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Fired up: Needful Things on display at the - Cleveland Museum of Art's playful new exhibit - (Tuesday).
  • Fired up: Needful Things on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art's playful new exhibit (Tuesday).

Thursday, September 23

Massillon knows all about high school football. So it's fitting that the Massillon Museum is hosting Small Town High School Football . . . Featuring Montana and Wyoming Six-Man and Eight-Man Football, a photography exhibit by Morgan Tyree. And despite the clunky title, the 40 pics on display are fluid and often gorgeous depictions of pigskin pleasures at the most local level -- from sweat-drenched players to fans on the sideline. The exhibit wraps up its run on Sunday at the Massillon Museum's Studio M (121 Lincoln Way East in Massillon). It's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 330-833-4061 for more information.

Friday, September 24

We love Lincoln Logs. But the opportunity to make a kid-sized log cabin? We are so there. Hale Farm's Fridays on the Farm weekly preschool program is giving tots (and their parents) a chance to Build a Log Cabin today. After all that hard work, learn about real log cabins and the tools that were used to build them. We're guessing plastic red roofs weren't an option. Pioneer-style fun happens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required. Admission is $8 (grown-ups get in free); call 330-666-3711.

In The Mother, a recently widowed grandmother strikes up a sexual relationship with the man fixing her son's house. He happens to be half her age. He also happens to be sleeping with her daughter. Director Roger Michell wisely observes from a distance, never taking a position on his characters' actions or even making them particularly likable (indeed, his heroine admits to fooling around on her husband when he was alive). But he does sensitively portray the messy lives of a modern-day family and stresses the notion that old people have and enjoy sex, too. The Mother screens at the Cleveland Cinematheque (11141 East Boulevard) at 9:30 tonight, 7 p.m. tomorrow, and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; call 216-421-7450.

Saturday, September 25

What's a good way to fool people into attending events revolving around watersheds? Bamboozle 'em with a bunch of games, live music, and food! Today's Rocky River Watershed Festival sets up ecological shop at three locations. The Rocky River Nature Center (24000 Valley Parkway in North Olmsted) features "educational entertainment" by Alex Bevan and Tim Wallace, a hike, kids' activities, and live animals on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wallace Lake (on Valley Parkway in Berea) includes a fishing derby and casting contest for kids from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Medina County hosts a Watershed Clean-Up and educational activities starting at 10 a.m. Following the tidying of the river, folks will be treated to lunch (call 330-722-2628 for location). Admission to all events is free; call 216-241-2414.

It was 40 years ago today (more or less) that the Beatles brought a whole bunch of their countrymen with them to our shores. Some kicked ass (like the Rolling Stones), some sucked ass (like Freddie & the Dreamers), and some are returning for today's The British Are Coming! Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits, Chad & Jeremy, and Billy J. Kramer headline a daylong celebration of the British Invasion. And it's not just oldies music getting in on the nostalgia action; there's also a classic-car show featuring Brit models (expect to see plenty of Mini Coopers), a costume contest (Austin Powers doesn't count), and a dance competition (frug alert!). Kids whose parents probably weren't even around in 1964 can make puppets, jump on a trampoline, and run an obstacle course. The British come at 3 p.m. (and stay till 10) at Lock 3 Live! (on Main Street, next to the Akron Civic Theatre, in downtown Akron). Tickets are $10, available by calling 330-972-7570.

Sunday, September 26

Taking a sledge-hammer to a watermelon is inherently funny. That is why Gallagher, the king of melon-smashin' comedy, is the greatest prop comic of all time. He brings the sledge-o-matic action to the Akron Civic Theatre at 7 tonight. Tickets are $21 to $33.50; call 330-945-9400.

Monday, September 27

We've seen Signs. We've studied Led Zeppelin album covers. And it's official: Crop circles freak us out. Yet there's something intriguing about Lake Farmpark's Alien Adventure Corn Maze, a three-acre labyrinth filled with trivia questions (about corn, natch) and little green men. The fun runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through October 10 at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road in Kirtland. Admission to the park is $6, $4 for kids; call 440-358-7275.

Tuesday, September 28

The 50 or so objects by 44 artists in Needful Things: Recent Multiples prove that contemporary art doesn't have to be somber, reflective, and, well, boring. "I wanted to offer a perspective on art that's not surrounded by all of the trappings," says exhibit curator Jeffrey D. Grove. Among the sculptural items on view are wax-encased Barbie dolls and hand-painted cigarette butts. "Art can be fun and entertaining," says Grove. "And that's something that's often overlooked." Needful Things is at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard) through January 2. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Monday, when it's closed). Admission is free. Call 888-262-0033 for more information.

Wednesday, September 29

Her Space Holiday headlines tonight's Mush Records' Fall 2004 Tour of North America, but be sure to get there early to check out Neotropic. The ambient electronic project is headed by Riz Maslen, who handles everything from glockenspiel and drums to guitar and flute on her latest album, White Rabbits. Should be quite a spectacle onstage. Daedelus and Octavius round out the electronic-drenched bill. Show time is 9 p.m. at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $8. They are available by calling 216-241-5555.

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