Thursday, March 23, 2000


A guide to help make your day

        • Lord of the Dance: The toe-tapping, Celtic sensation begins a four-day run at the Taft Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $25-$65. 562-4949.

        • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Three-day engagement with violinist Midori begins 7:30 p.m. todayat Music Hall. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, program includes an original composition “And the Rythm is Just a Little Bit Off,” Pelleas und Melisande and Beethoven's Concert in D Major. $13-$49. 381-3300.

        • Peter Eisenman: The world-famous architect who designed the Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the University of Cincinnati and just completed work on the Berlin Holocaust Museum speaks 6 p.m. today in Room 100 of the Art Building at Miami University, Oxford. Free. (513) 529-7210.

        • Poster signing: Frederick Pissaro will sign copies of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival 2000 poster he designed, 5:30-8 p.m. todayat Jack Wood Gallery, 2039 Madison Road, O'Bryonville. 321-7077.

        • Free Show: At Bogart's in Corryville, Hard Rock Cafe and Jolly Rancher present a free modern rock concert today featuring Peter Searcy, Neve and Frankie Machine. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. 281-8400.

        • TV picks: NBC viewers will continue to go stark raving mad waiting for the network to find a decent Thursday comedy in the post-Seinfeld era. Tonight's two premieres aren't much better than Jesse: In Daddio, Michael Chiklis plays a stay-at-home trying unable to explain his lifestyle choice to “his slightly dense best friend,” played by Mount Adams native Kevin Crowley (8:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22). And Elizabeth Perkins' New York cop comedy, Battery Park, is no Barney Miller (9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says CNN NewsStand (10 p.m. today) profiles three daughters of boxing legends: Laila Ali, Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde and Freeda Foreman.

        • Web site of the day: An annual computer hacker convention — no kidding — will be in Las Vegas in July. Hundreds of nerds show up in the swelter. It's called Def Con, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer, and its Web site is

        • Teen treasury: Comic strip collaborators Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott are back with their third “Zits” collection: Humongous Zits: A Zits Treasury (Andrews McMeel; $14.95). The strip follows the everyday trials and tribulations of a teen-age boy, his friends and family. The hefty Humongous incorporates cartoons from the first two books (Zits, Growth Spurt) and newer strips. Zits, launched in July 1997, appears daily in the Enquirer, where Mr. Borgman works as editorial cartoonist, and hundreds of other newspapers worldwide.

        • 24 hours out: Women's hat designer Eric Javits will be at Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.-noon Friday for introductions and personal consultations, 101 W. Fifth St., downtown. 421-6800.

        • 48 hours out: Modern-rock act Guided by Voices promotes its new CD Do The Collapse with the Fairmount Girls, 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $12. 431-2201.

        • 72 hours 'til Sunday: The May Festival Chorus gives a free concert, 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Northside. 541-1563.

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