Saturday, January 3, 2004

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A quide to help make your day

Going out

Yule Fest: The Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival, a 64-year-old Cincinnati tradition, kicks off a three-performance weekend complete with Old English music, incredible costumes and tons of pomp and circumstance. 5 p.m. today, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth and Sycamore streets, downtown, free tickets at the door. 621-2627.

Ekoostik Hookah: No doubt it, Cincinnati just loves these guys and their improv-laced treatment of psychedelic rock 'n' roll with batches of blues, jazz, funk and bluegrass tossed in amid the super-rich harmonies. 8:30 p.m. today, Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $17 at the door. 281-8400.

Mini-plants: And this for gardeners who love itty-bitty plants: Members of the Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati give hands-on tips and demonstrations in the care and pruning of bonsai. Noon-5 p.m. today, Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park, free. 421-5707.

See the Wiz: Columbus continues its hugely popular "Sing-Along with the Wizard of Oz," the interactive show where the audience is as much a part of the festivities as the movie. And yeah, you better sing, because people get ugly if you don't. 2 p.m. today and Sunday, Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Columbus. $10-$27.50. (614) 460-7214.

Last chance

Cribs: St. Peter in Chains Cathedral is about to wrap up its annual Creche Exhibit - 26 from around the world (all different from last year's items). 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. today, until 5 p.m. Sunday, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 W. Eighth St., downtown, free. 421-5354.

Underwater Christmas: This is also closing day for the Newport Aquarium's Santa's Water Wonderland and its elaborate display of underwater decorations. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, $16, $14 seniors, $10 age 3-12. (859) 261-7444.

Historic holiday: The historic Promont House is wrapping up its annual holiday display based on nutcracker themes. 1:30-4:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Milford, $3, $1 child. 248-0324.


Old hoots: Those outdoorsy folk at Caldwell Nature Preserve will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about owls, including learning how to Whooooo just like them, then lead a wintry hike looking for some. 7-8:30 p.m. today, Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend, Hartwell. 761-4313.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: Prize-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, recording artist and head of the Cleveland Institute of Music guitar department, struts his stuff on the Xavier University Classical Guitar Series with a program that includes a everything from a bit of Bach to a batch of tango. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Gallagher Student Center Theatre, XU campus, $12. 745-3161.

48 hours out: Krohn Conservatory's biggest show of the year, the holiday show with hundreds of poinsettias, cyclamen and other seasonal plants, closes down and sells out. It's the "end of show sale" where they sell off all the flowers everyone ogled over the past month - including those amazing peach and yellow poinsettias. All priced on the cheap, of course. 10 a.m. Monday, Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park, free. 421-5707.

Jim Knippenberg

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