Musical evening: The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's Twentieth Century Classics series continues with Mischa Santora conducting and Cincinnati Ballet dancers kicking up their heels to music by Britten, Debussy and Barber. 7:30 p.m. today, Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Sixth and Main streets, downtown, $15. 723-1182.
Films aplenty: The popular Media Salon returns to Media Bridges. Film and video artists of all experience levels are invited to bring works in progress to show to fellow artists for critiques, advice and maybe a bit of problem-solving. And anyone can come watch. 7 p.m. today, Media Bridges, 1100 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, free. 651-4171.
Dressing up: Because those first impressions can count for so much, Club 316, the young professional group attached to the Taft Museum of Art, has "Dressed to Kill: The Art of the First Impression." The idea here is show how that first impression - usually the first 30 seconds - can make or break a deal, a new job, whatever. It's also a party with music, a beer tasting and prizes. 6 p.m. today, Sak's Fifth Avenue, 101 W. Fifth St., downtown, free. 684-4518.
Downtown: Ever think about living downtown? Want to maybe get into a few of the living spaces down along Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets? Here's your chance: It's City Living day at the Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home & Garden Show. Inside the show, designers have displays on ways to decorate downtown's renovated condos and lofts. While you're there, pick up a free ticket for Saturday's (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) City Living Open House, a tour of urban spaces. Noon-9 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown, $10, $3 kids 13 and younger. 281-0022.
Cheap books: Don't miss this chance to go home with an armload of books. Harrison Branch Library is throwing a huge sale to unload surplus items. All, of course, are priced to sell. It previews 6-8 p.m. today for Friends of the Library members only (you can join on the site for $20), then continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 10398 New Haven Road, Harrison. 369-4442.
24 hours out: Cincinnati pop rockers Oval Opus, riding high with the four-track EP Oval Opus, headlines a night full of music with the Clarks and Ari Hest. 8 p.m. Thursday, 20th Century, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, $10, $8 advance. 731-8000.
Also 24 hours out: Another Cincinnati favorite, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, takes over Hofbrauhaus, replacing the oom-pahs with down-home bayou music. 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Newport. (859) 491-7200.
48 hours out: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has a weekend full of warhorses: Andreas Delfs conducts Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Blacher's Orchestral Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Mozart's Prague Symphony 38. 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, $13-$54, $10 students. 744-3344.
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