Dog's Day 

Blue and pals celebrate onstage.

Joe and Blue celebrate the latter's birthday.
  • Joe and Blue celebrate the latter's birthday.
5/14 -- 5/18

Personally, we're a Steve guy. The erstwhile host of the Nick Jr. show Blue's Clues quit his kiddie gig about a year ago to pursue adult endeavors (among them, and we kid you not: making music with the Flaming Lips). His replacement, Joe, is a hit with the young ones.

Joe makes his local stage debut in Blue's Clues Live! Blue's Birthday Party, in which the azure pup and all her friends celebrate the pooch's big day. First, though, they must track down hints that will lead to the perfect gift. Blue's Birthday Party is at the Allen Theatre (1407 Euclid Avenue) Wednesday, May 14, though Sunday, May 18. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15; 7 p.m. Friday, May 16; and 11 a.m., 2, and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18. Tickets range from $15 to $26; call 216-241-6000. -- Michael Gallucci

Lyrical Beatdowns
Teen poets get their slam on.

THU 5/8

Teens speaking in verse can be a good thing (think Romeo and Juliet) or a bad thing (think high school productions of Romeo and Juliet). The folks behind Teen Poetry Slam invite kids ages 11 to 19 to take the stage at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Main Library and speak freely about things that mean something to them (and maybe win a gift certificate for books and movies). A dozen junior slammers make up the core group of readers, but any teen can contribute. "It just has to be library-appropriate," says library spokeswoman Nancy Levin. "No swear words." Teen Poetry Slam happens Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library (2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights). Admission is free. Call 216-932-3600 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci

Boat Songs
Children's Theatre tests the water.

5/10 -- 5/18

There's an entertainment and an educational fix in store at Singin' on the Ohio, a musical history of the pioneers who navigated Ohio's canalways. Set in the spring of 1841, the Children's Theatre production tells the tale of a young man and his gal companion, as they steer a canal boat stocked with salt down the Ohio-Erie Canal to Portsmouth. It's a historical journey filled with stories and music -- and it's just in time for Ohio's bicentennial. The show runs through May 18 at the Cleveland Play House's Brooks Theatre (8500 Euclid Avenue). Show times are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15, available by calling 216-795-7000. -- Michael Gallucci

Culture on Campus

SAT 5/10

At Lorain County Community College's FamilyFest, you can watch Irish, Hungarian, and Polish dancers, and feast on bratwurst, potato pancakes, and funnel cakes. The fest takes place between noon and 6 p.m. today in the courtyard at LCCC, 1005 North Abbe Road in Elyria. Admission is free. Call 800-995-5222 for more information. -- Cris Glaser

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