Mike G's Picks of the Week

maroon5.jpg This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: The songs on Regina Spektor’s latest album, Begin to Hope, come awfully close to paralleling the emotional roller-coaster ride she took after a particularly grueling breakup a couple years ago. Songs like “Fidelity” and “Edit” are about coming to terms with heartache and disillusionment through vengeance and other, more therapeutic means. You can hear get all mean on somebody’s ass at the Agora tonight. Tuesday: You’ve got a few days left to check out the Rock Hall’s Break On Through -- The Lasting Legacy of the Doors exhibit. It features more than 80 artifacts, ranging from posters to photos to manuscripts by the band, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Last week’s release of The Very Best Of reminded us that, despite Jim Morrison’s bloated presence, the Doors were actually pretty cool. Wednesday: In her new book, The Bone Garden, author Tess Gerritsen www.tessgerritsen.com goes back in time -- to 1830, to be precise, when a fictional serial killer is performing DIY operations on doctors and nurses. Gerritsen is no stranger to gross-out groundwork. After all, her genre revolves around literal blood-and-guts. But even she was creeped out when she discovered the real-life procedure that sets the novel in motion. Back in the day, doctors killed as many patients as they saved, since most physicians operated on them with bare, unwashed hands. Ewww … Gerritsen signs and talks about her book at Joseph-Beth. Thursday: It’s baaack … Just in time for Halloween, 1982’s ghostly chiller Poltergeist returns to theaters for one night only. The digitally remastered HD print oughta make those creepy images even more pants-soilingly real. Middleburg Town Square Stadium 16, Severance Town Center Stadium 14 in Cleveland Heights, and Montrose Movies Stadium 12 in Akron screen the flick at 7:30 p.m. Friday: There are times that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine seems like one of the world’s biggest douchebags. But there’s no denying the killer hooks on the band’s second CD, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Besides, the ladies love him. The band plays the Q at 8 p.m. -- Michael Gallucci
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