Mikey G's Picks of the Week


Paramore gets their brood on at the Warped Tour, Thursday.
This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s A Taste of Tuscany loads up on Italian flavors with a smorgasbord of special exhibits, displays, and programs. The showpiece is a horticultural show featuring fountains, statues, and lots of exotic plants. A photo exhibit, Giardini di Toscana, includes 50 color pics of Italian gardens and villas. And the venue’s café serves rosemary- and garlic-flavored dishes throughout the exhibition’s three-month run. That’s-a good! Tuesday: The unlikely pairing of Marilyn Manson and Slayer on the road this summer has metal fans stumped. Slayer is one of the most real bands in the game; Manson is, well, Manson. Still, the ear-bleeding potential is paramount. They play Tower City’s Time Warner Cable Amphitheater. Wednesday: It seems that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists have been on the road every single day since their 2003 breakthrough, Hearts of Oak. Every once in a while, they get around to releasing a pretty good album too – like the new Living With the Living. Leo brings his mix of old-school punk and pop anthems to the Beachland. Thursday: The Vans Warped Tour comes to Tower City’s Time Warner Cable Amphitheater today. There’s gonna be more bands there than you can possibly see. Try not to miss Paramore , a young Tennessee band led by the spunky Hayley Williams. Their new album, Riot!, rocks. Friday: Allegro starts off as a pretty conventional love story between an ambitious pianist and a woman he meets after he locks himself out of his apartment. But within 20 minutes, this terrific film takes a wide turn. The woman leaves the brilliant but emotionally detached musician during a recital. Soon after, their Copenhagen neighborhood becomes mysteriously surrounded by an impenetrable force field, sealing off from the rest of the world. It’s a mind-fuck on the scale of Kubrick’s best. It screens at the Cleveland Cinematheque tonight and Sunday. -- Michael Gallucci

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