Cleveland Stories Dinner Party
Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Cleveland native Pamela Dorado Dean talks about the influence that Italian immigrants have had on Cleveland's food scene. (Jeff Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
This year's KeyBank Broadway Series includes the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical revival of Hello, Dolly!, a beloved show that snagged four awards at last year's Tonys. One of those awards went to actress Betty Buckley, who sparkles in the title role. The national tour launched at Connor Palace in September; performances continue tonight at 6:30, and through Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 to $110. (Niesel)
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
A few years ago, after getting "burned out" in New York, Return of Simple frontman Rob Kovacs moved back to Cleveland and relaunched the popular indie rock band. Earlier this fall, Kovacs started hosting a monthly Singers' Night at Bar 107 in Berea. The event will feature local singers taking turns getting up on stage to perform a song while Kovacs accompanies them on piano. Singers are encouraged to bring sheet music or choose from Kovacs' song list. Lyrics aren't provided but performers can bring their own if needed. Each month will feature a new local singer who will perform a short set. Sign-ups for the night will begin at 8 p.m. with the first singer of the night kicking things off at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
107 Front St., Berea.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat centers on union lock-outs, massive layoffs and jobs going overseas. In order to try to face such hardships, a group of life-long friends gather at their local bar to discuss ways of dealing with these issues. Inspired by true stories, Sweat provides "a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
An Evening With Girl With No Job
The creator of the popular Instagram account @girlwithnojob, Claudia Oshry, a former New York University student who's made a career on social media about not wanting a job, has a huge following of online followers. To capitalize on her popularity, she's taken her show on the road. She appears tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Call the club for ticket prices. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk
Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio for a chance to shop and interact with artists. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m.; admission is free. (Niesel)
1300 West 78th St.,
Altered Value: The Art of Funny Money
Over the past ten years, local artist Josh Usmani has had his artwork featured in more than 100 group gallery exhibitions. A former Scene contributor, he's also put on several solo shows and presented workshops, lectures, and participated in panels. The release of his new book, Altered Value: The Art of Funny Money, coincides with an exhibition of new work from the book at Tregoning & Company at 78th Street Studios. The book launch party and exhibit opening take place today from 5 to 9 p.m. The work will remain on view through Dec. 1. A second reception will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. (Niesel)
1300 W. 78th St., 216-281-8626, tregoningandco.com.
A comedian, writer, and actress who has performed in stand-up specials for both HBO and Comedy Central, Whitney Cummings created and starred in the NBC series Whitney and was also the co-creator and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. She's even written a book (I'm Fine and Other Lies) and directed a film (The Female Brain). She likes to talk about feminist issues and, given the current political climate, should have plenty of new material for the shows that take place tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities. She performs at the club on Sunday at 7 p.m. as well. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Plath & Orion
Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poets, were known for personal verse that furthered the genre dubbed confessional poetry. Two one-act plays — Lanford Wilson's The Great Nebula Orion and Greg Cesear's Plath, Sexton and the Art of Confession — depict a chance meeting and "catch-up" conversation between the two women as the poets address their thoughts and comments directly to the audience. Produced by the Cesear's Forum theater company, the "companion play" performances takes place tonight at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre; additional performances continue through Oct. 14. Tickets are $18. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
12 Hours of Terror
The crown jewel of Cleveland's horror movie screenings is the annual 12 Hours of Terror. Curated each year by Cleveland Cinemas' Dave Huffman, this Halloween highlight event will feature Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep, Candyman, The Human Centipede, Event Horizon, The Hills Have Eyes and the highly debated and coveted "secret screening." It begins at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $30. (BJ Colangelo)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
Beer Week comes to a glorious end today with Brewzilla, the "monster of a beer tasting" that regularly closes out the annual event. A VIP event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It'll feature four rare beer tastes along with speciality foods and Jameson tastes. Regular admission begins at 7 p.m. Tickets include a tasting glass, 40 two ounce beer pours and two Jameson tastes. Food will be available for purchase. General admission tickets cost $45. Designated driver tickets cost $20. (Niesel)
2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292, clevelandbeerweek.org.
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings
The third film in Tsui Hark's "Detective Dee" series, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings takes place in 7th-century China, during the Tang dynasty. In this installment, Di Renjie (aka Detective Dee) tries to protect the all-powerful Dragon-Taming Mace from a band of sorcerers working for the diabolical Empress Wu. The film makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 8:55 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,
Home Movie Day
Today from 2 to 4 p.m., the Rock Hall celebrates Home Movie Day, an internationally recognized event, by screening clips from the various local home video and film donations it's received over the years. Expect to see footage of the Beatles at Public Auditorium, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Richfield Coliseum and the World Series of Rock. Attendees will receive a limited edition poster by Cincinnati-based artist Brian Methe. The event is free with a reservation made through the Rock Hall website. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,
Spooky Pooch Parade
Now in its eleventh year, the Spooky Pooch Parade attracts hundreds of dogs to Lakewood's Kauffman Park. Scheduled to take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. today, the event includes a festival within Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood's Downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation. There will be kids games, food and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services. Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and visit vendors for trick-or-treating. The parade commences at 2 p.m. Afterward, judges will award prizes in a number of categories, including Best Dog & Child, Best, Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show. (Niesel) lakewoodalive.com.
Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha helped put the young filmmaker on the map. Released in 1972, the movie follows an Arkansas farm girl (Barbara Hershey) as she becomes a Robin Hood-like train robber during the Depression. David Carradine, John Carradine, Barry Primus and Bernie Casey co-star. Tonight at 6:30, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows a 35mm print of the film. Tickets are $12, $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,
Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Cavaliers get a lucky break for their home opener as they take on the lowly Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks were one of the NBA's worst teams last year, and they don't show any signs of being competitive this year either. The two teams face off at 6 p.m. at the Q. Fans will receive a special opening night T-shirt. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)
1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.
Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra
The Beachwood Arts Council, a non-profit organization which has supported the arts in Northeast Ohio since 1964, teams up with the Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra today at 2 p.m. to present a free concert at the Beachwood High School Auditorium. The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra is made up of five Cleveland Orchestra musicians who play one instrument with the Cleveland Orchestra and a different instrument with the Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra. The musicians will play traditional bluegrass favorites as well as original arrangements. After the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the musicians. (Niesel)
25100 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, beachwoodartscouncil.org.
Dreams From 1968
In a program dubbed Dreams From 1968, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will commemorate the music and times of that pivotal year in American history by performing Oliver Nelson's "The Kennedy Dream," Herbie Hancock's "I Have A Dream" and Maynard Ferguson's "MacArthur Park." A gospel choir led by Johnny Parker will join the ensemble. The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre, and tickets start at $35. (Niesel)
1519 Euclid Avenue, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
East Side Flea
A self-described "small business incubator" that draws thousands of local shoppers to Tyler Village, the Cleveland Flea features a range of unique items you won't find at the typical retail store. As much a social gathering as a shopping experience, the Flea also serves as an excellent hang, a place to meet and make friends while supporting your local creatives. Today's special East Side Flea takes place at the Van Aken District in Shaker Heights from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Niesel) theclevelandflea.com.
Milford Graves Full Mantis
An innovative jazz drummer and percussionist who performed with the likes of Albert Ayler, Milford Graves is the subject of the new documentary feature, Milford Graves Full Mantis. In the film, Graves speaks so eloquently about his drumming that he sounds like a spoken word artist. The movie makes its Cleveland premiere today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Retro Halloween Weekend
As is traditional, the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In will close out its season with special screenings of retro horror classics, including family-friendly options. On the scarier side of things, the new reboot of Halloween is scheduled to play alongside three of the following four films: Hellraiser, The Thing, Return of the Living Dead or Evil Dead 2. For families, Goosebumps 2, E.T., Ghostbusters and Corpse Bride are slated to screen with Little Shop of Horrors serving as the backup for Goosebumps 2. Consult the website for more information. (Colangelo)
3395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.
Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. 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. (Niesel) clevelandcinemas.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.