- The Cinematheques showing Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom as part of its controversial-film series.
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom is one of the most notorious films ever made. It's also borderline reprehensible in its resetting of the Marquis de Sade's novel in Fascist Italy. A group of teens is rounded up and shipped to a mansion, where they are subjected to the Circle of Obsessions (where they are raped and sodomized), the Circle of Shit (where they are forced to eat feces), and the Circle of Blood (where many are tortured to their deaths). Pasolini's 1975 film, repeatedly banned over the years, plays Sunday as part of the Cinematheque's "Not a Pretty Picture: Classics of Transgressive Cinema" controversial-film series. The final, lingering 20 minutes of depravity and degradation are tough to watch. Still, it's a politically themed achievement by Pasolini, who was brutally murdered during the film's post-production. Salo shows at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7, $5 for members. Call 216-421-7450 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci
If pre-war cars get your motor runnin', Hale Meet has the ride you're looking for. More than 75 classic autos -- including a 1926 Chandler Roadster, a 1929 Jordan Speedboy, and a 1925 White "Yellowstone" bus -- will be on display at Hale Farm. The Crawford Auto Museum also wheels in about a dozen of its vehicles, so chances are pretty good that its super-cool 1919 Harley-Davidson will be there too. Hale Meet takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Hale Farm & Village (2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath). Admission ranges from $7 to $12. Call 877-425-3327 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci
The Fall Jazz Festival promises more than 35 hours of New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz. Eight local and national combos -- including the High Sierra Band, the Ragweed Jazz Band, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band, and Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers -- will perform four shows throughout the weekend. The evening assemblies culminate in jam sessions, beginning at midnight. And while sponsors EARLYJAS (which stands for Earlville Association of Ragtime Lovers Yearning for Jazz Advancement and Socializing -- whew!) touch on the historical and educational facets of the music, they emphasize the most important experience: listening to it. The Jazz Festival runs 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Select (15471 Royalton Road in Strongsville). Tickets are $20 and $25; call 330-867-8846. -- Michael Gallucci