Monday, February 2, 2004

Explore winter woods

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Going out

Into the woods: We're pretty much stuck with winter for awhile. Sooooo, might as well take advantage of it. Like this one: Explore the winter woods looking for signs of frigid life, then snuggle up around the fireplace and talk about it at the Winter Nature Explorers series aimed at 6- to 8-year-olds. 3:30 p.m. today, LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, College Hill, $35 city residents, $40 non-residents. 542-2909.

Hot jazz: The always hopping Greenwich continues its hot Jazz Jam Sessions, a weekly deal where the The Dan Karlsburg Trio heats things up on Monday nights. 9 p.m. today, The Greenwich, 2440 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills. 221-1151.

Fling it: Think you're pretty good at cornhole? Try competing against a bunch of others who think they're pretty good, too. The Madison Theater has weekly matches open to anyone who wants to give it a fling while sipping a cocktail or two. 9:30 p.m. today, Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, $5 per player. (859) 655-4807.

Gallery hop

Bright, bold: Here's another way to beat winter weather: Hang around art galleries cruising the local art scene. Try one of these:

• The newly opened Bright, Bold and Beautiful is the work of artists Judy Anderson, Diane Debevec, Shannon Deye and Trina Feldhake in a variety of mediums, all of them tied together by use of bold, almost shocking colors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, continues through March 26, YWCA Women's Art Gallery, 898 Walnut St., downtown, free. 241-7090.

• In a salute to Valentine's Day, Miller Gallery has Ladies to Love, a selection of art with women as the subject, including paintings of mothers, models, nudes, women engaged in scenes from everyday life, even women dreamed up entirely in the artists' imagination. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, free. 871-4420.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: The Iron Horse Restaurant pours a ton of beer - eight of them - from Ireland, Scotland and England at its Taste of the Isles beer dinner. You get a meal that includes the tasty sounding oregano-crusted Krimson tuna with MacGregor compound butter, scalloped Yukon gold potatoes with Turtin cheese and oven-dried beefsteak tomato. Slurp. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Iron Horse Restaurant, 40 Village Square, Glendale, $45.

Also 24 hours out: The piano department at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts unleashes its Winter Recital with the school's Level 3 (most advanced) students. At least 21 will perform, including Overture Awards finalists Cameron Logan and Connor Chee. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Abigail Cutter Theatre, SCPA, 1310 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, free. 632-5910.


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