Cleveland Public Theatre has extended Cut to Pieces, a one-woman show starring Chris Seibert and directed by Raymond Bobgan. Reviewing the production for Scene, Christine Howie wrote: “By taking an age-old trope of several people convened at a spooky mansion and twisting virtually everything thereafter, Bobgan and Seibert come up with a bounty of inspired moments. Cut to Pieces has an innocent arrogance and an energetic spirit of invention that makes it a thoroughly memorable experience.” Initially scheduled to run through this weekend, the additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 4-6 at Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit, 216.631.2727). Tickets: $10 to $20. — Michael Gill
Originally called the Black Supersuckers when they formed in Tucson in 1988, the Supersuckers didn’t have any cow in their punk in those early days. But after only a year together, they packed their bags and moved to Seattle, dropped the “black” part of the moniker and kicked out their singer. Guitarist Eddie Spaghetti made a quick and easy transition to the mic, and it wasn’t long before the guys signed to the venerable Sub Pop label and released The Smoke of Hell. While they’re not nearly as grungey as the rest of Sub Pop’s roster, the Supersuckers fit in with the company’s noise-loving ethos. But everything changed when the band released 1997’s Must’ve Been High, an album that embraced Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings’ outlaw country. The Supersuckers’ latest CD, Get It Together, features more of the same rowdy, kick-your-teeth-in tunes. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999). Tickets: $12 advance, $17 day of show. — Jeff Niesel
For the past 14 years, pianist Sergei Babayan has attracted young players from around the world to study with him at the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy. It’s a little like camp: Kids come from all over to work and play for two weeks, but instead of swimming and roasting marshmallows, they retreat to air-conditioned rooms equipped with Steinways. And instead of counselors leading singalongs with dubious rhyme schemes, there’s a world-class pianist helping the next generation hone their chops. Babayan was the first Soviet Union pianist to compete without government sponsorship after Communism fell. Free of government constraints, he immediately began to snag top prizes in international competitions, including Cleveland’s Casadesus International Piano Competition (predecessor to the Cleveland International Piano Competition) in 1990. He joined the Cleveland Institute of Music’s faculty two years later. “I believe that artists must live and work at a fever pitch in the incessant pursuit of ideal beauty and the highest degree of artistry,” he says. “My hope is to inspire students to focus intensely on a single facet of the music — for hours if necessary.” The fruits of that labor are on display in a final marathon recital by campers, er, students, at 6 p.m. at CIM’s Mixon Hall (11021 East Blvd., 216.791.5000). It’s free. — Michael Gill
After singer-guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left Taking Back Sunday in 2003, no one could have suspected the musical shift they’d make. Ditching the crunching, shout-filled cadence of their former band, Nolan and Cooper took an atmospheric pop route. Straylight Run still tugs at the emo heartstrings, but the band’s backbone is a lilting mix of piano runs, delicate guitar riffs and shifting grooves. While Taking Back Sunday continue to make pouting punk songs, Straylight Run have matured into the sort of group that offers building ballads (“Mile After Mile”), Ben Folds-flavored piano-pop (“Don’t Count Me Out”) and arena-ready rockers (“Wait and Watch”). Sparrows & Arrows, Lovedrug and Run Run Addington open at 7 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $12 advance, $14 at the door. — Matt Whelihan
Stow painter Todd Volkmer hopes XainGO! will accomplish a couple things. First of all, he wanted to create a theatrical experience that shows what goes into making a painting. He also wanted to grow something organic out of local talent. So he teamed up with percussionist Olu Manns and the Ananda Dance Center in Massillon, and provided a musical structure (which he created with a computer program) for his collaborators to build on. Volkmer says the dancers act as “a physical manifestation of the artist’s mind.” As they dance and Manns does his thing, Volkmer will create work that he describes as “physically expressive” and “not some delicate little painting.” He’ll make three paintings during his hour-long shows, which are scheduled for seven weekends throughout the summer. XainGO! kicks off at 4 and 8 p.m. today at Kennedy’s at PlayhouseSquare (1501 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000). Tickets: $18.50-$21. — Michael Gill
The Icho Daiko drum ensemble is more like an orchestra than a drum circle, with structure and discipline driving its performances. Founded in 2003 and drawing on talent from Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, the 20-member company uses the taiko tradition as a way to build bridges between cultures. They headline today’s World Music Festival, which benefits the Denison Avenue United Church of Christ. The Crooked River Native Dance Troupe, Afi Scruggs, Ken Richardson and others are also on the bill. It’s a homespun effort, since most of the performers have some sort of connection to the church (Icho Daiko and the Crooked River Native Dance Troupe, for example, have practiced there for years). “Our world and our society are often so divided,” says pastor Dr. C. Nozomi Ikuta. “We believe that sharing the music and traditions from different cultures is an important way to help people come together.” It starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ (23500 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, 216.631.0904). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. — Michael Gill
Windsong — a local women’s chorus that doesn’t hold auditions; any woman can join the self-proclaimed feminist ensemble — presents a joint concert with the Columbus Women’s Chorus tonight. If the word “herstory” in the group’s bio makes you a little nervous, take heart: Artistic director Karen Weaver is an accomplished choral director who also leads the Good Company chorus and the Chancel Choir of Lakewood Presbyterian Church. Plus, she’s supported by professional players like pianist Karin Tooley, violinist Mary Beth Ions, percussionist Janet Pemberton and bassist Gene Epstein. Each ensemble will perform a set. The concert concludes with the choirs onstage together. The program includes classical choruses, Broadway tunes and Motown songs. It starts at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant (11205 Euclid Ave., 216.556.0858). A reception follows. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. — Michael Gill
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