By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Previews: Playhouse in the Park begins previews for its big, bold season opener, an imaginative new production of the classic musical My Fair Lady. 7:30 p.m. today, Robert S. Marx Theatre, Eden Park. $33.50 (half-price for tonight's show if purchased 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Playhouse box office). 421-3888.
Latin jazz: Cody's Cafe hosts the M&M Jazz Trio and its distinct mix of Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban and salsa music. 10 p.m. today, 48 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, no cover. 569-0555.
Top pick: The Trio channel's "Brilliant But Canceled" series continues with Edie Falco as a 1997 small-town police chief in Fargo (9 p.m.), Bebe Neuwirth in 1996 as a married New Yorker in Dear Diary (10 p.m.), and an ensemble comedy about psychiatrists called Sick in the Head (10:30 p.m.).
TV critic John Kiesewetter also says Kim Coles plays a mother who competes with Flex (Flex Alexander) in a school fund-raiser on One on One (8 p.m., Channel 25).
New on CD
Top pick: According to Rolling Stonea, Danish troublemakers the Raveonettes have made a record in Chain Gang of Love (Sony, $12.98). The buzz has been building and local fans can see band members Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo in person Sept. 19 at the Southgate House in Newport (tickets at Shake-It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 591-0123).
New on Video/DVD
Critic's picks: So, what's with all the fish? The answer to that question, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk, may or may not be hidden within the layers of extras in a new special edition of Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, the last feature film from the world's most savage, intelligent and hilarious comedy troupe. Also new is the mesmerizing mind-game/murder mystery Identity, with John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet (left).
24 hours out: Indulge your interest in the Mars phenomenon by attending a signing and discussion by planetary scientist and writer William K. Hartmann, author of A Traveler's Guide to Mars. 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (800) 777-4881.
48 hours out: The Cincinnati Film Society concludes its Chop-Socky Kung Fu Theater series with a screening of Dead or Alive: Final, the final chapter of director Takashi Miike's explosive trilogy. 7 p.m. Thursday, auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, $4-$6. 721-2787.
72 hours until Friday: Singer/songwriter David Wilcox is at Jack Quinn's Emerald Ballroom with opening act Kim Taylor, 8:30 p.m., 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, $25. 779-9462.
Next week: Magus Productions brings Acoustic Alchemy to Jack Quinn's Emerald Ballroom in Covington on Sept. 11, then presents singer-songwriter Todd Snider at Covington's Madison Theater on Sept. 12. Tickets: $25 for Acoustic Alchemy; $12 in advance for Snider. Information: 779-9462.
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