Spring fever: The behemoth Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat show featuring 600 displays of toys for big boys and girls - everything from fishing and hunting equipment to golf, travel, and outdoor fun items - opens 10 sporty days at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center. 5-9:30 p.m. today, Fifth and Elm streets, downtown, $3-$8.50. 281-0022.
Art opening: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center opens Figures, an edgy new exhibit of mixed-media works by area faves such as Brad Smith, Thomas Owen, Kirk Mayhew and more. 6-9 p.m. today, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, $3-$5. (859) 491-2030.
Beer dinner: Mecklenberg Gardens holds one of its popular beer dinners, with imported ales, German specialties, tons of oom-pah music and a bit of dancing. 7 p.m. today, University and Highland avenues, Corryville, $7-$15 (reservations encouraged). 221-5353.
Lewis Black: The rowdy, raw and sometimes politically incorrect satirist is at Bogart's. 8 p.m. today, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $26.50-$28.50. 562-4949.
Critic's pick: Former President Jimmy Carter is serenaded by music superstars such as Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Branch, Josh Groban and more. Nobel Peace Concert, 9 p.m., A&E.
Encore: Cinergy Field is back. Seems Clifton artist Tom Lohre was commissioned to do a Tall Stacks/Cinergy portrait in 1995. Which he did, a 20-by-26-inch deal that now hangs in someone's house. But prints are available. He sells them on his Web site for $50 unframed, $250 framed. Go to Web site or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 hours out: Keep the kids busy with a visit to Wild Thing from Maurice Sendak's kiddie lit classic Where the Wild Things Are at a character appearance/storytime at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 11 a.m. Saturday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
48 hours out: Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Bill Mobley teams with Phil DeGreg on piano and Bob Modley on bass at the Xavier University Jazz Series. 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the theater at the school's spiffy new Gallagher Student Center, Dana Avenue and Victory Parkway, Evanston, $14. 745-3161.
A week away: Bulls and broncos thunder into town for the Major League Rodeo Association's World's Toughest Rodeo. 7:30 p.m. next Friday-Saturday, U.S. Bank Arena, $10-$22.
Pitching Potter to the college crowd
More children mind themselves
On the fridge
Get to it!