This weekend's top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who's paid to pick them:
Of all Bob Marley's kids who are making music, Stephen Marley
sounds the most like his dad. He's also the one who comes closest to Bob's aesthetic ethos. His just-released debut album, Mind Control, is a simmering mix of reggae rhythms and hip-hop beats. He has his dad's social spark, dropping rhymes with spiritual and political smarts. He's at House of Blues tonight.
The Great Lakes Science Center opens the cool traveling exhibit Baseball As America
today. It includes a bunch of memorabilia from Cooperstown: the trophy given to Lou Gehrig at his Yankee Stadium send-off; record-breaking home-run bats used by Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, and Mark McGwire; and a chunk of the left-field wall from Boston's famed Fenway Park. There are also tons of baseball cards, clothing, and equipment on view.
We prefer the fun and bubbly Neko Case
of the New Pornographers to the torch-country Neko Case who makes solid solo records like last year's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Either way, we love us some Neko Case, who has a solo show at the Beachland tonight. --Michael Gallucci