This weekend's shaping up to be a beauty. Don't let the usual errands, chores, or studies keep you from having a little al fresco fun. Here are three good bets:
Friday, August 24:
Roar Along the Shore: Last year, Danielle DeBoe — proprietress of Ohio City boutique Room Service and the recently closed Dredgers Union — booked the Goodtime III and stocked it with local bands for a two-hour cruise along the Cuyahoga River and the Lake Erie shore. Roar Along the Shore, as she dubbed it, was so successful — with more than 500 people buying tickets — that she’s doing it again tonight. This year she’s got Cobra Verde, the Stereo Workers Union, the Jack Fords, Glass Cities, Ragers, and LT: Mixtape Casanova on deck — two decks, actually, where bands will play simultaneously, with the top deck reserved for conversation and enjoying the scenery. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. You can get the $30 tickets at Room Service (2078 West 25th St.) until 6 p.m. tonight, and at the dock before departure from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. The ship boards at 8:30 and weighs anchor at 9 from the East Ninth Street Pier behind the Rock Hall. Find more info on the website.
825 East Ninth Street, 216-696-6220, rscleveland.com.
Saturday, August 25:
Performance Art in Lincoln Park:AllGoSigns, a collective of artists, musicians, and performers, has been doing semi-private events in warehouses and lofts for almost a decade, with an occasional public performance, such as Ingenuity Fest. The last was at the Detroit-Superior Bridge Bridge Fest in 2009, when they lit up the water with lights that danced to music. So it’s a real treat to have them close Tremont’s Arts in August series, which typically features local dance troupes and Shakespeare performances. AllGoSigns sparkplug Chuck Karnak has been doing production for AiA since 2006, and says the org finally trusted him enough to give him his own slot to create “an eclectic environment of performance and music.” He and his crew — up to 80 people, including the performers, will be involved — are constructing a special stage for their evening of music and performance art. As part of the “eclectic environment,” the group plans to illuminate the trees to transform the park into an unfamiliar space. “I’ve stared at the trees and tried to evolve an idea of what I would do if I had the opportunity,” says Karnak. “I’m fairly certain Lincoln Park hasn’t seen anything like what we’re going to do.” The performance runs from 5 to 11 p.m. It’s free.
West 14th Street and Starkweather Avenue, 216-575-0920, tremontwest.org.
Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26:
Art Fair in Hudson
Most of the summer art-fair season is in the rearview mirror. But there’s one straggler: Hudson’s 32nd annual Art on the Green. Sponsored by the Hudson Society of Artists, the juried show features more than 150 creative types from Hudson and across the country. Besides the expected watercolors and wall art, you’ll find jewelry, woodcarvings, pottery, glass, weaving, sculpture, garden décor, and more. Food vendors and live music provide refreshment. It all happens on the tree-shaded south green in this picturesque outpost in the historic Western Reserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; what you shell out on art is between you and your conscience.
Corner of Route 91 and Ravenna Road, Hudson, hudsonsocietyofartists.com.