Thursday, May 28, 2009

6/6: Dave Brubeck Quartet

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 4:18 PM

At the Allen Theatre, 8 p.m., with guest Kurt Elling. For tickets call 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353, or visit tricpresents.com.

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6-4: Reception for Year of the Ox public art project

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:00 PM

4f4c/1242919464-ox.jpgSt. Clair Superior Development Corporation continues to honor the Chinese calendar with the installation of sculpted animals — oxen, this year — customized by local artists. Participating artists include Martin Boyle, JoAnn DePolo, Willie Duck, Michael Greenwald, Beth Gregerson, Rick Heller, Ron and Margie Hill, Milan Kecman, Mitzi Lai, Krisztina Lazar, Kirk Mangus, Sylvia Masek, Billy Nainiger, Lisa Ruschman, Alane Sandoval and Scott Pickering, Terri Snider, Karen Wellman and Veronica Zak. CSDC begins its celebration with a free reception featuring the Cleveland School of the Arts Jazz Trio from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 1 at the Galleria (1301 E. 9th St.). The herd will be unveiled to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at Wooltex Gallery in the Tower Press Building (1900 Superior). On June 5, they will be installed in St. Clair-Superior, Downtown, and in University Circle. — Michael Gill

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6-3: Taste of Cleveland Heights/Heights Youth Club benefit

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Cleveland Heights has become well known for its restaurants. On June 3, 18 of those great restaurants will team up to raise money for the Heights Youth Club, which provides a safe place for kids to hang out. Taste of the Heights will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HYC building at 2065 Lee Rd. Chefs from Anatolia Café, Marotta’s, Lopez, Pacific East, Nighttown and many others will be dishing up tastes of their most popular items. The all-star bar will be tended by Kathy Simkoff (Grog Shop), Declan Synnott (Parnell’s Pub) and Jim Brennan (Colony). Entertainment will be provided by the kids. Cost is $50. Cash bar. — Douglas Trattner

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5-31: Kevin Devine at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

8f82/1242851903-kevindevine.jpgKevin Devine’s fans don’t spend much time obsessing over his thought-provoking lyrics or entrancing acoustic melodies. But they do wish he was their best friend. The Brooklyn native is a charismatic conversationalist, a deep-thinking philosopher and a creative wanderer. Devine’s charm shines onstage, where he quickly switches between tense, emotional songs and teasing obnoxious people in the audience. His songs delve into weighty topics — death, religion (or lack of), war — all while maintaining a musical edge that ranges from lo-fi acoustic to aggressive half-singing/half-yelling. For this tour, Devine is bringing along his Goddamn Band, which beefs up his sound from the usually quiet acoustic sets he plays. Expect to hear plenty of songs from his new album, Brother’s Blood, like “Another Bag of Bones” (a tense and searing portrait of wartime devastation), and fan faves like “No Time Flat.” Miniature Tigers, Plastic Hearts and Brian Bonz open at 7:30 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Danielle Sills

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5-31: Lilies at Cleveland Playhouse

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

3015/1242852311-lilies.jpgCanadian playwright Michel Marc Bouchard made his breakthrough in 1987 with his best-known play, Les Feluettes ou la Répétition d’un drame romantique (or as we say in English, Lilies, or the Revival of a Romantic Drama). The story, which unfolds as a play within a play, is staged by prisoners who recount the events surrounding a gay love triangle among students at a Catholic boys’ school in rural Canada before the first World War. It’s presented as a staged reading at 7:30 tonight at the Cleveland Playhouse’s Brooks Theatre (8500 Euclid Ave., 216.771.5862). Pierre-Jacques Brault directs. It benefits the Mercury Summer Stock Theatre. Tickets: $10. — Michael Gill

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5-30: White Rabbits at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

e1fb/1242851591-white-rabbits.jpgWhite Rabbits toured with Spoon. Spoon’s Britt Daniel produced their new album. They even sound like Spoon. And please stop complaining about the dearth of percussion-driven indie-rock — White Rabbits have two drummers! The Brooklyn band is touring behind its just-released second album, It’s Frightening. In fact, tonight’s show at the Grog Shop is only the second stop. All of the group’s new songs boast a spacious soundscape of jittery drumming, piercing guitar and edgy voices. “Percussion Gun” hurtles forward with tribal throbbing reminiscent of Man Man, complete with rumbling bass and the echoed reverberation of electric guitar. “Company I Keep” takes a more laid-back approach, with a slow shuffling beat and scratching-but-gentle crooning by Stephen Patterson. The six-member band will play material from both It’s Frightening and its 2007 debut, Fort Nightly. It’s probably your last chance to see them before they hit the big time. Fellow Brooklynites the Subjects open the show, along with Cleveland’s Mother Country Madmen and the Hot Rails, at 9 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10. — Danielle Sills

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5-30: Mustard Plug at the Agora

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:00 AM

7930/1242851150-mustardplug.jpgRemember the ’90’s ska revival? Michigan’s Mustard Plug does. The band, despite the cash-ins and disintegration of its peers, remains independent after 17 long years. Their sixth album, 2007’s In Black and White, is a little dark, but it’s a testament to the group’s endurance. It’s no secret that most ska bands’ happy-sounding tunes disguise ultra-bleak lyrics. Mustard Plug is no exception. “Think of every person that has walked into the door/Think of every tear that was shed upon the floor/Every baby’s cry answered, every lover’s sigh met,” sings frontman Dave Kirchgessner on “Who Benefits?” Punk kids never grow up. Pinstripes, Shams, Mein Skampf and Sellin’ You Short open at 7 p.m. at the Agora Ballroom (5000 Euclid Ave., 216.881.2221). Tickets: $11. — Nick DeMarino

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