Of all John Caponera's routines, it's his impersonation of Chicago sportscaster Harry Caray that people talk about. "I feel funny doing it, because he's been dead for five years," says the funnyman. So his repertoire has expanded -- "from my wife not understanding my enthusiasm for sports to the reason Iraq and Palestine are so messed up . . . because of their lack of sports."
And don't get him started on athletes: "[Mike Tyson's] the only person I know who can drive a Mercedes and say, 'See those license plates? I made them myself!'" Caponera performs Tuesday through Friday, December 31, at Hilarities East 4th Theatre, 2035 East 4th Street. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 to $13 ($25 to $99 on New Year's Eve); call 216-736-4242. -- Cris Glaser
Near-Death Becomes Her
The Other Side sparks artist.
12/23 - 12/31
Kati Russell had never picked up a paintbrush before her near-death experience in 1996. In Atmosphere Is Angels, the Norton artist reveals the cherubs she met during an asthma attack. She remembers meeting her dad and dog in heaven -- right before an angel tapped her on the shoulder and brought her back to life. Ever since, she's painted more than 100 angels. "It works like your favorite song," she says. "It hits your heart and provides a healing in a tone that you can listen to all day." The exhibit runs Saturday through December 31 at Atmosphere, 2335 West 11th Street. It's open 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; call 216-685-9527. -- Cris Glaser
The History of Doodling
12/23 - 10/2
The 80 or so books, missals, and documents gathered in the art museum's Illuminated Manuscripts represent Renaissance Europe's initial efforts at combining text and illustration. The works -- spanning the years 1000 to the early 1600s -- contain scripture, history, philosophy, and science writings paired with ornately rendered drawings of royal courts, angels, foliage, and Jesus. It's one of the largest collections in the United States. The manuscripts are on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gallery 216 (11150 East Boulevard) through October 2. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Call 216-421-7340 for more info. -- Michael Gallucci