Wednesday, June 28, 2000

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        Reds: Third in four-game series with St. Louis beginning 7:35 p.m. today at Cinergy Field. $5-$21. 421-7337.

        Cracker: The roots-rock/alternative band plays 8 p.m. today at Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. Opening act is Kitty Snyder.$13.50-$15. 562-4949.

        Brass concert: First in a series of concerts associated with International Women's Brass Conference at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 7:30 p.m. today in Corbett Auditorium. Free. 556-4183.

        Jazz: Special booking at the Greenwich Tavern in Walnut Hills as the Big Apple New York City Jazz Superband featuring Cecil McBeestarts playing at 9 p.m. today, 2442 Gilbert Ave. $15. 221-1151.

        Book signing: Heidi Murkoff introduces her What to Expect Kids' series, a spinoff of the “What to Expect” pregnancy and parenting books but designed for 2- to 5-year-olds and their parents, 7 p.m. today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.


        TV picks: Class of 2000 (8 p.m., Nashville Network) stuffs a nightclub with bouncy teen-agers and then gives them a lot of young performers. Billy Gilman is the youngest, at 11, and several others are still in their teens. The lineup includes a pop singer (Alecia Elliott), two Christian groups (Out of Eden and Plus One) and several country acts — LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann, Jessica Andrews, Andy Griggs and the Clark Family Experience.


        Disc picks: The week's best release, says Enquirer music critic Larry Nager, features the finest recordings from the long career of one of the great ladies of R&B, Etta James' The Chess Box (MCA; $49.98 CD only), a three-disc retrospective that moves from gutbucket blues to ethereal ballads.

        • At the other end of the diva scale, Lil' Kim raps up her Notorious K.I.M. (Atlantic; $18.98 CD, $12.98 cassette), with a wild cast of characters, including Grace Jones, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy and Carla Thomas.

        • Kelly Price, another R&B diva-in-waiting, releases her sophomore effort, Mirror Mirror (Polygram; $17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette), with guests Method Man and Gerald Levert,

        • Kottonmouth Kings roll another one with High Society (Capitol; $17.98 CD, $10.98 cassette), featuring fellow hemp aficionados Sen Dog from Cypress Hill and the Insane Clown Posse.

        • Richard Ashcroft's Alone With Everybody (Virgin; $16.98 CD, $11.98 cassette), is the week's top modern-rock release, the much-anticipated solo debut from the former leader of the Verve.


        24 hours out: Cincinnati Opera opens its second opera this summer, Rossini's La Cenerentola, 8 p.m. Thursday in Music Hall. $12-$85. 241-2742.

        48 hours out: To celebrate July 4, Taft Museum of Art opens an exhibit of presidential miniatures Fridayfeaturing the first 31 presidents of the United States, 316 Pike St., downtown. 241-0343.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: The jazz-rock band Chicago plays 7 p.m. Saturday at Paramount's Kings Island's TimberWolf Amphitheater. $14.99-$39.99. 562-4949.

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