This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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