Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Nicholas Nixon: The renowned photographer, whose work hangs in the Photographic Impulse exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, speaks about seeing the world through a camera. 7:30 p.m. today, museum auditorium, $5. 721-2787.

        Invisible rabbit: Stagecrafters of Jewish Community Center opens a week of belly laughs set to the tune of Mary Chase'sHarvey. 8 p.m. today, JCC, 1580 Summit Road, Roselawn, $9. 351-1234.

        Beer tasting: Covington's lively Bar Humbug uncaps a few for an international beer tasting with 15 beers from England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Finland and more. 8 p.m. today, 6 W. Pike St., Call for reservations. (859) 491-1333.

        Adzooks Puppets: This popular puppet troupe shares the adventures of Anansi the Spider for kids after school. 3:30 p.m. today,Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave. 369-4490.

Staying in

        TV picks: Drew Carey wakes up in a Nashville dog pound handcuffed to John Ratzenberger (Cheers) in the third annual live broadcast of the Drew Carey Show (9 p.m., Channels 9, 2). The Blue Man Group and other surprise guest stars are expected to appear.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says comedian Bernie Mac successfully translates his stand-up act into a family comedy for Fox's Bernie Mac Show (8:30 and 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45).

The Goods

        CD picks: It's a big week for greatest-hits — Barenaked Ladies, Madonna, Green Day, the Cure and Rod Stewart all have new collections, but the big story is the new stuff:

        • Garth Brooks hopes we forget about his Chris Gaines fiasco as he returns to his roots with Scarecrow (Capitol; $18.98 CD, $10.98 cassette).

        • Benefit concert organizer and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has his first studio CD in four years, Driving Rain (Capitol; $18.98 CD; $7.98 cassette). It includes the single “Freedom.”

        • Metal monster Rob Zombie, appearing with Ozzy Osbourne Saturday at Firstar Center, wants us to get The Sinister Urge (Geffen; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        • From folk-pop star Jewel comes This Way (Atlantic; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        • Pop/soul/country singer Shelby Lynne follows her Grammy-winning I Am Shelby Lynne with Love, Shelby (Island; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette).

        • Alt-rock overlords Radiohead release their second CD of the year, the EP I Might Be Wrong — Live Recordings (Capitol; $15.98 CD only).

        • Texas duo U.G.K. (Underground Kings) has the week's big rap release, Dirty Money (Jive; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette).

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The King of Kings Reggae Tour features a bus full of rasta greats, including Bushman, Norrisman, Iley Dread and Chrisinti. 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Annie's, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Columbia Tusculum, $15-$17. 321-0220.

        48 hours out: The Weston Gallery explores aspects of painting and surface with Joel Otterson'ssite-specific Three Landscapes and the group show Surface-Active. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aronoff Center. 977-4165.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: PNC Festival of Lights begins at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and flickers and blinks through Dec. 30. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, $6-$11.50. 281-4700.

— Jim Knippenberg

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



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