Keller Williams: The innovative guitarist-singer/songwriter is at Bogart's on a fall tour to promote his new studio album Home, 8 p.m. today, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $15. 562-4949.
New Shadowbox: Shadowbox Cabaret opens it fall show Freak Show, an upbeat mix of one-acts, sketch comedy and live pop-rock about the strange and unusual in our lives, 7 p.m. today, Newport on the Levee. $10-$20. (859) 581-7625.
U.S.S. Nightmare: The super-sized and super-haunted steamboat on the river is open for scares, 7-11 p.m. today, Riverboat Row, Newport. Open Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 1. Only $7 tonight ($11 Fridays and Saturdays). (859) 261-8586.
In Dayton: Mamadou Diabate, the West African master of the multi-string harp-like kora, kicks off CityFolk's World Rhythms Series. 8 p.m. today, Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, University of Dayton. $15. (937) 229-2545.
Victor Wooten: The bass player extraordinaire brings his band to the Southgate House, 8:30 p.m. today. Guitarist Kaki King opens the show. $20, 24 E. Third St., Newport. 779-9462.
New on video
Critic's pick: John Singleton's high-volume guilty pleasure 2 Fast 2 Furious, starring Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson, is one of this week's most appealing new home video arrivals, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk.
Also new is Nowhere in Africa, last year's Academy Award winner for foreign language film about a German-Jewish family that escapes to Kenya circa World War II; Bend It Like Beckham, the heartwarming British indie sensation about an Indian teen soccer player;and a two-disc set of The Osbournes: The 2nd Season, featuring all 10 episodes of the MTV series.
Ohio River Grass: The artfully landscaped greenhouse and garden near the river specializing in ornamental grasses, has opened an innovative outdoor exhibit, Art in the Grass, with multimedia site-specific installations by artists Yvonne van Eijden, Anthony Becker and Frederick Ellenberger. It's designed to coincide with the peak fall season of ornamental grasses. 200 Wenner St., just off Kellogg Avenue in the East End. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (until 7 p.m. Thursday) and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit is free and open to public. 321-0084.
24 hours out: There's a pay-what-you-can preview for Ovation Theatre Company's intriguing A Voice of My Own, in which six women portray more than two dozen roles in a provocative look at women authors from ancient Greece to the present, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center. $12-$16. 241-7469.
48 hours out: The world beat-inspired modern dance masters Salia ni Seydou begin two nights at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. 8:30 p.m. Friday. $18-$22. 241-7469.
72 hours out: Christian comedic performer Mark Lowry brings his act to the Taft Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $25. 562-4949.
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