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Classic cars, cocktails, garage sales, gay stuff, and more in this week's events picks



Dave Mustaine: Rehabbed Rocker

Megadeth main man and short-time Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine has fallen out with his share of musicians in the metal world. That much is clear in Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, which named Mustaine Numero Uno, and in doing so said "This isn't about Dave as a person because he's been a cock." The alcoholic, former dabbler in satanism is born again and sober, and lately he's been doing his best to patch things up with some of the bands he's feuded with over the years. He's also pushing a new book, modestly titled Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir (It Books; $25.99), which was unleashed upon the world earlier this month. While the aforementioned cockularity is generally a bad thing to experience in person, it is known as "plot development" when it comes to the written word. The guitarist, author, and alleged dickhead appears at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (August 18) to sign copies at Joseph Beth Booksellers (24519 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-691-7000, josephbeth.com). While most book-signing events are free and generally open, getting in line to meet Dave requires a ticket, which you can get by buying a copy of the book. So pony up. — Michael Gill


Cocktail Night at the Botanical Garden

By Wednesday evening, your workweek frustrations are surely running high. The weekend seems so close ... and yet so far away. You need something to ease your mind and propel you to Friday. Cocktails in the Garden can do just that. Instead of burying your head in more work Wednesday night, come to the Cleveland Botanical Garden and grab a cocktail or a beer. Stroll through tranquil greenery that will be sure to clear your head. Today's signature cocktail is a Mojito Diablo. A peaceful garden mixed with a tasty adult beverage should grease the skids to Friday. The event begins at 5 p.m at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Admission is $8.50 plus the price of drinks.— Jordan Zirm


Shake It Like the Natives Do

If the ability to get your proverbial groove on is not in your repertoire, maybe it's time you did something about that. Having rhythm not only impresses the opposite sex; it keeps you prepared in case someone challenges you to a dance-off on the spot. A little culture can't hurt your cause either. Take part in one of four classes offered by Passport Project's Camp Wontanara and watch your ability to get down infinitely improve. Learn the rhythms and dances native to places like Guinea, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. If making your body move still isn't your thing, you can take part in percussion classes, providing a beat for other uncoordinated men and women to master. Four classes are offered today: Two of them dance (dance of Guinea, no less), at noon and 5 p.m. Percussion classes begin at 1:45 p.m. with Rhythms of Guinea and at 3:45 with Balafon Class. Camp Wontanara is located in the studios at 13108 Shaker Square. Admission is $18 per class. Call 216-721-1055 or visit www.passportproject.org for more information. — Zirm



Olmsted Falls Heritage Days

Olmsted Falls' Heritage Days festival has a little something for everyone, from little kids to those who lived through the Roaring '20s. Seriously, that's the whole theme. This year's Heritage Days kicks off today with a Roaring '20s parade at 6:30. For the rest of the weekend there will be '20s-themed skits, live music, butter-churning, and a little Charleston action if we're lucky. Thursday and Friday marks the Citywide Garage Sale, where Olmsted Falls' collective trash could end up being your treasure. Saturday and Sunday feature a crafts show, and every day is loaded with old-timey fun. Heritage Days takes place at Grand Pacific Junction (8082 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls) through Sunday. For a complete list of events and times, call 440-427-0094. — Nick Baker


Movie Night for Young Professionals

Playhouse Square Partners, the young professionals group that supports the activities of Playhouse Square, crowns every year with its Jump Back Ball, an annual fundraiser slated next year for February 26 — the group's 20th anniversary. They're building hype early with tonight's young professionals' night at Cinema on the Square. If you match the description, join them at 6 p.m. — prior to the 7:30 screening of Back to the Future in the Palace Theatre — for cocktails, munchies, and the announcement of the theme of February's Jump Back Ball. You'll be the first to know, plus you'll get six months to work on your costume! The reception is free, but tickets are required. Go to playhousesquare.org/partners or call Molly Franz at 216-348-5265. — Pantsios


Chelsea Handler Loves Mo Mandel

The old axiom "It's not what you know, it's who you know" certainly applies in the world of stand-up comedy. Chelsea Handler, the host of E!'s Chelsea Lately talk show, is a big fan of Mandel, who appears regularly. "I think Mo is such a great comic," says Handler. "He's very funny and very sharp" — high praise from a comic who will headline arenas in October. Mandel is adept at delivering topical and personal humor, from hilarious bits on drugs to commentary inspired by the economic downturn. The son of hippies raised in Northern California, a young Mandel used to lie awake at night listening to his mother's samba band. "That's when I first considered performing myself," he says. "More specifically, performing matricide." Mandel appears tonight through Sunday at the Cleveland Improv, 2000 Sycamore St. in the Flats. Tickets are $12 Thursday and Sunday, $17 Friday, and $18 Saturday. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 216-696-IMPROV. — Ed Condran


L'Amour du Vin Kickoff Party

L'Amour du Vin — that's "the love of wine," for all you English-speaking types out there — is a big, fancy wine soirée complete with haute cuisine, distinguished guests, and of course, wine. The 13th annual event happens at the 87 West wine bar on October 7, but today marks the kickoff party at Crocker Park. And what's a preview if you can't preview the featured foods and wines? Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar, and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio. So do some good for yourself and others, and head to Crocker Park (Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the October 7 event will be on sale for $50, but admission to the kickoff party is free! — Baker



Verb Ballets Land in Tremont

Free dance events have become a summer tradition in Tremont's Lincoln Park (at West 14th St. and Starkweather Ave.). This weekend, Verb Ballets return for a pair of free performances at 8:30 tonight and tomorrow. It's all part of Tremont's eighth annual Arts in August series. Bring your blanket or chair — and your picnic basket too — to enjoy an evening of works by the contemporary dance ensemble filled with power, grace, and emotion. Under company director Dr. Margaret Carlson, a former dancer with the Cleveland Ballet, dancers with diverse backgrounds have been molded into a cohesive company. Go to verbballets.org or tremontwest.org for more information. — Pantsios



Dancing in the Street

This weekend the partying at Twist Social Club (11633 Clifton Blvd., 216-221-2333, twistsocialclub.com) — the gay-oriented-but-friendly-to-all nightclub on the edge of Lakewood — overflows onto Clifton Boulevard between West 116th and West 117th streets for the celebration of the 26th annual Dancin' in the Streets. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., revelers will enjoy food, drink, and dancing to a lineup of top DJs to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Attire is casual, crazy, or anything you want; just making sure to wear your comfortable shoes for dancing the night away. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate; they're available at Twist or by e-mailing visionvideo@sbcglobal.net. — Pantsios


Disney in Concert at Blossom

While the Cleveland Orchestra tours Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy this week with Franz Welser-Möst, the Blossom Festival Orchestra will keep your picnic rhythm going back here at home. Under the direction of Richard Kaufman, the lone program this week takes us to the movies with film excerpts from Disney classics for kids projected on big screens, while the orchestra plays the accompanying melodies. Scenes and sounds from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pirates of the Caribbean are all on the menu — along with a pre-intermission Mary Poppins sing-along. It's at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Blossom Music Center (1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 216.241.6000, clevelandorchestra.com). Tickets are $21 to $88. — Gill



Downtown Heart Walk

Who doesn't like to get up super-early on a Saturday? Stop moaning and get going to Mall C by 7 a.m. to join the American Heart Association for its annual Heart Walk. It won't be that painful, and you can even take the kids to the family-friendly event that offers one-mile and three-mile walks around downtown Cleveland designed to get participants in the habit of walking for their health. There'll be inflatables, face-painting, sports-team mascots, live music, and health screenings. You can actually come later if you like: The walking doesn't start until 9. It's free, but if you raise at least $100, you get a T-shirt. Go to heartwalk.kintera.org for more information. — Pantsios

Blues at Whiskey Island

Ohio City Blues Fest

Although it doesn't get as much attention as some of the trendier music scenes, Cleveland's blues scene has thrived for decades. For the third year, the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation is showcasing some of the area's best blues musicians at the Ohio City Blues Fest, taking place down on the lakeshore at Whiskey Island's Wendy Park. This year's headliner is guitarist-songwriter-singer Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat, who has played in a variety of formats with some of the area's other top players, as well as solo. He'll be preceded by Wallace Coleman, who played harmonica with Robert Lockwood Jr.'s band for ten years before going on to front his own group. Now that Lockwood's gone, Coleman is Cleveland blues' elder statesman. Also on the bill: guitar wizard Frankie Starr, Akron's Memphis Cradle, and the Real Deal Blues Band out of Lake County. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with the first act hitting the stage at 4. Southern-style food will be available from Fat Fish Blue. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Go to ohiocity.org or call 216-781-3222 for more information. — Anastasia Pantsios



Marx Bros. at the


There are some men in this world who have never had been able to grow a legitimate mustache. We have tried but failed, leading others to point and laugh at the stray hairs that protrude from above our lip. So while getting to see a Marx Bros. movie on a big screen is pretty cool to begin with, the best part might be the fact that we're all invited to dress up as Groucho Marx, complete with glorious bushy mustache — allowing us to enjoy that elusive part of manhood we mustache-challenged individuals have missed for years. The Cleveland Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art is showing the Marx Bros.' first seven comedies, and today's feature is A Day at the Races, in which Groucho plays a phony medical director of a sanitarium. Come enjoy the classic comedy and show off that new mustache while you're at it. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $6. The Cinematheque is located at 11141 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu for more information. — Zirm


Dog Paddle & More! at Lodge Pool

You'll be your dog's hero if you take him out to Lodge Pool and Recreation Area (1151 Ledge Rd., Hinckley, 330-239-2911) for Dog Paddle & More. From 1 to 5 p.m. today, your dog (non-aggressive pups only, please) can take a swim in the Hinckley Metroparks Reservation's Lodge Pool for a $3 donation to the Medina County SPCA. But there'll be a lot more going on for both canine and owner, including a Dog Fair featuring dog-related services and products, animal-safety demonstrations, snacks, a dog parade around the area at 3 p.m., and — uh-oh — a pet adoption area, just in case you don't yet boast a furball of your own. Go to clevelandmetroparks.com for more information. — Pantsios



Riverfront Car Cruise In

The Riverfront Cruise In in Cuyahoga Falls is one of the premier car cruises in Northeast Ohio, and every Monday this summer has been a cruise down memory lane. Each week, a different theme allows for a new wave of classic whips to roll into the Riverfront Mall. This week's theme: Pontiacs and Cadillacs. Truly American and truly classic cars will line up in the large pedestrian walkway, a DJ will set the mood with your favorite tunes from the '50s and '60s, and there will be all kinds of good food and fun. The Riverfront Cruise In happens every Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Riverfront Mall (Front St., Cuyahoga Falls). Stop by riverfrontcruisein.com for the lowdown. — Baker


Gilligan’s Island: The Musical

You know the story: It’s the tale of a fateful trip, one that started in a tropic port aboard a tiny ship. The mate, a mighty sailing man, and the skipper, brave and sure, took five passengers out that day for a three-hour tour. A three-hour tour. With such a sing-songy plot, it’s hard to believe no one ever turned it into a musical number...until now! The Weathervane Community Playhouse in Akron has reinvented the tale as a musical production sure to make you laugh your coconuts off. And it’s all for the benefit of the Community AIDS Network. Get to Weathervane Playhouse (1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron) for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Weathervane box office or by calling 330-836-2626. Visit weathervaneplayhouse.com for more. — Baker



John Boehner Visits the City Club

Congressman John Boehner is more than just the tannest man in Congress. He's also been a fountain of controversy — and now he insists he's going to be Speaker of the House in January, after the Republicans win the majority in November. We'll see. If you'd like to hear what this might mean to you, Boehner would be glad to tell you today when he visits the City Club of Cleveland at noon. Promoters call Boehner "a national leader in the fight for a smaller, more accountable government" and "a straight-shooting and relentless advocate for freedom and security." But he also stirred up a hornet's nest recently by declaring that an emergency stimulus bill to save teaching and first-responder jobs across the country catered to "special interests" — even as he was meeting privately with corporate lobbyists to shape his agenda if he wins the speakership. It's $18 for members, $30 for non-members, which includes lunch. Make a reservation 24 hours in advance by calling 216-621-0082. — Pantsios

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