Theater: Footlighters Inc. opens a three-week production of the epic Don Quixote-inspired musical Man of La Mancha, 8 p.m. today, Stained Glass Theater, Eighth and York streets, Newport. $13. 474-8711.
Drums and Tuba: This young, hip trio's unusual lineup - drums, tuba, guitar and live-sampling - lends itself to some fun and experimental jazz, pop, funk and electronica, 11 p.m. today, Mad Frog, Vine and McMillan streets, Mount Auburn. $10. 784-9119.
Lecture series: Cincinnati Museum Center's "Seminar on the City" series begins with architecture expert Walter Langsam on "A Higher Standard of Excellence: The Development of the Architectural Profession in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Before World War I," 7:30 p.m. today, Union Terminal. Free and open to public. 287-7080.
Art opening: The Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati opens an intriguing new exhibit titled Five German Printmakers, with bold and clever designs from contemporary favorites Karl-Heinz Hauser, Karl Imhof, Birgit Jensen, Werner Kernebeck and Jochen Saueracker, 5-7 p.m. today, Fifth Floor, DAAP building, Clifton Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. 556-2839.
Marilyn Harris: The cooking wiz is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers with her new cookbook Live! From Marilyn's Kitchen.7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Big hair-do: Be the first to get single (nonsubscription) tickets for the much-anticipated Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati production of Hairspray at a special priority onsale party, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today at Hamburger Mary's, 911 Vine St., downtown. The musical plays Dec. 2-14 in the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall. Party includes drink specials, Hairspray music and complimentary '60s hair styling by the salon at Saks Fifth Avenue (tips benefit breast cancer charities). Tickets for show are $25-$75. 241-2345 or 381-6279.
In Mason: Nightmare Estates, adjacent to the Beach Waterpark, offers close to 40 minutes of indoor-outdoor haunted scenes including a psychedelic funhouse, haunted school bus, horror-movie character forest and more. Open 8 p.m.-midnight Thursdays-Sundays, Waterpark Drive and Kings Mills Road, Mason. $10, $7 under age 10. 754-1899.
In Evendale: St. Rita Haunted House, now in its 28th year, offers room after room of richly decorated scenes and undead characters cruising through an abandoned farmhouse. Open 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, I-75 and Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. $6. 771-1060.
24 hours out: The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 2003-04 season with an all-Prokofiev program featuring pianist Bryan Wallick on Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. $20-$23. (859) 431-6216.
48 hours out: Playhouse in the Park launches its Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series for kids with the music/movement troupe Tales & Scales using classical instruments, voices and bodies to tell the The Little Dragon story of a young girl who wanders into the forest to see her favorite storyteller, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Rosenthal Plaza, Eden Park. $4-$5. 421-3888.
72 hours out: The Wyoming Historic House Tour offers a glimpse into eight of the historic suburb's showcase Queen Anne, American Foursquare, Neoclassical and Italianate homes, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, starting at 129 Springfield Pike or 740 Springfield Pike. $12 advance, $15 day of event. 948-1095.
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