Alice Cooper: Halloween comes a little early this year as the shock rocker brings his new show to the Taft Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $28.50-$35. 562-4949.
Harold Kushner: The rabbi and author of the best-selling When Bad Things Happen to Good People is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce his latest inspirational work The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-third Psalm, 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Theater: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati offers the area premiere of the London hit Blue/Orange, Joe Penhall's Olivier award-winner which explores the incongruities of diagnosing mental illness. Opens 8 p.m. today, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $25-$28. 421-3555.
Trunk show: Hunt Club Clothiers welcomes representatives from men's lines Hickey-Freeman and Burberry for a trunk show and sale of fall/winter suits, sportcoats, trousers, outerwear, scarves, hats and more, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today, Fountain Square Plaza, downtown. Tailors can measure for custom clothes at rack prices. 721-2004.
New composers: The Northern Kentucky University Music Department breaks new ground with an evening of new works by contemporary composers Daron Aric Hagen, William Neil, Walt Weiskopf and Philip Koplow, 8 p.m. today, Greaves Concert Hall, NKU, Highland Heights. Performers include pianist Sergei Polusmiak, the Amernet String Quartet, baritone Paul Kreider and jazz artists Stefan Karlsson and James Bunte. $10-$15. (859) 572-6399.
Postponed: The Jazz Mandolin Project concert, scheduled for tonight at Jack Quinn's, has been postponed to Jan. 12 due to an illness in drummer Jon Fishman's family. Tickets honored at new date or refunds available. (859) 491-6699.
20/20 Arts Festival
Puppet nights: Snow White Trash, giant puppet witch Easy-Off - it can only be the return of last year's 20/20 Festival hit Down and Dirty Tales, bigger and bluer, and for adults only, courtesy of Madcap Puppets, in a cabaret setting, 7:30 and 10 p.m. today-Thursday, Old St. George, 42 Calhoun St., Corryville. For mature audiences. $25 includes one drink (cash bar available). 921-5965.
New space: The recently opened Jones Fine Art and Antiques in Maysville is offering a sale and exhibit by contemporary folk artist Cher Shaffer through Oct. 31. Featured in the landmark book O Appalachia, the southeastern Ohio artist is known her for her colorful, dreamy, haunting work done in a variety of media - wood, clay, stone and paint. Gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 227 Market Street, downtown Maysville. (606) 564-5007; www.jonesfineart.com
24 hours out: Footlighters Inc. opens a production of the Don Quixote-inspired musical Man of La Mancha, 8 p.m. Thursday, Stained Glass Theater, Eighth and York streets, Newport. Continues Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 25. $13. 474-8711.
48 hours out: One of fall's hottest tickets is Cincinnati Ballet's production of George Balanchine's ambitious and rarely produced spectacle Jewels being done in collaboration with Columbus' BalletMet, opening 8:30 p.m. Friday, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center. $11-$55. 621-5282.
72 hours out: Paramount's Kings Island mounts a contemporary Christian music festival Fall Celebration with headliners Audio Adrenaline, Mercy Me, Sonicflood and Rebecca St. James, 4 p.m. Saturday, TimberWolf Amphitheater. $39.99 includes park admission ($16.99 season pass holders). 562-4949.
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