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
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
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 apollosfire.org or by calling 216.320.0012. Tickets: $10-$60. — Michael Gill
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
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
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
These Florida pop-punks were pop-punk before anyone decided to lazily name the genre. A dozen years into their career, New Found Glory still come off like a bunch of pouty teens on their most recent album, Not Without a Fight. Singer Jordan Pundik still can’t catch a break with girls: They avoid him like he’s a Warren Beatty movie, and then he writes songs about how soul-crushing the whole experience is. Still, there’s some considerable snap to the songs this time around, thanks to some help from another pop-punk OG, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who produced. The zippy bursts of chugging guitar riffs and pop hooks make the guys sound like they’re 19, even if they’re all heading into their 30s. Title Fight and Fallen from the Sky open at 6:30 p.m. at Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999). Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 day of show. — Michael Gallucci
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