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DINOSHOW: Art & Autism

Fri., Sept. 21

DinoShow: Art & Autism, a benefit that takes place today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Derek Hess Gallery, will raise money for Connecting for Kids, a nonprofit with a mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child. The event will feature local artists Derek Hess, Tim (Tim Jim) Eakin, Aaron (OKPants) Sechrist, Angela Oster and others who interpreted the artwork of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The show will highlight the work of 10 children who were asked to draw their favorite dinosaur. Each piece was then given to a professional artist whose job was to create his or her own representation of the child's drawing in any medium. The exhibit provides "an opportunity for children with ASD to express themselves through art" and have their work hung in a professional gallery. The event is produced in collaboration with the Child & Adolescent Research Department at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and all proceeds will be donated directly to Connecting for Kids. (Niesel)

Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

Fri., Sept. 21

When the Indians played the Boston Red Sox last month in Boston, they managed to split the series against the best team in baseball. Tonight at 7:10 at Progressive Field, the two teams begin a three-game series. These games should be tight ones and a good test for the playoffs. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

Fire Fish Festival

Fri., Sept. 21

Launched four years ago, the FireFish Festival transforms downtown Lorain into a stage for vibrant arts performances. This year's event will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow. Organizers promise there will be even more diversity in art and performances. The festival will conclude with "the most spectacular fiery finale yet with an interactive component and theme of 'release.'" Tonight will feature headliner Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band. Tomorrow night will feature "non-stop" international music, dance, theater, art and fire performers — both on stages and in the hidden alleys, empty storefronts, balconies and fire escapes on Broadway Avenue. The dance group Jasmine Dragons will be on hand as will Sammy De Leon and his fusion/salsa band, Oberlin samba dancer Alysia Ramos, the Exotic Fruit Club and the Great Lakes Light Opera. It will all lead up to a "one-of-kind" spectacle of the burning of the fish, a giant sculpture designed and choreographed by interdisciplinary theater and performance artist Daniel McNamara (alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater.) In keeping with the theme of "release," patrons can bring flammable artifacts to a ceremonial bamboo altar which, when it burns along with the fish, will symbolize letting go of the past. Community members, students and teen arts apprentices from the Lorain County Community College's Summer STEAM Teen Academy will create the centerpiece of the festival, the giant FireFish sculpture that comes to life spewing fire. The fish will be created from upcycled paper and cardboard. Admission is free. (Niesel) firefishfestival.com.

Fire Fish Festival

Relax And Float Upstream: Behind The Beatles' Seminal Revolver Album

Fri., Sept. 21

A couple of years back, local Bowie-phile Thomas Mulready began hosting "An Evening With(out) David Bowie," an in-depth presentation featuring rare video clips, "needle drops," obscure cuts and recently surfaced details regarding the Thin White Duke. The show offered "a multitude of factoids and little-known background informed by a framework of themes the artist mined at every stage of his career, right up to his untimely passing and beyond." Now Mulready has turned his attention to the Beatles' albums Revolver and The White Album. Tonight at the Bop Stop, he'll present "Relax and Float Upstream: Behind the Beatles' Masterpiece Revolver." He'll talk about how Revolver was recorded at a pivotal time for the group, which had just performed at Shea Stadium and had yet to record Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He'll divide the program into two segments with separate admission prices. The first will focus on Side A, and the second will focus on Side B. The lectures start at 8 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. Tickets are $25. Tomorrow, in a program dubbed "(secrets of the white album)," he'll talk about The White Album and explain why the Beatles embraced transcendental meditation and renounced their use of drugs. He'll discuss Album 1 at 8 p.m. and Album 2 at 9:30 p.m. Once again, tickets $25. (Niesel)

Bop Stop (map)
2920 Detroit Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-771-6551
Relax And Float Upstream: Behind The Beatles' Seminal Revolver Album

Bill Bellamy

Fri., Sept. 21

If comic Bill Bellamy did nothing more than coin the phrase "booty call," he'd go down in comic history. But the guy has been a staple on the standup circuit for nearly 30 years now. His star power hasn't diminished over that time, either. Currently the host of his own TV show, Who's Got Jokes, he was also a regular on Chelsea Lately. His material tends to stick to tried-and-true topics like the differences between men and women when it comes to romantic love, and surviving the trials and tribulations of getting through security at the airport. Still, this guy is a pro storyteller who knows how to work the room. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

Thunder From Down Under

Fri., Sept. 21

The press release promoting the latest appearance by the group of burly hunks who call themselves the Thunder From Down Under boasts that they'll provide "the perfect girls' night outback," a reference to their Aussie heritage. Expect "seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm" from these topless dancers. The group performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 10 at Club Velvet at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park. Tickets start at $29.95. (Niesel)

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (map)
10705 Northfield Road
Eastern Suburbs
phone 330-908-7771
Thunder From Down Under

Adult Swim

Fri., Sept. 21

Dubbed Adult Swim: An Underwater Tasting Adventure, tonight's all-wines tasting event at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium will feature a variety of wines. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The tasting takes place from 7 to 10. Tickets are $40, or $30 for pass holders. Designated drivers pay $20. Admission includes 20 sample tickets and a souvenir glass, as well as full after-hours access to the aquarium. (Niesel)

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.

Former Beatle Ringo Starr has just added U.S. tour dates to his 2018 All Starr Band’s itinerary. After touring Europe this June and July, the band will perform throughout North America in September. The 2018 All Starr Band includes Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. Percussionist and saxophonist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette complete the band. sold out

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (map)
10705 Northfield Road
Eastern Suburbs
phone 330-908-7771
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Plath & Orion

Fri., Sept. 21 and Fri., Sept. 28

Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poets, were known for personal verse that furthered the genre dubbed confessional poetry. Two one-act plays — Lanford Wilson's The Great Nebula Orion and Greg Cesear's Plath, Sexton and the Art of Confession — depict a chance meeting and "catch-up" conversation between the two women as the poets address their thoughts and comments directly to the audience. Produced by the Cesear's Forum theater company, the "companion play" performances takes place tonight at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre; additional performances continue through Oct. 14. Tickets are $18. (Niesel)

Kusama — Infinity

Fri., Sept. 21 and Wed., Sept. 26

Seventeen years in the making, Kusama — Infinity, a new documentary film about visual artist Yayoi Kusama, debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival. An Akron native, director Heather Lenz uses archival photos, letters and film clips to paint a portrait of Kusama, who currently has a major exhibit on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The film screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $12, or $9 for CMA members. (Niesel)

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Third Friday of every month

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio for a chance to shop and interact with artists. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel)

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