Accidental Comedy Fest VII
What began as a bunch of comedians telling jokes under a bridge is now entering it's seventh year. The Accidental Comedy Fest returns this week, bringing together some of the country's most popular performers with the absolute best of Cleveland's talent for an affordable, five-day festival at Hilarities. Returning is Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies podcast; plus the raunchy and popular Cum Town podcast, from Nick Mullen, Stavros Halkias and Adam Friedlan, is also making an appearance. National acts like Ramon Rivas II, Liza Treyger, Clayton English, Joyelle Johnson and Sean Patton will perform. Local acts include Mike Polk Jr., Bill Squire, Juanda Mayfield, Joshua Morrow, John Bruton, Cody Cooper, Jimmie Graham, Martin Malloy and Mary Santora. The festival starts today and continues through Sunday. For ticket information, visit the Hilarities website. (BJ Colangelo)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
When the Minnesota Twins came to town last month, they took two of three games from the Tribe and had no trouble hitting Indians' pitchers. Since that time, many of the Twins players have been traded, and the team is a shadow of its former self. Expect the Indians to have their way with what's essentially a Triple-A team tonight at Progressive Field. Part of a three-game series, the game begins at 7:10 p.m. The two teams face off again tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. Tickets start at $15. (Jeff Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Love Story, a video installation by artist Candice Breitz, aims to explore the "mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced." Based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions, this piece of performance art examines the global scale of the so-called "refugee crisis" by presenting interviews with the six participants in the countries where they are seeking or have been granted asylum. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Earlier this summer, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Front International announced the schedule for City Stages, CMA's summer concert series. Tonight's concert takes place at the PNC Glenville Arts Campus at East 105th Street and Wade Park. It features the Colombian groove band M.A.K.U. Soundsystem. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free. (Niesel) clevelandart.org.
MJ B-Day Celebration
Today would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday, and the Rock Hall will celebrate with a big party. DJ HazMatt and the 93.1 WZAK crew will be on hand, and there will be live dance crew performances and crowd tutorials, costume contests, a Zombie Transformation Station, Jackson-inspired live art installations, giveaways and trivia contests. The free event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Come up with the price of Rock Hall general admission ($23) and tour the MJ exhibit, view some Jackson 5 artifacts, and see the Thriller Album Spotlight in the Foster Theater. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today it continues, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — as food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Today's roundup includes Zydeco Bistro, Touch Supper Club, Krav Food Truck, DonutLabCleveland and plenty more. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 26. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com.
Charles J. Koutnik Book Signing
Charles J. Koutnik, a Maple Heights native who now resides in Virginia, is an accomplished photographer and educator. He recently made his debut with Nite's Passage, a work of historical fiction that follows a young soldier through the end of the American Civil War, Appomattox and his eventual journey north to Ohio, all the while facing pervasive prejudice and bigotry. The book references the American Civil War, railroads, baseball, social issues and philosophy. Tonight's reading and signing takes place at 7 at Visible Voice Books. Admission is free. (Niesel)
2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com.
The Scarlet Letter
A 1926 silent film, The Scarlet Letter, an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary classic about adultery and intolerance in 17th-century Salem, centers on the exploits of one Hester Prynne (Lillian Gish), the Puritan woman who falls for her pastor (Swedish actor Lars Hanson). New England-based silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis will provide live keyboard accompaniment at this special screening of a rare 35-mm print of the movie. It all goes down tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $15 or $12 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
The preeminent end-of-summer jam returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park this weekend, with Lotus holding down tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday night headlining slots. The rest of the lineup is fleshed out with the likes of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Broccoli Samurai, Luke the Knife and the Magic Beans. And that's just the musical offerings. It's Labor Day weekend, and the season's quiet slumber is upon us. Summerdance is the only spot to celebrate the day in all its glory. Can't we live while we're young?! Ticket prices vary by day. Consult the website for more info. (Eric Sandy)
12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716, nlqp.com.
It's a tradition in these parts to celebrate Oktoberfest over Labor Day weekend. The annual fest, which takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, features German food, beer and music over the course of the long weekend. A variety of musical acts will perform too. E5C4P3 will perform the music of Journey, and the Spazmatics will deliver an '80s tribute. Several microbreweries will compete in the annual Micro-Brew Competition. Admission is $13 for adults; children 12 and under are free. A four-day pass will set you back $35. There are a few VIP ticket options as well. Today's hours are 4 p.m. to midnight, and the fun runs through Monday. (Niesel)
19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 440-243-0090, clevelandoktoberfest.com.
Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays
If it weren't for the fact that they happen to play in one of baseball's toughest divisions, the Tampa Bay Rays might be a decent team. They've got some solid young players and have played .500 ball most of the season. But given the way division rivals such as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have performed, there's little chance they'll make the playoffs. They come to town for a three-game series that kicks off at 7:10 tonight at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
One of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series, Legacy Live has become a tradition that families and couples look forward to each summer. The concerts, which take place on the Legacy Village lawn at 6:30 each Friday and Saturday night throughout the warmer months, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the rock/blues act Blue Drivers. Tomorrow, Bluestone Union, with a playlist of "British Invasion"-era rock (think Animals, Badfinger, the Hollies, and the Beatles) will perform. Admission is free. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com.
Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert, Live
Vinay Parameswaran conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it plays the John Williams' score to Star Wars: A New Hope while the movie shows on a big screen. The concert begins at 8:30 tonight, and performances also take place at the same time tomorrow and Sunday at Blossom. Weather permitting, fireworks will follow the performance. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for information regarding tickets and parking passes. (Niesel)
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
The Sundance Film Festival's Short Film Program
Talented directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Damien Chazelle, Jay and Mark Duplass, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Jill Soloway and Taika Waititi have gotten their big breaks at the annual Sundance Film Festival. Tonight at 9:15 and tomorrow night at 6:35, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen a special program of short films from this year's festival. The program includes fiction, animation and documentary films, and features three Jury Award winners as well as Niki Lindroth von Bahr's animated film The Burden. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
The 2018 Cleveland National Air Show
The Cleveland National Air Show has been Northeast Ohio's Labor Day weekend tradition since 1964 and attracts throngs of visitors to Burke Lakefront Airport. This year, the Tiger Airshow Team will show off their close-formation aerobatics while flying through smoke rings in the sky. Wing-walking will return with the debut of husband and wife team, Greg and Ashley Shelton, and during the patriotic "Salute to Veterans" performance, air show pilot Mark Sorenson will narrate an introduction from the cockpit as he climbs to 3,000 feet. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline, and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Jets will conduct demonstrations as well. Consult the website for ticket prices and a complete schedule. The fun begins today and continues through Monday. (Niesel) clevelandairshow.com.
It's not just a city thing: Good fleas can be found beyond Cleveland's city limits. To wit: The Peninsula Flea, which is held on the first Saturday of every month from June to September at the beautiful Heritage Farms, in the Cuyahoga Valley. The location provides a perfect escape from the crush of city life, perhaps best enjoyed by taking a hike in the surrounding Cuyahoga Valley National Park — the third most-visited national park in the country. This is the final flea of the season, but don't fret: A slew of local vendors will be on the lawn, with indoor sales taking place in two of the barns on site. The flea is the perfect opportunity to get some antiques, handmade collectibles, local gear and delicious fresh food while taking in all that Peninsula has to offer. Shoppers are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Halle Weber) 6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2330, heritagefarms.com.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Boy, how time flies. In any case, it's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts its usual midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. In addition, locals act out a floor show that mimics the movie, turning the event into a veritable party. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.
Savor Summer Tremont Vodka Release Party
Now with statewide distribution, Western Reserve Distillers has teamed up with Prosperity Social Club for a special Savor Summer Tremont Vodka Release Party from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Prosperity Social Club. Folks from Western Reserve will be onsite to answer questions, share samples and talk about just how they handcraft their organic vodka made with non-GMO grains. Complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres will accompany the pre-batched tasters, and there will be a special $7 drink menu for the event that will include a Catfish Collins, Mr. Bitterness and other "citrus forward" specialties. Local honky tonk heroes the Cory Grinder Band will be on hand to provide some tunes. There's no cover charge, but there are limited quantities of hors d'oeuvres and vodka samples. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.
As part of a Sunday Beat promotion at Visible Voice Books, if you purchase a New York Times at the store, you'll receive a free cup of coffee or tea and a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. An added bonus: A jazz, Americana, samba or bossa nova band will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who shows a Sunday receipt from Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any of the Tremont restaurants that offer brunch can enter a same-day drawing for a $30 Visible Voice gift certificate and a $25 Visible Voice Loyalty Card. They'll also receive 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. The bookstore is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)
2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com.
Over the past few years, the folks at the local burlesque promotion company Toxic Burlesque have thrown a number of events at Brothers Lounge. According to promoter Frank Ian, who runs the company with his wife, there's been a "packed house every time." For tonight's show, in celebration of their sixth anniversary, they've booked Gilgamesh Taggett, Samantha Echo and many other performers. Champagne Charlie hosts. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. (Niesel)
11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767, brotherslounge.com.
Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
Because it's Labor Day, today's Tribe game against the Kansas City Royals has a special start time of 4:10 p.m. The Royals got off to a rough start this season and never fully recovered; the team currently possesses one of the worst records in the league. That's a good thing since the Indians will need all the wins they can get as they enter the regular season's final month. The two teams face off again tomorrow night at 7:10. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel) 2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile) clevelandcinemas.com.
Shit Show Karaoke
Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 10 p.m. (Niesel)
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com.
Classical Revolution Cleveland
Today, and the first Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops) 11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400, happydogcleveland.com.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.
Truck Stop Tuesday
As if to provide a westside counterpart to Walnut Wednesdays, Crocker Park in Westlake has launched Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. Truck Stop Tuesday continues through Sept. 25, so you still have a few more weeks to get out there. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, crockerpark.com.
Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." The club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases, partnering with Loop in Tremont so patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)
1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699, jukeboxcle.com.