Alteractive: The always fun, always out-there alternative performance series at Playhouse in the Park gears up with Almost Obscene - sharp satire and rants on everything from war to censorship to God from monologist and MAD magazine editor Joe Raiola. 7 p.m. today, Rosenthal Plaza, $6-$10. 421-3888.
Casting call: Talk fast, 'cause you have two minutes to tell producers of Survivor 7 why you, of all people, should be a castaway in the next installment of the reality series. Noon-9 p.m. today, Gallery Building, Newport on the Levee. 345-1212, Ext. 7827.
Percival Everett: The famous writer and author of the dicey Erasure delivers a free lecture as part of the University of Cincinnati Ropes Lecture Series, 8 p.m. today, Room 127, McMicken Hall, UC. 556-3906.
Top pick: The words of former slaves come to life through the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett (above) and others on the powerful Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (8 p.m. HBO).
Critic John Kiesewetter also says CSI: Miami officers are exposed to radiation while investigating a murder, which leads them to a lawyer dying of radiation poisoning (10 p.m., Channels 12, 7).
What color's out? Here's a double whammy: Kick four colors out of the Crayola spectrum and name four new ones. In honor of its 100th birthday, Crayola introduces four variations on green, orange, blue and red. To make room in the box, it's kicking four out: Nominees are burnt sienna, blizzard blue, teal blue, mulberry and magic mint. Go to www.crayola100.com and vote (top four vote-getters are history) then enter names for the new colors. Prizes? Your name goes on the crayon and you go to Crayola's 100th birthday party. Unfortunately, it's in Easton, Pa.
24 hours out: Joseph-Beth Booksellers rolls out the carpet for John Fleischman, signing and discussing his new Free & Public: 150 Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
48 hours out: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati opens Stephen Belber's volatile relationship drama Tape, 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $10. 421-3555.
72 hours till Thursday: TV talk show host and former politician - maybe soon to be one again - Jerry Springer is at Miami University for his presentation "All Politics is Global," a program that has nothing to do with alien women who are sleeping with their sisters' husbands. 8 p.m., Millett Hall, Oxford, $3. (513) 529-3200.
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