What To Do in Cincinnati This Week: Oct. 3-9

FotoFocus, HallZOOween, the Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival, the inaugural Wellness Your Way Festival, Weekend of Fire, Steve-O and more.
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WEDNESDAY 03
EVENT: HopScotch  
Casual Scotch fans and snifter aficionados: CityBeat’s HopScotch event is taking over Newport’s New Riff Distillery for an evening dedicated to non-bourbon whiskey. There will be plenty of smoky, peaty Scotch from distilleries including anCnoc, Balblair, Balvenie, Macallan, Tullamore Dew, Glenfiddich and more, as well as Irish whiskey, IPA pairings and light bites from area eateries (i.e. the Chart House, Nicholson’s, Crown Republic Gastropub and more). The party takes place in New Riff’s event space and includes tastings, live music and basically unlimited samples. General admission gets you food and alcohol and an opportunity to talk to Scotch experts; opt for VIP tickets for early entry and a tour (and tasting) of New Riff. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. $40 general admission; $55 VIP. New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., hopscotchcincy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

WEDNESDAY 03

EVENT: HopScotch
Casual Scotch fans and snifter aficionados: CityBeat’s HopScotch event is taking over Newport’s New Riff Distillery for an evening dedicated to non-bourbon whiskey. There will be plenty of smoky, peaty Scotch from distilleries including anCnoc, Balblair, Balvenie, Macallan, Tullamore Dew, Glenfiddich and more, as well as Irish whiskey, IPA pairings and light bites from area eateries (i.e. the Chart House, Nicholson’s, Crown Republic Gastropub and more). The party takes place in New Riff’s event space and includes tastings, live music and basically unlimited samples. General admission gets you food and alcohol and an opportunity to talk to Scotch experts; opt for VIP tickets for early entry and a tour (and tasting) of New Riff. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. $40 general admission; $55 VIP. New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., hopscotchcincy.com.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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WEDNESDAY 03
FILM: Fright Night: Hocus Pocus 
It’s not a true Halloween season unless you’ve watched Hocus Pocus at least once. Salem, Massachusetts’ infamous Sanderson sisters are back from the dead and ready to suck the souls of naive trick-or-treaters to gain everlasting life before the end of All Hallows Eve. They died in 1693, were raised from the dead on 1993 and now they’re celebrating the 25th-anniversary of this Disney cinematic classic. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch and Cincinnati’s own Sarah Jessica Parker, this free film screening in Washington Park kicks of the “Fright Night” series of spooky movies taking place every Wednesday through Oct. 24. Next up is E.T. (Oct. 10), followed by Ghost Busters (Oct. 17) and Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 24). 8-10 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

WEDNESDAY 03

FILM: Fright Night: Hocus Pocus
It’s not a true Halloween season unless you’ve watched Hocus Pocus at least once. Salem, Massachusetts’ infamous Sanderson sisters are back from the dead and ready to suck the souls of naive trick-or-treaters to gain everlasting life before the end of All Hallows Eve. They died in 1693, were raised from the dead on 1993 and now they’re celebrating the 25th-anniversary of this Disney cinematic classic. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch and Cincinnati’s own Sarah Jessica Parker, this free film screening in Washington Park kicks of the “Fright Night” series of spooky movies taking place every Wednesday through Oct. 24. Next up is E.T. (Oct. 10), followed by Ghost Busters (Oct. 17) and Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 24). 8-10 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
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THURSDAY 04-SUNDAY 07
EVENT: Wellness Your Way Festival 
A new wave of wellness is taking over the Duke Energy Convention Center. With three days covering everything fitness- and wellness-related, the festival aims to be everything your inner wellness warrior needs. With an emphasis on the “your way,” this festival is meant to inspire guests to seek out their own definition of wellness. You can work-out with celebrity fitness experts, learn new ways of healthy cooking from world-renowned chefs, get inspired from guest speakers and learn new tips and tricks from a variety of other health professionals. Celebrity guests include chef Michael Symon, nutritionist Joy Bauer and musicians Gavin DeGraw (who performs 8 p.m. Thursday), Nick Lachey (who performs 8 p.m. Friday) and Jewel (who performs 8 p.m. Saturday). 1-10 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. $15-$125. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, wellnessyourwayfestival.com.
Photo: Jewel // Provided

THURSDAY 04-SUNDAY 07

EVENT: Wellness Your Way Festival
A new wave of wellness is taking over the Duke Energy Convention Center. With three days covering everything fitness- and wellness-related, the festival aims to be everything your inner wellness warrior needs. With an emphasis on the “your way,” this festival is meant to inspire guests to seek out their own definition of wellness. You can work-out with celebrity fitness experts, learn new ways of healthy cooking from world-renowned chefs, get inspired from guest speakers and learn new tips and tricks from a variety of other health professionals. Celebrity guests include chef Michael Symon, nutritionist Joy Bauer and musicians Gavin DeGraw (who performs 8 p.m. Thursday), Nick Lachey (who performs 8 p.m. Friday) and Jewel (who performs 8 p.m. Saturday). 1-10 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. $15-$125. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, wellnessyourwayfestival.com.
Photo: Jewel // Provided
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THURSDAY 04
MUSIC: Chris Stapleton
For many people, Chris Stapleton’s name might be a new addition to their list of favorite Country artists, but his voice and his resume tell a different story. Though relatively new to the spotlight, this ain’t his first rodeo. Before Stapleton’s deep, dark vocals cracked through speakers with “Nobody to Blame,” he’d already made a name for himself in Nashville. Stapleton will finish off 2018 with a bang. Last year’s From a Room: Volume 2 and the single “Broken Halos” picked up a total of five Country Music Award nominations, so it’s likely he’ll be taking take home some trophies at the November ceremony. Stapleton is currently on tour with another Country music legend, Marty Stuart; their stop at Riverbend has long been sold out (like most Stapleton-headlined shows these days), so here’s hoping you know somebody who knows somebody.

THURSDAY 04

MUSIC: Chris Stapleton
For many people, Chris Stapleton’s name might be a new addition to their list of favorite Country artists, but his voice and his resume tell a different story. Though relatively new to the spotlight, this ain’t his first rodeo. Before Stapleton’s deep, dark vocals cracked through speakers with “Nobody to Blame,” he’d already made a name for himself in Nashville. Stapleton will finish off 2018 with a bang. Last year’s From a Room: Volume 2 and the single “Broken Halos” picked up a total of five Country Music Award nominations, so it’s likely he’ll be taking take home some trophies at the November ceremony. Stapleton is currently on tour with another Country music legend, Marty Stuart; their stop at Riverbend has long been sold out (like most Stapleton-headlined shows these days), so here’s hoping you know somebody who knows somebody.
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FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06
COMEDY: Steve-O
As a comedian, activist, TV host and stunt performer, Steve-O (aka Stephen Gilchrist Glover) wears many hats. Indeed, he once wore a jellyfish sombrero for bit on his YouTube channel that has since captured over 25 million views. “I was just such an attention whore by the time I was born,” he says, “I had little recourse other than to pursue a career in show business.” He cites spending his formative years in England as an influence. “When I was 9, I had the freedoms (there) that a 16-year-old would have here. I was cruising all over London on the Tube and the busses; even on my bike I’d go all over the city. I’m really grateful for that.” He was always a prankster as well. “I’d unscrew salt shakers and consume all the salt. It was pretty impressive, but it didn’t make people like me any better.” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25-$50. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
Photo: Provided

FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06

COMEDY: Steve-O
As a comedian, activist, TV host and stunt performer, Steve-O (aka Stephen Gilchrist Glover) wears many hats. Indeed, he once wore a jellyfish sombrero for bit on his YouTube channel that has since captured over 25 million views. “I was just such an attention whore by the time I was born,” he says, “I had little recourse other than to pursue a career in show business.” He cites spending his formative years in England as an influence. “When I was 9, I had the freedoms (there) that a 16-year-old would have here. I was cruising all over London on the Tube and the busses; even on my bike I’d go all over the city. I’m really grateful for that.” He was always a prankster as well. “I’d unscrew salt shakers and consume all the salt. It was pretty impressive, but it didn’t make people like me any better.” 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $25-$50. Funny Bone Liberty, 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, liberty.funnybone.com.
Photo: Provided
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FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07
VISUAL ART:  FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Kick-Off
The 2018 FotoFocus Biennial theme of “Open Archive” speaks to the desire to organize and make sense of a growing visual catalog, but artistic director Kevin Moore appreciates some fluidity, too. In choosing this year’s theme, he wasn’t concentrating on photographs stashed in boxes, but the free-use images that we access every day on the internet and keep on our smartphones. A prompt like “open archive” conveniently opens up infinite questions. Who decides what is worth documenting and preserving? How do artists draw upon the past? Are the memories that we hold in our hearts truer than the pictures we hold in our hands? Can we trust everything we see, particularly in the digital age? With more than 90 exhibits and events across Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, the fourth FotoFocus Biennial explores photography’s historical and contemporary archives from multiple angles. Though some shows opened weeks ago, programming this weekend officially kicks off a packed month, and some exhibits continue into 2019. The lineup’s biggest names include filmmaker/artist/writer Miranda July, late photographers Berenice Abbott and Eugène Atget, and British artist and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing. “A Conversation with Artist Miranda July”  takes place 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. Find more info and tickets at fotofocusbiennial.org.
Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg

FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07

VISUAL ART: FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Kick-Off
The 2018 FotoFocus Biennial theme of “Open Archive” speaks to the desire to organize and make sense of a growing visual catalog, but artistic director Kevin Moore appreciates some fluidity, too. In choosing this year’s theme, he wasn’t concentrating on photographs stashed in boxes, but the free-use images that we access every day on the internet and keep on our smartphones. A prompt like “open archive” conveniently opens up infinite questions. Who decides what is worth documenting and preserving? How do artists draw upon the past? Are the memories that we hold in our hearts truer than the pictures we hold in our hands? Can we trust everything we see, particularly in the digital age? With more than 90 exhibits and events across Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, the fourth FotoFocus Biennial explores photography’s historical and contemporary archives from multiple angles. Though some shows opened weeks ago, programming this weekend officially kicks off a packed month, and some exhibits continue into 2019. The lineup’s biggest names include filmmaker/artist/writer Miranda July, late photographers Berenice Abbott and Eugène Atget, and British artist and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing. “A Conversation with Artist Miranda July” takes place 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. Find more info and tickets at fotofocusbiennial.org.
Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg
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FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07
EVENT: Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival
Wooden Cask Brewing Company is coming at you with the beer-filled, live-music-bursting festival Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival. Spend your weekend with more than 30 local and touring bands along with a selection of over 30 craft beers. Local art vendors will be there to fulfill the other half of the festival title. And, of course, there will also be lots of food. Despite it being at a brewery, all ages are welcome and kids under 12 are free. With two stages set up for the performances, expect non-stop entertainment all weekend. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30. Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York St., Newport, Ky., woodencask.com.
Photo: Moonbeau // Provided

FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07

EVENT: Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival
Wooden Cask Brewing Company is coming at you with the beer-filled, live-music-bursting festival Rhythm Brew Art and Music Festival. Spend your weekend with more than 30 local and touring bands along with a selection of over 30 craft beers. Local art vendors will be there to fulfill the other half of the festival title. And, of course, there will also be lots of food. Despite it being at a brewery, all ages are welcome and kids under 12 are free. With two stages set up for the performances, expect non-stop entertainment all weekend. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30. Wooden Cask Brewing Company, 629 York St., Newport, Ky., woodencask.com.
Photo: Moonbeau // Provided
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FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06
CLASSICAL: The Dharma at Big Sur
Tracy Silverman’s nonconforming approach to his music is an integral part of his psyche. He rejected a career as a classical violinist, switched to the electric violin and stopped listening to its two biggest exemplars, Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty — turning to Rock and Soul giants Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin for inspiration. Silverman will make his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut this weekend performing The Dharma at Big Sur, a work that he says, “never ceases to affect me.” Dharma was inspired by composer John Adams’ first encounter with the spectacular California coastal landmark and by his friendship with West Coast composers Lou Harrison and Terry Riley. Adams creates a brilliant fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms using the electric violin’s meditations and ecstatic dancing phrases. Violinist Tracy Silverman performs The Dharma at Big Sur with the CSO Oct. 5 and 6 at Music Hall. Tickets: cincinnatisymphony.org.

FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06

CLASSICAL: The Dharma at Big Sur
Tracy Silverman’s nonconforming approach to his music is an integral part of his psyche. He rejected a career as a classical violinist, switched to the electric violin and stopped listening to its two biggest exemplars, Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty — turning to Rock and Soul giants Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin for inspiration. Silverman will make his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut this weekend performing The Dharma at Big Sur, a work that he says, “never ceases to affect me.” Dharma was inspired by composer John Adams’ first encounter with the spectacular California coastal landmark and by his friendship with West Coast composers Lou Harrison and Terry Riley. Adams creates a brilliant fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms using the electric violin’s meditations and ecstatic dancing phrases. Violinist Tracy Silverman performs The Dharma at Big Sur with the CSO Oct. 5 and 6 at Music Hall. Tickets: cincinnatisymphony.org.
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FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06
EVENT:  CliftonFest
It’s CliftonFest time once again. The free, annual arts fest takes over the Ludlow Avenue business district this Friday and Saturday for another great weekend of art, music and other fun. Enjoy the spirit of the neighborhood with live art drawings on the sidewalk, light installations (designed and placed by DAAP students), performances from local bands and artisan shopping. You can start checking out the neighborhood, vendors and artist wares and installations beginning Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday is a full day of fun that starts at 9 a.m. (The fest goes until 11 p.m. both nights). For more info, visit cliftonfest.com.

FRIDAY 05-SATURDAY 06

EVENT: CliftonFest
It’s CliftonFest time once again. The free, annual arts fest takes over the Ludlow Avenue business district this Friday and Saturday for another great weekend of art, music and other fun. Enjoy the spirit of the neighborhood with live art drawings on the sidewalk, light installations (designed and placed by DAAP students), performances from local bands and artisan shopping. You can start checking out the neighborhood, vendors and artist wares and installations beginning Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday is a full day of fun that starts at 9 a.m. (The fest goes until 11 p.m. both nights). For more info, visit cliftonfest.com.
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FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07
ONSTAGE: The Government Inspector
This weekend at CCM his production of the hilarious show, working with a fresh adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, should evoke gales of laughter. The show, which satirizes bad behavior in a 19th-century Russian province, offers not one admirable character; everyone is corrupt. Fundamentally, the story is one of mistaken identity: The self-serving officials of a small town learn that an undercover inspector will soon visit. They are convulsed with panic when Ivan Hlestakov shows up, who is a well-dressed, clueless and foolish visitor from St. Petersburg. Quickly, they become convinced that he is the official sent to detect what’s going on in the town. Ivan is in desperate straits, both out of money and far from home. He is about to shoot himself (while admiring his image in a mirror) when the town’s mayor shows up with a load of rubles. Ivan is so dimwitted that he quickly abandons his dire decision and willingly accepts all attempts to bribe and banquet him. The Government Inspector, presented by CCM, continues through Sunday. More info: ccm.uc.edu.

FRIDAY 05-SUNDAY 07

ONSTAGE: The Government Inspector
This weekend at CCM his production of the hilarious show, working with a fresh adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, should evoke gales of laughter. The show, which satirizes bad behavior in a 19th-century Russian province, offers not one admirable character; everyone is corrupt. Fundamentally, the story is one of mistaken identity: The self-serving officials of a small town learn that an undercover inspector will soon visit. They are convulsed with panic when Ivan Hlestakov shows up, who is a well-dressed, clueless and foolish visitor from St. Petersburg. Quickly, they become convinced that he is the official sent to detect what’s going on in the town. Ivan is in desperate straits, both out of money and far from home. He is about to shoot himself (while admiring his image in a mirror) when the town’s mayor shows up with a load of rubles. Ivan is so dimwitted that he quickly abandons his dire decision and willingly accepts all attempts to bribe and banquet him. The Government Inspector, presented by CCM, continues through Sunday. More info: ccm.uc.edu.
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SATURDAY 06-SUNDAY 07
EVENT: Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival
If you follow ‘hip’ folks on Instagram, they probably post an annual #candid of themselves in a field of sunflowers. And most likely, it was taken at Gorman Heritage Farm’s Sunflower Festival. Honestly: totally worth it for the cute pics alone. This autumnal celebration will put you in the seasonal spirit — crisp, early October weather; harvest hues of red, orange and yellow; cozy hayrides (bonus: snag some hot cocoa beforehand); and, duh, sunflowers. As the sweet fall ruffles your sweater, sway to live music or munch on grub from a selection of food trucks and vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $1 per sunflower stem or 12 for $10. $8 admission; $5 kids 3-17 and seniors; free 3 and under. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evandale, gormanfarm.org.
Photo: Gorman Heritage Farm

SATURDAY 06-SUNDAY 07

EVENT: Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival
If you follow ‘hip’ folks on Instagram, they probably post an annual #candid of themselves in a field of sunflowers. And most likely, it was taken at Gorman Heritage Farm’s Sunflower Festival. Honestly: totally worth it for the cute pics alone. This autumnal celebration will put you in the seasonal spirit — crisp, early October weather; harvest hues of red, orange and yellow; cozy hayrides (bonus: snag some hot cocoa beforehand); and, duh, sunflowers. As the sweet fall ruffles your sweater, sway to live music or munch on grub from a selection of food trucks and vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $1 per sunflower stem or 12 for $10. $8 admission; $5 kids 3-17 and seniors; free 3 and under. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evandale, gormanfarm.org.
Photo: Gorman Heritage Farm
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SATURDAY 06
MUSIC: Erika Wennerstrom
Though she moved her critically acclaimed Rock band Heartless Bastards from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas years ago, Erika Wennerstrom has continued to bring her music projects back to the Queen City on a regular basis. That has included tour dates in support of her fantastic debut solo album, Sweet Unknown, which was released this spring on Partisan Records and showcased a different side of the singer/songwriter’s musical personality. The solo effort is simultaneously rootsier and more expansive and textural than Wennerstrom’s work with the Bastards, reminiscent of the unique ethereality Daniel Lanois helps conjure when working with Americana-oriented artists (a Wennerstrom/Lanois collaboration would be beyond spellbinding). Sweet Unknown,/i> has received a wide array of great press since its release, including from Rolling Stone, which called it “a spacious, starlit collection that showcases her wail over sprawling Americana.” 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Briana Purser

SATURDAY 06

MUSIC: Erika Wennerstrom
Though she moved her critically acclaimed Rock band Heartless Bastards from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas years ago, Erika Wennerstrom has continued to bring her music projects back to the Queen City on a regular basis. That has included tour dates in support of her fantastic debut solo album, Sweet Unknown, which was released this spring on Partisan Records and showcased a different side of the singer/songwriter’s musical personality. The solo effort is simultaneously rootsier and more expansive and textural than Wennerstrom’s work with the Bastards, reminiscent of the unique ethereality Daniel Lanois helps conjure when working with Americana-oriented artists (a Wennerstrom/Lanois collaboration would be beyond spellbinding). Sweet Unknown,/i> has received a wide array of great press since its release, including from Rolling Stone, which called it “a spacious, starlit collection that showcases her wail over sprawling Americana.” 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Briana Purser
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SATURDAY 06-SUNDAY 07
EVENT: Weekend of Fire
Can you handle the heat? Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire fest features all the hot sauces, spicy mustards, rubs, jerky and salsas you can handle. This year's fest has a special twist: It's the "Weekend of Fire Fiesta Style" highlighting the spiciest foods from Mexico. There will be hundreds of foods to sample as well as an Arena of Fire competition to see who can eat the spiciest creations. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10.65 per day. Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.

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EVENT: Weekend of Fire
Can you handle the heat? Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire fest features all the hot sauces, spicy mustards, rubs, jerky and salsas you can handle. This year's fest has a special twist: It's the "Weekend of Fire Fiesta Style" highlighting the spiciest foods from Mexico. There will be hundreds of foods to sample as well as an Arena of Fire competition to see who can eat the spiciest creations. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10.65 per day. Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
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SUNDAY 07
ONSTAGE: The Roommate
“It’s Iowa!” is a phrase often uttered by Margaret Daly, the actress portraying Sharon in The Playhouse’s production of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, which follows a woman who has recently opened her home to a new roommate — in the hopes of staving off an aggressive case of empty-nest syndrome. Sharon is a timid but curious woman in her mid-50s searching for new meaning and excitement in the wake of her recent divorce. This excitement, she hopes, might be found in her new roommate, Robyn, a provocative and enthralling woman from the Bronx. Played energetically by Mary Jo Mecca, Robyn is an insouciant and mysterious new arrival to Iowa. What begins as a formal and uncertain relationship between the women quickly becomes an unexpected and exhilarating adventure as Sharon adapts to her new roommate’s unconventional lifestyle. Through Oct. 21. $35.40–$96.40. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.

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ONSTAGE: The Roommate
“It’s Iowa!” is a phrase often uttered by Margaret Daly, the actress portraying Sharon in The Playhouse’s production of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, which follows a woman who has recently opened her home to a new roommate — in the hopes of staving off an aggressive case of empty-nest syndrome. Sharon is a timid but curious woman in her mid-50s searching for new meaning and excitement in the wake of her recent divorce. This excitement, she hopes, might be found in her new roommate, Robyn, a provocative and enthralling woman from the Bronx. Played energetically by Mary Jo Mecca, Robyn is an insouciant and mysterious new arrival to Iowa. What begins as a formal and uncertain relationship between the women quickly becomes an unexpected and exhilarating adventure as Sharon adapts to her new roommate’s unconventional lifestyle. Through Oct. 21. $35.40–$96.40. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
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MONDAY 08
MUSIC: Trivium with Avatar and Light the Torch
Mixing Metalcore mainstays like throat-shredding vocals and double-bass driven breakdowns with a healthy dose of old-school Thrash Metal leads and melodies, Trivium broke through in a big way with its second album, 2005’s Ascendency, and hasn’t looked back. Now on their eighth album (2017’s The Sin and the Sentence) and with almost 20 years of experience behind them, the musicians of Trivium have made a career out of expanding enough on their established sound to never make the same album twice, while also remembering what made their initial hits such monsters. 6:30 p.m. Monday. $29. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: Provided

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MUSIC: Trivium with Avatar and Light the Torch
Mixing Metalcore mainstays like throat-shredding vocals and double-bass driven breakdowns with a healthy dose of old-school Thrash Metal leads and melodies, Trivium broke through in a big way with its second album, 2005’s Ascendency, and hasn’t looked back. Now on their eighth album (2017’s The Sin and the Sentence) and with almost 20 years of experience behind them, the musicians of Trivium have made a career out of expanding enough on their established sound to never make the same album twice, while also remembering what made their initial hits such monsters. 6:30 p.m. Monday. $29. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
Photo: Provided
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MONDAY 08
MUSIC: Dreamers with Morgxn and Weathers
Dreamers is among the new breed of Pop Punk bands that follow in the footsteps of ’90s forebearers like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, but bring a contemporary melodic edge to the table. 
The New York-based trio — guitarist/vocalist Nick Wold, bassist Marc Nelson and drummer Jacob Lee Wick — has made a tremendous impact in a relatively short time. Just months after Dreamers’ 2014 formation, Alternative Press magazine cited them as one of their 100 Bands You Need to Know. For a group of Dreamers, they’ve made a whole lot of reality happen in just four years. 7 p.m. doors Monday. $12.50 advance; $15 day of. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com.

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MUSIC: Dreamers with Morgxn and Weathers
Dreamers is among the new breed of Pop Punk bands that follow in the footsteps of ’90s forebearers like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, but bring a contemporary melodic edge to the table. The New York-based trio — guitarist/vocalist Nick Wold, bassist Marc Nelson and drummer Jacob Lee Wick — has made a tremendous impact in a relatively short time. Just months after Dreamers’ 2014 formation, Alternative Press magazine cited them as one of their 100 Bands You Need to Know. For a group of Dreamers, they’ve made a whole lot of reality happen in just four years. 7 p.m. doors Monday. $12.50 advance; $15 day of. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com.
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