Thursday, April 29, 1999


A guide to help make your day

Going out
        • 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.

Staying in
        • 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

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 — — 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.

Planning ahead
        • 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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