Tuesday, September 19, 2000


A guide to help make your day

               Mary J. Blige: The queen of hip-hop soul plays 8 p.m. today at Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown. $45-$60. 562-4949.

        Hill country blues: The North Mississippi All Stars, who earned many fans at Pepsi Jammin' on Main in May, return for an engagement at Top Cats in Corryville beginning 9 p.m. today. $10. 562-4949.

        Local plays: Cincinnati Playwrights' Initiative presents staged readings of three short dramas by local playwright Marion DiFalcobeginning 8 p.m. today in the Fifth Third Bank Theater at Aronoff Center for the Arts. $5. 621-2787.

        Book signing: Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, co-authors of the best-seller Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made, introduce their latest novel Far From the Tree 7 p.m. today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Improv-jazz: New York-based quartet Schleigho plays a be-bop and funk-influenced jazz beginning 10 p.m. today at Barrelhouse Brewing Co., 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. No cover. 421-2337.

        Filmmakers alert: Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association (SOFA), a new support and networking group for film and video artists, will meet 8 p.m. today at Habit's Cafe, 3036 Madison Road, Oakley, for its inaugural session. 729-0222.

               STAYING IN

        TV picks: Cincinnati's East End residents talk about their changing neighborhood in Keeping Community, East End Voices (10 p.m., Channel 48), a one-hour documentary by former East End resident Dorothy Weil and her TV Image production partner Jane Goetzman. They spent two years producing the film.

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter says UPN's Teen Files: Surviving High School (8-10 p.m., Channel 25) talks to kids about peer pressure, alienation, academic stress and violence.


               WHAT'S IN STORES TODAY

        Video picks: Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk rates the emotional Iranian drama The Color of Paradise at the top of this week's new releases.

               PLANNING AHEAD

        24 hours out: Phish plays 7 p.m. Wednesday at Riverbend Music Center. $28.50. 562-4949.

        48 hours out: Nina Williams, an editor-at-large at Country Living magazine, discusses and signs her book, The Illustrated Cottage: A Decorative Fairy Tale Inspired by Provence, 7 p.m. Thursday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        A week away: Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series opens its season with Fosse, the high-energy dance revue showcasing the work of legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, 8 p.m. at Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts. Runs through Oct. 8. $35-$62. 241-7469.

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