By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Oliver North: The former Marine colonel who came to fame during the '80s Iran-Contra investigation signs his latest espionage-soaked novel, The Jericho Sanction, a follow-up to his best-selling Mission Compromised. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
Theater night: Friends Night Out with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati starts with a happy hour/buffet at BarrelHouse Brewing Company (22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine) at 5:30 p.m. today followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of the slick 1950s supper club musical Nite Club Confidential at ETC, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, $20. 421-3555.
Tuskegee Airmen: The World War II legends, in town for this weekend's Lunken Air Show, share stories. 7 p.m. today, Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Road, Anderson Township, free. 369-6030.
Danny Frazier: The country-acoustic favorite plays 7:30-11:30 p.m. today at the cozy and atmospheric La Normandie bar, just downstairs from The Maisonette, 118 E. Sixth St., downtown. No cover. 721-2761.
New on CD
He's heavy: Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer releases Heavier Things (Sony; $18.98) the follow-up to his multi-platinum Room for Squares.
Louisville's breakout band My Morning Jacket has a major-label debut in It Still Moves (RCA; $13.98).
It's not a Motown kung fu flick, it's a romantic comedy starring Cuba Gooding and Beyonce with a Southern gospel theme and soundtrack album. The Fighting Temptations (Sony; $18.98) features Beyonce solo and with Destiny's Child as well as an all-star R&B/gospel/hip-hop choir.
Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and such country queens as Lee Ann Womack and Terri Clark pay tribute to the greatest pop-country singer of all time on Remembering Patsy Cline (MCA; $18.98).
New on Video/DVD
Critic's picks: George Clooney's directing debut, the edgy, offbeat and weirdly poignant Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, arrives on home video today. On the new-to-DVD front, Disney animation fans are ready to spring on the new feature-rich special edition of Sleeping Beauty. For collectors, a new boxed set of director David Lean's best includes his masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia, plus The Bridge on the River Kwai and Passage to India.
24 hours out: The pioneering rock artist Peter Frampton makes a rare concert appearance, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kettering's Fraze Pavilion, Lincoln Park, off Shroyer Road between Dorothy Lane and Stroop Road. 562-4949. (Read a review of the new CD, tour his studio, and listen to song cuts at Cincinnati.Com, keyword Frampton.)
48 hours out: Jazz fusion favorites Acoustic Alchemy plays 8 p.m. Thursday at Jack Quinn's Emerald Ballroom. 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, $25. 779-9462.
72 hours till Friday: Meet local artist Jack Meanwell at an opening reception for his one-man show of 40 original paintings at the Ran Gallery. 5-9 p.m., 3668 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. 871-5604.
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