Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out
        Hamilton County Fair, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today (through Sunday), Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Carthage (near corner of Vine Street and Paddock Road). Rides, exhibits, live entertainment. $7, free to children under 2 and Golden Buckeye Card holders. 761-4224;

        German choir: Hear the choral sounds of the United Methodist Choir from Plauen, Germany, 7 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, Westwood. Free; an offering will be taken. 871-6544.

        Starlight dancing: Big Band Series, 7:30-10 p.m. today, French Park, Section and Ridge roads, Amberley Village. Music by Lee's Junction Swingin' Big Band. 563-9380.

        Legends in Concert: Impersonators of Cher, Blues Brothers, Elvis, etc., featured at lunch and dinner shows beginning today (through Aug. 12) at the Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport. $22-$55 includes meals. 491-8000.

Staying In
        TV picks: Sean Kenniff, the mild-mannered doctor on Survivor (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7)island, decided to be fair and vote people off alphabetically by first name. Others saw the pattern and realized they could gang up on the person he was voting for. Twice in a row that person — Greg Buis then Jenna Lewis — has been ousted. Will the trend continue?

        Meanwhile, Big Brother (9 p.m. Channels 12, 7) is ready for its second banishment. In the first the housemates nominated Jordan and William. Viewers chose William. Now housemates again have nominated Jordan, this time with Curtis. Will viewers rescue Jordan again?

The Goods (What's in stores today)
        Disc picks: The final answer to the question, “What's the strangest new release this week?” is, according to Enquirer music critic Larry Nager, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire — the Album (Disney; $27.98 CD only). It's packed with mercenary and telephonic oldies by the likes of the O'Jays (“For the Love of Money”) and Blondie (“Call Me”). Plus, golden-throated Regis croons “Pennies From Heaven”).

        • The Brian Setzer Orchestra roars back into stores with Vavoom (Interscope; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette) to prove the swing revival isn't completely dead.

        • Spunky country girl Jo Dee Messina faces the dog days of August with Burn (Curb; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette).

        • The week's largest rap release is the Big L's The Big Picture (Rawkus/Priority; $16.98 CD, $10.98 cassette), featuring a posthumous appearance by Tupac Shakur.

Planning Ahead
        24 hours out: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Riverbend Music Center. $31-$41. 562-4949.

        48 hours out: Trumpeter Bobby Shew and his all-star road band Salsa Caliente will be at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club for two shows beginning 10 p.m. Friday (also Saturday). 19 Garfield Place, downtown. 721-9801.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Band on the Run, members of the Northern Kentucky Symphony, will play “Dead Elvis” and more, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Devou Park Band Shell, Covington. Free. 431-6216.

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