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Theater Fest offers a pair of hits.

Thespians take on the Bard at the Great Lakes - Theater Festival.
  • Thespians take on the Bard at the Great Lakes Theater Festival.

7/16-8/22

A double-header will play out downtown over the next month, but don't look to Jacobs Field for the action.

The Great Lakes Theater Festival's summer repertory features one company of 18 actors performing two plays -- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and the Bard's The Taming of the Shrew -- that alternate throughout the run.

Both productions celebrate Shakespeare, even if one (Complete Works) is a modern play on his stodgy reputation. "Shakespeare's plays operate on so many levels," explains artistic director Charles Fee. "You're getting incredibly interesting insight into human beings, you're watching slapstick comedy, and you're hearing language that is unbelievably beautiful." Shrew runs Friday through August 21; Complete Works opens July 30 and runs through August 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets range from $20 to $45. Call 216-241-6000 for more information. -- Diane Sofranec

Spin Cycle
DJ Greyboy finds ways to keep it funky fresh.

FRI 7/16

On Southern California's hip-hop circuit, DJ Greyboy has been an acid-jazz god since Freewheelin' became a cult fave in the early '90s. A decade later, Greyboy's fourth CD, Soul Mosaic, includes collaborations with fellow turntablists D-Styles and Ricci Rucker. "Working with artists from around the world is one of the beauties of modern technology," says Greyboy, whose real name is Andreas Stevens. He didn't go far to find the beauty. Greyboy recorded the 16 tracks in his home studio using -- for the first time ever -- vocalists. "I am a collector of sounds and objects, but I really only like a few things that are very good," he explains. "Not a bunch of stuff that's just OK." Greyboy spins at 9 p.m. Friday at the B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $10; call 216-932-1966. -- Cris Glaser

Soaring Throats

FRI 7/16

In the remote forests and mountain ridges of Tuva north of Mongolia, the members of Huun-Huur-Tu replicate the sounds of nature with their throats. It's called xöömei, a kind of singing in which each member of the quartet produces two distinct vocal pitches -- a throaty bass note topped with a series of harmonies high above it, all captured on albums such as 60 Horses in My Herd: Old Songs and Tunes of Tuva and Where Young Grass Grows. In the next installment of the Carnevale World Music and Dance Series, the 11-year-old group will show you why the likes of Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, and the Chieftains have included these unique vocalists on their CDs. Huun-Huur-Tu performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium, 11150 East Boulevard. Tickets range from $19 to $24; call 216-421-7350. -- Cris Glaser

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