Sunday, March 14, 2004

Get to it: A guide to help make your day



Going Out

On the march: Cincinnati's 38th annual St. Patrick's Parade hits the streets with floats, flashy convertibles, dancers, bands, Irish clans and, of course, politicians waving cheerfully. The route is Eighth and Reedy (east of Broadway), west on Eighth to Vine, south on Vine to Fifth, past the Westin Hotel to Broadway. 1-3 p.m. today. 421-4440.

Classical piano: The Linton Chamber Music Series continues with pianist Stewart Goodyear joining a trio of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principals - violinist Timothy Lees, cellist Eric Kim and Gillian Benet Sella on harp. 4 p.m. today, First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., Avondale, $30. 281-1564.

Open showcase: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival actress Taylore Mahogany Scott wraps up this weekend's edition of the Greenwich's popular 24-Hour Open Mic night, a parade of performances showcasing most every art form you can imagine, including poetry, dramatic readings, music and tons more. Noon-midnight today, 2440 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, $3. 751-2823.

Last Call

Home show: This is closing day for the Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home & Garden Show, the showcase of zillions of products and ideas for the home, including landscaping, furnishings, accessories, remodeling, rehabbing and heaven only knows what else. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown, $10, $3 children under 14. 352-3750.

Edna's going: It's also your last chance to catch the outrageous Dame Edna decked out in sparkles, gigantic glasses and a lavender wig, slinging one-liners so rapidly it's easy to miss some of them. The audience is laughing that loudly. 2 p.m. today, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., downtown, $20-$80. 562-4949.

Celtic celebration: It's also last call for the Cincinnati Museum Center's St. Patrick's Day tribute celebrating the dance, music, crafts and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a Celtic Lands Culture Fest. Silver Arm and Mad Anthony Wayne Pipe Band make music, Cincinnati Highland Dancers kick up their heels, and crafters man booths loaded with Celtic merchandise. Noon-5 p.m. today, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, free. 287-7000.

Planning Ahead

24 hours out: Two ways to get the jump on celebrating St. Patrick's day here. One is at the Clifton Branch Library (7 p.m., 351 Ludlow Ave., 369-4447), for an evening full of stories, lit and even pictures with the Library Leprechaun. The other is to head for the Corryville Branch Library (6 p.m., 2802 Vine St., 369-6034) for a similar program. Both are free.

48 hours out: The Cincinnati Chamber Music Society rolls out the Vogler String Quartet for an evening of Bartok, Janacek and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music campus, $20, $7 students, CCM students free. 381-1464.

Also 48 hours out: Los Angeles-based dada hits the Midwest for a night full of alt rock, much of it from the group's new How to Be Found CD. The band's known for its lengthy shows (21/2 hours is not unusual) and hooky riffs. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Mad Frog, 1 E. McMillan, Mount Auburn, $12 advance, $15 at the door. 784-9119.

Jim Knippenberg

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




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