Thursday, November 15, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Reggae: The King of Kings Tour, yo mon, with Bushman, Norrisman, Iley Dread, and Chrisinti fluffs its dreads and hits town for some tropical splendor. 10:30 p.m. today, Annie's, 4343 Kellogg Ave., Columbia Tusculum, doors open 8 p.m., $17. 321-0220.

        John Steinmetz: The widely known bassoonist, composer and master of the low note talks about “Music and Peacemaking.” 7:30 p.m. today, Miami University's Hall Auditorium, Oxford, free. (513) 529-8309.

        Civil War musical: The Wilmington College Theatre Department slips into blue and gray for three nights of Frank Wildhorn's Civil War musical. 8 p.m. today, Boyd Auditorium, Wilmington, $5-$10. (937) 382-6661, Ext. 267.

        Storytelling: The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guildgobbles right along with stories of thanks and Thanksgiving for all ages. 7:30 p.m. today, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Colerain Avenue and Poole Road, Colerain Township, free. 521-7275.

Staying in

        TV picks: It's a dark and stormy night on ER (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22) when Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) tries to save a pregnant woman in a wrecked ambulance, while Dr. Carter's grandmother (Frances Sternhagen) injures a young woman (Amy Jo Johnson from Felicity) in a hit-and-run.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says The Tick mourns the death of a fellow super hero, ironically called The Immortal (8:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45).

The Goods What's in stores today

        Popples, the plush '80s toys that are big on the retro circuit, are going upscale. Manufacturer Toymax joined Starbright Foundation, the Steven Spielberg/Norman Schwarzkopf charity that ministers to seriously ill children, and lined up a ton of celebrities to design personal Popples. Plenty did: Designer Nicole Miller; actresses Melissa Joan Hart, Rachael Leigh Cook, Christina Ricci, Jessica Biel, singer Tiffany. They also signed them. They go on e-bay's auction block today through Nov. 26. Go to and start bidding.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The Main Public Library and the Phil Willis Group honor one of our own with a tribute concert for the late Cal Collins. 7 p.m. Friday, Main Public Library, downtown. 369-6970.

        48 hours out: Contemporary Arts Center goes south with En Cada Barrio Revolucion, work by five Cuban artists, Iran do Espirito Santo by the Brazilian sculptor and Color Complex, an interactive light environment by Paul Tzanetopoulos. Opens Saturday, 115 E. Fifth St., downtown. 721-0390.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: Classical pianist Ian Hobson does some mighty big runs on the Xavier University Piano and Guitar Series. 2:30 p.m., Bethesda Foundation Auditorium, 619 Oak St., Walnut Hills, $17-$19. 745-3161.

— Jim Knippenberg

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


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