Thursday, October 29, 2009

10/29: Lotus at HOB

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

What genre do these serial music-fest performers fall into? Simply calling Lotus an instrumental jam band doesn’t work — even though the group keeps its structure tight while leaving plenty of room for improvisation. It’s not merely an electronic band either, especially with the members’ strong jazz-funk leanings. Whether or not they fall squarely into a niche doesn’t really matter. They’re wildly eclectic artists whose music can be played in a dance club (“Bellwether” includes a vocoder and plenty of guitar), a hipster lounge or even an upscale jazz joint. There are real thrills onstage — particularly during one of Lotus’ thematic gigs, like the time they dressed up as rock stars who died when they were 27 and played Doors and Nirvana cover songs all night. Psych-rockers the Egg open at 8 p.m. at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $13 advance, $16 day of show. — Ernest Barteldes

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

10/29-11/1: Franklin Stein's Project at CSU

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:31 PM

It’s a short and sweet run, and timed just right: Cleveland State University’s Factory Theatre reworks Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Halloween, complete with allusions to famous retellings of the gothic tale. Franklin Stein's Project is set in Geneva County High School, where a student, Franklin Stein, seeks revenge for years of ridicule with a horrific science-fair project. The play’s creative team — writer Lew Wallace and director John Paul Soto — lead the student-run production, which follows in the spooky spirit of last year’s hit Night of the Living Dead. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday, with midnight performances tomorrow and Saturday, and a final 7 p.m. show on Sunday at CSU’s Factory Theatre (1833 E. 23rd St., 216.687.2113). Tickets: $5-$10. — Michael Gill

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10/29: Apollo’s Fire

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Soprano Nell Snaidas, whose specialty is Italian and Spanish baroque music, has stretched far beyond that period. She translated Alicia Keys’ “Superwoman” into Italian so Keys could sing it with Kathleen Battle at last year’s American Music Awards. She also appeared on Broadway in Hair and can be heard in Mel Brooks’ The Producers movie musical. But it’s baroque songs that bring Snaidas back to Cleveland this week, when her Mediterranean Nights tour (with Spanish dancer and guitarist Steve Player) hooks up with Apollo’s Fire for a series of shows. The program plays at 7:30 tonight at First United Methodist Church (263 E. Mill St., Akron), 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts.), 4 p.m. Sunday at Rocky River Presbyterian Church (21750 Detroit Rd., Rocky River) and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Federated Church (76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls). You can find more info at or by calling 216.320.0012. Tickets: $10-$60. — Michael Gill

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10/29: The Skull & Skeleton in Art

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Skull and skeleton motifs crop up constantly in art — from ancient Roman paintings and 17th-century Dutch still lifes to the contemporary photography of Joel-Peter Witkin and Mexican folk art to the melodramatic outpourings of depressed art-school students. The symbolism is always the same: an omen of mortality. But artists frequently use skeletons and skulls in humorous contexts, laughing in the face of that mortality. That’s the attitude taken by A Vehicle for Satire: The Skull & Skeleton in Art — Folk Art to Pop Culture, now on display at the Lakeland Community College Art Gallery (7700 Clocktower Dr., Bldg. D, First Floor, Kirtland, 440.525.7029). Twenty-three area artists — including notables like Anna Arnold, George Kocar and Julius Lyles — offer their spirited, often irreverent takes on these classic icons. There’s an artist reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday that doubles as a Day of the Dead celebration — come in costume. The show runs though November 3. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. — Anastasia Pantsios

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

10/27: U23D at the Rock Hall

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Over the years, dedicated rock fans have heard music legends from the Dead Boys to Pete Seeger hold forth in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 4th Floor Theatre, sitting for interviews and/or playing impromptu, unplugged or stripped-down sets on the small stage. Now the space is getting a facelift to expand its functions, and a new name, the Foster Theater, in honor of benefactors Gregg and Madelyn Foster. The renovated theater will feature upgraded sound, better lighting, a larger screen and state-of-the-art projection, and increased seating. It will be fitted with improved recording capacity, for archiving the events that take place there and to live-stream its educational programs. The theater will also boast 3D film-screening capability, which will show off starting next Tuesday, October 27 with U2 3D, a concert film shot in Buenos Aires in 2006 on the final leg of U2’s Vertigo tour. The film will screen daily through January 2. It’s free with museum admission. — Anastasia Pantsios

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10/29: FODfest at Kent Stage

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Soon after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, those who loved him set out to honor his life by doing no less than changing the world. One of the Daniel Pearl Foundation’s ongoing efforts is FODfest (for Friends of Danny), “a touring celebration of music’s ability to build a connection in community between all of us.” The month-long tour visits Kent Stage (175 E. Main St., Kent) October 29. Billed as “part concert, part song-swap and part jam session,” FODfest’s Kent stop will feature Evie Morris, SONiA (Disappear Fear), close Pearl friend Todd Mack and others yet to be announced. For ticket information call 330.677.5005. — Frank Lewis

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10/28: Rev. Gene Robinson at Trinity Cathedral

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM

The election of the Rev. Gene Robinson in 2003 as bishop of New Hampshire’s diocese was a catalyst for a conservative wing within the U.S. Episcopal Church to act on their grievances: A handful of dioceses and parishes announced their intention to leave the U.S. church communion due to its increasing acceptance of gay unions, spotlighted by the election of the openly gay Robinson. While the media — having their usual field day when they sniff controversy — has often depicted these renegades as creating some kind of split-down-the-middle catastrophe for the church, the greater part of it is moving toward full acceptance of LGBT people in all roles, despite the stoking of differences by meddling homophobes like Nigerian Bishop Peter Akinola. Bishop Robinson is widely considered to be an inspiring leader and activist for social justice; his book, In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God, which came out last year, tells the story of his journey. So does For the Bible Tells Me So, the 2007 documentary about the collision of religion and homosexuality. Robinson himself will tell his story at Trinity Cathedral (2230 Euclid Ave., 216.771.3630, at 7:30 p.m. He’ll also preach at the choral evensong service at 6 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. — Anastasia Pantsios

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