C-Notes' Picks: La Vie Boheme on Public Square

Barry Williams, a judge of talent. We didn't believe it either!
Every Friday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do this weekend. For more options, log onto entertainment.clevescene.com. And check back Monday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Friday: An apartment full of broke bohemians sets the stage for the start of a three-performance run of La Bohème on Public Square. The Opera Cleveland production of Giacomo Puccini’s acclaimed masterpiece tells the tale of four struggling artists living in squalor in 1830s Paris. If the storyline sounds vaguely familiar, it laid the foundation for the 1996 Broadway blockbuster, RENT!, in which a gang of artsy New Yorkers confronted broken love affairs, depleted bank accounts, and the AIDS pandemic. The curtain rises on La Bohème at 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $25 to $135. Call 216-241-6000 for the 411. Saturday: The Rising Star Vocal Competition Finals scores some child-star power as the judges’ panel will include ex-Brady Bunch brat Barry Williams. The second annual talent show is designed to find Stark County’s most gifted performer, and the former Greg Brady says he can relate. To get his vote, a contestant needs to choose the right musical material, radiate stage presence, and, natch, have a gift for singing. The competition starts at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Centre, 601 Cleveland Avenue Northwest in Canton. Tickets are $20. Call 330-494-3423 for details. Sunday: At least 5,000 bikers plan to simultaneously shove off from five Harley-Davidson dealerships this morning and meet on Public Square for the sixth annual Rally for the Troops. The hourlong memorial to the military starts with WKYC-TV 3 health reporter Monica Robins singing the national anthem before WGAR-FM 99.5 morning jock Jim Mantel introduces a series of speakers, who’ll pay tribute to American soldiers overseas. Bikers will then retreat to the Cleveland Harley-Davidson Sales Company at 14450 Lorain Road for a post-rally party, with food, beer, and music by Eighth Day Sound. The rally starts at 9:30 a.m. Call 440-327-6966 for more info.