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Sunday | 11

Myths & Allegories

A Concert at Tregoning & Co.

There's something to be said for hearing chamber music within the confines of an artful space: Like a Power Bar for the brain, the dual exposure is uniquely enriching. See for yourself this afternoon at 3 p.m. as Les Délices, Cleveland's French Baroque chamber ensemble, explores Myths & Allegories at the beautiful Tregoning & Co. gallery. Inspired by Greek mythology, the fantastical program features several cantatas from French baroque composers, along with selections from the 1703 opera Ulysse, by Jean-Féry Rebel. Clara Rottsolk is the featured soprano, performing under the direction of founder and award-winning oboist Debra Nagy. Tickets are $75, with all proceeds from this afternoon's performance going to support the concert's commercial recording. Stick around for the post-performance reception. Tickets are available on the website. — Cicora

1300 West 78th St., 216-281-8626, debranagy.com/Les_Delices1.

Monday | 12

Fit for Foodies

Dip Into the Melting Pot

Head over to Fire Food & Drink tonight for a multimedia celebration of Cleveland's culinary heritage. From appetizers to desserts, the seven-course dinner focuses on delightful dishes culled from the city's early immigrants: those noble forebears who dropped the German, Irish, Polish, Italian, Czech, English, and Russian-Jewish flavors into our burbling melting pot. "With the city's West Side Market marking its 100th anniversary this year, we thought this would be a great way to promote them and to connect what we do — the local, seasonal focus — to Cleveland's ethnic legacy," says chef-owner Doug Katz. The result is a travelogue of tastes like housemade veal bratwurst, pork cutlet with cabbage and pierogi, and crab cakes and baked beans. Personally, Katz says he's looking forward to the garlic soup. "Ian Thompson, my chef de cuisine, has made it before, and it's delicious: smooth, sweet, and not at all pungent." Each course is paired with a complementary beverage, including drinks like rum punch, Czech ale, and housemade limoncello. Serving as host will be Dr. Sean Martin of the Western Reserve Historical Society, who will lend historic insight to the festivities. Live music comes by way of Honeybucket, a three-member "neo-folkgrass" band headed up by Fire's bartender, Brendan O'Malley. The dinner bell chimes at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $79 per person, plus tax and tip. Make your reservations with staffer Hillary Lyon at the number below; check out the website for the details. — Cicora

13220 Shaker Square, 216-921-3473 ext. 148, firefoodanddrink.com.

Tuesday | 13

Rock the Library

A Local Author Goes Behind the Music

When local journalist Deanna Adams first got the notion to write a book about Cleveland's rock history, it seemed like a pretty straightforward project. "I asked myself, 'How hard can that be?'" she chuckles. Four years, 300 interviews, and 624 pages later, she had her answer: the massive Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection, published in 2002 by Kent State University Press. Since then, Adams has gone on to become one of the leading historians of the Cleveland rock scene, with a focus on the formative years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. She'll tell you all about it tonight at the Independence branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, in a one-hour audio-visual presentation. "We'll hear music selections and see a few fun videos," she says, including a classic interview with the Raspberries' Eric Carmen. But mainly, it's a trip down a musical memory lane, where audience members will have time to share their own favorite moments from the region's storied musical past — anything from Alan Freed and Casey Kasem to Devo and Chrissie Hynde. Tonight's free talk begins at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Adams will be making stops at other libraries in the system over the coming weeks; check out the website for details. — Cicora

6361 Selig Dr., Independence, 216-447-0160, cuyahogalibrary.org.

Wednesday | 14

Ohio History

A Civil War Exhibit Lands in Peninsula

The historic burg of Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley remembers the Civil War with a new traveling exhibit from the Ohio Historical Society. Starting today, the town's circa-1850 G.A.R. Hall is host to Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later, an examination of the state's participation in the conflict. Divided into three themes — Democracy, Transformation, and Memory — the exhibit connects the war's causes to current issues like civil rights, political dissent, and pacifism. Check it out, then take a peek at treasures from the Peninsula Valley Historic & Education Foundation's own Civil War collection, including diaries and letters from local soldiers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through April 1. It's free. — Cicora

1785 Main St., Peninsula, 330-657-2528, peninsulahistory.org.


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