Monday, April 14, 2008

Picks of the Week: Cheap burgers, cheap beer, and some awesomely nerdy NPR stuff

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 2:07 PM

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NPR contributor Scott Huler's in town Wednesday.
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 Weekend. Monday: Before you hit the clubs tonight, give your gut a fast-food break by treating it to a quarter-pounder and draft at the Tavern Company’s $5 Burger & Beer Mondays special. For a five-spot, the kitchen crew will plate up a burger with the works along with fries, pickle, and a 10-ounce draft of either Amstel, Guinness, or a half-dozen other brews on tap. If you miss it tonight, don’t sweat it because the deal’s good any Monday until 10 p.m.. The club is at 2260 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Call 216-321-6001 for the scoop. Tuesday: East Coast graffiti meets West Coast anime for River Gallery’s free exhibit, Paintings & Clay. Cleveland artists Lynn O’Brien, Kelly Palmer, and Kevin Snipes have pooled together their newest pieces of stoneware, collages, and clay sculptures that are patterned after the lowbrow movement of pop-art. Translation: Think cartoons and tattoos on coffee mugs and teapots. The gallery is located at 19046 Old Detroit Road in Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 while the exhibit is on display between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Saturday, May 3. Wednesday: Frequent NPR reporter and Cleveland Heights homeboy Scott Huler is in the house tonight to crank up the buzz on his latest book, No-Man’s Land: One Man’s Odyssey Through the Odyssey. The memoir chronicles his 2004 pilgrimage to the Mediterranean to retrace the Greek hero Odysseus’s travels in Homer’s eighth-century B.C. epic. Huler will sign the book at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst’s Legacy Village. Call 216-691-7000. Thursday: Columbus improv troupe Full Frontal Nudity debuts its shtick in Cleveland tonight for the monthly Torque…Full Throttle show. Since 1993, the Cowtown dozen has been playing off one-word suggestions from audiences to create its off-the-cuff skits. But heads-up from comic Stephen Woosley: Leave your fart and dick ideas at home. “People won’t want to watch stuff like that for an hour,” he says. Obviously, he’s never been to Cleveland. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Pub, 2000 Sycamore Street on the West Bank of the Flats. Call the bar at 216-861-4982 for the 411.

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