Picks of the Week: A rock biz tell-all, sushi lessons, and more cheap beer!


Drink this tasty beverage for just one dollar at Club Argos on Tuesday.
Every Monday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do in the week ahead. For more options, log onto entertainment.clevescene.com. And check back Friday for C-Notes' Picks of the Weekend. Monday: Shake hands with New York humorist Dan Kennedy, who’ll sign copies of his book, Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village. The tell-all read recounts his 18-month marketing job at Atlantic Records, where he was unceremoniously canned in 2004, when the grandson of a multi-millionaire took over the label. If you’ve ever dreamed of working in the music industry, talk to Kennedy. You may just have second thoughts. The book-signing starts at 7 p.m. at 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Call 216-691-7000 for more info. Tuesday: Club Argos is running one of the best beer deals we can find in Northeast Ohio. During happy hour, the small west-side sports bar is pimping full pitchers of draft brew for only $1. The special runs every Monday through Wednesday between 3 and 8 p.m. and Saturday between noon and 5 p.m. at 2032 West 25th Street. Call 216-781-9191. Wednesday: Legendary R&B record producer Al Bell puts in face time at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he’ll talk about his old Stax label as part of the museum’s free Black History Month lecture series. Applauded for signing such acts as Otis Redding and Booker T. & the MGs, Bell often gets props for pioneering rock-and-roll. To hear him tell it, rockers like U2’s Bono point to hits like “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” for shaping today’s top-40 tunes. Hear for yourself at 7 p.m. at 1 Key Plaza. Call 216-781-7625. Thursday: Learn how to make your own sushi rolls during Naomi Ducharme’s two-hour class at the Akron Art Museum. The 24-year-old Stow math teacher relies on her Japanese heritage to pass on tips that she picked up on childhood vacations to her mother’s homeland. For starters, the trick is in the prep work, in which Ducharme teaches you how to make rice sticky enough to hold carrots and cucumbers in place. The $35 workshop starts at 6 p.m. at 1 South High Street in Akron. Registration is required; call 330-376-9186.

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