Art Talk: The Beginning Was the End, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., free, 330-376-9185, www.akronartmuseum.org
Author and former ABJ colleague David Giffels along with Jade Dellinger, co-authors of the biography “We Are DEVO!” whip out their encyclopedic knowledge of D-E-V-O to share with all you spuds.
The Gage Brothers, 8 p.m. Friday, Jilly’s Music Room,111 N. Main St., free, jillysmusicroom.com
Local group led by Gage brothers Ben and Zach makin’ melodic acoustic folksy music as a quartet and garnering a following and releasing their debut album “Take It Back” in 2015. Also on the bill is Gretchen Pleuss, another acoustic guitar-driven local singer/songwriter who’s been impressing folks and gaining fans for a few years. Pleuss, a Wooster native, also has a very professionally played and recorded and pretty darn catchy album “From Birth, To Breath, To Bone” available.
Pere Ubu, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, $20, beachlandballroom.com, 216-383-1124
One of my longtime favorite bands and Cleveland legends is returning to the states with its Co-ed Jail v. 1.1 wherein they play songs from their recent boxed sets “Architecture of Language 1979-1982’’ and ‘‘Elitism for the People 1975-1978’’ (Fire Records). That translates to them playing many of the “hits” from their seminal 1970s and early ’80s albums, including ‘‘The Modern Dance’’ and ‘‘Dub Housing’’ and more, people!
— Malcolm X Abram