Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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A guide to help make your day

Going out

Trains 'n stuff: Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates the 10th birthday of Holiday Junction, a sort of visual ode to Cincinnati's link to the days of train travel. Check out tons of model trains, then let the kids try the kid-size train ride through a holiday wonderland. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Jan. 4, Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, $6.75, $5.75 seniors, $4.75 ages 3-12. 287-7000.

NKU stiff: Northern Kentucky University camps it up with Lucky Stiff, a strange musical tale about a shy shoe salesman who is bequeathed $6 million on the condition that he take the corpse vacationing in Monte Carlo. 8 p.m. today through Sunday, Northern Kentucky University Black Box Theater, Highland Heights. $10, $9 NKU staff, $8 senior, $6 student. (859) 572-5464.

Scrooge again: Scrooge continues his miserly ways - at least for most of the play - in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's annual Christmas Carol - complete with all kinds of cool special effects you don't usually see on stage. 7 p.m. today, continues through Dec. 30, Playhouse in the Park, Mount Adams, $32-$47. 421-3888.

The goods

Pet days: Famous Cincinnati faces, including Bengals linebacker Adrian Ross, Pamela Myers, Lois Rosenthal and Justin Jeffre of 98 pose with their pets for the Pets and Their Cincinnati Celebrities calendar put together by the United Coalition for Animals and Happy Tails, two nonprofits. All profits benefit spay/neuter, pet care and adoptions. $14.95 at Bigg's, Barnes & Noble, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Just Saab.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The annual Victorian Holiday Village reopens after taking a week off. The show features thousands of twinkling lights, miniature-sized, decorated Victorian-style homes and buildings, a vocal quintet, cocoa, cookies, photos and costumed characters. 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, grounds of Ohio National Financial Services at I-71 and Pfeiffer Road, free. 794-6254.

Also 24 hours out: Cincinnati Black Theatre Company celebrates the birth of Christ with song, dance and mime. Written by Langston Hughes and adapted and updated, Black Nativity is a gospel musical designed to make your feet stomp, hands clap and spirit move. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday, the show continues weekends through Dec. 21, Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Theatre, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. $18. (513) 421-1100.

48 hours out: Over The Rhine bows to tradition when it delivers its annual Christmas concert, complete with seasonal music plus the band's own popular stuff. 8 p.m. Friday, Taft Theatre, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. $17-$19. 721-8883.

Jim Knippenberg

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