Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties
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 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. Tonight, Buffalo News reporter Mark Sommer reads from his book Rocky Colavito: Cleveland's Iconic Slugger. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Jeff Niesel) 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Into the Breeches!
Set in 1942, Into the Breeches! centers on a group of passionate yet inexperienced performers who rally together to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V. The press release for the Cleveland Playhouse performance proclaims that it's "a hilarious and moving story about what happens when we're all in it together." Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where performances continue through Oct. 6. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel) 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
GlamGore Monthly Drag Show
Each month, GlamGore, a drag show at the Grog Shop, features a variety of performance artists under one roof. The shows include everyone from "beauty queens" to "drag monsters." Tonight's show theme is Hotties of Horror with performers Anhedonia Delight, Poppy Poison, Indy Jailer, Riley Poppyseed and Jackie Mae Massacre. Tickets cost $10, or $12 for VIP tickets that give you early bird access to the Grog starting at 8 p.m. and a special photo opportunity/meet-and-greet with the cast. For general admission ticket holders, the doors open at 8:30 p.m. DJ Zoë will attend to the turntables. (Niesel)
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs.
Fearless when it comes to making jokes and making the audience erupt in laughter, Luenell, a comedian who left a lasting impression as the "hooker with the heart of gold" in Borat, regularly jokes about being a full-figured woman and getting married later in life. She can find humor in any topic or situation. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant, where she has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets cost $22. (Hannah Borison) 1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
Gustav Mahler called his Fifth Symphony a "foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound," and the piece serves as a love letter to the composer's wife that he wrote in their first year of marriage. Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra plays it along with Neuwirth's Masaot/Clocks Without Hands. Guest speaker Michael Strasser, professor of musicology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, speaks about the piece in a pre-concert talk that takes place an hour before the performance begins. It's free for ticket holders. The program repeats at 8 on Saturday night. Consult the orchestra site for ticket prices. (Niesel)
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Rock Against Dementia
Alive Inside aims to "activate individuals and communities to improve the quality of life for elders living with and without Alzheimer's by providing music and relationships." Today at 11 a.m. at the Rock Hall, the organization hosts a free concert featuring Alexis Antes, Angels in Disguise, Tracy Marie, and Engine Box. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Anyone who loves winter sports will be happy to know that winter is just around the corner. With that in mind, a weekend-long Ski Fest will commence at 6 p.m. today at Buckeye Sports Center in Peninsula with a kickoff party that'll include a fashion show featuring new winter ski and snowboard outerwear from all the major brands, live entertainment, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, early access to merchandise and a silent auction. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Boston Mills Brandywine ski patrol. Festivities continue through the weekend when there will be more live entertainment, free food and beverages along with face painting and balloons for the kids and information on ski areas from noon to 3 p.m. each day. In addition, freestyle skier Nick Goeppert, an Olympic medalist, will sign autographs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. (Niesel) 4610 State Rd., Peninsula, 330-929-3366, buckeyesportscenter.com.
The Addams Family
Near West Theatre kicks off its new season with The Addams Family, a musical based on the comic strip that became a TV show and then a movie. The play centers on how Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a "normal" man. Or so she thinks. Tonight and tomorrow night's performances take place at 7:30 p.m.; additional performances continue through Oct. 6. Tickets start at $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Reserved Star Seat tickets are $25. (Niesel) 6702 Detroit Ave, 216-961-6391, nearwesttheatre.org.
Presented by Cesear's Forum in a limited engagement, the Tony Award-winning Copenhagen centers on an actual meeting that took place between the two great physicists, Germany's Werner Heisenberg and Denmark's Niels Bohr, in 1941, in occupied Denmark. The play is presented fictionally, "inside the heads" of three characters, as they relive their memories and speculate on the meaning, and consequences, of their actions. A deep dive into the difficulty of ever truly knowing oneself or others, Copenhagen is as much about philosophy as physics. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 in the intimate Kennedy's Down Under, in Playhouse Square. Tickets cost $18, and the show continues through Oct. 26. Read our critic's take on the production in this week's issue. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
A Faithful Man
A Faithful Man, a French comedy that was a big hit at the Cleveland International Film Festival, screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. It centers on two women who pursue one man (Louis Garrel, who also directs the movie). Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members and students. (Niesel) 11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Fall Badfish, an annual tribute to the ska/punk band Sublime, returns to Nelson Ledges this weekend. In addition to Friday and Saturday-night headliners Badfish, the music fest will feature Tropidelic, Little Strangers, the Quasi Kings and Trainjumpers. There will also be fire performers, morning beach yoga with OmBase, campfire karaoke and much more. Admission is $85 ($70 presale) for Friday through Sunday, or $65 ($50 presale) for Saturday through Sunday. Thursday arrivals are $20 extra. There is no extra charge for camping. (Niesel) 12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716, nlqp.com.
IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes
Ingenuity Cleveland aims to "ignite the creative spark among artists, makers, and entrepreneurs through joy and collaboration." IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes celebrates the organization's 15th year by featuring "an entire fantasy, vividly imagined" at the 350,000-square-foot Hamilton Collaborative. Indie rockers Speedy Ortiz headline the main stage tonight, and King Buffalo has the honors tomorrow night. The Dock Stage will feature Cold City Sol (today) and the Admirables (tomorrow). At the Maker's Mecca and Vendor Village, children of all ages can enjoy imaginative activities from the youth-focused Ingenuity Dreamland & Imaginarium. There will be sustainability focused exhibits of IngenuiTree Isle, featuring Lettuce Tree Farms and Drink Local Drink Tap; and Wellness Way, on the never-before-seen third floor, provides a chance for attendees to focus on the health of mind, body and spirit. The Dreamer's Tavern will feature local speakers from Cleveland's Creative Arts Network. Consult the website for more info. (Niesel)
5401 Hamilton Ave., 216-589-9444, ingenuitycleveland.com.
Formerly a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes left the sports world to move to Los Angeles and pursue her dream of acting. She became an internet sensation with her viral video, "Nail Salon," and that led to many standup, television and film opportunities. She would join the cast of MADtv and become particularly well known for a character she created named Bon Qui Qui, a disgruntled fast food employee who regularly calls out customers for being "rude." After recording and releasing three songs and two music videos as Bon Qui Qui, Johnson-Reyes signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records to release a full album Gold Plated Dreams. She brings her Technically Not Stalking standup tour to the Masonic Auditorium tonight at 7:30. Tickets start at $39.50. (Niesel) 3615 Euclid Ave., 216-881-6350, masoniccleveland.com.
The Music Man
Tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, Great Lakes Theater presents its version of The Music Man, the play about salesman Harold Hill and his attempts to con people into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he never intends to form. The six-time Tony-winning musical features tunes such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Till There Was You." Performances continue through Nov. 10. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel) 2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Night Market Cleveland
Part farmers market, part art/makers' market, part concert series and part food festival, Night Market Cleveland comes only four times a year — and tonight is the final market of 2019. Located on Rockwell Avenue near the heart of Cleveland's Asia Town district, Night Market Cleveland includes more than 200 retail and food vendors and numerous bands and performers. The market was inspired by a tradition in several Asian cultures, and designed to connect the diverse people of Cleveland's Asia Town, St. Clair Superior neighborhood and Campus District while "energizing an often-overlooked corner of Cleveland." It goes down tonight from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
Rockwell Ave. and East 21st St., nightmarketcle.com.
Project HOPE Fundraiser
Tonight's Project HOPE Fundraiser, taking place at St. Noel's banquet center in Willoughby Hills, will feature dancing and singing to Neil Diamond songs performed by the Neil Diamond tribute band, the Diamond Project. Project HOPE provides healthcare screenings, evaluations and medical support to those who lack insurance or have other barriers. The event begins at 7, and tickets include a three-course meal, signature drinks, spirits, dancing, and multiple raffles and auctions. (Niesel)
35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills, 216-371-7557, projecthopeonline.org.
Ray & Liz
During the Thatcher era in Britain, filmmaker Richard Billingham lived with his alcoholic father and chain-smoking mother. It was a particularly rough period in his life. With his new film, Ray & Liz, he recreates that time period. A hit at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival, the movie shows tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
In early 1974, Bruce Springsteen was in danger of being dropped by his record label. One show would change the course of his career. Springsteen and the E Street Band opened for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, capturing the attention of Jon Landau, music critic for Rolling Stone and columnist for Cambridge-based The Real Paper, who was in the audience. He'd write, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Photographer Barry Schneier was also there that night, and his photographs, entirely unseen for decades, are the only visual record of the performance. Today at 2 p.m. at the Rock Hall, Schneider will talk about his new book, Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future, which features photos from that show. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Thunder From Down Under
The press release promoting the latest appearance by the group of burly hunks who call themselves the Thunder From Down Under boasts that they'll provide "the perfect girls' night outback," a reference to their Aussie heritage. Expect "seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm" from these topless dancers. The group performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 10 at the Neon Room at MGM Northfield Park. Tickets start at $29.95. (Niesel)
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com.
Where Is the Friend's House?
Where Is the Friend's House?, a 1987 film by Abbas Kiarostami, centers on an Iranian schoolboy who walks miles to an unfamiliar village to return a notebook to a classmate who may be expelled without it. The first part of Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy, the film comes off as a "moving tale of compassion and moral courage enhanced by humor, suspense, and poetry." It screens at 7 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Adopt-a-Beach Shoreline Cleanup
Since 2012, Greater Cleveland Aquarium's nonprofit Splash Fund has hosted an Adopt-a-Beach shoreline cleanup program. Today's cleanup takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Edgewater Park. The aquarium has partnered with Drink Local, Drink Tap for the event. Someone from the Splash Fund team will be on hand to "advise, assist and provide necessary supplies." Anyone who donates his or her time to help the lake stay great will be rewarded with one free general admission ticket to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Splash Fund leadership provides gloves, containers and guidance and, at the end of each session, the team records and analyzes the junk they have amassed. Over the course of four mornings, last year's volunteers helped the Splash Fund bag 386 pounds of trash that included bits of foam, glass and 7,686 pieces of plastic. For registration, schedules and other details, see the website. (Niesel)
2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com.
Variety magazine declares that The Chambermaid, Lila Aviles' film about a maid who works in a Mexico City hotel, is "rare and special." The movie features various vignettes which help to tell the story a woman who shuffles through waste bins to see how the other half lives. It screens at 8:40 tonight and at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Kathleen Madigan: Hot Dogs and Angels Tour
A veteran comic whose career stretches back nearly 30 years, Kathleen Madigan spends about three-fourths of the year on the road. Dubbed the Hotdogs and Angels Tour, her current tour brings her to town tonight for a performance at the Ohio Theatre. Madigan, who's made 25 appearances on The Tonight Show, recently rode around with fellow comic Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. She also just filmed Bothering Jesus, her fifth hour-long standup special. The concert begins at 8, and tickets are $45. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
Now in its 21st year, the annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival celebrates the cultural and artistic diversity of Northeast Ohio with more than 130 vendors, who'll sell their paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. The free event takes place today and tomorrow at Lincoln Park. In addition to the vendors, the fest features live music and dance performances, a beer and wine garden, a children's village and more. Today's hours are noon to 7 p.m.; tomorrow's hours are noon to 5 p.m. Find details on the website. (Niesel)
Zen for Nothing
With this documentary movie, director Werner Penzel captures what life is like during one year in a Japanese Zen monastery. The film centers on a Swiss woman who spends three seasons (fall, winter, spring) as a novice at the place. It screens today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
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 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.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.
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.