Today's Local Author Book Fair features works by area scribes who write about all kinds of things: art, poetry, music, self-help, and fantasy. Henry Adams (Eakins Revealed: The Secret Life of an American Artist), Thomas Sayers Ellis (The Maverick Room), and Nicole Hunter (Waiting for the World to End) are among the writers on hand to discuss and sign copies of their books. It happens from 5 to 8 p.m. at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard in Shaker Heights. Admission is free; call 216-795-9800.
Tony Robinette is one of the few actors in Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh (coming to town tonight) who can reveal his role. He describes his Hunny Helper as sort of a clown/audience stirrer. "Basically, I'm the comic relief," he says. A surprise party for the chunky bear takes center stage in this family production. "Children are the best audiences," says Robinette. "They laugh when they want to laugh, they cry when they want to cry." Pooh and pals come to the State Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) through Sunday. Show times are 6:30 tonight, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., 1:30, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $27, available by calling 216-241-6000.
Friday, November 18
In the dark comedy El Crimen Perfecto, a department-store employee tussles with his new boss and accidentally kills him. The murder's only witness wants one thing in return for her silence: to date the inadvertent killer. The fact that he's a relentless womanizer and she's a homely co-worker (and the only one he hasn't slept with) fuels the tension between them. It's at the Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 7:30 tonight, 6 p.m. tomorrow, and 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450.
Disturbed wraps up its three-night House of Blues stand tonight in support of Ten Thousand Fists, which debuted at No. 1 last month. The Chicago hard-rock group is quite capable of bringing the noise: Fists slams its fierce riffs upside listeners' heads. Alt-metal determination doesn't get more commanding than this. Show time is 8 p.m. at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $33.50; call 216-241-5555.
Saturday, November 19
Warren Miller Entertainment makes extreme-sports films like none you've ever seen. Actually, if you're a fan of the genre, you've probably seen many of the group's movies, whether you're aware of it or not. Its latest ski-and-snowboard flick, Higher Ground, brings the tally to 56 (over the past 50-plus years!). Higher Ground sticks to familiar terrain -- skiers and boarders plummet off huge snow-covered cliffs at about 130 miles per hour -- yet it never fails to thrill. Factor in high-definition film stock and a big screen, and you're right in the center of the action -- but without the risk of breaking a limb or freezing your butt off on some icy precipice in the middle of the Alps. Higher Ground shows at 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street in Akron. Tickets are $13; call 330-253-2488.
Sunday, November 20
We're all for reading. We're even more for other people reading -- to us. Today's Tellabration! 2005 features a gaggle of storytellers recounting yarns from the good ol' days. This year's theme, "Old & New," blends narratives about cultures and traditions found among different Cleveland communities. Folks will share stories that undoubtedly originated around campfires, in living rooms, and in bedrooms. This was, of course, years before television, iPods, and computers shoved oral narratives off center stage. So go ahead and make like Grandpa for a couple hours. It won't kill you, and you'll be home in time to watch The Simpsons. It starts at 2 p.m. at University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road in University Heights. Admission is free. Call 216-932-3600 for more information.
Monday, November 21
The Third Cleveland Biennial Juried Exhibition (happening at Cleveland State University's Art Gallery) features more than 60 pieces by 47 Ohioans. The artists were instructed to create works in "traditional and contemporary craft media," and the results indeed mix old-school materials with modern-day designs. To wit: Christopher Yates' "Center," whose framed bone accented with stained glass would make a funky-fresh wall fixture at some hoodoo-themed club. The exhibit is on display through December 10 at CSU's Art Gallery, 2307 Chester Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; call 216-687-2103.
Tuesday, November 22
Now in its 54th outing, the annual Ohio State University Football Banquet is one of the few times a year pigskin fans can dine in close proximity to Buckeyes (the nachos and giant pretzels consumed at the stadium don't count). OSU head coach Jim Tressel will be there, along with other members of the coaching staff. OSU and Browns players -- both past and present -- will also nosh alongside the common folk (although there's no word yet on which players will actually be there). There'll also be a silent auction, and everyone brings home a fancy-ass commemorative banquet glass, which we bet looks even better filled with beer. Festivities start at 6 p.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street. Tickets are $75, available by calling 216-368-3247.
Wednesday, November 23
Diane Dickens' Paintings and Donutheads (on view at the Northside) looks like something we saw after passing out from a cruller- and apple-fritter-induced high a few months ago. The cartoons -- not unlike those one-panel daily comic strips inspired by The Far Side -- revel in surreal imagery. Spotted critters (with, yes, donut-shaped heads) utter silliness to one another. For example, one round-noggined fella says "Nice fleece" to a pal that has a sheep wedged in his head. Ha! We haven't had this much fun since our last Dunkin' Donuts binge. Donutheads is on exhibit through February 28 at the Northside (111 North Main Street in Akron) during regular club hours; call 330-434-7625.