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Artist Lacey Petrovich says her paintings in Cannibalicious are "an illustrated look into the parts of the brain that have not developed past the age of 13." It's a bawdy show that uses pop-culture images — not surprising given that Petrovich is a member of the local burlesque troupe the Pussyfoot Girls. It's an adults-only show, she notes. Cannibalicious opens with a reception from 7-11 p.m. Friday and continues through August 30 at Low Life Gallery (16001 Waterloo Rd., 330.671.6123,

The musical Me and My Girl is one of those feel-good comic delights that helped keep England's chin up during World War II. Despite having been bombed out of two theaters, it ran for two performances nightly for five years. It's the story of a cockney lad who's actually the illegitimate son of a nobleman and heir to a vast estate whose relatives want to clean him up and lose his working-class manners before he's ready for the swell life. Mercury Summer Stock revives the show in a production directed and choreographed by Pierre-Jacques Brault, with musical direction by Eddie Carney. It opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday with additional performances through August 22 at Parma Little Theatre (6285 W. 54th St., Parma, 216.771.5862, Tickets: $12-$15.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra have just announced what is sure to be a Big Deal in the world of musical competition. The first Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, slated for summer 2010, is for pianists. After that, it will alternate — with violin competition in odd numbered years and piano in even numbered years. At stake: $20,000 in prize money and a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Unlike the Cleveland International Piano Competition, now underway, the Cooper is for musicians ages 13 to 18. The $10,000 first prize is one of the largest in the world for that age group. The top three competitors will also be awarded full four-year scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, pending admission, valued at more than $100,000 each.

Funder Tom Cooper is a 1978 graduate of Oberlin College and a member of its board of trustees. He is a partner in the investment firm of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Company in Boston. His wife Evon is a pianist. They live in the Boston area.

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