By Jason Nebel
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Chanticleer: America's preeminent male vocal ensemble is at Northern Kentucky University with its "Passport to Song" concert featuring everything from English madrigals to world folk songs to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. 8 p.m. today, Greaves Concert Hall, NKU, Highland Heights. $28. (859) 572-6399.
Classical: The world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet performs a dramatic and challenging program including Schubert's String Quartet in C Major, JanĚcek's String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat Major. 8 p.m. today, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati. $10-$15. 556-4183.
Mudvayne: The outrageous heavy metal quartet is at Bogart's with opening acts Powerman 5000 and Fingertight. 8 p.m. today, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $25. 562-4949.
In Dayton: The Victoria Theatre Association Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series opens a two-week run of Fame - The Musical. 8 p.m. today, Victoria Theatre, downtown. $28.50-$57. (888) 228-3630.
New on DVD
Critic's picks : Watch out for stampeding Disney die-hards, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk, as The Lion King Special Platinum Edition two-disc DVD set hits the shelves, complete with games, music videos, deleted scenes and other bonus features (Story, B5). Also new is The Italian Job, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and a herd of speeding Mini Coopers.
New on CD
Critic's picks: One of the biggest releases in stores today is the limited edition Elvis: 2nd to None compilation featuring 30 tracks such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Rock-a-Hula Baby," "Moody Blue" and "You Were Always on My Mind." Also look for emo favorites Hey Mercedes (Loses Control) plus Primus' long-awaited release Animals Should Not Try.
20/20 Arts Festival
Final week: There are only five days left to sample the 20-day arts festival presented by Enjoy the Arts. Today's opportunity is a "lounge lecture" presented by the Taft Museum of Art's young professionals' group Club 316. Hear a lecture by a Taft curator on 17th century Dutch art while sipping fizzie drinks in the cabaret space Plush above Carol's on Main. 6-8 p.m. today, 825 Main St., downtown. Free admission. Cash bar. 621-4700.
24 hours out: The Miami University Theater Department opens The Playboy of the Western World, J.M. Synge's celebrated play about a stranger in an Irish town 8 p.m. Wednesday, Gates-Abegglen Theatre, Center for Performing Arts, Oxford. $6-$9. (513) 529-3200.
48 hours out: Cooking whiz Marilyn Harris is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to demonstrate from, discuss and sign her new cookbook Live! From Marilyn's Kitchen (Pelican Publishing; $25). 7 p.m. Thursday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
72 hours out: Temptation Island's Maria Santos and the producers of the reality show Xotic Xtreme are at Bar Cincinnati searching for beautiful and action-sports oriented people to appear on an untitled reality series, 10 p.m. Friday, 1120 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Information: www.AdrenalinTour.com or 665-9201.
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