Sunday, January 14, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        African Culture Fest: Hmm. Sounds like a trip to Africa without leaving Cincinnati. Get to know the culture of the continent through food, dance, imported goods and live music when Cincinnati Museum Center hosts a day of activities that include storytelling and craft making. Noon-5 p.m. today-Monday.. 287-7000.

        Cincinnati Pops: It's one of the things Erich Kunzel does best: Fills the stage with so many hoppin', poppin' people you run in to sensory overload. Swingin' with the Pops is no exception: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra shares space with Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band, vocalist Michael Gough and Lindy Hop swing dancers Steven Bailey and Carla Heiney in an all-American program. 8 p.m. today, Music Hall. $16-$44.50. 381-3300.

        Travel, Sports, Boats: More than 500 exhibitors fill the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center for three shows — Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat show, Cincinnati Golf Show and Cincinnati Vacation Travel Show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today, through next Sunday. $8, $2.50 children. 281-0022.

        Last call: It's been a blockbuster, but now it's time to go: Last chance to see European Masterpieces at the Cincinnati Art Museum — 88 paintings from Australia's National Gallery of Victoria, including works by Rembrandt,Monetand Picasso.Today's final showing runs noon-6 p.m., Eden Park. $10-$12, children free. 721-2787.

Staying In

        TV picks: Maybe it's in the genes: Nature looks at the process of evolution in a six-week series, Triumph of Life, starting today (8 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16).

        • Critic John Kiesewetter also says Ken Burns' Jazz makes a wonderful soundtrack for a Sunday afternoon, as last week's first three episodes repeat today (2-7:30 p.m., Channel 48). KET looks at Kentucky's jazz heritage in a Mixed Media Jazz Special (10 p.m., Channel 54).

The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Have a heart: Marshmallow heart, that is. Just Born, the company that pops out Peeps at the rate of a zillion a second, has something new for Valentine's Day: Heart-shaped vanilla cream flavored Peeps. White with wee red flecks. A box of nine plump little hearts runs $1.49 at grocery, drug and dollar stores.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Wear comfy shoes — you'll be walking some — for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial March. Program begins with ecumenical prayers and remarks, 11:15 a.m. Monday on Fountain Square, then hikes off to Music Hall for inspiration and music at noon. 661-4272.

        48 hours out: Their name may be all lower case, but their music is strictly in capital letters. Contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird lets fly a round of of-the-moment works in a Cincinnati Chamber Music Society concert. 8 p.m. Tuesday,Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati. $20. 533-0451.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: Three Days of Rain, the acclaimed Richard Greenberg drama, come down at Ensemble Theatre. Three-week run opens 8 p.m., 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $20-$25. 421-3555.

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