Thursday, May 31, 2001

The Early Word

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Last Minute

        Guy Clark, one of the finest singer/songwriters to come out of Texas (and that covers a lot of ground, from Willie Nelson to Lyle Lovett to Steve Earle to Slaid Cleaves), plays the Southgate House (24 E. Third St., Newport; 859-431-2201). Music at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 (779-9462).

        Opera for Sale: Single tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Cincinnati Opera's 2001 Summer Festival, June 21-July 21 at Music Hall.

        This year's productions include Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly (June 21-29), Bela Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung (June 28-30), Mozart's The Magic Flute (July 12-20) and Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco (July 19-21).

        A few performances were not sold by subscription, which means the best seats are still available for some shows. Ticket prices range from $12-$90. 241-2742;


        To Cincinnati With Love: Cantors Chaim Feifel, Mikhal Shiff-Matter and the Yavneh Day School Children's Choir present a concert of Israeli, klezmer Yiddish and liturgical music, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ohav Shalom Synagogue, Montgomery. Cantor Shiff-Matter made her operatic debut at age 18 in the title role of Rossini's Cinderella and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Cantor Feifel was cantor at Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati 1967-74. The concert ($8) benefits “March of the Living” youth trips to remember the Holocaust. 984-6232.


        Arts and Crafts: For those looking for an alternative to Summerfair this weekend, head to the tamer Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair featuring more than 60 quality artists working in mediums such as painting, printmaking, pottery, basket-making and wood carving.

        The juried show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Pioneer Farm Museum located on Brown Road adjacent to Hueston Woods State Park, about 5 miles north of Oxford. $2 for adults. (513) 523-5531.

World Beat

        At CCM: The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music ends its concert season with a Spring Festival of World Music highlighting sounds from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Bolivia and Peru.

        Featured performers are the school's African and Andean Music Ensembles along with students in CCM's Preparatory Department. Free concert is 8 p.m. Saturday in UC's Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. 556-4183.

Movies Opening Friday

        • The Animal
Bread and Roses
Moulin Rouge
What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Coming Friday in Weekend

        The summer festival season starts in full swing this weekend. There are festivals every weekend through Labor Day. See our three-page listing.


Forest View Gardens will go down singing
Debbie Reynolds pops up for season finale
KNIPPENBERG: Knip's Eye View
International artists head to Wexner
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