- Laura Whitcomb's A Certain Slant of Light features ghostly girls in bathtubs and other creepy goings-on.
The two ghosts floating around Laura Whitcomb's A Certain Slant of Light have a problem: One has possessed a high school boy; the other can't find an appropriate host. And they're in love. "They're experiencing just a little piece of a big puzzle," says Whitcomb. Part love story, part ghost yarn, and part teenage-angst tale, Light haunts the afterlife in search of resolution. "I developed a set of rules for my ghosts, derived from a lifetime of hearing ghost stories," says Whitcomb. "I just took the truest and most emotionally vibrant elements." And if it all sounds a little like Ghost for the junior set, be aware that there's no messy pottery sex or anyone making Whoopi. Says Whitcomb: "Each person sees or feels something different that goes along with their own ideas, when they cross over." She reads and signs her book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Admission is free; call 216-691-7000. -- Michael Gallucci
Safe and Sounds
T.T. Chanel celebrates his 25th birthday this week by busting some stress the best way he knows how: lip-synching Diana Ross and Faith Evans covers in drag. "It takes my mind off the stuff I do during the day," says Chanel. "I do stuff I want to do, because I don't let nobody tell me otherwise." Snap! Three afternoons a week, Chanel takes certification classes in a counseling program that teaches safe sex to gay, lesbian, and transgendered kids between 14 and 24 years old. "I get to deal with a lot of different personalities," she says. "I tell them to be safe and to stop AIDS. They understand, but I don't think some of them get it. They'll listen, but some don't practice. But if we can't get the message across, who will?" Chanel performs at midnight Saturday at Club Deco, 11213 Detroit Avenue. Admission is $3; call 216-221-8576. -- Cris Glaser
If your jack-o'-lanterns always end up looking like Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky, Friday's Pumpkin Carving should come in handy. Experts will show off some fancy patterns and help you slice and dice like a pro. (Be sure to bring your own pumpkin.) They'll also roast your leftover seeds for a tasty treat. Halloween: the holiday that keeps on giving! Carving starts at 7 p.m. at North Chagrin Reservation (off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village). Admission is free, but registration is required by callling 440-473-3370. -- Michael Gallucci