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No Holds Bard

Who knew an ex-wrestler could churn out tales of fiction?

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Mick Foley, a.k.a. Mankind, a.k.a. Dude Love, a.k.a. - Cactus Jack.
  • Mick Foley, a.k.a. Mankind, a.k.a. Dude Love, a.k.a. Cactus Jack.

FRI 8/1

Mick Foley has spent much of his life breaking things over other people's heads. As a professional wrestler -- known at various times as Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind -- Foley sustained more than 300 stitches and eight concussions. He also lost an ear. After detailing his bruising life in two autobiographies, Foley's now written his first novel, Tietam Brown. It's a coming-of-age story about a troubled kid looking to make good. "People in the book world thought that my writing style would lend itself to fiction," Foley explains. "But until I sat down and started, I thought it was beyond my grasp."

Not surprisingly, it's a violent book. And it was tougher to write than, say, to get Shawn Michaels in a chokehold, Foley says. "People don't realize how much courage it takes to write. This is among the bravest things I've done." Foley is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (13217 Shaker Square) at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; call 216-751-3300. -- Michael Gallucci

Work for Peanuts

MON 7/4

Filmmakers Nick and Chris Staron are seeking extras for their morality drama The Elephant. "We need people walking down the sidewalk and poking their heads out of coffee shops," Nick says. An elephant will be at Monday's 7:30 a.m. shoot in the center of Sharon Township; launch your film career by calling 216-389-0498. -- Cris Glaser

Fair Warning!

8/4-8/10

Elvis impersonators will shake their pelvises daily at the Cuyahoga County Fair, which also includes tractor pulls, games, and more food than you can shake a stick of fried cheese at. It happens from noon to 11 p.m. this Monday through Sunday, August 10, at the fairgrounds (164 Eastland Road in Berea). Admission is $1 to $6; call 440-243-0900. -- Cris Glaser

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