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Get Out: Everything You Should Do This Week in Cleveland (Jan. 10-16)

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WED 01/10

Kevin Bozeman

Comedian Kevin Bozeman likes to joke about the mundane. "I got one thing out of college," he likes to say. "Bad credit." With his high-pitched voice, Bozeman practically winces as he tells his narrative-based jokes. His problems are everyone's problems. He has trouble with women and issues with his finances. Expect him to touch on social issues too, as he's made fun of the fact that there aren't any "brothers" in auto racing. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $18. (Jeff Niesel)

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

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party, hosted each week at the Music Box Supper Club, 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. Tonight, Marc Jaffe, one of Seinfeld's writers, talks about what it was like to work on the popular sit-com. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.

Love Never Dies

Set 10 years after the Phantom's disappearance from the Paris Opera House, Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, follows the Phantom after he's escaped to a new life in New York, even though he still longs for his one true love, Christine Daaé. Tonight's curtain is at 7:30 at the State Theatre; performances continue through Jan. 28. Tickets are $29 to $109. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

The Room

Thanks to The Disaster Artist, the new James Franco movie about the making of the cult classic The Room, the film's popularity has soared. Locally, Cleveland Cinemas regularly hosts midnight showings of The Room, but now Fathom Events, a company that books special one-night screenings at movie theaters throughout the nation, will screen the movie tonight at 8. In addition, Fathom will also screen the new Best F(r)iends trailer that stars Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Consult the Fathom events website for locations and ticket prices. (Niesel)

fathomevents.com.

THU 01/11

Avenue Q

Nobody is ever ready for the onslaught of adulthood that leaps on you, like a rabid raccoon, soon after you graduate from college. But this is the trauma that's expertly rendered in Avenue Q, the 2003 musical that opens tonight at 8 at the Akron Civic Theatre, where 8 p.m. performances also take place tomorrow and Saturday. This adult and unauthorized spinoff of Sesame Street features puppets attached to their very visible puppeteers and a list of songs that are as witty as their titles. Created by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (music and lyrics) and Jeff Whitty (book), the play supposedly takes place in an outer borough of New York City where the rent is cheap for twenty-somethings. Princeton is the new kid on the block and he is instantly indoctrinated into the neighborhood zeitgeist as the folks croon, "It Sucks to Be Me." From dating inaction to job disasters, it appears no one is having a good time. But hey, all is not lost: There's still sex. And these puppets are a randy bunch, willing to be, ah, felt up at a moment's notice. (Quite a feat, since none of them exists from the waist down.) Even with some anachronisms — what's a mix tape again? — most of the jokes still resonate. By the end, you'll wish you could find a flat on Avenue Q. Tickets start at $20. (Christine Howey)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

In what's become a tradition for this time of year, Disney on Ice storms into town to take over Quicken Loans for a 10-day period, sending the Cavs and Lake Erie Monsters out on long road trips so parents can bring their toddlers and 'tweens to the arena for some family entertainment. This year, a cast of over 50 will be on hand. Expect to see familiar figures such as Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses. There will be sing-alongs to songs from films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Lion King and more. Tonight's performance begins at 7; shows run through Jan. 14. Check the Q website for times. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

1 Center Ct., 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

Mahler's Ninth Symphony

Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra tonight as it tackles Mahler's Ninth Symphony, a piece that one critic says is "the most heavenly thing" the composer ever wrote. The concert begins at 7:30, and guest speaker Roger C. Klein from the Temple Tifereth Israel will give the pre-concert talk, at 6:30. Check the orchestra's website for ticket prices and more info.rmation. Performances continue through Saturday. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

Aries Spears

At the age of 14, comedian Aries Spears found his calling. It wasn't long before Spears was a principal member of the hit sketch show MADTV — not only as a performer, but a writer as well. He recorded his double-disc comedy album, I Ain't Scared, at the famous Icehouse in Pasadena. He has performed on Def Comedy Jam on HBO and Showtime At the Apollo. In addition to his credits as a comedian, Spears has made appearances in several movies, including Home of Angels, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Jerry Maguire. His experience on sketch comedy shows and TV gives him an advantage over other comics. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

The Square

Elisabeth Moss and Terry Notary star in The Square, the latest effort from writer-director Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeur). The satirical film centers on a Swedish art curator (Claes Bang) who stages a controversial art exhibit. Winner of the Palm d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the movie screens at 8:20 tonight and at 7 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

FRI 01/12

An Evening With(out) David Bowie

A couple of years back, local Bowiephile Thomas Mulready began hosting "An Evening With(out) David Bowie," an in-depth presentation featuring rare video clips, "needle drops," obscure cuts and recently surfaced details regarding the Thin White Duke. The show offers "a multitude of factoids and little-known background informed by a framework of themes the artist mined at every stage of his career, right up to his untimely passing and beyond." Tonight's program, at 10:30, examines Bowie's Berlin era, 1976-80, which many claim was his artistic high point. Tomorrow night, Mulready presents two different programs. The first, at 7:30, concentrates on "the early years, from Davy Jones to the Thin White Duke." The second, at 9:30, features material from "the mid-to late period: from Berlin to Blackstar." Each presentation concludes with live music by local heroes Vanity Crash. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551, themusicsettlement.org.

Last Call Cleveland Goes Hollywood

The local comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland will "go Hollywood" for tonight's show at the Outcault Theatre. The group will bring its unique mix of live and taped sketches to the venue. Famous for its viral videos, the group will likely draw upon local culture for its routines. Shows start at 8:30 tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are $18. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Loving Vincent

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welshman with voices by Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronin, Loving Vincent uses thousands of pictures hand-painted in the style of Vincent van Gogh to tell the story of the talented Dutch painter. The animated feature dramatizes the events that led to his death in France in 1890. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it shows again at 1:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

John Mulaney

An Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, John Mulaney most recently teamed up with fellow comic Nick Kroll for the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello. Mulaney, who began his career in New York's East Village, has since toured the world, and currently writes for IFC's Documentary Now and for Netflix's Big Mouth. He performs two shows tonight, at 7 and 10, at Connor Palace on Playhouse Square. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Official Book Release Event with Author Michael Jordan

Cleveland author Michael Jordan celebrates the release of his latest novel, In the Company of Demons, tonight at 7 at Visible Voice Books. Set in Cleveland, the book centers on a brutal murder; the murder recalls Cleveland's infamous Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least 12 people between 1935 and 1938, and then vanished into thin air. Admission to the event is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com.

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, dubbed the Winter Warmer, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits. Of course, there are also plenty of bars, restaurants and specialty shops in the neighborhood that participate in Walkabout Tremont too. The event takes place from 6 to 9 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

walkabouttremont.com.

SAT 01/13

Fiddler on the Roof

Set in the Ukranian village of Anatevha, the film Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor milkman who struggles to support five unmarried daughters and a wife. His family troubles, however, become insignificant when the ruling regime turns against the Jews of Anatevka. The classic movie shows today at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.

The Opera House

A new film by award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, The Opera House examines the Metropolitan Opera's lengthy history. It uses rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews and a soundtrack of Met performances to chronicle the opera's past 50 years. It screens today at 12:55 p.m. at area theaters as part of a special Fathom Events screening. Consult the Fathom Events website for locations and ticket prices. (Niesel)

fathomevents.com.

Program Two: Associations

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque celebrates the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema with tonight's program named after John Smith's 1975 film. Tonight's selection of films also includes Northeast Ohio native Richard Myers' film about a young black film student. Myers will make an appearance tonight too. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

Joshua Seth

A noted voiceover artist who can be heard in more than 50 TV shows and movies (including the SpongeBob SquarePants movie, for which he provided the voice of many characters), Joshua Seth is also a famous illusionist. His one-man show Beyond Belief: An Intimate Evening of Psychological Illusion arrives tonight for a month-long run. According to the press release hyping his appearance, the show "combines thought reading, magic and some good old-fashioned showmanship to create an atmosphere of mystery and laughter that will absolutely astonish you." We'll see about that. The show takes place today at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $26. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Tom of Finland

Pekka Strang stars as Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, a Finnish homoerotic artist, in the biographical drama Tom of Finland. The film shows how Laaksonen's artwork challenged stereotypes about gay men during the 1950s. The film makes its local debut tonight at 9 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 6:30 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

SUN 01/14

Graphic Discontent: German Expressionism on Paper

At the beginning of the 20th century, many young artists in central Europe rejected traditional training in state-sponsored art academies and formed groups with other artists who shared their desire to do something different. Many German groups experimented with form and technique, and the expressionist artists living in Vienna and Berlin used a "condensed, abstracted visual language" in their artwork. They're represented in Graphic Discontent: German Expressionism on Paper, which opens today at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with more than 50 prints and drawings dating from 1905 to around 1922. It runs through May 13. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

Magical Theatre Company Presents Larger Than Life: American Tall Tales

Directed by Dennis O'Connell, Larger Than Life: American Tall Tales, an original production commissioned by Magical Theatre Company and written by company member Adam Hoffman, draws upon figures such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed. The shows features musical performances as it revisits some of our most famous "tall tales." It takes place today at 2:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets are $12. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

Davide Mariano

Most recently the organist-in-residence at the Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo, Japan, Davide Mariano has performed as organist, harpsichordist and pianist in prestigious venues in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The musician's Cleveland debut concert, which takes place today at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will feature works by Schumann, Widor and J. S. Bach. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

Cleveland Orchestra Celebration Concert

To honor the legacy of the late, great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Cleveland Orchestra will host the 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at 7 tonight at Severance Hall. Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the program that will feature the orchestra along with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, a volunteer community chorus that brings together a wide range of choristers from local churches as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus. Tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m., Severance Hall's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House will feature performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Chorus, the Cleveland School of the Arts R. Nathaniel Dett Choir, El Sistema@Rainey, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society students, and Lafayette Carthon & Faith, all performing in the concert hall. Today's concert is sold out, but WCLV Classical 104.9 and 90.3 WCPN ideastream will broadcast it. No tickets are required for tomorrow's free Community Open House. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Set in Tampico, Mexico, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre centers on three down-and-out Americans who try to find gold ore somewhere in the Sierra Madre mountains. Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston star. In honor of its 70th anniversary, Fathom Events has teamed up with TCM Big Screen Classics to present a special screening of the movie at 2 and 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at area theaters. The showing will include "exclusive insight" from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Consult the Fathom Events website for locations and ticket prices. (Niesel)

fathomevents.com.

MON 01/15

Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

In what's likely to be a preview of the NBA Finals, the Cavs and Golden State Warriors, the two teams that have met in the Finals for the past three years, meet for the second time this season. The Warriors won a close one in the Golden State on Christmas Day. The Cavs shot the ball horribly and yet only lost in the final seconds of the game. Expect another thrilling battle this time around. The game begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $160. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

MLK Day A Rock Hall Celebration

Music played a huge role in the Civil Rights movement, and musicians often stood alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while he made many of his speeches. Today, the Rock Hall celebrates his legacy with special programming that includes educational programs and musical performances. A special program will "explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music." The Rock Hall will also accepting donations of hats, coats, gloves and scarves to benefit the Providence House. The Rock Hall opens at 10 a.m. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.

Hear Our Voices: A Free MLK Day. Celebration at the Maltz Museum

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage honors civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. today by offering free admission. Guests can see the current special exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America, and there will be live music as well as a panel discussion with Margaret Mitchell (YWCA), Peggy Zone-Fisher (Diversity Center), Jazmin Long (Global Cleveland) and Kayla Griffin (NAACP). The panelists will discuss issues of civil rights, gender and race. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the panel discussion takes place at 3 p.m. (Niesel)

2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-593-0575, maltzmuseum.org.

MLK Day Fundraiser at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium and the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Inc. have teamed up for a special fundraising event today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each guest who chooses to donate $1 or more to UBF receives same-day discounted $10 aquarium admission. Last year, MLK Day Aquarium donations nearly doubled over the previous year, with 2,500 guests giving to UBF, a grant-making organization that provides financial assistance to agencies that "both empower and address challenges facing Greater Cleveland's African American community." UBF volunteers will be stationed in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse Lobby to take donations and provide the discounted admission vouchers. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com.

TUE 01/16

Drunken Spelling Bee

You might scoff at the kids in the national spelling bee on ESPN every year, but can you do better? Tonight at 9 at the Grog Shop, you'll get your shot as the club hosts a Drunken Spelling Bee. Sam Handwich (John K) and Buzzed Wallace will host the event, which will take place every Tuesday in January. Admission is free, and there will be drink specials and weekly prize packs. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs.

Maigret Sets a Trap

A pipe-smoking detective (Jean Gabin) tries to locate and capture a serial killer in Maigret Sets a Trap, a 1958 crime drama that's recently been restored. Today at 1:45 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art shows the restored version of the movie. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

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