Sunday, March 18, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Tony winner: It sounds strange — a play about an all-white painting and the debate surrounding it — but give Art a chance. It's a Tony winner and it's in a preview run. 7 p.m. today, Robert S. Marx Theatre, Playhouse in the Park. Regular run is Thursday through April 20. $26. 421-3888.

        Book signing: Charismatic philosopher Marc Gafni, exploring biblical wisdom and other traditions designed to enhance lives in his new Soul Prints, is ready to sign and discuss same. 3 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Amernet: The award-winning Amernet String Quartet sails off into a sunset concert with its polished and peaceful sounds spicing up the Twilight Concert Series. 7 p.m. today, St. John United Church of Christ, 415 Park Ave., Newport. Free. (859) 431-1818.

        Blues: Little Charlie and the Nightcats, crank it up with jump 'n' jive blues. 9 p.m. today, Jefferson Hall, 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $13. 723-9008.

Staying In

        TV picks: Every now and then, Wonderful World of Disney shakes off the blands and does something wonderful. Like this: A Philadelphia teacher (Linda Hamilton) learns her late husband bought an island and heads there with her son and daughter. What she finds is a world where — inexplicably — everyone knows her name. There's a matriarch (Joan Plowright), a villain (Kyle Secor) and a hint of magic. Bailey's Mistake, 7-9 p.m., Channel 9.

        • Face it: John Woo is a great director — even if he doesn't insist on logical plots. This time, John Travolta will do anything to catch a crook (Nicolas Cage) and his kin. Naturally, he has Cage's face grafted onto his own. Then come complications. Face/Off, 8-11 p.m., Channel 5.

Web site of the day

        Energy Savers: On to California, where keeping the bulbs lit was the problem of the day. The tips offered here for home energy conservation are brought to us by the embattled California Energy Commission, which is not above recommending that you keep a flashlight handy. But they don't apply only to California. The commission is also taking suggestions, via the Web site, on energy-saving tips that the bureaucrats may have missed. Go to and start linking.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Theatre of the Mind pushes the envelope with a reading of Italian playwright Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist. 7 p.m. Monday, Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., downtown. $5. 421-3555.

        48 hours out: Nora Roberts, bestselling author of Carolina Moon and River's End, is back in business with a new one called The Villa. She makes Cincinnati one of the first stops on her book signing tour. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: This is not your grandmother's gospel. It's Southern songstress Kate Campell performing a batch of modern hymns mixing pop, folk and soul influences. 8 p.m., York Street Cafe, Eighth and York streets, Newport. $8-$10. 779-9462.

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