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Issue Date: May 2005 Issue

The Agenda

In Bloom

More than 30,000 visitors will flock to University Circle May 27 through 30 for the Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show. Held once every two years, the theme of this year's show is "The Garden as Art." Nationally recognized landscape architects will explore the connections between the gardener and the artist as visitors enjoy 10 acres of beautiful landscapes sure to provide inspiration for their own gardens. More than 1,000 individual entries from garden clubs, plant societies, plant specialists and horticultural enthusiasts will compete for honors in a range of categories. Visitors are also invited to browse an array of unique plants, garden accessories and botanical art on sale from more than 40 specially selected vendors. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Cleveland Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

Rib Cook-Off Returns

The 14th-annual Tops Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival will draw more than 100,000 people to Tower City Amphitheater May 26 through 30 to chow down on nearly 70,000 pounds of grilled ribs slathered in 1,500 gallons of barbecue sauce. Tickets to the city's biggest backyard barbecue are $5 for adults, while children 12 and under are free. For information on the cook-off and the lineup of musical acts set to take the stage Memorial Day Weekend, visit Complimentary copies of Cleveland Magazine's "Summer Fun Guide" will be available at this event.

CSU Night Out

Cleveland State University alumni and friends are invited to enjoy an evening of laughter, music and food at The Galleria at Erieview June 4. Comedians Rodney Perry, Nema Williams, Jo Koy, Tony Roberts and David Arnold will serve up an evening of clean adult humor, followed by music from the Dave Morgan Sextet, Nicole K, DJ Ant Dog and Colin Dussault's Blues Project. Prior to the evening's entertainment, top chefs will offer tastes of dishes ranging from crab-stuffed mushrooms and grilled chicken kabobs to charbroiled Alaskan salmon and Hawaiian-style smoked ribs. For ticket information, visit

Always in Fashion

The Cleveland Fashion Show 2005 will take place at The Club at Key Center May 28 at 10 p.m. VIP ticket holders will enjoy dinner at 8 p.m., followed by runway seating, while advance ticket holders may gain entrance to the event at 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary martinis and awards will be handed out for best-dressed man and woman. After the show, attendees can check out DJs Joe Dorazio and Bob Zehes at the Fashion Week Cleveland Extreme After-Party. Call (216) 771-9118 for tickets. Cleveland Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

From the Heart

Be part of the celebration as the North Coast Men's Chorus releases its newest CD, "The Human Heart," at a May 7 gala at SPACES Gallery. Starting at 8 p.m., the evening will feature a performance by members of VERB Ballets, the cuisine of the Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar and a song or two from the Chorus as it previews its June 25 show with four-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and are available at Cleveland Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

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