Thursday, February 5, 2004

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A guide to help make your day

Going Out

For the home: It happens every year about this time: Fed up with cabin fever and staring at the same four walls, Cincinnatians head out to home-products shows with redesign in mind. Just in time, then, the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky is throwing a four-day Expo, with hundreds of vendors under one roof showing off the newest trends and products in home design and decor. 4-9 p.m. today, continues through Sunday, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West RiverCenter Blvd., Covington. $7, children under 10 free (859) 261-1500.

Meet 'n' greet: Cincinnati Tomorrow, sponsor of downtown's popular After5 Walks, warms up the winter with a Stupid Cupid Happy Hour to kick off the coming crush of Valentine's Day festivities. The mix 'n' mingle is open to couples, singles and anyone else looking to meet like-minded young professionals over an after-work cocktail. 5:30 p.m. today, Mr. Pitiful's 1323 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, $5. 621-4700.

Guitar magic: Master guitarist Leo Kottke, a member of Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame and a 30-year force in the music industry, brings his 12-string acoustic guitar with a batch of tunes from his new Clone CD - his collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. 8 p.m. today, Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $25. 779-9462.

Valentine's Tunes

Sing it: Well, that's one way to say "I love you." Send a quartet out to belt out a tune. Right, says the Cincinnati Men's Chorus, which has its VocalPoint singers tuning up for Feb. 13 and 14. Buy a loved one a serenade and you get a tux-clad duo or quartet singing two songs and handing out a rose either at the victim's home, favorite bar or restaurant, place of work (the Chorus asks that you get permission from the workplace) or wherever you send them, as long as it's within the I-275 loop (they'll negotiate going outside it). Song choices include "I Love You Truly," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Love Me Tender" and others. It's $45 for a duo, $75 for a quartet. 591-0265.


On the slopes: Perfect North Slopes has the Midwest Extreme competition all over the place this weekend. Two events are scheduled: Rail Jam is skiers and snowboarders sliding on metal rails looking for the best run. Big Air Competition is all aerial tricks and big jumps. About 70 skiers and boarders are expected from throughout the Midwest. 4:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Perfect North, 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, free for spectators.

(812) 537-3754.

Planning Ahead

24 hours out: Thirteen bands shows up to pay tribute to the Beatles as we near the 40th anniversary of their arrival on U.S. soil for a date with Ed Sullivan. Look for Patient Zero, Wussy, Wojo, Trent Affair, Spiff and others to crank out the familiar tunes. 9 p.m. Friday, York Street Cafe, 738 York St., Newport, $7. (859) 261-9675.

48 hours out: Eleven nationally known doo-wop artists converge on the Taft Theatre for the Ultimate Doo-Wop show. Among them: The Skyliners featuring Jimmy Beaumont, the Spaniels, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, the Reflections, Stormy Weather, Little Peggy March and others. 7 p.m. Saturday, Fifth and Main streets, $15-$73. 562-4949.

Jim Knippenberg

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