Monday, September 04, 2000


A guide to help make your day

               Reds: First game of Mets series, 1:15 p.m. today at Cinergy Field. $5-$21. 421-7337.

        AK Steel tours: Celebrate 100 years of steel-making in Middletown with a festival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. todayoutside AK (formerly Armco) Steel headquarters at 703 Curtis St. just off Ohio 4, downtown. Buses will take people 12 and older to mill tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (You must wear long pants; no open-toe shoes or tank tops.) Entertainment will include Yankee Grey at 5 p.m. and Middletown Symphony at 7:30 p.m. before 9:45 p.m. fireworks. 425-5000.

        Blue Ash Symphony: “Three Tenors” concert features local standouts John Wright, Ross Hauck and Dan Paget singing romantic favorites with guest conductor John Gordon Ross at

        6 p.m. today on the Blue Ash Towne Square, Cooper and Kenwood roads. Free. 474-1584.

        Parish festival: St. Margaret Mary Church in North College Hill continues its Labor Day Weekend Festival, 1-10 p.m. today, 1830 W. Galbraith Road. 521-8619.

               TV picks: Facts of Life, the popular Nancy McKeon-Kim Fields sitcom (1979-88), joins the Nick at Nite lineup with a marathon this week (8:30 p.m.-midnight). George Clooney's 1985 debut as handyman George Burnett airs at 10 p.m. Friday.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter issues a VCR alert for An Hour in Your Hometown, five one-hour specials culled from Joe Webb's Channel 9 news “Hometown” features (10 a.m. today through Friday, Channel 9).

               Charades meets cable-access: From makers of Magnetic Poetry comes Camcorder Helper ($29.95), the first-ever home video party game. It's the grown-up version of the old “Let's put on a show,” says inventor Dave Kapell. Where Magnetic Poetry products are sold. (800) 720-7269.

               24 hours out: Miami University Department of Music presents Michele Gringas accompanied by Ron Matson peforming “Fun Music for the Clarinet” at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Souers Recital Hall, Miami University, Oxford. (513) 529-3014.

        48 hours out: Cincinnati prosecutor, defense lawyer and judge for nearly 15 years Albert “Mike” Mestemaker discusses and signs his book Courtroom Gladiator, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        72 hours 'til Thursday: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival opens its season with The Merry Wives of Windsor, 8 p.m. at CSF Theater, 719 Race St., downtown. $13-$18. 381-2273.

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