Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Dio: It's an evening of heavy-metal nostalgia as former Black Sabbath lead singer Ronnie James Dio takes the stage at Bogart's. Opening acts include gritty newcomers Lynch Moband Armored Saint. 8 p.m. today, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $17.50-$20. 562-4949.

        Scottish novelist: Mercantile Library Winter Author Series presents an evening with suspense writer Margot Livesey discussing her latest novel, The Missing World, and previous works including Homework and Criminals. 7 p.m. today, 414 Walnut St., downtown. $15-$18. 621-0717.

        Children's book illustrator: Meet the gifted artist Will Hillenbrand as he introduces his latest book, Preschool to the Rescue, and gives a behind-the-painting look at illustrating kids' books. 7 p.m. today, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike. (859) 572-5033.

Staying In

        TV picks: The world is filled with award shows but few match the Grammys. It offers a wave of music with an emphasis on people who work well live. Performers will include a few longtime stars — Madonna, Dolly Parton, U2 — and lots of fresher forces — 'N Sync, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Destiny's Child. 8 p.m. Channels 12 and 7.

        • Oprah Winfrey produces and stars in The Women of Brewster Place, an above-average miniseries adapted from Gloria Naylor's superb little book about the interlocking lives of women in a city neighborhood. 8 p.m. Fox Family Channel (continues Thursday).

The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Save the grass: Ralston Purina's new, award-winning Secondnature dog litter and house-training system is a “backup” system, for such times as when the boss suggests you work late. Within two weeks, most puppies become accustomed to using the litter on their own, the company says. Buy pellets of recycled paper, wood pulp and odor control in 12- and 25-pound packages ($5 and $10) at grocery, pet and online stores nationwide. For more information, go to

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Wacky guests and situations at an elite Berlin hotel circa 1929 provide ample opportunity to sing and dance in Grand Hotel: The Musical, a Mainstage production at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday in the Patricia Corbett Theater. $22. 556-4183.

        48 hours out: The sounds of New Orleans find their way to Music Hall this Friday as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays one concert only. 8 p.m., 1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $15-$24. 241-7469.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Two days of the Friskies and Cat Fanciers' Association Cincinnati Cat Club Cat Show, beginning 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, downtown. $3-$5. (800) 725-4228.

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