Friday, March 03, 2000


A guide to help make your day


        • Mardi Gras: The gates open for MainStrasse Village Mardi Gras 6 p.m. today in Covington. Parade at 8 p.m. Music by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, Leroy Ellington and Essential Funk and Ray's Music Exchange 9 p.m.-1 a.m. in heated tents. $5. 491-0458.

        • Reggae fest: Bob Marley Festival and Show featuring the Drive Thrus, the Zionites, Positive Reaction and Eastwind, plus West African drum and dance ensembles, Latin dancers, more, 8 p.m. today, 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. $15. 595-1125.

        • German dinner: Mecklenburg Gardens presents a German dinner in its Bavarian Banquet Haus 7 p.m. today. Includes entertainment by Jack Frost on accordion. University and Highland avenues, Corryville. $15 (excluding beer). Reservations: 221-5353.

        • Theater: Ovation Theatre Company's production of The Scarlet Letter opens 8 p.m. today at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. $10-$12. Continues through March 11. 241-7469.

        • Irish tenor: Frank Patterson sings at 7:30 p.m. today at Memorial Hall, 12th and Elm streets, Over-the-Rhine. $30-$40, with portion of proceeds going to Ulster project, a peace initiative in Northern Ireland. 241-7469.

        • Blair Kamin: The architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune speaks at 6 p.m. today in Room 100 of the Art Building, Miami University, Oxford. Free and open to public. (513) 529-7210.

        • TV picks: Cosby takes a turn for the serious when Griffin and Erica (Doug E. Doug, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah) try to help a drug-abusing friend (8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says music fills the airwaves tonight with the Irish Tenors (9 p.m., Channel 48); Willie Nelson and Leon Russell on Austin City Limits (9 p.m., Channel 14; 10 p.m., Channel 54); and Charlotte Church: Voice of an Angel (9 p.m., Channel 16).

        • Women's "SI': The launch issue of Sports Illustrated for Women just hit newsstands, sporting tennis star Anna Kournikova on the first cover. It's scheduled for publication every other month. Other cover topics: ice skater Tara Lipinski, fast (and healthy) food and a quiz to determine if you're a good sport. $3.50.

        • Shall we dance?: “Tops in Taps: Great American Heroes,” featuring the National Tap Ensemble of Washington, performs Saturday for the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The ensemble takes audiences on a historical dancing tour, from the shows of yesteryear to today's favorite musical styles. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. $4.50, $4 ages 4-18. 421-3888.

        • 24 hours out: Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents “The Mozart Affect,” a program of Mozart featuring pianist Sandra Rivers, soprano Erin Windle with conductor James Cassidy, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Greaves Concert Hall at NKU, Highland Heights. Repeats Sunday. $10-$15. 431-6216.

        • 48 hours out: Grailville Sunday dinner with “Fat Tuesday” Cajun theme, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Grailville Education and Conference Center, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland. $5-$12. 683-2340.

        • A week away: Eighth annual Bockfest begins 6 p.m. next Friday in the Main Street Entertainment District. Bock and Renaissance fare, parade, more. 241-2690.

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