By Jason Nebel
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Tim O'Brien: The National Book Award-winning author of Going After Cacciato is at Books & Co. to introduce the paperback edition of his new '60s-infused novel July, July, 7 p.m. today, 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (800) 777-4881.
Play reading: The Women's Theater Initiative is offering a series of readings of works by contemporary British women playwrights around town, including a staging of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Three Birds Alighting on a Field, 7 p.m. today at Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 719 Race St., downtown. The character-driven satire of the London art market is brought to life by area favorites Marni Penning, Michael Shooner, Regina Pugh, George Alexander and Lyle Benjamin. $5 donation requested. 604-8545.
Jazz: Eugene Goss and Billy Larkin offer an evening of cool romantic jazz and Afro-Latin soul, 6:30-10:30 p.m. today, Pub at Rookwood Mews, Rookwood Commons, Edmonson and Edwards roads, Norwood. No cover. 841-2748.
Auditions: The Mariemont Players is holding auditions for its January production of the musical comedy extravaganza Dames at Sea, 7 p.m. today, Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont. There are roles for three men and women age 20-40; prepare two songs of contrasting style and bring sheet music (if interested in tap roles, bring tap shoes). 624-8584.
20/20 Arts Festival
Comedy: Day 14 of the 20-day arts festival brings improv comedy to the west side in the form of the "Slap Happy Hour," a comedy Olympics of sorts in which area troupes compete for the biggest laughs, 6-9 p.m. today, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. $7-$10. 621-4700.
Must-see show: Comic book artist David Mack, a Northern Kentucky University grad, has returned to his alma mater to stage a retrospective exhibit of his Image Comic-published Kabuki, and his work from Daredevil which was incorporated into the motion picture that starred Ben Affleck. Mack: Passport to All Worlds also includes much of the artist's work while a student at NKU and growing up in Northern Kentucky. Exhibit is in the Fine Art Center's Main Gallery on NKU's Highland Heights campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Show continues through Oct. 31. (859) 572-5148.
24 hours out: The Tokyo String Quartet is at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for a program consisting of Schubert's String Quartet in C Major, JanĚ╦ek's String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat Major, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Corbett Auditorium, UC. $10-$15. 556-4183.
48 hours out: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati offers the regional premiere of Joe Penhall's Olivier Award-winning play Blue/Orange, an intense drama that examines the incongruities of diagnosing a London mental patient. Opens 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $25-$28. 421-3555.
Also 48 hours out: Inspirational writer Rabbi Harold Kushner (When Good Things Happen to Bad People) is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-Third Psalm, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
72 hours out: Fusion band Drums and Tuba brings its experimental mix of punk, jazz, rock and electronica to the Mad Frog, 11 p.m. p.m. Thursday, Vine and McMillan streets, Mount Auburn. $10. 784-9119.
Six days away: Get an early taste of Tall Stacks' roots-heavy music mix with alt-country chanteuse Allison Moorer, who brings her four-album catalog of strong songs to the Southgate House, 8 p.m. Sunday, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 779-9462.
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