Thursday, March 28, 2002

Get to it

A guide to help make your day

Going out

        Boney James: The contemporary jazz/R&B artist brings his right lively show to the Taft Theatre, no doubt playing all kinds of things from his new Ride CD. 8 p.m. today, Fifth and Sycamore Streets, downtown, $28.50-$35. 562-4949.

        Book signing: Suspense author George Pelecanos hits town to sign and discuss his grim and grisly cop drama Hell to Pay. 7 p.m. today, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood. 396-8960.

        Theater: The Northern Kentucky University Theater Department tunes up with the David Shire and Richard Maltby musical revue Closer Than Ever. 8 p.m. today, Black Box Theatre, NKU, Highland Heights, continues through April 7, $5-$9. (859) 572-5464.

        Passover stories: The new Barnes & Noble at Newport on the Levee has a house full of preschoolers for a storytime full of selections about the Judeo-Christian holiday. 11 a.m. today. (859) 581-2000.

Staying in

        TV picks: The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation gang investigates whether a tour bus that crashed bound for Las Vegas was sabotaged by a passenger (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

        • TV Critic John Kiesewetter also says Frontline reports on how the quest for higher test scores has changed teaching and learning in U.S. schools (9 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16).

The Goods: What's in stores today

        Take a spin: Tops — you remember, smash the plunger and watch 'em spin — enter the 21st century with Spinnin' Stingerz, a space-age design that spins way longer than the old-fangled tops. Instead of a plunger, Stingerz gets going with rip cord launcher and comes equipped with some kind of magical inner belt that keeps it spinning faster and longer. Oh, and it comes with battle belts (a fancy name for colored rings) to dress it up. It's $9.99 at toy stores.

Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Final Friday, here, there and everywhere in the Main Street Entertainment District, has after-hours gallery hopping and new exhibits at Base Gallery and Enjoy the Arts office/gallery. 6-10 p.m. Friday,Main Street between Central Parkway and Liberty, Over-the-Rhine. 621-4700.

        48 hours out: There are more than 20,000 candy-filled eggs behind trees and under bushes at the Cincinnati Zoo's annual Easter Egg Scramble. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, free with regular admission. 559-7748.

        72 hours 'til Sunday: Eden Park's ever-blooming Krohn Conservatory is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Easter Sunday for viewings of the Monet's Garden exhibit and traditional Easter lily display. Admission by donation. 421-5707.

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



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