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ONSTAGE: JERSEY BOYS, a good "jukebox musical," continues through June 15. See Rick Pender's review here.

ART: ARTWORKS GALLERY CityBeat visual arts writer Matthew Morris is one of three local artists, all graduates of the Art Academy, who are showing new work in There Were Three at ArtWorks Gallery (811 Race St., Downtown), which begins with a 6-9 p.m. opening Friday and continues through June 13. In a written statement, Morris describes his post-minimal drawings and sculptural work as "suffering fragility, risking uselessness, and re-evaluating frivolity as grounds to mediate intimacy." The gallery describes the work of artist Molly Donnermeyer as walking "a fine meandering path between fairytales, cult iconography, interior stories, and daily routines," while Eric Ruschman's new work includes paintings and installations that have idiosyncratically shaped panels redefining the traditional rectangle. Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Steven Rosen

ONSTAGE: RAPPACINI'S DAUGHTER That girl is poison. You've heard people say such things, but probably not so literally as when they describe Beatriz in Daniel Catán's 1991 opera Rappacini's Daughter, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic 1844 short story. Catán's opera will be presented this weekend at UC's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Rappacini, a botanist, has raised his daughter among poisonous plants.

As a result, Beatriz has a tragic condition: Her touch is poisonous to other living creatures. The love of a young student puts her in a perplexing and dangerous position. Retold by Nobel Prize-winning author Octavio Paz, the sad story of beauty, love, good and evil set during the Italian Renaissance, resonated with Catán, a Mexican composer whose recent work Florencia en el Amazonas will be presented in July by Cincinnati Opera. Catán is in town for the first Cincinnati staging of his opera; he was the first Mexican composer to have an operatic work produced in the United States when the San Diego Opera presented Rappacini's Daughter in 1994. The performances on this weekend at CCM mark the inaugural project of a joint effort between the school and Cincinnati Opera, funded by The Corbett Foundation. Rappacini's Daughter is being staged in CCM's Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are free, but it's necessary to make a reservation in advance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. — Rick Pender

COMEDY: BILL BELLAMY Entering his second season as host of NBC's Last Comic Standing, comedian Bill Bellamy is inspired. "It's infectious being around funny people and people that are bringing it," he says. "It encourages you to bring it. (The show) feels like I'm in a big comedy club all over the country (and I'm) representing the hottest comedy club on TV. That's how we do it." Bellamy got his big break on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam in the mid-1990s. It was there he apparently coined the term "booty call," referring to a late-night communication to someone in hopes of making a romantic rendezvous. A bit of sports trivia is tied to the New Jersey-native as well: He is a cousin of basketball great Shaquille O'Neal. On stage, Bellamy talks about a variety of subjects. "I'm talking about everything: politics, Hillary Clinton, Obama, McCain, sex, commercials." $22. Friday-Sunday at Funny Bone on the Levee in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — P.F. Wilson

EVENTS: SUMMERFAIR Summerfair 2008 will run from Friday through Sunday on the grounds of historic Coney Island. This famed and nationally recognized arts-and-crafts fair draws crowds of around 25,000 every year. It's come a long way from its beloved roots in Mount Adams, growing as a Cincinnati institution with each year. The $10 admission and other purchases at the event benefit local visual and performing arts organizations. Some 300 exhibitors have been selected to showcase their wares of photography, painting, woodworking, ceramics, fibers, leather and jewelry. 2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Matt Morris

ART: POWERHOUSE FACTORIES This group of designers, printmakers and multi-disciplinary artists dedicated to bringing "art to the masses" is celebrating its move from Covington to Newport with a grand-opening celebration and show/sale of its new and classic concert posters and prints this Friday from 8 p.m.-midnight. The new space, on the first floor of the renovated Marx Cromer Building at 33 E. Ninth St., will play host to a performance by local Rock band A Decade to Die For. The band and Powerhouse have had a long and fruitful relationship, working to support and promote each other over the years. Free. Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Steven Rosen

MUSIC: BLIND MELON plays Bogart's, equipped with a successful new album and a replacement for the departed Shannon Hoon. See Sound Advice preview here.

EVENTS: CINEMA CARNEGIE The Covington-based arts center wraps up its first season of Cinema Carnegie with a screening of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's Sundance-pedigreed documentary A Lion in the House. Shot over the course of six years, the film follows the lives of five families fighting cancer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The extended filming period — which yields a three-hour-plus final product — allows us an illuminating view into the trials and tribulations of those who bravely agreed to have their painful ordeals unveiled. Bognar and Reichert (pictured), Ohio filmmakers who call Yellow Springs home, were given rare access into a long, arduous process marked by counseling sessions, surgeries and meetings with family members and hospital staff. The duo will be on hand to discuss their labor of love — their own daughter is a cancer survivor — following the 6 p.m. screening. $8; $7 for Cinema Carnegie Society members. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Jason Gargano

EVENTS: PKU WALK-A-THON For most people, managing your diet can be as easy as eating out less. But for the one in 10,000 Americans living with Phenylketonuria (PKU), it's not so simple. PKU is a genetic disorder that affects the body's ability to process phenylalanine (Phe) — an amino acid that is found not only in all protein-containing foods (meat, eggs, dairy, nuts), but also in most wheat products and some fruits. As difficult as life can be for adults with PKU, the disease is commonly recognized in children like Grant Pollard, whose mother, Suzette, is helping to organize Saturday's PKU Walk-a-Thon with the Mid-Atlantic Connection for PKU and Allied Disorders, Inc. "It can control your whole life," Pollard says of her son's experience with PKU. "Every day I wake up thinking, 'What am I going to feed him?' " The walk will open with a speech from Raymond C. Stevens of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and will be followed with refreshments and a chance to interact with other families living with PKU. 9 a.m. Miami Whitewater Forest. $2 park admission/minimum $25 donation per walker. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Hannah Roberts

LITERARY: JOANI LACY Rife with lush atmosphere and psychological nuance, local author Joani Lacy's Hollister House is one spooky trip to the exotic, crumbling Southern home of the title. Eve Hollister is determined to start over by looking to her past when she moves into the decaying, long-vacant Victorian homestead that belongs to her father's family in Juniper, Miss. Mysterious things begin to happen almost immediately as the home's rich history invades Eve's thoughts, including elements of voodoo, various spirits and an ancient banyan tree that proves a compelling presence on the property and Hollister House's narrative. Lacy conveys the story's evocative, gothic-tinged scenes via a languorous, immersive prose style that will likely be given another dimension when she reads from the book at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Jason Gargano

MUSIC: LITTLE BIG TOWN performs a free show Saturday at Blue Ash's "SummerBration 2008" fest. See interview here.

EVENTS: LEBANESE FESTIVAL Tired of the Ramen noodles and Styrofoam take-out dishes that plague your pantry and refrigerator? Instead of the usual tasteless meals, drive on down to St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church (2530 Victory Pkwy., Walnut Hills) for a festival like no other. On the menu will be Kibbee, a traditional dish of minced meat and spices; Tabouli salad, which is spices, tomato, parsley and other ingredients; and, of course, there will be delicious Lebanese pastries. After gorging on exotic foods there will be raffles, a little bit of shopping and a mini-kiddie land, filled with games and prizes. The adults can gamble at Monte Carlo Land. So, get out of your take-out funk and come on down to a place filled with new aromas and new faces. Noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Beth Rudolph

MUSIC: MUDHONEY, different but still dynamic, supports its latest release The Lucky Ones at the Southgate House. See interview here.

MUSIC: FLOBOTS Given the success of artists like Kanye West and Common, one might be led to believe that the major-label system might be taking more chances on Hip Hop acts that don't rely on bling and thug stereotypes. Another fresh example that the majors can get it right is Flobots, a six-member band fronted by MCs Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit, smart and clever lyricists years beyond the usual filler. But the twists don't end there. Flobots are a "band," featuring live instrumentation. Along with a tight rhythm section and guitarist, Flobots' secret weapon is the viola playing of Mackenzie Roberts, who gives the group's crafty tracks a Classical feel. Instead of repeating the same clichés, Flobots — who, just a year ago, were unsigned — make the rare move of actually trying to be inventive. The group is already making inroads on radio with their song, "Handlebars" and next week they'll appear on The Tonight Show. Supporting its Universal debut, Fight With Tools, the band performs an all-ages show Monday at the Mad Hatter in Covington. $10. Buy tickets, check out performance times and find nearby bars and restaurants here. — Mike Breen

MUSIC: THE ALMOST, led by Aaron Gillespie, drummer for the Metalcore sextet Underoath, supports its debut album Southern Weather at Bogarts. See Sound Advice preview here.

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