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Thursday | 12

Psychic Friends

Spirit Night at Coventry Library

Carolyn Molnar knew she had a gift at an early age, from the day she felt invisible hands relieving her of a head cold. Since then, the Toronto resident has gone on to craft a career as a medium and psychic. (Those are two different tool kits, incidentally. "Mediums speak to dead people," explains Molnar. "Psychics can tell the future and read the past.") Together with her husband, fellow medium and former Cleveland journalist Benjamin Gleisser, Molnar just completed her second book on the afterlife, Compassionate Messenger: True Stories From a Psychic Medium. The duo will be at the Coventry Village Library this evening at 7 p.m. to answer questions about the hereafter and randomly deliver messages from loved ones who have crossed over. "My message is hope," says Carolyn. "People need to know that their loved ones are in a better place, and they continue to love you from there." The evening is free and open to the public. Copies of the book ($20 from Canada's Dundurn Press) will be available for purchase. The library is at 1925 Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights. For more info, call 216-321-3400 or go to If you miss Molnar and Gleisser tonight, they will be at the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Ave.) on Friday. Or maybe you already knew that? — Cicora

Akron Art Museum

A Priceless Discussion About Art Crime

Art lovers, collectors, and true-crime aficionados should dig tonight's book club meeting at the Akron Art Museum, as staffers launch a lively discussion of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. A sort of real-life version of The Thomas Crown Affair, the New York Times best-seller was written by Robert K. Wittman, founder and 20-year veteran of the F.B.I.'s Art Crime Team. While with the bureau, he personally retrieved hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of irreplaceable art and artifacts, and went on to launch his own private security biz just outside Philly. Variously described as "gripping," "riveting," and "spellbinding," the book details Wittman's undercover exploits and gives a fascinating glimpse into the twin worlds of art appreciation and thievery. The discussion is free and open to the public, but registration is required at 330-376-9186 ext. 230. For more information, go to The museum is at 1 South High St. in Akron. — Cicora

Friday | 13

Trash Talking With Jeff Ross

The Roastmaster General Lights Up Hilarities

We were nervous about interviewing insult comic Jeff Ross, the self-styled "Roastmaster General" and acknowledged "meanest man in comedy." But the New Jersey native — fresh from a March 15 Comedy Central roast of "The Donald" — turned out to be a nice guy. Calling in from Houston, where he was preparing for one of several appearances in Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, he apologized for being a little late. Then he promised that folks in the audience at this weekend's Hilarities performances have nothing to fear from his wicked tongue. "I only take on people who volunteer," he laughed. What we'll get instead is lots of funny stories about Trump and other celebrities — Sheen included. "He's attracting a pretty peculiar crowd," Ross said, "but that makes it so much fun! He agreed to let me roast him no holds barred, and seems delighted to have me bring the tough love." In fact, Ross calls his work with Sheen a "comedy intervention." And his apt alternative to the Violent Torpedo moniker? "The What the Fuck Was I Thinking?!? Tour." Catch Ross at Hilarities tonight and tomorrow for four performances. Tickets are $25 to $30; snag them at Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St.; call 216-241-7425 for more information. — Elaine T. Cicora

Beer Here!

Suds Fest at the I-X Center

The International Beer Fest comes to the I-X Center today and tomorrow, with the largest showcase of world beers in the Midwest. Tops on the to-do list: checking out the three public tasting sessions featuring 200 international breweries pouring upwards of 800 select beers! (Do the organizers know their Clevelanders or what?) Nearly every imaginable blend of hops and barley will be on hand, with a special Ohio Showcase featuring taps from local breweries like Thirsty Dog, Hoppin' Frog, and Great Lakes Brewery. Also featured: talks and seminars on beer-related topics, an exhibitors' sales area, and appearances by celebrity brewers. Tickets, including select tastings, range from $45 for a single tasting session to $200 for a full VIP experience. For a complete schedule and online ticket purchases, visit; call 216-265-7468 for more information. The I-X Center is at One I-X Center Drive. — Chrissy Niehaus

Eifman Ballet

Don Quixote Comes to the State Theatre

It's been nearly nine years since the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg last visited Cleveland, but they return tonight in a big way, with a complex, expressive staging of Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman. An original dance-drama created by company founder and sole choreographer Boris Eifman, the ballet is set in an asylum and focuses on its bizarre and pitiful inmates — some of whom imagine themselves to be the characters in Miguel de Cervantes' novel. Given Eifman's rep as one of the world's most innovative choreographers, expect to see a spectacular piece of theater. Tonight's curtain is at 8 p.m.; additional performance are set for tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $65; snag them by calling 216-241-6000 or online at The State Theatre is at 1519 Euclid Ave. in Playhouse Square. — Cicora

Ta-tas of Fire

Satan's Angel Lands at the Beachland

We have nothing but respect for a woman who can dance while twirling burning tassels with her ta-tas. And when you consider that the tassel twirler in question — burlesque legend Satan's Angel — is about the same age as your granny, it's doubly awesome. You can catch a performance by the Queen of the Fire Tassels (and 2009 recipient of the Burlesque Hall of Fame's lifetime achievement award) tonight at 8:30 at the Slovenian Workman's Home, which it's safe to say has seen nothing quite like this before. Joining Satan's Angel on stage will be a bevy of local burlesque honeys, including Bella Sin, Lushes La Moan, and Shy Kamikaze. Tickets are $15 in advance at or $20 at the door. The Slovenian Workman's Home is at 15335 Waterloo Rd.; for more information, call 216-383-1124. — Cicora

Saturday | 14

Classical Music

Go for Baroque at Tregoning & Co.

Members of Les Délices, Cleveland's French Baroque chamber orchestra, will be performing tonight at Tregoning & Company gallery. Anchoring the concert is Myths & Allegories, a dramatic depiction of tales from Homer's Odyssey told by way of oboe, violin, viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, and the pitch-perfect pipes of soprano Clara Rottsolk. A Seattle native making her Cleveland debut, Rottsolk has been making quite a buzz in classical music circles: The New York Times called her voice "clear and appealing," and the Philadelphia Inquirer admired her "opulent tone and communicative emotional presence." Founded in 2006, Les Délices focuses on little-known works from the French Baroque era performed on period instruments. Besides touring engagements, they present an annual concert series at galleries like Tregoning, in celebration of the city's flourishing arts community. Tonight's concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors; get yours online at, where you'll also find a complete schedule of upcoming concerts. Tregoning is at 1300 West 78th St. For gallery information, call 216-281-8626 or visit — Cicora

Family Fun

Biking by Moonlight

There's only one thing more fun than pedaling the Towpath Trail, and that's pedaling the Towpath Trail beneath the light of a full moon. You'll have that chance tonight, as Summit Metro Parks' volunteers and naturalists lead a family-friendly, 15-mile jaunt beneath the Flower Moon. Along the way you'll pass through forests and fields, skirt the banks of the Cuyahoga River, and maybe even spot some wildlife: anything from moths and mosquitos (bring the Cutter!) to beavers, skunks, and coyotes are a possibility. Members of the park's Bike Patrol will provide support and technical assistance, but be sure to bring your helmet and a headlight. Also pack a chair or blanket and some food to enjoy around the post-ride campfire. The adventure begins at 8 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry, 5779 Riverview Rd. in Peninsula. For more information, call 330-865-8065. — Cicora

Saturday | 14

Big Dog Theater

Dummy Does Improv in Coventry

Jason Shotts and Colleen Doyle are a couple. They are also the long-form improv duo named Dummy, which has performed for audiences in big-deal cities like Chicago, New York, and Austin. Tonight they're bringing their particular brand of funny to Cleveland Heights' Big Dog Theater. With more than 17 years of combined improv experience — and more than two years of sharing a bathroom — Doyle (a Cleveland native and Second City vet) and Shotts are likely to get pretty personal. And gross. And hilarious. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $8 in advance or with student ID, and $10 (cash only) at the door. Reserve your tickets by phone at 216-472-3636 or online at Find them on the second floor of the former Centrum Theater, 2781 Euclid Heights Blvd. — Cicora

Funny Stuff

Something Dada Moves to the Beck

As one of Cleveland's premier improv troupes, Something Dada is beginning something new. After a long, successful run at downtown's Tower Press Building, the group marks its inaugural performance tonight in its new home at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. "One of the major changes will be our ability to be more theatrical in our presentation," says Russ Stich, Dada's GM. "Full lighting and sound capabilities in the Studio Theater, as well as the intimate seating setup, make it the perfect new home." All Dada shows are based entirely on suggestions from the audience. That means you can take in as many performances as you like, and each one will be a spanking new experience. "This is a great example of two well-established groups coming together," says Scott Spence, artistic director at Beck Center. "The only thing Dada has lacked recently is a steady home where their audiences could always hang their hats." Something Dada performs tonight and every Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Beck Center is at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood; for more info, call 216-521-2540 or visit — Niehaus

Sunday | 15

Look at Them Go!

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

The Cleveland Marathon began in 1978, making it one of the 50 oldest marathons in the country. Some of its most marked growth has occurred since 2003, when Rite Aid Pharmacy began its sponsorship. Today at 7 a.m., fit folks of all ages and from every walk of life once again will hit the pavement for the marathon, the half-marathon, and a 10K walk. Fortunately, you don't have to be one of them to enjoy the fun: Spectators are encouraged to line the 26.3-mile course and cheer on the participants. (Fun fact: Runners are expected to go through nearly 150,000 cups and 20,000 bottles of water during today's race!) The event begins on West Third Street behind Browns Stadium and ends on Erieside in front of the Great Lakes Science Center; you'll find the 26.3 Mile Rock Party happening there from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of prime viewing sites and along-the-route activities, go to — Niehaus

Ohio City Living

Time for the Home Tour

If HGTV has taught us anything, it is that no human urge is as strong as that which drives us to peek inside each other's homes. You can indulge that need today in style by joining the annual Ohio City Home Tour. Happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the tour takes you inside nine privately owned properties, with transportation via Lolly the Trolley. Among the highlights: a picturesque Victorian, a "green" renovation, an urban garden that doubles as a registered backyard wildlife habitat, and a Civil War-era building that was saved by an Ohio City resident and transformed into mixed-use office and creative space. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or at the ticket booth at the Gould Court starting point, next to 1889 West 25th St. For more information, call 216-781-3222. — Cicora

Fresh Air

Canalway Questing at Hunt Farm

Sort of like geocaching but without the GPS — and kind of like a treasure hunt but without an actual treasure — questing is a new family-oriented activity inside the parks of the Cuyahoga Valley. Modeled after a popular New England program, Canalway Questing launched last summer. At its most basic, it involves tramping along the trails of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, following a set of clues to locate a small wooden box that contains a log book and a rubber stamp. When you find the box, use those tools to document your discovery, then re-hide the box and start a new quest. (More than 20 new quests have been developed for this season.) Several special activities are taking place this month to help promote questing as a way to explore the parks, connect with nature, and discover local history. One of them happens today at Peninsula's Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, 2054 Bolanz Rd. From 1 to 3 p.m. you can chat with rangers and Quest Crew volunteers, pick up quest clues, and carve your own signature stamp as a warm-up for hitting the trail. For more information and to download additional quests, visit and search for keyword "questing." — Cicora

Noble Branch Library

Grand Reopening Party

Tomorrow morning, after seven months and $1 million in renovations, staffers will reopen the Noble branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. Today, however, they party. You can join them from 2 to 4 p.m. for live entertainment, refreshments, and a sneak peek at the upgrades, which include a new entrance, a new children's room with a full-sized tree sculpture, and enhanced technological capacities. All the upgrades were done with respect for the 1937 building's original woodwork and decorative features, says library director Nancy Levin. "We worked closely with [Cleveland architecture firm] Studio Techne to make sure we retained the beauty of the building while converting it to a more user-friendly space." Later this year, a second phase of renovations will include preservation of the building's brick and stone facade, which was designed by the same prestigious architectural firm that created Severance Hall and the Transportation Gods on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. You'll find the fun at 2800 Noble Rd. in Cleveland Heights. For more info, go to — Cicora

Monday | 16

Good For You

Cleveland Bike Week Starts Today

Today marks the official start of the third annual Cleveland Bicycle Week, a community event designed to encourage you to pump up the tires, strap on the helmet, and start pedaling. Among the week's related activities: free bike-maintenance classes, a juried art exhibition of works from recycled bike parts, a Ride of Silence to remind drivers and bikers to share the roadways, the Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes event, and the Bike to Work Downtown Celebration. At a time when a gallon of gasoline will set you back $4, the benefits of pedal power seem obvious. Still, organizers want you to know that bike riding improves physical and mental health, decreases smog, encourages social interaction, builds community, and saves money. (No word on whether it whitens teeth, cures the common cold, or helps you meet cute chicks.) For a complete schedule of Bike Week activities, go to — Cicora

Tuesday | 17

For the Family

Beauty and the Beast at E.J. Thomas Hall

Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Lumière, and all the rest of the Disney cast come together again in this retooled production of Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, playing at E.J. Thomas Hall today through Thursday. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated movie, the touring production comes complete with razzle-dazzle song-and-dance numbers, lavish costumes, and extravagant new sets designed to reflect the transparency of the human heart. Part of Thomas Hall's Broadway in Akron series, the performances are headed by original director Rob Roth and feature choreography by Matt West. The duo did okay the first time around: The Broadway version played for 13 years, which makes it the seventh-longest-running musical in New York history. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performances start at $35. Get them at or by calling 330-972-7570. E.J. Thomas Hall is at 198 Hill St. in Akron. — Cicora

Wednesday | 18

On Screen

Ohio Indie Film Fest

The 2011 Ohio Independent Film Festival launches tonight at the Beachland Ballroom with a long program of short flicks divided into two sessions. Sponsored by the Cleveland-based Independent Pictures, the festival began in 1993 in a Tremont storefront and has been making its mark with edgy, hand-picked offerings drawn from an international cadre of mainly new and emerging filmmakers. This year's fest continues through Saturday, May 21, with showings split between the Beachland and Arts Collinwood. For a complete schedule, go to, check out the Ohio Independent Film Festival's page on Facebook, or call 216-926-6166. Tickets for all screenings, including tonight's two sessions at 7 and 9 p.m., are $10; get them at or with the link on their Facebook page. The Beachland, site of tonight's screenings, is at 15711 Waterloo Rd. — Cicora

Family Fun

Biking by Moonlight

There's only one thing more fun than pedaling the Towpath Trail, and that's pedaling the Towpath Trail beneath the light of a full moon. You'll have that chance tonight, as Summit Metro Parks' naturalists lead a family-friendly, 15-mile jaunt beneath the Flower Moon. Along the way you'll pass through forests and fields, skirt the banks of the Cuyahoga River, and maybe even spot some wildlife: Anything from moths and mosquitoes (bring the Cutter!) to beavers, skunks, and coyotes are a possibility. Members of the park's Bike Patrol will provide support and technical assistance, but be sure to bring your helmet and a headlight. Also pack a chair or blanket and some food to enjoy around the post-ride campfire. The adventure begins at 8 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry, 5779 Riverview Rd. in Peninsula. For more information, call 330-865-8065. — Cicora

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