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An Honestly Funny Comic at the Grog Shop
Chucklefck's weekly comedy showcase returns to the Grog Shop tonight at 8 with a blend of Cleveland and Chicago talent. Among the former, you'll find comics Curtis Cook, Michael Strenk, and James Burge Jr. And among the latter, there's tonight's closer: James Fritz, who has become a fave on that city's scene, not least among the LGBT crowd. ("I love gay dudes," he says. "Who else will give me coke and tell me that I'm pretty?") Peer a little deeper into Fritz's bearded head at youcouldbedead.com, his comedy talk-show podcast. Or just show up at the Grog Shop tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 in advance. — Cicora
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs.
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Accordions of the Stars
"Imagine bringing together the guitars of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and John Lennon," says Joe Valencic, trustee for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and curator of its museum. "That's how important these accordions have been to Cleveland-style polka." He's talking about the button boxes now on display in the museum's newest exhibit. All-Star Accordions is an impressive roundup of the actual instruments played by polka greats like Johnny Pecon, Johnny Vadnal (pictured), and Frank Yankovic. "These are the accordions that got the world dancing the polka," Valencic says. All-Star Accordions opens tonight with a free 7 p.m. reception, including remarks from Valencic and a jam session. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of the year; hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. — Cicora
605 East 222nd St., Euclid, 216-261-3263, polkafame.com.
Fun for Foodies
It's Fried Rice Night!
It's time to grab the chopsticks and head over to Euclid's Beach Club Bistro: The once-a-month, Asian-style fried-rice chowdown may seem like a strange fit for a spot that specializes in wine and gourmet pizza. But it's all good: Staffers tell us Fried Rice Night has been a sellout since it started in November. The idea came by way of chef Dave "Big Wave" Hance, who spent five years in Hawaii perfecting his Asian-style comfort food. Starting with steamed and sticky Calrose rice, Dave dishes up the goods in five versions, including Hawaiian, Korean, and Thai — a favorite that comes complete with bamboo shoots, ginger, scallions, Thai chiles, and fish sauce. Each is priced at $9.95; optional enhancements like sesame shrimp or Mongolian beef are available too. Fried Rice Night starts tonight at 5. Make your reservations by phone or online. — Cicora
21939 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid, 216-731-7499, bcbistro.com.
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