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Nice dish: The Food Network's Rachael Ray cooks up - something tasty at Sur La Table (Wednesday).
  • Nice dish: The Food Network's Rachael Ray cooks up something tasty at Sur La Table (Wednesday).

Thursday, November 13

New Model Army has been making records for 20 years. Now the U.K. trio is celebrating with Great Expectations: The Singles Collection, an 18-track compilation of political sloganeering and punk-rock riffing. It's also touring America for the first time in 10 years, and frontman Justin Sullivan still rages convincingly onstage. Expect plenty of career-defining tunes (like their debut single, "Great Expectations," and fan faves "The Price" and "No Rest") as well as a sampling of songs from their most recent album, 2000's Eight. It's punk-rock nostalgia with a twist of contemporary spite and melody. New Model Army is at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road) at 10:30 tonight. Tickets are $10, available by calling 216-383-1124.

Friday, November 14

In On_Line, a disparate group of twentysomethings connect with one another in myriad webcam-watching places (a wank-worthy porn site, a suicide group, a video journal). At times, the movie wants to be a digital-age/ digitally shot Red Shoe Diaries, tapping into salacious and sexy themes. If the characters -- a gay Ohio kid looking for internet love, a smut-site entrepreneur pining for his ex, a pill-popping depressive reaching out to an internet community -- often play as types, there's also something resoundingly real about their LAN-lined lives. On_Line shows at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 10:40 tonight and 8:50 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $8, $5 for members. Call 216-421-7450 for more information.

Saturday, November 15

Yes, those doo-wop concerts PBS drags out every pledge season can be tedious, what with all their faux lineups and geriatric gyrations onstage. But there's no denying that some of rock's best songs come from that era. Tonight's Ultimate Doo-Wop Concert brings together some of the genre's survivors -- the Edsels ("Rama Lama Ding Dong") and the Contours ("Do You Love Me") among them -- and relives the period of golden oldies. It's kinda like PBS, only without those cash-begging hosts interrupting the action every 20 minutes. It happens at the State Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $55, available by calling 216-241-6000.

Sunday, November 16

The Western Reserve Historical Society's Book Sale is heavy on -- big surprise here -- historical tomes. Everything from military documents to World War II biographies is up for grabs, along with poetry collections, kid lit, paperbacks, and cookbooks. There are also calendars, maps, and prints, plus tons of glossy photos from the Society's archives. It happens from noon to 3 p.m. at the Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Boulevard). Admission is free. Call 216-721-5722 for more information.

Monday, November 17

First, Shrek and Finding Nemo pretty much put old-school animators out of business. Now, the Macworld Expo Digital Art Gallery is giving traditional paint-and-canvas artists some serious competition. The sixth annual traveling exhibit features more than 30 framed computer graphic prints, including the Dali-esque "Bagpipe Innuendo" and the award-winning "Boxes," which looks like it could double for a set in a Staind video. Cool stuff. The exhibit runs through December 5 at the Cleveland State Art Gallery (2121 Euclid Avenue). It's open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 216-687-2103 for more information.

Tuesday, November 18

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum's getting an early jump on the holidays with Trains, Trees & Holiday Traditions. The show includes displays that look back at Cleveland Christmases through the ages, including ornaments dating to the Civil War. The best part is the train exhibit, which features dozens of model locomotives dressed for the season. It runs through January 18 at the Crawford (10825 East Boulevard); it's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission ranges from $5.50 to $7.50. Call 216-721-5722 for more info.

Reel Deal is Spy bar's monthly independent-film program that includes discussion, networking, movies, and cocktails. "It was initially designed to showcase the black filmmaker," explains coordinator Neal Hodges. "But now it's designed to showcase the minority filmmaker. It may be a white' film, but maybe it's written by a black person. Or directed by an Asian. Or the cinematographer is female. It's that type of scope." Tonight's feature is Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity, a Canadian flick about a divorced mother raising a 12-year-old girl, who's determined to find a mate for her mom. "We just want to get these films to Cleveland," Hodges says. "We want to give people some film flavor that they usually don't get a chance to see." The Reel Deal program starts with a 6 p.m. reception (the film screens at 7:30) at Spy (1261 West Sixth Street). Admission is $5; call 216-621-7907.

Wednesday, November 19

Working as a pitchwoman for Burger King, a host for the Food Network, and a model for FHM, it's no wonder Rachael Ray has only half an hour to cook. "I've always been a very impatient girl," she says. "I have a lot of energy, and I eat well. But my job doesn't feel like a job. I go to work and spend 12 hours making dinner and telling stories. It isn't exactly digging ditches." Her new book, Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals, is a cookbook for party planners who forgot to plan their parties. "It's not just parties," she clarifies. "I don't have those kinds of gatherings. I don't use party books. This isn't an hors d'oeuvres-y kind of book. This is the kind of entertaining that people really do. It's more practical than a party book. I live in small spaces. I have three or four people over at a time, and we watch sports, listen to music, and hang out. These are also date meals, because I'm a big advocate of date night at home. These are snacks you can have with your friends." Ray signs copies from 6 to 8 tonight at Sur La Table (28819 Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere). Admission is free. Call 216-578-1800 for more information.

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