Ernie Krivda's name is synonymous with the Fat Tuesday Big Band and its equally fat sound. But this week, the sax man shines with a more intimate combo at the Bop Stop (2920 Detroit Ave.), when he celebrates the release of his new CD, The Art of the Trio. It's Krivda's first recording with a trio since the mid-'90s, and he has top-notch collaborators in Oberlin double-bass prof Peter Dominguez and drummer-about-town Ron Godale (reuniting with Krivda for the first time since the early '80s). You'll want to be quiet so you can hear every note. Tickets: $10. Call 216.771.6551.
The Building Bridges mural program dedicates a new work at the Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Blvd.) at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The mural (by artist Virgie Ezelle-Patton) is one of five completed at the Summer Mural Institute, which involved teens in the creative process. It's free. A reception follows at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 216.374.9339.
The Governor's Awards for the Arts recognize people behind the curtains and gallery walls who are doing great work Ð it just happens to be in offices rather than in studios. If you know someone who's done a terrific job leading an organization or bringing arts education to the community; a business that incorporates art into its surroundings or activities (or maybe it just gives lots of money); or even a noteworthy individual, it's time to nominate that person for an award. Categories include arts administration, arts education, business support of the arts, community development and participation, and individual artists. The deadline for applications is October 14. Awards will be made at an Arts Day being held by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts in Columbus on April 1, 2009. For info, go to ohiocitizensforthearts.org or call 614.221.4064. In case you haven't heard, next Wednesday, September 24, the Great Lakes Theater Festival lifts the curtain on its new home in the Hannah Theatre. It's the first time the company has ever had a place of its own. That alone is cause for celebration. But there's also a very adaptable stage and a bunch of seating options, including some very close to the bar. The company presents Shakespeare's bloody tale of ambition, Macbeth, and Stephen Sondheim's musical mash-up of fairy tales, Into the Woods, in repertory September 24 through November 8. Call 216.241.6000 for tickets. - Michael Gill