Monday, August 11, 2003

Get to it!



By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Going out

Jeff Timmons: The founding member of 98 Degrees performs a mini-concert and signs autographs to push his new solo CD, Whisper That Way, full of new pop ballads, R&B-influenced tracks and adult contemporary fare. 7-9 p.m. today, Borders Books and Music, Dayton Mall, 2040 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville. (937) 434-3800.

New musical: The Aronoff Center hosts a staged concert reading of The Gospel According to Fishman, a new musical by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate Richard Oberacker about a Jewish songwriter coming of age during the Civil Rights era. 8 p.m. today (one night only), Jarson-Kaplan Theater, $20. 241-7469.

338th Army Band: One of the top military bands in the country brings its "Tribute to Freedom" tour to Blue Ash with numbers honoring soldiers and their families. 7:30 p.m. today, Towne Square, Hunt and Cooper roads, free. 745-8550.

On TV

Top pick: Spike it! Starting today, nobody will confuse the TNN cable channel with the old Nashville Network. TNN officially becomes Spike, "the first network for men," with a prime-time Party with Spike (8 p.m.) from the Playboy mansion with Pam Anderson, Kid Rock, Kelsey Grammer and Cincinnati's own Carmen Electra, followed by WWE Raw (9 p.m.). Spike's lineup today include American Gladiators (1-3 p.m.), 100 Most Irresistible Women (5 p.m.) and Blind Date's Ultimate Guide to Dating (6 p.m.).

• TV critic John Kiesewetter also says Jason Gedrick stars as the Max Factor heir and convicted sexual predator in A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Caputre of Andrew Luster (9 p.m., Lifetime).

Planning ahead

48 hours out: Morton's Steakhouse has a new Wednesday "Mortini" night with special concoctions such as Morton's Martini, Carsmopolitin and Appletinis for $3, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Morton's lounge, Fourth and Race streets, downtown. 241-4104.

72 hours until Thursday: Abracadabra weekend at Playhouse in the Park gets started with the Preview House Party full of complimentary food, strolling magicians and live music, starting at 6 p.m. and followed by a world-class magic/illusion showcase in the Robert S. Marx Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $15-$44.50. 421-3888.

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