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Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Focus
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Friday, Jan. 30

Akron-based blues-rock duo The Black Keys will make a triumphant return home (sort of) for a two-night-long stint at the Agora Ballroom. The band, having just released their critically acclaimed, Danger Mouse-produced fifth album, Attack and Release, is on a hot streak right now, and this is sure to reflect in the hometown live setting. Buffalo Killers and the Other Girls are set to open Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $28. Location: The Agora Theater. Info: www.clevelandagora.com

Saturday, Jan. 31

The Cleveland Museum of Art will team up with DanceCleveland for a performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a spectacle of modern dance. Cunningham is one of the world's most renowned dancers, and his work, Second Hand, a collaborative effort with artist Jasper Johns and composer John Cage, is one of the most notable works of dance in history. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Ohio Theater. Info: www.merce.org

Cleveland-bred cult comic book artist Harvey Pekar, the cynical mastermind behind American Splendor is premiering a new "jazz opera," Leave Me Alone! The work, a collaborative effort between Pekar and fellow Clevelander Dan Plonsey, tells the story of Pekar and Plonsey writing the opera, in a very Pekar-esque meta-plot. Although the production will premiere in Oberlin, the opera will stream live online for free during its performance. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Oberlin Conservatory of Music/The internet. Info: www.leavemealoneopera.com

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Although musician/satirist Frank Zappa passed away over 15 years ago, his music still lives on, partly due to the performances of an onslaught of tribute groups. One of the best of these, Project/Object will bring the twisted genius' works to Cleveland in an ensemble featuring several of Zappa's former bandmates. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $18 advance, $20 at the door. Location: The Beachland Ballroom. Info: www.beachlandballroom.com

The OddyFest, Cleveland's bi-monthly satirical play production company, will present its sixth production, Follow the Leaders. This month's show explores the lives and rationales of immoral rulers through three acts of music and poetry. Among the subjects examined are King Henry the VIII, King Edward the VIII and an unknown future ruler from 2011. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Location: Heights Arts Studio, 2340 Lee Road. Info: theoddyfestival.wordpress.com
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