- Part of this unlucky fella's gonna be at Wings on the West Bank (Friday).
The play Tuesday in No Man's Land is set in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. Tension is exacerbated by potentially violent protesters gathering outside. "The women feel very trapped, not only by the choice they have to make, but by the fact that they are afraid for their lives, going out," says director Amanda Shaffer. "It's such a volatile situation." Aside from being dramatic, the story is pertinent, she adds. "It's an important issue for a lot of people. It sparks discussions, and we're interested in continuing the debate." The play opens tonight at Spaces Art Gallery (2220 Superior Viaduct) through June 26. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 and $15; call 216-556-0910.
Local fashion designer druewho? will present her summer collection at tonight's Urban Legend (The Remix) at Cloud Nine. The fashion fete features the unveiling of new men's and women's apparel for the upcoming steamy season. DJs Mick Boogie and Terry Urban bring the noise. The show starts at 10 p.m. at Cloud Nine Lounge, 1299 West 9th Street. Admission is free. Call 216-363-1113 for more information.
Friday, June 18
Wings on the West Bank bills itself as "Ohio's largest chicken wing festival." More than a dozen local merchants will supply hot and spicy poultry pieces, and a bunch of varieties -- BBQ, Cajun, teriyaki, super-freakin' hot -- will be offered. Pizza, funnel cakes, and other sorts of fair food will be there too. Cold beer and music by '90s modern rockers the Smithereens, Gin Blossoms, and Better Than Ezra help wash it all down. It happens from 4 to midnight today and noon to midnight tomorrow at Scene Pavilion, 2014 Sycamore Street. Tickets are $15; call 216-241-5555.
Saturday, June 19
The Lime Spider celebrates its third anniversary tonight with performances by hometowners the Rubber City Rebels (who recently reunited after 20 years), the Everyothers, and the Infidels. The Akron club is the city's best live venue, offering everything from alt-country shit-kickers and goth punkers to sensitive singer-songwriters and straight-up rock-and-rollers. Tonight's bash starts at 9:30 at the Lime Spider, 207 South Main Street in Akron. Tickets are $12; call 330-762-2350.
Sunday, June 20
There are plenty of cool things for you and Dad to do on Father's Day today. First, check out the 47th annual Antique, Classic & Collector Car Show, happening from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (714 North Portage Path in Akron; call 330-836-5533). More than 350 old-school rides will be on display; this year's theme is "The Fabulous Fifties." Admission is $8, $6 for kids. Then hop on over to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (3900 Wildlife Way; call 216-661-6500), where Pop gets in free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The zoo, too, has a classic-car show going on, as well as free massages, animal programs, and an interactive golf display. If your dad prefers the real thing, Cleveland Metroparks Golf Courses are offering Treat Dad to Golf -- he plays for free, as long as he's accompanied by a paying family member. The six courses (call 440-232-7247 for locations and more info) are open 1 p.m. to dusk. Reservations are required.
It's never too early to celebrate the first day of summer. Not even at 5:15 in the morning! That's when Lake Picnic Area Shelterhouse in Huntington Reservation (28795 Lake Road in Bay Village; call 440-734-6660) kicks off its free Summer Solstice Sunrise with a half-mile hike, a view of the rising sun from the beach, and a yummy solstice muffin. Or you can stay in bed a few hours and go to the free Summer Solstice Art Festival at Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Sarah's Vineyard (1274 West Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls; call 330-657-2538). Dozens of artists will show off their work, gardening and landscaping tips will be dispensed, and there's an activity tent for kids. It all happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, June 21
The Akron Symphony begins its free Picnic Pops summer concert series tonight with Celebrate America, a program featuring such patriotic favorites as "God Bless America," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and "Theme From Superman." So grab a flag, a blanket, and a bag of Cheetos, and head to Hardesty Park (West Market Street at Wallhaven Circle in Akron) at 7:30. Call 330-535-8131 for more information.
Tuesday, June 22
Who doesn't love huge-ass construction vehicles? "I don't know one little boy who doesn't go wild over diggers and bulldozers and backhoe loaders," says Trish Rooney, director of marketing at Great Lakes Science Center, where some Big Machines are on view (and available to climb on). "Look at the popularity of Bob the Builder." The exhibition includes more than a dozen trucks, excavators, and other gargantuan earth-shredding equipment on the front lawn. Inside, mini-machines show how it's all done. "There's a whole science to how they work," Rooney says. "People drive by [construction] sites on the freeway, but don't pay a lot of attention to [what they do]." Big Machines are on display 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Avenue) through June 27. Admission is $8.95, $6.95 for kids; call 216-694-2000.
Wednesday, June 23
A bunch of aerial daredevils gather today for Goodtime Boogie V, five days of crazies leaping out of planes, helicopters, and hot-air balloons. Industry and food vendors will sell their wares, experts will fill in novices on the correct way to fall out of high-flying objects, and live bands will rock the ground below. It starts today and runs from dawn to dusk through Sunday, June 27, at the Cleveland Parachute Center, 15199 Grove Road in Garrettsville. Admission is free (individual fees apply, if you wanna do some jumpin' of your own). Call 440-548-4511 for more info.