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Get Out: Everything You Should Do This NYE Week in Cleveland (Dec. 27-Jan. 2)


WED 12/27

Mike Bonner

Call the sitter. Comic Mike Bonner takes the stage at the Improv tonight for a parent-friendly routine. Of course, that doesn't mean it's kid-friendly. Bonner has made a name for himself as a relatable, down-to-earth comedian who understands the everyday struggles of being a father. From dirty diapers to his daughter's first boyfriend, the BET comedian explores the small joys and annoyances of parenthood through a sardonic lens. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Champions of Magic

A UK sensation, Champions of Magic have played sold-out shows in London's West End for years now. The ensemble of magicians perform a range of tricks, including mind reading and "traditional magic in a modern style." The event promises to provide family friendly entertainment. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace. Tickets start at $19.99, and performances continue at Connor Palace through Sunday. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

Doctor Who comes face to face with the Doctor in this special screening of the Doctor Who finale, Twice Upon a Time. The episode features the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and David Bradley (Filch in the Harry Potter movies). The event will also feature two special bonus clips that take you behind the scenes during the filming the episode. It screens at area theaters at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. (Niesel)

Harlem Globetrotters

Some might say that if you've seen the Harlem Globetrotters once, you've seen them a hundred times, but the spectacular Globetrotters bring their unrivaled ball-handling wizardry, high-flying dunks and gut-busting comedy to the Quicken Loans Arena this afternoon and this evening. This basketball-entertainment bonanza is fun for the whole family. Tickets start at $20.50. The guys play at both 1 and 6 p.m. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Home for the Holidays

Cleveland's comedy scene just keeps getting better. New comics keep cropping up, and the veteran comics on the scene continue to hone their skills. Because some of the best comics will be in town for the holidays, Hilarities has booked them for one special night. Dubbed Home for the Holidays, tonight's concert features some of Cleveland' finest comedians. The jokes start flowing at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 to $15. (Niesel)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Hoppin' Frog Hoppy Hour

Much like the Fat Head's tasting room in Middleburg Heights, the Hoppin' Frog tasting room in Akron is in a non-descript strip of storage facilities and warehouses. But step inside and you'll find a cozy space with a huge array of the brewery's wonderful libations. The place features "hoppy hour" every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. Tonight, the brewers visit the tasting room from 5 to 7 p.m. While they don't fill growlers, you can drink bottles on site or take 'em to go. You can order from a limited food menu too. (Niesel)

1680-F Waterloo Rd., Akron, 234-525-3764,

Kitchen: A Quarterly Panel Discussion and Poetry Open Mic

Twelve Literary Arts presents a new "Kitchen" series at the Euclid Tvern. The first quarterly installment of the lecture program features a panel discussion on art making and activism for Womyn of Color in Cleveland. The panel features moderator Eris Eady and panelists Kisha Nicole Foster, Michelle R. Smith, Siaara Freeman and Eva Barrett. At 8 p.m., the local hip-hop duo FreshProduce hosts a poetry open mic. FreshProduce will also perform a 20-minute set with the backing musical quartet Moshuro. DJ Candi Fresca will man the wheels of steel. It all starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel)

11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400,

THU 12/28

Joe Baur Author Appearance

Travel writer, author, filmmaker, photographer and podcaster Joe Baur lived in Costa Rica for several months, an experience he documents in his book, Talking Tico. Tonight at 7 at Visible Voice Books, Bauer, whose work has been featured in a variety of international publications including BBC Travel, Viator, AFAR Magazine, Yahoo! Travel and National Geographic, will speak about his experiences. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

Canton Charge vs. Windy City Bulls

The Canton Charge, the Cavaliers' G League affiliate, certainly don't receive as much attention as the LeBron James-led Cavaliers. But plenty of former college standouts make up the team. They'll play a rare game at the Q today as they take on the Windy City Bulls at 8 tonight. Tickets are $12. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco!

Judging from the YouTube videos of pianist Matt Johnson's dueling piano concerts, it's safe to say the guy caters to bachelor and bachelorette parties. He can easily break into Journey's ""Don't Stop Believing'" and then segue into Billy Joel's "The Piano Man," which he tends to alter with a few of his own ribald lyrics. Expect rowdy sing-a-longs and a boisterous performance. Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco! Concerts takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park's Club Velvet. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-908-7771,

FRI 12/29

The Night of the Hunter

Charles Laughton directs The Night of the Hunter, a 1955 film Depression-era flick about a psychopath who impersonates a country preacher. The film shows at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum's The Jazz Age exhibit. Tickets are $10, $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 12/30

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias FluffyMania

Animated and gregarious comedian Gabriel Iglesias has made quite a name for himself since breaking into the standup scene in 1997. Known for coining the phrase, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy," the famous comic loves to poke fun at his weight. His standup is a mixture of personal stories and experiences that he brings to life through parodies and impressions. Iglesias has said that he doesn't get controversial or political because he prefers telling stories that people can relate to. In addition to standup, Iglesias has lent his voice to several animated features and shows including The Book of Life, Planes, The Nut Job and Family Guy. He can also be seen in Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. Iglesias brings his Fluffy Mania World Tour to the State Theatre tonight at 8. Tickets are $35 to $75. (Kaitlin Siegel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Rich Guzzi Comic Hypnosis Experience

Comedian Rich Guzzi sets himself apart by bringing up 15 audience members during his show and hypnotizing them before asking them to do hilarious and insane things. During the performance, Guzzi reveals his entire process of hypnosis, yet it still seems unreal because he does it so well. He can even convince patrons that they are celebrities like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Madonna. He performs 7:30 and 9 tonight and at 8 and 10 tomorrow night at Club Velvet at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Hannah Borison)

10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-908-7771,

Monsters vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

Just about every Monsters' home game features some kind of special promotion. Tonight, it's Marvel Super Hero Night. There will be a special Marvel super hero jersey auction and Marvel super hero character appearances. The puck drops at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

SUN 12/31

Countdown to Noon New Year's Eve Brunch

Moss Stanley and Nitebridge will perform today at 11:45 a.m. at the Music Box Supper Club as the club hosts a Countdown to Noon New Year's Eve Brunch. Tickets to see the band cost $12, and the brunch will set you back an extra $18. The brunch includes items such as eggs Benedict, smoked bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, seasonal salad and breakfast burritos. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Customer Appreciation Night

Located in the historic Cedar-Lee neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, Cle Urban Winery is an industrial-chic winery and relative newcomer to the neighborhood. It's already a bustling favorite, and New Year's Eve will be no exception. Tonight's customer appreciation party will feature local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester performing from 7 to 10 p.m. and a DJ who'll continue the good grooves the rest of the night. Complimentary wine will be handed out at midnight, and appetizers will be passed around throughout the evening. (Brett Zelman)

2180B Lee Road, Heights, 2164178313,

En Tee See's Grit & Glamour New Year's Eve

For tonight's special New Year's Eve party, Now That's Class (AKA En Tee See) will be transformed into "a dreamscape of opulence, decadence and rock 'n' roll." Local bands will perform in the bar area and resident DJs will spin the main room. Ma Halos, The Sight, Brainwashed California, Roobydocks and Cotton Ponys will perform. Admission includes open bar (beer and liquor) and specialty shots. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door. It all starts at 10 p.m. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

For Those About To Rock 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park celebrates New Year's Eve with a special concert dubbed For Those About To Rock. Party with DJ Denicio and tribute acts Panama and Dirty Deeds. There will be a champagne toast as the crowd counts down to the New Year. VIP tickets include access to the VIP Lounge with a private cash bar, unlimited appetizer buffet and party favors. The event begins at 9 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, the casino's concert hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-908-7771,

John Henton

Actor, writer, producer and comedian John Henton will stop in Cleveland for three days to show off his honest and gritty sense of humor. A must-see comic, he shares his opinions without hesitation and uses comedy to lighten these heavy topics. He jokes about his interesting experiences while on tour, such as having a terrible seat on a night flight and enduring many bad hotel room experiences. He covers topics like race, politics and even the struggles of disciplining your own children. The comedian began his career right here in Cleveland and has made his way to the big leagues by snatching main roles in the sitcoms Living Single and The Hughleys. The Cleveland native performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $45. (Borison)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Holiday Brunch

Prosperity Social Club will offer a special holiday brunch today and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. "Decadent" specials on the menu include bread pudding french toast, three piggie cassoulet, pork schnitzel and "hoppin john soup." Reservations are recommended. The pub, which has a wood-burning stove, has been decorated with kitsch-y décor too. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

Legends of Rock-and-Roll New Year's Eve Celebration

For two decades now, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra with Carl Topilow has thrown a New Year's Eve party in Cleveland. Once again under the direct of Carl Topilow, the orchestra will throw another NYE bash. A party with dancing will follow the two-hour concert as two live bands will perform in the Grand Foyer and the Smith Lobby. The event takes place at 9 p.m. at Severance Hall. Tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Neon New Year's Evep>

Tonight's Neon New Year's Eve party at Punch Bowl Social Club will have a 1980s theme. Proper attire is requested, so we recommend donning your best Marty McFly or Cyndi Lauper get-up. There will be snacks, a live DJ and a midnight champagne toast. It all begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover. (Niesel)

1086 W 11th St, (216) 239-1508.

New Year's Eve Party Package

Want to post up downtown, but no one in your group can really agree on what to do? Head to the East Fourth Street comedy club Pickwick and Frolic. There's a dinner buffet with salmon, rosemary and garlic pork and herb-roasted chicken. Meanwhile, Chicago-based comedian Pat McGann will perform stand-up, and local musicians Tony Quarles and the Discovery Band will rock the house with live tunes all night. Viva Las Vegas will also put on a cabaret show, and a champagne toast awaits at midnight, along with party favors and a balloon drop that will give this eclectic night the perfect New Year's Eve touch. Packages are available for all the different acts. Consult the website for times and prices. (Brett Zelman)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Soirée: 007

For the fifth year in a row, Lago will host an extravagant New Year's Eve party. There will be dining, dancing and entertainment at the black tie optional event. DJ Flaco Flash will be on hand, and the party will feature a "surprise" entertainer. There will also be a special countdown to midnight and confetti drop as 2017 becomes 2018. Full admission tickets include a decadent buffet dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Riviera Ballroom. All-inclusive tickets are $200 per person or $350 per couple. For those who just want to partake in the late-night festivities, there's a $150 single ticket option that allows entry at 10 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by calling the Lago Custom Events office at 216-664-1135. All VIP package inquiries must contact Lago Custom Events. (Niesel)

1091 West 10th St., 216-862-8065,

MON 01/01

Movie Mondays

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 3D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

TUE 01/02

Cavaliers vs. Portland Trailblazers

Behind the steady play of All-Star Damian Lillard, the Portland Trailblazers appear to be headed to the post season once again as it's playing .500 ball in the tough Western Conference. While the team hasn't fully lived up to expectations this year, it's still a formidable opponent for the Cavs, who play the team tonight at 7 at the Q. Tickets start at $16. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Classical Revolution Cleveland

The first Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)\<cTracking:


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