Angels in America
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge), Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) star in this filmed staging of Angels in America, Tony Kushner's multi-award-winning two-part play that both documents the AIDS crisis and provides still-timely commentary on U.S. politics. "Part One: Millennium Approaches" was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by "Part Two: Perestroika" the following year. The Cedar Lee Theatre shows a film of those performances tonight at 7. The program repeats at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20. (Jeff Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411, clevelandcinemas.com.
Between the Lines
This month's edition of the literary series Between the Lines features local author Thrity Umrigar, who has just published the novel Everybody's Son. A best-selling author, Umrigar has had her books translated into several languages. They've also been published in more than 15 countries. The Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University will talk about her new book tonight from 7 to 9 at the Euclid Tavern. Admission is free. (Niesel)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Summer in the City Concert Series
Presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Head's Brewery and Magic Hat Brewing Company, the Rock Hall's free Summer in the City concert series features some of the top bands in Cleveland. Concerts start at 6 p.m. on the seasonal outdoor stage through August. (Rain location is inside, on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage.) Tonight's concert features local indie rockers Hiram-Maxim and Glass Traps. Find out more on the website. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
There still may be a few seats left for tonight's Summer Dine, the city-wide dinner party hosted by the local chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. At 6 p.m., six area restaurants, including Spice Kitchen, Paladar, Blue Point Grille, Edwins, Fire Food and Drink and La Campagna, will provide holders of the $75 tickets with a specially designed, multi-course dinner paired with wine or cocktails. The proceeds go to a very green cause: supporting Les Dames' annual grants that help fund special programming around the topic of local foods. Find details and tickets on the website. (Elaine T. Cicora)
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition, Wade Oval Wednesday takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wade Oval in University Circle. The weekly party provides the opportunity to catch a free concert — jazz, swing, world music and more. Between sets, check out the local food vendors, the beer and wine tent, the 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. Abby Normal & the Detroit Lean plays tonight. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — 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. 27. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)
Chicago is to comedians as Kenya is to marathon runners: The place just churns them out. John Caponera cut his comedic teeth in the Windy City before he started getting gigs at clubs around the country. He's a regular in Cleveland, where he performs every few months. He also stars in his own sitcom, The Good Guy, and loves to impersonate former Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray. Even though he doesn't sound exactly like the late Caray, he earns the laughs by making Caray sound tipsy and at times confused about what was going on in the game, wondering aloud which bar he'd hit when it was over. Caponera is at Hilarities tonight at 8. He also performs there at 7:30 and 10 tomorrow night and at 7 and 9:30 on Saturday night. Tickets are $23 to $28. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Double-Edged, the current exhibition at the Cleveland Print Room, will close this Sunday. But before it does, the Cleveland Print Room hosts a closing reception tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. The exhibit pairs Cleveland-based artist Melindo Placko with New York artist and collector Nigel Maister. Placko created a series of collage drawings using the cyanotype photographic process while incorporating elements of drawing and text. Her imagery includes anatomical drawings and dream-like scenes of rain and roadways. Maister's work explores themes of narrative through the use of found snapshot photography, mostly from the '80s and later. Check it out while there is still time.Admission is free. (Josh Usmani)
2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981, clevelandprintroom.com.
Makers' Market in Collinwood
Looking for something truly unique and locally produced? Check out the Made in Collinwood Makers' Market tonight from 5:30 to 8:30, featuring a diverse collective of local makers and artisans from the greater Collinwood community. Held at the East Shore Park Club, the event is produced in conjunction with the club's Summer Concert series. A free concert by local cover band FM77 will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. (Usmani)
17217 Dorechester Dr., facebook.com/madeincollinwood.
Sinners & Saints
A Charlotte-based duo, Sinners & Saints — singer-songwriter Perry Fowler on acoustic guitar and harmonica and Mark Baran on upright bass, banjo and harmonies — plays old-timey music like Louvin Bros. The band's vocals sound especially sharp on its latest album, On the Other Side, and the sparse opening tune, "Up Like the Sun, Down Like the Rain," shows off their ability to blend their voices. Since forming in 2011, the duo has opened for acts such as Flogging Molly, Shovels and Rope, Robert Earl Keen, and many others. They play a special happy-hour set at Wilbert's tonight from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-4663, wilbertsmusic.com.
Burning River Fest
The Burning River Fest pokes fun at one of Cleveland's not-so-proud moments while conveying the importance of preserving Northeast Ohio's freshwater sources. Created by the aptly named Burning River Foundation, the fest takes place at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. Local bands such as Wesley Bright & the Honeytones, Ray Flanagan, the Whiskey Hollow and Ryan Humbert will perform. Doors open at 6 tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)
Cleveland Photographic Invitational
For the first time, Larchmere Arts hosts a photographic invitational featuring some of the region's most accomplished photographers. The Cleveland Photographic Invitational opens tonight with a reception at 7. Of course, with so many local photographers participating, visitors can expect to see many familiar faces and places. Admission is free. (Usmani)
12726 Larchmere Blvd., 216-702-9896, facebook.com/pg/larchmerearts.
An Opening Reception
Spaces' Fall 2017 exhibitions share themes of identity, displacement and otherness. Included is Jose Carlos Teixeira's video essay On Exile and a video exchange program by print and media collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora). On Exile explores the refugee experience through interviews with individuals and families from Middle Eastern and African Muslim communities living in Cleveland. URe:AD Press' members Sharita Towne and Shani Peters share messages of Afro-Diasporic love, unity and empowerment. The Vault features whys-and-wherefores, a collection of videos by Daniel Rothman, Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson and Cameron Granger. In celebration of its new projects and exhibitions, Spaces hosts an opening reception tonight from 6 to 9. The exhibitions and projects remain on view through Oct. 13. Admission is free. (Usmani)
2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org.
Pet Days on the Plaza
Vendors, groomers and local rescue organizations will be on Playhouse Square today for Pet Days on the Plaza, an opportunity to give your pet some special treatment or even adopt a new furry friend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the U.S. Bank Plaza. Part of Playhouse Square's Summer 2017 programming, the next Pet Days is Friday, Sept. 15. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Summers@Severance: Mozart's Requiem
"I am writing my own funeral music. I must not leave it unfinished," Mozart famously said as he penned his Requiem, the composition that inspired the film Amadeus. Tonight at 7, the Cleveland Orchestra performs the piece. There will be special "happy hour" pricing offered in the hour prior to the concert and Brad Petty will spin some groovy electronica after the concert on the outdoor terrace. Tickets start at $45. (Niesel)
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Today's Third Friday event at 78th Street Studios, which begins at 5 p.m., includes a solo exhibition of new work by Cleveland-based artist Guy-Vincent, recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council. A one-night-only event, Vincent's Identity + Symbols is presented by Jak Prints at Derek Hess Gallery. Identity + Symbols features smaller, more intimate works than the monumental works of his Neo Post Factum series that showed last year at Cuyahoga Community College. Vincent's artwork incorporates his signature Symbol Art, which he produced by manipulating Twitter's underlying code. Vincent's latest work continues to experiment with Symbol Art, 140 characters (or less) at a time. The abstract messages explore the boundaries of meaning, symbolism and visual communication. Of course, there's always more to see and do throughout Cleveland's "Art Maze." As the evening winds down, Survival Kit hosts free live music from the Lost Ways and Brave Girls beginning at 9 p.m. on the building's third floor. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com.
Van Aken Beer Garden
The only thing better than a beer garden is an outdoor beer garden. Tonight from 6 to 10, the Van Aken Beer Garden returns to Shaker Plaza. The event takes place outside, in the plaza's west parking lot at the corner of Farnsleigh Road and Van Aken Boulevard, and inside, in the storefront next to the Pearl Asian Kitchen. The event will feature live music, food trucks, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors and children's activities, and highlights the development of Shaker's new downtown, the Van Aken District, scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. When open, the District will feature a mix of restaurants, retail, residential and office space built around planned public spaces. Admission to tonight's event is free. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
20040 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, vanakenbeergarden.com.
Weapons of Mass Creation
Eight years ago, Cleveland-based design firm Go Media launched Weapons of Mass Creation Fest as the region's premier design conference. In the years since, the festival has grown and evolved. Moving this year to Mahall's in Lakewood, WMC Fest brings artists, designers, illustrators, art directors, freelancers and students to Northeast Ohio for three days of inspiration, networking and exchanging ideas. The weekend-long event commences at 10 a.m. today with a Cleveland Studio Tour and concludes at 6:30 on Sunday with "closing announcements and tearful goodbyes." In between, expect talks, music, virtual reality experiences and, of course, bowling. Weekend passes are $110; individual day tickets range from $40 to $65, and some workshops require an additional fee. As usual, tickets, especially three-day passes, are expected to sell out quickly. For more information, a complete schedule, and ticket purchase, visit the website. (Usmani)
13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, wmcfest.com.
If you're going to see comedian John Witherspoon tonight at the Improv, where he performs at 7:30 and 10, you'd better dress up — because "you got to coordinate," as he puts it. That catchphrase is just one of the comedian's many accomplishments during his long career. He's worked alongside famous comedians such as Ice Cube, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker and starred as "Pops" on The Wayans Brothers. But he might be best known for voicing "Grandad" on the animated series The Boondocks. His standup is even similar to the Boondocks character he portrays; it features fast-paced jokes that keep coming at you. Witherspoon simply has a look about him that's funny. He doesn't even need to tell jokes because his facial expressions can make anyone laugh. He has shows scheduled at the Improv through Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $25. (William Hoffman)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market
The Beachland's final Rockin' Flea Market of the season features more than 40 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 from DJ Peter PleasureCruise, the Elephants and MyTh and Company. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While visiting, enjoy brunch with a full bar and patio seating. Admission is free. (Usmani)
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.
Superman: Heroes and Illustration
It's no secret that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have a rich history of comics and cartoons. The most famous of these creations is certainly Superman, created by high school classmates Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in Glenville in 1933. In celebration of the Man of Steel and his connection to Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library has been presenting Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton — an exhibit of art, artifacts and memorabilia —on three floors of the library's main branch. Today, the library hosts a special panel discussion about illustrating super heroes with members of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Panelists include Ed Black, Craig Boldman, Ron Hill, Polly Keener, Terri Libenson, Chip Sansom and Mark Szorady. Superman: Heroes and Illustration takes place at 1 p.m. in CPL's Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. Following the discussion, guests are invited to attend a guided tour of the exhibit. Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton remains on view at the library through the end of the year. Admission is free. (Usmani)
325 Superior Ave., 216-623-2800, cpl.org.
The Zine Workshop
In today's increasingly digital age, self-publishing is easier than ever, and zines have risen from the underground to mainstream of the art, literary and self-publishing worlds. Traditionally made by individuals or small groups using not much more than a copy machine and a stapler, zines can be used for many purposes, often including art, photography, personal writing, poetry, opinion, fiction, advice and more. Learn more about this eclectic art form today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during a workshop at Salty Not Sweet Boutique. The Zine Workshop is led by local printmaker and zine creator Elly Dallas, who documents her personal experiences as a young woman in hopes of inspiring others to share their own stories. Registration for the Zine Workshop is $75. No refunds are available, but cancellations will be credited towards a future workshop at the boutique. To register, visit the website. (Usmani)
2074 West 24th St., saltynotsweet.bigcartel.com.
NEO Comic Con
The organizers behind this year's NEO Comic Con promise the event will be be bigger and better than previous incarnations. There will be new vendors, comics and collectibles, artists and special guests, cosplay and characters, contests, panel discussions and gaming tournament. The convention takes place today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soccer Sportsplex/Excalibur Soccer Club in North Olmsted. Tickets are $7. (Niesel)
31515 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, neocomiccon.com.
Sloppy Sundays in the Sun
The bartenders at Now That's Class will serve "the coolest and tastiest pitchers" of cocktails today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sloppy Sundays in the Sun. Pitchers of specialty cocktails ($12) include Paul's Puerto Rican Punch, Nascar Nectar and Stripple Nipple. The club will also set up a basketball hoop out back for patrons to show off their skills. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.
Indians Versus Boston Red Sox
The Cleveland Indians continue their tough August schedule tonight as they take on the Boston Red Sox, one of the best teams in the American League. All of the Tribe's series in August come against squads still vying for the playoffs, so that makes this four-game series against the Red Sox another tough battle. Tonight's game begins at 7:10 at Progressive Field, where the two teams go on to face each other for the following three nights in what could be a preview of the playoffs. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 12-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors will lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight at U.S. Bank Plaza. If you aren't familiar with salsa, then you won't want to miss the fun instruction at 6 from the staffers at Viva Dance Studio. Then, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the plaza turns into a massive, fun-filled dance party featuring a live band. (This week, it's Grupo Tumba'o.) Admission is free. Find a complete schedule on the website. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word CD Release Concert
Earlier this year, in marking the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art commissioned the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word to create and perform an original piece based on the writings and words of Stokes and his brother, U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes Jr. Today at 5 p.m., the group of African-American males, ages 8 to 18, perform a CD release concert on the Rock Hall's plaza. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Extraordinary: Stan Lee
Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, @Midnight, Talking Dead) hosts Extraordinary: Stan Lee, a one-night tribute to former Marvel Comics editor and publisher Stan "The Man" Lee. The tribute, which takes place live at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, will feature a "This Is Your Life" retrospective of Lee's career and will include appearances by celebrity friends and creative contemporaries. Special guests include actors Lou Ferrigno, Todd McFarlane, David Hasselhoff and Tom Bergeron along with video tributes by James Gunn, J.K. Simmons, Seth Green, Aisha Tyler and Skottie Young. The Cedar Lee Theatre hosts a screening of the tribute tonight at 9. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-717-4696, clevelandcinemas.com.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch will offer 20-minute time slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. The Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club and the locally based Gotta Groove Records serve as the sponsors, and turntables will be provided. Each person will be able to play three to five songs during their allotted time, and there will be a mic available to talk about the selections. Along with theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338.