Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Author series: The esteemed Winter Author Series at the Mercantile Library fires up with a reading by the ever-so-prominent writer and thinker Caryl Phillips. 6:30 p.m. today, cash bar opens 6 p.m., 414 Walnut St., downtown, $15-$18. 621-0717.

        Stereophonics: The popular British alt-pop act brings its raucous, window-shattering U.S. tour to town. 8 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $10-$12. 562-4949.

        Film series: The Cincinnati Film Society continues poking around the works of Jonas Mekas with a showing of Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol and The Brig. 7 p.m. today, Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, $5. 721-2787.

        Book signing: Mystery writer (and Cincinnati native) John Wessell hits town to sign and discuss Kiss It Goodbye, the murderous third installment in his Harding series. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

Staying in

        TV picks: The West Wing or West Point? On the eve of sweeps, PBSdevotes two hours to the U.S. Military Academy (9-11 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16), while NBC airs a new West Wing about Josh's (Bradley Whitford) budding romance with a feminist (Mary Louise Parker) during the Iowa caucuses (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

        • Critic John Kiesewetter says Ed (Tom Cavanagh) has second thoughts about defending his new steady date on embezzlement charges after she admits taking the money (8 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

The Goods What's in stores today

        History quiz: Maybe you need a refresher course on black history, what with Black History Month starting in just one day. Try this: The newly revised version of Black History Brain Quest is an 850-question trivia game covering people, culture, traditions, history and geography. The pre-revision version sold more than 20 million copies since its 1992 debut. Workman Publishing expects this one to do as well. It's $10.95 at bookstores, gift shops and toy stores. Get a closer look at Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Footlighters, Inc. opens Stepping Out, Richard Harris' highly respected play about tap dancing as a metaphor for life. 8 p.m. Thursday, Stained Glass Theater, Eighth and York streets, Newport, $13. 891-1965.

        48 hours out: Miller Gallery cranks it up with an opening reception for a new exhibit by Lamar Briggs, the internationally known artist and colorist. 6-8 p.m. Friday, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. 871-4420.

        72 hours 'til Saturday: Avant-jazz great Olu Dara replaces Joe Louis Walker and the Bosstalkers on the Miami University Hamilton Artist Series. 8 p.m., Parrish Auditorium, 1601 Peck Blvd., $10-$15. (513) 529-3200.

— Jim Knippenberg

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


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