By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Allman Brothers Band: The Southern rock legends are at Riverbend Music Center with opening act Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 7 p.m. today, I-275 and Kellogg Avenue, Anderson Township, $20.25-$45.50. 562-4949.
Bach & Beyond: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra series for small orchestra concludes with associate conductor Sarah Ioannides serving up a program of P”rt, Shostakovich, Kodaly and Prokofiev with guest pianist Wendy Chen. 7:30 p.m. today, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati, $30. 381-3300.
Literary Lunch: The Mercantile Library welcomes local photographer Charlie Brooks discussing his new Journey Across China, with more than 80 dramatic photographs from his 3,500-mile adventure across the changing nation. Noon today, 414 Walnut St., downtown, $5 (members free). 621-0717.
Critic's pick: Bonnie Hunt is back for a while. Life With Bonnie is in reruns, starting with one of the best - David Duchovny (X-Files) as a TV weatherman guesting on Bonnie's talk show. 8:30 p.m., Channel 9.
Last week's episode had Sean Kent, the Stetson-wearing Texan, receive the most challenges. Surprisingly, he chose to compete with the drolly funny Dave Mordal and got trounced. Now nine comedians remain. Last Comic Standing, 9 p.m., Channel 5.
New on CD
Critic's pick: Young R&B queen Ashanti (pictured) leads the week's CD releases with her sophomore effort, Chapter II (Def Jam; $18.98).
I.C.P. fans will flock to the new set by the rappers' spinoff, Twiztid, The Green Book (Psycopathic; $17.98).
The late blues/jazz/folk/protest singer Nina Simone is remembered on Anthology (BMG Heritage; $24.98), a two-disc career-spanning compilation.
New on Video/DVD
Critic's picks: Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk says this week's new home video releases are topped by two very different films: Martin Scorsese's sprawling, brutal epic Gangs of New York, and the bubbly romantic comedy How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.
Also this week, cinephiles are applauding the arrival on DVD of German filmmaker Wim Wenders' magical 1987 angels-on-Earth tale, Wings of Desire.
72 hours until the Fourth of July: The Colerain Township Fourth of July Celebration is a day full of family activities, fireworks and headlining entertainment from '70s favorite Foghat. 3-10 p.m. Friday, Township Government Complex, 4200 Springdale Road. 385-7500.
Also 72 hours until the Fourth of July: Ault Park has a traditional Independence Day celebration Friday with a bike parade and kids activities starting at 10:30 a.m., big band music at 8 p.m. and Rozzi's fireworks at 10 p.m., end of Observatory Avenue, Mount Lookout. 956-9876.
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