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Thursday | 25

On Tap at Hilarities: Marc Maron

Don't Call Him Moron

Most comedians spend years on the road, slogging their way across stages while trying to build a rep. Marc Maron took more than his share of that medicine, but technology offered him an alternative. You can now join the 20 million fans who have downloaded Maron's WTF? podcasts on iTunes — making the comic, if not an overnight sensation, then at least enviably au courant. Filled with nuggets like, "In most cases, the only difference between depression and disappointment is the level of your commitment," Maron's routine is by turns smart, angry, and bitterly funny. (How smart is he? The liner notes for his just-released CD, This Has to Be Funny, were written by NPR darling Ira Glass. Maybe that's why Rolling Stone called him "one of the funniest people of 2011.") On the off chance you've missed both the podcasts and his appearances on Conan, Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, or The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, you can catch Maron at Hilarities this weekend for six 21-and-over appearances. Tonight's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; snag them by phone or online. — Max Hayden

2035 East Fourth St.; 216-736-4242; pickwickandfrolic.com.

Smart Talk

Ode to Stephen King

It's clear that Shaker Heights librarian Ed Rossman is one of Stephen King's biggest fans. The real question is whether his slide show, Stephen King's Colorado, is a stalkerish homage to one of the world's best-selling authors or a sly move to trick Clevelanders into using their brains. We're going with the latter. But that doesn't make Rossman's literary travelogue — his own photos of real Boulder and Denver locations referenced in Misery, The Stand, and The Shining — any less fun. Rossman, who simply oozes appreciation for King's talent, will be presenting his program tonight at the Rocky River Library, and the slide show is just one part of the entertainment. Also on the agenda: trivia games, crossword puzzles, and word jumbles designed to put King and his career into context.Expect a peek at King's website too, along with a listen to his Bangor rock station and plenty of talk about King's craft. "He's a former English teacher," notes Rossman. "He's great at talking about other writers' books." It's almost spooky the way that all fits into Rossman's overarching plot: to encourage reading, to promote critical thinking, and to share the message that, even in these days of Google and Wikipedia, knowledge is power and minds are terrible things to waste. Tonight's program is free, open to the public, and kicks off at 7 p.m. — Elaine T. Cicora

1600 Hampton Rd., Rocky River; 440-333-7610; rrpl.org.

Friday | 26

Improv at the Big Dog

"I'm a What?"

The Angry Ladies of Improv aren't really ticked off. They're just fierce, formidable, and very funny. The four-member Cleveland troupe — Dionne Atchison, Brenna "MC" Connor, Tracy Cubbal, and Marjorie Preston — came together last year to practice what's formally known as long-form improvised comedy. In layman's terms, that means they craft 20-minute "plays" from audience suggestions, all in the blink of an eye. "We have really good 'group mind,'" says member and freelance writer Marjorie Preston. "We share complementary strengths: One of us may be acting wacky, while another one has an idea in mind of where the skit should go." Like her co-comics, Preston has been up to funny stuff for a long time: Her résumé includes sketch-writing classes at Second City, membership in Something Dada, and training at the former Cleveland Improv Institute. You can find her and the rest of the Angry Ladies at Big Dog Theater in Coventry tonight at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 by phone, online, or at the door, where only cash is accepted. One caveat: Be careful what you ask for. "If someone suggests 'gynecologist visit,' that's what you'll see for 20 minutes," Preston warns. And nobody wants that. — Cicora

2781 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights; 216-472-3636; bigdogtheater.com.

On Screen

Beer Wars Rage at CMA

So the Rust Belt can't claim the balmiest weather or the slickest economy. But there's one thing we've got, and that's beer. And while we're going to assume you already know a lot about everyone's favorite blend of water, malt, hops, and yeast, it wouldn't hurt to go see Beer Wars tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It's a 2009 documentary about underdog microbreweries, like Dogfish Head and New Century, fighting to survive against mammoth conglomerates like MillerCoors and InBev. In the end, the question is how craft breweries can survive when the beer giants have both the money and the distribution laws on their side? The film was written, directed, and narrated by Anat Baron, former general manager of Mike's Hard Lemonade; so the food for thought comes with a tall, cool pour of insider sensibilities. It all starts tonight at 7 p.m. in the museum's Morley Lecture Hall. Admission is $9 with discounts for seniors and students. — Lydia Munnell

11150 East Blvd.; 216-421-7350; clevelandart.org.

Saturday | 27

Art on the Green

Annual Showcase in Hudson

Hudson's Art on the Green has gained some well-earned cred over the past 35 years — so much so, in fact, that more than 150 artists now come from as far away as Florida to display their works at this juried show. Among the original offerings: oil paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, and just about anything else you can think of. Event chair Cathy Welner, for instance, will have more than 100 watercolors of her own for sale. "Art enriches your life in so many ways. We really want people to experience it, and there is no better place to do so than in downtown Hudson." When all that art works up an appetite, hit one of the seven vendors settled among the artists' tents on the town's South Green. Admission is free; parking is too. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the show continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Barnes80 North Main St., Hudson; 330-659-0810;


Morgan Conservatory

Join an Origami Workshop

All thumbs when it comes to folded paper art? Here's a chance to get a handle on the craft: an origami home décor workshop, happening today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory. Today's workshop is open to beginners and advanced students alike, says program coordinator Lauren Sammon. And if you're thinking this will be five hours of paper cranes, no way. Attendees will learn basic and advanced skills, and by workshop's end they'll have a bowl, a vase, a candle holder, coasters, napkin rings, and more — all made with their own hands. Leading the workshop will be Monica Salisbury, renowned paper artist and founder of Capital Area Paper Shapers. The class will set you back $105, but folks with a valid student ID get a $30 discount. Advance registration is required. — Munnell

1754 East 47th St.; 216-361-9255; morganconservatory.org.

Sunday | 28

Fun on University CircleAt Home With HistoryTwo Italian Renaissance-style mansions form the heart of the Western Reserve Historical Society's History Center: The 1919 Bingham-Hanna Mansion and its elder sibling, the 1911 Hay-McKinney Mansion. The latter, like many centarians, was in need of a little upkeep, prompting staffers to close the building in 2009. Now restored and stabilized, the Hay-McKinney manse reopened to the public earlier this month. Its relaunch also marked the beginning of Sunday hours for the assorted History Center attractions, making today an excellent opportunity to check out not only the historic cribs, but also the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, the Norton Gallery, and two galleries featuring exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War. All History Center attractions are open today from noon to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the restored Hay-McKinney Mansion step off at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Adult admission is $8.50; members, seniors, and kids pay less. — Cicora

10825 East Blvd.; 216-721-5722; wrhs.org.

Latino Heritage Fest

It Started With Salsa

If all you know about Hispanic entertainment is the macarena, check out today's Latino Heritage Festival at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The fun happens on the plaza between noon and 4 p.m., with performances by Hector Tricoche, Sammy de Leon y su Orquesta, the Latin Soul Ballroom Dance Company, and dance troupe Explosion Divina. To go with, JiBARO Gourmet Food Truck will be cooking up the spicy Latin eats. Plaza admission is free, but you'll have to shell out $22 if you want to see the rest of the Rock Hall exhibits. — Barnes

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.; 216-515-8425; rockhall.com.

Rock 'n' Rumble

The Fight's Tonight!

At 29, Nick Duell seems like a righteous dude: He's thankful for his career, speaks kindly of his trainers, and is eager to expound on the benefits of a whole-foods diet. ("You should always read labels," he tells us. "If I can't pronounce the name of an ingredient, I don't eat it.") Still, fans of tonight's North American Allied Fight Series' fifth-annual "Rock 'n' Rumble" are likely to see a different side of the reigning welterweight champ: the side that plans to pummel the crap out of opponent Kyle Baker in the evening's main event. The title bout is just one of eight rumbles on tonight's professional card. (An amateur card includes five more.) The "rock" portion of the proceedings comes via national recording artists Jon Conner and Elijah Black. How does Duell, a Canton native, think he'll do in the full-contact, mixed martial arts melee? "Baker is tough, and it will be a good fight. But in the end, I'll be the one standing with my hand raised. That's about as humble as I can be." Doors open at 4:30; the music starts at 5:30, and the first fight is at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available by phone, online, or at the door, where a $10 upcharge applies. It's all happening at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. — Cicora

2014 Sycamore; 330-280-8442; naafs.biz.

Monday | 29

Holden Arboretum

Where Gnomes Still Roam

Twenty "larger than life" gnomes have been tucked into the 3,600 acres of Holden Arboretum all summer, each created by a Northeast Ohio artist. There's one that's modeled on a Sgt. Pepper-era John Lennon. Another looks a little like Vincent Van Gogh. There's even one that takes after Willy Wonka's oompa loompas. Besides seeking out the artful imposters, nature lovers can stroll through the Butterfly Garden, hike along the shores of Corning Lake, or discover what's in bloom in Holden's display garden. The arboretum is open year 'round. But if you haven't been out to see the gnomes yet, you better get on it: The exhibit wraps up on September 25 when the little dudes hop a Greyhound to Florida. Holden Arboretum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $6, and less for members, children, and seniors. — Cicora,/p>

9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland; 440-946-4400; holdenarb.org. Tuesday | 30

Tremont Farmers Market,/p>

Shop Local in Lincoln Park

Even if you think veggies grow in the freezer and fruit comes from a can, you can't help but be wowed by the lineup at today's Tremont Farmers Market. Now at the height of harvest season, its stalls are overflowing with tomatoes, peaches, plums, corn, and more. Wonder what to do with all that seasonal goodness? Check out the 5 p.m. cooking demo with chef Brian Doyle of Sow Food. Need some entertainment while you shop? Give a listen to folky singer-songwriter Beth Gatchell. If the sight of all that local food makes you too hungry to cook, grab some pizza, pierogies, crêpes, or sandwiches to eat on the spot. The Tremont Farmers Market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. today and every Tuesday through October 25. Just follow the sweet smells of the harvest to its home on Lincoln Park. — Cicora

West 14th St. and Kenilworth Ave.; 216-403-9436; tremontfarmersmarket.com.

Fit for Foodies

In Touch With Nature

When Rob Ivanov and Jeff Fisher plan an off-site shindig, they go all out: an historic farm overlooking the Cuyahoga Valley, live folk music, and a multi-course meal of free-range goodness plucked right from Mother Earth. That's the broad outline of Touch Supper Club's Farm-to-Table Supper, happening tonight at Stone Garden Farm in Richfield. As for the menu details, Touch owner Ivanov says it all depends on what's ready for harvest. "This is the perfect time for a farm dinner," he says. "The produce is at its peak, and we're counting on five to seven courses." That includes organic produce, the farm's free-range chickens, and a pig destined for the roasting pit. Overseeing the culinary choices will be Touch's executive chef Fisher. The dinner also marks the official debut of the Touch Supper Truck, the newest entry into Cleveland's burgeoning food truck scene. Tonight's meal is set for 7 p.m. Cost is $70, plus tax and gratuity; score tix in advance via Eventbrite. — Cicora

2981 Southern Rd., Richfield; 216-631-5200; touchfarmsupper-efbevent.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday | 31

Family Fun

Mazed and Amused

Get a jump on fall today at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The farm's giant Three-Acre Corn Maze awaits your wanderings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and comes complete with trivia-question clues and farmy character cutouts. And did we mention it's really, really big? Once you find your way out, you can scare up bushels of other fun: everything from cow milking to wagon riding to sampling some of your favorite farm-fresh treats. If that doesn't get you in the mood for fall weather, maybe you should head south. The maze is open daily through October 9, weather permitting. Admission is included in the regular Farmpark tariff: $6 for adults and $4 for kids 2 to 11. — Munnell8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland; 440-256-2122; lakemetroparks.com/select-park/farmpark.

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