Brain Work

Hiromi settles the score.

Horrorpops The Agora Theatre Thursday, May 27
Hiromi tickles up to 88 keys at Nighttown this week.
Hiromi tickles up to 88 keys at Nighttown this week.

Hiromi doesn't like to be pigeonholed. Brain, the new album from the 24-year-old Japanese pianist, jumps from jazz to classical to pop to free-form improvisation. "I have no argument with what people want to call me," she says. "I'm just playing music that comes out of me. I have many influences in many areas." Her childhood informs her work ("I don't try to write in Japanese style, but I grew up there, and it's in my blood," she says), but it was her stint as a jingle writer that shapes her songs. "I was using music cues, and it was more like film scoring," explains Hiromi, who now lives in Boston. "It didn't feel like I was writing commercial music. I was composing music to a visual image. I still need to create some kind of visual image to inspire and stimulate me." Hiromi plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $20; call 216-795-0550. -- Michael Gallucci

Chick Pick


Robert Harling based the bittersweet Steel Magnolias on his mother's beauty-shop pals. Prepare to weep like a little girl at Beck Center (17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood) when the play opens Friday. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through June 27. Tickets are $15 to $22.50; call 216-521-2540. -- Cris Glaser

Dream Weavers

SAT 6/5

On its new CD, No Assembly Required, cool jazz quintet Pieces of a Dream applies its traditional breezy sound to 10 originals and a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Devotion." Hear 'em at 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday at Peabody's, 2083 East 21st Street. Tickets are $8; call 216-776-9999. -- Michael Gallucci

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