Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg, known collectively as the Duct Tape Guys, have written six books about things to do with the sticky stuff. They've just published The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book, in which they dispense info on making costumes (be a baked potato! Or a chia pet!), quickie costumes (Nasty Razor Face), and decorations (spooky spider webs and tombstones). "It's cheap," explains Nyberg. "And you're not going to show up at a party with the same costume as three or four other people."
And while you'd have to be blessed with tons of patience and a willing pal to pull off certain outfits (say, the Siamese twins getup), Nyberg swears they're ideal Halloween attire. "Duct tape comes with no directions in the roll," he says. "That's a good thing, because it doesn't limit your creativity."
He does, however, reluctantly admit that duct tape can be daunting. And a bit cumbersome. "But not everything requires wrapping yourself in duct tape," he says. "You can modify." The Duct Tape Guys discuss, demonstrate, and sign their book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst). Admission is free. Call 216-691-7000 for more info. -- Michael Gallucci
An author explores cross-dressing and other sexual twists.
Amy Bloom is an outsider getting inside dirt on gender-benders. In Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites With Attitude, she shares stories of men and women who have had sex changes or like to dress in clothes designed for the opposite sex. To them, it's normal behavior and an outlet for erotic playfulness. "So why is it the rest of us find it so disturbing?" she asks. Bloom then switches to a floral metaphor: If people walk through a garden, she says, no one freaks out when white flowers are growing next to pink ones. "And no one says, 'What are those cacti doing there?' We call it a bouquet." Bloom speaks of transplanted cacti and more at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Sciences, 11235 Bellflower Road. Admission is free; call 216-368-2290. -- Cris Glaser
Down With Love
Shoring up the link between romance and death.
To Dott Schneider, true romance is expressed with makeup pigment, motor oil, and nail polish. The Lakewood artist's new nine-piece exhibit, Reflections and Complaints of the Lover When Alone, echoes universal themes of love and people's experience -- or inexperience -- with it. It's inspired by Roland Barthes's book A Lover's Discourse: Fragments. "I do believe that, no matter how grounded a person is, love will certainly throw a wrench into his or her game," Schneider says. The mixed-media show runs through November 22 at ArtMetro, 530 Euclid Avenue. It's open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free; call 216-696-1942. -- Cris Glaser
The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia is the decidedly warm troupe from one of the coldest parts of the world. Sporting colorful costumes and working through traditional sounds and styles, the large company incorporates folk and classical dance indigenous to its Eastern European homeland. It plays the Palace Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $25 to $35, available by calling 216-241-6000. -- Michael Gallucci