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“The Diary of Anne Frank”

The private writings of this courageous young girl who managed to achieve a semblance of normalcy amidst atrocity continues to touch people around the world. A theatrical version of the diary was first staged in 1955. It won a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was revised in 1997. See it locally at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, through Oct. 1. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$42. For more information, call (513) 381-BARD (2273) or visit

Wendel Farms Fall Activities

Beginning this past weekend and running through Halloween, this border family farm with buildings in both Butler County and Franklin County, Indiana, offers multiple fall activities for families, including hayrides, a 6.05-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, pedal carts, a play area, cornhole, a pumpkin patch for picking, and even adult tricycles. Check it out at Wendel Farms, 8134 N. State Line Rd., Brookville, Indiana, through Oct. 30. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Saturday, and noon-6 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $7-$8. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. There are also group rates and campfire packages. For more information, call 812-775-9051 or visit

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Bela Fleck is a progressive banjo player widely acknowledged to be among the world’s best at the instrument. He has been Grammy-nominated in more categories than any other artist and won 13 of them. Abigail Washburn won major-label attention for her submission in a songwriting contest. Bela Fleck wound up producing her first solo album. They married and have so far released two albums together. See them at the Parrish Auditorium at the Miami University Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, on Sept. 16 from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 513-727-3412 or visit


This “outdoor walking play” re-examines the friendship between the famous naturalist philosophers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Walk with them as they travel through the natural environment and various scenes. Check it out at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, on Sept. 16-18. Performance times are 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25-$30 (adults), and $10 (children 12 and younger). For more information, call 513-868-1234 or visit or


It has long been known that only Germany itself does Oktoberfest better than Cincinnati. In addition to copious amounts of German food and a wide variety of beers, enjoy annual attractions such as the Running of the Wieners, the celebrity-led Chicken Dance, the live music, and much more. Check it out at its new location on Second and Third streets between Elm and Walnuts streets in downtown Cincinnati on Sept. 16-18. Fest hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

“Les Belles — Soeurs”

This first play by award-winning Canadian writer Michel Tremblay, revolutionary in its native country at the time for its language and themes, concerns a working-class woman who wins one million trading stamps and the army of sisters and friends who plot against her good fortune. See it at the Middletown Lyric Theatre, 1530 Central Ave., Middletown, on Sept. 16-24. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. There is an additional 3 p.m. performance on Sept. 24. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 513-425-7140 or visit

Gladys Knight

The “Empress of Soul” is best known for her hits recorded in the 1960s and ’70s with her backup singers, The Pips. She has won seven Grammys. Her last album was 2014’s “Where My Heart Belongs.” See her at the Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. For more information, call (513) 252-0777 or visit

Village Green Car Show: A Day of Music & Cars

Formerly known as the Cruise-On on the Green, this ninth annual car show will feature a variety of muscle and antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There’ll also be food and live music by The Belairs, a Las Vegas-style band that plays 1950s and ’60s music. All proceeds will benefit the Lisa Brown Scholarship Fund. Check it all out at Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, on Sept. 17 from 4-10 p.m. There is no general admission cost, but car registration fees are $12-$15. For more information, call 513-867-5348 or visit

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Let’s try this again. This massive hip-hop and R&B show, rescheduled from Aug. 26 due to scheduling conflicts, will commemorate the artists of Bad Boy Records, the label Puff Daddy (aka Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy) founded in 1993. The lineup will include Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox, French Montana and Puff Daddy himself. Check it out at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.50-$125. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit

Apple Daze

This annual festival celebrates a variety of treats made from homegrown apples, including caramel apples, apple cider, apple pie, fritters, donuts, dumplings and more. There will also be hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkin picking, children’s train rides, inflatables, a barnyard and a playground. Check it out at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon, on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-932-1869 or visit

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