VIVA series begins with sounds of Cape Verde, Saturday, October 18Born in 1975 - the same year her homeland, the West African archipelago known as Cape Verde, split from Portugal - Lura's music is at the intersection of those cultures. She sings in the Creole language of the islands, and the Latin-influenced sound is not bouncy with rhythm, but smooth and sultry - a mix of French Afropop, Brazilian music and traditional African sounds. Lura opens the annual world tour that is the Cleveland Museum of Art's Viva and Gala Around Town music series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Murch Auditorium (1 Wade Oval Dr.). Tickets: $34, or $32 for museum members. Call 216.421.7350 or go to clemusart.com.
Everybody is desperate for work. There are more applicants than jobs. Every applicant has a personal story of need and desire. Sometimes they're even friendly with the people they're competing against. No, it's not the lobby of the new Wal-Mart; it's the musical about auditioning for a musical, Marvin Hamlisch's A Chorus Line, which just began a 12-night stand at the Palace Theatre on PlayhouseSquare. The winner of nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer for drama, the original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances - the most ever for a show at the time. Tickets: $10-$65. Through October 26. Call 216.241.6000 or go to playhousesquare.com.
There's plenty of material for trumpets in the Baroque repertoire. But you don't hear it in period instrument programs nearly as much as works for winds and strings, largely because the natural brass instruments are so finicky and difficult to play. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo's Fire open their season with a program called "A King Is Crowned: Handel Salutes the Royal Family," which, as the title implies, comes with plenty of fanfare - and brass and timpani to fortify the sound. Soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle and Apollo's Singers provide the vocal fireworks in the series of performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairlawn Lutheran Church (3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn). Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights), and 4 p.m. Sunday at Rocky River United Methodist Church (19414 Detroit Rd.). Tickets: $20-$60. Call 216.320.0012, or go to apollosfire.org.
Lakewood City Council is in the process of establishing three arts districts, all of which are off to good starts. One, the Screw Factory, is following a familiar path, with individual artists finding a home in vacated industrial space. Where Lake Erie Screw Corporation used to make screws, artists are now making everything from paintings to jewelry to prints. Go to the back corner of Bird Town from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday for Lake Erie Building Artists' Open Studios. Artists participating include Gina DeSantis, Ann Onusko, Marc Konys, Marcy Herman, Achala Wali, M.C. Nagel, Ruth Sholtis-Furyes and Anne Linsky. The Screw Factory is at 13000 Athens Ave., on the second and third floors. For more information and a complete list of artists, visit ginadesantisceramics.com.
Lev Polyakin has sat in the Cleveland Orchestra First Violin section since 1982, which would be plenty to keep a person busy. But he's kept up a schedule of extracurricular activity that makes him one of the busiest and most adventurous musicians in town. He also plays with the Russian Blue Jazz Trio (bassist Martin Block, guitarist Bob Fraser and drummer Roy King) as an outlet for ideas influenced by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Stephane Grappelli and others. The trio performs at the Mandel Jewish Community Center's Stonehill Auditorium (26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $15. Call 866.546.1358 or go to clevejcc.org. CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA FAMILY CONCERT It's the kids who're getting earfuls and eyefuls this week at Severance Hall, as the Cleveland Orchestra presents a series of concerts just for them. A highlight of a week targeted at school groups is the first Family Concert of the season, a program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade, conducted by Tito Munoz, with a performance by the Enchantment Theater Company. Sheherazade is the girl who survived captivity by regaling the Sultan with fantastic tales that survey the folklore of India, Persia, Syria, Egypt and Arabia. The Enchantment Theatre Company augments the music with a blend of puppetry, magic and mime. Also on the kid-length (hour-long) program are Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila and Stravinsky's Circus Polka, Composed for a Young Elephant. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Come early, because for an hour before the performances, kids can hold and play some instruments (assisted by students from Baldwin-Wallace College), listen to TACO (The Awesome Children's Orchestra) and look at art created by children who attended Cleveland Orchestra education concerts last year. Tickets: $10-$28. Call 216.231.1111 or go to clevelandorchestra.com.
When his sister died at age 3, because the family couldn't afford good medical care, Hoagy Carmichael vowed he'd never be poor again. He earned bachelor's and law degrees from Indiana University, but it was the keyboard skills he'd learned from his mother that earned him money and eventually led him to write "Star Dust," "Heart and Soul" and many other hit songs in the first half of the 20th century. Tri-C Jazz Fest and the Music Theater Project presents The Song Is You: Music of Hoagy Carmichael at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tri-C Western Campus Theatre (11000 Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma) and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tri-C Metropolitan Campus Main Stage Theatre (2900 Community College Ave.). Tickets $15- $17. Call 216.241.6000 or go to tricpresents.com.
Jason's Uncle Pelias murdered his brother, the king, and usurped the throne. So when young Jason, the rightful heir, conceives a trip to the other side of the world to claim a legendary Golden Fleece, Pelias encourages him. He doubts that his nephew will return from the trip, because he knows of certain hazards - like the big rocks that move with aggression, an army of skeletons, and the monsters and dragons that hide in the shadows. But perhaps he underestimates Jason and the crew of his ship, the Argo. Visible Fictions, a theater company based in Scotland, brings the story of Jason and the Argonauts to life in two performances, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, inside of the Idea Center (1375 Euclid Ave.) on PlayhouseSquare. It's part of the Discovery Series. Tickets: $10-$20. Call 216.241.6000 or go to playhousesquare.org.
The late Heinz Poll left not only a legacy of dance, but an autobiography that chronicles his life, from birth in Germany in 1926 to his death from kidney failure in 2006. It is an eloquent and introspective book. Edited by longtime Ohio Ballet volunteer and, eventually, Associate Director Barbara Schubert, A Time to Dance is the latest in the University of Akron Press series about Ohio history and culture. GroundWorks Dancetheater and Verb Ballets - both of which include members who inherited works from the beloved choreographer - will honor Poll and the publication of his memoir from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Judson Manor (1890 E. 107th St.). Join them for remembrances (by Schubert, Dr. Margaret Carlson, David Shimotakahara and Jane Startzman), and a performance by GroundWorks. The event is free, but make your reservation by calling 216.791.2168.