Don't hate Carter Oosterhouse because he's Trading Spaces' hunky handyman. Hate him because he's capable of making a really cool armoire with just some wood and a few basic tools. "My brothers are both carpenters," says Oosterhouse, who's appearing Saturday at the Professional Home Improvement Show, which begins today. "Growing up, it was a summertime job [for me]. But I never thought it would amount to this. I really didn't know how much experience was needed for [Spaces]." The annual remodeling show features more than 400 exhibits, touting everything from designer bathrooms to doorknobs to DIY folks. "People are so scared of trying to do something different in their homes," says Oosterhouse. "They feel they need to call in someone else. That's not necessarily always the case. Try something creative at home. People just need to take that initial step." The show is at the I-X Center (6200 Riverside Drive) through Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9.50, $4.50 for kids; call 216-619-6274.
Friday, January 28
You don't have to like the Brian Jonestown Massacre or the Dandy Warhols to dig Dig! The alt-rock bands can be moody, drug-addled jackasses (BJM) or preening, soulless machines (the Dandys), but Ondi Timoner's documentary, which spans seven years of history between the once-friendly groups, paints a fascinating picture of function and dysfunction on the road. Whether it's recounting a record company's inability to break the Dandys or BJM leader Anton Newcombe's penchant for starting onstage fights with his bandmates, Dig! burrows deep in the mechanisms of rock and roll lifestyles. It's at the Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 8 tonight and 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450. See Film for review.
Saturday, January 29
If you're gonna write a book titled 1,000 Italian Recipes, you'd better be prepared to eat a lot of food. Michele Scicolone, the N.Y.C.-based author who also penned The Sopranos Family Cookbook, was up for it. Sort of. "It took a while for me to digest the idea [of coming up with a thousand recipes]," she says. "Everywhere I go, I collect recipes. I write them down, and I get ideas from the restaurants I go to. I have vast files of things I've eaten." The book is obviously heavy on pasta, but Scicolone also dishes up recipes for such delicacies as grilled octopus with fennel and orange-and-cauliflower torte. "When you write a cookbook, it's always [about] your personal tastes," she says. "But I wanted the book to be comprehensive. I tried to think about things people like, [although] they might not necessarily be something I like." Scicolone will host an Italian cooking class at Sur la Table (28819 Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere) at 11 a.m. Admission is $55; call 216-378-1800.
Sunday, January 30
N.Y.C. noisemakers Turing Machine go heavy on the solos and brain-taxing rhythms on their second album, Zwei. The former Washington, D.C. punks (two-thirds of the band were in Pitchblende) now worship at the altar of Krautrock, offering instrumental tracks that pile on pretense, dexterity, and yes, occasional tunefulness for a ride that thrills the nether regions as often as it stimulates the mind. They're at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights) at 9 tonight. Tickets are $6, available by calling 216-241-5555.
Monday, January 31
Who doesn't love Charlie Brown? The kite-eating tree and that lifelong battle with Lucy and the football are indelible American images that have plagued the pint-sized loser for more than 50 years. The Western Reserve Historical Society is paying tribute to the entire Peanuts gang in Good Grief!, an interactive exhibit featuring all of Charles M. Schulz's classic characters. Kids (little ones and big ones) can stroll through Linus's ego-deflating Pumpkin Patch, fly Snoopy's World War I Flying Ace, play Schroeder's piano, stand behind Lucy's Psychiatry Booth, and yep, fly a kite, while trying to avoid that hungry tree. Good Grief! is at the Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Boulevard) through May 15. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for kids. Call 216-721-5722 for more info.
Tuesday, February 1
Playwright August Wilson has undertaken an ambitious endeavor over the past 20 years: documenting the African American experience in every decade of the 20th century with a play set in each era. The Play House is presenting his 1930s drama, The Piano Lesson, and it's one of Wilson's finest -- a Pulitzer-winning story of a sharecropper's son and his attempt to buy the land his father once tilled. He aims to do this by selling the family piano, which features the carved faces of his ancestors. His sister objects, and strife ensues. It's Wilson's most emotional work. The Piano Lesson is at the Cleveland Play House's Bolton Theatre (8500 Euclid Avenue) through February 27. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $49.50, available by calling 216-795-7000.
Wednesday, February 2
The music on Rogue Wave's debut, Out of the Shadows, is simultaneously sleepy and sprightly. Songs drift in and out of consciousness, only to rebound with a glorious acoustic riff that could have come straight out of the Shins' songbook. The San Francisco band rarely defines its delicate indiepop as sharply as its musical brethren do on their records, but by evoking everyone from the Beatles to Elliott Smith, its quiet pop is in good company. Rogue Wave plays at 9 p.m. at the Spot at Case Western Reserve University (in Leutner Commons, 10900 Euclid Avenue). Admission is free. Call 216-368-2786 for more information.