By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
John Gilstrap: The surprise-a-minute suspense writer is at Barnes & Noble Newport to introduce his new thriller-mystery Scott Free, set deep in Utah's rugged Wasatch Mountains. 7 p.m. Monday, Newport on the Levee. (859) 581-2000.
Dale Brown: Up in Dayton, another famous suspense author and former U.S. Air Force Captain is in town to introduce his latest military thriller Air Battle Force, set in the contemporary Middle East and peppered with the latest military technology. 7 p.m. today, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (800) 777-4881.
Jazz: The Lou Lausche Quartet performs 9 p.m.-midnight today at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 318 E. Eighth St., downtown. 241-9477.
Gardening series: The popular Year Round Gardening Series at the Monfort Heights Branch Library features tips on container gardening, 6:30 p.m. today, 3825 West Fork Road. 369-4472.
Top pick: Here come the brides: Amy (Monica Horan) and Robert (Brad Garrett) finally head down the aisle on Everybody Loves Raymond (9-9:45 p.m., Channels 12, 7), while Toni (Jill Marie Jones) struggles to keep her glamorous wedding at a rented Malibu mansion from falling apart in a two-part Girlfriends (9-10 p.m., Channel 25). Both are season finales.
Critic John Kiesewetter also says Dr. Brown (Treat Williams) performs a second surgery on Colin (Mike Erwin) as first season ends for Everwood (9 p.m., Channels 64, 26).
Snide Simon: Didn't it just have to happen? A Simon Cowell bobble head we mean. And not just any bobble head, this one even talks. As befits Cowell, known for his cutting comments to American Idol contestants, the bobble head's a snide little number that says things like "You're the most boring person I ever met" and "You're pathetic." The $14.99 bobbler is due in stores, including Spencer's gifts, this week. Also available online at www.talkingsimon.com.
24 hours out: Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Nicholas Muni leads an "Opera Raps" discussion on the summer season at noon Tuesday, Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., downtown. 621-0717.
48 hours out: The Cincinnati Film Society has a screening of the no-holes-barred documentary Horns and Halos, all about an author and publisher's attempt to publish an unauthorized biography of President George W. Bush. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, $4-$6. 721-2787.
72 hours 'til Thursday: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival opens a production of the poignant Langford Wilson drama The Gingham Dog, 8 p.m., 719 Race St., downtown. $16-$20. 381-2273.
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