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NAKED. There: We said it. Inspired perhaps by the obsessions of 13-year-old boys, the Cleveland Museum of Art — with the nonprofit young professionals group Cleveland Bridge Builders and guest artist Dr. Theresa Boyd, owner of Tremont's Doubting Thomas Gallery — will lead "The Bare Essentials," an Art on Tap tour focusing on the naked pictures and statues to be found in the museum. And believe me, there are plenty. Spice of Life catering will have food and Great Lakes beer for sale. It's from 5:30-9 p.m. tonight (August 12) at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd, 216.421.7350, clemusart.com) Free.

When spoken-word merges with music, hip-hop is just one of the ways it can come out. If the poet doesn't go for the verbal athletics of speaking on the beat, his voice becomes incantatory. That's what writer Mike Marcellino and music-maker Abe Olvido (who plays guitar, drums, typewriter or whatever suits the occasion) do in their ever-evolving collaboration Split Pea/ce. Against Olvido's guitar experimentation — which could involve sliding the strings of an electric guitar on the edge of the table or keeping time with chords on an acoustic — the unrhymed stanzas become sculptures in sound. Split Pea/ce teams up with poet Ray McNiece for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barking Spider (11310 Juniper Rd., 216.421.2863, barkingspidertavern.com). This is a show that spoken-word fans shouldn't miss.

The Solon Center for the Arts re-opens its art gallery after a facelift with a show of works by Burton-based Henry Fusco and Columbus' Cody Nicely. Fusco paints large watercolors, while sculptor Nicely works in blown glass. Come to the opening reception and ask Fusco about the challenges in making a 24-inch glass brown trout look like the real thing. The show opens with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Solon Center for the Arts (6315 SOM Center Rd., 440.337.1400, solonarts.org). Free.

The Prayer Warriors bring their inspirational groove to Lake View Cemetery (12316 Euclid Ave., 216.421.2665, lakeviewcemetery.com) for a free concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday in front of the James A. Garfield Monument. Picnic days are fading fast, so pack one and get to the cemetery to see if the Prayer Warriors wake the dead.

mgill@clevescene.com

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