- J.P. Sandy
- Diamond life: Panini's is giving away one of these gems every Thursday night.
Tim Swan has been a club manager long enough to know that diamonds really are a girl's best friend. To prove his point, he hosts the Incredible Diamond Giveaway at Panini's every Thursday. It works like this: At the DJ booth, Swan lays out a green velvet cloth, on which he sprinkles 100 cubic zirconia. Among the $2 rocks is a quarter-karat diamond worth a cool $200. When a woman buys a drink, she is handed a golden token. At the top of the hour, she can turn in the token for a chance to pick out the diamond. When she makes her choice, a jeweler shines an ultraviolet light on it. If the red light comes on, she's picked a dud; if it turns green, the diamond is hers. "In the corner, we'll hear, 'Oh, my God!'" says Swan. "It's kinda like looking in a cookie jar." The great gem giveaway takes place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Panini's at the Riviera, 16719 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Admission is free. Call 216-521-8204 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
From Armenians to Zimbabweans, 55 nationalities stir the Lorain International Festival melting pot. The celebration, which features ethnic food, draft beer, and a parade, takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Black River Landing on Broadway in downtown Lorain. Admission is free; call 440-282-6263. -- Cris Glaser
A German American Festival isn't complete without bratwurst, sauerkraut, and, most important, 130 kegs of lager shipped from Bavaria! Drink up, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at German Central, 7863 York Road in Parma. Admission is $4; call 440-234-3394. -- Cris Glaser