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If you survive St. Pat's, here's some stuff to do the rest of the week

Thursday | 17

St. Patrick's Day

Go Green, Save Green

All dressed up in your St. Paddy's Day finery, and nowhere to show it off? Wear green today to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and get half off your regular admission. Better still, go green in the recycling sense — by bringing in an old cell phone or charger — and your admission to the zoo and Rainforest is free. It's all part of the zoo's "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" program, which has collected and recycled nearly 4,000 phones since it launched in 2005. The zoo is open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3900 Wildlife Way. For more information, call 216-661-6500 or check out — Elaine T. Cicora

CityMusic Cleveland

A Violinist Tells a Tale Through Her Music

Conductor Joel Smirnoff leads a series of free CityMusic Cleveland concerts this weekend at venues throughout the region, featuring music by Tchaikovsky and Bizet. The soloist is Dylana Jenson, a critically acclaimed violinist whose story, like Bizet's Carmen, has taken some tragic twists. An extraordinarily gifted musician, Jenson started her studies at age two, and at 17 became the youngest — and first female — silver-medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Subsequently she played throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall. But when she married at 21, her wealthy benefactor took back her beloved violin, claiming a married woman could not be serious about her art. After a long struggle to reclaim her voice, Jenson recently re-emerged on the classical music scene, channeling years' worth of emotion into her music. You can hear the results tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St. in Elyria. Additional concerts are set for Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, in Cleveland venues. For details, go to — Cicora

Friday | 18

The Noise Returns to Playhouse Square


We've seen them banging on trashcans and hubcaps for the past 20 years. Now the boys and girls of STOMP return to Cleveland, bringing their tuneful tools to the Palace Theatre for five weekend performances. Founded in 1991 in the U.K., the energetic percussive-theater troupe has made its way around the world many times over, tackling projects ranging from a collaboration with the Muppets to their own IMAX film. This weekend's shows will feature two new routines built around paint cans and giant tractor-tire inner tubes. "Every reworking has stayed true to the original premise of the show," says co-creator Steve McNicholas. "That is, to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor." Tonight's performance is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 to $55. Snap 'em up at 216-241-6000 or online at The Palace Theatre is at 1615 Euclid Ave. in Playhouse Square. — Chrissy Niehaus

Gallery Hop

Third Friday at 78th Street Studios

You can shop, chat with dozens of local artists, and enjoy live music from the Cleveland Chamber Collective this evening without braving one single raindrop, snowflake, or blast of cold air. That's because it's time again for Third Friday, the indoor gallery hop at the 78th Street Studios. You'll find world-class galleries, artists' studios, and assorted entertainment — not to mention the highly anticipated cheap wine and yellow cheese cubes! — throughout the sprawling space that once was home to American Greetings' creative studios. (In fact, the five-building complex — dating back, in part, to 1905 — seems to enjoy a surfeit of artistic mojo, having once sheltered local talents like R. Crumb and Derek Hess, as well.) Among tonight's highlights, view an exhibition of regional watercolors at Kokoon Arts Gallery, attend the grand opening of streetscape artist Susie Frazier's showroom, watch artwork unfold at the collaborative Six in Studio project, and shop the 4th Coast Pop Up Market. Several galleries are holding receptions tonight as well: For an example, see the preview of Legation's Fluid Forms & Fleshy Coats, at right. It all happens from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1300 West 78th Street, one block north of Lake Avenue. For more info, call 440-503-5506 or go to — Cicora

Arty Party

Fluid Forms & Fleshy Coats

As part of tonight's Third Friday festivities at the 78th Street Studios, you can drop by Legation, a Gallery from 5 to 11 p.m. for the opening of Fluid Forms & Fleshy Coats, an exhibition by six female sculptors and installation artists from Northeast Ohio colleges. Co-curated by gallery owner Hilary Aurand and her mentor, Kent State University sculptor Isabel Farnsworth, the exhibition explores altered realities by way of objects affected by everyday abrasion, invasion, and imagination. For instance, artist Carey McDougall drapes Shaker furniture with evidences of unromantic daily life; sculptor Susan McClelland creates works that meditate on the persistence of identity; and in pieces like "Roost," Farnsworth explores the thoughts that settle in our consciousness like little birds. Starting at 9 p.m., local musician Ashley Brooke Toussant will perform too. The exhibition continues through April 8 at 1300 D West 78th St. For more information, call 216-650-4201 or go to — Joseph Clark

Happy Hour!

Eat, Drink, & Support a Hometown Filmmaker

Producer-director Najaa Young may call L.A. home these days, but she grew up on Cleveland's East Side in a family that practiced Ifa, the traditional Nigerian religion. At the time, it seemed tough. "When you can't explain to the other kids why you aren't a Christian, it tends to make you a pariah," she recalls. But like many childhood experiences, it became a source of inspiration, eventually spurring her to collect the stories of other African Americans who have embraced the culture and religion of their forebears. The resulting project — the documentary American Africans — has taken Young from coast to coast interviewing scores of artists, academics, educators, and shamans, including a modern Yoruba king in South Carolina. Now she is back in Cleveland, completing additional interviews and hosting a fund raiser to ensure the project's summer completion. You can show your support by attending this evening's happy hour in the downtown YMCA. A suggested $25 donation will snag you apps, live entertainment from Cleveland vocalist and film contributor Barbara J. Barrett, and the chance to see the film's fascinating extended trailer. It all happens from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Y's Butler Room at 2200 Prospect Ave. Free parking is available. For more information, go to — Cicora

Saturday | 19

Cold Comfort

Grand River Ice Wine Festival

You can sample ice wines from five Northeast Ohio wineries today from noon to 5 p.m., during the Eighth Annual Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival. Ice wine is created from grapes that have frozen on the vine — making it perfectly suited to our climate. That's probably why the sweet dessert wine has become one of the region's most critically acclaimed products, and why a chance to compare the output of five separate makers could prove both enlightening and delicious. Featured wineries, all conveniently located within a few miles of each other, include Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards. At each stop along the route, $5 ($4, if you bring in a canned food item for local food banks) will snag you a wine sample, a snazzy app (no Cheez Whiz on crackers here!), and acess to a variety of special events, including ice-carving demos, cooking demos, and crafts from local artists. For maps and more information, call 440-466-3485 or visit — Cicora

I-X Center

Auto-Rama Rolls into Town

If you didn't get your fill of shiny sets of wheels at last month's Auto Show, have no fear: The 45th Annual Cleveland Auto-Rama rolls into the I-X Center this weekend with another dose of high-octane automotive excitement, along with more than 400 custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Awards and cash prizes will be handed out in a number of categories, ensuring enough chrome-plated eye candy to please any car junkie. Along with the vehicles, there will be a swap meet, a toy show, and today's autograph-signing session with Henry Winkler — just in case you've always wanted your picture taken with The Fonz. Today's show times are 10 a.m. through 10 p.m.; tomorrow's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Discount tix are available at all participating Federated Auto Parts Stores or online at The I-X Center is at 1 I-X Center Dr.; call 216-676-6000 for more information. — Delaney

Sunday | 20

Look Alive!

The Buzzards Come Back to Hinckley

Let Capistrano keep its wimpy swallows. Here in the wilds of Northeast Ohio, we have buzzards to mark the return of spring. The giant carrion eaters — a.k.a. Mother Nature's clean-up crew — return to Hinckley annually in mid-March; today they'll be celebrated throughout the town with a flock of related activities. At the Hinckley Reservation, for instance, you'll find hikes, bus tours, storytelling, live music, and a "Birds of Prey" program featuring our fabulous feathered friends. The free fun runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the park's Buzzard Roost, at the corner of State Road and West Drive in Hinckley Township. For a schedule and more information, call 440-526-1012 or visit Meantime, if all the outdoors doings pique your appetite, head over to Hinckley Elementary School (1586 Center Rd.) from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the Chamber of Commerce's popular pancake breakfast. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids 10 and under, and includes craft show admission too; for more breakfast info, call 330-278-2066. — Terry Jozwiak

Monday | 21

Blown Away

Tornado Alley Rips Through the GLSC

Just in time for the annual onset of twister season, Tornado Alley roars into the Omnimax Theater at the Great Lakes Science Center, complete with thrills, chills, and scary bits worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. Filmmaker and professional storm chaser Sean Casey and his crew of scientists shot their terrifying footage from inside a fleet of 14,000-pound armored vehicles specially designed to withstand a tornado's destructive powers. "It's like being sandblasted," Casey said in a 2009 interview, describing the experience of being inside the funnel. "It's like being in a plane experiencing turbulence but with a real high frequency, a real high pitch." Begun in 2003, the film made its national debut on March 18 and will be screened at the Science Center at least through Labor Day. Today's showings are at noon, 2, and 4 p.m. Adult admission is $9.95 (and less for students, seniors, and youth); get your tix at the Science Center box office or online at The GLSC is at 601 Erieside Ave.; call 216-694-2000 for more information. — Cicora

Family Fun

An Evening With Annie Oakley

Talk about your non-traditional careers: Ohio-born Annie Oakley (1860-1926) not only was an accomplished sharpshooter and entertainer, she was probably the most famous woman of her day — and together with professional partner Buffalo Bill Cody, she was surely one of history's first international superstars! All this makes the diminutive Oakley — a.k.a. Little Miss Sure Shot — a great topic for tonight's Women's History Month program at the Independence branch of the Cleveland Public Library. The family program features history buff Linda Wilson, from the non-profit group Women in History, bringing Oakley's story to life, complete with a period costume and replicas of the shooter's many medals. (As the data-filled Wilson may tell you, the childless Oakley had her real medals melted down before her death, so the proceeds could be donated to orphanages.) The 7 p.m. program is free, but registration is required at 216-447-0160 or online at The library is at 6361 Selig Dr. in Independence. — Cicora

Tuesday | 22


Don Giovanni at Severance Hall

Our opera scene may never rival Zürich or Vienna, but the Cleveland Orchestra is doing its best to fill the hole in the hearts of local opera lovers. Tonight, in a fully-staged performance from the Zürich Opera, they'll present one of Mozart's most revered works, Don Giovanni, inside the glorious Severance Hall. The performance features several world-renowned singers, including British baritone Simon Keenlyside, winner of Musical America's 2011 Vocalist of the Year award. The opera's storyline follows the young, freewheeling don through a series of exploits and confrontations in two acts, and is considered a sublime blend of comedy and drama. Maybe that's why it has remained one of the world's most popular operas, ranking number seven on Opera America's list of the 20 most-performed works in North America. Tonight's show starts at 7 p.m.; additional performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 24, and Sunday, March 27. Tickets start at $71; snag them at the box office or online at Severance Hall is at 11001 Euclid Ave. in University Circle; call 216-231-1111 for more info. — Delaney

Tuesday | 22

Shaker Historical Society

A Very Square Affair

Before Crocker Park, before Legacy Village, and before every other big, trendy "lifestyle center" in the country, there was Shaker Square. Built on land once belonging to the North Union Community of the Society of Believers (a.k.a., the Shakers), the handsome shopping hub was built by Cleveland's famous Van Swerigen brothers in 1929 — making it the second planned shopping center in the country — and, together with its adjacent luxury-apartment complex, has been the anchor of its community ever since. The Shaker Historical Society is celebrating that laudable history with a new exhibit called A Very Square Affair: The Life and Times of Shaker Square and Moreland Courts. On view now through May 29, the exhibition explores the "behind the scenes" drama of the Square's development, complete with architectural drawings, historic photographs, and heaps of memorabilia from all its most notable establishments. It's on view during the museum's normal hours. Admission is $4, with discounts for members and children. The museum is at 16740 South Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights. For more information, visit or call 216-921-1201. — Delaney

Wednesday | 23

Fit for Foodies

Irish Spirits Soar at Bistro 185

If your St. Patrick's Day celebrations left you hungry for more Irish-themed fun, check out tonight's five-course dinner at Bistro 185, Ruth and Marc Levin's friendly outpost in the Collinwood area. Tonight's dinner is a feast of Celtic-inspired food and drink, including dishes like house-smoked Irish salmon ravioli paired with Bushmill's 16-Year Irish Whiskey, corned beef and cabbage empanadas served with Boru vodka, baby lamb chops paired with O'Hara's stout, and Bailey's Irish Cream chocolate mousse with scones, berries, and clotted cream — all served up in a comfortable space that has become a hub of its East Side neighborhood. Cost for the dinner is $65, plus tax and tip; a prepaid reservation is required at 216-481-9635. The restaurant is at 991 East 185th St. For more information, check out — Cicora

Young Professionals

Mix & Mingle at MOCA

A free hump-day happy hour? Good! A free hump-day happy hour at an artful venue where the bathrooms are clean and the guy standing next to you smells like aftershave, not stale PBR? Better still! That's what's on tap this evening from 5 to 7 p.m., as the Museum of Contemporary Art teams up with the Cleveland Play House to host a young professionals mixer, complete with wine and light apps. Besides the chance to check out the talent, there's an educational component too: Get an inside look at the Play House's upcoming FusionFest lineup and the skinny on its impending move to Playhouse Square. Meantime, MOCA is offering free admission to its current exhibits, and will share details about its snazzy new digs going up in University Circle's Uptown District. It all happens at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; for questions, call 216-421-8671. — Niehaus

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