Wednesday, December 08, 1999


A guide to help make your day

        • Theater opening: Ensemble Theatre's production of Around the World in 80 Days opens 7 p.m. today. Runs through Jan. 2. 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $12-$25. 421-3555.

        • NKU Theater: Mystery of Edwin Drood continues 8 p.m. daily through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on the Northern Kentucky University campus in Highland Heights. $5-$9. 572-5464.

        • At Heritage Village: “Ghosts of Christmas Past” event starts at Sharon Wood's Heritage Village Museum, noon-8 p.m. today. Through Sunday. 563-9484.

        • TV picks: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Tune in the TV Land cable channel (not available on all Tristate systems) at 8 p.m. for a delightful one-hour retrospective on 30 years of the children's show with the cast, Carol Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar) and great clips.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays, pre-empted by the Xavier-Miami basketball game, will air 7 p.m. Saturday on Channel 12. (Dayton's Channel 7 airs Martha at 8 p.m. today.)

        • Disc picks: Sheryl Crow leads the week's big rock release with a mini-Lilith. Sheryl Crow and Friends Live From Central Park (A&M; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette) is her FOX-TV concert featuring the Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, Sarah McLachlan, Chrissie Hynde and, getting in touch with his feminine side, Eric Clapton.

        • Enquirer music critic Larry Nager says the big rap disc of the week — and likely for the entire 1999 Yule — is Born Again (Arista/Bad Boy; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette), the latest from the late Notorious B.I.G. This time, the rap remnants he left behind are filled out by Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, DMX, Nas, Method Man, Redman and Lil' Kim.

        • The latest teeny-bopper act arrives this week, as Mandy Moore, who opened here for both 'NSync and Backstreet Boys, releases her debut, So Real (Sony; $16.98 CD, $10.98 cassette).

        • Literally the week's biggest release (and biggest bargain) is Wynton Marsalis' massive seven-CD document of his annual week-long dates at New York's premier jazz spot, Live at the Village Vanguard (Columbia; $39.98 CDs only).

        • 48 hours out: Cincinnati Public Theater's production of the musical revue Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know opens 8 p.m. Friday at Aronoff Center, downtown. Through Dec. 19. $12-$14. 241-7469.

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