- Rocking and booming with the city's 4th of July celebration.
Count Mayor Jane Campbell among the 25,000 people planning to Rock 'N Boom at Voinovich Park on Friday. The Fourth of July party starts with music by Leo, Three Miles Out, Jaded Era, and Cheap Vinyl (that's the rock part), and ends with a 20-minute fireworks show (the boom) that begins at dusk. There's also a children's play area with face-painting, inflatable jumping areas, and juggling clowns. "We encourage families to make a day of it," says Campbell. "Patriotism is showing the love for the values this country has -- the value of freedom, the value of independence, the value of recognizing diversity, and giving people the opportunity to succeed." Not to mention the value of funnel cakes and flavored ice. Rock 'N Boom starts at 1 p.m. at Voinovich Park, at the foot of East Ninth Street. Admission is free; coolers and picnic baskets are not permitted. Call 216-664-2000 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Bust a Move to Mozart
The veteran Texas cut-ups of Brave Combo go vintage on their latest album, Box of Ghosts. The mélange of accordion and mariachi horns (applied to everything from the Doors' "People Are Strange" to the theme from Rosemary's Baby) takes aim at classical music this time, and the results are as witty as they are fitting. So Mozart's "Rondo à la Turca" seems just right as a polka, Satie's "Gnossienne #3" gets a disco beat, and Dvorák's "Slavonic Dance" becomes a reggae tune. And really, you haven't lived till you've heard Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" played as a salsa. Brave Combo is in the middle of a three-month tour, featuring plenty of Box of Ghosts material -- but audience requests for "Purple Haze" and "Double Vision" probably won't go unheeded. The band is at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Road) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 216-383-1124 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci
Lyric Opera Cleveland Weills away the hours.
Kurt Weill wrote "September Song," "Mack the Knife," and "Alabama Song." The fact that artists as disparate as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and the Doors made definitive versions of these theatrical songs says much about Weill's breadth and timelessness. Lyric Opera Cleveland's Berlin to Broadway celebrates the composer's work in both his native Germany and his adopted home in the States. It opens at Cleveland Play House's Drury Theatre (8500 Euclid Avenue) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. (It also plays on July 12, 17, and 20.) Tickets range from $15 to $42; call 216-795-7000. -- Michael Gallucci