Wednesday, July 05, 2000


A guide to help make your day

        At the Playhouse: Musical revue of the country music star Always . . . Patsy Cline holds two public previews 1 and 8 p.m. today at Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park. $20. 421-3888.

        Steely Dan: The jazz-rock group performs 8 p.m. today to promote its latest release Two Against Nature. $25-$75. 562-4949.

        For kids: Children's music performer and Parents' Choice Honors winner Kathleen Gibson performs “Songs are Stories Too” for ages 6-12, 2 p.m. today at Main Public Library, 800 Vine St., downtown. 369-6945.

        Mystery writer: Jeffrey Marks discusses and signs Magnolias & Mayhem 7 p.m. today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        TV picks: CBS usually is staring sadly from the outside wishing it could be part of the latest trend. Now it is. One reality-based TV show, Survivor (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7) is a hit and another Big Brother ( 9 p.m.) debuts tonight.

        Disc picks: Like everyone else, the folks in the record biz have been grilling burgers and lighting sparklers, but they found a little time to get a few new discs into stores.

        • The week's big new rap release is Ruff Ryders' Ryde or Die Vol. II (Interscope; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette), featuring Eve, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Trick Daddy and Drag-On.

        • Heavy rock fans have several new retro choices, says Enquirer music critic Larry Nager. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his like-minded pals in the Black Crowes deliver Live at the Greek (TVT; $22.98 CDs only)m, a two-CD set of Zep classics, previously available only on the internet.

        • The Jeff Beck Group was Led Zeppelin's only real real competition on the British scene in 1969. Featuring a then-unknown singer named Rod Stewart and future Faces and Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood on bass, the band's first two LPs, Truth and Beck-Ola (Epic; $11.98 each CD only) have been digitally remastered for their latest release.

        • But the week's big reissue news is Johnny Cash's Live at San Quentin (Sony/Legacy; $11.98 CD only, the first release of the entire concert in its original running order.

        24 hours out: Walter E. Langsam, architectural historian, presents a slide show and lecture on “The Development of Cincinnati's Downtown Skyscraper District,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., downtown. $5-$10. 621-0717.

        48 hours out: The three-day St. Rita Fest begins 7 p.m.-midnight Friday at St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. 771-7600.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Northern Kentucky Symphony presents a free “Livin' La Vida Loca” concert showcasing songs by Latin pop artists Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana and Gloria Estefan, 7:30 p.m. at Devou Park, Covington. 431-6216.

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