Thursday, February 08, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Kids musical: The TV show comes to life — or as much life as TV ever comes to — when Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House Live lumbers off the Disney Channel and into town so characters from the show can sing, dance and carry on about “Surprise Party.” Four-day stand runs 7 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Saturday,1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Music Hall, 1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $10-$22. 241-7469.

        Opera: Edward Benjamin Britten's intimate and challenging Rape of Lucretia goes for the high notes on UC's College-Conservatory of Music's Mainstage opera season. Four-day stand opens 8 p.m. today, Patricia Corbett Theater. $13-$22. 556-4183.

        Auto Expo: Floor after floor of sedans, sports cars, vans and more rumble into town for the Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati Post Auto Expo. Offers plenty to drool over, what with all the latest models from more than 35 car manufacturers. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, $7, $2 under age 14. 281-0022.

Staying In

        TV picks: Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) takes Abby (Maura Tierney) to his grandfather's (George Plimpton) charity event on ER (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22),

Web site of the day

        Oh so blue: Are we a true blue kind of nation or what? We are, says Crayola, which did a census looking for America's favorite among the 120 colors it produces. What it found was a top 10 that includes — get this — seven shades of blue. Purple heart, caribbean green and cerise were the only non-blues in the top 10. Blue was No. 1, with 11,322 votes; cerulean was No. 2 with 7,956; also on the list: midnight blue, aquamarine, periwinkle, denim and blizzard blue. In the state-by-state breakdown, blue was No. 1 in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana as well. Check it out at

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Fans of modern dance — that means they don't throw each other around as much — should check out the Seattle-based Pat Graney Company when it comes high-steppin' in for a turn or two around the stage. Opens 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater, $12-$20. 241-7469.

        48 hours out: Perfect. The kids get to make a mess in somebody's else's place. That would be at the Price Hill Branch Library's African Mud Painting program on decorating T-shirts with traditional African designs. And somebody else to clean up. 2 p.m. Saturday, 3215 Warsaw Ave., ages 7 and up, pre-registration required. 369-4490.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: Barenaked Ladies slip into their dancing shoes and play Dayton's Nutter Center, 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. 562-4949.

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