Monday, January 28, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help you make your day

Compiled by Jim Knippenberg

Going out

        Alteractive series: Playhouse in the Park keeps dancing on the edge with Los Angeles-based actress/comedienne (and Loveland native) Ann Randolph, here with her acclaimed one-woman show Squeeze Box, an uproarious tour-de-force featuring a dozen characters and some plenty bizarre experiences with an Internet dating service. 7 p.m. today, Rosenthal Plaza, $6-$10. 421-3888.

        John Lescroart: The best-selling suspense author drops in up the road to sign and discuss his new Oath, built around the timely — and touchy — topic of HMOs. 7 p.m. today, Books & Co., 350 E. Stroop Road, Dayton. (800) 777-4881.

        Cooking class: “Slow Cooker Cookery” is one of those deals for people with plenty of appetite but not a lot of time. Its focus is using slow cookers, recipes and even some samples. 7 p.m. today,Owensville Branch Library, 2548 U.S. 50. 732-6084.

        Jazz: The Lou Lausche Quartet fires things up 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. today at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 19 Garfield Place, downtown. 721-9801.

Staying in

        TV picks: The bigger the boy, the bigger the toys. The History Channel's Modern Marvels: Boys' Toys at 9-11 p.m. this week features private jets (today), James Bond gadgets and gizmos (Tuesday), power tools and remote controls (Wednesday), “million dollar” technology and cars (Thursday) and trucks and pleasure boats (Friday).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter notes Ken Burns' 10-part Jazz begins airing today at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays on Oxford's Channel 14 through Feb. 28.

Web site of the day

        Snooping: Admit it now, you'd love to go rummaging around somebody else's diary, right? Right. Here's the place to get into online diaries. The site gives out awards for the best diary entries and has links to diary sites all over the place, including celebrity diaries such as Melanie Griffith's. Go to and start snooping.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: The University of Cincinnati's distinguished Ropes Lecture Series kicks off with prominent African-American thinker Noel Ignatiev and a program called “Abolish the White Race,” wherein he shares thoughts about the institutional nature of racism. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Room 127, McMicken Hall, free. 556-3906.

        48 hours out: The popular British alternapop act Stereophonics pops in with a few power chords of its own. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $10-$12. 562-4949.

        72 hours 'til Thursday: The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky's Home Products Expo brings more than 200 dealers of home products, remodeling supplies, landscaping designs and more to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for four days of rehabbing frenzy, $5-$7. (859) 331-9500.

        Contact Jim Knippenberg by phone: 768-8513; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:


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