Friday, December 03, 1999


A guide to help make your day

        • Ornament making: Master ornament artist Keith Stefan will showcase the creative process of Kurt S. Adler's Polonaise Collection of mouth-blown, hand-painted Polish glass ornaments noon-3 p.m. today at Dillard's in Kenwood Towne Centre. This Couch Cat is $38.

        • Giant bookfair: Cincinnati Country Day School Holidaze Celebration, 4-11 p.m. today, Barnes and Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. Featured authors doing signings at 7:30 p.m.: Laura Pulfer, Paul Daugherty, Larry Nager, Cliff Radel, Liz Dufour, Sue Lancaster, Katherine Whiteside, Will Hillenbrand, Linda Leopold Strauss. Live music with Katie Reider, children's activities, raffles, prizes, more. 794-9440.

        • At Playhouse: A Christmas Carol opens 7 p.m. today. Through Dec. 30. 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Robert S. Marx Theatre, Eden Park. $29.50-$41.50, $15 under age 13. 345-2242.

        • Children's theater: Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Children's Theatre opens 7:30 p.m. today. Continues Saturday-Sunday. Taft Theatre, Fifth Street, downtown. $5-$14. 562-4949.

        • Whistler Exhibit: The Etchings and Drypoints of James McNeill Whistler opens today at Taft Museum, 316 Pike St., downtown. Museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $2-$4. 241-0343.

        • Graveblankets: With Bridget Otto, 10 p.m. today, Top Cat's, 2820 Vine Street, Corryville. Cover. 281-2005.

        • TV picks: Hard to believe, but not everybody likes A Charlie Brown Christmas (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7). Some CBS executives hated the 1965 cartoon because of its anti-commercialism message and unusual jazz music, and predicted it would never air again. But America loved it; so did Emmy and Peabody award judges.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also issues a VCR alert for the TV premiere of The Rugrats Movie (8 p.m., Showtime).

        • Web site of the day: Log onto to be part of the gala weekend at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dedicating its new CCM Village this weekend, CCM will broadcast two events live on the Internet: today's architectural forum with design architect Henry N. Cobb (3 p.m.) and tonight's lecture by CBS Studio's Michael Klausman (8 p.m.). The information will remain on the site for about a month.

        Shimmering safety: To add an extra ounce of protection to your Christmas tree and the household around it, top it off with a reflecting red or gold or silver ornament that twists apart and doubles as a heat alarm when you install a 9-volt battery. Prices: $14.95 for one, $35.97 for three; $59.70 for six. Add $5.95 for shipping. Call the No Burns Project, sponsored by the United Homeowners Association and Smart Consumer Services, (877) 662-8767.

        • 24 hours out:Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre premiere of Crazy Clown Color Circus, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 12 at Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park. $7, $5 for children. 721-2787.

        • 48 hours out: WAIF 24th Anniversary Celebration, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. Performances by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, Doug Perry Ensemble, Circus of the Sun and Kelly Richey Band. Plus poetry readings, Arabic belly dancing and Nigerian Dance. Free. 749-1444.

        • 72 hours 'til Monday: Arrival of St. Nicholas on horseback in MainStrasse Village, 5:30 p.m. at Goose Girl Fountain, Sixth and Main streets, Covington. Goodies for children and photo opportunities. 491-0458.

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