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Reel Cleveland: Screening the Scissormen

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Don't be surprised to see a camera crew in tow when the Scissormen play the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com) at 9 p.m. Saturday, February 27. Music documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge is making a movie about the Nashville band and is following the group on tour. "The film is about an independent blues band trying to work in a difficult environment for music and trying to move ahead into the future, while still having respect for the music' past," says Scissormen guitarist Ted Drozdowski. The Cleveland show is the last day of shooting, but the film won't be released until fall, when it will make the festival rounds before coming out on DVD.

Jesus County Fair is a locally produced DVD that features local rockabilly acts like Miss Firecracker and Lords of the Highway performing on a Hee Haw-like TV show. Featuring skits that reflect the redneck humor of Lords guitarist Dennis A. Bell and filmmakers Joe Ostrica and Dustin Austen, the DVD came out last year but has never shown publicly. It premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, February 26, at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576, myspace.com/nowthatsclass). Gimme Dat Shoe, Miss Firecracker and Lords of the Highway perform after the screening.

As part of Cleveland's Black History Month celebration, Shaker Square Cinemas (13116 Shaker Square, 216.921.9342, clevelandcinemas) has put together the Black Mosaic Film Series. It will show the Pam Grier blaxploitation vehicle Coffy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 26, and the Alvin Ailey dance documentary Beyond the Steps: Alive Ailey American Dance at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 28. Tickets are $5.

An organization that calls itself Cleveland Anarchist Black Cross presents a screening of Defending Our Lives, a 1994 documentary about domestic violence, at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at the Denison Avenue United Church of Christ (9900 Denison Ave., 216.631.0904, denisonucc.org). For more information, go to myspace.com/clevelandabc.

A documentary about hip-hop music and art that covers controversies like the representations of women and gays and pervasive violence, Byron Hurt's Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at the Akron Art Museum's Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium (1 South High St., 330.376.9185, akronartmuseum.org). It's free.

jniesel@clevescene.com

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