'Urinetown': Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati opens its season with this offbeat musical comedy about two kids who fall in love during a water shortage, 8 p.m. today, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center. Continues through Nov. 2. $20-$60. 241-7469.
Jackson Browne: The singer-songwriter is at the Taft Theatre in a solo acoustic appearance, 8 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $28-$39.50. 562-4949.
Jeffrey Steingarten: Vogue's outlandish food critic is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce his new book, It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything, 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Previews: There are still tickets for the first preview of Playhouse in the Park's production of Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman's Tony Award-winning drama-fantasy that features original retellings of Greek legends staged around a pool of water, 7:30 p.m. today, Robert S. Marx Theatre, Eden Park. $29.50 (half-price if purchased 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at box office). 421-3888.
New on CD
Critic's pick: The crafty Canadians of Barenaked Ladies, at the Taft Theatre Nov. 6, are back with Everything to Everyone (Warner; $18.98).
Rod Stewart returns with another batch of classic pop standards on The Great American Songbook Volume II (J Records; $18.98).
The expanded hits collection by the Eagles now goes all the way up to this year's "Hole in the World" on The Very Best of (Warner; $24.98).
Prog-rockers have a triple dose of happiness on Rush's three-CD Rush in Rio (Atlantic; $26.98).
P Diddy protege Loon, who boasts of growing up in both Harlem and Beverly Hills, delivers his debut CD, Loon (Bad Boy; $18.98).
Is teen-pop dead? Mandy Moore hopes not on Coverage (Sony; $12.98, $18.98 limited edition)
- Larry Nager
King Chorale: The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Chorale is looking for singers to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program Jan. 19 at Music Hall. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses are needed to perform Requiem for Brother Malcolm by the Rev. Charles Walker, who will be present for the performance. There is a rehearsal 7-9 p.m. today at House of Joy, 5918 Hamilton Ave., College Hill (continuing every other Tuesday until performance). Information: Catherine Roma, 681-4419.
24 hours out: Rocket Boys author Homer Hickam visits Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce his latest novel, The Keeper's Son, a war romance-mystery set in North Carolina,
7 p.m. Wednesday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Also 24 hours out: Jay Farrar, revered leader of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, stops by Shake It Records to meet fans and sign autographs, 3 p.m. Wednesday, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside. He plays the 20th Century, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 8 p.m. Wednesday. $15. 591-0123 or 731-8000.
48 hours out: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival opens a production of the seasonal classic Dracula, with Giles Davies in the title role of this chilling adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 719 Race St., downtown. $16-$20. 381-2273.
72 hours out: Miller Gallery holds an opening reception for Cincinnati Still Life that features close to 40 paintings by seven gallery artists relating to the Queen City, 6-8 p.m. Friday, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park Square. 871-4420.
- Jason Nebel
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