Disney musical: The Tony Award-winning mega-hit musical Beauty and the Beast opens a one-week run. 8 p.m. today, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, $20-$60. 241-7469.
Square dancing: Parky's Farm at Winton Woods hauls out its petticoats and kicks off free Tuesday night square dance lessons in the funky and atmospheric Hayloft Barn, where beginners progress from basic to more advanced steps each week through September. 7:30 p.m. today, 10073 Daly Road, Springfield Township. 863-0612.
For kids: The Forest Park Branch Library gathers kids around for a preschool storytime celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, 6:30 p.m. today, 655 Waycross Road. 369-4478.
Music in Montgomery: Jazz guitarist Kenny Poole and vocalist Pam Kneer spin out a couple dozen tunes in deSha's cozy and fireplace-lit Muirfield Pub. 7-10 p.m. today, 11320 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township.
Critic's pick: As the first season ended, the unbreakable Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis, below) had crumbled into tears. His wife had taken their kids and gone into hiding. Now he's desperate to find them. In Shield style, this is brutal, bruising and intense. The Shield,
10 p.m., FX.
The always superb 24 returns from a two-week break. Jack is on a crash-bound plane with the hated Nina, the double agent who killed his wife.
9 p.m., Channels 19, 45.
Critic's picks: The engrossing crop-circle drama Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix is the hot pick among new video and DVD releases this week, but Jennifer Aniston's touching, funny performance in The Good Girl is not to be overlooked, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk.
24 hours out: Barnes & Noble Newport gets the masses together for an open house for new book groups. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Newport on the Levee. (859) 581-2000.
48 hours out: Meet Frank McElwain, known for his Tall Stacks paintings, at the reception of his exhibit at Closson's, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Fourth and Race streets, downtown. 762-5510.
72 hours 'til Friday: Satirist and stand-up comic Lewis Black plays it for laughs at Bogart's, 8 p.m., 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $26.50-$28.50. 562-4949.
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