10 Things Going on this Weekend in Cleveland (November 14 - 16) 

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The annual Fabulous Food Show presented by Giant Eagle Market District seems to get bigger every year. Now in its ninth year, the show features more than 100 live demonstrations on six stages. Celebrity chefs such as Carla Hall, Tyler Florence, Nadia G and Michael Symon will be on hand. Some 450 vendors will be in attendance too. New features include the Celebrate Local Roots Artisan Pavilion, a salsa dance competition (complete with salsa sampling) and a Taste of the Neighborhood Block Party hosted by the aforementioned Symon. The show takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the I-X Center. Tickets are $24.99 in advance, $29.99 at the door. (Niesel)
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Tonight and tomorrow at Blank Canvas Theatre, the Laughter League takes the stage for their fall sketch extravaganza Enchantment Under the Sea. “In order to save the future of the group, the Laughter League must travel back in time to 1955 to perform a sketch comedy show in the past,” says the group’s event page. It’s a full 90 minutes of brand new material and, at $15 a pop, these shows are some of the most worthwhile and unique — not to mention laugh-out-loud funny — weekend activities you could ask for in Cleveland. Plus, if you come dressed in a ’50s-era costume, you’ll get $5 off your ticket. (However, you are encouraged to reserve a seat at laughterleague.com, because the intimate theater sells out fast!) Tonight’s show takes place at 8 p.m.; shows are scheduled for tomorrow night too. (Allard)
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Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take to the State Theatre stage tonight at 8 p.m. to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like "Come to My Window," "I'm The Only One," and "I Want to Come Over." Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence; Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Tickets: $27.50- $100.00
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Want to see something quirky and cool tonight? The Oberlin College Aerialists are putting on a performance of Pandora’s Box tonight only. If you don’t know what an aerialist is, think acrobat in the air, hanging off ropes and hoops and other things. Watch amazing mid-air feats while Pandora’s character unleashes chaos and despair upon the world. Find a sitter for this one — some parts of the show aren’t kid-friendly. It starts at 8 p.m. in Hales Gym on the Oberlin College campus and is free. (Trenholme)
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Growing pains — or something — would seem to account for many (if not most) of the Cavaliers’ early season woes. LeBron and Kyrie have already “exchanged words” in a moment of post-game frustration. In the team’s 102-100 loss to the Utah Jazz, a team that hasn’t been relevant since the retirement of John Stockton, the Cavs notched a historically low six assists. Six. As a team. Tonight, they’ll take on the Atlanta Hawks, a team which is also trying to find its footing with the return of star big man Al Horford, after his serious injury last year. The Eastern Conference opponents are notable for Kyle Korver’s lights-out three-point shooting and Pero Antic’s antics. If you miss tonight’s 7:30 matchup, you can catch the Cavs vs. Nuggets game at 7 p.m. Monday. Every Cavs game could be the game that LeBron, Kyrie and Love finally find the magic, so they’re all worth catching. (Allard)
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San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is one of the most famous conductors in the world. Tonight at 8 at Severance Hall, he leads the San Francisco Symphony as it plays selections by Liszt, Mozart, Samuel Adams and Ravel. The SF Symphony has plenty to celebrate: It’s Thomas’ 70th birthday and he’s led the orchestra for 20 years now. Should be an energetic show. Tickets start at $49. (Niesel)
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It’s easy to appreciate comedian Norm MacDonald’s dry, deadpan humor on TV, but he’s even better in his live performances. Nothing is off limits to him, and topics range from death and defibrillators to what it’s like having a gay son in Harvard. His twisted, yet highly logical, observations on the most mundane occurrences are what make him so funny. He appears on the Hilarities stage at 7:30 and 10 tonight with one more show at 7 tomorrow night. Tickets are $30 to $33. (Trenholme)
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The first place Cleveland Browns take on the Houston Texans this afternoon, after taming and caging the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday. Hoyer and the offense seem to have come to life, and the defense — gasp — has managed to make some crucial stops. Like the Browns, the Texans should be well-rested, coming off their bye week, but Arian Foster is still one of the most dangerous running backs in the league. The defense will have its hands full, but Cleveland will be cheering like mad at FirstEnergy Stadium; the Browns haven’t started this well since 1994, back when Bill Belichick called the shots and Vinny Testaverde was starting QB. Could Hoyer the Destroyer really be the Browns’ answer? Kickoff is 1 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Tickets start at $25. (Allard)
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Local artist Jason Rodriguez experiments with sound to generate animated visuals with a type of 3-dimensional oscilloscope. He’s also the guy behind Blindfolded, an extension of the experimental music program Noise Lunch that takes place on a monthly basis at Now That’s Class. For the second installment, he’s recruited dancers, musicians and other artists to perform blindfolded. The event takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the club. Admission is free. (Niesel)
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A jazz club doorman turned beat poet-inspired frontman, Mike Doughty has carved out a singular niche for himself over the course of a career that now spans two decades. While he certainly had the most notoriety leading Soul Coughing, the New York-based avant-jazz act that appealed to hipsters and jam-band fans alike, he’s also done fine on his own after going solo in 2000, working his extensive vocabulary into a variety of tongue-twisting tunes. Dubbed the Question Jar Tour, Doughty's latest jaunt finds him accompanied only by sideman Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. Doughty's just released Stellar Motel, an album that pairs him with an assortment of underground rappers. Tonight's show kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)
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Local artist Jason Rodriguez experiments with sound to generate animated visuals with a type of 3-dimensional oscilloscope. He’s also the guy behind Blindfolded, an extension of the experimental music program Noise Lunch that takes place on a monthly basis at Now That’s Class. For the second installment, he’s recruited dancers, musicians and other artists to perform blindfolded. The event takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the club. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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