Music Around Town

American Hot Wax

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 9 2012

Cleveland DJ and honorary rock & roll pioneer Alan Freed's story is told in this 1978 movie starring Fran Drescher (pre-Nanny), Jay Leno (pre-Tonight Show), and Laraine Newman (pre-obscurity). It explores the controversial stuff: Racists hated that Freed brought black music to their white children, and his career ended with a messy payola scandal. But mostly it's about music on the edge of greatness in the '50s, with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins playing themselves. At 9:35 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

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