Encore Linton: The Linton Series shows off longtime Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Dick Waller and friends in a lush program full of Bartok's duos for two violins, Mozart's Quartet in G Minor and Brahms' Quintet in F minor. 7:30 p.m. today, Congregation Ohav Shalom, 8100 Cornell Road, Sycamore Township, $10-$30. 381-6868.
Katherine Sutcliffe: The bestselling romance author known for Darkling I Listen and Fever is here to meet fans and sign copies of her books. 7 p.m. today, Barnes & Noble, Newport on the Levee. (859) 581-2000.
St. John Passion: The esteemed Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and fine-tuned Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati team up and belt out Bach's vocal masterpiece. 7 p.m. today, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, $6-$22. 556-4183.
Top pick: A new beat comes to UPN when rap artist Sticky Fingaz and Jason George (Barbershop) star in Platinum (9 p.m., Channel 25), TV's first hip-hop drama. They play the Rhames brothers struggling to keep their independent Sweetback Entertainment music label afloat.
Critic John Kiesewetter also says Lifetime's new What Should You Do? instructs viewers about bee stings, puncture wounds, lightning strikes and other emergencies (8 p.m.).
May music: Tickets for the 130-year-old May Festival, five choral concerts spread over two weekends, go on sale today at the Symphony box office, 1229 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine, by phone at 381-3300, and online at www.mayfestival.com. They're $11 to $60. Among this year's offerings: Verdi's Messa de Requiem (May 16), Mendelssohn's Elijah (May 17), Britten's Noah's Flood (May 18), Liszt's Saint Stanislaus (May 23) and Rachmaninoff's Three Russian Songs (May 24).
24 hours out: The annual Joan Cochran Rieveschl Series on Issues in the Arts has Doug Herbert, director of Arts Learning with the National Endowment for the Arts, presenting "The Arts: Don't Leave Any Child Without Them" with emphasis on how recent legislation will affect curriculums. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati, free. 556-9484.
48 hours out: Hunt Club Clothiers has reps from Samuelsohn menswear, Cole-Haan shoes and Schneiders of Salzburg outerwear for trunk shows of the latest lines. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Fountain Square Place, downtown. 721-2004.
72 hours till Thursday: The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company opens the Lorraine Hansberry classic A Raisin in the Sun. 8 p.m., Paul Robeson Theatre, Arts Consortium, 1515 Linn St., West End, $18. 241-6060.
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