Grab a poster: Bockfest, the Renaissance-style two-day celebration of bock beer, bockwurst and the coming of spring starts Friday, but the poster's already here and better than ever. Created by Cincinnati artist Jim Effler, it's a dancing billy goat (the goat is the traditional symbol of Bockfest) and his flower-wreathed lady friend enjoying the festival's music while knocking back a cold one. Effler will meet fans and sign the poster today. 6 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. $20. 396-8960.
Book talk: Ripley, Ohio, author Ann Hagedorn hits town to sign and discuss her Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad, the painstakingly researched book about the men and women of Ripley who risked everything by working on the front lines of the Underground Railroad. 1 p.m. today, Sharonville Branch Library, 10980 Thornview Drive, free. 369-6049.
Night music: Cincinnati favorite and multiple Cammy winner Katie Reider teams with the Emily Strand Band to headline a nightful of music. 10 p.m. today, BarrelHouse Brewing Co., 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, $7 (21 and older only). 421-2337.
The Reds: The Reds' Opening Day, practically a high holy day around here, goes on sale at 9 a.m. today. Tickets for 80 more home games go on sale later in the day. Grab them at 381-REDS or (877) 647-REDS; online at www.
cincinnatireds.com; or in person at Great American Ball Park, the Dugout shop in the Westin and the Cincinnati Visitors Center at the Fifth Third Center, Fountain Square.
Ani DiFranco: Tickets for Ani DiFranco's May 7 concert at the Taft Theatre go on sale at 11 a.m. today. They're $30 a pop at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Taft Theatre box office, Kroger stores, by phone at 562-4949 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
24 hours out: Bluesy favorites Them Bones headline an Open Blues Jam in Newport's wonderfully funky Mansion Hill neighborhood. To really get the feel of the neighborhood, get there a little early and run down the street (two blocks) for a cocktail or dinner at Pompillio's. 8 p.m. Sunday, Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., Newport. (859) 581-0100.
Also 24 hours out: The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra sets up shop on the UC campus for an afternoon of music with Yang Liu, violin, and Gao Ping on piano. They'll join the orchestra on Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, Joel Hoffman's Self Portrait with Mozart, Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music and his Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. 3 p.m. Sunday, UC College-Conservatory of Music, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati. $25, $10 students. 723-1182.
72 hours out: The Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association's 13th annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, always one of the best-fed parties in town - pretty well cocktailed, too - dishes up food from 30 restaurants. Mostly it's Cajun stuff, but some restaurants throw in their house specialties as well. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, RiverCenter Boulevard, Covington, $40. (859) 291-6752.
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