Cheick Hamala Diabete
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, for example, takes place at the Mall B. It features Cheick Halama Diabate, a West African musician who plays the ngoni, a stringed lute that's considered to be the predecessor to the banjo. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Jeff Niesel)
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, including tonight's talent, the local group Cats on Holiday. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the website. (Niesel)
4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, conservancyforcvnp.org/concerts.
Feast of the Assumption
The intrusive construction that turned Little Italy's Mayfield Road into a one-way street for a month and a half has finished in time for the 120th annual Feast of the Assumption that takes place today through Saturday. Once again, Holy Rosary Church's parish hosts this free, family-friendly festival. Starting and ending with religious processions celebrating the Virgin Mary being taken into Heaven, the Feast includes classic festival staples as well as fireworks, a raffle, and observances and services for those who celebrate the Catholic Holy Day. Restaurants in the area as well as specialty vendors are set to have stands lining the streets, offering traditional Italian foods, desserts and beverages for purchase. Carnival rides and games, live music (including opera, Italian choirs and local bands) and a casino in the church's lower level are all available for entertainment during the fest. Since Mayfield Road from E. 125th St. to E. 119th St. is closed to vehicles during the fest, and relatively far-away parking spots are available for a fee, the best way to attend the festival is via the RTA red line's stop in Little Italy. The Feast's hours are noon to 11 p.m. today, 6 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. (Sarah Parr)
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.
Summer in the City
Each Wednesday through Aug. 22, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosts a free concert as part of its Summer in the City series. Tonight's event, which begins at 7 p.m., features the Austin-based glam rock band A Giant Dog. Sister Smirk opens. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,
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. The old school funk band the Benjaminz performs tonight. 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. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website 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)
Comedian Gary Owen has been entertaining audiences across America for more than a decade. He's not limited to the stage either, as he's had roles in the film Think Like A Man and in Tyler Perry's show House of Payne. Owen says he was always the class clown growing up and it has followed him into his adult life. Ebony magazine proclaimed him to be "Black America's Favorite White Comedian." Owen's set mainly focuses on his personal life and racial stereotypes. Catch his performance tonight at the Improv at 7:30. Tickets are $35 to $50, and performances continue through Sunday. (Martin Harp)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
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.,
Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
After two miserable seasons, the Cleveland Browns return to action at FirstEnergy Stadium tonight to face the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game. The Browns have retooled their roster. Former Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback (top draft pick Baker Mayfield will be waiting in the wings), and young players such as Myles Garrett should start to shine. We hope that translates to wins. Tonight's game begins at 7:30. At press time, resale tickets were going for as low as $5. (Niesel)
100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000, clevelandbrowns.com.
Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles threw in the towel earlier this year when they traded star player Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have one of the worst records in all of baseball and have clearly decided it's time to rebuild and start thinking about next year. As a result, the Indians should be able to have their way with them when the two teams face off tonight at 7:10 at Progressive Field. The three-game series concludes on Sunday when there will be a special Jim Thome Hall of Fame bobblehead giveaway. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.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 Beatles tribute act Revolution Pie. Tomorrow, Ricky and the Rockets will play acoustic rock. Admission is free; the series continues through Aug. 31. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst,
Over the past decade or so, comedian Jim Norton has built quite a resume. He's had acting gigs (Lucky Louie, Spider-Man), written a best-selling book (Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch) and become a radio personality (Opie and Anthony's XM satellite show). And he continues to work the standup circuit. His jokes tend to center on topics of a sexual nature and include countless references to the male anatomy. He performs at 7 and 10 tonight and tomorrow night at Pickwick and Frolic. Tickets are $88. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.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.
Beer and Metal Fest
Ten bands will perform on two stages at the inaugural Beer & Metal Fest that takes place today at 5 p.m. at House of Blues. The event will feature limited one-ounce samples from PBR, the Brew Kettle, Voodoo Brewing, Latitude 42, Wild Ohio, DuClaw Brewing and Rusty Nail. The lineup includes A Killer's Confession, Impending Lies, Brothers At Arms, SYKOSIS, the Killing Of June, the Party, Fallen Empire, Alone and Waiting, Psycho Plantation and Age of Echidna. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.
Sparx City Hop
Now in its 16th year, the Sparx City Hop connects residents and visitors to many art and cultural sites and events in Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. As in previous years, the event's Main Hub is located at Playhouse Square, featuring vendors from the Cleveland Bazaar, activities from the Cleveland Museum of Art's Studio to Go mobile art station, "Take a Hike" historical walking tours of Playhouse Square and a full day of live music. From the Main Hub, guests can take free trolley rides to the Flats East Bank Festival of the Arts and the 5th Street Arcades, Ohio City and Hingetown or Asian Town Center and artist studios at the Tower Press Building and Art Craft Building. Sparx City Hop takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., downtowncleveland.com/events/sparx-city-hop.
Concerts at Lake View Cemetery
Now in its fifth year, the Concerts at Lake View Cemetery series 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 jazz group Hot Djang will perform. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or a picnic. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. And if it rains, the fun will be delayed until Saturday, Aug. 26. (Niesel)
12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665, lakeviewcemetery.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.
Gourmet Matinee with Beth Woodside
Cleveland Orchestra violinist Beth Woodside has played with the orchestra's second violin section since 1994. Today, she performs at the Cleveland Orchestra's 2018 Gourmet Matinee Series, a meet-the-artist event that includes lunch with a performance at Knight Grove, the party center at Blossom Music Center. The matinee begins at noon, and tickets are $50. (Niesel)
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.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. Admission is free. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Shit Show Karaoke
Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 10 p.m. (Niesel)
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights,
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; Papo Ruiz provides the music. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.
Sometimes, there are experiences worth going the extra mile for, like the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville. 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. Visiting the Aut-O-Rama is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the family's third generation. You can catch the latest films on the weekends, but the Aut-O-Rama also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo)
33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.