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Saturday| 25

Vroom Vroom

Auto Show Opens at I-X Center

Kick the tires, pop the hood, and maybe even slide behind the wheel of your dream car at the Cleveland Auto Show. Happening now through March 4 at the I-X Center, the annual automotive roundup is all about you, Mr. or Ms. Consumer: That means free parking, free admission for kids 15 and under on Family Day (February 27), and even a promise of no sales talk from the dealers. With more than 1,000 new vehicles on hand, including concept, pre-production, and production cars, the show claims to be one of the top five car extravaganzas in the nation. Gear heads will also dig the Classic Car Show, historically one of the best-attended parts of the event. This year's entries include everything from a 1936 Buick Opera Coupe to a 1984 Corvette. Plus check out four cars on display from the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection: a 1905 Franklin Model F, the 1909 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout, the 1920 Mercer Series 5 Raceabout, and the 1922 Templar A-445 Roadster which was built right here in Cleveland. Today's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tix are $10.50 to $12.50 at the I-X Center box office or online at the website below, where you'll also find a complete rundown of hours and activities. — Cicora

1 I-X Center Dr., 216-265-7100, clevelandautoshow.com.

Pedal Pushers

National Bike Guy Spins into Cleveland

Hey, bicyclists. Tired of the Towpath? Bored with the Hike & Bike? Check out tonight's free public gathering at the Ohio City Bicycle Coop for a tantalizing alternative. Jim Sayer, avid cyclist and executive director of Adventure Cycling Association, will be on hand to tell you all about the new 518-mile Detroit Alternate — a spur to the original 2,000-mile Underground Railroad bike route stretching from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario. The new spur begins in Oberlin, an important hub in the 1800s' escape route, and passes through Sandusky, Toledo, and Detroit before heading into Canada. The route goes along established roadways, with an eye toward safety, accessibility, and historic import. Adventure Cycling's contribution comes in researching and mapping the routes, as a way to inspire folks of all ages to travel by bike. The nonprofit also sells maps, biking guides, and memberships to support the mission; so far, they claim more than 43,500 members nationwide. "The boom in bike travel has been huge," Sayer says. "It cuts across all demographics." He'll tell you more at 8:30 p.m. It's free, although attendees are urged to bring a dish or a cash donation for the potluck. — Cicora

1840 Columbus Rd., 216-830-2667, adventurecycling.org.

The Art of Fashion

Project MOCA Hits the Runway

It's a couture throwdown tonight at MOCA, as nine student designers from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, and Virginia Marti College show off original fashions inspired by the concept of "monumentality." Staffers got the idea from MOCA's current exhibition of monumentally sized sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard. "But we kept the definition intentionally general and rather vague," says organizer Pita Brooks. Judging the pieces will a fashion-savvy panel that includes design pros Sean Bilovecky and Dana Sobota of Dredger's Union. DJ Travelogue will provide the music, and attendees can enjoy snacks, a donation bar, and take home swag bags filled with beauty product samples and discounts. It's all happening from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Seating is limited, so snag your tix asap. — Cicora

8501 Carnegie Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.

Kickoff to St. Paddy's Day

A Beer & A Band in Euclid

"It's a party vibe, for sure," says Dave Clemens about tonight's Kick Off to St. Patrick's Day at the Irish American Club, East Side. As proof, he points to the $2 well drinks, the $3 Guinness, the ample dance floor, and the kick-ass band: the Detroit-based Kreellers performing their signature blend of Irish rock, funk, and punk. (You want food? Feel free to BYO beer-friendly snacks.) Better yet, you don't have to be Irish, an East Sider, or even a member of the club to get in to the 8 p.m. concert. Non-members pay $10 at the door, members pay $8, and college students get in for $5 with ID. "It's the kickoff to the season," Clemens enthuses. "It's a real fun time of the year!" — Cicora

22770 Lakeshore Blvd. Euclid, 216-731-4003, irishamericanclubeastside.org.

Sunday | 26

Lakeland Jazz Fest

Big Bands of Kirtland

This weekend's 40th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival wraps up today in Kirtland with a Big Band Matinee, featuring two swinging jazz ensembles. First up: the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra, performing under the baton of director Dave Sterner. Sterner, one of the festival's coordinators and a teacher at Lakeland and Tri C, is widely considered one of the top sax players in Northeast Ohio. He'll be guiding the orchestra through Adventures in D-Flat, The Music of Count Basie. Sharing the bill is the Dave Banks Big Band, a 17-piece powerhouse out of Akron. Their vast playlist includes everything from Sinatra to Buble, as well as compositions by several arrangers who are associated with the band, including Paul Ferguson and Roland Paolucci. In all, it's a fitting finale to a festival founded in 1972 with the mission of instilling a passion for jazz education in younger generations. It all goes down in the Lakeland Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students; get tickets by phone at the number below. Find maps, directions, and a full schedule on the website. — Cicora

7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 440-525-7134, lakelandcc.edu/concerts.

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