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Theater
ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS -- A television actress, a jaded New Yorker and an enthusiastic ingénue converge on a Texas town for a production of Chekov. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 11. $28. The Human Race Theatre Company Loft Series II: The Loft Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio. 937-228-3630.

AS YOU LIKE IT -- And you know you like it good. CSF founding member Marni Penning returns for Shakespeare's popular cross-dressing comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $20; $15 students and seniors. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 719 Race St., Downtown. 513-381-BARD.

BARBARA'S BLUE KITCHEN -- It's a hectic day for diner owner Barbara Jean Hudson, and for actress/playwright Lori Fischer who plays all the roles in this musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $43-$28. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, 962 Mount Adams Drive, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

BOOK OF DAYS -- Playwright Lanford Wilson has his hands full with a cheese plant, a Broadway director helming a community theater production and a suspicious death. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through May 12. $12. The Dayton Theatre Guild, 2330 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio. 937-278-5993.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN -- One girl must contend with her oddball family and her industrial efficiency pioneer father who applies his ways to his brood. Opens Wednesday. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 11. Through May 11. $9 Villager Players: 8 North Fort Thomas Ave. Fort Thomas. 859-751-3583.

COWGIRLS -- In an effort to save her father's saloon, Jo must turn a Classical music trio into the Cowgirl Trio. It's a rodeo of music in this all-female musical. Opens Wednesday. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Through May 19. $28; $25 students and seniors. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-3555.

DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? -- Well, who do you think we are? Ask Jeeves? Or just find out the answer in the popular musical comedy that looks at Catholic school education. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $10; $9 students and seniors. Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre: Miami University Hamilton, Parrish Auditorium, 1601 Peck Blvd., Hamilton. 513-737-PLAY.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC -- And winner by a nose ... is the classic tale of the swordsman/poet who's hindered by an unsightly facial feature. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $10; $9 NKU faculty and staff; $8 seniors; $5 students. Northeren Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance: Northern Kentucky University, Fine Arts Center, Corbett Theatre, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 859-572-5464.

HOCUS POCUS -- Abercrombie's Magic Emporium is now open to tell the secrets behind the mirror in Snow White, Aladdin's golden lamp and the spinning wheel in Rumpelstiltskin. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through April 28. $9; $7 children. Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. 513-721-ARTS.

JOEY AND MARIA'S COMEDY ITALIAN WEDDING -- A comedic wedding tale involving the antics of a typically wacko Italian family. 7 p.m. Saturday. $49.50 includes dinner. BB Riverboats, One Riverboat Row, Newport. 859-261-8500.

KING O' THE MOON -- The Pazinski Family has gone Over the Tavern and has landed as King O' The Moon in Tom Dudzick's stand-alone sequel. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 24. $42-$30. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Robert S. Marx Theatre, 962 Mount Adams Drive, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD -- But Grandma, what big teeth you have! Or maybe that should be feet in this all tap-danced version of the fairy tale. Opens Friday. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday-- Sunday. Through April 28. $16-$5. The Children's Theatre: Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, Downtown. 513-241-SHOW.

MY FAVORITE YEAR -- It's the musical version with tuneage by longtime collaborators Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through April 27. $8. Theatre Xavier: St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road. 513-761-7815, ext. 585.

PLAZA SUITE -- The door swings open on Neil Simon's classic comedy about various occupants of a suite at the Plaza. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 27. $10; $5 students. Drama Workshop: Westwood Town Hall, Harrison, Epworth and Montana avenues, Westwood. 513-598-8303.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN -- It's as magical as spinning straw into gold. OK, so it's actually about spinning straw into gold. 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. $5. Frisch Marionettes: Shiloh United Methodist Church, John Wesley Hall, 580 Anderson Ferry Road, Delhi. 513-451-8875.

SHE LOVES ME -- Aw, well, who wouldn't? I'm absolutely adorable. But unfortunately, it's a different "me" she's referring to in Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's musical set in 1930s Budapest. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through April 27. Free; reservations required. University of Cincinnati Musical Theater Studio Series: College-Conservatory of Music, Studio Theater, Clifton. 513-556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS -- Six women cut it up and dish it up in this favorite comedy-drama. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $15-$12. Showboat Majestic, Public Landing, Downtown. 513-241-6550.

SWING! -- It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, and this musical revue has plenty of swing by highlighting the dances and songs that made the genre popular. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $53-$35. Broadway in Cincinnati: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-241-SHOW.

TITANIC -- No need to have a sinking feeling if the story sounds familiar. There's a new spin on the great ship tragedy with this musical. Lunch: 11:15 a.m. Show: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday; Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through May 12. $47-$35. LaComedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central, Springboro. 800-677-9505.

TRUE WEST -- Sam Shepard's dark comedy gets a twist by using an African-American cast. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through April 27. $12; $10 students and seniors. The Know Theatre Tribe: Gabriel's Corner, 1425 Sycamore St., Downtown. 513-871-1429.

WHO WANTS TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE? -- Well, who doesn't want to? 8 p.m. Saturday. Through May 4. $32.95. Murder Mystery Players: Dave & Buster's, 11775 Commons Drive, Springdale. 513-671-5501.

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ -- The Middletown Rising Phoenix Theatre Co. presents this children's workshop production. No audition necessary. Students ages 8-15 learn basic theatre skills, and all applicants get a speaking part. Limited to 15 students. Registration begins April 1; deadline April 26. $130 workshop fee. For more information, call director Jene Rebbin Shaw at 937-873-8124 or Rising Phoenix 513-705-0548.


Classical Music
AMICUS CHAMBER PLAYERS -- Perform the works of Schubert and Lerdahl. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., Clifton. 513-861-3012.

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Concertmaster Timothy Lees and cellist Eric Kim serve as soloists for Brahms' " 'Double' Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Cello and Orchestra". 11 a.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. $51-$12. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC -- The Symphony Band asks the age-old question "Parlez-vous Francais?" with works by Dukas, Sciortino, Debussy, Varèse and Offenbach. 8 p.m. Friday. Free. Corbett Auditorium. ... The jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band sweeps up guest artist Dana Hall for some Swing, Bebop and contemporary Jazz. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Patricia Corbett Theatre. ... University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Clifton. 513-556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA -- Solves the Puzzle of Light with help from sculptor/musician Michael Brashaw and his ensemble. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$7.50. Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton, Ohio. ... 937-224-9000.

DULCIMER CONCERT -- It's not just any concert. It's a "Dulcifest" with hammered and mountain dulcimers, autoharp and fiddle. 8 p.m. Saturday. $5. Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 513-761-0041.

MOUNT AUBURN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CONCERT SERIES -- Presents "Alleluia II," a celebration of pipes and voices. 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations welcomed. Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Road, Mount Auburn. 513-683-8596.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT -- NKU's Choral, Chamber Choir and accompanying orchestra don't miss a beat with Mozart's "Missa Brevis in C Minor" as well as other compositions. 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. ... Northern Kentucky University, Greaves Concert Hall, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 859-572-6399.

PEANUT BUTTER & JAM SESSIONS -- Goes for the very little ones as Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre helps with the larger-than-life fairy tale, Thumbelina. 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $3 in advance; $4 at the door. Northern Kentucky University, Fine Arts Center, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 513-381-6868.

TAFT MUSEUM OF ART CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES -- The season ends on a lyrical note with the Lyrica Trio. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. 513-241-0343, ext. 15.

WATERSON:CARTHY -- Starts politicking its way through some Celtic music in CityFolk's latest offering. 8 p.m. Friday. $22-$18. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 937-496-3863.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC -- The Chamber Ensemble opens their doors. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Free. ... Edgecliff Building, Long Recital Hall. Xavier University, Evanston. 513-745-3801.


Vocal Arts
OPERA RAP -- Jake Heggie, composer of the operatic version of Dead Man Walking,, discusses his work. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. 513-744-3511.


Dance
GISELLE -- Love knows no boundaries, except of course finances and arranged marriages. Peasant girl Giselle knows all too well as she dies from a broken heart only to be briefly reunited with her love, Prince Albrecht. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $12-$7. School for Creative and Performing Arts, 1310 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-632-5910.


Mixed Media
SHADOWBOX CABARET -- It's time to Play Ball. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Through June 15. $20; $10 students and seniors. Newport on the Levee, Newport. 859-581-ROCK.


Comedy
THE BEST OF FRIENDS OF LUCY -- As performed by improv troupe Friends of Lucy. (Like you couldn't figure that one out.) The group presents some of their most beloved comedic sketches and favorite audience improvs. Opens Friday. 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through May 4. $12. Monmouth Theater, 636 Monmouth St., Newport. 513-588-0513.

THE FLAMING IDIOTS -- You can't go wrong with a name like that. Three comedians juggle such don't-try-this-at-home items as machetes, beanbag chairs and the ever-popular lit torches. Opens Saturday. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $12; $10 children. Victoria Theatre Association Young at Heart Family Series: Victoria Theatre, First and Main streets, Dayton, Ohio. 937-228-3630.

GO BANANAS -- Laugh 'til you bust a spleen. 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary. 8410 Market Place, Montgomery. 513-984-9288.

GREENWICH COMEDY SHOWCASE -- Comedian/actor Jaboreè makes the laugh-filled evening a jamboree. 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. 513-221-1151.

JOKERS COMEDY CAFE -- Get yourself a big heaping helping of laughter. 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7, 9:15 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Prices vary. 8900 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton, Ohio. 937-433-5233.

KITTY'S COMEDY CLUB -- Catches the comedy mouse, whatever that means. 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Quality Inn, 10900 New Haven Road, Harrison. 513-894-4003.

NOTHING SACRED PLAYERS -- It's a different show every week with this improv troupe. 9 p.m. Thursdays. $5. Hoffner Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-227-9580. www.NothingSacredPlayers.com.

TRESPASSERS ONLY -- Whoever said no trespassing? Not this group. They want you, at 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Southgate House. $5. 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or www.trespassersonly.com.

WIT'SENDSDAY -- Whose line is it anyway? Why, Wit's End and Tower Players share the duties. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $3. York Street Café, 738 York St., Newport. 513-922-7131.


Theater
ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS -- A television actress, a jaded New Yorker and an enthusiastic ingénue converge on a Texas town for a production of Chekov. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 11. $28. The Human Race Theatre Company Loft Series II: The Loft Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio. 937-228-3630.

AS YOU LIKE IT -- And you know you like it good. CSF founding member Marni Penning returns for Shakespeare's popular cross-dressing comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $20; $15 students and seniors. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 719 Race St., Downtown. 513-381-BARD.

BARBARA'S BLUE KITCHEN -- It's a hectic day for diner owner Barbara Jean Hudson, and for actress/playwright Lori Fischer who plays all the roles in this musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $43-$28. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, 962 Mount Adams Drive, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

BOOK OF DAYS -- Playwright Lanford Wilson has his hands full with a cheese plant, a Broadway director helming a community theater production and a suspicious death. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through May 12. $12. The Dayton Theatre Guild, 2330 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio. 937-278-5993.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN -- One girl must contend with her oddball family and her industrial efficiency pioneer father who applies his ways to his brood. Opens Wednesday. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 11. Through May 11. $9 Villager Players: 8 North Fort Thomas Ave. Fort Thomas. 859-751-3583.

COWGIRLS -- In an effort to save her father's saloon, Jo must turn a Classical music trio into the Cowgirl Trio. It's a rodeo of music in this all-female musical. Opens Wednesday. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Through May 19. $28; $25 students and seniors. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-3555.

DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? -- Well, who do you think we are? Ask Jeeves? Or just find out the answer in the popular musical comedy that looks at Catholic school education. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $10; $9 students and seniors. Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre: Miami University Hamilton, Parrish Auditorium, 1601 Peck Blvd., Hamilton. 513-737-PLAY.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC -- And winner by a nose ... is the classic tale of the swordsman/poet who's hindered by an unsightly facial feature. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $10; $9 NKU faculty and staff; $8 seniors; $5 students. Northeren Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance: Northern Kentucky University, Fine Arts Center, Corbett Theatre, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 859-572-5464.

HOCUS POCUS -- Abercrombie's Magic Emporium is now open to tell the secrets behind the mirror in Snow White, Aladdin's golden lamp and the spinning wheel in Rumpelstiltskin. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through April 28. $9; $7 children. Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre: Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. 513-721-ARTS.

JOEY AND MARIA'S COMEDY ITALIAN WEDDING -- A comedic wedding tale involving the antics of a typically wacko Italian family. 7 p.m. Saturday. $49.50 includes dinner. BB Riverboats, One Riverboat Row, Newport. 859-261-8500.

KING O' THE MOON -- The Pazinski Family has gone Over the Tavern and has landed as King O' The Moon in Tom Dudzick's stand-alone sequel. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 24. $42-$30. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Robert S. Marx Theatre, 962 Mount Adams Drive, Mount Adams. 513-421-3888.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD -- But Grandma, what big teeth you have! Or maybe that should be feet in this all tap-danced version of the fairy tale. Opens Friday. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday-- Sunday. Through April 28. $16-$5. The Children's Theatre: Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, Downtown. 513-241-SHOW.

MY FAVORITE YEAR -- It's the musical version with tuneage by longtime collaborators Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through April 27. $8. Theatre Xavier: St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road. 513-761-7815, ext. 585.

PLAZA SUITE -- The door swings open on Neil Simon's classic comedy about various occupants of a suite at the Plaza. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 27. $10; $5 students. Drama Workshop: Westwood Town Hall, Harrison, Epworth and Montana avenues, Westwood. 513-598-8303.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN -- It's as magical as spinning straw into gold. OK, so it's actually about spinning straw into gold. 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. $5. Frisch Marionettes: Shiloh United Methodist Church, John Wesley Hall, 580 Anderson Ferry Road, Delhi. 513-451-8875.

SHE LOVES ME -- Aw, well, who wouldn't? I'm absolutely adorable. But unfortunately, it's a different "me" she's referring to in Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's musical set in 1930s Budapest. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through April 27. Free; reservations required. University of Cincinnati Musical Theater Studio Series: College-Conservatory of Music, Studio Theater, Clifton. 513-556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS -- Six women cut it up and dish it up in this favorite comedy-drama. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $15-$12. Showboat Majestic, Public Landing, Downtown. 513-241-6550.

SWING! -- It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, and this musical revue has plenty of swing by highlighting the dances and songs that made the genre popular. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 5. $53-$35. Broadway in Cincinnati: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-241-SHOW.

TITANIC -- No need to have a sinking feeling if the story sounds familiar. There's a new spin on the great ship tragedy with this musical. Lunch: 11:15 a.m. Show: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday; Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through May 12. $47-$35. LaComedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central, Springboro. 800-677-9505.

TRUE WEST -- Sam Shepard's dark comedy gets a twist by using an African-American cast. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through April 27. $12; $10 students and seniors. The Know Theatre Tribe: Gabriel's Corner, 1425 Sycamore St., Downtown. 513-871-1429.

WHO WANTS TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE? -- Well, who doesn't want to? 8 p.m. Saturday. Through May 4. $32.95. Murder Mystery Players: Dave & Buster's, 11775 Commons Drive, Springdale. 513-671-5501.

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ -- The Middletown Rising Phoenix Theatre Co. presents this children's workshop production. No audition necessary. Students ages 8-15 learn basic theatre skills, and all applicants get a speaking part. Limited to 15 students. Registration begins April 1; deadline April 26. $130 workshop fee. For more information, call director Jene Rebbin Shaw at 937-873-8124 or Rising Phoenix 513-705-0548.


Classical Music
AMICUS CHAMBER PLAYERS -- Perform the works of Schubert and Lerdahl. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., Clifton. 513-861-3012.

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Concertmaster Timothy Lees and cellist Eric Kim serve as soloists for Brahms' " 'Double' Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Cello and Orchestra". 11 a.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. $51-$12. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-381-3300.

COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC -- The Symphony Band asks the age-old question "Parlez-vous Francais?" with works by Dukas, Sciortino, Debussy, Varèse and Offenbach. 8 p.m. Friday. Free. Corbett Auditorium. ... The jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band sweeps up guest artist Dana Hall for some Swing, Bebop and contemporary Jazz. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. Patricia Corbett Theatre. ... University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Clifton. 513-556-4183 or www.ccm.uc.edu.

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA -- Solves the Puzzle of Light with help from sculptor/musician Michael Brashaw and his ensemble. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$7.50. Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton, Ohio. ... 937-224-9000.

DULCIMER CONCERT -- It's not just any concert. It's a "Dulcifest" with hammered and mountain dulcimers, autoharp and fiddle. 8 p.m. Saturday. $5. Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 513-761-0041.

MOUNT AUBURN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CONCERT SERIES -- Presents "Alleluia II," a celebration of pipes and voices. 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations welcomed. Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Road, Mount Auburn. 513-683-8596.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT -- NKU's Choral, Chamber Choir and accompanying orchestra don't miss a beat with Mozart's "Missa Brevis in C Minor" as well as other compositions. 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. ... Northern Kentucky University, Greaves Concert Hall, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 859-572-6399.

PEANUT BUTTER & JAM SESSIONS -- Goes for the very little ones as Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre helps with the larger-than-life fairy tale, Thumbelina. 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $3 in advance; $4 at the door. Northern Kentucky University, Fine Arts Center, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. 513-381-6868.

TAFT MUSEUM OF ART CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES -- The season ends on a lyrical note with the Lyrica Trio. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., Downtown. 513-241-0343, ext. 15.

WATERSON:CARTHY -- Starts politicking its way through some Celtic music in CityFolk's latest offering. 8 p.m. Friday. $22-$18. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 937-496-3863.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC -- The Chamber Ensemble opens their doors. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Free. ... Edgecliff Building, Long Recital Hall. Xavier University, Evanston. 513-745-3801.


Vocal Arts
OPERA RAP -- Jake Heggie, composer of the operatic version of Dead Man Walking,, discusses his work. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. 513-744-3511.


Dance
GISELLE -- Love knows no boundaries, except of course finances and arranged marriages. Peasant girl Giselle knows all too well as she dies from a broken heart only to be briefly reunited with her love, Prince Albrecht. Opens Friday. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $12-$7. School for Creative and Performing Arts, 1310 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-632-5910.


Mixed Media
SHADOWBOX CABARET -- It's time to Play Ball. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Through June 15. $20; $10 students and seniors. Newport on the Levee, Newport. 859-581-ROCK.


Comedy
THE BEST OF FRIENDS OF LUCY -- As performed by improv troupe Friends of Lucy. (Like you couldn't figure that one out.) The group presents some of their most beloved comedic sketches and favorite audience improvs. Opens Friday. 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through May 4. $12. Monmouth Theater, 636 Monmouth St., Newport. 513-588-0513.

THE FLAMING IDIOTS -- You can't go wrong with a name like that. Three comedians juggle such don't-try-this-at-home items as machetes, beanbag chairs and the ever-popular lit torches. Opens Saturday. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 28. $12; $10 children. Victoria Theatre Association Young at Heart Family Series: Victoria Theatre, First and Main streets, Dayton, Ohio. 937-228-3630.

GO BANANAS -- Laugh 'til you bust a spleen. 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary. 8410 Market Place, Montgomery. 513-984-9288.

GREENWICH COMEDY SHOWCASE -- Comedian/actor Jaboreè makes the laugh-filled evening a jamboree. 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. 513-221-1151.

JOKERS COMEDY CAFE -- Get yourself a big heaping helping of laughter. 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7, 9:15 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Prices vary. 8900 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton, Ohio. 937-433-5233.

KITTY'S COMEDY CLUB -- Catches the comedy mouse, whatever that means. 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Quality Inn, 10900 New Haven Road, Harrison. 513-894-4003.

NOTHING SACRED PLAYERS -- It's a different show every week with this improv troupe. 9 p.m. Thursdays. $5. Hoffner Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-227-9580. www.NothingSacredPlayers.com.

TRESPASSERS ONLY -- Whoever said no trespassing? Not this group. They want you, at 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Southgate House. $5. 24 E. Third St., Newport. 859-431-2201 or www.trespassersonly.com.

WIT'SENDSDAY -- Whose line is it anyway? Why, Wit's End and Tower Players share the duties. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $3. York Street Café, 738 York St., Newport. 513-922-7131.


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