This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

This show sucks. No, really, The Vampyres  is - all about bloodsucking fiends (Friday).
This show sucks. No, really, The Vampyres is all about bloodsucking fiends (Friday).
Thursday, February 3

The Other Theater Project is about more than a bunch of stuffy thespians reciting lines onstage. For its second production, Adaptation (which opens tonight), the troupe has lined up a new comedy sketch and a Let's Make a Deal-like contest, complete with prizes! At the center of it is Elaine May's one-act play, in which characters double as pieces in a board game that charts the evolution of modern man. The 1969 satire still stings, but it's the Monty Hall stand-in, asking folks to choose among three prize doors, that has us totally pumped (as long as we don't choose the door with the goats). Adaptation is at Cabaret Dada's Cleveland Black Box Theater (1210 West 6th Street) through February 14. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; call 216-696-4242.

Friday, February 4

To explain the differences between the Big [Box] production of The Vampyres, opening tonight, and the one that ran a few years ago at Dobama, playwright David Hansen uses another bloodsucking tale as a reference point. "In Interview With the Vampire, you've got Louis, who's all melancholy and regret, and then you've got Lestat, who's all business and sex," he says. "The old version was the Louis version. This is the Lestat version." In the newly fit and trim version of the musical-cum-horror story (local goth band Queue Up brings the noise), an eerie coffeehouse is the setting for sipping something other than iced vanilla lattes. "It's a wrong-place, wrong-time situation," says Hansen. "I was in a really dark place in my life when I wrote it. It's a very morbidly humorous show." The Vampyres is at Cleveland Public Theatre's James Levin Theatre (6415 Detroit Avenue) at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; call 216-631-2727.

Saturday, February 5

At the 62nd annual Cleveland Home & Garden Show, opening today, more than 20 acres of the I-X Center will be filled with plants, flowers, and very impressive landscaping. There'll also be model homes on display, seminars, demonstrations, gardening classes, kid stuff, and an appearance by the guy who wrote Clean Like a Man. Best, though, is the Celebrity Garden competition, in which the Action News Team squares off against the Channel 3 Weather Team in the season's biggest battle. The show runs through February 13 at the I-X Center, 6200 Riverside Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It's open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, with a closing-night plant sale happening from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is $11.95, $4 for kids; call 800-600-0307.

Sunday, February 6

GroundWorks Dancetheater will perform at the Cleveland Botanical Garden today as part of its Landmark Series, which takes the troupe to local sites of historical and architectural significance (past performances were staged at Cleveland Public Library's downtown branch, the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, and the Akron Icehouse and Coal Factory Complex in Akron). It's also the first time the garden has presented an artist-in-residence program. Show time is 2 p.m. at the Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard. Tickets are $14, $12 for students; call 216-721-1600.

. . . Or you could spend your afternoon doing something more manly, like watching the big game at Classic Fairway's Super Bowl Party, which organizers are calling "Akron's ultimate Super Bowl party." With six 15-foot projector screens beaming the Patriots vs. Eagles showdown, a buffet, drink specials, and prizes awarded throughout the five-hour affair, it's gotta be in the running. It starts at 5 p.m. at Classic Fairway Entertainment Facility, 1664 Norton Road in Stow. Admission is $9; call 330-342-0744.

Monday, February 7

You gotta be suspicious of an artist who boosts into the sky a large, tethered red balloon equipped with a recording device, in order to "hear the clouds." But Alaska native Sean Derry pulls off The Soundings of a Weightless Line, an exhibition at the Sculpture Center that presents the audio and visual findings of his experiment. It turns out to be much more environmentally conscious than New Agey, and the resulting tranquillity is a welcome by-product of a stimulating installation. The Soundings of a Weightless Line is at the Sculpture Center (1834 East 123rd Street) through March 4. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; call 216-229-6527.

Tuesday, February 8

Whether you're a girl looking to spend some time with gal pals and dish on what happened at work, or a guy hoping to bond with buds over some ass-shredding mook rock, two bars have got you covered tonight. Ladies' Night at Highland Square Tavern (11634 Madison Avenue; call 216-472-0920) offers an open jukebox, two-for-one drink specials, and 25-cent wings, making it easy to lose yourself for a few hours (or more, depending on how many of those doubles you down). At Spy (1261 West 6th Street; call 216-621-7907), along with prize giveaways and drink specials, Men's Night rocks the house with 92.3 Xtreme Radio jocks spinning tunes by dudes who still wear their caps backward. Everyone wins! Admission to both is free.

Wednesday, February 9

Since 2001, painter Brant Gebhart has spent his summers on a sailboat, taking in Lake Huron, the Northern Channel, and Georgian Bay. He'd make stops along the way, dragging out his acrylics to put on canvas the beaches, coastlines, and islands he saw. His work is on view at the history museum's Landscapes Along the Canadian Shield, which includes more than 30 paintings. Expect plenty of natural hues and raging water scenes. They're at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (1 Wade Oval Drive) through March 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7; $5 for kids. Call 216-231-4600 for more info.