Get Out! Birds Of A Feather

Rock Star Rehab at the Room on Lorain Friday, February 27 leads-this-weeks-events-picks

The bartenders at the Room on Lorain will wear nothing but feathers when Rock Star Rehab fashion designer Faith Gobidas showcases her latest line of bra-and-skirt outfits, while Waterband plays an acoustic show. Her prized creation is the "Exotic Chicks of a Feather" number made from a collection of rooster-tail feathers. "I'm just giving everybody a gist of what I do," says the 21-year-old Gobidas, whose six-foot stature and Eastern European looks have earned her the nickname "Bitchin' Stitchin' Gypsy." "As far as the bartenders go, it attracts a lot more attention if people are wearing nothing but feathers." A self-taught designer, the 2005 Shaker Heights grad gives props to her parents' Tremont custom-drapery shop for inspiring her fashion sense. "I was around a lot of artsy people [when I was younger]," says Gobidas, who designed the costumes for the yet-to-be-released indie flick Taqwacores, about five Muslim punk-rockers living in Buffalo. "My babysitters made me wear earrings made out of chicken feet when I was five because they were all crazy artists." The bartenders strike a pose from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Room on Lorain (13813 Lorain Ave.). Admission: free. Call 216.688.1670 or visit theroomonlorain. - Cris Glaser


Thursday, 2.26

DJ Pork Chop gives his country-music catalog of vinyl LPs a workout at tonight's Happy Birthday, Mr. Cash party at the 5 O'Clock Lounge. Tim Spock will also get a chance to show off his freshly cut pompadour in tribute to what would have been Johnny Cash's 77th birthday. "A lot of rockabilly people go to this special place in North Olmsted to get their haircuts," he says. "It's just like the old-fashioned '50s ducktails with a point at the back. It's pretty cool looking." The tribute is Spock's third in a series of theme parties, which included a musical Clash flashback in December on the fourth anniversary of Joe Strummer's death. "I like doing things that are cool," says Spock. "If I can get a barful of people who also think it's cool, then I've done my job." The blowout starts at 9 p.m. at the 5 O'Clock Lounge (11904 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood). Admission: free. Call 216.521.4906 or visit - Glaser


Thursday, 2.26

In her five-show stint at Bogey's Comedy Club this weekend, Philadelphia comedian Sonya King will crack jokes about a brother who made her tell their pistol-packin' mom that he was gay because he was afraid to do it himself. "My favorite topic, more and more, is my extended family," she says. "The older I get, the things they do make me go, Well, that's bizarre." She also recounts the first time she ever set foot onstage and won an open-mic comedy contest at a local restaurant. "What I won was food at the same place," says King. "We went back and it was a big deal. I won and thought, I'm going to be famous. But the food was so disgusting, we couldn't even eat it." Showtimes are at 8 p.m. tonight, and 8 and 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Bogey's Comedy Club (28060 Chardon Rd. in Willoughby Hills). Tickets: $8-$15. Call 440.944.9000 or visit - P.F. Wilson


Thursday, 2.26

Robots take over the Wolstein Center this weekend, when students from 59 high schools in seven states compete in the NASA-sponsored Buckeye Regional Robotic Competition. In a series of qualifying matches, the teams will play "Lunacy," in which competitors maneuver their homemade robots on a slippery lunar surface designed to simulate the moon's weak gravity force. As two alliances of three squads each go into battle, the game ends when a team fills trailers hitched to its opponents' machines with moon rocks and "super cells." Count on East Tech High School to make it to Saturday's finals: It's the only team to have taken part in the tourney every year since its 1995 inception. Let the games begin at 7:45 a.m. today, and 8 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University (2000 Prospect Ave.). Admission: free. Visit for more information. - Glaser


Friday, 2.27

Mr. Cleveland Rubber 2008 Sean Johnson relinquishes his title tonight, when a handful of latex-clad contestants compete for the crown. With a judges pool that includes ex-New York cop and firefighter Russell "Rubber Rebel" Better of the Church of Rubber Enlightenment and porn author Tim Brough (Skin Tight: A Guide to Rubbermen, Macho Fetish & Fantasy), each dude will be rated on personality, eloquence and appearance. Johnson will also repeat his call for unison at tonight's pageant and tomorrow's auction of rubber and leatherwear, which benefits the Human Rights Campaign. "There are bigger wars to fight than fight each other," he says. "By joining together in unity, we can all work together to achieve that same goal. We need to have one unified voice in the world to spread the education and awareness that, even though we are different, we all walk the same path." Get your rubber on at 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Cocktails Cleveland (9208 Detroit Ave.). Admission: $5. Call 216.961.3115 or visit - Glaser


Friday, 2.27

If the economy has mercilessly sent America's car and truck makers into a financial tailspin, you won't be able to tell at today's start of the Cleveland Auto Show. The nine-day wheel-o-rama is rolling out the 2010 editions of concept, hybrid and fuel-cell models by 42 manufacturers - from Chrysler, Cadillac and Dodge to BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Bank reps will also be on hand to explain various loan options. And a spectator with a winning raffle ticket will drive home in a 2009 Acura TL after a March 8 drawing. "The auto industry is instrumental to the economy and even more so to Ohioans," says Gary Adams, the president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association. "Driving traffic to the dealers' showrooms is vital." The show runs from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, and noon-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, through March 8 at the I-X Center (6200 Riverside Dr.). Admission: $12 ($10 for kids). Call 440.746.1504 or visit - Glaser


Saturday, 2.28

Think of Anne Sanford as the Gil Grissom of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. As the supervisor of the museum's physical-anthropology casting lab, she'll talk about her CSI-like work at today's opening of Making Faces: The Art and Science of Forensic Facial Reconstruction. One of her 3D "specimens" on display will be Lucy, who walked Earth nearly four million years ago. "The sculpting of our ancestors' faces requires equal measure of science, art and whimsical time travel," says Sanford. "So often we visualize [primate] fossils as a handful of bones rather than as living, breathing things. The reconstructed faces invite our imaginations to climb inside the minds of these hominids and have a look around." See for yourself from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (1 Wade Oval Dr.). Admission: $9 ($7 for kids). Call 213.231.4600 or visit - Glaser


Saturday, 2.28

Eighteen sorority sisters give a collective high-five in Independence today to mark their home chapter's 66th anniversary at the Gamma Phi Delta Founders' Day luncheon. As they nosh on a catered spread and listen to gospel music by the all-male chorus of St. Matthews United Methodist Church, they'll reminisce about the sorority's beginnings in 1943 at a Detroit business college for African Americans. These days, it boasts more than 50 chapters across the country, including one at Cleveland State University. "Our focus is to encourage women and youth - particularly African Americans - to get an education," says member Stephanie Tolliver. "We also encourage women to go into the trades and start their own businesses, because money empowers women to take that route." Lunch with the ladies from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sheraton Independence Hotel (5300 Rockside Rd. in Independence). Tickets: $35. Visit for details. - Glaser


Saturday, 2.28

Nothing screams spring louder than a freshly bloomed bed of flowers. To cure your cabin fever, the Cleveland Botanical Garden beckons you to a tropical paradise at its Orchids Under Glass exhibit. The floral collection - on view in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse - features hundreds of orchid species like the exotic lady's slipper, whose shoe-shaped pouch can trap insects long enough for them to leave a load of pollen and fertilize the plant. There's also the eight-foot Gongora orchid, which can attract a swarm of bees with its distinctive perfume-like fragrance. After the bees pick up the scent, they rub it all over themselves to attract mates in the wild. And you thought you didn't have a good first-date idea. The exhibit is in bloom from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through March 29 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (11030 East Blvd.). Admission: $7.50 ($3 for kids). Call 216.721.1600 or visit - Glaser


Saturday, 2.28

A how-to lesson on tapping a maple tree may have "Discovery Channel" written all over it. But you don't have to vegetate in front of your TV to learn about the art of making syrup for your pancakes. At today's History of Maple Sugaring demo, Cleveland Metroparks naturalists demonstrate the step-by-step process that turns the tree's sticky sap into a tasty flapjack topping. For starters, they drain the sap from 100 trees every day for six weeks through the end of March. Then they boil the goo into syrup in nearby "sugar shacks." "At the end of the laborious process, people will no longer wonder why we pay a lot of money for a pint of syrup," says park spokesman Bob Rotatori. "This is an organic, unique, local Ohio product. Support your Ohio farmers and put pure Ohio maple syrup on your pancakes." The taps flow from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Rocky River Reservation's Maple Grove Picnic Area (off Valley Parkway between Cedar Point and Spafford roads in Brook Park). Admission: free. Call 440.734.6600 or visit - Chad Felton

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