Thursday, September 11, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Art opening: The Malton Gallery brings in a star-studded art show, Masters in Motion, with more than 50 lithographs, etchings and lino-cuts by artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Miro and Rembrandt. Opens 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Observatory Avenue and Edwards Road, Hyde Park. 321-8614.

Dance: The Next Generation Dance Company trots out the star-crossed lovers when it previews its new ballet interpretation of the musical classic West Side Story. 8 p.m. today, Gallagher Student Center Theater, Xavier University, Dana Avenue and Victory Parkway, Evanston, $10. 745-3939.

Sharon Draper: The 1997 National Teacher of the Year is at Barnes & Noble Newport's Educators' Night to read and discuss her latest young adult novel, The Battle of Jericho, a tumultuous account of peer pressure, 4-6 p.m. today, Newport on the Levee. (859) 581-2000.

The goods

Move 'n' click: Didn't it just have to happen, what with computer users getting younger and younger? A mouse specifically designed for kids, we mean. Wellsir, Child's Play Communications has that very thing. The mouse - available in Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Blues Clues - is a design totally unlike the traditional adult mouse. They're $34.95 for the Disney characters, $26.96 for Nickelodeon and Sesame Street characters. They're at computer stores and at Web site.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The Mariemont Players open a production of the funny and poignant drama Hometown Heroes by Ed Graczyk. 8 p.m. Friday, Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Mariemont, $14. 684-1236.

48 hours out: Krohn Conservatory reopens to the public after months of renovation with a new fall floral show Celebrating 200 Years of Ohio History, integrating Ohio history with smashing displays of mums, dahlia, coleus and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Eden Park. 421-5707.

72 hours until Sunday: The Downtown Tour of Living is a self-guided tour of 18 living spaces in downtown and Over-the-Rhine. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., tickets available at Fountain Square Visitor Center, Emery Center Apartments (Walnut Street and Central Parkway) and Fourth & Plum Apartments. $10. 241-8696.

Weekend hotspots

Games, music: Meanwhile, out in the 'burbs, they're gearing up for SharonFest, two days of free games, rides and entertainment for kids and adults, too. Set at the intersection of Creek Road, Main Street and Reading Road, Fest has the Rusty Griswolds and Chrome Friday and Stagger Lee and Pay the Girl Saturday night. Also lots of food, drink and, for the athletic, a cornhole tournament. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday. Go to Web site for info.

Concert freebie: Multiple Cammy winners join forces for an outdoor event Sunday. Mary Ellen Tanner and the venerable Blue Wisp Big Band do a two-hour concert - big band classics, mostly - at the North Sycamore Recreation Facility where, Tanner says, you should bring your lawn chair, blankets and refreshments, though food and drink will be available if you don't feeling like packing the hamper. It's 5 p.m. at 11797 Solzman Road. 791-8447.

Jim Knippenberg

E-mail:; fax: 768-8330

Couple collides with fate
Club says come row a boat

Frampton still riding on three songs

Training sessions slated to help local filmmakers
Top 10s
The Early Word

'Late Night's O'Brien marks unlikely 10th anniversary
Redesigned 'TV Guide' hits stands
Best Bets

Get to it!