15 Things Going on in Cleveland Over Thanksgiving Weekend 

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The weather should be nice and chilly this morning. But with any luck, the collective heat of Clevelanders’ bodies huddled together, jogging through downtown will keep the blood circulating through your extremities. It’s the annual Turkey Trot, folks! Five miles of scenic downtown Cleveland and wind in your face and the knowledge of meat and corn and potatoes and gravy guiding you toward the finish line. It’s the 32nd installment of the annual race, and is always a nice way to work off some calories prior to your feasting later in the day. Registration at City Hall starts at 7:30 a.m. Gun goes off for the five-mile race at 9:30. Online registration is $25. (Sam Allard)
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Let the folks at Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton do the cooking for you this holiday season. Today, they're serving a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner featuring all the classic trimmings plus a wide variety of seasonal favorites. Make your reservation for any time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. today and enjoy a holiday away from home (and away from the clean up!) for just $65 plus tax and tip. Tag on a holiday wine pairing to accompany your meal for $24, and do Thanksgiving the Ritz-Carlton way (it is a hotel after all — you can crash afterward if need be). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-902-5255. Reduced prices for children are available. (McConnell)
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Head on over to the Agora tonight for the original turkey jam and Mr. Ross's famous talent show, featuring Joe Little of The Famous Rude Boys, Kinsman Dazz Band, CA$H, Odyssey, Scott & Raven, Sherena Wynn, The Tra La Las, and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Red Carpet event and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
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When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens today at 10 a.m., visitors will get their first chance to see A New Side of Elvis, a new exhibit devoted to rock icon Elvis Presley. Located in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, the exhibit centers on Elvis’ Army career, the 1968 television comeback special and his appearances in Lake Tahoe. Presley’s Graceland has loaned the Rock Hall more than 40 items for the exhibit. Key items in the collection include the following: a 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle, a selection of his personal jewelry and a new film created expressly for the exhibit. Regular admission to the Rock Hall ($22 for adults, $18 for Cleveland residents) applies. For a sneak peek of the exhibit, click here. (Jeff Niesel)
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A drunk and obnoxious family is wonderful when it's not your own. This holiday season leave your own family dysfunction and spend time with someone else's. The sauced-up comedy of the Loush Sisters Do the Nutcracker is a booze-fueled adventure down memory lane. Now receiving help from their extended family, the irreverent family sings songs while reliving their favorite Christmas memories. A hilarious variety of song and dance numbers and Christmas pageantry mixed with booze, fairies and "holiday cheer" will make your heart grow three sizes tonight. The show starts tonight at 7:30 at Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theatre. It runs through Dec. 21. Tickets range from $18 to $36 with special group rates available, including free drink tickets. (Stoops)
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One of Cleveland's only outdoor ice-skating rinks, the free ice rink at Wade Oval opens today at noon. There will be concerts, movie nights and Skate with Santa on Wednesdays throughout the month of December. After you’ve finished skating, enjoy discounted admission to other University Circle attractions by showing your Wade Oval Rink wristband. The rink remains open until March 17. (Rus)
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A new season of the Tannenbaum Wine Trail, a self-driving tour along dozens of northeast Ohio wineries, kicks off today at noon and continues through Dec. 14. Spend your afternoon sampling a wide array of beverages and appetizers at some of the region's finest wineries, including Buccia Vineyard, M Cellars, St. Joseph Vineyards, and the like. At your first stop, you'll receive a complimentary 18-inch lighted holiday tree, and at each of your following stops, you'll collect one-of-kind holiday ornaments. Since you are providing your own ride home, the winery tour stops at 6 p.m. or whenever you've had your fill. For folks who want to continue the party, options for overnight stays at many of the wineries are available. Tickets for today's wine tour cost $50 per couple or $40 per person. To make reservations call 800-227-6972. (McConnell) ohiowines.org.
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The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be transformed into a sea-themed winter wonderland this holiday season. Icy decorations will adorn the exhibits, and Scuba Claus will be in town. This year, Scuba Claus will wear a diver communication mask, so he can talk to guests from inside the exhibits. Children will be able to gather for Scuba Claus’ 'Tis the Season story time, where they can listen to him read a story from inside the Shark SeaTube exhibit. Other attractions include the Discovery Zone, which will be transformed into an ice palace complete with a daily snowfall and elves. There will also be special events held throughout the season. It all kicks off today when the aquarium opens at 10 a.m. Winter Waterland continues through Jan. 5. Regular admission prices ($19.95 for adults and $13.95 for children) apply. (Rus)
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If you're looking for a holiday activity that perhaps doesn't have to do with eating, try checking out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the annual Ice Age exhibit, an event that's touted to be of "Prehistoric Proportions." Beginning today and continuing through Jan. 5, families can enjoy a vast array of winter wonderland activities, including ice sculpting, live animal shows, unique photo opportunities and a special kids-only holiday shop. Ice Age 2013 runs during normal museum hours on weekends and is included in your museum admission. (McConnell)
If you’re looking for some classic Christmas theater and if, like us, your familiarity with Charles Dickens begins and ends with The Muppet Christmas Carol, check out the stage version of A Christmas Carol, the most famous yuletide novel of them all. It’s the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his path to redemption and self-discovery one Christmas Eve. The magic of the book comes to life in live performance at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, which celebrates 25 years of making Christmas scary. Performances take place today at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. The show runs through Dec. 22, and tickets can be purchased online for as little as $28. (Allard)
What better way to ease out of your Thanksgiving Day food coma than with the annual Winter Wine and Ale Fest. After a full day of WinterFest festivities in Public Square (think horse-drawn carriage rides, gourmet food trucks, and a holiday lighting ceremony) join hundreds of your fellow Clevelanders in the lobby of Public Square's Huntington Building from 7:30 to 11 p.m. for drinks and appetizers amid dazzling holiday decorations. More than 20 local wineries and craft breweries will be on hand throughout this evening to offer you samples and to answer any of your holiday drink questions. Tickets to tonight's fest are $60. (McConnell) downtowncleveland.com
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Music is a power unlike any other. Forms of artistic expression, as varied as the moments in a day, bear with them an ability to change society and to change the way we think as one. The guys in Papadosio - Ohio natives via the creative playground of Athens - would say that music can end the illusion of separation we’ve imposed on ourselves. Thankfully, they chose to spread that message by way of an incredible, sprawling double-disc album released last year. T.E.T.I.O.S. - To End The Illusion of Separation - is a masterwork culled from the experiences of a band that cut its teeth performing improvisational electronic music our fair state. The band - Mike Healy, Robert McConnell, Billy Brouse, Sam Brouse and Anthony Thogmartin - now calls Asheville, N.C., home. But Papadosio still seem to hail primarily from the road. Familiar with the summer festie circuit, including their own Rootwire Festival, they fill out robust tour schedules seemingly every season. More so than geography, though, is how far the band has come musically. For instance, what might be known as the Bionic Man Suite on the album encompasses a galaxy of emotions and moods... (read on)
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The Browns get a breather this week as they go up against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the NFL. Last year, the team finished with a 2-14 record, and this year isn’t going any better as the team has gotten trounced on a weekly basis. Assuming the Browns don’t cough up the ball like they did a couple of weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals, this game should go down as a win, something the Brownies desperately need if they want to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. At press time, the game wasn’t sold out but only a few tickets remained. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
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If you're anything like us, you've already been listening to holiday music for weeks, but today you can hear your favorite carols performed live at the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Holiday Concert at the Palace Theater. Today's concert features "Piano Man" Rich Ridenour, who's known for delighting young and old audiences alike with his toe-tappin' tunes and extensive repertoire of holiday hits. Today's concert begins promptly at 2 p.m. but folks are encouraged to come early and visit the adorable puppies and kittens, courtesy of local animal shelters, that will take over the Palace Theater lobby. Also before the show, enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo, a display of musical instruments that you can actually play, as well as photo opportunities with Santa. Tickets start at $10. (McConnell)
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This year's installment of Genghis Con, the annual comic con that highlights Cleveland's many talented graphic artists and illustrators, will feature both a convention and concert this year. The convention portion of the event begins at 2 p.m. The local podcast Comics are Go! will host panel discussions, and artists from Cleveland and the region will display their work. Then, at 7 p.m., local acts All Dinosaurs, Uno Lady and Smoke Noises (a collaboration project featuring local acts Smoke Screen and Ghost Noises) will perform. "Should be pretty weird and awesome," promises organizer John G. Tickets are $5.(Niesel)