Balance & Brews
If you're looking for a way to unwind in the middle of the week, we suggest a stop this evening at Market Garden Brewery for its Balance & Brews event in the new production tasting room. After a yoga workout, the brewery will treat you to beers at its brewpub. The $18 admission includes four drinks, and the event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Daniela Cacho)
1947 West 25th St., 216-621-4000, marketgardenbrewery.com.
Sarcastic comedian Matt Fulchiron makes the most of a melancholy yet hysterical tone in his routines as he jokes about the hazards of legalizing marijuana; and he just loves to tell stories about the difficulty of living in New York for a year. He performs at 7 tonight at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 and $18. (Jeff Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Playing in the American League West this season has hurt the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Houston Astros have won so many games, they've buried their division rivals. As a result, the Angels, despite having two of the league's marquee players in Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, find themselves struggling to stay in contention. They face the Tribe tonight at 7:10 at Progressive Field for the second of a three-game series. Tickets start at $13. The two teams play again tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. (Niesel).
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Ohio City Stages
For the past couple of summers, the Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted Ohio City Stages, a weekly summer block party that takes place in front of the Transformer Station throughout the month of July. Mokoomba, a Zimbabwe band that blends traditional Tonga and Luvale rhythms with funk, ska and soukous, will perform tonight at 7:30, and admission is free. Vendors will be on hand to sell food and drink as well. In addition, Studio Go, the CMA's mobile art studio, will offer hands-on art-making activities, pop-up drawing classes and other family-oriented art projects. (Niesel)
1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org.
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, July through August 30. (Rain location is inside, on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage.) Tonight's concert features Hamilton Handshake, "a high faultin, noise pollutin' rock 'n' roll band" and the Skulx, rockers who have toured the U.S. multiple times, including a stop at Austin's SXSW. Food trucks and a beer garden are also on the lineup. Find out more on the website. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
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. Son Gitano brings Latin and salsa beats to the Circle this evening. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
10820 East Blvd., universitycircle.org.
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions, featuring an ever-changing lineup of food trucks along with live entertainment. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — those food trucks gather once again 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)
Coventry PEACE Campus Community Weekend
Claiming the building needs $1 million in repairs, city officials in Cleveland Heights announced plans earlier this year to pursue a sale of the old Coventry school building. The unexpected announcement came as quite a surprise to the building's 11 tenants: all nonprofit organizations, such as Ensemble Theatre, Lake Erie Ink and its newest tenant, Artful Cleveland. Amid this uncertainty, the tenants host a Community Weekend from today to Sunday. The weekend includes a city council open forum at the Cleveland Heights Community Center on the future of the school site; a family-friendly screening of Power Rangers; an open house at the Coventry school building featuring a free concert by Swing State; and happy hour in Pekar Park with open studios at Artful Cleveland. You'll also find a playground cleanup and community picnic in PEACE Park with a performance by Eve 'N' Stephen, and a Common Ground community discussion at Ensemble Theatre. (In partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, Common Ground is a community-wide event taking place at venues throughout Cuyahoga County. This particular event discusses the future of the Coventry school site.) There's lots more information on the website. (Josh Usmani)
Now in its fourth season, Edgewater Live features local acts along the shore each Thursday throughout the summer. The event also boasts food trucks and recreational activities. The weekly beach party commences today at 4:30 p.m. on the Centennial Plaza at the new Edgewater Beach House with a performance from Montage, The Band! From 6 to 9 p.m., Kinsman Dazz Band will perform on the RTA Main Stage. The Thursday-afternoon series continues through Aug. 10. (Niesel)
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com.
In conjunction with Keith Mayerson: My American Dream, currently on view at MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque hosts a screening of Giant, starring James Dean in his final screen appearance before his death. Mayerson's exhibition at MOCA includes several paintings of Dean, including one inspired by Giant. The film screening begins at 6:30 tonight in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Cinematheque. Admission is $11; Cinematheque and MOCA Cleveland members, CIA and CSU ID holders and those ages 25 and under are $8. (Usmani).
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Not many comedians have fought a grizzly bear. In his 2005 television movie Hurt Bert, Bert Kreischer not only comes face to face with a ferocious (yet ultimately harmless) bear, but lives to tell you about it in his nationally successful comedy act. Taking a break from his hosting gig on the Travel Channel's hit show Trip Flip, Kreischer makes his way to Cleveland this week for a standup show. Check him out at 8 tonight at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
If you're skeptical about a comedy hypnotist show, Will Power will change your mind forever — whether he does it with mind tricks is for you to decide. His hypnotist act shows just how powerful suggestion can be on the human mind. This show is adults only, as Power's act isn't family friendly. Rated somewhere between R and X, Power's performance will have you laughing with his naughty fun. Don't think you can go to a hypnotist show and not participate: Power will undoubtedly find a way to rope you into the show. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $15. (Martin Harp)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
A Used Book Sale
Looking for a good read for the beach, pool, flight, road trip, etc.? The Friends of the Cleveland Public Library believe that summer is for reading. The main branch hosts a used book sale this weekend to raise money for the library. Organizers promise "a lot of fiction plus children's and young adult books," as well as audio books and even music and movies. Held in the Indoor Reading Garden in the first floor's Louis Stokes Wing, the sale begins today with a members' preview at 10 a.m., and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The used book sale continues tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, bags of books will be priced at just $6. Admission is free. (Usmani)
325 Superior Ave., 216-623-2800, cpl.org.
War on the Catwalk
Some of the top contestants from Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race will perform tonight as part of War on the Catwalk, an event that organizers bill as "an evening of outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens." The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre and, given that these queens travel with so much merch, there will be a 20-minute intermission to allow fans to shop. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Known as the "African King of Comedy," Michael Blackson developed his comedic skills by using original humor and being fearless onstage. During his performances, he jokes about current affairs and takes aim at celebs such as Kim Kardashian and Michael Jordan; however, he also focuses on more serious topics such as race, his love for America and his African descent. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets cost $25. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
The Cleveland Bazaar
Today, the Cleveland Bazaar once again invades the U.S. Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square. Attendees can shop local vendors, get lunch from Dynomite Burgers and enjoy the sunshine on the plaza. The fun continues on the second and fourth Friday of every summer month, including Aug. 11, Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. (Usmani)
East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Christmas in July
The owners of Gunselman's Tavern, a bar and restaurant in Fairview Park with a history that dates back nearly 80 years, say the place has "unofficially served as Fairview Park's Public House." As a way to give back to the community, they've just announced that they'll host a Christmas in July fundraiser to support Forward Fairview Park, a coalition of community business owners and residents collaborating with city government to help revitalize the Lorain Road Corridor. The event takes place tonight from 5 to 10. The $20 ticket includes a traditional barbecued chicken or pork dinner, side dishes and two complimentary draft beers or sodas. Kids will receive a soda voucher that includes free refills. There will be a DJ, 50/50 and "Christmas Gift" raffles, Christmas ale, an Ugly Christmas T-Shirt contest, festive decorations and a special visit from Santa. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gunselman's, through a Forward Fairview Park board member or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door, cash or check only. (Niesel)
21490 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, 440-331-5719.
Returning again this year, the Cleveland Inkubator is Northeast Ohio's largest annual literary festival for both writers and readers. A week-long event, Cleveland Inkubator includes workshops, book talks, readings, performances and more. The series culminates today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an all-day conference at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library. The day includes workshops and discussions on nonfiction, fiction, poetry and more, a resource fair, author readings, a teen writer showcase for ages 14 to 18 and a keynote reading with author Dan Chaon. Admission is free. (Usmani)
325 Superior Ave., litcleveland.org/cleveland-inkubator.html.
Country Bar Crawl
Nine participating bars, including Wild Eagle Saloon, 2nd & High, Barley House, Bar Louie, City Tap, Dive Bar, the Corner Alley, Velvet Dog and Wilberts play host to today's country music-themed bar crawl. Attendees will receive a 16 ounce "Country Stadium Cup" for the drinks. The bars will also offer drink and food specials. The crawl takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance. (Cacho)
Monsters Ohio Sip & Paint
It may not be hockey season quite yet, but dedicated Lake Erie Monsters fans can prep for the upcoming season today at Monsters Ohio Sip & Paint at the Little Birdie Wine Nest in Parma. You'll receive a wooden cutout of our fair state to decorate with a Monsters hockey theme, while you nibble on snacks and sample three different wines. Cost is $40 per person and includes all supplies. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Snag your tickets on the website. (Cacho)
6060 Broadview Rd., Parma, 216-785-9922, littlebirdiewinenest.com.
Pilobolus Dance Theater
Known for presenting works that "challenge the notions of what modern dance can look like," Pilobolus Dance Theater creates "awe-inducing shapes that push the imagination to the extreme." Tonight's show includes the fan favorite, "Shadowland." If the dance company's name rings a bell, perhaps it's because it has performed in a variety of music videos, along with doing commercials for the likes of Mobil, Ford and Toyota. It has also appeared on the 79th Annual Academy Awards, Oprah Winfrey Show and the Conan O'Brien show. Tonight's performance begins at 7:30 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $25 to $50. (Niesel)
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Relief for Beginners
In printmaking, there are many techniques and processes. One of the most common and (relatively) easiest to do without a full printmaking studio is linocut, a process of removing the negative space from a piece of linoleum, similar to a woodcut. Ink is applied to the "raised" parts of the block with a roller, but does not reach the carved-out areas. Paper is then applied to the surface, and it is either rolled through a printing press or rubbed thoroughly with a shot glass. Learn more about the basics of linocuts and relief printing during Relief for Beginners, a workshop at Salty Not Sweet Boutique, today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop is led by Akron-based artist Raven Burdette, who received a bachelors degree with dual concentrations in printmaking and drawing/painting from the University of Akron, where she is currently pursuing her masters degree in administration. The workshop costs $75 per person and tickets are available online. (Usmani) 2074 West 25th St., saltynotsweet.bigcartel.com.
A Community Wide Conversation
Organizations from throughout Cuyahoga County are partnering with the Cleveland Foundation for an unprecedented community-wide conversation at venues throughout the city. Today, residents will meet, share a meal, connect and discuss issues and solutions to create a better future for our shared home, or "common ground." The convo includes community breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. The biggest get-together takes place on Public Square, but additional venues include the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach House, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Coventry school building in Cleveland Heights, the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and many more. Local organizations and residents are encouraged to host their own meetings as well. For more information on how to join a table or host a meeting, visit the website. All events are free, but registration is required. (Usmani)
Mom & Me Paint Class
Sundays are meant for relaxation, and what could be more mellow than an afternoon session of painting, doughnuts, coffee, and bonding with the wee ones? The local traveling arts studio Artsy Cleveland will be at Peace, Love, and Little Donuts today for a Mom & Me Paint Class. Artsy will have a local artist on site to guide the class. Tickets start at $20 and include all art supplies, coffee and doughnuts. The class is in session from 1 to 3 p.m. (Cacho)
3786 Rocky River Dr., 216-862-9806, peaceloveandlittledonuts.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.
Monday Night Trivia
Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? What say you about the geographic evolution of Scotch whisky? Tonight's your chance to wow your friends, make yourself instantly more desirable to someone you're newly dating, and hang with Cleveland's headiest hipsters and hot dog lovers. It's the Happy Dog Monday Night Trivia. Starting at 8 p.m., expect themed rounds and general knowledge questions that seem considerably trickier than some of the other live trivia locales in town. Obviously, have a hot dog and a craft brew while you're at it. And arrive early. (Sam Allard)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Wing Ding Doodle
Blues icon Howlin' Wolf famously covered "Wang Dang Doodle," the old blues tune penned by Willie Dixon. Prosperity Social Club in Tremont has adopted that slogan, calling its wing night Wing Ding Doodle. The weekly event features specials on Buffalo wings and cold brews. Prosperity will not only serve up substantial, $1 whole wings, but it'll also offering meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&B curated by local musician Clint Holley will be on tap as well. 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.
Classical Revolution Cleveland
For many years, classical music wasn't intended for the masses. Seemingly reserved for quasi-exclusive concert halls, classical music hid from the outside world. Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down that wall and once again bring great chamber music to the people. Showcasing a variety of performers in bars, cafes and the like, it's actually not that different from how people used to listen to chamber music. The first Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its wide array of chamber music to Happy Dog. 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. Full of immensely talented performers, CRC re-instills the relevancy of this vibrant art form. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)
11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400, happydogcleveland.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 12-week outdoor dance event at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors will lead Dancing Under the Stars at U.S. Bank Plaza. Throw on your best dancing shoes, grab a partner and head downtown for a night full of dance music from Papo Ruiz & LaDulzura de la Salsa. If you aren't familiar with salsa, then you won't want to miss the fun instruction offered at 6 p.m., from Rebecca Sweet of Viva Dance Studio. And then, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the plaza will turn into a massive fun-filled dance party. It's a great opportunity to learn new moves and experience another culture through dance. Admission is free (Niesel)
East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, Goldhorn Brewery hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesdays. 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 time slot, and there will be a mic available to talk about the selections. Along with theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)
1361 East 55th St., 216-465-1352, goldhornbrewery.com.
Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." The club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases. The place has partnered with Loop in Tremont so that patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)
1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699, jukeboxcle.com.
WWE Smackdown Live
In a special "double main event," wrestlers John Cena, Randy Orton and AJ Styles will team up to take on Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler in one of tonight's key matchups. Shinsuke Nakamura will fight Baron Corbin in another. It's all part of WWE Smackdown Live, and the brawling commences at 7:45 p.m. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)
1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.