Picks of the Weekend: 2,500 reasons for why God made leather

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Remove the undershirt, the sleeves, the ass in the pants, the legs of the pants, and the less-than-giddy expression, and you get a sense of what CLAW is all about.
Every Friday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do this weekend. For more options, log onto entertainment.clevescene.com. And check back Monday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Friday: Break out your Armor All. Downtown Cleveland teems with fetishists for the next three days as more than 2,500 conventioneers troll the Wyndham Hotel for the seventh-annual Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend, or CLAW, as it’s known to that guy who just stole your car-seat cover (sorry; he left his pants on the plane). After registration and a meet-and-greet, the action kicks into high gear with a 10 p.m. bar crawl on Lolly the Trolley to Cocktails Cleveland (9208 Detroit Avenue; 216-961-3115), Club Argos (2032 West 25th Street; 216-781-9191), Leather Stallion (2205 St. Clair Avenue; 216-589-8588), and the Shed (2901 Detroit Avenue; 216-771-7812) with the tour winding down at Flex bathhouse (2600 Hamilton Avenue; 216-812-3304). Fees range from $10 to $150; visit www.clawinfo.org. Saturday: Cleveland’s pro women’s football team, the Fusion, opens its eighth season against the Columbus Comets. The gals are coming off an impressive 8-3 record last season in the 35-team National Women’s Football Association, which also boasts squads from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Word is it’s decent football. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Collinwood High School, 1070 East 152nd Street. Tickets range from $5 to $10 by calling 419-271-4278. Sunday: The Cleveland Women’s Orchestra marks its 73rd anniversary with a program of Schubert, Liszt, and Beethoven classics under the direction of Robert Cronquist. The curtain rises at 3:30 p.m. at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue. Tickets run from $10 to $20 by calling 216-231-1111. Hundred dollars if you can pick out the cello player who also plays corner for the Fusion. Kidding! Maybe.

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