Beatles rock: It's all kinds of Beatles music all the time when a whole herd of bands shows up to pay tribute - a timely tribute at that, since this weekend is the 40th anniversary of the quartet's arrival on U.S. soil for a date with Ed Sullivan. Look for patientZero, Wussy, Wojo, Trent Affair, Spiff and maybe a few others to crank out the tunes. 9 p.m. today, York Street Cafe, 738 York St., Newport, $7. (859) 261-9675.
Manatee date: Thane Maynard, longtime Cincinnati Zoo education honcho and host of the 90 Second Naturalist on WGUC (90.9 FM), is all about manatees today when he does a presentation on critical issues, fun facts and the zoo's efforts to protect the species. He'll follow that with a mix 'n' mingle and desserts. 6 p.m. today, Blue Manatee children's bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley, free. 731-2665.
Midday music: The venerable Amernet String Quartet, Corbett String Quartet in Residence at Northern Kentucky University, travels downtown for a restful midday concert full of classical chamber music. Noon today, Mercantile Library Building, 414 Walnut St., free. 621-0717.
Art closing: This is the last weekend for Upstairs at the Greenwich's Buried Under exhibit full of works by Duane Orlemann, Brook McCollough, "Turtle" Jeff Groll and Sara Jett. The closing reception Saturday dishes up food and musical entertainment from Sly Panda. After that, you can dash to a different room and catch the Verbal Libations Spoken Word Showcase, this week featuring "Expressions of Love" with featured artist DaRealest. 7 p.m. today and Saturday, the Greenwich, 2440 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, free for the exhibit, $5 for Verbal Libations (8 p.m.). 221-1151.
Seamstress Barbie: Teach little ones to master the needle and thread with the Barbie Lightweight/Portable Sewing Machine. In pink, of course, it comes with an AC/DC adaptor, electronic foot control and accessory kit. And best of all, it comes pre-threaded and ready to zip up fun and easy craft projects. $39.99 ($29.99 on sale) at Sears.
24 hours out: Internationally known singer, producer, actor, author, activist and teacher Holly Near joins with the woman's choir MUSE to mix, mingle and talk about how work as an artist and social activist over the past 30 years has shaped her world view. 8 p.m. Saturday, St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. $20. 221-1118.
Also 24 hours out: Well sure, you get dinner. But you also gotta figure out who killed some guy when the Hamilton Country Park District gets its Mystery Dinner Theatre series going. It's comedic and interactive, complete with a chicken and steak buffet. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mill Race Banquet Center, Winton Woods, 521-7275. $32.50.
48 hours out: Environmentalist, author and educator David Sobel arrives at the Cincinnati Nature Center to discuss "Preserving the Nature of Childhood," a program that explores the issue of whether children can develop a sense of place and environmental values through the electronic media. 2 p.m. Sunday, Rowe Woods Auditorium, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, $10, free for members. 965-4894.
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