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Wild About Harry Nillson

When: Wed., Jan. 19 2011

Besides his 17 gold records and two Grammys (for "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Without You"), Harry Nilsson may be best known for his early '70s albums Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson. Nilsson was an evocative singer, a brilliant songwriter, and a notorious party animal, and his music was one of the best things about living in that pre-Facebook era. Filmmaker John Scheinfeld apparently agrees: Critics have called his recently released documentary, Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? "wildly entertaining," "incredibly emotional," and "deeply felt." Scheinfeld's 116-minute flick tells Harry's story through his words, music, and the recollections of friends like Ringo Starr, Terry Gilliam, and Randy Newman. You can catch the Cleveland premiere tonight at 6:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art's lecture hall. Admission at the door is $9 for adults and $7 for students. For details, call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd. — Cicora

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