Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Get to it: A guide to help make your day

Going Out

Getting sleepy: The doctor is in at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Actually, J. Medicine Hat isn't a doctor, but his stand-up routine includes what's known as "hypno-comedy," complete with "entranced" audience members. Definitely an adult show. 7:30 p.m. today, through Sunday, Newport on the Levee. $12. (859) 957-2000.

What's on the menu? Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Cats starts its two-month run today at La Comedia Dinner Theatre. 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through June 20, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. $37-$51, $21 children 12 and under. Reservations required. (800) 677-9505.

Best for last: Thankfully, spring has started, but the Mercantile Library is finishing its Winter Author Series with the prolific Paul Theroux. Author of more than 40 books, Theroux reads and discusses his work, 7 p.m. today, 414 Walnut St., downtown. $18, $15 members. Limited seating. 621-0717.

Now serving: Ceramic tableware collectors will want to meet author Connie Rogers. She discusses and signs The Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Blue Willow Ware at 7 p.m. today, Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road. Free. 794-9440.

Serial quilter: Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the popular Elm Creek Quilts series, discusses and signs The Master Quilter,

7 p.m. today, Books & Co., Town & Country Shopping Center, 350 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. Free. (937) 298-6540.

Feeling scrappy: The art of scrapbooking is the hottest craft in the industry. Two local shops are offering classes for beginning and experienced scrapbookers: Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Road, Montgomery (489-2800), and Cin-Cerely Scraps, 1007F Ohio 28, Milford (576-6400). 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, free.

Go surrey ridin': If you're one of those people who deliberately skip opening night performances, tonight's the night to see Oklahoma! The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic changed the way musicals are done, from the unforgettable songs like the title ditty to "O, What a Beautiful Mornin'." 8 p.m. today, through April 25, Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., downtown. $20-$70. 241-2345.

Gallery Hop

Last minute tour: Artist Nancy Fisher paints an assortment of subjects including portraits, landscapes and still life in Nancy Fisher, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. today and Thursday, UC-Clermont College Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia. Free. 732-5200.

Brush strokes: The Future is Now II includes new paintings by contemporary artists Roger Heuck, Cindy Nixon, Nancy Pendery, Cynthia Kelly and Karen Schunk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Thursday, Patricia Weiner Gallery, 9393 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. Free. 791-7717.

Planning Ahead

24 hours out: Three big rock bands are in town Thursday.

• Alternative rockers Rasputina hit the stage after opening act Death By Murder, 8:30 p.m., 20th Century, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. $14, $12. 731-8000.

• Warped Tour punk-pop vets Rufio headline, with Autopilot Off, Don't Look Down and Senses Fail warming up the crowd. 7:30 p.m., Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. $13, $11 advance. 281-8400.

• DJ Hyper leads the way before the hot, pulsing electronic beats of Crystal Method make the dance floor jump, 7:30 p.m., Jillian's, 1200 Jillian's Way, Covington. $20, $18. (859) 491-5388.

Also 24 hours out: Kim and Reggie Harris offer a historical and musical perspective on the flight of slaves to freedom in Sing to Freedom: Music and Stories of the Underground Railroad, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $7, $5 teachers. Registration required. 684-4520.

Shauna Scott Rhone

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