By Jason Nebel
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Mendelssohn quartet: The Cincinnati Chamber Music Society hosts the renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet, with rising international star pianist Jonathan Biss, for a rich and textured program of Beethoven's Quartet in E Flat and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati. $20, $7 students. 381-1464 or 556-4183.
P.J. O'Rourke: Former editor-in-chief of The National Lampoon and one of America's premier political satirists is at Miami University for a free public lecture, "All the Trouble in the World: If Things Have Been Going to Hell Forever, Why Haven't They Gotten There Yet?" 8 p.m. today, Hall Auditorium, Oxford. Limited seating, free tickets available at Shriver Center box office starting 10 a.m. or Hall Auditorium box office one hour prior to lecture. (513) 529-7592.
Juliana Theory: The emo-punk favorites are at Bogart's, with opening acts Hopesfall, Count the Stars and Celebrity, 7:30 p.m. today, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $12.50. 562-4949.
Book signings: Silas House, author of the 1999 best-seller Clay's Quilt, is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce the paperback edition of his second novel, A Parchment of Leaves. Joining him is up-and-coming novelist Jack Riggs, signing and discussing his just-released When the Finch Rises, 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
8 minute dating: Dave & Buster's hosts a speed-dating event for ages 30-45 where singles can meet eight potential dates in one night, 7 p.m.
today, 11775 Commons Drive, Springdale. $35 (registration required). 253-5644 or 671-5501.
20/20 ARTS FESTIVAL
The second week of the 20-day arts festival presented by Enjoy the Arts/Start gets started with something you won't see often, a rock opera sampler evening featuring scenes from favorite rock musicals such as Tommy, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, 8 p.m. today, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. $7-$10. 621-4700.
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In the local-interest department, it's a tribute from one diva to another on Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook (Sony; $18.98), as the Tristate's First Lady of Song is remembered in a set that includes Midler's duet with Linda Ronstadt on "Sisters."
Wry Texas singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett, coming to the Taft Theatre on Oct. 28, has a new studio album, My Baby Don't Tolerate (Lost Highway; $18.98).
Sensual pop singer Dido offers her highly personal Life For Rent (Arista; $18.98).
P. Diddy's version of reality-show band-building, Bad Boy's Da Band, has a debut CD, Too Hot for T.V. (Bad Boy; $18.98).
24 hours out: Enquirer pop music writer Larry Nager says it's worth the trip to Dayton to see West African master of the multi-string, harp-like kora, Mamadou Diabate, who kicks off CityFolk's World Rhythms Series. Diabete's specialty is the bluesy, trance-inducing Malian music featured on Martin Scorcese's Feel Like Going Home, part of PBS' The Blues. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, University of Dayton. $15. (937) 229-2545.
48 hours out: The Comedy Central Live tour brings A-list comedians Lewis Black and Dave Attell to the Taft Theatre for an evening of stand-up, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $33.50-$39.50. 562-4949.
72 hours out: Cincinnati Art Galleries holds an opening reception for a hot new show of works by Cindy Youse, and area favorite Leslie Shiels in a show of paintings entitled Cultural Patterns, featuring new work from recent travels, 5-8 p.m., 225 E. Sixth St., downtown. 381-2128.
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