You have your choice of competing "big band" concerts tonight, and you can't go wrong with either one. Soul masters Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are riding a huge wave of good buzz into their show at Bogart's; see Mildred Fallen's interview with Jones here. Over at the Southgate House, catch the "Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue" featuring the Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band, Deanna Bogart and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
In recommended events, Know Theatre of Cincinnati hosts opening night of Topdog/Underdog (see Rick Pender's preview here), Cincinnati Shakespeare continues its double bill of No Exit and Endgame (See Rick's review here) and stand-up comedian Tig Notaro opens a weekend run at Go Bananas (see preview here).
Cincinnati Salon hosts its eighth gathering tonight at The Waldo (Eighth and Elm, Downtown) with featured speaker Stephanie Dunlap, former CityBeat reporter and current freelance writer. Stephanie will talk about her adult GED and job placement program at Literacy Center West.
In blogland, Kevin Osborne discusses rumors floating in local political circles that either Phil Heimlich or Jim Tarbell could enter this fall's Hamilton County Commissioner races, Rick Pender muses on this week's staging of Jerry Springer: The Opera in New York City starring Harvey Keitel, Stephen Carter-Novotni says to look out for stray cats and Larry Gross talks about a good friend whose last day at CityBeat is today. We will all miss having Greg Flannery in the office, but we hope he'll stay involved in CityBeat.
In the news, the final four Republican presidential candidates left standing debated in California last night. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama do the same tonight on the Democratic side.
Have a great Thursday.
— John Fox