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Joe Booth and Amy Compton get Rhythm.

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Joe Booth and Amy Compton perform Random Acts of - Rhythm with their feet on Friday.
  • Joe Booth and Amy Compton perform Random Acts of Rhythm with their feet on Friday.

FRI 9/9

Joe Booth and Amy Compton dance till they're practically black and blue from all the knee-slapping and hand-clapping in Random Acts of Rhythm. The half-hour sidewalk show really turns physical when the two pick up pairs of drum sticks and rat-a-tat each other from head to toe. "Then she'll jam on whatever she finds on the street: a pole, the pavement, a parking meter," says Booth. They bring their act to Tremont on Friday as part of the Street Beats performance series. While the Spanish-trained Compton shows off her flamenco moves, Booth plays up his funny side. "I use a paint roller and pretend I'm painting the street to the music," says Booth. "I've even rolled people's bodies as they walked by." For the finale, each tries to one-up the other by swapping moves on the pavement. She'll make up a complicated dance step; he'll try to duplicate it. "Slowly, it works into a challenge where we outspeed each other," says Booth. "It's more enjoyable to work off of someone else's energy through just pure movement." It starts at 7 p.m. in front of Tremont Scoops, 2362 Professor Street. Admission is free; for more info, visit www.cleveland.com/sparx. -- Cris Glaser

Flash Back

9/9-9/10

DJ Flash owes his weekend spinfest to another jock who didn't show up for work. On a blustery night in February, Flash was hanging out with his longtime buddy, Club 75 owner Dwayne Hood. The pair noticed the DJ booth was empty, and Hood swung into action. He hired Flash on the spot to spin his collection of R&B and hip-hop. "I say everything happens for a reason," says Flash, aka Ellery Smith. "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole entire life." Since that fateful night, Flash has been gigging at fashion shows, beauty pageants, and wedding receptions, along with the weekly Club 75 booking. "I'm gonna DJ until I can't DJ no more," says Flash. "We're gonna ride this train until the wheels come off of it." DJ Flash spins from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Club 75, 75 Public Square. Admission is free; call 216-566-7575. -- Cris Glaser

Mom's The Word

9/8-9/11

Three Blonde Moms is kinda like Jeff Foxworthy and pals' Blue Collar Comedy Tour . . . with a twist of estrogen. The ladies got together two years ago, soon after actress and comedian Joanie Fagan became a mother (Maryellen Hooper and Helen Keaney round out the trio). "When I started talking about that, [the audience] really started listening," she says. "But it's not just about changing diapers." Three Blonde Moms perform at Hilarities 4th Street Theatre (2035 East Fourth Street) Thursday through Sunday. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $18; call 216-736-4242. -- P.F. Wilson

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