Mikey G's Entertainment Picks of the Week

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This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: Chicago-based Celtic punks the Tossers don’t stray too far from the formula the Pogues concocted a couple of decades ago: Combine traditional Irish instruments (fiddles, tin whistles, accordions) with a dash of snarling fuck-you and a singer who sounds like he just downed a pint of whiskey. They play the Grog Shop tonight. Tuesday: Even though cornhole competitions have been blowing up all over the country, the Willoughby Brewing Company is convinced that its new weekly open-play tourneys are going to be the Tuesday-night hit of the season. The outings pretty much stick to the game play and rules everyone knows: Toss beanbags, hit holes, score! Brew and food specials make it a perfect summertime destination stop. Wednesday: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo launches its Half-Price Days for Collar County Residents program today. Every Wednesday for the next six weeks, the zoo is letting in folks for $5 ($2.50 if you’re a kid). Today, Lake County residents get in cheap. Next week it’s Lorain County’s turn. Summit, Geauga, Medina, and Portage also get some action. Thursday: The Free Yr Radio tour makes a stop at the Urban Outfitters at Crocker Park with a free performance by indie-rockers Grizzly Bear. The nationwide campaign -- sponsored by Urban Outfitters and Toyota – stops at a dozen cities this summer. Friday: Killer of Sheep’s back-story is almost intriguing as the movie itself. Shot in the mid-‘70s by Charles Burnett as part of a film-school project, the work – about a ghetto-dwelling slaughterhouse worker, his family, and his friends – has rarely screened since it was completed in 1977. It recently secured music rights and is now making the art-house rounds across the country, with a stop at the Cleveland Cinematheque this weekend. And it’s worthy of all the hype – a stunning documentary-like reflection of Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood, as seen through the eyes of a man struggling to make ends meet. It’s a fascinating piece of cinema, no matter how you approach it. --Michael Gallucci

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