Friday, November 16, 2001

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Lonestar: Country Music Association 2001 Vocal Group of the Year Lonestar twangs out a tune or two along with Nashville up-and-comers Jamie O'Neal and Blake Shelton. 7:30 p.m. today,Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave., Roselawn, $28.50. 562-4949.

        Rhythm in Shoes: The toe-tapping Dayton-based company hits town with Nova Town, a blues-jazz-tap extravaganza. 8:30 p.m. today-Saturday, Aronoff Center's, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, $18-$22. 241-7469.

        Classical: The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra gets as theatrical as all get-out when it does an all-Haydn program, presenting it as if it were a 1795 benefit concert. In period dress, no less. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, $13-$18. (859) 431-6216.

        Art opening: The Weston Art Gallery unveils two long-awaited exhibits, a new installation by Joel Otterson and a new group show of abstract paintings, Surface-Active. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. today, Aronoff Center. 977-4165.

Staying in

        TV picks: George Clooney and his Ocean's Eleven co-stars — Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Don Cheadle — chat with Barbara Walters on ABC's Barbara Walters Special (10 p.m., Channels 9, 2).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says ABC repeats the 1973 classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 p.m., Channels 9, 2).

The Goods: What's in stores today

        Well, this is a deal: A good-looking hunk of jewelry and a good cause too. Referring here to Wristband Aid, a charitable outfit that sells sterling silver wristbands that are engraved with names of Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims. Big sellers in Hollywood — the entire casts of West Wing and Everybody Loves Raymond wear them — they're now available nationwide. Go to or call (213) 892-6788. They're $35 a pop, with proceeds split among nine New York relief charities. Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The five-piece Irish-American band Knot Fibb'nbrings Celtic classics to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 8 p.m. Saturday, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, $5-$12. 863-8873.

        48 hours out: UC's College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Chorale crowd the altar for Monteverdi's massive Vespers of 1610. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Eighth and Plum streets, downtown, $5-$10. 556-4183.

        A week away: The holidays officially begin downtown as Mayor Charlie Luken flips the switch at Light Up the Square, 6:30 p.m. next Friday, Fountain Square. 421-4440.

— Jim Knippenberg

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



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