Sunday, February 18, 2001

Get to It

A guide to help make your day


        Gordon Parks: He's nothing if not an American institution. Maybe even a treasure. Gordon Parks shows off more than 200 photographs plus novels, poetry and music in Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks. The gigantic retrospective celebrates the work of one of the country's greatest African-American artists. Open noon-6 p.m. today, continues through May 6, Cincinnati Art Museum. $5, $4 seniors/students, free under age 18. 721-2787.

        Starling showcase: Young virtuosos of the Starling Chamber Orchestra — tomorrow's stars today — fiddle their way through some plenty weighty stuff: Mozart's Violin Concert No. 3, Elgar's Serenade for Strings. 7 p.m. today, Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati, $5-$10. 556-4183.

        Bridal show: Blushing brides and squirming bridegrooms go one-stop shopping at BridalRama Showcase, a herd of reception hall reps, dressmakers, caterers, DJs and goodness only knows what all else. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, $10. (888) 323-2966.

Staying In

        TV picks: What else? The Simpsons. For years, Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) has been pure evil, determined to kill Krusty the Klown and others. Now Bob has a new plan: He'll hypnotize Bart into going bonkers. As if Bart needed any help going Bonkers. The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Channel 19.

        • Here's another true tale. Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays the straight-laced Marine who fell in love with a teen-ager (Marisol Nichols) from an Arabian royal family — then snuck her into America. The Princess and the Marine, 9 p.m., Channel 5.

Web Sites of the Day

        Yo, parents: Here is one of the newfangled special-interest search engines that seem to be popping up all over cyberspace. This one is for parents of young children looking for advice on everything from sniffles to TV shows. Find it at

        Parents, Part II: Parents are the “anti-drug,” according to this site aimed at helping parents keep kids from drug and alcohol abuse. It covers signs of chemical use and offers tips on how to open dialogue and set rules.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The alternative theater showcase, namely Alteractive at Playhouse in the Park, dishes up yet another artist who wouldn't normally play Cincinnati. That would be Diane Teramana and a dizzying array of experimental videos and performance art. 7 p.m. Monday, Rosenthal Plaza (doors open at 6:30 p.m. for happy hour bar prices). $8. 421-3888.

        48 hours out: Mistress of suspense and New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr, the one who's all the time setting her stories in national parks, introduces and signs her new Blood Lure. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: It's an evening of heavy-metal nostalgia — if you can actually get nostalgic about something so young — when Ronnie James Dio heads a bill with Lynch Mob and Armored Saint. 8 p.m, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $17.50-$20. 562-4949.

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