Cuyahoga Valley National Park & Summer Concert Series
Each summer, the National Park Service teams up with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to produce a free summer concert series at Howe Meadow in Peninsula. This summer's schedule includes several terrific local acts such the jazz/funk collective Funkyard Experiment that performs tonight. The concerts start at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the website. (Jeff Niesel)
4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, conservancyforcvnp.org/concerts.
Earlier this summer, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Front International announced the schedule for City Stages, CMA's summer concert series that takes place in Ohio City. This year, some shows will still take place outside the Transformer Station in Ohio City on Wednesdays throughout the month of July; but they'll also migrate to other parts of the city. Tonight's concert features Sidi Toure, a musician who draws from Songhai music. The all-ages show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Transformer Station. Admission is free. (Niesel) 2811 Church Ave., clevelandart.org.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition continues tonight from 6 to 9 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 stay open late too. Tonight's musical entertainment comes from Latin/salsa group Son Gitano. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
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. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook 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.
Don "DC" Curry
The films Next Friday and Friday After Next were terrific vehicles for a number of black comedians. Don "DC" Curry, who played the part of sex-crazed Uncle Elroy Jones, certainly benefited from the exposure. Curry, who boasts he only talks about "the truth" in his standup routines, often sounds like a grumpy old man as he complains about fancy restaurants where the servers fawn over their customers. He doesn't like family-run places, either, as he says they don't clean their floors. It's a funny bit that reflects just what a curmudgeon he can be. Curry performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $18. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
A few years ago, the Cleveland Metroparks launched its extremely popular Edgewater Live series of Thursday-night happy-hour concerts. The fun returns this year, with musical performances from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 2. In addition to a local band, activities include yoga, standup paddleboarding and cornhole. Those ubiquitous food trucks will be on hand, of course, and the Beach House will sell drinks and food as well. It's free. (Niesel) 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, clevelandmetroparks.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.
Jam For Justice
A Northeast Ohio nonprofit law firm, Legal Aid hosts its annual fundraiser today. This year's event features food, drinks and headlining bands composed of local attorneys and judges. Those interested can also bid on silent auction items through Legal Aid's website. Your price of admission will go directly to helping low-income families in the region receive high-quality legal services free of charge. These services help to work toward justice in the legal system for all people. Specifically, the aid goes to those whose health, shelter, safety or economic security are threatened by civil legal matters. The event will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Veranda connected to the Ernst & Young Tower in the Flats. Tickets are $50. (Halle Weber) 1111 West 10th St., 216-861-5217, lasclev.org/event/2018jam.
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. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel)
1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com.
Euclid Beach Live
Much like Edgewater Live, the weekly happy-hour concert series that takes place at Edgewater Park, the Euclid Beach Live concert series offers great music, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The setting couldn't be better either: The site overlooks the scenic Euclid Beach State Park on Lake Erie. Once completed, the rebuilt 285-foot pier should give the events a throwback feel and hearken back to the glory days of Euclid Beach amusement park. The fun takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 3. This evening's musical entertainment comes from jazz/neo-soul band, Angel P and the Creative Players. It's free. (Niesel)
16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.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 summer, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the jazz/swing/blues band Blue Lunch; tomorrow, catch a performance from the rock band Replay. Admission is free; the series continues through Aug. 31. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com.
Mentor Powerboat Grand Prix
A summer tradition, powerboat racing returns to Headlands Beach in Mentor this weekend in the form of the third annual Mentor Powerboat Grand Prix. Fans will have the opportunity to meet race teams at the Great Lakes Mall today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Willoughby will also host the boats from 7:30 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. The racing action takes place on Sunday when more than 20 powerboats will compete at speeds approaching 180 miles per hour. The races begin at noon at Headlands Beach. Admission is free, but parking costs $10 per car. (Niesel) offshoreracingmentor.com.
Tre Sorelle Boutique and FWD Day + Nightclub Cleveland have teamed up for Trewatch, a fashion show inspired by the '90s TV show Baywatch. The stylish showcase of summer swimwear will feature the season's "sexiest trends." Nic Nacc will provide the tunes. VIP admission begins at 6:30 p.m. and general admission commences at 7:30 p.m. Consult the website for ticket info. (Niesel)
1176 Front St., 330-203-5123, shoptre.com.
Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market
The Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market features more than 50 vendors, both inside the ballroom and in the parking lot (weather permitting). Wares include art, clothing, records, music memorabilia, vintage items and more. In addition to vendors, the Rockin' Flea includes a beer garden and live music; this month's musical theme is the blues, performed by the Northeast Experience. While visiting, enjoy brunch with a full bar and patio seating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.
Christmas in July
As we're nearly halfway to Christmas, Tremont's A Christmas Story House & Museum is ready to celebrate. While the house commemorates the holiday season no matter the month, today's annual Christmas in July festivities feature special guests and goodies. This year's guest stars include Patty Johnson, a cranky elf from A Christmas Story and even Santa Claus himself. Johnson will be in the gift shop from 3 to 5 p.m., signing pictures, telling stories about the film and inspiring visitors to quit dragging their feet, just like she did when the Parkers went to Higbee's in the 1983 film classic. Also, expect a kids' table, face paint, and themed Jack Frost Donuts, featuring movie icons like the infamous leg lamp, pink bunnies and air rifles. Then go try the Red Ryder air rifle range in the museum's backyard. Finally, in preparation for this year's bumpus-themed 5-K/10-K race, A Christmas Story Run, the house has invited the Cleveland Animal Protective League and City Dogs to bring adoptable canines out to the event. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Sarah Parr)
3159 West 11th St., 216-255-6651, achristmasstoryhouse.com.
Euclid Beach Park Day
Locals still fondly remember Euclid Beach Park, one of the most prominent former amusement parks in Cleveland. Though the place closed in 1969, its memories remain. Four years ago, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), Cleveland Carousel Society and Euclid Beach Park Now partnered to restore the 1910 Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel to operating condition. At that time, WRHS also launched Euclid Beach Park Day to commemorate the amusement park. This year's festivities take place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland History Center. There will be unlimited rides on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, lawn games, food trucks, pony rides and more. In addition, Lolly the Trolly will offer special Euclid Beach Park tours featuring storytelling and narration. Check the website for ticket prices and more details. (Niesel)
10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722, wrhs.org.
International Women's Dive Day
Last year, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium hosted one of more than 900 Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) events which were held in 85 countries around the globe. Today, the aquarium will again join PADI in celebrating International Women's Dive Day with special programming and a focus on the area's certified divers. Women's Dive Day events include multiple opportunities to meet aquarium dive team members. Underwater talks will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. There will also be conversations at a shark gallery information table. Or check out the scuba-themed kids' crafts, a dive trivia challenge and dive-themed temporary tattoos for children. Certified divers who visit on PADI International Women's Dive Day are eligible for $5 off same-day general admission for themselves and one guest with the presentation of proper ID. Certified divers will also be entered to win a future Shark Dive CLE experience that includes admission to the aquarium for the diver and one viewing guest, a tour of the aquarium dive platform, an exhibit walk-through and fish identification session, one dive in the 230,000-gallon shark exhibit, use of all the necessary dive equipment and as many souvenir shark teeth as the guest diver can find. Check out the website for ticket prices and hours. (Niesel)
2000 Sycamore Street, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com.
Taste of America
Budweiser and Scene have teamed up for Taste of America, a special "family-style dining experience" that takes place today at Whiskey Island and Wendy Park. The event will feature "bold and beautiful dishes" from James Beard Award nominee chef Jill Vedaa from Salt — items like Grandma's Potato Salad, cucumber slaw, and beer-braised pulled pork sandwiches. Admission is $25 per person and includes the meal, three beers and Budweiser swag; you can purchase tickets on the website. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. (Niesel) 2800 Whiskey Island Rd., tasteofamericacle.com.
Women in Country: Inductee Wanda Jackson
To celebrate the impact women have had on country music, the Rock Hall will host a full day of interviews and performances today. A 2009 inductee, Wanda Jackson, will participate in a Hall of Fame series interview with Women Walk the Line author Holly Gleason; director of artist & VIP relations for the Rock Hall Shelby Morrison; and former Creem editor Deborah Sprague. Jackson will also perform tonight on the PNC main stage. Live music is included with general admission to the museum. The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m.; consult the Rock Hall website for more details. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Concerts at Lake View Cemetery
Now in its fifth year, Concerts at Lake View Cemetery offers locals yet another great opportunity to catch a free outdoor concert this summer. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city; each concert showcases some of the city's best jazz acts. Today, the swing band Blue Lunch performs. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic to the concerts. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665, lakewviewcemetery.com.
A week-long celebration of all things having to do with sharks, Fin Fest kicks off today at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The fest includes scavenger hunts and shark drawing lessons. Today, there will be a shark teeth matching game, a lecture on why divers aren't scared to climb into the tank with a shark, and the opportunity to watch a shark feeding in the sea tube. Consult the aquarium website for more info. Fin Fest fun continues through July 29. (Niesel)
2000 Sycamore Street, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.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.
Indians vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
After making the playoffs two years in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates went into rebuilding mode after last year's losing season. That said, the team has performed better than expected this year and has hovered around the .500 mark for most of the season. The team comes to town tonight for a three-game interleague series. The game begins at 7:10 and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
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. The games also include a point wagering system that gives teams the ability to choose their own strategy. Admission is free. (Niesel) East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.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, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile) clevelandcinemas.com.
This year, the Centers for Families and Children's annual Taste Latino fundraiser has moved to bigger quarters at Merwin's Wharf. It takes place tonight from 6 to 9. There will be live music and food, and guests will have the chance to win a Cleveland-themed staycation. Tickets are $75 per person and include complimentary parking and an open bar. Awards will be presented to outstanding supporters of El Barrio Workforce Development program; and retiring director Ingrid Angel will also be honored for her vision and leadership. Proceeds support the Centers' El Barrio Workforce Development Program that helps more than 1,500 unemployed and underemployed individuals obtain employment. (Niesel)
1785 Merwin Ave., 216-664-5696, thecentersohio.org/tastelatino2018.
Body of Work: Dialogues on Dance Featuring Pam Tanowitz and Dancers
For the past 15 years, New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her post-modern movement style that "challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition and even the concert-going experience itself by adding her own unique spin." Recently named this year's recipient of the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Cage Cunningham Fellowship, she'll be on hand tonight at the Allen Theatre for "an intimate evening of dance and conversation" that takes you behind the scenes for a peak at what goes on before the curtain goes up. The event begins at 7, and tickets are $20. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
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; Orquesta Sonora provides the music. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Find a complete schedule of upcoming sessions on the website. (Niesel)
East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
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. That's why visiting the Aut-O-Rama drive-in is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in features the latest films on the weekends, but also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo) 33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.