Thursday, September 19, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Toby Keith: The contemporary honky-tonk master twangs it up at Riverbend with the fun and funky country act Rascal Flatts, 7:30 p.m. today. $22.25-$42.25. 562-4949.

        Meg Cabot: The best-selling author of the ever-so-popular Princess Diary books hits town to introduce her new All-American Girl, a novel for young adults. 7 p.m. today, Blue Manatee 3054 Madison Road, Oakley. 731-2665.

        Art opening: Closson's Gallery opens a one-woman show full of new paintings showing off stylized European scenes by renowned local artist Michelle Puttmann, who now lives in Belgium. 5-8 p.m. today, Fourth and Race streets, downtown. 762-5510.

        Storytelling: The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild spins a yarn or 20 for folk of all ages. 7:30 p.m. today, Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Center, Colerain Avenue and Poole Road, Colerain Township. 521-7275.

Staying in

        TV pick: Survivor: Thailand, the fifth in the series, opens with a “very, very different” twist for the 16 castaways on the remote island of Tarutao, promises creator Mark Burnett (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

The Goods

        Bobble-cluckers: Well, for goodness sakes, would you look at this? It's a bobblehead chicken all gussied up the annual chicken dance at Oktoberfest. Turns out a firm name of Associated Premium Corp. is providing merchandise and apparel for Oktoberfest. Including, don't you know, a chicken dancer bobblehead everyone is assuming will become an instant collectible. Buy one at Oktoberfest souvenir booths, northeast corner of Fifth and Vine and the southwest corner of Fifth and Main, $12.

Planning ahead

        24 hours out: Aerosmith makes some mighty big waves along with opening acts Run-DMC and Cheap Trick. 7 p.m. Friday, Riverbend Music Center, $32.75-$77.75. 562-4949.

        48 hours out: Haul out the beer mugs. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is Saturday and Sunday all over Fifth Street with Mini-Me (actor Verne Troyer) of Austin Powers' Goldmember fame leading the Lowenbrau World's Largest Chicken Dance and, it says here, casting a long shadow. Saturday and Sunday (Chicken Dance is 4 p.m. Sunday, not Saturday as in past years). 579-3191.

        72 hours "til Sunday: Amernet String Quartet introduces two new musical members at the 2002-03 chamber music season opener, 3 p.m., Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University. Free. (859) 572-6399.

— Jim Knippenberg

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