Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties
Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. The goal 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, Michael J. Jordan discusses his book, The Company of Demons. 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.
Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians remain in the hunt for a playoff spot and can even win their division, so each and every game carries lots of weight. Tonight, the Chicago White Sox, a team with no hopes of making the playoffs, come into town as part of a four-game series. The first pitch gets thrown at 7:10, and tickets start at $15. The two teams face off again at 1:10 p.m. tomorrow. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Keep Talking is a monthly storytellers' series that offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. Tonight's show revolves around the theme, "My Cleveland." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. The program will repeat at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Collinwood Branch Library. Admission to each event is free. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Comedian Derick Lengwenus has been described as the "perfect comedy package." He delivers a clean show that even includes a skit featuring the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. Born in Montreal, Lengwenus frequently talks about his experiences there. He also likes to make jokes about his German father. He has a knack for impersonations too. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
North Union Farmers Market
This is the final week for the North Union Farmers Market on U.S. Bank Plaza. But don't despair: Local farmers will still be selling some of the season's best fruits and vegetables from 4 to 7 p.m. And there is this too: Other NUFM locations will be up and running later into the season, including Legacy Village, Crocker Park and, of course, Shaker Square. Find out more on the website below. (Niesel) East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., northunionfarmersmarket.org.
Uptown Out to Lunch Series
At today's Out to Lunch concert, on Toby's Plaza in the Uptown District, you can grab lunch from your favorite Uptown eatery and have a seat at the great picnic table while listening to local bands. Today, local singer-songwriter Tom Evanchuck performs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free concert series continues through Sept. 11. The schedule is on the website. (Niesel)
11440 Uptown Ave., universitycircle.org.
In yet another bit of proof that summer is drawing to an end, today is your final chance to hit up Walnut Wednesday, the weekly warm-weather roundup of food trucks. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — food trucks gather for one final time to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website, below, for a rundown of today's options. As always, admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)
BAYarts Farm & Art Market
There will be local food, artisans, garden essentials, home decor and demos at today's BAYarts Farm & Art Market, a seasonal favorite. Admission is free, and it's dog friendly. There will also be a pie-baking contest, cupcake wars, "yappy" hours, goat yoga and more. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. (Niesel) 28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543, bayarts.net.
I Want My MTV VJs
Not so long ago, MTV played a critical role in launching musical acts by airing their music videos and giving them much-needed national exposure. Sadly, the station has moved away from that approach, but original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn will discuss that time period in an interview session and meet-and-greet at 7 tonight at the Rock Hall. They'll talk about those glory days in a conversation moderated by Karen Herman, the Rock Hall's vice president and chief curator. Blackwood will join the conversation by phone. SiriusXM's Volume (channel 106), the channel devoted to "the discussion and dissection of music," will broadcast the conversation in its entirety at 7 and 11 p.m. tomorrow. The talk relates to the Rock Hall's multi-floor exhibition, Stay Tuned: Rock On TV, which closes on Sept. 8. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
A coming-of-age musical set in 1985 South Africa, Kanarie focuses on Johan, an 18-year-old obsessed with Boy George. When Johan faces compulsory military service, he auditions for the Canaries, the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group. While touring with them, he sees more of the country and gains an understanding of the oppressive nature of apartheid. The movie screens at 8:15 tonight at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 9:25 on Saturday night. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members, students and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
In the past couple of years, comedian Rory Scovel has gotten some pretty good gigs. He starred in the Amy Schumer rom-com I Feel Pretty and has issued a new Netflix special, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time. His low-key delivery and understated approach work well for his standup routines. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets cost $20 to $25. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Originally from Washington D.C., Seaton Smith has a few jokes about politics that should play well given the buildup to the 2020 presidential election. "I almost became a Republican last year because I got my first TV show, and I got my first check," he says, adding that it was "cocaine party money." The bug-eyed comic probably laughs a little too hard at his own jokes, but at least he appears to enjoy himself on stage. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $17. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
An award-winning comedian, author and director, comedian Ward Anderson has a lot more in his repertoire than just comedy. He's performed all over the world, for thousands of people over the past two decades. He's also the current host of the SiriusXM talk radio show Ward and Al along with fellow comedian Allison Dore. With a set that focuses on his experiences as a comedian and his personal life, Anderson will not fail to make you laugh. He performs tonight at 7 and 9 at MGM Northfield Park's Neon Room. Tickets are $10 and performances are scheduled through Saturday. (Martin Harp) 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com.
The Book of Mormon
Having grown up fascinated and repelled by the Mormon religion and Broadway musicals, satirists Trey Parker and Matt Stone found a way of coping by producing the mega-hit The Book of Mormon. For Mormon, they teamed up with Avenue Q co-composer and co-lyricist Robert Lopez to create their comic take on the Church of Latter Day Saints. A massive hit on Broadway, the play returns to Playhouse Square this month. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel) 1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
YouTube personality Mini Ladd launched his first gaming-related YouTube channel in 2011 and has amassed a massive following in the years since he's been broadcasting. Tonight at 8, he brings his live show to the Agora. Expect "stand up, memes, video games, stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you cry and stories that will travel through existential planes towards the march table." Tickets start at $35; VIP tickets that include a reserved seat in one of the first 10 rows and an exclusive pre-show Q&A go for $99. (Niesel)
5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221, agoracleveland.com.
Each month, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a new, themed installment of its MIX series. Although the theme changes each time, the evening typically features live music, art demonstrations, activities and dancing, with special drinks and food available. Tonight, DJ Mimo spins during MIX: Decoded. Although admission to the museum's permanent galleries is free, MIX is a ticketed special event. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free for members. Guests must be 18 to attend. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Black At Play: A Benefit Concert for the Tamir Rice Foundation
Shortly after Cleveland police shot and killed her son, Samaria Rice launched the Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center as "an enriching space to keep children safe from unjust harm." To mark the fifth anniversary of Rice's death, Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood will host Black at Play, a benefit for the Tamir Foundation at 7 tonight. There will be live performances by Feed the People and Chick the Flyest and poetry by Ephraim Nehemiah and Breshea Anglen. ALOOF Recs artists 2SSAINT and Case Bargé will host the benefit. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. (Niesel) 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-3280, mahalls20lanes.com.
Fresh Fest Cleveland
Best known for his wonky single "Just a Friend," rapper and beatboxer Biz Markie currently DJs and performs in clubs and concert venues all over the world. He comes to town today to headline the inaugural Fresh Fest Cleveland that takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at Rid-All Farm and Otter Park, 26.5 acres of previously vacant and repurposed land in Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood. Local acts such as Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S, Band, FreshProduce, the Katy and DJ Red-I will perform, and in addition to live music and DJ sets, the festival will feature art installations and hands-on art activities, chef tastings, a farmers' market, local food and art vendors, health and wellness activities and workshops along with a kids' zone. The festival's goal is "to celebrate the arts and urban agriculture, promote health and wellness, showcase fresh and local food, all while breaking down the barriers of this unified and fertile neighborhood and emphasizing cultural unity." There will be complimentary Lolly the Trolley rides to and from the event from secure designated festival parking lots. Admission is free. (Niesel) freshfestcleveland.com.
History on Tap
Today from 1 to 4 p.m., the Cleveland History Center features History on Tap, an event that features happy hour refreshments, light hors d'oeuvres and hands-on activities. Each event focuses on a special theme inspired by Cleveland's past. Today, you'll learn about Cleveland's rich history in the fine arts and architecture realm with up-close looks at original drawings from the architects who built the city. Craft cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722, wrhs.org.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tonight at 7, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque screens a special 35-mm print of Mad Max: Fury Road, the Mad Max reboot from 2015 that stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Riley Keogh. The plot centers on the pursuit of an armored semi loaded with women and, like the other Mad Max movies, it takes place in a dystopic future. Tickets cost $12, or $8 for members and students. At 8 tomorrow night, the Cinematheque shows the black and white version of the film. Those tickets cost $11, or $8 for members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
As part of the Cleveland Cinemas Late Shift schedule, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction screens tonight at 9:30 and midnight, and tomorrow night at 7, at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The cult classic celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it notably helped revive John Travolta's career when it debuted and turned Tarantino into a household name. Tickets cost $6 each night, and fans dressing up like the beloved hitmen Jules and Vincent will receive a free popcorn. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
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.
Browns vs. Tennessee Titans
Hope springs eternal for every NFL fan with the start of each season. But this year, the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time in years. Quarterback Baker Mayfield enters his second season — not just as the starting quarterback but as the star quarterback. He leads a very potent offense that should overwhelm the lackluster Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The game is sold out, but tickets are available on secondary markets. (Niesel) 100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000, clevelandbrowns.com.
The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are available today at 10 a.m. Detrich Burgess & Company will perform. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.
Patricia Rozema, the director of I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and Mansfield Park, helms Mouthpiece, a movie about a young woman who's struggling to deal with her mother's death. The film makes its Cleveland debut today at 4:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Christian Carion directs My Son, a French thriller about an often-absent divorced dad who's neglected raising his young son. He becomes concerned, however, when the 7-year-old mysteriously disappears one night. The movie makes its local premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. 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. 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 and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile) clevelandcinemas.com.
The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Dr. Darcy Freedman, an associate professor in the CWRU Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, and Mary Ann Swetland, the director of the Center for Environmental Health, will speak about Cleveland's food deserts. Admission is free. (Niesel) 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Island of Hungry Ghosts
Each year, 50 million red crabs living on Christmas Island make their ancient annual voyage from the jungle to the oceans edge. At the same time, thousands of asylum seekers are detained indefinitely in a high security facility. A hybrid documentary, Island of the Hungry Ghosts "moves between the natural migration and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures." It screens tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Cleveland Cinemas Fall Doc series. Regular admission price applies. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.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.
The Who Fan Day
One of the greatest rock bands of all the time, the Who comes to Blossom tonight. In honor of that performance, the Rock Hall will host a special Who Fan Day today and show special screenings of the 1990 induction ceremony footage of the Who. The raw footage features special performances and band member speeches. Various Who artifacts are also on display in the museum, and music by the Who will be played in heavy rotation throughout the museum. In addition, all fans will receive 10 percent off Who-related merchandise at the Rock Hall store. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.