Lily Tomlin at Playhouse, Scars on 45 at Jilly's and more to do: Abram Five

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Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin kneels in an over-sized chair during a photo session at Clift Hotel in San Francisco Nov. 1, 2001. (AP Photo/ Randi Lynn Beach)

1) Lily Tomlin — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Playhouse-Square Ohio Theatre, 1515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. $10-$55. 216-241-6000 or

The legendary, award-winning actor/comedian and newlywed comes to Cleveland to share experiences and stories from her vaunted career and slip into at least a few of her many, many characters including housewife Judith Beasley, mischievous tyke Edith Ann, and of course, the world's least-helpful help-line operator Ernestine.


2) Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, 8 tonight, Quicken Loans Arena, Ontario Street and Huron Road, Cleveland. $55 and $75. 888-894-9424 or And she’ll be at a book signing at 2 p.m. today at the Blue Rock Cafe, 5827 Darrow Road, Hudson.

Another funny lady comes to Cleveland. The tart-tongued, no-holds barred Handler, who also recently released a book with the same name of her tour, may not have any stock characters to trot out onstage, but she definitely is one. She’ll be signing copies of the book in Hudson.


3) A Far Cry with Matt Haimovitz, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., University of Akron. $25-$45, 330-972-7570,

The Tuesday Musical Association season continues with A Far Cry, a Boston-based, 17-piece chamber orchestra that will perform with renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz.


4) Scars on 45, 8 p.m., Friday, Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main St., Akron. $10, 330-576-5960.

Jilly’s Music Room and WAPS (91.3-FM) the Summit have partnered up to bring this U.K. pop band with girl/boy vocals to Akron. If the band name isn’t familiar, fans of television dramas may recognize the band’s tune “Beauty Running Wild” from a 2009 episode of “CSI: New York” or its song “Heart on Fire” which appeared on the “Grey's Anatomy,” Vol. 4 soundtrack.


5) Count Basie Orchestra, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights, $40, 216-795-0550, www.nighttown

A legendary orchestra founded by a legendary artist. The Count has been gone since 1984, but the band, which has won 17 Grammys and topped 20 Downbeat and Jazz Time polls, and the music live on. The band is led today by Scotty Barnhart and still includes several musicians hired by Basie himself.

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