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Friday | 02
Music & Art
The Pleasures of Sweet Harmony
Cantores Cleveland isn't just a chorus: It's a cadre of veteran vocalists who perform the music of the Middle Ages, with a repertoire that includes madrigals, Latin liturgy, and early Baroque masterpieces. On a similar, ahem, note, downtown's Trinity Cathedral isn't just a church: It's a trove of artistic treasures, including Renaissance paintings, sculptures from the Middle Ages, relics from the Holy Land, and two 15th-century stained-glass windows. Imagine tonight's artistic synergy as the two cultural cohorts team up for The Pleasure of Sweet Harmony: a combination art exhibition and early-music concert happening inside the Gothic-style cathedral. The gallery opens at 6:15 p.m. The docent-led tour begins at 6:45 p.m. And the narrated concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10; reserve your spot via the website below. — Cicora
2230 Euclid Ave., 216-771-3630, cantorescleveland.org.
Absolute Intense Wrestling
Best as we can figure, tonight's 30-man Gauntlet for the Gold 7 match at Turner's Hall goes something like this: Two fighters enter the ring and proceed to try to toss each other out again. Then, at regularly timed intervals, another wrestler joins the fracas with the same aim: tossing everyone else over the top rope and onto the floor. The last man left untossed after the other 29 dudes have been ejected is declared the winner and becomes the top contender to the Absolute Intense Wrestling championship title. Actually, substitute a bridal gown for the title bid, and it sounds a lot like the annual running of the brides at Filene's Basement. But anyway, besides the gauntlet throwdown, attendees get to ogle man mountains Colt Cabana, Luke Gallows, and Cliff Compton ("Domino" to WWE fans), who will be filming for their Wrestling Road Diaries sequel. The jollity begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 online or at the door, but fans holding pre-sale tix get seated first. — Cicora
7325 Guthrie Ave., aiwrestling.com.
At House of Blues
He's Having a Party
If his current press-kit photo is any indication, Southside Johnny Lyon is looking a lot less like a hard-rockin' party dude and a lot more like your kindly uncle the optometrist. Middle age notwithstanding, the music man has earned his wrinkles and his props over the past four decades: Together with his band, the Asbury Jukes, ol' Southside can lay claim to more than 30 albums and thousands of live concerts (approximately 700 of which, if memory serves, went down in Cleveland). He and the boys are back again, tonight at the House of Blues. Expect to hear oldies like the signature "I Don't Want to Go Home," as well as cuts off the 2011 Pills and Ammo CD. Tickets are $30 and $45. Snag them by phone, online, or at the HOB box office. — Cicora
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.
Saturday | 03
A Life Lesson in Sheffield
The playwright is August Wilson, the setting is Pittsburgh, and the subject is the tension between legacy and progress. If you guessed we're talking about Radio Golf, currently on tap at the Cleveland Play House, you lose. This time we're pointing you toward The Piano Lesson, now in its final days at the French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield. As savvy theater buffs will tell you, The Piano Lesson, like Radio Golf, is part of Wilson's 10-play cycle exploring the African-American experience. This one is set in the 1930s, in the aftermath of the Great Depression, and follows a family trying to decide what to do with a symbol-laden heirloom piano. Presented by TrueNorth Cultural Arts, directed by Cleveland Arts Prize-winning playwright Michael Oatman, and fully staged with professional-quality lighting, sound, and costumes, performances continue through Sunday, March 4. Tonight's curtain is at 7:30. Tickets are $12.50 in advance by phone or online, or $15 on show day. — Cicora
4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield, 440-949-5200, TNCArts.org.
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