The Big Lebowski
Released in 1998, the Coen Brothers' flick The Big Lebowski has become a cult classic that regularly makes appearances in the Cedar Lee Theatre's Late Shift film series. The film centers on the Dude (Jeff Bridges), a slacker/bowler who becomes the victim of mistaken identity when he is assaulted. The movie features a slew of cameos by actors including John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Tara Reid and David Thewlis. To mark the movie's 20th anniversary, it screens today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Regular admission rates apply. (Jeff Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.
Since making its Broadway debut three years ago, Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, has been a smash hit. It traces the life story of Hamilton, referred to in the play as "a bastard, orphan, son of a whore," as he joins the Revolutionary War and then plays a key role in writing the Federalist Papers and serving in President George Washington's Cabinet. There's plenty of drama in Hamilton's life, which ends in a duel, and the play exploits every bit of it with a superb soundtrack of catchy songs that tell his remarkable story. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre, where performances run through Aug. 26. A few tickets still remain. (Niesel)
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
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. While they're not good enough to make the playoffs this year, they might give the Indians some trouble. They play tonight at 7:10 as part of a four-game series. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Menopause the Musical
A musical parody set to songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s, Menopause the Musical tells the story of four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and the perils of menopause (you know, hot flashes, night sweats, etc.). A perennial favorite, the play is back at the Hanna Theatre tonight at 7:30, where performances continue through Aug. 12. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)
2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Summer in the City
Each Wednesday through Aug. 22, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosts a free concert as part of its Summer in the City series. Tonight's event, which begins at 7 p.m., features Screaming Females. The band's dynamic new album features quivering vocals and heady time signature changes as it alternates between punk outbursts and proggy jams. It's good stuff. Local rockers Forager open the show. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition continues tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wade Oval in University Circle. It's Wade Oval Wednesday, and there will be local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will be open late. Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups perform tonight. Hidden Figures, a terrific drama about black women who worked at NASA in the 1960s, screens at 9 p.m. (Niesel)
10820 East Blvd.,
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. 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)
We Are Triathletes
The documentary film We Are Triathletes follows six triathletes from the United States, China, Germany, and Australia as they train for the Challenge Roth, the world's largest long distance triathlon race. Ironman legends also show up in the movie to tell stories about the early days of competing in races that require biking, running and swimming skills. The movie screens tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre. The screening will include a Q&A with Bob Babbitt, an Ironman historian and Hall of Famer. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
A 2017 documentary film from directors Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Saving Brinton centers on Iowa farmboy William Franklin Brinton who, from 1897 until his death in 1908, traveled the American heartland and showed his silent films to anyone he could, becoming "America's greatest barnstorming movieman" in the process. Former history teacher Mike Zahs gets the credit for finding Brinton's original nitrate show reels in the basement of an Iowa farmhouse and then restoring them. One film even includes footage of President Teddy Roosevelt and another is a previously lost Georges Méliès short. The film screens tonight at 8:50 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it shows again at 7:30 tomorrow night. Admission is $10, $7 for Cinematheque members and those age 25 and under. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,
A former officer of the law, Mike Armstrong has now decided instead to make a living making people laugh. Besides telling tales about his time on the force, he talks about his family; those stories are mostly about his wife and how she has to put up with him in public as he messes with total strangers. You can hear more about his life and times tonight at 7 and 9:30 at the Hard Rock Rocksino's Club Velvet, where he also performs tomorrow night. Tickets are $10 and $15. (Niesel)
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield,
Things are tough for Jim Breuer. He's got three adorable kids who torture him and make his hangover unbearable. The second one was born with a broken volume control and their favorite antics are conducting parades with pots and pans at 6 in the morning. Poor dude. As if that wasn't enough, they never want to be part of family pictures and they force their poor dad to play Barbie dolls for hours on end. His drunken-dad shtick can be alarming at times, but he's really funny and obviously loves his family. If you have kids, you'll cringe but relate. If you don't have kids, he'll probably convince you to delay that decision a little longer. He performs tonight at 8 at Hard Rock Live. Tickets start at $29.50. (Liz Trenholme)
10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-908-7771, hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.
A larger-than-life personality makes comedian Bruce Bruce a hard act to forget. Even with his adult humor, Bruce prides himself on not relying on vulgarity to get a laugh out of the crowd. His personality and humor will be enough to keep you laughing the entire time. He also previously hosted the BET series Comic View, where the show achieved its highest ratings ever. You can catch Bruce at the Improv tonight at 7:30 and 10; performances are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Martin Harp)
Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant, 1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
Flat Out Fridays
The East Bank of the Flats features a slew of great bars and restaurants. To take advantage of the terrific riverfront location, the venues have partnered for Flat Out Fridays, a summer music series by the waterfront that includes sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment. Tonight's Flat Out Friday runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features music from Carlos Jones and the Plus Band. Admission is free, and you can find the details on the website. Free. (Niesel),
1055 Old River Rd.
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 summer, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the Latin band Saborit. Tomorrow, Light of the Two Moons will play acoustic rock. Admission is free; the series continues through Aug. 31. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst,
During this month's Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits. Of course, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and specialty shops in the neighborhood, too, that participate in Walkabout Tremont, so don't overlook them, either. The stroll takes place from 5 to 10 tonight; this month's theme is "let's luau." Check out the website for a schedule, maps and a listing of food and drink specials. (Niesel)
Whiskey & Women
The second Friday of every month this summer, Prosperity Social Club will serve up bourbon-and-whiskey-based cocktail and dinner specials that go with the local female artists who will perform. It's all part of its Whiskey & Women music series. The drink menu includes a Dark Rye Manhattan, Kentucky Mule, Bourbon Ricky and Blackberry Mint Lemonade. Food specials include blackened bourbon chicken with whiskey cream corn and rustic mashed potatoes, bourbon glazed salmon with maple brown butter sweet corn and lemon dill potatoes, and peppered sirloin with whiskey and mushroom pasta. Local "mountain pop" singer-songwriter Jen Maurer performs at 8 tonight. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.
Cabaret Nights Revue
Cabaret Nights Revue tells the story of Parisian dancers who performed on the sultry Las Vegas Strip. The show features live music, "daring choreography" and authentic costumes as the performances reference the Lido de Paris and the Follies Berger shows. The Cabaret Nights Revue cast features five professional dancers with strong roots in Cleveland: Madison Yankovich, Serena Celeste, Brian Cleveland, Alyssa Watson and Dana Hall. A musical trio featuring Christopher Berge on tenor sax will play everything from French Latin jazz to disco classics and pop tune favorites. The performance takes place tonight at 7:30 at Kennedy's Theatre. Tickets are $26. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Celebration of Trees
An outdoor living museum located on 3,500 acres, Holden Forests and Gardens that promotes "the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants." Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the arboretum will host Celebration of Trees, a weekend event with family-friendly activities centered around trees and their vital role in our community. There will be guided tree climbing for children, chainsaw carving demonstrations and a Great Lakes Timber Show that stresses the importance of lumberjacks for forest and tree management through selective harvesting. There will also be log rolling, axe throwing, cross cutting sawing and springboard chopping. Award-winning chainsaw artists Pat Holbert, owner of Sugar Ridge Carving, and partner Jack Riese, will be on hand. Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free for members, $10 for nonmember adults and $4 for children ages 6-18. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower will be open during the event. Tickets to those attractions are free for members, $4 for nonmember adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 18. (Niesel)
9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland,
The Cleveland 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. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues monthly through Oct. 13. Admission is $1. (Niesel)
3615 Superior Ave.,
The veteran punk band Social Distortion will perform as part of Klipsch Fest, a day-long celebration happening today from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Rock Hall. The event will also include various live performances, DJ sets, demos and giveaways on the PNC Rock Hall Live! stage. Social Distortion will headline and play at 9 p.m. The event is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the Rock Hall. A VIP ticket priced at $75 includes access to an exclusive "Under the Influences" talk with Social D singer-guitarist Mike Ness that takes place at 3 p.m. that day. Ness will discuss his career as a songwriter and musician, share stories behind some of Social D's hits and chat about the albums that influenced him. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,
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 offered at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach
Always a big draw, cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at 7 at Blossom to play a special program featuring compositions by Bach. Yo-Yo Ma has spent two years working on this project that he'll perform on six different continents. The New Yorker described his powerful performance by saying, "It was as if music had stilled the world." The evening is presented without intermission with the performance ending at approximately 9:20 p.m. Consult the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,
Lunch Hour Live Trivia
Last Call Trivia, a live hosted trivia game during which teams compete for prizes by answering oddball questions, takes place every Monday throughout the summer at 12:30 p.m., at U.S. Bank Plaza on Playhouse Square. Designed to be "a spirited competition," the contest lasts an hour. Admission is free. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave.,
Tonight, and the second Monday of every month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club to talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Brooke MacNamara, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, talks about mindset theory. The talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.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., Heights,
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 13-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight, and every Tuesday night through Aug. 28, at U.S. Bank Plaza. Tonight at 6, teachers from Viva Dance Studio will teach the salsa; Papo Ruiz provides the music. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave.,
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.
Sometimes, there are experiences worth going the extra mile for, like the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville. As audiences grow increasingly frustrated with people talking, texting or bringing their young children to movie theaters with $15 popcorn, the drive-in is a perfect way to catch a new film without having to worry about any of the hubbub brought on by other people ... or yourself. Visiting the Aut-O-Rama is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the family's third generation. You can catch the latest films on the weekends, but the Aut-O-Rama also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Friday and Next Friday. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo)
33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.