Mikey G' Entertainment Picks of the Week

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This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Tuesday: Pop-culture symbols share the spotlight in Friends and Family, on view at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibit features more than a dozen paintings of famous dead people -- like James Dean, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis -- by New York artist Keith Mayerson. There’s even a somber 9/11 piece, inspired by Mayerson’s view of the World Trade Center from his Soho apartment. Wednesday: The Cleveland Museum of Art screens Rare Films From the Baseball Hall of Fame, which includes vintage field footage, pre-season interviews, and commercials. Many baseball greats – like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Yogi Berra – make appearances in the clips. Plus, former Indians Al Rosen, Bob Feller, and Bob Lemon receive mucho screen time. Thursday: Bobby Collins comes off more like a storyteller than a stand-up comic. He’s popular with college kids, older fans, and satellite-radio listeners, who’ve made his three CDs best-sellers. His style recalls an earlier era, when performers took the time to get to know their crowd. He’s at Hilarities through Sunday. Friday: Bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks says his latest album The Torch is all about passing on tradition. One cut -- “If It Don’t Make Dollars, Then It Don’t Make Sense” – even features verses spit by rapper Al Kapone. But Brooks is at his best playing old-school Chicago-style blues, which he picked up from his dad, legendary guitarist Lonnie Brooks. He plays the Beachland Ballroom. --Michael Gallucci

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