Thursday, November 11, 1999


A guide to help make your day


        • At Kenwood Towne Center: Free mini-performance of Cincinnati Ballet's Nutcracker, 7 p.m. today at the Center Stage on the lower level. Santa will be there. 742-0205.

        • Champagne tasting: See what's available for millennium parties at Sunflower Coffee House and Beer Garden, 7:30 p.m. today, 2999 W. McMicken, University Heights. $20. 861-5524.

        • Opening night: Stage First's production of The Chairs at Aronoff Center's Fifth Third Bank Theatre, 8 p.m. today. Continues through Nov. 21. $12-$15. 956-8933.

        • Christmas open house: Mainstrasse Village's Christmas Open House begins today with holiday displays and shopping unill 8 p.m. 491-0458.

        • Book signing: Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty will sign Fair Game, 7:30 p.m. today, Borders Books and Music in Eastgate, 943-0068.

        • Library book sale: Friends of the Union Township Library's fall used book sale, 5-8:30 p.m. today (through Saturday, too), Union Township Library, 7900 Cox Road, West Chester. 777-3131.

        • Open caption: Showcase Cinemas Springdale will show an open-captioned version of the Kevin Costner drama For Love of the Game today . For times, see the National Amusements advertisement inside Tempo, or call 671-6884.

        • TV picks: Frasier and his brother think they're royalty after their dad appears on Antiques Roadshow with a pewter bear clock that was once owned by the Russian royal family (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says ER (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22) sets up the exit of two characters, Jeanie Boulet (Gloria Reuben) and Dr. Gabe Lawrence (Alan Alda).

        • More Tommy: Tommy Hilfiger has branched out to add a women's handbag collection to his fashion empire. The bags, which will be for casual use, are $35-$170 and boast vibrant colors, patterns, textures (denim, nylon, PVC) and understated logos. Silhouettes include satchels, knapsacks, backpacks, totes and oblong flap purses. The bags are at department and specialty stores.

        • 24 Hours Out: Literary Lunch at Mercantile Library, downtown, featuring Elizabeth Graver, author of Unravelling, noon Friday.12, $5, free for members. Lunch $7.50. 621-0717.

        • 48 Hours Out: At the Emery Theatre, the Cincinnati Men's Chorus will present a program including some holiday favorites, featuring Danny Ray on the famed organ, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1112 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine. $10. Portion of proceeds will benefit renovation of the theatre. 542-2626.

        • 72 Hours 'til Sunday: Betty Buckley performs musical theater classics with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sunday, Music Hall. $15-$42. 381-3300.

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