The Pink Holes last played together three years ago. The veteran local punk quartet hasn't picked up an instrument or even discussed potential gigs since the turn of the century. Yet they're one of the three bands taking part in Ohio's Punk Past, a concert at the Rock Hall paying tribute to the region's late-'70s/early-'80s punk explosion. "We're planning on doing pretty much what we always do," says Pink Holes singer Les Black, referring to the band's manic stage shows. "We haven't changed."
Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Pink Holes never wanted to save the world. They didn't have a message. And they sure as hell didn't think too hard about what they were doing. "It's a wild party," Black says. "But it's about time Cleveland wakes up to all of the [great] Ohio bands."
These days, the Holes crawl onstage only for very special occasions. Saturday's gig with Tin Huey and the Pagans qualifies. "I caught the end of the real punk world," Black says. "You can't do punk twice. It was done, and it was done well. And I don't know what they should call it now, but it's not punk." Ohio's Punk Past is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1 Key Plaza). Tickets are $10. Call 216-241-5555 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci
Heart Shrine Relic Tour offers bits of Buddhists.
Straight outta the Far East, the Heart Shrine Relic Tour brings the cremated remains of the 14th Dalai Lama and other Buddhist beings to Cleveland. The exhibit features more than 100 relics -- including ashes, hair, and bone fragments -- dating back 2,500 years ago. On tour since March 2001, the exhibit has traveled from the Far East to North America on the scenic route to its final resting place inside a 500-foot bronze statue under construction in India. "For some, it will be a fascinating glimpse into the ancient traditions of a culture that seems far removed from our own," says Anne Warren of Jewel Heart Cleveland, a Tibetan Buddhist center (2670 West 14th Street). For everyone else, it's a graveyard on wheels. The exhibit runs from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Admission is free; call 216-687-1617. -- Cris Glaser
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