Rare books for sale
Books from the personal library of acclaimed designer Viktor Schreckengost are among the gems that will be available during the Eleanor Squire Library Fall Book Sale, Friday through next Sunday at Cleveland Botanical Garden.
The library holds periodic sales of books that have been donated to the garden. Surprisingly, it’s one of the biggest collections of used books for sale in the Cleveland area. Not all of the books are garden-related, and some are quite rare.
Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday. You have to pay the garden’s admission fee ($9.50 for adults) to get into the sale, so you might as well get your money’s worth by planning to spend time strolling the landscaped grounds.
Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Information is at 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
If you have seen Gravity and Captain Phillips, you may want to check out Europa Report and A Hijacking.
Europa, which arrived in theaters earlier this year, is another tale of a space mission gone wrong. Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com said the “tense and claustrophobic tale was made in collaboration with scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and sticks closely to known or likely issues in extended space travel, including the intense psychological stress … Indeed, 78 percent of reviews were positive, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming video, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will show it at 8:15 tonight.
Also well-liked by critics (95 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes) is A Hijacking, a Danish thriller about Somali pirates taking over a cargo ship and the ensuing negotiations between the pirates and the ship’s owner. Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune said it is “as immediate and as hard-hitting as a punch in the gut …” It is on DVD and Blu-ray.
Under the big tent
Hey! The circus is in town! No, we’re not talking about members of Congress on a road trip, but the actual lions, tigers, bears and scary clowns circus. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will stop in Cleveland with their latest show Built to Amaze! at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and at 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, Ontario Street and Huron Road in Cleveland. Tickets are $17, $23, $43, $68 and $85. Call 888-894-9424 or www.theQarena.com for more information.
Dinner and culture
The Western Reserve Historical Society is sponsoring a progressive dinner around University Circle from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The dinner is $120 per person and includes parking, a three-course dinner and admission to the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. A course will be served at each location.
The menu includes smoked trout cake, wild mushroom and fontina tartlet, carved cider-brined pork loin, fall risottos, fall vegetable gratins, Latin-style cream corn, Ohio tomato salad, and a variety of desserts.
Proceeds benefit programs at each institution.
To make a reservation, call the Western Reserve Historical Society at 216-721-5722, ext. 1108, or visit www.wrhs.org, where you can also view the complete menu.