Only the strong survive
        When you ask Survivor producer Mark Burnett why he picked a contestant for his top-rated reality show, he invariably will say the person was “an interesting character.”
Meet the 16 contestants

Jones keeps up with world through dance company
        Nearly 20 years ago the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was the new kid on the block in New York's crowded modern dance community. Today, most in the dance world know of the excitement that follows this established company wherever it performs.

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Weekend entertainment guide
        Newport on the Levee will eventually host several restaurants, but Mitchell's Fish Market is the first, part of a successful Columbus chain.
        Everyman is an American hero now, straight and true, leaving for work as he has each day for 28 years, his wife squeezing him, smiling, remembering his face, because, well, you never know. “Be careful,” she says.

Dress for Success and more
        It's not that Mary Ivers is begging or anything, but can she have your clothes? Please? Seems she needs to dress 100 women a month and, well, it's not cheap.

Egg donor thrilled procedure worked
        Julie Lingler has big news.

Hello Kitty collection tickles owner pink
        Who: Tara Ross, 29, of Newport, a homemaker who loves Hello Kitty collectibles.

Film festival salutes Doris Day
        The inaugural edition of the Cincinnati International Film Festival has added more films and workshops to the program for Oct. 19-21 at the Esquire Theatre and Cincinnati Museum Center.

DEMALINE: 'Fishman' catches producer's eye
        It might be Broadway next, here he comes for Richard Oberacker, pride of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music ('93).

NYC's Bargemusic still afloat after attacks
        The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have not destroyed the spirit of Bargemusic, a popular New York chamber music series, held on a barge in Brooklyn's East River.

'O Brother' big bluegrass winner
        LOUSIVILLE — It was a big night for both the pioneers and the newest generation at the Thursday's International Bluegrass Music Awards.

'Say It Loud': From Joplin to Coolio
        From rags to raps, the companion box set to VH1'sfive-part miniseries (premiering 10 p.m. today) lives up to its title. It covers African-American recordings with six CDs that span 1916-1994, opening with Scott Joplin's “Maple Leaf Rag” and closing with with Coolio's “Fantastic Voyage” and Dr. Dre's “The Next Episode.”

It will be hail to the chief at Emmy Awards
        With all the flag-waving and patriotism at tonight's 53rd Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards, the choice is obvious: I'm supporting the president.

Critic picks Emmy winners
        Here are John Kiesewetter's picks for the Prime-Time Emmy Awards.

KENDRICK: Alive and well
        Within hours after the tragic events that changed our world Sept. 11, parents across the nation undoubtedly shared one concern: How do we tell the children?

Modest Mouse sells out Southgate House
        Modest Mouse's records are earthy, loosely bound affairs. As their guitar-based indie-rock pieces ramble forward they sound from moment to moment as if they're on the brink of falling apart, and those chaotic moments are the most thrilling.

Convenience foods step way over the lazy line
        I no longer preach from my pious soapbox on convenience food. Not everyone has the time or energy, I realize, to cook from scratch every day.

No special treatment for critic in restaurants
        Question: You thought the service and food at a restaurant was much better than I did. You must get special treatment because you're the restaurant critic.

Spanish reds good and very affordable
        Spain may be one of the world's great wine countries — first in vineyard acreage and third in wine production — but from the perspective of American palates, Spain hasn't deserved to be ranked with France and Italy.

Sweet on sharing
        Honey connoisseurs, like those of wine, collect and savor honey varietals — lavender, orange blossom, clover. Once a year, Parisians buy Rucher du Luxembourg honey at a fall sale in the famous public gardens of the same name.

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