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.
THE GOODS (WHAT'S IN STORES TODAY)
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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