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Thursday | 03

Illusionist Joshua Seth:

Freakout Alert!

Like TV characters Patrick Jane in The Mentalist and Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, Joshua Seth has forged a career combining principles of cognitive science with a finely honed intuition. In Seth's case, he calls it "psychological illusion." And while he admits it's a skill, not magic, it's still pretty amazing to watch. The nationally known illusionist grew up in Kent, the son of two psychologists. "That provided me with a deep understanding of the human psyche," he says, which he augments by reading the subtleties of face and body language — probably with a little sleight-of-hand thrown in for good measure. The result is simply Beyond Belief, an intimate, interactive evening of mind reading and game playing that Seth brings to Kennedy's Cabaret in Playhouse Square. Tonight's 8 p.m. performance will be repeated on March 3 and 24. Seats are going for $39.50 at 216-241-6000 or at But here's some real magic: Go to and snag a promotional code that makes half the price disappear. — Elaine T. Cicora

Drumline Live!

The Beat Goes On

It's all about the beat when Drumline Live takes over the State Theatre tonight. The international touring company is an extravaganza of high-stepping, colorfully costumed, tightly choreographic young musicians toting enough drums and brass to fill a football field. (The fact that the State Theatre stage is smaller than a football field should not be viewed as a negative.) The concept is based on the marching-band tradition that arose among America's historically black colleges and was popularized in the 2002 movie Drumline. In Drumline Live, you get all the musical sizzle — everything from traditional brass-band tunage to hip-hop, R&B, and Motown — sans the sappy teen-movie plot; that alone is worth a rimshot. The drumming starts at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $20. Grab them by calling 216-241-6000 or at The State Theatre is at 1519 Euclid Ave. — Cicora

Funny Stuff

Get Down With Adele Givens

She's famous for her no-holds-barred stand-up act, but comedian Adele Givens won't be pigeonholed. Sitcoms, films, spoken word, her own TV pilot, and a morning radio show all rest snugly beneath her belt. Her true calling, however, is on the stage: The Chicagoan first made waves in 1990 with Def Comedy Jam; in 2000, she earned a featured role in The Queens of Comedy. Tonight through Saturday, you can catch her at Hilarities — just be sure to leave the kids at home for this one! Tonight's performance is at 8 p.m., with additional shows slated for Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $23. Learn more at or call 216-736-4242. Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St. downtown. — Bill Delaney

Friday | 04

On the Wine Trail

Next Stop: Chocolate

Some trails are marked with crumbs; others are strewn with tears. Frankly, we prefer the kind that are lined with wine and chocolate. That's what you'll find on the Chocolate Is for Lovers Wine Trail, a self-guided trek that takes you and your snuggle-buddy past 14 Northeast Ohio wineries. Among the participating grape farms: Debonne Vineyards in Madison, Ferrante Winery in Geneva, and Emerine Estates in Jefferson. You pick your first stop when you make your reservations: That's where you'll collect complimentary Schott Zwiesel wine glasses and a candy dish. Then you're free to wander at will, sampling wines, apps, and chocolate candies from Geneva's Sedar-D's Chocolates at every stop. The $45-per-couple wine tour runs from noon to 6 p.m. today, and repeats tomorrow and next weekend, February 11 and 12. For details and reservations, visit or call 800-227-6972. — Cicora

Legends of Hip-Hop

Salt-n-Pepa Headline Wolstein Center

Hip-hop has long been the stuff of controversy between kids and parents — long enough, in fact, that children of the '90s now have kids of their own, and their favorite hip-hop groups are on reunion tours that were once reserved for crusty "classic rock" bands. But hip-hop is still cool, and Cheryl James, Sandy Denton, and Dee Dee Roper — the three ladies of Salt-n-Pepa — are anything but crusty. Breaking into the male-dominated hip-hop scene in the late '80s, Salt-n-Pepa are best remembered for a string of hits that included "Push It," "Shoop," and "Let's Talk About Sex." Their Legends of Hip-Hop Tour comes to the Wolstein Center tonight, where they'll share the stage with other blasts from the hip-hop past, including Whodini, Kurtis Blow, Rob Base, and Doug E. Fresh. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets range from $42.50 to $52.50. For more information, visit or call 216-687-9292. The Wolstein Ceter is at 2121 Euclid Ave. — Delaney

Saturday | 05

Calling All Stairmasters

Tackle the Tower at Erieview

People do weird stuff this time of year in the name of fitness: Bowflex and Wii Fit among them. Likewise, the idea of getting up early on a Saturday morning to race up 38 flights of stairs at the Erieview Tower struck us as a wee bit wacky, at least until we considered that today's Ninth Annual Tackle the Tower is as much about supporting a good cause as it is about sculpting those calves. Specifically, organizers hope to raise around $40,000 for Cleveland's Ronald McDonald House during today's three Tackle the Tower events: the 8:45 a.m. fun walk, the 9 a.m. race, and the 10:30 a.m. firefighters' race. Your $25 entry fee also gets you breakfast, beverages, a T-shirt, and entertainment. Prizes will be awarded to fastest finishers in male, female, and firefighter categories, and the odds of actually finishing aren't as slim as you might think: Out of last year's field of 1,500, 786 racers made it all the way to the top. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Galleria, 1301 East Ninth St. For more info, call 216-623-9933 or go to — Cicora

Saturday | 05

Museum of Natural History

Time for Clock Day

It's time to unearth Granddad's gold pocket watch, or pull that putative Seth Thomas off the mantel: Clock Day has dawned at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and experts are standing by to tell you all about your timepiece. Members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will be reporting on your watch or clock's provenance, value, and whether or not it merits repair. If your clock is too large to bring to the experts, the experts will be happy to work from photos. After getting the skinny on your Minnie or Mickey Mouse watch, you can wind down among the museum's Hexter collection of antique clocks, watches, sundials, and astronomical instruments. It's all free with your $10 adult museum admission (less for children, seniors, and students). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1 Wade Oval Dr. on University Circle. For more information, call 216-231-4600 or visit — Cicora

Spring Preview Great Big Home &

Garden Expo

You can cram a lot of springtime into 2-million square feet — not to mention a fully constructed "idea home," a fully loaded "man cave," and a fully landscaped slate of movie-themed gardens. Those are just some of the attractions at this year's Great Big Home & Garden Expo, which runs today through February 13 at the I-X Center. Also on the schedule: John Gidding, Matt Fox, and Shari Hiller from HGTV; cooking demos from chefs at the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking; and, oddly enough, a special appearance by Mariel Hemingway, who will talk about healthy living and sign autographs. Box office tix are $14 for adults and less for seniors and children. But for the best bargain, check out, where you'll also find $11 tickets along with daily hours and events schedules. (Otherwise, call 440-248-5729 for more information.) The I-X Center is at One I-X Center Dr. in Cleveland. — Delaney

Joyful Noise

SpiritFest in Westlake

Are your spiritual batteries running a little low these days? Then schlep on over to Westlake, where the Unity Spiritual Center hosts today's drumming circle, holistic healers, and a concert by the Prayer Warriors — Cleveland's own musical ministry of "inspirational groove." The event — SpiritFest — is designed to rev up your spiritual mojo and introduce the center's new Unity Hall, where the festival takes place. It all begins at 5 p.m. with members of the Cleveland Drum Circle. Bang along on your own hand drum, or use the time to check out the free services from reiki, massage, and reflexology practitioners. At 8 p.m. the Prayer Warriors attack with a repertoire that runs from "Amazing Grace" to "Another Brick in the Wall." Performing under the direction of Clifton Beasley, the 22-member chorus is not just a local fave, but has backed up acts like Diana Ross and Josh Groban. Catch their concert — and do all that other stuff too — for just $15. Learn more at or call 440-835-0400. The Unity Spiritual Center is at 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake. — Cicora

Sunday | 06

Bargain Hunting

Shop Like a Pro at the Floor Sample Sale

Today presents your rare opportunity to shop like an interior designer, as the Ohio Design Centre welcomes the public to its annual floor sample sale. It's one of the few times amateurs get access to the 100,000-square-foot Centre, which carries more than 400 premier lines of lamps, rugs, fabrics, custom furniture, and decorative doodads. Five showrooms will be open for the sale from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., including Atelier Lapchi, Bello Design, A.E. Monroe & Co., R.W. Shea, and Gregory Alonso; with deals of up to 70 percent off, the savings can be significant. Keep in mind, though, that everything is sold as-is, all sales are final, and delivering that 300-pound armoire is going to cost you extra. Admission is $5, which goes to support the Cleveland Furniture Bank. The Ohio Design Centre is at 23533 Mercantile Rd. in Beachwood. For more info, call 216-831-1245 or go to — Cicora

Historic Music

Lutesong Duo at St. John's Cathedral

Now languishing in that gray area between folk and classical traditions, lute music was the pop rock of its time. It's just that its time was nearly 600 years ago, making it a bit of a rarity on today's play lists. Still, the hauntingly delicate sounds of this stringed instrument remain well-suited to holy spaces, where the setting and the notes combine to achieve the Renaissance ideal of "moving the passions." Should your passions need some rearranging, you are in luck: Today at 3 p.m. you can catch Mignarda, one of the nation's few lutesong duos, as they perform at downtown's Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Featuring lutist and music scholar Ron Andrico and mezzo soprano Donna Stewart, Mignarda has produced seven critically acclaimed CDs — all top-sellers on classical music charts. Today's concert focuses on their latest album, Harmonia Caelestis, which highlights the devotional imagery of 16th-century Spain. The result, we are told, will be an afternoon of peaceful reflection and contemplation. Plus, it's free. St. John's is at 1007 Superior Ave. For more information, call 216-771-6666 or go to — Cicora

Monday | 07

5 O'Clock Lounge Yoga, Rock & Beer

"I feel that yoga and rock music have more in common than people think," says yoga instructor and musician Aryn Youngless. And she'd be happy to show you what she means when she leads a session incorporating both this evening at the 5 O'Clock Lounge. A veteran of numerous area rock bands, Youngless began teaching yoga more than a year ago. Now she blends traditional yoga with the energy of good ol' rock & roll. Beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m., she'll lead students through 60 minutes of rockin' asanas, stretches, and breathing exercises, followed by an hour of live music in the lounge — presumably along with the opportunity to replenish your fluids with a couple of frosty brewskis. The weekly classes are $10 each or $45 for a five-class pass. Sign up at the lounge or e-mail Youngless at The 5 O'Clock Lounge is at 11904 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood; call 216-521-4906 for details. — Chrissy Niehaus

Singles Scene

Speedy Dating at D'Vine

They say that love will find you when you least expect it, but that doesn't mean you can't give it an occasional kick in the pants. Take tonight's progressive dating party at downtown's D'Vine Wine Bar. Thirty consecutive three-minute dates and — who knows? — Mr. or Ms. Right may plop down right in front of you. Tonight's affair begins at 7:30 p.m. and is aimed at singles 21 to 35; more mature romantics will be welcome during coming weekends. It's all brought to you by the folks at Advanced registration at gets you in for $30. Or register at the door for $35. D'Vine Wine Bar is at 836 West St. Clair Ave.; visit or call 216-241-8463 for more information. — Niehaus

Tuesday | 08

Family Fun

Facing Mars at the Science Center

Turns out, sending humans to Mars is a little more complicated than, say, rolling into Chuck E. Cheese's. "A three-year trip over millions of miles is no easy feat," says Dante Centuori of the Great Lakes Science Center. "And given that roughly two out of three unmanned missions have been failures, it's also not something to take lightly with astronauts' lives at stake." Would you go? That's the question posed by Facing Mars, GLSC's newest exhibition. Among the 28 displays, you can examine a Mars meteorite, test your resistance to motion sickness, and explore the effects of Martian gravity. Visitors will also have a chance to check out a full-scale model of a Mars Rover. And since Tuesdays are named in Mars' honor, look for special Mars-themed programming today, along with free admission for those 18 and under. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and continues through September 5. The Great Lakes Science Center is at 601 Erieside Ave. For more information, call 216-694-2000 or go to — Cicora

Wednesday | 09

Dating Games

Singles Meetup at MOCA

How many times has this happened to you? You're on a blind date. The discussion turns to art. You mention some faves: Warhol, Christo, Claes Oldenburg ... and you're met with a blank stare. If you're looking for a Valentine who shares your thirst for culture, the Museum of Contemporary Art is here to help. Tonight, they host MOCA-nection, a singles meetup for folks immersed in Cleveland's creative scene. The party planners promise music, drinks, appetizers, and plenty of singles who share your thoughts on repositioning the Free Stamp. It all goes down from 6 to 8 p.m., and it's free and open to the public. For more info, call 216-421-8671 or visit MOCA is at 8501 Carnegie Ave. — Delaney

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