Sunday, November 23, 2003

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going out

Last call: It's almost like Oktoberfest in November when the Germania Society throws its annual Christkindlmarkt. Honest. They roll out a ton of German food, imported beers, oom-pah entertainment, mulled wine, all of it served in a heated pavilion. Shopping is the real reason for the party, so you'll find handcrafted items, as well as German-themed gifts and imports. Noon-6 p.m. today, Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township, $1, free under 14. 742-0060.

Country classic: The Gambler, none other than Kenny Rogers, hits town for an evening of his own brand of country mellow. In his long career, Rogers has recorded 22 No. 1 albums and is now ranked as the fourth best-selling performer ever with 20 platinum records. 8 p.m. today, U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, downtown, $35-$25. 421-4111.

Hello, Jake: The pride and joy of Gainesville, Fla., Less Than Jake, invades with its innovative mix of metal, hip-hop and pop ska, a sound that has earned one of the more diverse fan bases on the scene today. They'll be showing up with Rufio and Fallout Boy. 8 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, $15. 281-8400.

Guilty pleasures: Admit it now - you really do like karaoke, even if it takes you a few beers to get in the mood. Or a few million beers. Try this: Will Corson's karaoke makes its way to Northside for a night of good/OK/dreadful singers doing favorite tunes. 9 p.m. today, Jacob's on the Avenue, 4029 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cover charge in back bar. 591-2100.

Psychic sights

See it clearly: The Victory of Light Psychic Festival, a four-times-a-year gathering now in its 11th year, welcomes spiritualists and psychics of all sorts - readers, healers, artists, astrological forecasters, hauntings specialists - for an all-day look at the other side. The event also includes vendors, workshops and musicians. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, $9 (psychic readings $20-$25), free under age 12. 771-7744.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: Rusted Root hits town for a turn at Bogart's. The Pittsburgh sextet, known for its polyrhythmic multicultural rock-and-soul mix, has been a force since the early '90s. 8 p.m. Monday, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $20. 281-8400.

48 hours out: The Big Band Era thrives two Tuesdays a month in Covington. The Dee Felice 12-piece Swing Band plays a batch of jazzy, uptempo classics from the '40s on. Oh, and as a bonus you get to eat Dee's wonderfully spicy Cajun food. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Covington, no cover. (859) 261-2365.

48 hours out: University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music Concert Chamber Orchestra tunes up for a night full of Stravinsky, Nielsen and Beethoven, all conducted by CCM dean Doug Lowry. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati, free. 556-4183.

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