Thursday, April 8, 2010

4/17: CIA and AIDS Task Force's ArtCares

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Graffiti-inspired ’80s art star Keith Haring died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 31. Multimedia sensation David Wojnarowicz died in 1992 at age 37. Erotic-art photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was 42 when he died in 1989. Wojnarowicz’s former partner, successful magazine portrait photographer Peter Hujar, lived into his early 50s before dying of AIDS complications in 1987. They’re the most prominent of a generation of artists whose potential was lost to the epidemic. Inspired to action, the Cleveland Institute of Art hooked up with the AIDS Taskforce of Great Cleveland in 2003 to present ArtCares, which is now an annual event. Students and faculty at the world-renowned school provide work in various media to be auctioned to benefit the AIDS Taskforce, with a silent auction of student work and a live auction of work by noted regional artists. Of course, there are refreshments — wine, beer and food are offered to accompany art browsing. A VIP reception from 6-7:30 p.m. adds a martini bar, a preview of the art and a chance to buy the items at listed value. The main event runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Saigon Plaza (5400 Detroit Ave.). Tickets are $50, VIP $100. Call 216.621.0766 ext. 255, or go to — Anastasia Pantsios

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4/16: Green Dream Eco-Friendly Showcase

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Everybody’s thinking green these days, especially young people, who have the most to lose in the despoiling of the planet. The Green Dream Eco-Friendly Showcase, now in its third year, was created by Beachwood High School students as a marketing and Junior Achievement class project. Its mission is “to unite consumers and businesses in a common goal of going green.” The marketplace-type event features 75 exhibitors who provide environmentally sound services and products. Last year, it attracted 4,000 attendees. The showcase runs from 1-7 p.m. at the Beachwood Community Center (25325 Fairmount Blvd., at Richmond Rd.). For more information, call 216.831.2080 ext. 236 or go to — Anastasia Pantsios

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4/16: A Day to Remember at House of Blues

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:53 PM

From the start, a Day to Remember have blazed a sonic trail by combining metal and hardcore’s visceral shred with pop-punk’s melodic punch. The band formed seven years ago in Florida and immediately hit the road, establishing a reputation as relentless road dogs. Their first album, 2005’s And Their Name Was Treason, sold nearly 9,000 copies. Their next two records, 2007’s For Those Who Have Heart and last year’s Homesick, sold well too. But a Day to Remember made their name touring, opening for New Found Glory, playing the Warped Tour, and showing up at the Bamboozle and Download festivals. Their hard work and tenacity have paid off: The group headlines a tour that comes to House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) at 6:45 p.m. August Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari and Veara open. Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show. — Brian Baker

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4/15-17: John Witherspoon at the Improv

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

You probably know John Witherspoon’s face but not his name. He’s appeared in most of the Friday movies and was a regular on the Wayans brothers’ TV show. “I’ve had a lot of exposure in film and television, and a lot of fun,” he says. Like most stand-up comics, the 68-year-old Witherspoon began his career in clubs. He eventually graduated to supporting-actor roles. “I never had to be the star,” he says. “I just wanted to be part of the show. I never deluded myself into thinking I was on the edge of stardom.” Witherspoon performs at 8 tonight, and at 8 and 10:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, at the Improv (2000 Sycamore St., 216.696.4677). Tickets: $22-$25. — Ed Condran

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4/15: Things of the Dry Hours opens at CPT

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Communism was just as attractive to black people as it was to white people during the Depression. Apparently, worrying about spies infiltrating the party was an equal-opportunity pastime. That’s the context for Naomi Wallace’s play Things of the Dry Hours, which tells the story of Tice, a black, out-of-work Sunday school teacher who’s also a member of the communist party. Things get interesting when Tice and his daughter take in a white factory worker who says he’s on the run after killing his boss, who laid him off. Politics and racial tension are everywhere, but Wallace puts the emphasis on human interaction rather than partisan dogma. Sarah May directs the Ohio premiere, which opens at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Storefront Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave., 216.631.2727). It runs through May 1. Tickets: $10-$19. — Michael Gill

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4/15: Paul Muldoon at John Carroll

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Irish poet Paul Muldoon is one of the few modern wordsmiths to dent pop culture without working in the slam genre. Last year he discussed his art on The Colbert Report, reading one of his poems line by line with the host. Muldoon — a Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize winner who The Times Literary Supplement called “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War” — has made a career showing up in projects geared more toward the mainstream than his fancy résumé suggests. He co-wrote the title song to Warren Zevon’s 2002 album My Ride’s Here (which Bruce Springsteen covered), and he appeared in Spinal Tap Goes to 20, a documentary that marked the 20th anniversary of the 1984 movie. You can hear Muldoon read (and check out his wooly hair) when he appears at 7:30 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Dolan Science Building (20700 North Park Blvd., 216.397.4746). Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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4/15: Ben Folds at House of Blues

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM

You never know what to expect from piano maestro Ben Folds. After a sound-alike recently appeared on the website Chatroulette, making up songs about the people who showed up on the other end of the line, Folds paid tribute to the guy by staging his own rounds of Chatroulette in concert. It’s that strange spontaneity and unpredictability that makes Folds’ live shows so exciting. One minute he’ll have the audience contributing multiple harmonies; the next he’ll rework “Rock This Bitch,” a song that changes lyrically and musically from show to show. The common denominator of “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Bitch Went Nuts” and dozens of other great songs in Folds’ repertoire is his ability to bang out beautiful and soaring piano rock without missing a note. He plays House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583), with Matt Pond PA opening at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 advance, $37 day of show. — Danielle Sills

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