M. Lee Goff, a founding member of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, wants to dispel one myth propagated by TV's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. "We don't dress as well [as our television counterparts]. We're basically a bunch of slobs."
The good doctor, a consultant on CBS's hit show, is the curator of another CSI -- CSI: Crime Scene Insects, an exhibit opening Thursday at HealthSpace Cleveland. Loaded with forensic facts and hands-on activities, CSI looks at the use of beetles, flies, and maggots at crime scenes. "People are always fascinated by insects," says Goff. "It's kind of an attraction-repulsion thing. You combine insects with crimes, and people want to [see it]."
Models, computer stations, specimens, displays, simulated crime scenes, and a strobe-lit sculpture called the Fly Wheel make up the bulk of the exhibition, which oughta sate the public's jones for all things CSI, says Goff. "It presents all the different aspects, from insect evidence to the solution of a crime." CSI: Crime Scene Insects is at HealthSpace Cleveland (8911 Euclid Avenue) through January 30. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $5 for kids; call 216-231-5010. -- Michael Gallucci
Who You Gonna Call?
Ghost hunters prowl Shawshank.
Mansfield Reformatory's Ghost Hunt goes way beyond your typical haunted house. "We have real paranormal investigators who volunteer," says coordinator Janice Urban. "And we never have a night where nothing happens." Participants use flashlights, cameras, and other recording devices to search for apparitions at the all-night affair, which takes place at the same prison where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed. And while some may not see anything at first, they'll often find strange sources of light in their pictures and hear eerie sounds when they review their recorded experiences (collected at www.mrps.org). Huntin' starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (and lasts till 6 Sunday morning) at Mansfield Reformatory (on State Route 545 and Reformatory Road in Mansfield). Admission is $50 (food is included); call 419-522-2644. -- Chris Miller
I Wanna Be Documented
Ramones flick traces the band's rocky road.
When the Ramones first plugged in, sometime in 1974, a revolution was launched. They were four scrappy kids who could play maybe three chords among them. But they made the most of those three chords, spearheading the U.S. punk movement in the process. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones outlines their history and legacy. It also reveals how screwed up Johnny (a fascist), Joey (obsessive-compulsive), and Dee Dee (drug addict) really were. Poignant (only drummer Tommy from the original quartet is still alive) and celebratory, End of the Century is a loud and loving tribute. Hey ho, let's go to the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 10 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450. -- Michael Gallucci
Buckeyes on a Budget
The Shamrock Inn eases the agony and celebrates the ecstasy of weekly OSU games with Sick Saturdays, which include free pizza and 75-cent beers. "We don't get into the glamour or glitz like other joints," says bartender Marty Chick. "But we have what people want: cheap prices." Happy hour begins at noon and runs through 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shamrock Inn, 7500 Mentor Avenue in Mentor; call 440-946-3111. -- Chad Felton