Sunday, September 17, 2000

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Reds: Final game with Milwaukee, 1:15 p.m. today at Cinergy Field. $5-$21. 421-7337.

        Oktoberfest: Cincinnati's German heritage is front and center at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, continuing 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today on Fifth Street, downtown. Large selection of beers plus sauerkraut, potato pancakes, more. 579-3191.

        Zoo anniversary: Special events at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden continue 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today in celebration of 125 years of zoo life. Look for puppet shows, animal meet-and-greets, dolphin/whale talks and ragtime music, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 281-4700.

        Richard Stoltzman: The clarinet virtuoso plays with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. today in Hall Auditorium, Miami University. $16-$18. (513) 529-3200.

        Jazz series: Fall jazz series at Taft Museum of Art begins with the Billie Walker Trio at 2:30 p.m. today in the museum's music room, 316 Pike St., downtown. Museum admission and music is free. 241-0343.

Staying In

        TV picks: Cable offers the only original programming against the NBC's Summer Olympics: Showtime's Hendrix docudrama starring Wood Harris (Remember the Titans) as the guitar god and Dorian Harewood as his father (8 p.m.), and Fox Family Channel's quickie The Elian Gonzalez Story (8 p.m.) starring Alec Roberts (Traffic).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says WSTR-TV will help the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative recruit adult mentors during Three Men and a Little Lady today (4-6 p.m., Channel 64).

The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Charlie Brown lives: Though his creator Charles Schulz is gone, the cartoon hero returns this month in a new comedy, It's The Pied Piper, Charlie Brown, out on VHS tape and DVD. Also available is a new package set of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Ensemble Theatre opens its “Windows on the World” series with a reading of Playland by world-renowned South African playwright Athol Fugard at 7 p.m. Monday, Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $5. 421-3555.

        48 hours out: R & B great Mary J. Blige plays 8 p.m. Tuesday at Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $45-$60. 562-4949.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: Political commentators George Will and George Stephanopolouswill speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Regents Hall at Northern Kentucky University. $5-$20. (859) 572-5486.

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