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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.

20 W 9th St
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

502 North New Jersey
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis?s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.

502 N New Jersey St.
Indianapolis,
IN
US

For the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, the most important things in life were science and the arts. The good doctor wanted to share this devotion with the Indianapolis community, so he devised and funded Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Completed in 1963, the hall shares Butler's gorgeous aesthetic with its arching stone façade and lush crimson interior, which has room for over 2,000 patrons. In addition to major touring productions and public speakers, Clowes Memorial Hall is also the home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, and the Indy 500.

4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Celebrating its 30th year, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fall 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals bombards visual cortices with a full schedule of 4x4 exhibits, races, and exhibitions. Monster trucks perform in the General Tire Thunder Drags, racing for speedy dominance, freestyle driving in the arena, and demonstrating how to safely come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection. Passenger-outfitted monster truck Sergeant Smash gives high-octane rides to attendees, and the Mud Bog Challenge lets trucks test their soil-busting mettle in a 100-foot pit of liquid earth. A family fun zone keeps tykes occupied between events, and a marketplace lets guests pick up aftermarket products to use for vehicular enhancement and offerings to truck-devouring thunder-lizard Megasaurus.

1202 E 38th St.
Indianapolis,
IN
US

The Indianapolis International Film Festival (IIFF) showcases 10 days’ worth of films from the United States and around the world, all of which are original, independent productions of varying genres, subject matters, gaspable moments, and grades of celluloid. The two-ticket option gets you into a film screening (including IMAX presentations), and the all-access pass grants full-festival offerings, including all films, opening and closing nights, special presentations, and festival parties. The all-access pass also comes with a membership to the IIFF, which procures free goodies and admission to IIFF events throughout the year. Consult the schedule to see what's screening when, and read more about the films to find a talkie that peaks your interest, from the story of a solitary Russian poodle trainer to claustrophobic tales of societal breakdown.

4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis,
IN
US