Let's wrestle: World Wrestling Entertainment brings its posse of angry men and women for a live Smackdown! taping, 7:30 p.m. today at U.S. Bank Arena. Scheduled to scrap are Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Torrie Wilson and more. $16.50-$41.50. 562-4949.
All dressed up: The Cincinnati Art Museum opens A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati's Golden Age 1877-1922 featuring more than 60 high-fashion dresses from years past. Entrepreneurial women dressmakers made an impact in a male-dominated business world of the time. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free. 721-2787.
Happy hour/theater: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's "Friends Night Out" starts with a happy hour/pizza-pasta buffet, 5:30 p.m. today at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. (22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine), followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of the new drama Blue/Orange at ETC which examines incongruities in the mental health system, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $20. 421-3555.
At CCM: The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia Orchestra opens its season with a rich and textured program including Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger von N¸rnberg, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe and Roig-Francoli's Cinco Piezas para Orquestra, 8 p.m. today, Corbett Auditorium, UC. Free. 556-4183.
New on CD
Critic's picks: He came in second on American Idol, but Clay Aiken beats Ruben Studdard to the CD shelves with Measure of a Man (RCA; $18.98). Studdard's debut, Soulful, arrives Nov. 25.
Former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli is back with his second Twilight Singers CD, Blackberry Belle (Birdman; $16.98).
Norah Jones, Alison Krauss and others pay tribute to Dolly Parton on Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton (Sugar Hill; $18.98).
R&B quartet Jagged Edge comes back Hard (Sony; $18.98).
Barbra Streisand is ready for her close up on The Movie Album (Sony; $18.98).
New on DVD
Critic's picks: With only 22 days until the final Matrix movie hits the big screen, Matrix Reloaded arrives on home video, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk.
Blue Car, a teen drama filmed in Dayton, features a breakout performance by Agnes Bruckner.
24 hours out: Hunt Club Clothiers helps fashion-conscious men get ready for cold weather by offering a trunk show of goods from the fall/winter line of Samuelsohn menswear and outerwear from Schneiders of Salzburg, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Fountain Square Plaza, downtown. 721-2004.
48 hours out: All seats are $10 for the opening night of Bear in the Big Blue House Live, a Broadway-style music-and-dance showcase based on the popular Jim Henson show, 7 p.m. Thursday, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center. 241-7469.
72 hours out: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra welcomes superstar fiddler Mark O'Connor for a nontraditional orchestral performance featuring O'Connor's The American Seasons full of folk, jazz and classical. The concert also spotlights CSO trombonist Cristian Ganicenco on Paul Ceston's fun and stylish Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra, 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Music Hall. $13.75-$56.75. 381-3300.
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