This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them:
Pop-culture symbols share the spotlight in Friends and Family
, on view at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibit features more than a dozen paintings of famous dead people -- like James Dean, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis -- by New York artist Keith Mayerson. There’s even a somber 9/11 piece, inspired by Mayerson’s view of the World Trade Center from his Soho apartment.
The Cleveland Museum of Art screens Rare Films From the Baseball Hall of Fame
, which includes vintage field footage, pre-season interviews, and commercials. Many baseball greats – like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Yogi Berra – make appearances in the clips. Plus, former Indians Al Rosen, Bob Feller, and Bob Lemon receive mucho screen time.
Thursday: Bobby Collins
comes off more like a storyteller than a stand-up comic. He’s popular with college kids, older fans, and satellite-radio listeners, who’ve made his three CDs best-sellers. His style recalls an earlier era, when performers took the time to get to know their crowd. He’s at Hilarities through Sunday.
Bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks
says his latest album The Torch is all about passing on tradition. One cut -- “If It Don’t Make Dollars, Then It Don’t Make Sense” – even features verses spit by rapper Al Kapone. But Brooks is at his best playing old-school Chicago-style blues, which he picked up from his dad, legendary guitarist Lonnie Brooks. He plays the Beachland Ballroom. --Michael Gallucci