Ernst Haeckel was a 19th-century biologist who saw beauty in the undersea world. Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision is a profile of the controversial but forgotten scientist, and it often plays like a staid History Channel documentary that's achin' to be hip. Proteus is caught between being a straight-up biography and an art pic -- it's part of the Cinematheque's Animania 2005. Hundreds of Haeckel's drawings of tiny, one-cell organisms are unspooled in succession, while music swirls amorphously around it. Think of one of those Pink Floyd laser shows, without the harsh buzz. It's at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 8:45 tonight and 7 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450.
Believe it or not, when Dena Diperstein was earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, she knew that her expertly choreographed moves would somehow be put to use inside a huge, fuzzy brown-bear costume. "I used to be Ernie and Elmo at Sesame Place" -- a Pennsylvania theme park -- says Diperstein, who plays Tenderheart Bear in Care Bear Live: Caring and Sharing Friends, which opens tonight. "I always knew I would be doing something like this." Shows are at 7 tonight, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., 2, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $15 to $25; call 216-241-6000.
Friday, March 25
It all started with a bunch of middle-school students in a tiny Tennessee town. The kids were hearing -- most of them for the first time -- about the Holocaust. The staggering amount of lives lost led to a simple question: "What is six million?" To answer it, the students collected one paper clip for every person who died. The project is documented in Paper Clips, which opens today. The movie chronicles the project from its humble start -- actor Tom Bosley was one of the first to contribute -- to its joyful completion, when more than 11 million paper clips were sent in from people all over the world. By the time a railcar that was used to transport thousands of Jews to their deaths is shipped in from Germany to serve as a memorial museum for the collection, you'll have a little more faith for the future. Paper Clips is showing at Shaker Square Cinemas, 13116 Shaker Square; call 440-564-2032. See Film for review.
Saturday, March 26
At Art Mart: Spaces' 20th Annual Members' Show and Sale, more than 100 artists contribute everything from paintings, photographs, and ceramics to sculptures, prints, and jewelry. Many of the items are reasonably priced, too, so it's a great opportunity to add some homegrown art to your collection. It runs through April 1 at Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free; call 216-621-2314.
Sunday, March 27
The I-X Indoor Amusement Park features a dozen new rides this year, including Top Spin (which climbs to 70 feet), Freak Out (a rotating swing that also lifts folks 70 feet in the air), Skater (billed as the world's largest skateboard), and the Carnival of Horrors, a maze-filled haunted house. There's also the American Idol-like Stars of Tomorrow Talent Search, Kidzville (which boasts appearances by SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer), and La Fiesta Latina, which includes live bands and dance troupes. Puke-inducing fun happens through April 17 at the I-X Center, 6200 Riverside Drive. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $18, children less than 48 inches get in for $15, and it's free to kids age two and under; call 800-897-3942.
Monday, March 28
The only thing we like more than a bar with happy-hour specials on Monday is a bar that has all-day and all-night specials on Monday. Not only does PicNic's Pub & Grill feature a beer/burger/fries combo for $5 (from 12:30 to 7 p.m.); it also has 22-ounce drafts for $1 (starting at 12:30 p.m.) and bomb shots for $2.50 (from 5 to 7 p.m.). Best of all, all domestic bottles go for a mere buck from 12:30 p.m., when the bar opens, to closing time. Get ready to blow at least $20 at PicNic's, 6900 Biddulph Road in Brooklyn. They're open till 2:30 a.m.; call 216-635-1408.
Tuesday, March 29
As if we weren't pumped enough for tonight's Duran Duran concert at the Wolstein Center, Fat Fish Blue is hosting a Duran Duran Pre & Post Party to get us even more in the mood to break out the rags and shout along to "Wild Boys." Yellow Delicious will play a bunch of tunes from the '80s, and there'll also be food, just in case, you know, you get hungry like the wolf. Hell, by the end of it all, we might even wax philosophical on "Union of the Snake." Get ready to come undone at Fat Fish Blue (21 Prospect Avenue) from 5 to 7 p.m. and then again after the concert. Admission is free; call 216-875-6000.
Wednesday, March 30
In the Allen Memorial Art Museum's The Splendor of Ruins in French Landscape Painting, 1630-1800, 36 paintings explore classic ravaged lands, as observed by 18 different artists over 170 years. And if you think the traveling exhibition would get somewhat repetitive after the first dozen or so works, think again. No two views are the same, and the resulting review is an enlightening one. Splendor of Ruins is not only a thorough survey of desolate landscapes (from Greece, Rome, and other places); it's also a fascinating study of the artists, all of whom find different meaning among the ruins. It's at the Allen Memorial (87 North Main Street in Oberlin) through June 19. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; call 440-775-8665.