ONSTAGE: THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW It's not hard to find good theater around Cincinnati these days, but don't overlook productions on university campuses, where you'll often find classic works that deserve your attention. This week you have several choices. At UC's College-Conservatory of Music Thursday-Saturday, director and professor Michael Burnham (a 2003 inducte into the CEA Hall of Fame) is staging Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Setzuan (1943), which explores the challenge of being a good person in a morally ambiguous world. It's about a generous prostitute who finds she can't be both charitable and successful as a capitalist; she adopts an alter ego of a ruthless man then can't escape his bad behavior. Men and women face another set of challenges onstage at Northern Kentucky University, which Thursday opens its production of Shakespeare's raucous The Taming of the Shrew, directed by professor Mark Hardy. This original battle of the sexes is about how men and women seek to manipulate and dominate one another, all in the name of love. Both plays have been tested by time -- and entertained generations of audiences. CCM tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance; check out performance times and find nearby bars and restaurants here. NKU tickets are $10; check out performance times and find nearby bars and restaurants here. -- Rick Pender
ONSTAGE: TAKE ME OUT, Richard Greenberg's tale of a baseball player who reveals to his teammates that he's gay, continues at New Stage collective. See review here.
MUSIC: JASON RICCI AND NEW BLOOD drop some adventurous Blues at The Silverton Café. See Sound Advice preview here.
MUSIC: JIM SNIDERO New York City-based alto saxophonist Jim Snidero brings his sophisticated, classics-informed Jazz sound to the Blue Wisp this weekend for a two-night stand Friday and Saturday. Snidero’s recordings as a bandleader — including his latest, Trippin’, on the Savant label — have earned praiseful reviews from Jazz publications like Downbeat, which hailed Snidero as a "master" and "virtuoso." Check out some clips at his MySpace page and you'll be hard-pressed to disagree. Besides playing Jazz, Snidero writes about it as well. He’s authored the "Jazz Conception" series of books, which have been used in high schools, universities and conservatories (including Berklee and Julliard) worldwide. As if that weren't a busy enough schedule, Snidero also serves on the faculty at the New School University and has done extensive work as an educator. But his playing will be all that matters this weekend, as he joins locals Phil DeGreg (piano) and Ed Felson (bass) for two nights' worth of elegant Bop and Post Bop, with compositions inspired by many of the greats of the field, including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins. $10. (Buy tickets, check out performance times and find neatby bars and restaurants here.) -- Mike Breen
ART: FERALMADE Northside art space Feralmade delights eyes and ears this weekend with the silent auction fund-raiser Help Me Help You and the debut of a new music series.here.) -- Kevin Bruce
MUSIC: THE ENGLISH BEAT brings its highly influential Ska/Post Punk sounds to Bogart's. See an interview here.
COMEDY: LARRY THE CABLE GUY He sure sounds Southern, but he explains his accent is actually a bit exaggerated when he performs. "I was born in the South and I’ve lived here for 29 years," says the Kansas native from his home in Sanford, Fla. "I picked the accent up because all my friends talk that way. Jeff (Foxworthy) (has) got a bona-fide southern accent, but he amplifies it when he’s on stage. A lot of that is a subconscious thing. Same with me. I hear tapes of (my set) and think, 'Man, it was that thick?" Though he was a funny kid growing up, he never saw himself going into comedy until after he graduated from Bible college. "I was playing baseball and sat out a year," he says. "I started doing stand-up and decided that's what I liked." Widely known as part of The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Larry's humor has always fit in perfectly with his colleagues. "Basically I'm a one-liner type guy," he says. "Whatever I find funny, that's pretty much what I'll do. I (cover) every topic: marriage, kids, Wal-Mart, airplanes, movies and TV. A little bit of politics, not a lot." It's not all set-up/punch-line, though. Larry often has a story to tell. "I like to say that it's storytelling in one-liner format." Larry The Cable Guy performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Taft Theatre Downtown. $44.75. (Buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.) -- P.F. Wilson
ART: AISLE GALLERY Aisle is my favorite slick hallway in Cincinnati. Its personality as a gallery should be well matched with a new exhibition of works by Tim McMichael opening on Saturday. McMichael's work is meticulous and experimental as it aims to conflate internal and global geographies into layered, faceted and intuited systems. Through various two-dimensional explorations that could all perhaps be called "collages" (though McMichael calls them "fossils"), he enumerates the many manners in which elements from different types of maps can be reoriented to create profound spaces that file backwards into the images. Combining such evocative materials as volcanic ash and resin with traditional tools of drawing such as ink and gouache, the work offers viewers an intensely visual, precise opportunity to locate oneself during a time that is awfully full of talk about borders, territories and homelands. Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. (Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.) -- Matt Morris
EVENTS: 20TH CENTURY CINCINNATI We're just a few weeks away from the opening of flat-packed furniture mecca Ikea, and if you’re in need of a little interior inspiration, the Sharonville Convention Center is hosting 20th Century Cincinnati, an art, furniture and fashion show featuring trends from the 1920s-1970s including chairs by Herman Miller, 1970s Pop Art and authentic, wearable vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. Not only is this retrospective bringing high design movements to CIncinnati — from Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern — the design preservation group CF3 is also honoring Cincinnati's very own rich history with Cincinnati Modern Architecture, images and artifacts documenting the modernist architectural gems across the city. The preview show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, and for $25 you get a sneak peak and first dibs on all the goods. Regular show hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $7. (Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.) -- Maija Zummo
EVENTS: CINEMA CARNEGIE FILM SERIES The Carnegie in Covington continues its new film series at 7 p.m. Saturday with a screening of Satanic Yuppies, local filmmaker Mark Burchett's B-movie extravaganza of nudity-laced debauchery and mayhem. CityBeat has never seen Burchett's movie, but we unearthed some intriguing reactions to it. Try this from DVD Talk: "Produced in 1996 and released under the less salacious title of Evil Ambitions, Satanic Yuppies is a low-budget semi-supernatural comedo-thriller full of terrible acting, spotty pacing and big heaping doses of long and languid dialogue. ... It's fairly obvious that the no-budget Cincy filmmakers were cobbling something together they thought was a clever little throwback, and there's a cheesy charm to the proceedings that makes the movie fairly difficult to despise." And how about this from Flipside Movie Emporium: "It's even got former Playboy lingerie model Lucy Frashure kicking ass in her underwear. Now tell me, how can anyone dislike this movie?" True enough. Burchett, a 1985 graduate of UC's College-Conservatory of Music and the current president of the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association, will be on hand to discuss his film during a post-screening "talkback." $8. (Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.) -- Jason Gargano
EVENTS: THE ONENESS MOVEMENT Despite advertising to the contrary, we're not completely independent individuals. All living beings are interconnected, so says the Oneness movement. Sri Rani Ji, head of The Oneness Movement in North America, will hold a two-day seminar (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday) to offer the Oneness Blessing. Through this blessing a person becomes aware of interconnectedness and how to live life in harmony with the self, others and a higher power called "God." The seminar is hosted at Vernon Manor Hotel (400 Oak St., Avondale). Register via www.onenessmovement.org: $250 in advance, $295 at the door; meals are not included. (Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.) -- Margo Pierce
MUSIC: SMOKE OR FIRE engulfs The Poison Room. See Sound Advice preview here.
LITERARY: JAMES MCBRIDE, acclaimed author of The Color of Water, stops by Joseph-Beth Booksellers to discuss his latest book, Song Yet Sung. See an interview here.
ONSTAGE: THE 5 BROWNS Most siblings can't manage a meal without an escalating conflict, but the 5 Browns circumvent eons of familial rivalry, channeling their individual talents into a compelling musical singularity. Two brothers and three sisters from Utah, pianists all, The 5 Browns have created a sensation within and beyond the Classical realm with appearances on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Oprah and The Tonight Show. The Juilliard-trained quintet (the first collection of five siblings to simultaneously attend) have released three albums to date and was cited as one of the top Classical acts of 2005 and 2006. The 5 Browns and their astonishing Steinway prowess light up Miami University's Millett Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets for the event, sponsored by Baymont Inn & Suites and partially funded through the Ohio Arts Council, are $20 adults, $19 senior citizens and $9 students. (Buy tickets, check out performance times and find neatby bars and restaurants here.) -- Brian Baker
MUSIC: HORRORPOPS fills Bogart's with its Gothic-laced New Wave. See an interview here.