Cleveland’s jumping this weekend. Here are three good reasons to forget the back-to-school shopping and just get out and have some fun.
Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11
Fraulein Maria Hits the Hanna
Even as a youngster, choreographer Doug Elkins craved the spotlight — or at least a flashlight. In his kindergarten's version of “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music, Elkins was tapped to represent “re.” “I wanted to surprise my teacher, so I went home and got one of my dad’s flashlights” says the former B-boy. “When it came time for me to sing my part, I did what would be known today as a lightsaber dance.” Elkins’ critically acclaimed Fraulein Maria — both a parody and homage to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music — isn't all that far removed. Performed to the complete film score — with moves borrowed from ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance — the no-dialogue dance work is inventive and hilarious, yet finely crafted. Plus, says Elkins, it has become a “playground for the dancers” who have “rockets up their asses. They’re some of the best talents in the industry.” The touring company pulls into the Hanna Theatre this weekend for two 8 p.m. performances, presented by DanceCleveland. Tickets are $15 to $45 by phone, online, or at the Playhouse Square box office.
2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, dancecleveland.org.
Friday, August 10
The North Coast BeatleFest Returns
Sgt. Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band will storm the stage tonight at the Cuyahoga County Fair. Well, not exactly. But the ReBeats, the first Beatles tribute band ever to play the House of Blues, will perform as part of the North Coast BeatleFest. They’ve not only recreated a ’60s experience, they have a good hook too. Tipping their hats to The Partridge Family, the ReBeats all share the same faux surname — Sam Beat, Jack Beat, Rick Beat, Geoff Beat, and — of course — the band’s go-go dancing female singer, Heart Beat. Rick “Beat” Montanari leads the crooning crew. “We all saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and thought, ‘Wow, I want to do that.’ The Beatles worked themselves into culture throughout the world. Their music should be kept alive.” Three other Beatle tribute bands — Revolution Pie, Hard Days Night, and Liverpool Lads — will also perform. Attendees to the concert can also buy memorabilia and listen to tales from George Shuba, one of Cleveland’s first rock photographers. It all happens from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the fair’s Grandstand. Admission runs $8 to $20 and is in addition to general fairgrounds admission of $6. Learn more on the website.
164 Eastland Rd., Berea, 440-243-0090, cuyfair.com.
Sunday, August 12
Feet on Fleet
Walk, ride, or roll into today’s fourth annual Feet on Fleet Family Festival in Slavic Village, where you’ll find music, activities, public art, and tours of the historic neighborhood. More than three miles of streets will be open to pedestrians, including parts of Fleet, East 65th, and the Morgana Run Trail. “The whole idea is to get the community to re-envision their streets,” says coordinator Jody Orlovick. “We want to fill them with as many active and interactive things as possible.” That includes line dancing, hula hooping, roller-skating, skateboarding, and guided bike tours, among other activities. Today’s celebration was inspired by similar community-building events in Bogota, Columbia. Those regularly scheduled street fests, called cyclovia, have been credited with “changing cities into safer and more vibrant areas,” Orlovick says. The free festivities continue from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, check out the Slavic Village website.
Fleet Ave., 216-429-1182 ext. 133, slavicvillage.org.
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