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Road to Ruin 

Chuck Klosterman explores rock-and-roll deaths.

Chuck Klosterman takes time out from writing about - dead rock stars to talk about them on Thursday.
  • Chuck Klosterman takes time out from writing about dead rock stars to talk about them on Thursday.
THU 7/28

To research his latest book, Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman rented a Ford Tauntan and drove across the U.S. to visit places where the music died. From the Rhode Island nightclub where nearly 100 Great White fans perished in a fire to a field in Iowa where the plane carrying the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens met its fate, Klosterman pops in and "gets his death on." "I like the experience of living," he says. "I just hate the process of living." Part of the revelation of Klosterman's 8,000-mile journey is that there was no revelation. "When I went to the place[s] where [two members of the] Allman Brothers were killed, I realized I had all these ideas about what these places mean," he says. "When I got there, I realized it was just a road." Klosterman is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free; call 216-691-7000. -- John Dicker

Celestial Harmony

SAT 7/30

Hugh Wolff (pictured), music director of Germany's Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, leads the Cleveland Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Chorus in Gustav Holst's otherworldly orchestral suite The Planets on Saturday. "They're character pieces about the attributes associated with each planet," says Wolff. "It's a high-impact piece that should hold up well." Deepening the impact will be narrator Lawrence Krauss (a physicist at Case Western Reserve University) and NASA-generated images of Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. British composer Holst completed the work in 1916. "Its heyday was before space flight," says Wolff, "when the planets were more mysterious and people imagined they had all kinds of personalities." Show time is 8:30 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets range from $18 to $38; call 216-231-1111. -- Zachary Lewis

Booby Prize

7/29-8/3

With T&A shots sprinkled throughout Circle Track Summer, Ted Gradisher is anxious to see the audience reaction to this weekend's premiere of his movie. Filmed at Barberton Speedway, the comedy centers on a broke racetrack owner, who raises cash by promoting a race in which four babes drive their cars backward to the finish line. "Movie distributors want either tits, ass, or blood," says Gradisher, the film's production manager. "We didn't have any blood." It screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Wednesday as well as 2 p.m. Saturday at West Theatre, 1017 Wooster Road West in Barberton. Tickets are $5; call 216-825-6912. -- Cris Glaser

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