This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them:
Animal Collective gets weird in Oberlin, Sunday.
A couple years ago, the FBI declared animal-rights activists the no. 1 terrorist threat to the U.S. Oscar-winner Curt Johnson couldn’t quite figure out how a bunch of leafies leaped over al-Qaeda to claim the top spot. So he picked up his camera and made Your Mommy Kills Animals
a documentary that looks at the occasionally volatile liberation movement. There are plenty of grisly and disturbing scenes -- including the slaughtering of animals and activists bombing and ransacking various corporations. Still, it’s an objective portrait of all factions. It opens at the
Cedar Lee Theatre
The Lakewood Community Festival
celebrates its 20th anniversary today. In addition to all the ethnic eats, the fest -- which takes place in the city’s historic Birdtown neighborhood -- features a vintage car show, concerts, and the popular Euclid Beach Rocket Car, which gives festivalgoers rides all day long. Meanwhile, kids can pet alpacas, set sail on Coasty the Safety Boat, and saddle up the ponies. Plus, there’s a 5K Kielbasa Run, with a sausage-shaped trophy going to the winner. It all goes down at Madison Park in Lakewood.
You never know what you’re getting with N.Y.C.’s Animal Collective
. Sometimes there may be four guys onstage; sometimes there may be more. They might play a standard freak-folk set; they might just go balls out with an experimental mash-up. That’s the beauty of this band: You never know which one you’ll get. Their new CD, Strawberry Jam
, is their most accessible. There’s even a killer hook lurking inside of “Peacebone.” Animal Collective play the Dionysus Club
in Oberlin. -- Michael Gallucci