Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help you make your day

Compiled by Jim Knippenberg jknippenberg@enquirer.com

Going out

        Guitar quartet: The four virtuosi who make up the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet swing into an intriguing program of classical guitar masterworks in addition to contemporary and world-beat influenced sounds. 7:30 p.m. today, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati, $25-$40. 241-8282.

        Hobbit book: Leading American Tolkien scholar Douglas Anderson gets magical with a slide lecture and introduction to his new book The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition. 7 p.m. today, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. (800) 777-4881.

        Play reading: The Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative presents a staged reading of The Myth of Preston Burlingame, a new work by Roger Brookfield about an aging athlete and the choices he makes. 7:30 p.m. today, Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center. 621-2787.

        For kids: The Mount Healthy Branch Library invites kids age 5-12 to get messy at “Fun Foam Frenzy,” an evening making picture frames to take home. 7 p.m. today, 7608 Hamilton Ave. 369-4469.

Staying in

        TV picks: ABC's two best fall series debut tonight: John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter family sitcom (8 p.m., Channels 9, 2), and Push, Nevada, Ben Affleck's mystery series about a casino embezzlement in a weird Twin Peaks-type town (10 p.m.) Reviews on page C8.

        TV critic John Kiesewetter also says Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, a TV staple 1968-88, returns with Lost Elephants of Timbuktu (8 p.m., Animal Planet).

Video picks

        Critic's Pick: Bill Paxton fans should not miss Frailty, which the actor also directed to great acclaim, says Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk. Also on shelves today is Scratch, director Doug Pray's salute to the joys of burning turntables.

Planning ahead

        24 hours out: The Fort Thomas Branch Library digs in with Jim Hansel of the Civic Garden Center for a program “Fall Gardening - Putting the Garden to Bed.” 3 p.m. Wednesday, 1000 Highland Ave. (859) 572-5033.

        48 hours out: Contemporary country superstar Toby Keith twangs things up at Riverbend Music Center with opening act Rascal Flatts, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $22.25-$42.25. 562-4949.

        72 hours 'til Friday: The Miller Gallery holds an opening reception for an exhibit of paintings by the Hudson Valley Art Association, 6-8 p.m., 2715 Erie Ave.,


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