What to hear, where to laugh and how to learn about your brain this week

Yo-Yo Ma plays the Smith Center on April 24.
Photo: Michael O'Neill/AP


Yo-Yo Ma The renowned cellist takes the stage with pianist Kathryn Stott and Brazilian guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad, better known as the Assad Brothers, for a night of Latin American music. April 24, 7:30 p.m., $39-$129, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.

Chuck Ragan His band, Hot Water Music, plays Punk Rock Bowling next month. Here, he’s stripped down, leading a Revival Tour stop that also features Cory Branan, Against Me!’s Tom Gabel and Nathaniel Rateliff. April 20, 8 p.m., $15-$20, Aruba.

Fitz and the Tantrums The LA indie-soul outfit’s energetic tunes make for a concert that’s more party than stage show. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes; you’ll need ’em. April 21, 8 p.m., $35, Hard Rock Hotel pool.


Hot Mess Comedy Frequent E! contributor Michael Yo (often a comedians’ roundtable contributor on Chelsea Lately) presents a night of laughs featuring Sarah Tiana, Assad Motavasseli and Mark Serritella. April 20-21, 9 p.m., $40, Palms Lounge.

Pure Aloha Festival Hawaii isn’t just a chain of islands here—it’s an annual festival, with traditional entertainment, specialty food and retail, and a carnival. The ultimate staycation. April 19-20, 4-11 p.m.; April 21, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; April 22, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $5-$7, Silverton.

A Very Troma 420 Legendary B-movie filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, head of Troma Entertainment and creator of the Toxic Avenger, will answer questions and sign autographs following a screening of Troma’s latest low-budget horror offering, Father’s Day. April 20, 7 p.m., $7. Theatre 7, 568-9663.


The Godfather, Part II Following the showcase of the original Godfather in March, South Point screens Francis Ford Coppola’s equally epic sequel on its giant XD screen, a suitable venue for such a grandiose vision. (Also showing at the Suncoast and Town Square in coming weeks.) April 19, 2 & 7 p.m., $10-$13.

Locals Only Few people can transform unexpected materials into contemporary sculptures and installations like Brent Sommerhauser. Don’t miss this show of his recent works. Through June 29, MCQ Fine Art Advisory; opening reception April 26, 6-8 p.m.


Music and the Brain Hear Cleveland Clinic neurologist Dr. Neil Cherian lecture about music’s beneficial effects on the brain, preceded by a performance by five members of the Cleveland Orchestra. April 21, 3:30 p.m., free, Lou Ruvo Center.


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