By Jason Nebel
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Haven Kimmel: The author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling memoir A Girl Named Zippy is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to introduce the paperback version of her debut novel, The Solace of Leaving Early ($13; Anchor Books), about a woman who returns to her Indiana hometown after walking out on an academic career, 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Acoustic lunch: The popular lunchtime concert series in shady Piatt Park kicks off with the groovy urban folk of the Walker Project, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today, Garfield Place, between Elm and Vine streets, downtown. 352-4080.
Book sale: The super-sized Friends of the Public Library Used Book Sale continues 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today with thousands of hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs, videos, DVDs, book on tape and more priced to sell, Fountain Square, downtown. 369-6035.
Top pick: Cute kids! Fox premieres American Juniors
(8 p.m., Channels 19, 45), an American Idol-type talent competition for singers and dancers ages 6 to 13 - except without Simon Cowell or any nasty judges. Instead the catty comments come from the kids' pushy stage parents.
New on DVD/video
Critic's picks: The Animatrix, a series of nine shorts originally created for the official Matrix Web site debuts, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk. For the more traditional-minded, Jack Nicholson's Oscar-nominated turn in About Schmidt is on shelves today. New to DVD is the original 1979 version of The In-Laws, with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.
New on CD
Ex-folkie and newly minted dance diva Jewel releases her 0304 (Atlantic; $18.98).
Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp is back with another rootsy set, Trouble No More (Columbia; $18.98).
O Brother soundtrack star Gillian Welch invites you on her Soul Journey (Acony; $18.98).
Train follows up 2001's Drops of Jupiter with My Private Nation (Sony; $18.98).
Lonestar, one of the headliners at this weekend's Country Stampede at Kentucky Speedway, commemorates its run of chart successes on From There to Here: The Greatest Hits (RCA; $18.98), including its latest, "My Front Porch."
24 hours out: The world-famous Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats begin two weeks of shows at the Belterra Casino Resort, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Switzerland County, Ind. $20.
48 hours out: Inspirational author Harry Harrison (Father to Son) is at Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore to introduce his Father to Daughter,
11 a.m. Thursday, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley. 731-2665.
72 hours till Friday: Cincinnati Art Galleries holds an opening reception for Works on Paper, featuring 100 watercolors, gouaches, drawings and pastels by artists such as Edgar Yaeger, Carl Zimmerman, Robert Blum and more, 5-8 p.m., 225 E. Sixth St., downtown.
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