Monday, August 25, 2003

Get to it!

By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Going out

Sanskrit classic: The Miami University Theater Department presents its final outdoor performance of The Little Clay Cart, an English translation of the famous Mrcchakatika of Sudraka adapted for the stage. 7:30 p.m. today, Ernst Amphitheater, Western Campus, behind Peabody Hall, Oxford, free. (513) 529-3053.

After-hours art: Tour six floors of provocative installations, interactive art pieces, colorful video clips and more at the Rosenthal Center's free Monday evenings. 5-9 p.m. today, Sixth and Walnut streets, downtown. 345-8400.

Wandering Jameson: The popular keyboardist/guitarist takes requests and plays hits from the '70s through the '90s, 5-9 p.m. today at Havana Martini Club, Sixth and Walnut streets, downtown, no cover. 651-2800.


Top pick: PBS' History Detectives visits Fort Mitchell's Vent Haven Museum to research Sam, an African-American ventriloquist's dummy owned by a Brooklyn woman. Cincinnati anthropologist Wes Cowan hosts the episode (8 p.m., Channels 48, 16), which also investigates a 34-star U.S. flag.

• TV critic John Kiesewetter also says Marc Summers, host of the popular Unwrapped food pop culture show (9-10 p.m., Food Network), debuts a spinoff game show, Trivia Unwrapped (10 p.m., Food Network).

Jim Brown: All-American is a fascinating look at the former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame football player who has courted controversy most of his life. Directed by Spike Lee, the documentary portrays a complex man committed who is committed to social change, but has been charged with domestic violence on more than one occasion. 6 p.m., HBO.

New in E-games

Madden NFL 2004: Armchair quarterbacks have more options for football game play than ever with the release of Madden NFL. Players can choose to play their favorite NFL team from the player, coach or owner point-of-view. Between plays, action is presented in a new split screen fashion, so gamers can review the playbook or watch instant replays while in play-calling mode. Coaches can review and edit playbooks and change plays on the fly. Owners can set the prices of hot dogs, foam fingers and even luxury boxes. Commentary by John Madden and Al Michaels completes the package. (EA Sports; Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, PC; $49.99; E for Everyone).

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The Fitton Center's Music Cafe takes its local music showcase outdoors to Fairfield's Village Green Amphitheatre with short sets by Anne and Phil Case, Misfits, Inc. and Chris Dunnet. 7 p.m. Tuesday, 301 Wessel Drive (adjacent to Lane Library). Free. 863-8873.

48 hours out: The Cincinnati Film Society offers a screening of director Katasuhito Ishii's Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, which adapts the best-selling Peach Hip Girl into a wild Japanese gangster tale. 7 p.m. Wednesday, auditorium, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park. $4-$6. 721-2787.

72 hours until Thursday: There's an artists' reception for the intriguing new show OKI: New Art - a show of multimedia work by 22 emerging artists from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana curated by art world star Michael Rooks. 5-8 p.m., Third Floor Galleries, Fine Arts Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, free. (859) 572-5148.


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