Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out
        Cincinnati Pops: Free outdoor summer concert series continues 8 p.m. today at Woodland Mound, Anderson Township. Erich Kunzel conducts a concert featuring many popular 20th-century works such as Randy Newman's “You've Got a Friend in Me,” Elton John's “Candle in the Wind,” and John Williams' “Olympic Spirit.” 381-3300.

        Party in the Park: Larosa's Party in the Park runs 5:30-9:30 p.m. today by the Serpentine Wall, downtown, with cash bar and pizza by the slice. Featured act is Funky Town billed as the “World's Greatest Dance Show” 579-3191.

        Dope: Up-and-coming “post-industrial metal band” Dope promotes its latest album, Felons and Revolutionaries, 8 p.m. today at Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. Ultraspank and Flybanger open the show. $10. 562-4949.

        Charlie Hunter: The Blue Note Records recording artist brings his eight-string jazz guitar act to BarrelHouse Brewing Co., 10 p.m. today, 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. $12. 421-2337.

Staying In

        TV picks: This is reality TV: ABC spent three months filming doctors, nurses and patients at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medicine for a six-week documentary, Hopkins 24/7 (10 p.m. today, Channels 9, 2).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says The Fall of Newt Gingrich (8-9:30 p.m., Channels 48 and 54; 9 p.m., Channel 16) looks at 1998 Republican losses from inside his Atlanta campaign “war room.”


The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Disc picks: Hip-hop trio Do Or Die live the thug life on Victory (Virgin; $17.98 CD; $12.98 cassette) in tracks like “Tha Heist” and “Thuggin' It Out.”

        • Against all odds, MTV's Faux Five, 2Gether, deliver a second CD, Again (TVT; $17.98 CD only) packed with 15 fake boy-band “hits,” including “The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff).”

        • A couple of notable diva releases this week:

        — Consistently wonderful country singer Patty Loveless has Strong Heart (Epic ($17.98 CD, $11.98 cassette).

        — Broadway babe Sarah Brightman looks to the skies for inspiration on La Luna (Angel; $17.98 CD, $10.98 cassette), a collection of moon-themed tunes.

        • Enquirer music critic Larry Nager's personal pick of the week is Beatin' the Heat (Surfdog; $16.98 CD only). It's a comeback set from folk/jazz singer-songwriter Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks featuring Bette Midler, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Rickie Lee Jones.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Willie Ray and the Midnighters Trio play Thursday night at Havana Martini Club, 580 Walnut St., downtown. 651-2800.

        48 hours out: Pianist Michael Chertok kicks off the Mercantile Library lunchtime concert series noon Friday, 414 Walnut St., downtown. Free and open to public. 621-0717.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Modern rock act Smashmouth plays 8:30 p.m. at TimberWolf Amphitheatre, Paramount's Kings Island. $14.99-$39.99. 562-4949.

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