Slim Pickns rattles the walls with his "funky-chunky" tech house. Drum & bass impresario Oni1 introduces his latest deep-house tracks. And Semaj offers a mix of gospel, tribal, and "booty for the soul." They are three of the turntablists featured at this weekend's 10 Hours, 10 DJs at Twist. "We aren't going for overaggressive sounds," says DJ Doug Burkhart, who's put together a different jock lineup every month since November. "But using a succession of tried-and-true, overplayed anthems to excite this crowd is not going to impress."
As the night wears on, DJ Boompsie will drop a tailored house set, Brandon Gill will spin progressive beats that border on trance, and Jason Soditch will share his vibe-heavy, San Francisco house collection. By 1 a.m., Shag-e will alternate hard house and break music. "The downtempo community and the rave community never mix, but here they do," Burkhart says. "We might have someone playing a neo-soul set, a downtempo or dub set, and we have even had rock sets and classics. It's not Top 40 shit." 10 Hours, 10 DJs starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at Twist, 11633 Clifton Boulevard. Admission is free. Call 216-221-2333 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Big Bird's latest show uses its imagination.
It's no wonder Jessy Miller wants to be a teacher when her acting days are over. As the tomboy Roxy Marie in Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3 . . . Imagine!, the 22-year-old dancer spends a good chunk of stage time teaching kids how to count, appreciate other languages, and dream about the future. In the show, Samantha the mail carrier comes to the neighborhood to deliver postcards from the puppets' pen pals. Knowing that Bert, Ernie, and company miss their friends, Samantha and Roxy tell them that their imaginations can take them to faraway lands. "If there was no imagination, I wouldn't have known what I wanted to do when I grew up," says Miller. Sesame Street Live is at the Palace Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) Thursday through Sunday. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $18; call 216-241-6000. -- Cris Glaser
Jazz producer Tommy LiPuma knows visual art too.
Tommy LiPuma has produced albums by Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand, and Diana Krall. He also collects paintings by American artists inspired by the European avant-garde. "One is a pleasure of the eyes, one is of the ears," he says. Modern American Masters: Highlights From the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Collection, opening Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, features 24 works from the Grammy winner's personal set. "Color is what the modernists were all about," LiPuma says. "And when I make records, I'm always thinking about colors and textures." It's at the museum (11150 East Boulevard) through July 18. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free; call 216-421-7340. -- Nadia Michael
The Passion of Vince
The gospel according to Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir is filled with Tom Waits-like rasps and DIY-fueled irreverence. Their new album, The Blackout Sessions, was purportedly recorded with a generator during last summer's power outage. It includes self-penned ditties like "Satan Hates Me" as well as a cover of "Dancing Queen." They're at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road) at 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $7; call 216-383-1124. -- Michael Gallucci