Mikey G's Picks of the Week

This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: Unless you scored a ticket to tonight’s game in Washington D.C., the best place to see the Cavs in game four of the NBA Playoffs is at the Official Cavaliers Watch Party at Johnny Malloy’s. The bar’s big-ass screens bring LeBron and crew in your face. Plus, the Cavalier Girls will be there to help cheer on the sweep. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The party starts at 6. Tuesday: Dirty Dancing celebrates its 20th anniversary tonight and tomorrow with special screenings of the movie that somehow made Patrick Swayze a star. More than 300 theaters will show the film and a new making-of documentary at 7:30 p.m. Seven local theaters – including Crocker Park, Middleburg Town Square, and Willoughby Commons -- have the time of their lives. Wednesday: Cleveland Cinematheque unspools all five movies that were nominated for a Live-Action Short at this year’s Academy Awards. The 98-minute program features films from Spain, Denmark, and Australia. The U.S.’s West Bank Story, which snagged the Oscar, also screens, giving viewers a much-needed break from funny accents. Thursday: You wouldn’t know it by listening to their latest album, but Canton’s Relient K play Christian rock. That’s because the super-catchy Five Score and Seven Years Ago is loaded with pop-punk hooks and devotional anthems that really aren’t that different from most of their emo peers’. Plus, they don’t whine as much. They’re at House of Blues tonight. Friday: El-P not only founded hip underground-rap label Definitive Jux, he’s also its flagship artist. On his latest album, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, the rapper-producer gets a little help from famous friends the Mars Volta, Nine Inch Nails, and Cat Power. Cool stuff. He plays the Beachland Ballroom tonight. --Michael Gallucci
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