All That Jazz

Local bop combo unveils a new CD.

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Whiskey Daredevils Beachland Ballroom Saturday, June 25
The Northcoast Jazz Collective gets folks in the mood every Sunday at Fat Fish Blue.
The Northcoast Jazz Collective gets folks in the mood every Sunday at Fat Fish Blue.
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Soon after Mark Grey stepped off the plane in Cleveland after a stint with the Marines in Hawaii, the Northcoast Jazz Collective drummer discovered that the land of leis and luaus was a world away from Cleveland's jazz scene. "Hawaii has a very small-town mentality, with a lot of local Hawaiian music and reggae, and not a lot of jazz," says Grey. "It was a very good-ol'-boy network, all tied-in, and hard to break into unless you were playing rock."

Upon his homecoming in 2001, Grey founded the post-bop quartet, which just released its self-titled debut CD. Since then, the foursome has been shoring up bookings at several area jazzfests and clubs, including a standing Sunday gig at Fat Fish Blue.

"Unfortunately, what happens with some Cleveland clubs is that, after a while, they want to make nothing but big dollars," says Grey. "So they eventually become all blues. By having a venue that presents New Orleans-style food, it goes right with the type of music we're playing. It gets people in the mood." The Northcoast Jazz Collective performs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Avenue. Admission is free; call 216-875-6000. -- Cris Glaser

God Created Woman
Movie mixes faith and sex.


Religion and sexuality don't mix. Theologians, scholars, and playwrights have been telling us that for centuries. In The Holy Girl -- Lucrecia Martel's simmering look at a weekend conference where doctors, Catholic schoolgirls, and conflicting emotions converge -- the combination makes for some wonderful discord. Sulky Amalia is the most pious of the bunch. Or is she? In between Bible readings and devout discussions, she trails a married, middle-aged physician who inadvertently rubbed against her in public. (Or was the contact intentional? Director Martel doesn't let on.) Searching for a sign from God, the teen decides to save the doctor's soul. There are no real answers and not even a conclusion here, just an expertly helmed jumble of budding desires and complicated situations. The Holy Girl is at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 7 p.m. Friday and 9:20 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450. -- Michael Gallucci

Back to the Future
Old-school soul fires up club night.

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Clair, Hamilton's latest DJ night, is all about old-school R&B. "It's short for clairvoyant," explains owner Marc Hewlett. "Not so much seeing into the future, but seeing into the past." Time-tripping mumbo-jumbo aside, Hewlett calls the Thursday-night gathering a "little bit out of the box," with a rotating cast of DJs turntabling everything from vintage Luther Vandross to sultry Sade (pictured). "Instead of high-energy music or disco-house, it's more like a soulful deep-house," he says. "No hip-hop." Clair takes place from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Hamilton's, 1415 Euclid Avenue. Admission is free; call 216-241-7721. -- Cris Glaser

Our Bodies, Ourselves


In the latest Omnimax offering, The Human Body (opening Saturday), an animated tomato is your guide to the stomach. Along the way, you'll learn that a human being can grow 40 yards of body hair daily, and a man can squirt 500 million bad boys every time he ejaculates. Show times are noon, 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 p.m. daily through September 18 at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Avenue. Tickets are $4.95 to $8.95; call 216-694-2000. -- Cris Glaser

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