Stars on Ice: The country's premier skating tour features the professional debuts of 2002 Olympic champions Alexei Yagudin, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, plus longtime favorites Todd Eldredge, Katarina Witt and more, 7 p.m. today, U.S. Bank Arena. $34-$57. 562-4949.Tori Amos: The revered pop artist plays the Taft Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $35.
Book signing: The get-under-your-skin crime fiction writer George Pelecanos is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce his latest Derek Strange suspense-mystery, Soul Circus, 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.
The Recipe: The roots-rock/jam band favorites start playing about 10 p.m. today at the BarrelHouse Brewing Company, 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $10. 421-2337.
Top pick: The NCAA men's basketball tournament opens with the UC Bearcats playing Gonzaga in Salt Lake City (12:40 p.m., Channel 12). CBS coverage starts at 12:10 p.m., and ends about midnight, after the Dayton-Tulsa game (9:45 p.m.).
Critic John Kiesewetter also says WB reinvents the sitcom with On the Spot, a partially scripted comedy set in a run-down Malibu hotel (9:30 p.m., Channels 64, 26).
24 hours out: Mecklenburg Gardens presents a Spring German Beer Dinner with imported ales, oom-pah music and Bavarian specialties, 7 p.m. Friday, University and Highland avenues, Corryville. $7-$15. 221-5353.
48 hours out: Previews begin for the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize-winning drama The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, 9 p.m. Saturday, Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Eden Park. $30. 421-3888.
72 hours till Sunday: Children's performer Doug Berky brings his enchanting mix of mime, mask and movement theatre to the Carnegie Kids' Connections series, 1 p.m., the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1029 Scott Blvd., Covington. $3-$5. (859) 491-2030.
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