Thursday, January 06, 2000

GET TO IT


A guide to help make your day

GOING OUT
        • Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival: The Misanthrope goes into its second weekend 8 p.m. today. Continues 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 23, 717 Race St., downtown. $10-$18. 381-2273.

        • Astronomy nights: Cincinnati Observatory Center's nighttime viewings of the moon and planets resume today at sundown. Always free Thursdays. 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout. Reservations required. 321-5186.

        • At Mad Frog: Something Groovy and Trainwreck play 10 p.m. today at the eclectic nightclub, Vine and McMillan streets, Corryville. 784-9119.

STAYING IN
        • TV picks: Hooked on Antiques Roadshow? Channel 48 debuts the British version of the show, Antiques Roadshow/England today with appraisals from Truro Cathedral (8 p.m.) and Colchester (8:30 p.m.).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says the makeover of ER continues with the return of Ming-Na as Dr. Deb Chen to the cast (10 p.m., Channels 5,22). She was known as Ming-Na Wen when she appeared as a medical student in the first season (1994-95) and on The Single Guy (1995-97).

        • Web site of the day: For a roughly literal translation of any foreign-language Web page, try Babel.fish. You also can type or paste any text into the window on this page for a quick translation. The service is named for a yellow, leech-like organism that people stuck in their ears to understand alien tongues in the humorous science fiction of British author Douglas Adams. The address: babelfish.altavista.digital.com/. Similar services are available at translator.go.com/ and systransoft.com/.

WHAT'S IN STORES TODAY
        • Catch it: Sneezers is the new brand of facial tissues with kid appeal. Brightly colored boxes, about $1.69, are decorated with characters from either Rugrats or Sesame Street. Barbie-motif tissues are due in February, and Blues Clues and Looney tunes in March.

PLANNING AHEAD
        • 24 hours out: Opening reception for new exhibit at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 6-9 p.m. Friday featuring the work of Robert Robbins, Mary Mark and Kurt Grannanplus a special group show by the Kentucky Arts and Craft Foundation entitled “15 Years of Crafts.” 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. 491-2030.

        • 48 hours out: Rosenthal Next Generation Theater Series for kids resumes Saturday with Fly With Me: An All-Bird Puppet Revue featuring the work of Marilyn Price and folk tales from around the world. Performances at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park. $3-$4.50. 421-3888.

        • 72 hours 'til Sunday: Jazz Pianist James Williams brings his work to the Xavier University Piano and Guitar Series, 2:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Art Museum Auditorium. $14. 745-3161.

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