Much like Jimmy Buffett, local singer-songwriter Ray Fogg espouses the virtues of living the life of a beach bum. On his latest CD, last year’s Island Life, he takes a slightly more serious approach than what you’ll find on his previous albums. Sure, there are the requisite party tunes (“Shorts, Sandals and Shades,” “Porch Party”) and silly songs about living on the lake (“Fish Are So Stupid”). But then there are tracks like “Lemonade,” a tender tribute to a bartender with a heart of gold. And “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (The Campfire Song)” and “It Pleases Me” are gentle love songs that have more in common with James Taylor than Jack Johnson. Produced by Frank Romano (who’s played with Rob Thomas and Justin Timberlake), the disc shows Fogg’s range, shifting from goofy blues-rockers to sensitive ballads. Fogg performs at 7:30 p.m. at Put-in-Bay Lakewood (18206 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216.228.1442). Tickets: $5. — Jeff Niesel
In a rare coup for Akron’s struggling live-music scene, one of indie rock’s most fawned-upon acts of 2009 will headline a special show at Musica (51 E. Market St., 330.374.1114), a week before embarking on a national tour with U.K. post-punks Editors. The Antlers went from anonymity to adoration last year with the release of the dark, delicate and often moving Hospice. Much like Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon a year earlier, Antlers frontman Peter Silberman became a poster child for the creative use of isolation. But rather than holing up in a cabin in Wisconsin, Silberman recorded Hospice’s intimate tracks over a two-year period in his Brooklyn apartment. The album was self-released last spring, and after taking off via Internet buzz, it was re-released by an indie label in August. While it seems the Antlers came out of nowhere, Silberman had previously released a pair of solo LPs as well as two EPs with the expanded Antlers lineup of drummer Michael Lerner and keyboardist Darby Cicci. The trio will perform tonight, and it’s a safe bet that it won’t be a show with a great deal of goofing around. After all, the songs on Hospice follow a rather heavy thematic thread of death, helplessness and loss. That’s not to say it’s entirely depressing; sometimes a good cry can leave you feeling better at the end of the day. Just bring tissues. Wild Boy of Averyon and Annabel open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. — Andrew Clayman
Producer Maria Miranda says Microscopes and Megaphones is “a collaborative series of scenes and dance performances that look at little things that contribute to tension in women’s lives.” She and her collaborators developed the work from stories, poetry, anecdotes and conversation — none of which was originally for the stage. “Back in late fall 2008, I was reading an article by [Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author] Nicholas Kristof, who was talking about how decisions American legislators make impact women’s lives in Africa. That is the seed. So I pulled together actor and writer friends and said, ‘I want to do a performance around this.’” The collaborative process began with complicated, politicized social-justice issues and arrived at something that “explores slutty fat girls, an oral-sex memoir, baking as foreplay, the power of punctuation, the hypocrisy of language, degrees of touch and why Mom is the sexiest woman you know,” says Miranda. Maura Haas directs the performance-art collective Whisper to a Scream in this contribution to Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big [BOX] series, which goes on at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave., 216.631.2727). Tickets: $12-$15. — Michael Gill
SPACES Gallery continues to dig into complex issues of the 21st century with In a Most Dangerous Manner, a show that uses publications, found objects, documents, videos, performances and townhall discussions to examine how an “economic crisis” has been used to further divide the rich and poor, especially through market speculation. It’s a far cry from painting and sculpture. Artists include Julia Christensen, Lize Mogel, Katya Sander and Allan Sekula. At the same time, Clevelander Corrie Slawson will use one of the SpaceLab galleries to give a taste of the sculptural installation she’s building, using found materials, on three vacant lots in Midtown. Both exhibits open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. and continue through March 26 at SPACES Gallery (2220 Superior Viaduct, 216.621.2314). Admission is free. — Michael Gill
It’s a simple story: The Count hangs out in a music hall, where he falls in love with singer Sylvia. But since she performs in cafés and theaters — a social ranking just a little bit above “whore” — his father won’t let them marry. In The Gypsy Princess, or Die Csárdásfürstin, Hungarian composer Imre Kalman has his characters sing in a style that melds Hungarian folk songs and Viennese waltzes, which was at the top of the pops back in the early 20th century. It turned out to be his most successful operetta. Spoiler alert: The story ends happily when the young Count learns that his father was in the same situation when he married the Count’s mother, a former singer. Opera Circle continues to explore repertoire beyond the warhorses most companies use to build their seasons with The Gypsy Princess at 7:30 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bohemian National Hall (4939 Broadway Ave., 216.441.2822). Tickets: $10-$55. — Michael Gill
Vroom! Vroom! Vroom! If the sound of a revving motorcycle is an aphrodisiac to you, you’ll want to stop polishing your ride and hustle on down to the I-X Center (1 I-X Center Dr.) for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show this weekend. Street bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, cruisers, vintage bikes — they’re all here, hundreds and hundreds of them, plus all the gear and accessories you need for them. In addition, there are fashion shows, music performances, appearances by Ultimate Fighting Championship stars, a model search and speakers on motorcycle-related topics. Plus, the Ducati Freestyle Team will perform feats you shouldn’t try in the parking lot. A Women’s Center will introduce women to the ins and outs of motorcycling, undoubtedly hoping to get them off the back of their man’s bike and onto their own. Hours are 3-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $6-$15. Go to motorcycleshows.com for information or to purchase advance discount tickets. — Anastasia Pantsios
Anyone who passes by Cleveland State University can see that there are a lot of changes going on there. The physical changes — all the new construction — are visible to the naked eye. But there are less visible changes happening in defining CSU’s mission and how it interacts with and helps sustain the urban community around it. Dr. Ronald Berkman took over as president in April 2009 to usher the school into this new era. At noon today at the City Club of Cleveland (850 Euclid Ave., 216.621.0082), Berkman will talk about some of CSU’s plans for the future. The program, which includes lunch, is $18 for members, $30 for non-members. Call the City Club at least 24 hours in advance to make reservations. — Anastasia Pantsios
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