The Cincinnati Film Festival showcases moving pictures from all over the globe from October 8 to October 16. Your all-day pass (a $20 value) gets you access to a full day of screenings and workshops. Start your cineday with the Shorts Block 9, a collection of short films playing at the Esquire Theater, and then hop over to Main St. Cinema to catch "Runaways: Producing In Ohio," as a panel of local industry insiders discuss the past, present, and future of Ohio film production. Locavores can cheer on hometown heroes at the Esquire during 48 Hour Film Project: Take 2, a mash-up of mini-movies produced by Cincinnati filmmakers, before indulging in behind-the-scenes voyeurism with a screening of Saturday Night, a 90-minute Saturday Night Live documentary directed by actor James Franco. The weeklong film fest's Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 15 at Memorial Hall, where a special award will be presented to musician/TV personality/producer Nick Lachey for his contributions to the local production community. A ticket to the gala (a $25 value) gives formal-loving filmophiles an excuse to break out tuxes and ball gowns, as this gala is black-tie optional with a required tweed-based business-dress minimum. Check the program guide for a complete list of screenings. Organizers recommend you arrive at all events 30 minutes ahead of time to procure the best seats in the house, away from the permanent front-row installations of 10-gallon hats and actual honey-filled beehives.
Comics fans in smaller towns know the frustration of having to travel hundreds of miles to find a great convention. Andrew Satterfield was tired of that feeling, and decided to start his own convention in his hometown of Cincinnati. The first convention in 2010 was small, but notable, drawing a respectable 1,800 fans to its one-day event. Over the years, Andrew and his team have upped the ante, adding more days, moving to a larger venue, and drawing ever bigger names, from comic-artist Stan Goldberg to Firefly's Jewel Staite, as well as Jim Steranko and George Perez. Now a three-day affair that takes place in the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincinnati Comic Expo lets fans of every franchise browse thousands of comics, movie posters, and collectibles; hear their favorite celebrities speak; and test out mutant powers without fear of governmental repercussions.
The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market brings boutique shops and specialty stores together into the Duke Energy Convention Center to create a seasonal shopping mecca for one-of-a-kind gifts. A portion of the market is dedicated entirely to food and treats, like fine chocolates, charcuterie, jams, and olive oils, while other areas deal in trendy home decor and fashion. There's even a booth staffed by Santa himself, where he invites children to tell him their holiday wishes and physicists to discuss the locomotion of flying reindeer. The event also hosts several seminars throughout the event, where vendors will host holiday demos and how-tos.
For many, the fascination with LEGO bricks begins in childhood and endures into adulthood. The custom creations and constructions merely increase in size along with the person. Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate their mutual affection, build new creations, and see some truly awesome LEGO sculptures. Visiting vendors also sell custom LEGO accessories, such as science-fiction-style or military-replica weapons suited to a LEGO figure's grasp.