Monday, March 24, 2003

Get to It

A guide to help make your day

Going out

London City Opera: The touring company of the famous opera troupe brings the classic Madame Butterfly to Miami University's Millett Hall, 7:30 p.m. today, Oxford. $12-$23. (513) 529-3200.

Play reading: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's Theatre of the Mind series concludes with a reading of Swordsong, a new drama by the respected dramaturges Drew Fracher and David Richmond, 7 p.m. today, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $5. 421-3555.

Danny Roberts: The outspoken member of MTV's Real World New Orleans speaks at Xavier University's Schiff Family Conference Center, 8 p.m. today, Cintas Center. $7. 745-3411, Ext. 7.


Top picks: (subject to pre-emption for coverage of the Iraqi situation):

Everybody Loves Raymond. If Raymond does air, catch it. This is a rerun of the hilarious episode in which Robert is finally ready to propose to Amy. First, he meets her parents and brother - a bizarre bunch played by Fred Willard, Georgia Engel and Chris Elliott. (9 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

When I Was a Girl. These specials are filled with rich human observations. Each has five women recall their childhoods. Some worried that they didn't look like their classmates. Sigourney Weaver was taller

(5-foot-11 by age 11), Kathy Najimy was wider, Lisa Ling was the only Asian. Chris Evert recalls hating her tennis lessons - until she started winning tournaments (10 p.m., WE: Women's Entertainment).

The Goods

Calling all birds: Most popular state bird? The Northern Cardinal was picked by seven states, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. What's it sound like? Squeeze the tail feathers of one of the chirpers in Wild Republic's U.S.A. State Birds Collection and listen. The 28 birds representing 50 states - plus the bald eagle, of course - feature authentic sounds recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. $6-$8. Wild Republic goods sold at Tapestry, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Newport Aquarium, Just Dolphins and Hallmark and Borders stores.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: Guy Discepoli of Piazza-Discepoli Wine Shop gives an introductory wine workshop, "The ABCs of Wine," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road. 369-4472.

Also 24 hours out: The college-rock favorite Guster is at Bogart's, 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $17.50. 562-4949.

48 hours out: Instrumental guitar innovator Steve Kimock and band are at the Southgate House, 9 p.m. Wednesday, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $16-$20. 779-9462.

72 hours till Thursday: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company begins three nights at the Aronoff Center with a new program featuring pieces from its centennial flight project, 7:30 p.m., Jarson-Kaplan Theater. $12-$22. 241-7469.

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