Karen Robards: The best-selling romance-suspense novelist is at Books & Co. to sign her hot new thriller, Beachcomber, 7 p.m. today, 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (800) 777-4881.
Wine dinner: Parker's Blue Ash Grill offers an Italian wine dinner with five wines from assorted regions in Italy paired with dishes such as pasta e fagioli, summer melon balls with prosciutto and tiramisu. 7 p.m. today, 4200 Cooper Road. $30 (reservation required). 891-8300.
Arts jobs: The Cincinnati Arts Association hosts a job fair for events staff for upcoming productions at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, including touring Broadway productions, symphony performances, ballet and more for such positions as ticketing, bartenders, concessions and security. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. today, Aronoff Center lobby, Seventh and Walnut streets, downtown. 721-3344.
Metal tour: The Rock Never Stops tour brings out hard-rocking acts including White-
snake, Kip Winger, Warrant and Slaughter. 7 p.m. today, Riverbend Music Center, $17.75-$37.75. 562-4949.
Brush up: Wherein science enters the doghouse - sort of - to clean up the pup. Referring here to the Ionic Pet Hair Brush, a state-of-the-art grooming tool that uses ionic and super-charged oxygen molecules to kill odors and leave pets smelling fresh. It uses no water and even produces ultrasonic tones that drive fleas right off the dog's back. Oh, and it has a built-in massager for dogs under stress. It's $27.99 at Penney's and assorted pet stores.
Top pick: Thesmokinggun.com Internet site, which has revealed embarrassing facts about celebrities - such as Trista Rehn's $1 million wedding deal with ABC, and the misconduct of For Love or Money star Rob Campos - brings its gossip to Smoking Gun TV, the first in a series of specials hosted by comedian Mo Rocca (8 p.m. and midnight, Court TV). Story, F7
TV critic John Kiesewetter also says Law & Order detectives suspect a white supremacist in the death of a defense attorney (8 p.m., Channels 5, 22). The show replaces Race to the Altar, which moves to 10 p.m. Saturday.
24 hours out: The Ault Park Advisory Council presents its final summer dance with live music by Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band, 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday, pavilion, Ault Park, end of Observatory Avenue, Mount Lookout, free. 352-4080.
48 hours out: The emo-punk Drive-Thru Records Tour includes acts such as the Starting Line, Homegrown, Senses Fail and others, 8 p.m. Friday, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $12.50-$15. 562-4949.
72 hours until Saturday: Travel back in time several hundred years for the Ohio Renaissance Festival. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Renaissance Park, off Ohio 73, Harveysburg. (513) 897-7000.
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