Friday, April 05, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        KSO: The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra gets all theatrical with a semi-staged concert version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sondheim and Wheeler's musical thriller about a barber who cuts a lot more than hair. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, $13-$18. (859) 431-6216.

        Nora Roberts: The mega-selling romance author who always throws in a touch of crime introduces her new Three Fates, a multi-generational thriller where a little silver lady stirs up trouble. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Free trees: All branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will give away free English Oak seedlings with any checkout today while supplies last. Because it's Earth Day, that's why. 369-6900.

Staying in

        TV picks: Jay Shatz tours some of the most beautiful homes in the Tristate, and offers some spring tips to homeowners, in a special prime-time Around the House (8 p.m., Channel 9).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says the Vietnam War shatters the calm on State of Grace (8 p.m., ABC Family Channel).

Web site of the day

        So then, you have a pet cause you want to push? How about a petition, high tech style? Check out PetitionOnline, where thousands of those babies sit there waiting for your signature. Or for new petitions as well. You'll find everything here from a call to make Sept. 11 a holiday (20,000+ signatures) to a plea for Britney to dress more modestly (1,600+).

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Gorman Heritage Farm dips into the past with an 1800s-style Sheep Shearing Festival with spinning demonstrations, field-plowing, butter churning and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 3035 Gorman Heritage Farm Lane, Evendale, $1-$5. 831-1711.

        48 hours out: Jazz guitar master John Scofield hits town with his groove and jam-oriented show. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 20th Century, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, $18-$20. 562-4949.

        A week away: Cincinnati Ballet stages its Come Together Series, a diverse collection of works with choreography by Adam Hougland, George Balanchine and Robert Moses. 8 p.m. next Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. April 13, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, $9-$51. 621-5219.

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


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