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A Chaplin classic at Severance Hall
Sounds of Silent
Turns out Charlie Chaplin was way more than just The Little Tramp. The writer, actor, and director also composed the scores for his silent movies, including his 1931 masterpiece City Lights. "It's wonderful music," says conductor Bill Eddins of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. "It's very evocative of the times, and it's always fun to bring it to life." Eddins will be doing just that tonight at Severance Hall, where City Lights will be shown in its entirety. Providing the live, 88-minute soundtrack: the Cleveland Orchestra, under Eddins' baton. This isn't the first time the conductor, pianist, and "damn good cook" has put an orchestra through its paces with a Chaplin program. To date, he's tackled the scores of four Chaplin films and has conducted City Lights more times than he can easily recall. "It's such a wonderful communal experience for the audience," Eddins says. "It's a great story, a sweet ending, and just a wonderful piece of entertainment." The wonders begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $41 to $82 (and box seats are $108) by phone or online. Members of the Cleveland Cinematheque save 50 percent at the Severance Hall box office. — Elaine T. Cicora
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
A Final Fling at MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art will soon be moving to new facilities just outside University Circle, vacating its present Carnegie Avenue location. To mark the move, MOCA is hosting FINALE, a closing concert and art performance. The expansive musical experience For Philip Gusman, by late composer Morton Feldman, anchors tonight's so-long soirée. The piece will be performed in its four-hour entirety by Madeline Lucas, Shuai Wang Bertalan, and Brian Sweigart, three local musicians and graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music. High and mournful, Philip Gusman's inclusion in the evening's festivities presumably offers catharsis for those with lingering sadness for the occasion. Meantime, exhibition artist Ben Kinsley's performance 8501 to 11400 will be more forward-looking. He and his merry band (and very likely select audience members) will expressively preview MOCA's forthcoming reincarnation, while also detailing what of its old life will be retained. Tonight's finale will also be the last chance to see the last two exhibitions in MOCA's Carnegie space: 8501 to 11400: On Moving, featuring work by local artists Corrie Slawson, Brandon Juhasz, and Ben Kinsley (yes, him again) and Ursula Rydingsvard's monumental exhibition Sculpture. Light refreshments will be served. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. It's free and open to the public. — Joseph Clark
8501 Carnegie Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
The Moondog Coronation Ball
Don't be surprised if you spot Rock & Roll hanging around the lobby of your local Social Security office soon. After all, the old coot is well into his seventh decade. We were reminded of this by the fact that tonight is the 60th — 60th! — edition of the Moondog Coronation Ball. Generally acknowledged as the world's first rock concert, the Ball was the brainchild of Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, whose credits include coining the very term "rock & roll." Launched in 1952, the first ball came to a riotous end only moments after it began, shut down by fire authorities for overcrowding. While tonight's version at Quicken Loans Arena shouldn't include that kind of excitement, it still sounds pretty cool. On the list of attractions: Alan's son Lance Freed and a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave fame). Plus, there'll be music from Creedence Clearwater Revisited, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. The crowd is usually pretty entertaining too, maybe as proof that rock & roll's attitude is still alive and kicking. Doors open at 5:30, and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $67.50, $52.50, and $37.50 by phone, online, at the Q Box office, and at all NEO Discount Drug Marts. Just consider it a kickoff to Induction Week, which culminates April 14 with the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. — Cicora
1 Center Court, 888-894-9424, qarena.com.
Feed the Hungry, Feed the Soul
Wine, food, music, and an auction of original artwork — all crammed inside the art-filled confines of the Lake Erie Screw Building: You can be excused for thinking tonight's Soul Food shindig is a party, not a skirmish in the war against hunger. "It's been a collaborative effort," organizer Jason Weiner says simply. In fact, as vice chair of the Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach program (the outreach arm of Trinity Lutheran Church), Weiner's pretty much been floored by the help he's received. That extends from the 35 artists who have donated original pieces for the live auction, to chef Matt Somich, who is preparing tonight's spread of gourmet soups, fancy sandwiches, and assorted desserts. Also on the schedule: DJ Xe La spinning soul and R&B, and We the People funking it up at the official after party. Maybe best of all, admission is an all-inclusive $10 (cash only, at the door), leaving you with plenty of dough for bidding on silent-auction items like a weekend getaway to Kelleys Island and a Kindle Fire. Check out the TLCO page on Facebook for more information. — Cicora
13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood.
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At the Lakewood Library
Hey Hey It's the Monkeys!
No joke: Today is April Fools' Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a visit from the Smokin' Fez Monkeys? The self-proclaimed "special ops unit in the war against seriousness" will be serving up their signature combination of silliness and style at Lakewood Public Library beginning at 1 p.m. Their performance is part of the library's free Sunday concert series, which has played host to the 21st-century jug band several times in the past. "Our audiences really pay attention to our musical guests: no musical wallpaper here," says programming and publicity staffer Leana Donofrio-Milovan. "For April Fools' Day, we wanted to have some fun without sacrificing the great musicianship. Who else but the Smokin' Fez Monkeys would fit the bill?" The concert is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required. — Cicora
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood,
216-226-8275 x127, lkwdpl.org.