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See Beasts From the Deep at Great Lakes Science Center
If your trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Mythic Creatures exhibit leaves you craving more, head over to the Great Lakes Science Center for an Omnimax screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. Rotten Tomatoes' critics give the 40-minute flick an almost perfect score for its state-of-the-art photography and its blend of computer animation and live-actor recreations. Taken together, the museums' two attractions hit the sweet spot between science and imagination. Today's screenings are at 1 and 3 p.m. Because today is Free Youth Tuesday, kids 18 and younger pay $9 for theater admission and get into the rest of the Science Center for free. Grown-ups can pay $11 for the film or $14 for the film plus Science Center admission. Purchase tickets at the box office, by phone, or online. Learn more at the website. — Cicora
601 Erieside Ave., 216-694-2000, greatscience.com.
Mythic Creaturesat the Museum of Natural History:
A Beast of an Exhibit
A narwhal tusk was probably behind the myth of unicorns. Dinosaur fossils may have launched the tale of griffins. And who knows what sorts of beastly legends a West Sixth Street bender has inspired? Whatever the source, mythical beasts continue to intrigue us — as the recently launched show Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids reminds us. Full of freaky fossils and eye-popping images, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History exhibit nonetheless has a serious scientific purpose: tracing the connections between nature and legend, and exploring the cultural roots of some of the world's most enduring myths. Highlights include a 120-foot-long Chinese parade dragon, a 10-foot unicorn, and a sharp-taloned roc with a 20-foot wingspan, along with a ton of interactive stations. The exhibit continues at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History through July 1; today's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in the regular museum ticket price of $10 for adults, $8 for kids 7 to 18, and $7 for children 3 to 6. Check out the website for details. — Cicora
1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600, cmnh.org.
Let the Madness Begin!
The MAC Tournament Returns to the Q
We here in the heartland are a blessed lot when it comes to our college basketball. The ever-plucky Mid-American Conference has long been dominated by schools populated with sons and daughters of Northeast Ohio, and its top teams seem to cause trouble for somebody at the NCAA Tournament every year. Now the time has come to determine the MAC's automatic representative for March Madness 2012: The annual MAC Basketball Tournament gets down to business with second-round action today at Quicken Loans Arena. As of this writing, perennial favorites Kent State, Akron, and Ohio have emerged as front-runners yet again, and have earned the right to watch the opening rounds from the bleachers. Meanwhile, winners of preliminary-round games square off in a pair of contests this evening. Action for the top seeds begins Thursday, with the winners going on to meet the top two seeds in Friday's semifinal round. Tipoffs on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and your ticket gets you access to both games each night. The conference championship begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, with the winner punching its ticket for the proverbial Big Dance. Tickets range from $20 to $54. (Not to be overlooked: The MAC women's tournament also takes place at the Q each afternoon this week; for more info on their exploits, see the conference website at mac-sports.com.) — Erich Burnett
1 Center Ct., 888-894-9424,