GODSMACK COMESTO RIVERBEND; GROENING AT WEXNER CENTER

Cincinnati

What: Godsmack, with Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 Where: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg
Ave. Cost: $45-$65 More info: (513) 232-6220 or www.riverbend.org
The Scoop: Godsmack released its fi fth album, “The Oracle,” last
May. Verdict: Godsmack was one of the most popular and commercially
successful bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Worth the
trip?: Opening is the popular hard rockers Drowning Pool, with Ryan
McCombs, the permanent replacement vocalist after the untimely
death of Dave Williams. They released their fourth album,
self-titled, last April. What:
Cleveland
Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 19 Where: U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St. Cost:
$28-$128 More info: (513) 562-4949, or www.usbankarena.com The
Scoop: The
Cleveland
Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers
come to Cincinnati for a special preseason game, one week before
the regular season opens. Verdict: Since the Cincinnati Royals (now
the Sacramento Kings) moved away in 1972, this is a rare
opportunity for Southwest Ohioans to see an NBA game in their
neighborhood. Worth the trip?: Be sure to bring all your old LeBron
James jerseys. You never know, there might be a public burning.

What: TwiNight: From Dracula to Edward When: Oct. 15-16. 8 p.m.
Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

Cost: $26

More info: (513) 977-4123 or www.cincinnatiarts.org/aronoff

The Scoop: An evening of dance that chronicles the last 100
years or so of pop culture vampires, complete with
period-appropriate sets, costumes and choreography.

Verdict: Before reaching Edward, it’s possible that Generation
Xers may relive their own embarrassing obsessions with Louis and
Lestat.

Worth the trip?: Despite the gore that frequently pops up in
vampire lore, we’re assured that this is a family-friendly
show.

What: Q102 Bosom Ball Sound Check Party, with Crystal Bowersox
When: 4 and 6 p.m. Oct. 21 Where: The Madison Theater, 728 Madison
Ave., Covington Cost: $10-$25 More info: (859) 491-2444 or
www.madisontheateronlin e.com.

The Scoop: Local radio station Q102 is doing its part during
Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this annual event, having raised
more than $100,000 for Tri-State breast cancer charities
already.

Verdict: This night of music features a full lineup of
chanteuses, capped by Crystal Bowersox, the runner-up fi nalist on
“American Idol” Season 9.

Worth the trip?: The 4 p.m. show is the sound check party, so
those younger than 21 can catch a glimpse of the talent.

What: Screeching Weasel When: 8 p.m. Oct 15 Where: The Madison
Theater, 728 Madison Ave., Covington Cost: $20 More info: (859)
491-2444 or www.madisontheateronline. com. The Scoop: The seminal
punk band reformed last year after nearly a 10-year hiatus, albeit
with many recriminations and without co-founding member John
Jughead.

Verdict: That being said, Ben Weasel is still the front-man
along with longtime guitarist Danny Vapid.

Worth the trip?: The band is said to have been a major infl
uence on Green Day and Blink-182.

What: Northern Kentucky Wine Festival When: 3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16
Where: MainStrasse Village, Covington Cost: $10 admission More
info: (859) 491-0458 or www.mainstrasse.org. The Scoop: This fest
will feature Kentucky wines along with local food, artisans and
live music. Verdict: The admission fee gets you a souvenir glass
and four starter tickets. After that, tickets are $1 individually
or 6 for $5. Worth the trip?: MainStrasse is a picturesque,
historic village with lots of great night spots and ambience, ideal
for slightly older revelers who’ve moved on from the “just point me
to the keg” phase.

Columbus

What: An Evening with Matt Groening When: 7 p.m. Oct. 16 Where:
Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Cost: Free, but
tickets required More info: (614) 292-3535, or www.wexarts.org.

The Scoop: Matt Groening will discuss his career in comics and
television as part of the 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art.

Verdict: Groening is the creator of “Life in Hell,” “Futurama,”
and, of course, “The Simpsons,” still the gold standard of TV
comedy and satire (animated or otherwise).

Worth the trip?: Come see if he really is a bald,
gibberish-spewing guy with an eyepatch (as once depicted on the
show).