Friday, August 11, 2000


A guide to help make your day

        Seafood festival: The 14th annual Great Inland Seafood Festival begins three days of fun, 5-11 p.m. today at Sawyer Point, downtown. Area restaurants will serve up specialties (including whole lobsters for $9.95) plus live music and a children's area. 761-9911.

        Jazz great: Grammy award winner Diana Krall performs 8 p.m. today at Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts. $30-$40. 562-4949.

        Free Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Sharonville presents a free outdoor performance of The Tempest, 8 p.m. today at the Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive. A mini-renaissance festival precedes performance with stage combat and fencing demonstrations beginning 6 p.m. 563-2895.

        Zany Brainy: Take two for this educational superstore's grand opening celebration. (Original opening was delayed for two weeks for the area to meet fire codes.) Events today include Winnie the Pooh character appearance at 11 a.m. and a full-fledged “Grandtastic Opening Party” with face painting, live entertainment and special promotions, 5-9 p.m., Rookwood Commons, 2699 Edmonson Road, Norwood. 396-6711.

        TV picks: This Week in History premieres with a look at construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 and the first prisoners arriving at Alcatraz in 1934 (9 p.m., History Channel).

        • TV critic John Kiesewetter also says History's Lost & Found features the first Lionel train, Polaroid camera and Eisenhower jacket (8 p.m., History Channel).

        It's magic: Enter the magical world of Hogwarts at a magic show, “A Tribute to Harry Potter,” 10 a.m. Saturday. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. Join Don Miller as Prof. Phineas J. Chucklemoor to celebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter.

        Happy promotion: McDonald's new Happy Meal promotion, running through Aug. 24, features Hello Kitty toys. In each meal is one of nine Hello Kitty items, from bracelet to sticker dispenser.

        24 hours out: A free evening of radio plays presented by comedy group Launch Productions , 8 p.m. Saturday in Xavier University's Kelly Auditorium. Production is titled The Adventures of Secret Agent 3.14159. 961-7921.

        48 hours out: Local country standouts Danny Frazier and Dallas Moore team for a concert 8 p.m. Sunday at Tammie's Top of the Hill Lounge, 11508 Colerain Ave., Dunlap. 385-5101.

        Two weeks away: Ohio Renaissance Festival opens weekends beginning Aug. 26 on Ohio 73 in Harveysburg, Ohio, off I-71 near Wilmington. Daily events include full armored jousting, human chess match, crafts demonstrations, more. (513) 897-7000.

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