Tuesday, April 30, 2002

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By Jim Knippenberg, jknippenberg@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Going out — Gordon Brisker: Nick Clooney's former musical director is back in town leading his big band and vocalist Judy James through a musical night at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. at 8 p.m. today, 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, $5. 421-2337.

        Same Page: The Eastern Hills Friends Meeting House gets topical with a community discussion of Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying. 7:30 p.m. today, 1671 Nagel Road, Anderson Township. 588-8391.

        Classical: The Amicus Chamber Players, consisting of several members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, lets fly Schubert's String Quartet, Op. 163 and Fred Lerdahl's Waltzes. 8 p.m. today, Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., free. 861-3012.

        Staying in

        TV picks: Norm! Part of the old Cheers gang returns to NBC, as tart-tongued as ever, when the Frasier (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22) cast goes to Boston and meets Norm (George Wendt), Carla (Rhea Perlman) and Cliff (John Ratzenberger).

        The Goods — Video picks

        Critic's picks: The don't-miss release of the day is Ali, featuring Will Smith's Oscar-nominated performance as the former heavyweight champ, says film critic Margaret A. McGurk.

        Planning Ahead

        24 hours out: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati opens Cowgirls, the Off-Broadway hit about three women who breathe new life into a country-western saloon. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1127 Vine St., Corryville. $25-$28. 421-3555.

       Contact Jim Knippenberg by phone: 768-8513; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: jknippenberg@enquirer.com.


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