There aren't too many white boys who can sing soul music convincingly. Marc Broussard, a 22-year-old Louisiana native, can. And he does it the old-fashioned way -- from the gut. He doesn't sound like contemporary R&B vocalists (Usheresque breakdowns aren't in his repertoire); rather, he comes off like the Midwest-based belters from the '60s, who infused their sweet soul music with a little folk. Broussard's indie EP, Momentary Setback, was good enough to land him gigs with Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, and Tori Amos in 2003. His debut album will be released later this year. Get a head start on the buzz: Check out Broussard at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $12; call 216-383-1124.
Friday, April 9
The Convergence-Continuum theater company returns tonight with Free Will and Wanton Lust, a story about "love and sex and identity and relationships," according to director Clyde Simon. Nicky Silver's comedy takes on a dysfunctional family that comes complete with a shallow mom, a maybe-gay son, and a pregnant daughter who wants to be a lesbian. "We spend so much time defining ourselves by sexuality," Simon says. "We want [audiences] to connect to all that stuff that's going on. It's about relating to the world and to each other." Free Will and Wanton Lust is at the Liminis (2438 Scranton Road) through May 8. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $9 and $12; call 216-687-0074.
Saturday, April 10
There are more fucks in Bill Campbell's debut novel, Sunshine Patriots, than there are in the new Twista and Young Gunz CDs combined. Quite a feat, considering it's sci-fi, a genre typically more concerned with getting its geek-speak right than with having its characters talk like normal people. The story, though, is standard sci-fi stuff: Cyborg soldiers from United Earth trek to a colonized planet to quash a rebellion. Or something like that. At least the characters breathe. Campbell will read from Sunshine Patriots at 7 p.m. at Mac's Backs Paperbacks, 1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Admission is free; call 216-321-2665.
Sugarcult drops its second album, Palm Trees and Power Lines, on Tuesday. And like its debut, 2001's Start Static, it's filled with snappy, snotty, riff-fueled pop-punk that proudly displays its emotions. But these California boys ain't wimps; they've got some meaty songs beneath all that surface crunch. They're at the Odeon (1295 Old River Road) at 9 tonight. Tickets are $13.50 and $15, available by calling 216-241-5555.
Sunday, April 11
Tracing Light: Garry Fabian Miller Photographs, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, outlines 20 of the British photographer's prints that glow in warm reds and cool blues. In addition to looking like something best appreciated after a hit or two of acid, they nod to photography pioneers (who maintained they were painting with light). The combination of chemicals and natural-light progression makes for some stunning patterns that'll subtly blow your mind. Tracing Light is at the art museum (11150 East Boulevard) through July 21. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Monday, when it's closed). Admission is free; call 888-262-0033.
Monday, April 12
Apparently the Easter Bunny forgot to hand out a few things yesterday. So today's Easter Monday Egg Roll should help to clean out his basket. Stories, games, crafts, and, of course, eggs make up most of the program. Kids get to decorate wooden eggs to use in a rolling contest. And President and Mrs. Garfield (or at least a pair of local thespians made up to look like them) will be there to give out prizes for the best hat and bonnet. It all happens from 1 to 4 p.m. at the James A. Garfield National Historical Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue in Mentor. Admission is free. Call 216-721-5722 for more info.
Tuesday, April 13
There's gonna be a bunch of dicks onstage at The Full Monty. Or maybe not. The hit musical, which opens in Akron tonight, likes to think of itself as a racy production. But in its heart, it's a slightly sentimental, ultimately uplifting play about overcoming hardships,which really isn't so salacious after all. The Full Monty is at E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill Street in Akron) through April 18. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $30 to $60; call 330-972-7570.
The Crystal Method nearly always takes a familiar route. Longtime purveyors of recycled techno beats, the loud and brash Meth boys come dangerously close to running the concept into the ground on their new CD, Legion of Boom. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland pretty much want to sweep you up, knock you upside the head, and bamboozle you into thinking you're getting something fresh. At the very least, it's an impressive bit of blindsiding. Yet there's still a rush to the music. The Crystal Method plays the Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Avenue) at 8 tonight. Tickets are $18 and $20, available by calling 216-241-5555.
Wednesday, April 14
Of all the supercool things happening at tonight's GameRiot at the Agora, the 16-player Halo deathmatch surely takes top honors. The event unveils 30 new and unreleased Xbox games -- including Ninja Gaiden, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Splinter Cell 2 -- up for play on giant plasma screens. There's also hourly competitions of Tony Hawk's Underground, America's Army, and other games, as well as prizes, giveaways, and a DJ. Get the flamethrowers ready for some major ass-whuppin' at the Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Avenue) from 5 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 216-241-5555.
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