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Hoops fans can get a little taste of Catwalkblue before - Sunday's Cavs game.
Hoops fans can get a little taste of Catwalkblue before Sunday's Cavs game.
SUN 12/26

Funky little jam band Catwalkblue just scored the biggest gig of its three-year career, and the compromises that come with it pose little concern: "They've asked us to do some Doors or Rolling Stones covers," shrugs bassist Matt Miller about the local quintet's pregame shows at 11 Cavaliers home games this season. "But we pretty much get to play what we want." The groove-soaked group -- which cribs as much from Dave Matthews as it does the Doobie Brothers -- begins its first Gund concert on Sunday, an hour before tip-off in front of the team shop. It performs till the end of the first quarter. "It's great exposure for us," says Miller. "We're in front of an audience we wouldn't normally be in front of. We're going to get a nice cross section of the city." Check out Catwalkblue before the Cavs take on the New Orleans Hornets at 7 p.m. Sunday at Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Tickets to the game are $10 to $120, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Michael Gallucci

Brew Period

12/23 - 12/29

As John and Jill Crino debated what to name their new "beer café," their two-year-old daughter shouted the names of the two family dogs, Carmella and Vido, in baby talk. "She said, Bela Dubby! Bela Dubby!'" recalls Jill. "And it stuck." The month-old bar/coffeehouse/art gallery was inspired by nine years of living in New York, where the Crinos would hang out at the Brooklyn Brewery, swigging microbrew while gazing at artwork on the walls. When they moved to Lakewood in May, the couple had only one rule for their pub: no smoking. "There are so many sports bars in Cleveland where they allow smoking," says Crino. "[This isn't] a sports bar." Bela Dubby is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday through Saturday at 13321 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. Admission is free; call 216-221-4479. -- Cris Glaser

Moon Talk

12/23 - 12/29

A pair of programs lined up for NASA's Earth's Only Moon: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow on Wednesday look at the geeky side of space travel, as well as a more personal view. Says aerospace engineer Jeffrey Woytach: "The story of how we got to the moon and why we went there has many nuances and can be told from many perspectives." The free programs -- "Lunar Revelations: An Overview of Lunar Science" (at 11 a.m.) and "Journey to the Moon: The Cleveland Connection" (1 p.m.) -- are at NASA Glenn Visitors Center, 21000 Brookpark Road. Call 216-433-9653 for more info. -- Lucy McKernan

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