Thursday, April 29, 1999
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Obsession with green: The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life exhibits America's fixation with lawn care, including photographs, slide projections and sculpture. There's even a mannequin made entirely from lawn tools. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through June 6. Contemporary Arts Center, downtown. 721-0390.
Critic's picks: May sweeps starts today with too much Must See TV. So TV Critic John Kiesewetter will drive his wife crazy trying to watch Christine Baranski (Cybil) as a radio psychiatrist on Frasier (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22), Dick Van Dyke's probe of TV's masked magician's murder on Diagnosis Murder (9-11 p.m., Channels 12, 7); a new ER (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22) and the toe-tappin' tunes of AMC Swings! Featuring the Cherry Poppin' Daddies (10 p.m., American Movie Classics). Can you say VCR?
Web site of the day: Well ouch! Now they're going after smokers' families. Cincinnati based Media Force has an anti-smoking Web site it calls Smoke Often, Die Young. Site visitors here can order pity postcards Support America's coffin industry Leave your wife without paying alimony Stop worrying about how you'll spend your golden years to mail to smokers. There's also info to e-mail smokers and tips on how to help someone quit. Find it at www.mediaforce.net/smoke.
What's in stores today
Remembering the Duke: Today marks the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth. Celebrate by picking up the May issue of Vanity Fair, whichhas a timely look at the relationship between Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Together, they wrote such classics as Take the "A' Train and Satin Doll.
Pets on parade: The charter edition of Pets: Part of the Family ($3.95) is on newsstands today. To be published monthly, this slick 76-page magazine explores and celebrates the bonds of love, spirituality, psychology and communication of the human-animal connection. Publisher Rodale Press Inc. is trying an integrated marketing approach, including a Web site www.petspartofthefamily.com
Pets: Part of the Family hardcover book series (Rodale; $16.95 each) and a 13-week television series, Pets: Part of the Family to begin airing 6:30 p.m. May 16 on WCET, Channel 48.
A day away: Can't decide between the Poor Clares and the Nashville Dominicans? Let Xavier University's first Vocations Fair help. Representatives from local and national religious orders nuns, priests and brothers will be at University Center 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday to talk with those considering higher callings. 745-3240.
48 hours out: Pick up herbs, perennials, annuals, books, tools and accessories at the Plant, Herb and Hosta Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Civic Garden Center. Gardening gurus will help you pick out the right flowers for your garden. 221-0981.
72 hours 'til Sunday: Blessid Union of Souls has upped the ante on its 2 p.m. Sunday appearance at Tri-County Mall's Record Town. The Cincinnati band was scheduled to sign copies of its just-released third CD, Walking Off the Buzz (V2/Push; $17.98 CD, $10.98 cassette; $1 per sale goes to Red Cross to aid tornado victims), but has added a free, three-song performance at 1 p.m. in Center Court.
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