Sunday, February 29, 2004

Get to it! A guide to help make your day



Going out

Mega dance: Cincinnati-based ballet tech ohio imports the wonderfully diverse Complexions, the New York troupe that uses dance, multimedia and a wide variety of artists to express a universal message of diversity and unity. 8 p.m. today, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown, $20-$45. 683-6860.

Broadway today: The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra hauls out four Broadway performers to belt a batch of showstoppers in "Voices of Broadway Live." Elder High School and CCM grad D. Michael Heath (Valjean in Les Miz) headlines with Leslie Kritzer, Mary Illes and Steven Skeels. The program includes selections from Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Mame, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, No No Nanette, Porgy and Bess and a bunch of others. 3 p.m. today, Seton High School, Performance Hall, 3901 Glenway Ave., West Price Hill, $20. 251-3324.

Pops: It's a night full of variety when the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra takes the stage with Pops Salutes the Cincinnati Ballet. Erich Kunzel conducts the orchestra while dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet perform to works of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Offenback, Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin. 7 p.m. today, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, $17.50-$48.50. 744-3344.

Last call

Circus thrills: This is the end of the line for the annual visit of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show that has been running since Wednesday for nearly full houses closes its run with finale performances today, then packs its train and heads out of town until next spring. 1 and 5 p.m. today, U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, downtown, $13.50-$55. 421-4111.

Auto heaven: It's also your last chance to see and drool over tons of cars at the annual Cincinnati Enquirer/Post Auto Expo, where auto manufacturers showcase their new models as well as prototypes, after-market items and assorted odds and ends. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown, $8, $2 ages 13 and under. 352-3750.

Planning ahead

24 hours out: We're mentioning this early so you can get your glasses polished, wig combed and beaded gown ready. Hamburger Mary's has a Dame Edna look-alike contest open to guys (well, it's a drag show, after all) and women, too. Winner, judged by audience response, gets two orchestra seats, and two runners-up get loge seats to Dame Edna's show at the Aronoff. 10 p.m. Monday, Hamburger Mary's, 911 Vine St., downtown, no cover. 381-6279.

Also 24 hours out: Krohn Conservatory gets an early jump on St. Patrick's Day when the Krohn Zone Explores "Shamrocks - Plants of Legend and Lore" on a Krohn Zone cart full of information and hands-on activities dedicated to the shamrock. 10 a.m. Monday, continues through March 31, Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, free, donations accepted. 421-5707.

48 hours out: Barnes & Noble opens a new Cincinnati store with a preview night aimed at adults who want to browse and kids who want to play and have their pictures taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Roger Drawdy and the Fire Starters will be there playing Irish music, and clerks will be there ringing up sales and giving a portion of the profits to LifeSpan, a support service. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Barnes & Noble, 9455 Civic Center Blvd., West Chester Township. 755-2258.

Jim Knippenberg

E-mail: jknippenberg@enquirer.com; fax: 768-8330




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