Matinee Musicale: The morning classical musical series features pianist J.Y. Song, 11 a.m. today, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown. $15, $2 students. 821-2228.
Timothy Rub: The director of the Cincinnati Art Museum offers a guided tour of the soon-to-close Drawings of Choice From a New York Collection exhibit, 7:30 p.m. today during the museum's late Wednesday hours (open until
9 p.m.), Eden Park. Free (reservation requested). 721-2787.
Godsmack: The Grammy-winning alt-metal quartet plays the Taft Theatre with opener Adema, 7:30 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $30. 562-4949.
Stephanie Tolan: The 2003 Newbery Award-winning author is at the Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore to sign and discuss her work including her most recent release Regarding the Applewhites, 4-5 p.m. today, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley. 731-2667.
Preview: Catch the final dress rehearsal of Playhouse in the Park's Always . . . Patsy Cline starring Molly Andrews as the country music legend at a reduced price, 7:30 p.m. today, Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Eden Park. The musical tribute officially opens
8 p.m. Thursday continuing through Jan. 18. Preview price is $34.50 (half-price if purchased 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the box office). 421-3888.
New on Newsstands
Genius issue: The December issue of Esquire spotlights 38 of the country's greatest thinkers with profiles on personalities such as actor/comedian Will Ferrell, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, radio host Nic Harcourt, architect Ed Feiner, astronomist Adam Riess, social activist Jeffrey Sachs and others. The issue also highlights "Inventions of the Year" with information on safety spice (a new antibacterial powder), the virtual keyboard and "super grass," a new strain of lawn covering that requires little water.
Keith Benjamin show: Linda Schwartz Gallery has just opened a new exhibit by the popular Cincinnati artist entitled more work featuring mixed media sculptures made from recycled materials. The show explores suburban landscapes in miniature and macro-scales with commentary on community values. Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 315 W. Fourth St., downtown. Continues through Dec. 23. 241-4202.
24 hours out: For real country music, the only place to be is the Taft Theatre, as George Jones rips through more than 40 years of his honky-tonk hits. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $28.50. 562-4949.
Also 24 hours out: Stagecrafters opens a production of the Jeff Baron comedy-drama Visiting Mr. Green about a young corporate executive ordered by a judge to visit a retiree in a nursing home, 8 p.m. Thursday, Brookwood Nursing Center, 12100 Reed Hartman Highway, Sycamore Township. Shows continue Saturdays-Sundays through Nov. 23. $9. 351-1234.
48 hours out: Mecklenburg Gardens offers its fall beer dinner featuring a Bavarian buffet, music by a 20-piece accordion orchestra, door prizes and more, 7 p.m. Friday, University and Highland avenues, Corryville. $17, $8 children. 221-5353.
72 hours out: The Cincinnati Art Museum opens a new exhibit in the Cincinnati Wing rotating gallery John Bartlett: Dreaming in Darkness, a dramatic installation inspired by the Cincinnati-born designer's cutting-edge fashion. 721-2787.
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