By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Goth metal: The vampiric power rock quartet Type O Negative is here with the moody, melodic Italian import Lacuna Coil. 8 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $17.50-$20. 562-4949.
Book signings: Joseph-Beth Booksellers hosts two popular mystery-suspense authors, Paul L. Woods and J.A. Jance, signing and discussing their new releases Dirty Laundry and Exit Wounds: A Novel of Suspense. 7 p.m. today, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Open mic: Allyn's Cafe reprises its popular songwriter night with host Eric Diedrichs singing and introducing the acts. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. today, 3538 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum. 871-5779.
Critic's pick: Last week, the five comic finalists each had a five-minute chance to impress viewers. By now the viewers' votes have been counted. In American Idol style, however, it'll be almost two hours before a winner is announced. Last Comic Standing, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22.
Last week's sensational hour ended with Tom grasping for pieces of normal life after watching in horror as a colleague was killed. Tonight, terrorists take over the Turkish embassy in London. MI-5, 10 p.m., A&E.
New on CD
Critic's pick: Smash Mouth takes a break from providing soundtrack hits to release an actual album, Got the Picture? (Interscope; $18.98).
Blues Traveler jams again on Truth Be Told (Sanctuary; $18.98).
The big hip-hop release is Youngbloodz' Drankin' Patnaz (Arista; $18.98).
Big-voiced pop-country star Wynonna reminds us What the World Needs Now Is Love (Curb; $18.98).
New on DVD/Video
Critic's picks: Today's big-name release is the jolly screwball comedy Bringing Down the House with Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk, while the new-to-DVD champ is the undiscovered gem Caught, starring Edward James Olmos and Maria Conchita Alonso as a long-married couple whose lives are disrupted by a young drifter.
24 hours out: The Cincinnati Film Society opens a showing of the documentary Rancho California, por favor about underclass communities in California. 7 p.m. Wednesday, auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, $4-$6. 721-2787.
48 hours out: In a rare small venue appearance, Harry Connick Jr. and his quartet do two shows at the 20th Century. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, $35.25. 562-4949.
72 hours till Friday: The Wyoming Players open Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair. 8 p.m., Pendery Center, Wyoming High School, 106 Pendery St., Wyoming, $5-$12. 588-4910.
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