Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Sunset concert: The Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community in Clifton's posh mansion district has an outdoor freebie with Paul Hawthorne/Don Steins and Company doing an evening of Nat King Cole and Cole Porter classics. 7 p.m. today, 440 Lafayette Ave. 861-0400.

        24-hour plays: Open House Cincinnati, a multifaith organization tied to the Open House Center in Ramle, Israel, has rounded up local theater types to create and produce six short plays in 24 hours with visiting Arab and Israeli teenagers. Reception and performance 7 p.m. today, Old St. George, 42 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, $5-$10. 569-9642.

Bookworm Wednesdays:

        Showcase Cinemas in Springdale offers a free showing of The Trumpet of the Swan to kids who bring a completed book report. 10 a.m. today, Interstate 275 and Springfield Pike; parents admitted free also. 671-6884.

        Q102/Bud Party: The popular if sweaty after-work get-together includes food, cool drinks, mixin', minglin' and live music by Leroy Ellington and E Funk.5:30-10 p.m. today, Sawyer Point, downtown. 699-5102.

Staying in

        TV picks: In the first rerun, Jay worries that her son will use the house's new software to view a bit of porn. In the second rerun, Michael has trouble building a gym set. My Wife and Kids, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Channel 9.

        • This four-week series follows the pattern of taping life in crisis. This time, the cameras go to Little Rock, Ark. ICU: Arkansas Children's Hospital, 10 p.m., Channel 9.

Web site of the day

        Smelly air: So then, does the air smell, uh, odd to you? Could be the smog adding to the greenhouse effect and global warming. You can check that out at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a nonprofit group churning out reports on how to address global warming and its attendant smells.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Snappy author Jennifer Crusie (Fast Women, Tell Me Lies) is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers cracking jokes, signing and discussing her new Faking It. 7 p.m. Thursday, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        48 hours out: The multiplatinum modern rock act Goo Goo Dolls sails into Riverbend with Third Eye Blind and rising star Vanessa Carlton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, $22.75-$37.75. 562-4949.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Arts Consortium of Cincinnati shows off a “30 Ways to Love Art Festival” with dance, poetry, drama, puppets and more. Noon-4 p.m., 1515 Linn St., West End. 381-0645.

— Jim Knippenberg

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



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