Sunday, January 5, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Solo guitar: World-renowned guitarist Antigoni Goni strums out a tune or 20 with a mixed program of contemporary Greek pieces and works by intriguing composers such as Leo Brouwer, Joaquin Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla. 2:30 p.m. today, Gallagher Student Center theater, Xavier University, Dana Avenue and Victory Parkway, $12. 745-3161.

Open house: The William Howard Taft Birthplace in Mount Auburn flings open its doors for a New Year's reception in the tradition of Taft family salons, all spiked with docent-led tours and freebie refreshments. Noon-4 p.m. today, 2048 Auburn Ave., 684-3262.

Winter walk: The Little Duck Creek park in Madisonville has a naturalist-led walk looking for tracks and signs of animal life, followed by a project making bird feeders from natural materials. 1-2 p.m. today, 4625 Settle Road. 761-4313.

Auditions: The Lebanon Theatre Company needs a few good men and women. It's auditioning for the upcoming production of Arthur Miller's family drama All My Sons. 4-6 p.m. today, Shoe Factory Antique Mall, 120 E. South St., Lebanon. Expect cold readings from script. (513) 494-1932.

Staying in

Critic's pick: This one tells us just how good TV can and should be. Based on Brian Cruver's book about his year working for Enron, the movie traces the quick transition of a young guy who wants to get rich. The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

After spending a lot of time on cable, this musical gets a network showing. Gene Wilder stars in the tale of a way off-beat candy maker. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 7 p.m., Channels 9, 2.

Web site

In the stink: Well, if you gotta have one, you might as well find out how to do it right. This fragrant Web site is chock full of pet skunk care tips, pet food recipes, smell removal hints and "Skunkitarian" awards for wild skunk rescues. Go to and see what's up.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory is down and that means the poinsettias, cyclamen, pansies, peppers and more are priced to sell at the End of Show Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at the conservatory, Eden Park. 352-4080.

48 hours out: Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati opens a one-week engagement of the Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast,. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, $20-$60. 241-7469.

72 hours till Wednesday: The Amernet String Quartet's "Wednesday at One" series continues with a midafternoon Mozart recital , 1 p.m., Otto Budig Theater, Northern Kentucky University Center, Highland Heights. (859) 572-6399.

Jim Knippenberg


25 forces that will shape culture in 2003
1. The big economic squeeze
2. Clear Channel's dominance
3. Suburbanites: Will they roam?
4. The plea for racial healing
5. The media's message
6. A whole new ball game
7. Edgy art center opening
8. Tall Stacks rolls back
9. Will tourists go home happy?
10. How Fine Arts Fund carries clout
11. You can't fight City Hall
12. Laura Long: Downtown force
13. The CSO's growing empire
14. Rosenthals' big impact
15. Northern Kentucky development
16. Museum Center's main man
17. Lobbyist Weiland
18. UC at crossroads
19. The Nederlanders make a comeback
20. MidPoint: Rebuild the city on rock 'n' roll
21. The Schuster Center alternative
22. Another public art project goes to bat
23. The brain drain
24. Local film community gains focus
25. Dancing around visa problems
The wild card of 2003: War
2003 dates to keep in mind

DEMALINE: The arts
KENDRICK: Alive & Well
Get to it!