At Circuit Circus, Adam Collyer couldn't care less if he sees daring young men on a flying trapeze . . . unless they're go-go boys swinging above Interbelt's dance floor.
For its Labor Day weekend party, the gay club starts its farewell to summer on Friday with The Arrival, featuring resident DJ Denny P, house diva Danyel Vasquez, and a stage adorned with G-stringed strippers. "That was the best part last year," drools Collyer, a University of Akron marketing student. "These studs begged for us to stuff money into their shorts."
At Saturday's main event, L.A. DJ Mark Tarbox flies into the Rubber City to spin. When he's taking a break, a bevy of drag queens will be submerged in a dunking machine. The circus leaves town on Sunday, as the bar's other resident DJ, Skotty K, works the turntables during a "circus freak show" starring Vasquez, Brionna Brooks, and bleached-blond boy-toy Phoenix. "This isn't the end of summer," declares Collyer. "For me, it's the start to senioritis partying." The circus comes to town at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Interbelt Nite Club, 70 North Howard Street in Akron. Admission is $10; call 330-253-5700. -- Cris Glaser
Fest celebrates 25 years of revelry and shoppe-ing.
Thirsty swordsmen can quaff a few in the new beer garden at the Baycrafters Renaissance Fantasy Fayre this year. Sharp weapons and strong spirits add to the ambiance, says Jerry Beck, art director for the 25th annual outing, who adds that it's all about the aesthetics anyway. Beck's guidepost signs, life-size figures, and various fantasy themes adorn the outdoor medieval fest. In addition to daily parades (featuring stiltwalkers, jugglers, musicians, magicians, and giant puppets), artisans and craftsmen will set up shoppe, and grown men and women will beat each other senseless with swords and stuff. A trebuchet (it's like a catapult) will hurl heavy things through the air, medieval feasts will be served, and wenches will be carried up a very steep hill. The fayre takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Baycrafters, 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village. Admission is $8, $5 for kids; call 440-871-6543. -- Lucy McKernan
Wheels of Fortune
Quaker Steak's giving away a motorcycle.
THU 9/2 You can bet Joe Pokorny will be at Thursday's Bike Night. Several months ago, he put his 1998 Sportster 883 on eBay to pay off a hospital bill. The Harley fetched $3,200, but Pokorny soon realized that he missed his ride. "I guess I'm gonna have to sleep with Lady Luck," he says. If he's fast enough. The first 10 people who show up Thursday will be handed sets of keys for a chance to win a 2004 Harley Softail. "Whichever key starts the bike," says spokesman Steve Gurchik, "that's the person that gets the motorcycle." It starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 4900 Transportation Drive in Sheffield Village. It's free; call 440-934-9464. -- Cris Glaser
In computer-speak, Moon the Giant means to ridicule a more powerful rival. While the self-described "stretch rockers" ("A fresh, new style that is the harmonious balance between well-written songs and inspired improvisations . . .") from Cleveland won't say which opponent they'd like to mock, some fans think it's commercial radio. "You can make of it what you want," says band manager Chas Kaplan. They play the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights) at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6; call 216-321-5588. -- Cris Glaser