Sunday, February 11, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Sampler weekend: A little something for everyone here: A backstage tour at Playhouse in the Park? You got it. Quickie performance by Cincinnati Ballet? Coming right up. Acoustic blues in the WXVU studios. Done. They're just a few of a bizillion freebies on Cincinnati Bell's Fine Arts Sampler Weekend. For a schedule of today's events, see

        Auto expo: Beats the heck out of hiking from one car dealer to another, 'eh? Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati Post Auto Expo lines up — all under one roof — the latest sedans, sports cars, vans and concept cars from more than 35 manufacturers. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Convention Center. $7, $2 under age 14. 281-0022.

        Rodeo: It's thrills, chills and a ton of spills when dudes and dudettes go bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping at the Longhorn World Championship Rodeo. 2 p.m today, Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Roselawn. It's Family Day, so kids and seniors are half-price. $7.50-$20. 562-4949.

Staying In

        TV picks: The February miniseries not to miss is Haven, starring Natasha Richardson as Ruth Gruber, a U.S. government official who helped escort almost 1,000 Holocaust survivors to America in 1944 (9 p.m. today and Wednesday, Channels 12, 7).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says former Texas Gov. Ann Richards appears on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45), while Homer Simpson plays tennis with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Venus and Serena Williams on The Simpsons (8 p.m., Channels 19, 45).

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The history of the Underground Railroad and Cincinnati's pivotal role in it get spotlight treatment from Carl Westmoreland, senior researcher for National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $5. 721-4506.

        48 hours out: High-energy punk, metal, rock and electronica make for a loud but inventive evening when the London quartet Grand Theft Audio hits town for a WOXY-FM (97.7) “low dough show.” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Top Cat's, 2820 Vine St., Corryville, $1.97. 562-4949.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: Romantic literatti need to hit Ensemble Theatre on Valentine's Day for a feverish night of Love's Fire, one-act plays based on Shakespeare's love sonnets. Plays are by seven contemporary playwrights, including Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Wendy Wasserstein (The Sisters Rosensweig). 8 p.m., ETC, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $10. 421-3555.

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