Thursday, February 07, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        CSO: Former music director Jesus Lopez Cobos packs his baton and swoops in for an encore with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a program of works inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 7:30 p.m. today, Music Hall, $16.50-$46 includes complimentary buffet beginning at 6:15 p.m. 381-3300.

        Opera: Mainstage Opera at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music features Bernard Stambler's dark and forbidding Pulitzer Prize-winning Crucible based on Arthur Miller's classic witch-hunt drama. 8 p.m. today, Patricia Corbett Theater, UC, through Sunday, $13-$23. 556-4183.

        Neil Simon comedy: Northern Kentucky University's Theater Department opens two weeks of the edgy Broadway fave Rumors. 8 p.m. today, Corbett Theatre, NKU, Highland Heights, $5-$9. (859) 572-5464.

        Sevendust: The popular power rockers join Gravity Kills and Flaw for an evening of raucous rock 'n' roll. 8 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $20. 562-4949.

Staying in

        TV picks: It's truly a “Must See TV” night for fans of NBC's Friends, Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me and ER (8-11 p.m., Channels 5, 22), which will disappear for two weeks because of the Winter Olympics, which start Friday.

        • Critic John Kiesewetter also says Biography profiles singer Gladys Knight (8 p.m. and midnight, A&E).

The Goods (What's in stores today)

        Yummies: This for people looking to nibble only the finest. Served, of course, with only the finest tools. That would be a $25-jar of Cincinnati's own Clearbrook Farms Jam — a large jar at that — and an engraved flying pig spoon. Well, it is Cincinnati, after all. And it is being sold by Cincinnati's venerable Boris Litwin Jewelers, a fixture downtown since 1913. The store's at 725 Race St.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Pop-country artist Crystal Gayle and her hair turn up at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington. 8 p.m. Friday, 50 W. Main St., $45. (877) 274-3848.

        48 hours out: BB Riverboats offers a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras cruise with fruity hurricanes on ice, hot cajun food on plates and Dixieland onstage. Boarding 6 p.m. Saturday,Covington Landing, $24.95-$38.95. (859) 261-8500.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: The hot new gospel musical Looking for Mr. Do Right, with belting gospel stars Daniel Winans, Aaron Hall and Dave Hollister, rocks the Taft Theatre. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown, $24.50-$27.50. 562-4949.

— Jim Knippenberg

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


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