Lino spent his first six months in L.A. sleeping on friends' garage floors. In the early '90s, the part-time guitarist scrapped ambitions of becoming a doctor and decided he wanted to be a rock-and-roll guitarist. "Sometimes it's worth it, and sometimes you're wondering what you're doing," says Lino, who did time in the Akron cover band Delayed Reaction. "But I eventually got burned on the rock thing."
So he switched gears and wrote New Age instrumentals inspired by his childhood music lessons with KSU prof George Bachmann. "I didn't know what was cool and what was not cool in music," Lino explains. "So he started me on classical [guitar]."
Lino's invited his former teacher to share a gig with him on Friday at Tangier, where they'll perform songs from Lino's new CD, Return to Avalon. When he's not onstage, Lino will teach Bachmann's students how to break into the music business. "If I had known [anything] at their age, I could have gotten where I am now much faster, with less headache," he says. "No one was there to tell me anything." Lino performs at 9 p.m. at Tangier, 532 West Market Street in Akron. Tickets are $15; call 330-376-7171. -- Cris Glaser
Mighty Mighty Cocktones play around with the covers.
The Mighty Mighty Cocktones were too lazy to go to college. But they had to find "an alternative way to drink booze constantly, wake up in the afternoon, and have girls with full sets of teeth talk to us," says bassist Michael Elersic, aka Shuttlecock. So, the foursome -- whose aliases also include Total Cock, Bangcock, and Cocked 'n' Loaded -- pooled their money and decided to make music. "Don't ask us how or why," shrugs Elersic. "Not everyone can be blessed with talent. And we weren't." Piecing together a repertoire that ranges from covers of '80s hair bands to hip-hop, the Cocktones' concerts get mixed reactions. "It's funny to some, faux pas to others, and in bad taste for a few," says Elersic. "But it's more morally satisfying than mugging old ladies coming out of the Social Security office." They play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Backstreet Café and Sports Bar, 7865 Plains Road in Mentor-on-the-Lake. Admission is free; call 440-257-5100. -- Cris Glaser
Passion of the Chick
Indie film skewers Mel's Jesus flick.
Jesus & Her Gospel of Yes -- which snagged the Best Experimental Feature award at the Las Vegas leg of this year's New York International Independent Film and Video Festival -- is making its way home Sunday. Filmed in Cleveland, Akron, and Kent, the movie features a transvestite Moses, cartoons, nonsense-sputtering poets, and a female messiah. "The eyes of Jesus did not designate a race, color, sex, or religion -- just love," says Cheryl Townsend, who plays the distaff savior. "He would be appalled to see the hatred, prejudice, and bias so rampant throughout the world." The film makes its state premiere at the ECC Cultural Center (252 North Water Street in Kent) at 9 p.m. Admission is free; call 330-688-5210. -- Melody Caraballo
10/7- 11/30 Lisa Hannaford's Art of Joy reflects her over-the-top outlook on life. Like painters of the Fauvist movement in early 20th-century France, the Chagrin Falls artist uses acrylic paints that are ultrabrilliant. Tablecloths are too red; flowers are too pink. The vibrant exhibit runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through November 30 at University Hospital's Humphrey Gallery, 11100 Euclid Avenue. Admission is free; call 216-844-1000. -- Cris Glaser
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