. 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29. $17 to $27. 513/556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Robert Porco present a program of Bach, Britten and Schubert. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. $18.50 to $77. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

"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. Dudley Taft and Tricia Macke are the celebrity hosts. Newport Aquarium, 1 Levee Way, Newport. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. $75. 859/815-1404.

NOVEMBER 

The Taft Museum celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Duncanson Artist in Residence Program in a gala concert featuring past winners such as soprano Sebronette Barnes, vocalist Kathy Wade, jazz violinist John Blake, jazz pianist William Menefield and more. Greaves Concert Hall, campus of Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 1. Free, but advance reservation required. 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati opens Disney's Aladdin Jr. Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore Sts., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 4 and 5. $7 to $18. 513/569-8080 or www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi present a program of Bernstein and Prokofiev. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. $18.50 to $77. 513/381-3300 or www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit returns to Cincinnati Museum Center with all-new displays, including 320 new pieces of memorabilia and a number of recreated rooms (a first-class hallway, ship's boiler room, and more).  Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), Nov. 4 through May 6. $16.75 adults, $10.75 children. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

The annual Holiday Fest features carriage and pony rides, outdoor ice skating, the Cool Runnings Toboggan Slide, and more. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason. 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, mid-November through early January. $10, children 5-12 and military $7.50. 513/398-SWIM or www.HolidayFestAtTheBeach.com.

The Cincinnati Zo'™s Festival of Lights features 2.5 million Christmas lights as well as carolers and light sculptures. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 5 to 9 p.m. daily, mid-November through December. $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens and $7.95 children ages 2 to 12. 513/475-6124 or www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Holiday Junction chugs back into town inside the city's Amtrak terminal. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), mid-November through January. $7.25, seniors $6.25, children ages 3-12 $5.25. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

The Ohio Designer Craftsmen's 2006 Winterfair is like shopping at a hundred gift boutiques, but requires just one stop. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, foot of the Suspension Bridge, Covington. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 and 26. $7, free to children 12 and under. 614/486-7119 or www.ohiocraft.org.

The Ensemble troupe stages the world premiere musical Ugly Duck. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. $32 adults, $29 full-time students (with I.D.) and seniors (65 plus), and $16 for children 12 and under. 513/421-3555 or www.cincyetc.com.

DECEMBER

Check out the Sharon Woods outdoor Christmas light display, "Holiday in Lights." You don't even have to bundle your little elves up "” you can view the more than 500,000 lights strung along a mile's worth of park from the comfort of your car. A special FM channel plays holiday music as you view illuminated, moving characters that range from Santa to Godzilla, Toy Soldiers to the inhabitants of Holiday Castle. Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Pike, Sharonville. 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, through December. $10 per car. 513/769-0393 or www.holidayinlights.com.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' familiar holiday chestnut, is a ghost story with heart. The Playhouse in the Park, Mt. Adams. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Dec. 2 through Dec. 30. $41.50 to $54.50 for adults, $15 to $20 for children 5 to 12 (children under 5 not admitted). 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is staged. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 7 through Dec. 31. $20, $18 seniors, $16 students. 513/381-2273 or www.cincyshakes.com.

"Holiday Lights on the Hill" features more than one million lights illuminating this sculpture park. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd (Ohio 128), just outside the Hamilton city limits. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly, December through early January. $12 per carload, $14 on weekends. 513/868-8336 or www.pyramidhill.org.