Alyssa Catalano sat at the bar at Tequila Ranch a couple Thursdays ago and threw back a shot of Cabo Wabo Blanco tequila. Feeling no pain, she jumped off her stool, showed some cleavage, and mounted a mechanical bison to go Bra-less Bullriding. The woman who can stay on the 12-foot mechanical beast the longest wins $100. "I defy any other girl to get on that thing without falling off," says Catalano, a 22-year-old hospital clerk from Ohio City, who got thrown after 18 seconds.
While guys can join in during happy hours on Fridays, it's an exclusive for women on Thursday nights . . . if they can prove they're not wearing bras. For 30 seconds, the bull swings from side to side and bucks up and down as a DJ maneuvers two levers to control the speed and movement.
"It's a rowdy time in here," says Tommy Kneeland, the bar's general manager. "It's pretty sexy, I'll tell you that." Bullriding is from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tequila Ranch, 1229 West 6th Street. Admission is free; call 216-566-8226. -- Cris Glaser
The Streets Is Talking
Hip-Hop gets scholarly at symposium.
Tupac, Eminem, and 50 Cent will be academically dissected -- just as Shakespeare, Milton, and Joyce before them -- at "From the Streets to the Classrooms: The Impact of Hip-Hop Culture on Today's Youth," a two-day public conference. "We want to create understanding between generations," says Daniel Gray-Kontar, who organized the program based on a series of articles he wrote for Catalyst Cleveland, an urban-education magazine. "It's a celebration of culture." Among the topics to be discussed by writers, artists, and DJs are "A Look at Hip-Hop Lyrics and Their Impact on Youth Culture," "From Motown to Def Jam: Bridging the Generation Gap," and "Developing a Political Agenda for the Hip-Hop Generation." "Hip-hop is very diverse," says Gray-Kontar. "It's about more than just the music. It's a culture and a lifestyle." It happens from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Tri-C Metro Theatre (2900 Community College Avenue) and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland State University's University Center (2121 Euclid Avenue). Admission is free. Call 216-623-6322 for more info. -- Michael Gallucci
You Got Served, Irish Style
Dancers and singers square off at Cleveland Feis.
The 48th annual Cleveland Feis happens on Sunday, and the competition of Irish dancing, singing, and instrumental solos is like a "track meet," says Teresa Reilly Kowalski, president of the Greater Cleveland Feis Society. The feis (Gaelic for "festival") includes slip-jig dance-offs to tin-whistle contests. "Cleveland's Irish are about as committed as any group could be to their culture, and this event holds as high a place in their esteem as St. Patrick's Day," says Kowalski. "Just without the beer." The feis starts at 7:45 a.m. at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Avenue. Tickets are $20. Call 216-241-2121 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Every Monday at Voodoo Tattoo Night, guest bartender Travis -- the Tattooed Pimp -- pours drinks while dispensing raffle tickets for a chance to win free body art. And word is, Travis is covered in tattoos -- even, you know, his penis. "I don't know about that," says a patron named Rachel. "But I'd like to find out." Check out Travis' tats from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at McCarthy's Ale House, 1231 Main Street. Admission is free; call 216-344-9099. -- Cris Glaser
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