Sunday, February 1, 2004

Get to it!

A guide to help make your day

Going Out

Readings: Some of Kentucky's top writers are booked into the Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival, an annual celebration that invites local and regional writers to read their works as a way to promote literacy. Centerpiece of this year's festival is award-winning Appalachian writer George Ella Lyon, a female poet with more than 30 books to her credit. Others showing up include historian James Kotter, David Dick, Charles Glen Hughes and Cheryl Rushing. 2-4 p.m. today, Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, free. (859) 344.3309 by

Piano duo: The father-daughter piano team of Sergei and Anna Polusmiak perform a whole batch of gems of the piano literature, including two Mozart pieces and Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata. 3 p.m. today, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th and Madison streets, Covington, free. (859) 431-2060.

All the hits: Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops haul out the big guns in a night full of showstoppers from Loesser and Loewe, including numbers from Camelot, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady and others. Pops favorites Kathleen Brett, Richard Troxell, Daniel Narducci and the May Festival Chorus will join the orchestra. 7 p.m. today (repeats next Sunday), Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, $17.50-$48.50. 381-3300.

Puppet show: Madcap Puppet Productions dons the masks, costumes and all that stuff for a go-round with Thumbelina, the itty-bitty girl who wanted to be a whole lot taller. 1 and 3 p.m. today, continues through Feb. 21, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, $9, $7 children general public, members $1 off. 639-2995.


Airborne: Follow the flight path to the Greater Cincinnati Bird Club's Ohio Bird Fair. The organization offers education on the care, health and preservation of exotic birds for current and prospective bird owners. Highlight is an aviary health seminar at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. presented by Dr. Julia Stricker. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Holiday Inn Sharonville, $3, children 10 and younger free. 948-0089.

Planning Ahead

24 hours out: The Madison Theater brings out the slant boards and bean bags for an indoor cornhole tournament that should start off fine but end up crazy because the bar's open all night. 9:30 p.m. Monday, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, $5 per player. (859) 655-4807

48 hours out: The Main Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a Tuesday night series on African-American history. This week's topic is the nearly 200,000 African-American soldiers and sailors, recruited from the North and South, who fought in the Civil War. Civil War specialist Albert Hallenberg will lead the session. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Main Public Library, 800 Vine St., downtown, free. 369-6900.

Jim Knippenberg

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