Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Get to It

A guide to help make your day

Compiled by Jim Knippenberg

Going out

        Jazz: A whole troupe of New York City jazz musicians, led by bassist Cecil McBee, sizzle up Greenwich Tavern with an evening of big band sounds. 9 p.m. today, 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. $20. 221-1151.

        Book signing: Paullina Simons, author of the mega-selling Tully, signs and discusses her new Bronze Horseman, a romance set in the very unromantic World War II-torn Russia. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Oldies: And this for baby boomers looking to tap a toe or 10: The oldies cover band American Graffiti does its sha-boom bit in a free outdoor concert. 7 p.m. today, Greenhills Commons, Winton and Ingram roads. 825-8100.

        Party in the Park: The popular after-work mixer, complete with live music, cold beer and a ton of people mixing 'n' mingling, has The Rusty Griswolds churning out rock 'n' roll. 5:30-10:30 p.m. today, Sawyer Point. 579-3191.

Staying In

        TV picks: That crazy Croc Hunter Steve Irwin introduces viewers to his favorite crocodiles on Big Croc Diaries (8 p.m., Animal Planet).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says school's out for the American High kids, who graduate in a one-hour finale (10 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16). It follows a repeat of the “War & Pieces” episode from last week (9:30 p.m.).

The Goods

CD picks

        311: Headlining the summer's “Warped” Tour (July 17 at Kentucky Speedway), 311 delivers From Chaos (Volcano; $17.98 CD, $101.98 cassette).

        Despite singer Scott Weiland's notorious substance-abuse problems, Stone Temple Pilots managed to make another CD, Shangri-La Dee Da (Atlantic; $18.98 CD, $11.98 cassette).

        R&B crooner Luther Vandross returns with his first album for Clive Davis' new label on Luther Vandross (J Records; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        D12 is rapper Eminem's back-up band, and the notorious Grammy winner helps out on the Detroit group's debut, Devil's Night (Interscope; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        Gorillaz is an alt-rock supergroup, with personnel culled from Blur, Cibo Matto and Deltron 303. The album is Gorillaz (Virgin; $17.98 CD only).

        Teen pop diva Mandy Moore delivers her sophomore effort, Mandy Moore (Epic; $18.98 CD, $11.98 cassette).

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Best-selling romance author Dara Joy signs and discusses her new Ritual of Proof, a bold and daring spin on the bodice-ripper genre. 7 p.m. Thursday, Barnes & Noble Tri-County, 895 E. Kemper Road, Springdale. 671-3822.

        48 hours out: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley — remember him from O Brother, Where Art Thou? — heads an all-star lineup that includes Lee Elliott and Clearwater. 7 p.m. Friday,Hamilton Music Theatre, 509 Main St., Hamilton, $18-$20. 863-0200.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Sign up now and be first in line for the Historic Lebanon Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, beginning at Lebanon Station, 198 S. Broadway, $5. (513) 932-3430.

        Contact Jim Knippenberg by phone: 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.


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