Bruce Cameron doesn't care if he's the only guy at the Girls' Night Out Pampered Shopping Party of massages, chocolates, and cocktails with umbrellas. Cameron and girlfriend-author Cathryn Michon are there to boost gals' egos.
On the heels of Michon's The Grrl Genius Guide to Sex, Cameron's How to Remodel a Man offers women man-makeover methods to clean up a guy's "adorable quirks" -- like sniffing his armpits in public and dropping his dirty socks outside the hamper. "I want them to walk out the door armed with the sure knowledge that they can change their men, and they should have the self-confidence and self-esteem to take on that project," says Cameron. "The guy sitting at home won't know what hit him when she comes home."
From a woman's viewpoint, Michon takes it a step further. "There are cancers that can be cured, symphonies that can be written, peace negotiations that can be brokered," she proclaims. "All of this can be done with the hard drives of women's brains that are wasted on thinking about their butts." Girls' Night Out starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Admission is free; call 216-691-7000. -- Cris Glaser
Monsters on the Midway
Concession prices aren't the only scare at Geauga Lake.
Back in the '30s, amusement parks included attractions beyond mere roller coasters. For example, Cedar Point featured such gut-churning displays as a guillotine and other instruments of torture and death. These days, however, the gore's kept to a minimum at sister operation Geauga Lake's Haunt. "[We've] gotten away from gross-out themes," says scenic artist Adam Vavroch. "But it's a lot more challenging than just sprinkling the park with dead bodies and fake blood." So expect to see strolling devils, a pair of haunted houses, and a special exhibit dedicated to various phobias. Get haunted from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through October 31 at Geauga Lake, 1060 North Aurora Road in Aurora. Entrance fee, which includes park admission, is $17.95 after 5 p.m. and $34.95 for full-day fun; call 330-562-8303. -- Lucy McKernan
Actress scores a hit with kid lit.
You gotta hand it to Jamie Lee Curtis. In addition to having one of the greatest screen screams ever (see Halloween) and performing one helluva movie comeback last year (see Freaky Friday), Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh's daughter has been married to Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest for almost 20 years and has turned into a pretty respectable children's author. Her sixth collaboration with illustrator Laura Cornell, It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel, was published last month. It's a fun and breezy read (about self-control) by the mother of two. Curtis signs her book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Admission is free; call 216-691-7000. -- Michael Gallucci
Get Your Churn On
Hale Farm's Harvest Festival turns back the clock to a time when cider pressing, corn processing, and wagon rides were all the rage. "We [show] how families in the 1800s prepared for winter," says spokeswoman Karen Pozna. It happens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath. Admission is $12, $7 for kids. Call 877-425-3327 for more information. -- Matt Leavitt
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