Thursday, May 22, 2003

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World of wrestling: The Heartland Wrestling Association kicks off a tour 10 p.m. today at Forest Fair Mall's Metropolis Nightclub with an all-star lineup including WWE superstar D'Lo Brown, former HWA champion Matt Stryker, MTV regular Rory Fox, women's tag-team action and more.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with WWE Smackdown on the big screens 8-10 p.m. Metropolis is off the second level of Forest Fair's parking garage, I-275 and Winton Road, Fairfield. Tickets are $17 ringside, $12 general seating, available at the door. 671-2881 or 771-1650.

Jason Nebel


Fine fusion: One of the coolest sounds in today's acid-jazz movement has been the organ-trio revival, taking the jazz/funk/blues fusion of the Hammond masters into the 21st century, adding hip-hop beats and other new spins. Sunday, one of the leading exponents of that sound, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, plays the intimate Emerald Ballroom at Jack Quinn's, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington; (859) 491-6699. Music at 9 p.m.; $10 admission.

Larry Nager

Concerts on sale

CSO and Pops: Single tickets to the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops summer concerts are on sale. The orchestras' series include Bach & Beyond at Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati (single tickets $30); and at Riverbend: Sundaes with the Symphony ($17-$35); Pops Favorites ($17-$40); Pops PNC Headliners ($18-$42) and the Fourth of July American Celebration ($18). Schedule and tickets: or 381-3300.


Philharmonic debut: Cincinnati native Nicholas Angelich, 31, a pianist, made his New York Philharmonic debut when he stepped in to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," on May 9 and 10, after pianist Maurizio Pollini fell ill. Angelich's father, Bora Angelich, is a violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Janelle Gelfand

'Idol' update: He wasn't the "American Idol" or even the runner-up. But R.J. Helton got a record deal. Helton, who made it to the top five last season in the Fox TV hit, signed a deal to make a gospel album for Kirk Franklin's Gospocentric label.

The Associated Press

Movies opening Friday

Bruce Almighty

City of Ghosts

The In-Laws

The Shape of Things

Coming Friday in Weekend

Taste for all tastes: A dieter's guide to Taste of Cincinnati.

Beer's potential remains on tap
Food goes way beyond wurst
Learn these, or you'll order schnitzelbank
Prepare yourself for singalongs
KNIPPENBERG: Knip's eye view
Tell us if you've traded spaces
Celebrating Emerson
Learning survival scales
One-woman show tells story of apartheid
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