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Meet a creator of cutting-edge HBO TV shows, get your dose of Broadway dreams, spend a day in the park in automotive heaven, or "brunch down" with Cincinnati's best chefs and 7 Days for SIDS.

Monday — June 7


Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture Series: David Simon


Baltimore-based David Simon is an author and TV creator/producer who has been a major force behind landmark series NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"; HBO's "The Wire"; and current HBO series "Treme," based on post-Katrina New Orleans. Learn what's behind his unique style and his ability to capture the essence of criminal behavior and drug use that continue to challenge our modern cities.


Where: Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Downtown

When: 7 p.m.

How Much: $20 members, $25 non-members

More information: Call (513) 621-0717 or visit


Tuesday — June 8


Broadway across America — "Dreamgirls"


Experience opening night of this new stage production from Harlem's Apollo Theater of the Beyonce/Jennifer Hudson Academy-award winning movie. This is your chance to see the show the way it was originally conceived in 1981 — live and on stage! (Performances run through


June 20.) Where: Proctor & Gamble Hall/Aronoff Center

When: 8 p.m.

How much: $20-$62

More information: Call (513) 721-3344 or visit


Friday — June 11


Contemporary Dance Theater


Choreographers without Companies Cincinnati has long been a hotbed of contemporary dance, and CDT has been at the forefront for the past 36 years. Each June, CDT gathers talented area freelance choreographers in a diverse showcase of their newest creations. (See another performance on June 12.)


Where: Jarson-Kaplan Theater/Aronoff Center

When: 8 p.m.

How much: $27 and $22; $17 for students and seniors

More information: Call (513) 621-2787 or visit


Saturday — June 12


"Walker Evans: Decade by Decade"

According to Art Museum Curator of Photography James Crump, "(Walker Evans') photographs changed the way Americans viewed their country and themselves." This exhibit tracks his career from the Great Depression to his experimentation with the then-new Polaroid SX-70 camera in the 1970s, and showcases his profound influence over the way photographic images now capture life in the 21st century. (Exhibit runs through Sept. 5.)


Where: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: FREE!

More information: Call (513) 721-ARTS or visit


June 13 — Sunday


7 Days for SIDS — Family Day Brunch

Touted as the "Brunch event of the season," this culminating event of 7 Days for SIDS features chefs from Cumin Eclectic Cuisine, Daveed's, Orchids at the Netherland Hilton, and Hyde Park Tavern and Grill. 7 Days for SIDS was founded by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife, Annette, to sustain the Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship Fund at the Midwest Culinary Institute. (The entire 7 Days for SIDS includes varied events at area restaurants from June 7 through 13.)


Where: Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. 3520 Central Parkway

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How much: $65 for Adults, $15 for children under 12 — Group rates are available. More information: Visit


Concours d’Elegance


Give your guy an early Father's Day present by taking (or sending?!) him to the 33rd annual Concours d'Elegance classic car show in Ault Park. The show features more than 200 collector vehicles and celebrates "International Designers and Coachbuilders," the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo automobiles, historic hot rods, and vintage beach cars. Parking in Ault Park is limited, so free parking and shuttle service is available this year on Red Bank Road.


Where: Ault Park

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: $20, $60 for a group of four

More information: Call (513) 321-1951 or visit




Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Stage, music and film offerings make up the seventh annual celebration of Cincinnati arts. (Performances through June 12 at various locations.)


More information:Visit


"The Fantasticks"


Where: Playhouse in the Park, Thompson Shelterhouse

When: Through June 30

More information: Call (513) 421-3888 or visit



Photo courtesy of Contemporary Dance Theater

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