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The Brunch Bunch 

Jazz combos dish out tasty sounds.

Live jazz spices up Sunday Brunch With the Wave.
  • Live jazz spices up Sunday Brunch With the Wave.
SUN 1/25

Bernie Kimble livens up a plate of pancakes with more than just Aunt Jemima. Once a week, the program director of soft-jazz radio station WNWV-FM 107.3 hosts Sunday Brunch With the Wave. For two hours, Kimble and a rotating lineup of other WNWV jocks introduce live performances by a variety of local jazz bands, including Forecast (pictured) and Roberto Ocasio & His Latin Jazz Project. As the musicians play, brunchers wolf down a buffet spread that includes smoked ham, beef tips, and roasted red potatoes. "It's not eggs over Sterno," Kimble says, referring to the way chafing dishes are kept hot at the buffet. And the artists are just as hot. The lineup of local bands will soon be augmented by national performers, Kimble says. "But I'd like to walk before I run myself into a wall." It happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pickwick & Frolic Cabaret, 2035 East 4th Street. Admission ranges from $6.95 (for tots) to $24.95 (adults). Call 216-736-4242 for more information. -- Cris Glaser

Soul Food

1/24-4/7

The large-scale works in the art museum show Aftermath: Laura Letinsky Still-Life Photographs balance earth-tone backgrounds and brightly colored centerpieces. It's a vibrant mix, one that calls attention to both subject and setting. Canadian Letinsky takes her cue from 17th-century Dutch and Italian painters, photographing leftover pieces of a meal -- fruit, bread, etc. -- and the crumb-covered tables, used silverware, and empty glasses that accompany them. The show features nine photos, and their colossal size brings focus to Letinsky's points -- which cross the line between innate, sensual pleasure and the delicate, decaying nature of life itself. If the themes are heavy, the colors are lively and the details intricate. Aftermath opens Saturday at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard). It's open through April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Mondays). Admission is free. Call 216-421-7340 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci

Dry Whine

SAT 1/24

Lady Chablis has made a career out of being brassy and sassy. The drag queen played herself in 1997's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, about the murder trial of "Miss Jim Williams and his humpy, white, Georgia-cracker boyfriend," as she puts it. She's been chatted up by Oprah and Good Morning America. And her escapades are tabloid staples. Warner Brothers even plans a movie based on her memoir. "That's right. Li'l ol' me," Chablis says. She's at Bounce (2814 Detroit Avenue) at 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $25. Call 216-357-2997 for more information. -- Cris Glaser

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