Thursday, July 13, 2000


A guide to help make your day

        Theater: Northern Kentucky University Summer Dinner Theater opens Neil Simon's California Suite, 8 p.m. today in NKU's Black Box Theater. Optional dinner served 90 minutes before performance. $23, $12 show only. 572-5464.

        Bluegrass: A mix of old-time music and humor with Home Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band, 7-9 p.m. today at Behringer-Crawford Museum, Devou Park, Covington. Part of “Coffee Cup Concert Series.” $10 for eight-part series. 781-3094.

        Opera: Opening night of Cincinnati Opera production of Debussy's Pelleas et Mellisande, 8 p.m. today in Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $12-$85. 241-2742.

        Book signing: Patricia Gaffney, author of the bestselling novel The Saving Graces, signs and discusses her latest novel, Circle of Three, 7 p.m. today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Reggae: The Zionites play every Thursday night at Mad Frog, Vine Street and McMillan Avenue, Mount Auburn. 784-9119.

        TV picks: CBS' Big Brother gang gathers for their first one-hour live telecast from their Studio City, Calif., house (8-9 p.m., Channels 12, 7). Have you decided who should be voted out? Or don't you care?

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says Cincinnati's infamous Carmen Electra shakes her booty with Ben Stein while discussing the “Power of Beauty” on Turn Ben Stein On (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central).

        Web site of the day: While browsing the eBay auctions, we wondered how average folks get pictures of the items they are selling on the Web. The answer in many cases is, a free, advertising-supported site that “hosts” auction photos. has other features for auction fans, including software that counts how many times an item is viewed, and, for auction buyers, an individualized page to track their bids.

        Why wait?: Listen, talk and play music to your unborn baby with BebeSounds Deluxe Gift Set. The set includes the Prenatal Heart Listener, which allows parents to list to their baby's developing heartbeat, kicks and hiccups with a heart monitor, two headphones and recording cable; a Prenatal Talker for talking to the baby in the womb, and a Prenatal Teacher for playing music. A Mozart tape is included. The set, $39.99, is available at Babies R US, Forest Park, and Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory, Springdale.

        24 hours out: Latin sensation BioRitmo plays 10 p.m. Friday at BarrelHouse Brewing Co., 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $15. 421-2337.

        48 hours out: The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky's Homefest 2000 begins noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Triple Crown Country Club in Richwood. $7. Through July 30. 331-9500.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: Cincinnati Art Museum opens its exhibit Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts Permanent Collection. 721-2787.

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