Thursday, August 24, 2000


A guide to help make your day


Going out

Final game this series with Philadelphia, 12:35 p.m. today at Cinergy Field. $5-$21. 421-7337.

        Bluegrass: Behringer-Crawford Museum Coffee Cup Concert Series wraps up with Blue Dawgplaying 7-9 p.m. today in Devou Park amphitheater, Covington. $5-$10. 491-4003.

        Preview: Downtown Theatre Classics gives a half-price preview of the runaway hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, about a man-eating plant, 8 p.m. today at Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts. All seats $11, tickets must be purchased at Aronoff Center Box Office or at door (no phone orders). 745-9363.

        Ballroom dance: Cincinnati Dancesport begins three-days of competitions in ballroom, latin and swing dancing, 8-11 p.m. today at the Regal Hotel, Fifth and Race streets, downtown. Some spectator packages include dinner. $25. 281-5500.

        Gravelrama: Parade kicking off four days of 4x4 competitions, drag races, more, 6:15 p.m today in downtown Cleves. 941-1479.

        Ballet benefit: The Next Generation Dance Company, young ballet dancers training for a future onstage, will benefit from a party 6-7:30 p.m. today at Mount Adams Bookstore and Cafe, 1101 St. Gregory Place. The $25 per person event will include valet parking, cocktails, and a preview of the company's vision for 2000. That vision includes Snow Queen, choreographed by Cincinnati Ballet star Alexei Kremnev, Sept. 14-17 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. 241-9009.

Staying In

               TV picks:
Skip the ER rerun for a fast-pased hour at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center as 48 Hours repeats its 1998 fascinating visit (10 p.m. Thursday, Channels 12, 7).

        TV Critic John Kiesewetter says The Longest Day, the Oscar-winning epic about the World War II invasion of Normandy, airs at 8 p.m. (American Movie Classics). Starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Robert Wagner and Rod Steiger.

The Goods (What's in stores today)

               Games people play:
Since Swatch is the official timekeeper for the Sydney Summer Olympics, it makes sense the company would create a watch to commemorate the games. A collection of four styles ($45-$65) are on sale in a limited-edition worldwide series of 3,000 pieces. Each style comes in special packaging with a miniature watch pin resembling the watch.

Planning Ahead

               24 hours out:
Jazz organ wizard Joey DeFrancesco begins a two-night gig at the Greenwich at 9 p.m. Friday, 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. $15. 221-1151.

        48 hours out: Lunken Airfest 2000, Women of Aviation, begins two days of air stunts, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., Columbia Tusculum. $3-$5. 321-4291.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: Motley Crue with Megadeath, 7 p.m., Riverbend Music Center. $17.50-$37.50. 562-4949.

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