- Blue and her pal celebrate the azure dog's birthday at the Allen Theatre this week.
Though he's the only human being in a cast of animated pals, Jacob Kramer is still clueless over what Blue wants for her birthday. As Joe in the touring production of Blue's Clues Live! Blue's Birthday Party, Kramer invites his preschool audience to join Magenta the dog, Periwinkle the cat, and the rest of Blue's friends as they decipher the mystery. "Throughout the show, Blue leaves a paw print on three things, and those are the clues," explains the 25-year-old Kramer. "Everyone gets a handy-dandy notebook and a crayon to write everything down, since I can't figure it out without their help." Based on Nick Jr.'s hit show, the plot also teaches little ones about shapes, colors, and patterns. Big people like it too. Says Kramer: "It's like when you watch Bugs Bunny, and you get the humor you didn't understand when you were younger." Blue's Birthday Party is at the Allen Theatre (1407 Euclid Avenue) at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m., 2, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $27; call 216-241-6000. -- Cris Glaser
Celebrating the Cock
Jennifer Chin's fortune will grow at Wednesday's Lunar New Year Celebration. In this Year of the Rooster, her mom and dad give her a "lucky money bag" when the first full moon of the year rises. "It's something parents give to their children to wish them good luck," explains Chin, a John Carroll University senior and past president of the school's Asian Cultural Organization. The celebration lasts for 15 days, with the college capping it off with a party featuring Asian cuisine, Chinese acrobats, and origami demonstrations. "In some countries, people will take off work and have a big celebration," says Juliana Mosley Anderson, director of the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs. "In other countries, it may be a family dinner. It's a great way to celebrate a new beginning." The party starts at 7 p.m. at John Carroll's D.J. Lombardo Student Center, 20700 North Park Boulevard. Admission is free; call 216-397-4185. -- Cris Glaser
We now realize that we're never gonna let a drum solo rip that's anywhere near Bonzo's bang-up job on Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick." At Saturday's Day of Drumming program, Rusted Root percussionist Jim Donovan will show a more subtle side of skin-slapping. He'll focus primarily on that hippie staple, hand-drumming, but Donovan will also provide info on rhythmic foundation and how to play music in a group. He'll then get everyone together for a huge West African drum performance. Bang away from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Common Ground, 14240 Baird Road in Oberlin. Admission is $45, $35 in advance; call 440-213-4900. -- Michael Gallucci