Cleveland is a complex melting pot of cultures, generations, interests and lifestyles. Yes, Israel Zangwill’s term may be overused in describing any metropolitan area, and is most closely associated with New York City, but few would argue against its relevance when talking about the North Coast. The vast range of cultural options in northeast Ohio is extraordinary, though you have to dig to find them sometimes. OhioAuthority.com unearthed this week’s trio of must-do events to scratch your international and historical itches, and (hopefully) explain why you can’t sleep afterwards:
Evan Ziporyn & Gamelan Galak Tika
The composer and 30-member troupe are a part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Viva! & Gala series, offering a fusion of traditional and modern Balinese music and dance. Gamelan translates as “to hammer,” referring to the percussion orchestras of Bali and the Indonesian island of Java. Gamelan Galak Tika’s performance feature Ziporyn’s compositions Tire Fire, Amok! and Heavy Metal delivered on hand drums, gongs, metallophones, bamboo flutes and spiked fiddles by MIT students. Sound intriguing? Check out the performance at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Friday, January 8 at 7:30PM.
Jerry’s Girls at Ensemble Theatre
Longing for the Great White Way? We all know you don’t mean snowswept Euclid Avenue. Ensemble Theatre’s musical revue of songs by Jerry Herman is directed by Frank Lucas, and it’s a throwback to the glitz and glamour of Broadway’s heyday. Jerry’s Girls offers a cornucopia of cabaret that channels the star-studded productions that featured memorable leading ladies such as Carol Channing, Jo Anne Worley and Chita Rivera. The timeless music from Mame, Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and more might have you thinking classic cocktails afterwards. In which case, head to the Velvet Tango Room. The production runs from January 8 through January 31.
Sleep and Counting Sheep
If you wake up feeling as weary as you did the night before, and are tired of being, well, tired, you're likely looking for relief. Perhaps you’re struggling with a sleep disorder or related condition, and don’t know it. The latest installment of the Science Café's Cleveland Series at Great Lakes Brewing Company features MetroHealth Medical Center speakers Dr. Ziad Shaman (pulmonary and critical Care) and Dr. Vidya Krishnan (center for sleep medicine) Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30PM. Learn the science behind what’s happening and change your life, or simply hang out for an intriguing happy hour discussion.
Speaking of sleep: don’t lose any more of it thinking about the Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 exhibition if you haven’t been to it. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition is a stunner. Get there before it closes Monday, January 18. www.gogauguin.com