Sunday, May 25, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Taste of Cincinnati: The super-sized food and music festival dishing up hundreds of sample-sized treats from local restaurants continues noon-midnight today (and noon-9 p.m. Monday) along Central Parkway between Elm and Main streets, downtown. 621-2142.

Skatepark Series: Day two of the Mobile Skatepark Series shows off professional Freestyle BMX competitions, live power rock, interactive media booths, product giveaways, autograph sessions and more. 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Sawyer Point, downtown, free.

Big Band: The Blue Chip City Big Band swings into a free outdoor concert of favorites from the 1940s era, 7 p.m. today, Woodland Mound, Anderson Township. 521-7275.


Top pick: Add some fireworks to your holiday with PBS' National Memorial Day Concert 2003. Ossie Davis, Dylan McDermott, Tony Randall, Michael Crawford, Charles Durning, Renee Fleming, Joe Mantegna, Gena Rowlands and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn salute war veterans while Erich Kunzel conducts the National Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m., Channels 48, 16; repeating on Channel 48 at 9:30 p.m. today and 9 p.m. Monday).

• Critic John Kiesewetter suggests two fun reruns: The 1995 animated Toy Story (7 p.m., Channels 9, 2) or NBC's Bob Hope retrospective, 100 Years of Hope and Humor (7 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

The goods

Rockin' kids: Now that the baby's old enough to climb in a chair and do his or her own rocking, consider Schoolhouse Rocker, centerpiece of Levels of Discovery's juvenile furniture line. It's a rocker with a school days theme: A music box that plays the ABC song; chalkboard seat back; abacus beads for learning colors and how to count; a flip-up desk on one armrest, a hidden pencil box on the other. Good enough, don't you know, to win the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association's 2003 Innovation Award. It's $125 at or by calling 866-980-2536.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh of The Eagles bring their Farewell I Tour to U.S. Bank Arena. 8 p.m. Monday, $43-$153. 562-4949.

48 hours out: It's Russian art all over as the Miami University Art Museum opens The Brotherhood of Free Culture: Recent Art from St. Petersburg showing off 45 paintings from the Baltic city's underground art scene. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. 27, Oxford, free. (513) 529-2232.

72 hours till Wednesday: Playhouse in the Park interns open David Ive's wildly offbeat evening of one-acts Time Flies, a follow-up to his award-winning All in the Timing. 8 p.m., Marx Rehearsal Hall, Eden Park. $6-$10. 421-3888.

Jim Knippenberg


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