Sunday, January 13, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help you make your day

Compiled by Jim Knippenberg

Going out

        Brian McKnight: The multiple Grammy-nominated pop-soul-R&B artist teams with the multitalented Tyrese for a night full of ever-so-soulful music. 7:30 p.m. today, Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown, $36-$40. 562-4949.

        Ballet: The Cincinnati Ballet kicks up a few heels with its Home Cities tour, complete with excerpts from Peter Pan and other high-flying works. 3 p.m. today, New Richmond High School auditorium, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, Ohio Township, $8, $5 under age 13. 621-5219.

        Xavier Series: World-renowned classical pianist Robert DeGaetanoplays all 88 of them on the Xavier University Piano and Guitar series. 2:30 p.m. today, Bethesda Foundation Auditorium, 619 Oak St., Avondale, $17-$19. 745-3161.

        Winter birds: Naturalists at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve bundle up and whip out a program on “Ohio's Winter Birds”' with slides, live birds and a short hike. 2 p.m. today, Ellenwood Nature Barn, Colerain Avenue and Poole Road, Colerain Township. 521-7275.

Staying in

        TV picks: A&E remakes Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons, with Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Greenwod, Jennifer Tilly and James Cromwell (8-11 p.m.).

        • Critic John Kiesewetter also says Weakest Link (8 p.m., Channels 5, 22) features a battle of the Seinfeld sidekicks — Jackie Chiles (Phil Morris), the Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas), Jerry's mom (Liz Sheridan) and George's mom (Estelle Harris).

Web site of the day

        Dinner with a rock star? Sorry, we can't oblige there. But dinner like a rock star, well, that's different. This Web site features recipes from rock 'n' rollers — not very difficult recipes at that — such as the recently featured Laura Ballance (Superchunk) recipe for one-pot spicy Italian sausage with potatoes, onions and leeks. Good for dinner and, the site says, mighty tasty in a breakfast taco the next morning. Go to, hit the navigator bar, go to rock stars and start cooking.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The alternative performance art series Alteractive gets rolling with the controversial gay activist/monologist Tim Miller and his funny, sexy, politically charged show Glory Box. 7 p.m. Monday, Playhouse in the Park's Rosenthal Plaza, $6-$10. 421-3888.

        48 hours out: Brad Thor, host of PBS' Traveling Lite, introduces his debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne, a political thriller set on the slopes of Utah. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        72 hours 'til Wednesday: The Taft Museum of Art takes its “Artful Evenings” lecture series on the road with curator of paintings and sculpture John Wilson sharing the skinny on “Frank Duveneck: The Greatest Talent.” 7:30 p.m., Monfort Heights Branch Library, 3825 West Fork Road. 369-4472.

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