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Monday, March 24, 2008

C-Notes' Entertainment Picks of the Week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 1:10 PM

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The stage version of The Color Purple comes to Playhouse Square
Every Monday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do in the week ahead. For more options, log onto entertainment.clevescene.com. And check back Friday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Monday: Five Russian artists depict their post-Soviet Union homeland in Opus Gallery’s latest exhibit, New Arrivals. The 25-piece collection of oil paintings, watercolors, and etchings symbolizes life after the collapse of Soviet communism. Gallery owner Margarita Shuster says she’s been keeping track of artists like Maya Eventov and Andrei Protsouk since the early ’90s. See for yourself between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Opus, 27629 Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere. Call 216-595-1376 before the show ends on Saturday, April 26... Tuesday: The Color Purple snagged a gazillion Oscar nods back in 1985. Now it’s been turned into a stage phenomenon that opens on Playhouse Square tonight. See Celie battle incest, bigotry, and betrayal in the deep South, when the curtains go up at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, April 13, at the Palace Theatre, 1501 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $27.50 to $82.50 by calling 216-771-8403. Wednesday: Root for your favorite presidential candidate as Budapest Blonde hosts its annual March Madness Martini Tasting. Owner Ilona Simon usually names different martinis after teams in the NCAA basketball tournament. But because it’s election year, she’s decided to christen the drinks with names like Obamatini, McCaintini, and the Hillary. Tickets are $25 for the 7 p.m. tasting by calling 440-237-0292. Thursday: U.S. figure-skating champ Todd Eldredge joins fellow Olympian standouts like Sasha Cohen, Michael Weiss, and Kyoko Ina for the 22nd annual Smuckers’ Stars on Ice at the Q www.theqarena.com. For his contribution, the 36-year-old Eldredge plans to skate to the Moody Blues’ “Knights in White Satin” as well as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from the Broadway hit, Monty Python’s Spamalot. Showtime is at 7 p.m., with tickets running between $23 and $108. Call 216-241-2121.

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