- Ewww! One of the dead bodies popping up in the Great Lake Science Center's Body Worlds 2.
Yes, the "plastination" models featured in Body Worlds 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies are kinda creepy. But look at the preserved corpses from an educational -- rather than icky -- perspective, suggests Linda Abraham, executive director at the Great Lakes Science Center. "You're certainly reminded of all the individuals who gave their bodies for this purpose," she says. "But it's a life-altering show. Going through it can be a highly personal experience." More than 200 parts are on display, including organs and limbs. Plus, 20 whole bodies are at the exhibition (which opens Saturday), many arranged in everyday positions. "We have one that's playing baseball," says Abraham. "It's very profound and moving. It makes you think about yourself, your behavior, your lifestyle, and your body." Body Worlds 2 is at the Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue) through September 18. It's open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Admission ranges from $9 to $21; call 216-694-2000. -- Michael Gallucci
Good Will Hunting
Don't expect to hear any "To be or not to be"'s during Love's Fire, a collection of one-act plays written by contemporary playwrights, based on William Shakespeare's sonnets. The tales include Bitter Sauce, about a bride-to-be with a secret; Waiting for Philip Glass, in which a Hamptons couple prepares for a high-society benefit; and The General of Hot Desire, a tale of grad students searching the Bible for the meaning of love. "The pieces aren't Shakespeare, but you get your brain stretched a bit," says Ann Hedger, the show's director. "And it's very edgy, so don't come expecting to see actors in tights." Love's Fire is at the Fine Arts Association's Shadowbox Theatre (38660 Mentor Avenue in Willoughby) Friday through April 23. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $16 and $18; call 440-951-6637. -- Cris Glaser
One Man's Trash . . .
Before pitching that old tennis racket, let Armor & Sturtevant take a look at it. The folk duo can turn trash into instruments. Like a drum made out of a coffee can. Or a flute crafted from a paper towel tube. And, of course, a guitar made from a tennis racket. The two even invite audiences to jam with them on Appalachian folk tunes. "I was amazed," says fan Jeni Cramer. "I didn't know I was better playing guitar than playing tennis." Armor & Sturtevant perform at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Boulevard. Admission is free; call 216-321-5395. -- Cris Glaser