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Heavy Mental 

A sculptor forges iron and condemnation.

Nick De Pirro's work is on display in Solids, Part 2 at the Sculpture Center.
  • Nick De Pirro's work is on display in Solids, Part 2 at the Sculpture Center.

Artist Nick De Pirro can thank President Bush for the showpiece of his latest exhibit. "I'd been telling people that I will make another big sculpture when the next country is invaded," De Pirro explains. Foreign policy and cable news indeed shape Solids, Part 2, which opens Friday at the Sculpture Center, but it's sturdy steel and other heavy metals (as well as rubber, graphite, and grease) that give the work its heft. Discarded computers, antique 16mm films, toys, and models also make their way into the work. De Pirro even gets self-referential, criticizing the art world in a few pieces. "I am interested in situational ironies that can occur in these installations," he says. De Pirro talks about his work at a free opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sculpture Center (1834 East 123rd Street). The show's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through March 12. Admission is free. Call 216-229-6527 for more information. -- Nadia Michel

Mediums Rare

MON 2/16

Every Monday night, Elizabeth Howell and Sandra Baron-Berdysz hit the airwaves to dish out Psychic Sushi. The hour-long radio show on WERE-AM 1300 features the two clairvoyants talking about upcoming mind-body-spirit festivals, chatting with other psychics, and giving "cosmic traffic reports" on planetary alignments and their effects on astrological signs. But the highlight of the show is the readings they provide for callers. How good are they? They once "saw" that a woman was pregnant. "She said, No way!' because she was having fertility problems," Howell explains. "She called us two weeks later; she found out from the doctor she was [expecting]." Which sorta explains why they named their program after raw fish. "Sushi represents fresh, good food -- wholesome and nutritious," Howell says. "That is why we say it's food for the soul." Psychic Sushi airs at 7 p.m. Monday on WERE. -- Cris Glaser

Den of Love

SAT 2/14

Call him crazy, but Russ Borski's opening his home to the public on Saturday. The director of Dobama Theatre's Raised in Captivity, a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family, is celebrating the end of the production (which closed last Sunday) by hosting a Valentine's Day Mixer/Wrap Party. Borski hopes to create an intimate atmosphere where folks can mingle with local artists, nibble on appetizers, and drink heavily from the cash bar. "We're also trying to come up with a few surprises to make it memorable," he hints. The party happens from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Borski's loft at Heartsong Studios, 1814 East 40th Street. Admission is $25; call 216-932-3396. -- Melody Caraballo

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