Tuesday, June 22, 1999


A guide to help make your day


        • A few freebies: Today, get outdoor music with Brothers First, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Piatt Park, downtown (352-4080); Tom Daugherty Orchestra, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Towne Square (745-8550); and Elaine and the Biscaynes, 7 p.m., Tower Park amphitheater, Fort Thomas (781-1700).

        • Riverbend concert: Tonight, it's the rock-folk sound of John Mellencamp. Son Volt opens the 8 p.m. show. $25-$57.50. 232-6220.

        • More rock: Wish Todd Rundgren happy 51st birthday when he appears 7 p.m. today at Electra (formerly Sycamore Gardens, Over-the-Rhine). $18. 621-1100.

        • Bluegrass: At 9 p.m. today at Kaldi's in Over-the-Rhine,; bluegrass veteran Katie Laur will debut music she's written for the documentary, The Will to Read: Estil Sizemore's Story. She'll be backed by Lazy Boys during the first set. No cover. 241-3070. WCPO-TV (Channel 9) holds the first option to locally broadcast the documentary.

        • TV picks: HBO puts a feminist spin on the “Three Little Pigs in a new cartoon starring Loretta Lynn as a retired country singer who runs a camp for girl piglets (Courteney Cox, Tyra Banks, Julie Brown), part of HBO's Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child series (8 p.m.). And TV Critic John Kiesewetter will be watching Sports Night, when Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd) produces the show (9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2).

        Web site of the day: The Interior Department has announced a newly overhauled, and presumably better, Web site on recreation spots managed by the government. The Web site, www.recreation.gov, provides a single point of entry for information on more than 1,900 recreation areas run by eight agencies. Type in “bicycling” and “Colorado,” for example, and the site gives you 31 alternatives, with links to weather forecasts and maps.

        (What's in stores today)

        • Video picks: Rushmore, a sharp, original comedy from Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket), features Bill Murray's best work since Groundhog's Day. Bonus points for co-star Jason Schwartzman as a 15-year-old dreamer, schemer, social climber, poet and artist. Also in stores today, the splendid, overlooked A Simple Plan with Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton.

        • Flag apparel: It's Old glory days at Old Navy. Old Navy has introduced a line of limited-edition flag T-shirts ($5 adults; $4 kids and babies). Other special Fourth of July goodies include canvas flag tote bags ($8.50-$10.50), Stars & Stripes flip-flops ($4.50) and flag beach towels ($14).

        • A day away: Ages 7-12 can learn how to make “Origami Creatures” at a workshop with origami artist David Porter. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Parkdale Library in Forest Park. 369-4478.

        • 48 hours out: Mason Christian Village Ambassadors' Chorus presents A Century of Memories dinner theater, 6:30 p.m. Thursday(also Friday), Mason Church of Christ. $15, $7 (includes buffet). 398-1486.

        • 72 hours 'til Friday: The final three bands of the 97Xposure local band competition play Bogart's in Corryville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Rockets To Mars, the Simpletons and Thistle will perform. All-ages show. $4.97. 281-8400.

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