This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them:
Miranda Lambert lights the Blossom stage afire this Thursday.
It’s not really news that the Dave Matthews Band
will be in town tonight. They seem to be on the road 364 days a year, so chances are good they’ll stop here at least a couple times. It’s not even worth mentioning that a new record isn’t due till next year (though Matthews and cohort Tim Reynolds just released a new live CD). None of it matters, because the band’s fans will pack Blossom Music Center
, just like they do every single time Matthews plays a concert.
Nobody’s life dream is to make birthday cards featuring fedora-sporting monkeys. Most American Greetings artists grew up with loftier and less lucrative aspirations. Fine Lines, now on view at Spaces Gallery
, lets more than two dozen painters, sculptors, and writers roam free. The juried show includes everything from mixed-media pieces and digital drawings to poems and art made out of old bottle caps. Cool stuff.
Margaret Baughman and Ron Burdick’s Historic Photos of Cleveland
includes more than 200 black-and-white pics shot in Cleveland between the mid-1800s and late 1900s. It includes everything from a serene Rockefeller Park to a bustling Euclid Avenue. They discuss and sign their book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
We love Miranda Lambert
– even though she scares the shit out of us. We’re pretty sure the country singer would tie us to the back of her pickup truck, drive around town for an hour or so, and then bury us underneath a giant rock or something if we pissed her off. Her new album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, says it all. She’s at Blossom
tonight with Toby Keith. Don’t worry – you can leave after Miranda’s done. We are.
New Orleans bluesman Tab Benoit
plays the Kent Stage
at 8 p.m. Before that, he’ll be at the FYE store in the Rock Hall
, signing copies of his new CD, Power of the Pontchartrain. Benoit’s part of the Hurricane on the Bayou documentary showing on the big-ass IMAX screen at the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock Hall’s neighbor. The movie screens at 2 p.m.; Benoit will show up next door at 3. Go say hi. -- Michael Gallucci