- Jim D'Amico leaves the cameras at home Wednesday night when he brings the yucks to the Branding Iron.
As much as Jim D'Amico relishes yucking it up onstage, the Cleveland comic prefers sitting in a director's chair. "I love stand-up, but you reach only so many people. Film is more durable," he says. "But I don't get in front of the camera. I have what you call a great radio face."
In the past year, D'Amico has directed an hour-long boxing movie and two shorts, including Pair of Kings, a comedy about Jesus Christ and David debating Christianity and Judaism over a game of Golden Tee. D'Amico entered it last year at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. "But it didn't win," says D'Amico. "Conceptually, it's funny. Technically, it's not a Fellini film."
But D'Amico hasn't swapped stand-up for the silver screen for good. A regular at clubs from Lorain to Mentor, he puts a holiday spin on his one-liners this time of year, as he loads up his gag bag with family jokes. "I don't mind children. I'd just rather they be somebody else's," he quips, adding, "My value as an uncle shouldn't be based on how much money I spend at Christmas." D'Amico performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Branding Iron, 8450 Market Street in Mentor. Admission is free; call 440-266-0000. -- Cris Glaser
Body and Seoul
Troupe dances a different kind of ballet.
Don't pass up Korean dance just because you're not into ballet. It's a totally separate art form. In fact, the Seoul Performing Arts Company is singular enough to have caught the attention of the Cleveland Museum of Art, which presents a performance by the troupe on Saturday. "In Korean dance, one can express a deeper, heavier movement," says Chris Sun-Young Kim, SPAC's touring director. "It requires a special way of breathing." Korean dance stems from a rich cultural tradition; drum, sword, and folk dances are all part of the mix. "We try to insert improvised elements," says Sun-Young Kim." Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Masonic and Performance Arts Center, 3615 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $34, available by calling 216-421-7350. -- Zachary Lewis
Bedroom rocker busts a funky move.
Singer-songwriter Tom Vek doesn't just look like a gizmo-obsessed nerd; he is one. The 23-year-old Londoner's charmingly ragtag debut album, We Have Sound, integrates white-boy funk, indie pop, and slacker rock, most of which the multi-instrumentalist plays himself on a series of guitars, keyboards, and other instruments he found in his garage. It's all very DIY, and We Have Sound has a lo-fi vibe that coils its way through various ports of electric-electronic music. Onstage, he has a full band to help him navigate his twisty tales of a surreal life. Vek plays the House of Blues' Cambridge Room (308 Euclid Avenue ) at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Michael Gallucci
Columbus sextet Shucking Bubba Deluxe has played gigs in bars from the Lake Erie islands to the Ohio River shoreline. It has even played its catalog of Top 40 covers at corporate parties for the Limited and Budweiser -- all under what may be the worst band name of the century. It performs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at the Blind Pig, 1228 West Sixth Street. Admission is free. Call 216-621-0001 for more information. -- Cris Glaser