Sunday, September 14, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Mariah Carey: The pop superstar brings her "Charmbracelet" world tour to U.S. Bank Arena, 7:30 p.m. today, $45-$65. 562-4949.

Downtown living: The Downtown Tour of Living is a self-guided tour of close to 20 creative, and sometimes dramatic, living spaces in downtown and Over-the-Rhine. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today, tickets at the Fountain Square Visitor Center, Emery Center Apartments (Walnut Street and Central Parkway) and Fourth & Plum apartments, $10. 241-8696.

Roger Day: The children's entertainer brings his interactive song and dance routine to the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center. 1 p.m. today, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, $3-$5. (859) 491-2030.

Antiques: The Old Milford Antique Show has more than 20 vendors hauling out period furniture, collectibles, toys and pottery plus a long list of antique and specialty shops for a browse-about. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Main Street, downtown Milford. 831-0815.

Jazz: See two area jazz wonders rockin' the 'burbs as the North Sycamore Recreational Facility hosts the Blue Wisp Big Band with vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner. 5-7 p.m. today, 11797 Solzman Road, free. 791-8447.

Weekend fest

Airborne: Enjoy the outdoors while you can, because the decent weather won't last forever. Our tip: The Cincinnati Lunken Air Show celebrating the airport's 75th anniversary. Pop in and you'll see tons of planes - in the air and on display - including warbirds, airliners and modern military aircraft. Look up and you'll see Bobby Younkin doing aerobatics in Beech 18 and Jimmy Franklin in his Wild Waco biplane with wing-walking son, Kyle. Oh, there's food and drink, too. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 262 Wilmer Ave., East End, $12, free under 12, $5-per-car parking. Information and directions:

Another fest

Latino touch: This one's the real deal - authentic and tons of fun. It's the ninth annual Festival Hispano, complete with mountains of Hispanic dishes, Latin music, folk dancing and close to 20,000 people bent on partying. It's a production of the Hispanic Community of Greater Cincinnati and runs noon-10 p.m. today and noon-8 p.m. Sunday at St. Charles Borromeo Church-Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center, Fairpark and Seymour avenues, Carthage. Information: 948-1760

Planning ahead

24 hours out: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's Theatre of the Mind play reading series begins its season with a loose staging of Campaign, a musical satire of the political system by Erick Ottem, Gary Bragg and David DeMichelis. 7 p.m. today, ETC, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, $6. 421-3555.

48 hours out: Best-selling romance author Carly Phillips is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to sign and discuss The Heartbreaker, the last installment in her trilogy of sexy, contemporary romances. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.

72 hours until Wednesday: The wicked punk rock quartet Dropkick Murphys headline an evening of power rock at Bogart's with the Unseen and Roger Miret & the Disasters. 8 p.m., 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $15. 562-4949.

Jim Knippenberg

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