This Tony-winning musical is based on the legendary 1956 jam session by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. See how the future of rock was forged at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$54.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.
Legends of Hip Hop
This massive hip hop bill includes E-40, Mystikal, Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Too Short, Bun B, and Pastor Troy. See them at U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $63-$129. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.usbankarena.com.
Hailing from the Cold War-era Ukraine, this classically trained violinist discovered she had a soft spot for American pop songs. With backup singers, dancers, and other special guests, Assia will perform her classical takes on “I’m Walking on Sunshine,” “Mamma Mia,” “You Raise Me Up,” “I Will Survive,” and more. Check it out at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $47.75. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.
AC2: An Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bravo’s Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience for a peek behind the scenes of media, pop culture and world events. A VIP tickets includes a photo op and a meet and greet with the two ACs. See them at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $58.75-98.75 (general) and $353.75 (VIP). For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire
This annual festival celebrating all things HOT includes all kinds of fiery food, sauces, salsas, rubs, mustards and marinades. The fest will also feature new awards and new competitions along with the legendary Arena of Fire. Check it out at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 E. Dixie Highway, Fairfield on Oct. 4-5. Fest hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information and ticketing information, call (513) 674-6055 or visit www.junglejims.com.
If you love Kentucky bourbon, then this weekend conference and festival is a must-attend. While bands and buskers perform around the fest, experience bourbon tastings, food pairings, a block party and an artisan market. For the truly ambitious and knowledge-seeking, there are tours of up to three distilleries, and a conference featuring panels, workshops, and keynote addresses by Bill Samuels Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, and famous local mixologist, Molly Wellmann. Check it out at Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, Ky., on Oct. 4-5. For more information, visit www.kentuckysedge.com.
Aberlin Springs Third Annual Fall Festival
This family-friendly festival on an actual farm will feature hayrides, animals, farm-to-table food, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and more. Check it out at Aberlin Springs, 3470 Snook Road, Morrow, on Oct. 5 from noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 513-295-5081 or visit www.aberlinsprings.com.
Cincinnati Wine and Food Experience
A national wine and food tour with local and regional flavors. Explore the Cincinnati culinary scene with local chef cooking demos, meet and greets, and seminars. National celebrity talent includes Scott Conont (“Chopped”), and Brie and Nikki Bella (“Totally Bellas” and “Totally Divas”). Check it out at Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, on Oct. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $65-$180. For more information, visit wineandfood.usatoday.com.
This 22nd annual festival includes a sunflower maze and allows you to pick your own sunflowers. There are also hayrides, farm animals, craft vendors, food trucks, arts and crafts, pumpkins, educational activities, a MadTree beer garden and more. Check it out at Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, on Oct. 5-6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $5-$8. For more information, call 513-563-6663 or visit www.gormanfarm.org.