Relive your days as a Lithuanian housewife with Pierogi: Easy and Creative, a one-night cooking class that covers the basics of making those pillows of dough (they not only taste good, they also make great coasters). It's taught by the industrious John Stuchal, a former chef with a repertoire of 150 classes--including "Strudel in Five Minutes," "Soups of the World," and four different portobello mushroom courses. Stuchal spends part of each year in the Caribbean, where he teaches pierogi classes to Jamaicans, who aren't unfamiliar with the Eastern European pockets, already knowing their way around a ravioli. Tonight's class covers cheese, mushroom, onion, pumpkin, and sauerkraut fillings. Students will make the pierogi in class and pick up tips on rolling, cutting, and shaping. The flour starts flying at 7 p.m. in Room 306 of Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Boulevard. Cost is $33, which includes materials; call 216-529-4192.
If anchovies could talk, maybe they could tell the cops who really murdered the philosophy professor. Pizza delivery guy Will Sherman, a born-again loser who ain't gonna take it anymore, is framed for the crime in Delivered. The film is the debut for director Guy Ferland, last unseen as the production designer for Joe Eszterhas's Telling Lies in America, which was shot in Cleveland. With dialogue and sets that rival an after-school special, Delivered's no Clerks or even Mall Rats. The film shows at 9:45 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas, 50 Public Square. Tickets are $7.50; call 216-241-6000. Ferland will talk about the movie biz on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Midwest Independent Filmmakers' Conference in Tower City (tickets to the three-day conference are $125, call 216-623-0025).
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand was foreshadowing his own death back in the 1960s, when he had barely seen thirty. Now that he's in his sixties, the brush with mortality in his early work seems a little less dark and a little more heartbreaking. He'll read his poetry at 7 p.m. in the Bolton Theater of the Cleveland Play House, 8501 Carnegie Avenue. General admission is $5, $2.50 students and seniors; call 216-421-8671 ext. 40 for more information.
Hose down those lederhosen--you'll be needing a clean pair for the Jaegerfest, the German Music Society's annual tribute to the mighty keg. Tickets to the bratwurst and sauerkraut dinner are sold out--so break out the wieners and head on down for the 7 p.m. dancing and debauchery (it's five bucks, free if the doorman's under the table, according to co-organizer Rosie Wittine). Polka Hall of Famer Fred Ziwich and his four-piece band provide the tunes; the Jaegerette girls provide the shorts and T-shirts. At the Westside Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Avenue. For more information, call 440-885-0756.
Almost fifty years after Cleveland DJ Alan Freed worked teens into a lather, his Moondog Coronation Ball is still shaking an arthritic leg. This year's cotillion, which commemorates the 1952 "birth of rock and roll" show at the old Cleveland Arena, features some notable blue-hairs: Otis Williams, one of the founding members of the Temptations; do-lang diva Judy Williams, lead vocalist of the Chiffons; the Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"); and "Stagger Lee" Lloyd Price. They'll perform at 7:30 p.m. at Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. The original $1.25 admission won't buy any memories; tickets are $25.75 and $49.75, available by calling 216-241-5555.
The Easter Bunny's hick cousin, the Easter Groundhog, crawls out of his dirt shack for Easter Egg Extravaganza, sort of an unplugged version of the Easter egg hunt. With the help of a puppet show starring E.G. and his wild friends--robins, frogs, turkeys--kids will learn about eggs that don't come in a carton--some of them slimy, some speckled, some rubbery and hard. On the lawn, they can hunt for plastic eggs with prizes inside (the toddlers get first crack) and eat paste at the arts and crafts tables. Things get cracking at 10 a.m. at the Happy Days Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, State Route 303, 1/2 mile west of State Route 8 in Boston Township. Cost is $3; call 216-524-1497 to register.
More music to paint your couch to: The New York-based Dylan Group melds Latin jazz with jungle beats and downtempo dubbings for that scraping-your-chin-against the-sidewalk feel. They're so electronica that critics accused them of relying too much on sampling on their last release. But the truth is, they weren't sampling--they were actually playing their instruments to make them sound like prerecorded drum machines. They're taking their show on the road for the first time, with a 10 p.m. stop in Cleveland at the Grog Shop, 1765 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $5; call 216-321-5588.
Cleveland artist Delia King was hard up for inspiration when she stumbled upon the mother lode in a trash heap: All About Girls, a pre-World War II era book of cartoons depicting torpedo-breasted floozies, with IQs to match their purses, and the pimply boys they trounced. "I was initially insulted when I first saw them," says King of the gals, "but then I noticed that the men were portrayed equally as bad--fat or stunned or put down." She liked the cartoons so much, she tarted them up in carnival colors on glass, using a reverse transfer painting technique common to Eastern European church windows. All About Girls runs through April 3 at the High & Dry In, 2207 West 11th Street, 216-621-6166.
Traveling around the world on a motorcycle was more fun than a herd of stampeding elephants for photojournalist Helge Pedersen, who made the trip in the less-than-world-record time of ten years. Actually, the elephants weren't stampeding; they were just thirsty, and smashed water lines with their feet to get a drink. Pedersen, who worked for a national park in Africa for a few months, was on PVC pipe duty, so he got to tidy things up in their wake. He also had the pleasure of spending a night in a North Yemen jail, hoping that the militia would cut off his left hand--the one that he didn't need to work the clutch on his bike (they broke decorum and set him free, and in one piece). The author of Ten Years on Two Wheels, Pedersen will talk about his travels--house arrest in Somalia, octopus hunting in South America, a campfire sing-along with border guards in the Central African Republic--from 1-5 p.m. at a booksigning at Borders Westlake, 30121 Detroit Road. For more information, call 440-892-7667.
Speaking of trips, the former drummer for Journey, Steve Smith, brings his jazz fusion group, Vital Information, to Wilbert's for a 9 p.m. show. No trendy new side project, the group is well within the bounds of old fogey-dom, having released eight albums since 1983. Former Santana keyboardist Tom Coster is one of the core members, along with Frank Gamble (formerly of Chick Corea's Electric Band). Breaking from that free-form tradition, their songs are rumored to have discernible beginnings, middles, and ends, so you won't have to find the guy with the lampshade to know when the party's over. At 1360 West Ninth Street. Tickets are $15; call 216-241-5555.