Wine festival: Valley Vineyards' annual wine festival and grape stomp includes a large selection of local wines, cellar tours, cheeses, food booths, live music and free camping, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today-Saturday, E. U.S. 22, Morrow. (513) 899-2485. 2276
Distillers: The multinational hardcore punk act makes a rare area appearance with opening act the Bronx, 8 p.m. today, 20th Century, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. $12. 562-4949.
Conservation series: Botanist Dr. Michael Maunder speaks on "Islands of the Living Dead: The Race to Save Island Plant Diversity" with discussion of biodiversity in tropical islands of the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean, 7:30 p.m. today, Otto M. Budig Theater, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. $3 benefits the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. 281-4700.
HWA: The Heartland Wrestling Association offers a professional-style wrestling event with local stars Matt Stryker, Cody Hawk, Rory Fox and more in the ring starting at midnight tonight at Metropolis Night Club, Forest Fair Mall, Winton Road and I-275, Fairfield. Doors open 9:30 p.m. $6-$12. 671-2881.
Theater reading: The pick-of-the-day for the 20-day arts festival presented by Enjoy the Arts is a free presentation of Banned: Suppressed Literature, a theatrical reading of works by such writers as Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Plath and Shel Silverstein presented by Know Theatre Tribe, 8 p.m. today, Gabriel's Corner, Liberty and Sycamore streets, Over-the-Rhine. 621-4700. The festival runs through Oct. 12.
'Stomp': Tickets ($20-$45) go on sale today for one-week engagement of Stomp at the Aronoff Center Nov. 11-16 in Procter & Gamble Hall. The theatrical percussion sensation, now in its ninth year of touring, features high-energy drumming and dancing with everyday objects such as brooms, cigarette lighters, garbage can lids and more. Sales start 8:30 a.m. at the Broadway in Cincinnati office in the Mercantile Center (Fourth and Walnut streets, downtown) and 9 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets (562-4949; www.ticketmaster.com).
24 hours out: Bogart's welcomes power rockers Saves the Day and Taking Back Sunday 8:30 p.m. Friday, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $18.50. 562-4949.
Also 24 hours out: The super-sized Nightmare Estates in Mason opens its doors for shriek-filled tours of more than 20 spooky scenes, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Waterpark Drive and Kings Mill Road (across from the Beach). $7-$10. 754-1899.
48 hours out: The Clifton Gaslight District gets an art makeover during the two-day Streetscapes: A Street Painting Festival filling Telford Street with chalk-drawn reproductions of masterworks from the Renaissance to today created by 40 area artists who will work 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, just off Ludlow Avenue. 588-8584.
72 hours out: The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra launches its season with a thunderous program of Berg and Beethoven, including local favorite Michael Chertock performing Beethoven's tricky and textured Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, 3 p.m., Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati. $10-$25. 723-1182.
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