Mikey G's Weekend Entertainment Picks


This weekend’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Friday: More than 200 varieties of vino from across the globe will be poured at this weekend’s Cleveland Wine Festival at Voinovich Park. Reds, whites, and zinfandels from Australia, France, and Italy are on tap at the second-annual outing. In addition to all the sipping going on, the fest features cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s top chefs -- who’ll pair specialty dishes with different varietals. Plus, more than 30 Ohio vineyards are spotlighted in a special area. Saturday: At the first-ever Larchmere Flea Market and Festival, the highfalutin art area’s shops and restaurants peddle their goods, while the locals set up tables full of their own merchandise. Everything from specialty yarn (at Fine Points), vegetarian eats (at Café Limbo), and indie reads (at Loganberry Books) will be available from vendors. Most of the region’s famed antique and craft shops will also set up booths featuring old-school and handmade items. Sunday: On his third album, Continuum, John Mayer streamlines the sweet talk and laid-back pop of his past records and slips a new dynamic into the mix: solid songwriting and general amiability. Working with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino -- who both helped shape 2005’s left-field live blues outing Try! -- Mayer effortlessly weaves political pop (“Waiting on the World to Change”), sensitive singer-songwriter ballads (“Gravity”), and white-boy R&B (“Vultures”). Continuum rocks about as much as its predecessors (which means it doesn’t rock at all), but Mayer’s singing and guitar playing are significantly amped this time around. He plays Blossom Music Center. --Michael Gallucci

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