What are you doing February 29? (02.23.09)
What are you doing on February 29? Nothing this year! It’s not leap year, so there’s no 29th day in February this year (so, no birthday for my college friend Kim), but that’s no reason to let the end of February and beginning of March pass you by.
Wondering if March will come in like a lion or a lamb? Well, you can visit the lions, lambs and the six young Mexican wolves now on the prowl at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The three year-old wolves are on exhibit from 10am – 5pm daily at the Zoo’s Wolf Wilderness. This is the first time the Zoo has ever displayed Mexican wolves – the rarest and most genetically distinct of all the gray wolves in North America. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, 216.661.6500.
Feeling blue because it will still only be the beginning of March? The Cleveland Blues Festival is a celebration that delivers the dynamics of high-energy music and entertainment with love, happiness and nostalgia—all in the name of the Blues. World-class blues entertainers Bobby “Blue” Bland, Clarence Carter, Latimore, Floyd Taylor, Bobby Rush, Shirley Brown and Theodis Ealey share the Palace Theatre stage. Ticket Info: $43.50, $50.50. Saturday, February 28 at 9pm. PlayhouseSquare, 1615 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115, 216.771.4444.
Winter “driving” you nuts? Maybe you need a new car or at least to look at some new cars. Visit the Cleveland Auto Show, opening at 11am on Saturday, February 28, at the I-X Center, 1 I-X Center Drive, Cleveland, OH.
Stop and smell the orchids. At a time when the outdoor scene offers wintry vistas, the Cleveland Botanical Garden lets you experience the rare pleasure of life under glass. For the first time ever, there’re bringing Orchid Mania, the annual paean (that’s a $20 word) to nature’s most intriguing plant, into the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. The orchid displays flow into and through the Madagascar and Costa Rica exhibits, intermingling with the other beautiful and exotic plants, flowers and wildlife. Under the sheltering glass skies of Madagascar and Costa Rica, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of brilliant blossoms. Opening February 28, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH, 216.721.1600.
Maybe helping others will make you forget winter is a long way from over. Single Volunteers of Northeast Ohio is an alternative way for singles to meet. Meet others who want to help others–no paperwork, no dues. If you’d like to help, they’d be happy to have you lend a hand. Monthly Meeting and Social , St. Joseph Church (12700 Pearl Rd, Strongsville). Bring a snack to share – pizza, beverages and good company provided by Single Volunteers. Saturday, February 28, 7pm.
Infuse a little color into your life. Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota is on tour in the US for only six months with two stops . . . one of which is Canton, Ohio. Check out the amazing panorama of kimono now through April 26, 2009. Read more about the exhibit here. 1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH, 330.453.7666
A Stitch in Time There’s still time to marvel at the intricate and colorful designs of Quilts 2009 at Lake Farmpark. More than 250 quilted works by acclaimed artists from Northeast Ohio and beyond are on display through March 25, 2009. 8800 Chardon Rd; Kirtland, OH, 800.366.3276
Crime & Punishment can be fun. Catch the opening of a brand new production at Cleveland Play House. It’s billed as a thrilling, award-winning adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel playing Feb. 27 – March 22 in Drury Theatre. 8500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 216.795.7000.
See it before Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange’s film adaptation is released. Little Beck Center for the Arts in Cleveland’s near west suburb has been taking some chances on productions lately and it’s been paying off. Now on their stage, Grey Gardens, an adaptation of the cult classic documentary about the tragic (and yet at times darkly humorous) story of Jackie Kennedy’s eccentric and impoverished aunt and cousin. Read more here.
Just plain rotten. For two nights only (Feb. 27 + 28) the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 cut on B movies live at PlayhouseSquare in their traveling Cinematic Titanic production. By all accounts, the live show is as hysterical as the television shows and then some and the cast hangs out after the screening for autographs.
Enjoy Cleveland on ice. Lake Erie Monsters take on the Grand Rapids Griffins Feb. 28th at Quicken Loans Arena. Catch the puck play and the “Mullet Brothers” ice maintenance crew in action for just $10 a ticket (and National City customers are eligible to buy one/get one for this matchup). These AHL games are very entertaining. –Cindy Crosby