Sunday, July 01, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        On the riverfront: Downtown goes a-glow with the annual Independence Day fireworks display. But that's not 'til dark. First, there's a huge party all over the riverfront with a climbing wall, dog shows and music by Molly Hatchet (6:30 p.m.). 3-10 p.m. today, Sawyer Point. 621-9326.

        Garden tour: The Fort Wright Garden Club cleans the dirt from under its nails and pops up with a tour of five neighborhood gardens with names such as “Blesthaven” and “My Little Paradise.” 1-4 p.m. today, $8 benefits Fort Wright Nature Center. (859) 331-7087.

        moe.: The popular national jam band (featuring recent Cincinnati transplant Chuck Garvey) rocks its brains out in a free concert. 2 p.m. today, Coney Island's Moonlite Gardens, tickets at Everybody's Records, Pleasant Ridge. 531-4500.

Staying In

        TV picks: Buckle your seat belt for a wild ride on the Discovery Channel with Amusement Parks: The Pursuit of Fun (7 p.m.), More Top 10 Coasters (8 p.m.), Extreme Rides (9 p.m.), Scream Parks (10 p.m.).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says tour the Dayton home of the Wright Brothers, and homes of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and John Deere on Homes of Our Heritage: American Inventors (9 p.m., Home & Garden TV).

        Web site of the day

        Virtual digs: Love gardening but don't want to spend the day stoopin' and squattin' in the mud? Try literary gardening at this site, complete with with links and a collection of poems and other writings about life with green thumbs.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Showboat Majestic opens a week of The Golden Drum of Anansi, a 60-minute children's production full of stories of the West African Ashanti people. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Public Landing, downtown. $3. 241-6550.

        48 hours out: The Green Township Concert and Fireworks in the Park opens with music from Saffire Express and Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, then eases into a fireworks display from the ever so explosive Rozzi clan. 6 p.m.-midnight Tuesday,Kuliga Park, Bridgetown and Powner Roads. 598-3089.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: Lots of keyboard here, when 130 pianists from 23 countries compete for prizes and artistic opportunities at the World Piano Competition. Opens Wednesday at the Aronoff Center. Daily concerts run through July 10 in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater. $10-$50. 421-5342.

— Jim Knippenberg

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


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