Who has time for a slow-cooked meal, when there are kids to pick up, movies to see, and pea coats to buy? Turns out, it's possible to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals and still have time for the new Matrix flick, according to Kathleen Cannata Hanna, author of Got2Go: Feeding Families Fast. "Not everyone can order out every night," says the professional baker and mother of two. "And that's not good for you anyway." So Hanna developed recipes for meals that can be thrown together in 15 and 30 minutes, and concocted no-mess snacks great for eating in the car. "The recipes are economical and use readily available ingredients," she says. "There are no fancy pine nuts and roasted red peppers in a jar that you don't even know where to find in the grocery store." Hanna discusses and signs her cookbook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music (2101 Richmond Road in Beachwood). Admission is free. For more information, call 216-292-2660. -- Diane Sofranec
Schlong Story Shorts
Comedy Central knows funny, and Upright Citizens Brigade, which it ran for three seasons, may be the funniest show it ever aired. The Chicago-originated, guerrilla-improvisational troupe just released Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete First Season, an extras-packed DVD that includes such gut-busting moments as "Little Donny," the story of a young boy with a superhuge penis. "We wanted to take all the training we had in improv and incorporate it into our sketch show by making our shows virtual-reality road trips," says co-founder Matt Walsh, a Daily Show correspondent. The quartet, which includes Saturday Night Live cast member Amy Poehler, still runs a weekly stage show at its namesake theater in New York. "Our comedy is for stoners, losers, and intellects," Walsh says. "But at least it treats people intelligently. It doesn't talk down to its audience." -- Michael Gallucci
Slow Down for Romance
Relationship guru Joseph Bailey has followed up his 1998 bestseller Slowing Down to the Speed of Life with Slowing Down to the Speed of Love. His message remains the same: People can transcend the restraints of a hurried society and find new energy and meaning through self-awareness. "Most people look for love to fill the void," he says. "Relationships can't do that. It's always an astounding discovery that people have their own answers. They just never pick up the [figurative] phone." Bailey talks about and signs his book at 11 a.m. at the Bedford YMCA (460 Northfield Road). Admission is free; call 216-663-7522. -- Melody Caraballo
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