Wednesday, June 16, 1999


A guide to help make your day

Going out
        • Here's a thought: Take a hike around Dublin with Leopold Bloom. You can do it today at Bloomsday II, an annual do celebrating June 16, 1904, the day Bloom wandered Dublin in James Joyce's Ulysses. Bloomsday, a tradition in dozens of U.S. cities, features readings from Ulysses, music (bagpipes, Celtic harp), discussions and food and beer. It's 7-9 p.m. at Jack Quinn's in Covington. The event's free, but you're on your own with the bar bill. 491-6699.

        • Livin' la Vida Polka! Polka masters Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones perform a free concert 7 p.m. today at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. It's part of the Kettering Sister City Association's Spass Nacht festival, which runs 5-9 p.m. (937) 297-3720.

        • Party at the point: Food, beer, live music by Essential Funk. The Q102/Bud Party at Sawyer Point is 5:30-9 p.m. today P&G Pavilion. 763-5686.

Staying in

        • Critic's picks: Now that's entertainment: Latin-American pop sensation Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys and Sarah McLachlan (her new CD is out; see The Goods below) perform at the fifth annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (8-10 p.m., Channels 19, 45). And TV Critic John Kiesewetter says viewers can chat with Michael Jordan on Larry King Live (9 p.m., CNN).

What's in stores today
        • On disc: Schizophonic (Capitol; $17.99 CD, $10.99 cassette) is the debut solo album from the former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell.

        Sarah McLachlan follows up last month's live Lilith Fair set with an in-concert disc of her own on Mirror Ball (Arista; $17.99 CD, $11.99 cassette).

        Supernatural (Arista; $17.99 CD, $11.99 cassette) brings back master guitarist Carlos Santana and his band (playing Riverbend Thursday) with an A-list of guests — Dave Matthews, Everlast, Lauryn Hill, Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton and rock en Espanol band Mana.

        Marty Stuart delivers his ambitious country/bluegrass/rockabilly concept album The Pilgrim (MCA; $16.99 CD, $10.99 cassette).

        It's a big release week for hip-hoppers, with new albums from Heavy D Heavy (Universal; $16.99 CD, $10.99 cassette); JuvenileSolja Rags (Universal; $16.99 CD, $10.99 cassette); Coolio and his new label — Coolio's Crowbar Records Presents (Crowbar; $16.99 CD, $10.99 cassette) and Ma$eDouble Up (Bad Boy/Arista; $17.99 CD, $11.99 cassette).

Brand spankin' new
        Top cat: Mr. Bigglesworth, the feline star of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, is a role model for hairless cats everywhere. The gray-eyed Sphynx just nabbed Cats magazine's prestigious Cat of the Year title, and he's the July issue's cover story.

Planning ahead

        • A day away: The Pete Wagner Band plays Summertime Concerts Under the Stars, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Franciscan at St. Clare. 761-9036.

        • 48 hours out: Friday, Harry Connick Jr. and His Big Band come to the Aronoff Center, 8 p.m., Procter & Gamble Hall. $25-$45. 241-7469.

        • 72 hours 'til Saturday: Celebrate pork chops and Cincinnati's pork tradition at the Findlay Market Pork Chop Festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. 956-1852.

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