Friday, March 02, 2001

Get to it

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Going out

        Bockfest: 'Tis the season, for bock beer and spring sausage, we mean. The traditional spring beer is the star this weekend all over the Main Street Entertainment District in Over-the-Rhine. Festivities open with a 6 p.m. parade from Arnold's (210 E. Eighth St.) to Twelfth and Clay streets for the blessing of the Bock. After that, it's bock beer in all the bars and bands in most. 6 p.m. to whenever today and Saturday. 421-2337.

        After-hours art: Cincinnati Art Museum toasts dead artists and young patrons with Thank van Gogh It's Friday, complete with the soul-wrenching sounds of singer-songwriter Tracy Walker.Not to mention cocktails and a chance to take in more than 200 photographs in Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks. 5:30-9 p.m. today, Eden Park. $8. 721-2787.

        Children's theater: The oh-so-widely-praised National Theatre for the Deaf sails into Beethoven by Heart, a new work on the life of the composer who wrote timeless music while he struggled with hearing loss. Performance is spoken and signed. 7:30 p.m. today, Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $5-$14. 569-8080.

        Reggae: The island sounds run amok at a right tasty Rasta party, with the always popular Sanchez getting some help from opening act Flex Crew. 10 p.m. today, Annie's, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Columbia Tusculum. $15-$18. 321-2572.

Staying In

        TV picks: The 50th anniversary Miss USA Pageant makes an all-out attempt to revamp itself with young and hip performers Sisqo and the Warren Brothers, retro-chic host William Shatner, and candidates in zestier locations, such as beaches and such. Miss USA Pageant, 9-11 p.m., Channel 12.

        • Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her supporting role, but the real joy is the relationship between a young woman (Demi Moore) and her boyfriend's ghost (Patrick Swayze). Ghost may be slow and contrived, but it's also involving. 8:05 p.m., TBS.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: It's all about the animals and their uncanny wisdom when Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series trots out talents of widely-known storyteller Lu Ann Adams and her Jaws, Paws & Claws: Animal Wisdom Tales from Around the World program. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Playhouse in the Park. Ages 4 and up. $3-$4.50. 421-3888.

        48 hours out: Mischa Santora and his Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra take on the thorny and difficult work of Ligeti, Mozart and Schubert. 3 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Hall, 1223 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $4-$20. 723-1182.

        A week away: So how's a touch of the bubbly sound? The Cincinnati Wine Festival is next Friday-Saturday and heaven knows, they have plenty of it. It's at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, which gets itself all festive for the party. 723-9463.

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