Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out
        Free concert:
The year of free concerts at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to commemorate the new village is wrapping up. See the college's Brass Choir and Chamber Winds perform works by Brahms/Sheen, Handel and Bernard 8 p.m. today in Corbett Auditorium. 556-4183.

        Theater: Showboat Majestic opens Neil Simon's classic comedy The Odd Couple, 8 p.m. today on the Public Landing, downtown. $12-$14. 241-6550.

        Butterfly show: At Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, 32 species of North American and tropical butterflies set in a turn-of-the-century English garden continuing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through June 18. $3-$5. 352-4080.

        Jazz: The legendary Blue Wisp Big Band plays 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 19 Garfield Place, downtown. 721-9801.

Staying In
        TV picks:
Former Family Ties co-star Michael Gross guest stars on Michael J. Fox's final Spin City (9-10 p.m., Channels 9, 2) on the last day of May sweeps. The gifted comic actor is retiring due to Parkinson's disease.

        TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says the season finales air today for Law & Order (9-11 p.m., Channels 5, 22), Dawson's Creek (8 p.m., Channel 64) and Felicity (9 p.m., Channel 64).

The Goods (What's in stores today)
        Disk picks:
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem delivers his sophomore disc, Marshall Mathers (Interscope; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        •An ex-Eagle once more, Don Henley primes his summer tour machine with Inside Job (Warner Bros.; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette). He plays Riverbend June 19.

        •Mer de Noms (Sea of Names) (Capitol; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette) is the debut by Perfect Circle, featuring former Tool mates Maynard James Keenan (vocalist) and Billy Howerdel (guitarist).

        •June Carter Cash, Bono Vox and Quentin Tarantino wrote the liner notes to the new three-CD Johnny Cash retrospective, Love, God Murder (Sony Legacy; $34.98 CDs only).

        •Alma Caribena (Caribbean Soul) (Columbia; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette) is the latest Spanish album by Gloria Estefan. She stays away from controversy however, no Son de Elian here.

        •Family Values Tour 1999 (Interscope; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette) is the newest batch of concert recordings from the show your mother warned you about, featuring Limp Bizkit, Filter, Primus, Method Man and Redman.

        •Enquirer music critic Larry Nager says fans of Linda Ronstadt's country rock will enjoy Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance (MCA; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette), which includes the title track, fast becoming the graduation song of choice for the Class of 2000.

Planning Ahead
        24 hours out:
The Walker Brothers Circus comes to Festival Park in New Richmond with balancing acts, juggling, clowns, ponies, elephants, aerial stunts, more, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday. Some free children's tickets available at local businesses, otherwise $6-$8. 553-3811.

        48 hours out: Contemporary Christian artist David McClintock performs 6 p.m. Friday at Heaven Sent Bookstore, 2269 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton. (513) 856-7368.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Taste of Cincinnati begins its three-day run, noon-11 p.m. on Central Parkway, downtown. 579-3191.

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