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Monday, June 18, 2007

Mikey G's Entertainment Picks of the Week

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 12:19 PM

This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: Just a couple of years ago, Cliks frontman Lucas Silveira answered to his birth name of Lillia. These days, the transgendered leader of Toronto’s alt-rock combo doesn’t even bother to hide his sexuality … or his rage over a busted relationship. The Cliks’ debut album, Snakehouse, features Joan Jett-size riffs dished out with a side of power-pop stomp. They’re at the Beachland Tavern tonight. Tuesday: The Irregulars comedy group takes its act to a classier joint tonight. On the third Tuesday of each month, the 11-man troupe ditches open-mic nights at neighborhood shot-and-beer spots in favor of stand-up showcases at the Improv. Each outing features at least four local comics from the rotating cast. Tonight’s roster includes sets by Mike Baker, Mike Polk, and Bill Squire. Wednesday: It usually costs $7 to check out the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. But the venue is letting folks in for free through July 8. That’s how excited they are about their Masterpieces of European Paintings From the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit, which features classics by Rembrandt, Rubens, and El Greco. What are you waiting for? Go! Thursday: Twenty-five-year-old writer Miasha didn’t need to look far for inspiration for her latest book, Mommy’s Angel. The story of a 15-year-old girl and her drug-addled mom pretty much parallels the Philadelphia native’s life. The novel centers on Angel Washington, whose single mother becomes addicted to heroin after her oldest son is killed. It’s up to Angel to take care of her sister and baby brother. So she starts working at a strip joint to pay the bills. Miasha reads and signs her book at Border’s in Cleveland Heights. Friday: Dallas quintet Fair to Midland strikes a balance between blustery hard rock and brain-feeding prog on its debut album, Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True. Little surprise, since it was executive produced by System of a Down’s Serj Tankian -- no stranger to songs jacked up on coke-and-Red-Bull cocktails. Tunes like “Dance of the Manatee” cartwheel from pretty melodies to hammer-hard riffs and back again. Even the song’s title sounds like something Peter Gabriel-era Genesis would have dived into. They play at the Agora. --Michael Gallucci

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