If nothing else, Florida's contribution to screamo, Underoath, has some of the lengthiest song titles in recent memory. "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door," "I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today," and "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" are three tracks from its latest album, They're Only Chasing Safety. On top of that, Underoath is a Christian metal band that deftly evades being labeled by keeping the Jesus references to a minimum. Besides, singer Spencer Chamberlain shouts many of his lyrics to the point of incomprehension. Which fools everyone but God. Underoath is at the Agora (5000 Euclid Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance, available by calling 216-241-5555.
Friday, April 22
Bassist Victor Wooten gets downright funky on his fifth album, Soul Circus, a jazz/hip-hop/funk hybrid that features guest turns by Bootsy Collins, Arrested Development frontman Speech, and various members of Parliament/ Funkadelic and Bela Fleck's Flecktones (the band that gave Wooten his start). Be sure to listen for "Bass Tribute," in which this modern master of the instrument -- with some help from a roomful of bassists, including Letterman sideman Will Lee and jazzbo Christian McBride -- gives a finger-poppin' shout-out to four-string axe heroes. Wooten plays the House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 216-241-5555.
Wisconsin's an unlikely breeding ground for a bunch of Pogues-influenced Celtic punks. But somehow the Kissers have amassed quite a following with their second album, 2003's Fire in the Belly. Like most bands that work the Irish-punk combo, the seven-piece Kissers go down best with a pint or two of your favorite brew. Drink up at 9:30 p.m. at the Lime Spider, 207 South Main Street in Akron. Tickets are $5 and $10 (for those under 21); call 330-762-2350.
Saturday, April 23
The notion of our mortality has fascinated and perplexed playwrights for centuries. A new generation of writers tackles the subject in Heaven and Hell (on Earth): A Divine Comedy, playing at Dobama's Night Kitchen. The 16 short plays address contemporary subjects ranging from relationships to financial matters. It runs through May 8 at Dobama's Night Kitchen, 1846 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Show times are 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and $7, available by calling 216-932-3396.
Sunday, April 24
Spaces' Dissent: Political Voices isn't a passive exhibit. With paintings, videos, sculptures, and even video games crowding for attention, the pieces on display practically beg viewer involvement, whether it's signing on for the Call to Action! program or merely talking about the various issues it raises. And it's hard not to get a little worked up over the pieces -- which take on war, globalization, patriotism, and the media, among other things -- as they probe the line between art and action. Dissent is at Spaces (2220 Superior Viaduct) through June 10. It's open from 1 to 5 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 216-621-2314.
Monday, April 25
Great Lakes Theater Festival kicks off its Seven Ages touring outreach production this week with a performance at the Ohio Theatre today. Over the next three weeks, the free show -- which features seven new plays written by seven local playwrights -- will be performed in 20 different neighborhoods, including stops in Akron, Bay Village, Painesville, and Cleveland. Each work is inspired by Shakespeare's As You Like It, in which the "seven ages of man" are detailed. Today's performance starts at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Call 216-241-5490 for more information. Seven Ages will be performed at Lorain Community College's Stocker Center Studio Theatre (1005 Abbe Road in Elyria; call 800-995-5222) at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and at Lorain Admiral King High School (2600 Ashland Avenue in Lorain; call 440-282-9191) at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 26
Why should singletons have all the fun? Speed-dating has worked so well for folks without kids that the concept -- participants chat up a line of potential mates for five minutes each -- is now at work for a group of people with considerably less time on their hands: parents. Sittercity bills itself as the "five-minute hunt for the perfect baby sitter." And it's just like searching for a Friday-night hook-up. Baby sitters come armed with credentials; parents fire questions at them. After five minutes, sitters move on to a new parent and parents move on to a new sitter. Hopefully, by the end of the two-hour session, sitters will have a few new gigs, and parents will be anticipating a much-needed break from their kids. It happens from noon to 2 p.m. at Tower City Center's Skylight Concourse, 230 West Huron Road. Admission is free. Register at www.speedsitting.net.
Like the brain-damaged and drug-addled psychedelic rockers of the Vietnam era, Washington, D.C.'s Apes adore the sound of a mighty organ. Their third album, Baba's Mountain, comes out today, and on it, they assault the keys with such gusto, you might miss its invigorating blend of garage rock, metal, and punk laced with an artsy aftertaste. They're at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8; call 216-241-5555.
Wednesday, April 27
The heavily tattooed Tiger Army is kinda like the Stray Cats in a SoCal state of mind. There are three guys in the band (one rocks a stand-up bass), they play a punked-up version of rockabilly, and they once covered Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock." And they've got that whole feline thing going on with their name. Purr-fect! Tiger Army performs songs from its latest album, III: Ghost Tigers Rise, at the Agora (5000 Euclid Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; call 216-241-5555.