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Cleveland Pops Presents
The Texas Tenors at Severance Hall
What would make the venerable Cleveland Pops get tangled up with a bunch of cowboys like the Texas Tenors? Sure, in their leather dusters, black Stetsons, and brocade vests, the trio serves up the suave appeal of Bret Maverick. And after their 2009 breakout performance on America's Got Talent — followed by two CDs and an international tour — they have a rootin,' tootin' fan base. But performing with the orchestra? Really? Cleveland Pops conductor Carl Topilow doesn't see a problem. "The guys have world-class voices. They perform everything from country to classical with equal ease and flair. Our orchestra performs that same range of diverse styles in every concert we do, so the matchup with the tenors makes perfect sense." Turns out, this ain't the boys' first rodeo neither: John Hagen once sang Othello with the Cleveland Opera, J.C. Fisher performed in Italy's Puccini festival, and Marcus Collins was in the N.Y.C. cast of Hairspray. They're riding into Severance Hall tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $78 by phone or online. — Cicora
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandpops.com.
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The Musical Theater Project
Fascinating Rhythms in Kirtland
It's time again to rip a page from the Great American Songboook, as the Musical Theater Project presents a two-part concert series focusing on songs made famous by Fred Astaire. Playing the roles of host are Bill Rudman, the Project's artistic director, and versatile jazz pianist Joe Hunter. The concert, called Fascinating Rhythms, covers Astaire's career from vaudeville to movies, with photos, film clips, and songs like "Nght and Day," "Cheek to Cheek," and "Something's Gotta Give." "No singer introduced more first-rate American songs than Fred Astaire," says featured vocalist Vince Mastro, who considers Astaire a personal idol. "With every song he interpreted, it's like there were sparks shooting out of his body. For me, that's inspirational." Get inspired today at 4 p.m. at Lakeland Community College's Performing Arts Center in Kirtland. Tix are $10 to $18 by phone; see the Lakeland website for info and directions. Part two of the concert series happens at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Tri C's Metropolitan Main Stage Theater. Check out the Musical Theater Project website for the full skinny. — Cicora
Have a Laugh at Happy Dog
We can think of worse ways to spend a Sunday evening than watching a 16-minute indie comedy flick and pounding beers. So can Steve MacAdams, a Cleveland Institute of Art grad and local musician who — together with friends Erik Rozsa and Jay Leachikowski — recently created just such a flick. Operating under the Quarterback Club banner, the trio is set to debut C'mon, a short feature shot in color with a full soundtrack. Rozsa and Leachikowski star, while MacAdams plays a bit part and did the editing. "Eccentric millionaires embark on the adventure of their lives," MacAdams says of the plot. "It's hilarious." The screening happens at 5 p.m. today at Happy Dog's downstairs lounge. "The beer is cheap, they have good food, and there's no cover charge. And now that the Browns' season is over," MacAdams adds helpfully, "there's nothing else to do anyway." — Cicora
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
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Agatha Christie on Tour
A Mysterious Affair in Lakewood
A free touring production of Agatha Christie's Mysterious Affair at Styles has been making the rounds of Northeast Ohio in recent weeks, thanks to the fine folks at Great Lakes Theater. It lands at the Lakewood Public Library tonight at 7. Adapted by local actor and playwright David Hansen from Christie's very first mystery novel, the 65-minute play features a cast of five and top-shelf production values. So far, says education director Daniel Hahn, the response has been phenomenal — a fact he credits to Christie's enduring popularity. "She's the most published and most translated author in history," Hahn says. "She is simply in a class of her own." While the main goal of the tour is hooking the community up with Christie, Hahn also notes that the author's Mousetrap is the next work set for Great Lakes' main stage, beginning March 9 at the Hanna Theatre. For details about both productions, visit Great Lakes Theater's website. To learn more about tonight's free Lakewood performance, call the library at the number below. No tickets are needed, but get there early if you want a good seat. — Cicora
15425 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, 216-226-8275 x127,
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