We have no idea what genomes are, but apparently they're a pretty big deal. HealthSpace Cleveland is bringing the traveling exhibit Genome: The Secret of How Life Works to town for a two-month stay. Hopefully, it will help clear up some things. "We did a study, and only 1 percent of the people could use the word genome in a sentence," says Thomas Turi, a technical advisor on the project. "This is really a revolution in science."
The 5,000-square-foot exhibit, which opens on Saturday with free admission, features a series of interactive displays that explore a genome, or an organism's genetic material. "You can build your very own DNA strand," says Turi. "We're hoping that educating people will directly and positively impact people in their daily lives."
Among the family-friendly items on view are Hereditary Slot Machines, a Giant Double Helix, and the Cookie Factory. Says Turi: "We've translated very complex, scientific terms and concepts into something that's fun, entertaining, and engaging." Genome: The Secret of How Life Works is at HealthSpace Cleveland (8911 Euclid Avenue) through August 14. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $5 for kids; call 216-231-5010. -- Michael Gallucci
Lost ladies drink for pennies.
Every Sexy Saturday, Louie Kafantaris' cash register brims with shiny copper pennies. Since he and partner Dimitri Salivaras opened the Grecian-themed Lost City Bistro Bar last month, they've been charging female customers only a penny a drink every Saturday night. From vodka-and-orange juice to an apple pucker, booze from the well costs merely one cent. "I was looking at bringing some excitement to the city," says the 24-year-old Kafantaris, who's a Cleveland State senior majoring in public relations. "Come nine o'clock, it turns into a Euro-hip club." It's worked so well that they've expanded the penny-a-drink offer to Ladies' Night on Wednesdays. But to Kafantaris' surprise, some women don't take him up on the deal. "They'll pay for their drinks with a dollar bill," he says. "Then they say, 'Here's your tip. Keep the change.'" Sexy Saturday is from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lost City Bistro Bar, 2132 West 25th Street. Admission is free; call 216-621-5678. -- Cris Glaser
Nautica Queen sets sail with country classics.
On June Country Nights, Logan Wells would rather command a corner of the Nautica Queen than take on the noise in a crowded bar. "And during breaks, you can go out on deck and enjoy the skyline," says Wells, who's sung on the cruise liner for the past five summers. Every Wednesday night this month, Wells will perform country classics -- including the Patsy Cline tunes she's so fond of. "I'll even throw some non-country in to liven it up," she says. "It sure beats playing in a smoky club until two o'clock in the morning." She performs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Nautica Queen, 1153 Main Avenue (in the Flats). Tickets are $30; call 216-696-8888. -- Cris Glaser
Singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau swears he's not bitter about his last job. But you'd never know it when he sings the "Substitute Teacher Blues": "I wanna get the hell out of my high school," he sings. "I'm gonna scream at the top of my lungs/No, I don't know why your teacher is absent/Sit down and get your worksheet done." Sounds like someone needs therapy. Montbleau performs at 9 p.m. Friday at Wilbert's, 812 Huron Road. Tickets are $5; call 216-902-4663. -- Cris Glaser