Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties
Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at the Music Box Supper Club hope to help raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party 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. 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. Tonight, Eric Rivet, the Western Reserve Historical Society Curator of Collections and Exhibits, will speak about how Cleveland became a booming industrial powerhouse by the end of World War I. The menu includes chicken noodle soup, open faced roast beef and apple pie. (Jeff Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto star in The Daughter, an adaptation of playwright Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. The story centers on a grown son who comes home for his father's wedding only to discover a deep, dark secret that divides the family. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Once a month, Great Lakes Brewing Company hosts Cleveland's Drink & Draw Social Club. The event is organized by the Rust Belt Monster Collective and sponsored by Carol and John's Comic Book Shop. Drink & Draws are an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to drink, draw, socialize/network and collaborate in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Events take place at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, including tonight. At the end of each Drink & Draw, prizes are awarded for various superlatives. Admission is free. (Josh Usmani)
2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com.
Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Playing in baseball's tough AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays have struggled to compete against powerhouse squads such as the Yankees, the Orioles and the Red Sox. And yet, the Rays have still managed to play .500 ball early in the season. Today at 12:10 p.m. at Progressive Field, they conclude a three-game series with the Indians. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
Director Joe Nick Patoski will be on hand tonight for the Rock Hall's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. He'll introduce his film, Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, a documentary about the great Austin-based singer-songwriter who emerged as an international rock star while leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. Admission is free for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members. It's also free with paid Museum admission (if space permits). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase prior to the screening. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Think & Drink with the Extinct
Billed as "one of the brainiest happy hours in Cleveland," Think & Drink with the Extinct, a monthly gathering at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, represents more than just an opportunity to get wasted. Rather, patrons actually learn something as the museum's staff members give interactive demonstrations and talk about topics in science. This month's event is all about bugs and includes insect robots, live praying mantises, and samples of edible crunchy critters. The "drinking" part is fueled by Platform Beer Co. It takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $8, beer is $5 and wine is $6; museum members and Case students get free admission. (Niesel)
1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600,
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. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)
Actor/comedian John Crist plans to stir up some laughter during his time in Cleveland. He cultivates his Christian roots to write wholesome jokes. Crist's clean-cut humor has brought him national attention and a family-friendly fan base. In one bit, he jokes about wanting to be black as a kid and wearing a pair of Jordans simply because he bought them after he won a gift certificate from reading the most books in a summer reading program. Because he grew up in the suburbs, he encountered a different set of problems on the mean streets of "Peachblossom Trail" where the city will tow your car if you park on the wrong side of the street. He performs at 8 tonight and at 7 on Sunday night at Hilarities. Tickets are $20. (Bridget Vidal)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond
Spinning off Heights Arts' Emergent 2017 exhibition, tonight's creative duel pits artists versus poets. The Emergent exhibition features the curated work of twelve artists who have recently graduated from area art programs, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, Baldwin-Wallace, and University of Akron. At 7 p.m., artists will be on hand to discuss their work and processes, followed up by an ekphrastic session by local poets selected by Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey. Catch poems by Breshea Anglen, Dave Lucas, and Mary Turzillo responding to the art at the end of the evening. Refreshments served, no registration necessary, but more info at heightsarts.org. (Lawrence Neil)
2175 Lee Rd., Hts., 216-371-3457, heightsarts.org.
Happy Hour for the Ronald McDonald House
Notable Clevelanders will take over the Barley House as they guest bartend to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. A $25 admission fee includes all you can drink beer, wine, and liquor, all you can eat appetizers, and live music by Judge Michael Donnelly and his band Out of Order. Walk-ins are welcome. The event begins at 5 p.m. (Vidal)
1261 W 6th St, 866-930-4490.
Part of the set of symphonies that Haydn wrote on his first trip to London, Symphony No. 96 is notable not only because it is so elegant but also because a huge chandelier fell from the ceiling during its premiere performance; no one was injured, and the piece acquired its nickname, the "Miracle." Internationally renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins the Cleveland Orchestra for tonight's performance at 7:30 at Severance Hall. An hour before the concert, composer Anthony Cheung, whose new work, Topos, receives its world premiere at the concert, joins Rabbi Roger C. Klein of The Temple-Tifereth Israel for "Meet the Composer," the pre-concert talk. Tickets start at $29, and performances repeat at 11 a.m. tomorrow (with a different pre-concert talk, and minus the Cheung piece) and at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (Niesel)
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
One of the best known comics to emerge in the late '80s and continue to be active, Marlon Wayans has come a long way since working with his brother Shawn on sit-coms such as the Wayans Brothers and films such as Scary Movie, White Chicks and Little Man. Tonight at 7 and 9:30, performs at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. His latest film, Fifty Shades of Black, just came out in theaters last year so expect to hear some references to it. He wrote, produced and starred in the flick. Tickets are $35 to $45. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
Alive and Kicking
Duke Ellington once famously said, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." He's one of several famous musicians referenced in director Susan Glatzer's documentary Alive and Kicking. The 2016 film tells the story of swing music and dancing and includes interviews with present-day practitioners. It makes its theatrical debut tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel).
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
A two-time Emmy award winner, Louie Anderson has worked as a comic for more than 30 years now. Comedy Central calls him "One of 100 Greatest Standup Comedians of All Time." A best selling author, he has starred in his own standup specials and, sitcoms. Last year, the squeaky-voiced comic co-starred along, with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX series, Baskets. Showing his range as an actor, he played the family matriarch. Anderson performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 and tomorrow night at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities. Tickets are $28 to $30. (Niesel).
175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005, kentstage.org.
The grandfathers of Ohio's expansive jam band scene — culturally and musically — have always maintained close ties to the Cleveland area. From 1991's Under Full Sail to 2013's sweetly groovin' Brij, Ekoostik Hookah have kept their fire burning across time. Check out "Whiskey Woman" for a fine example of the hookah-laden chops still hooked around each of the band's compositional outings. Given the band's personal history, rife with small shows and Hookahville festivals alike, every chance to be a part of the fun is a necessary diversion from life out there. This weekend, the band brings its Hookaville festival to Nelson Ledges. Outlaws I&I and Cornmeal share the bill. Tickets are $70 in advance, $80 at the gate for passes for the entire weekend. (Eric Sandy)
12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716, nlqp.com.
Thanks to the generous funding of the Ohio Arts Council and donations from the Cleveland Print Room's annual Foto Brunch fundraiser last fall, Cleveland and Scotland have partnered to create a new artist residency program. This pilot program brings one artist from Scotland to Cleveland and sends another from Cleveland to Scotland. Meet current AIRconnect artist-in-residence Jonny Lyons of Glasgow, Scotland and see the work he has created during his time in Northeast Ohio during a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Cleveland Print Room. Lyons' work includes photographs and videos, as well as ingenious, functioning sculptures used in his photos and videos. Lyons' work explores the struggle between passionate, reckless youth and the pressures of adult responsibilities. This month, Cleveland-based artist Anna Tararova will spend six weeks working in the print shop at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Dundee, Scotland. Admission is free. (Usmani)
2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981, clevelandprintroom.com.
May's Third Friday open studios event includes a new exhibition by one of Cleveland's most prolific living painters. Renowned Cleveland-based painter Matthew Dibble debuts Puzzled Bipeds, a new series of abstract works at Tregoning & Company. Arguably one of the year's most anticipated local art exhibitions, Dibble's show features new work re-discovering themes and compositions Dibble pioneered but set aside decades ago. Paying homage to his close friend and fellow painter Scott Miller, the exhibition returns Dibble to a style developed by both artists for the first time since Miller's tragic death in 2008. Dibble's exhibition opens during Third Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. today, and remains on view through July 1. Individual gallery hours may vary. On the building's third floor, Survival Kit hosts free live music at 9 p.m. There's plenty more to see and do throughout 78th Street Studios. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1300 West 78th St.,
The Cleveland Asian Festival
The Cleveland Asian Festival has only been operating since 2010, but it seems like it's been around much longer than that. The festival, which takes place all day today and tomorrow, is located in the heart of Cleveland's AsiaTown (Payne Ave. between East 30th St. and 27th St.) and offers all sorts of vendors, food, live entertainment, and activities. Nearly two dozen Asian restaurants set up as vendors in the festival area, serving everything from banh mi to bubble tea. There are also two main stages that include demonstrations and competitions. Admission to the festival is free, but parking can be a little hairy. There's free parking at Cleveland State's magnet lots on East 24th St., but you'll have to walk a few blocks. (Cook)
Downtown Willoughby Rib Burn Off
The sixth annual Rib Burn Off returns to Downtown Willoughby today and tomorrow. Attended by thousands from all over Northeast Ohio, the family-friendly outdoor celebration provides an opportunity to showcase the bars and restaurants in Downtown Willoughby as well as bring regional and national barbecue vendors to provide a wealth of food options. Drink options include ice cold beer, Best Damn Sweet Tea, craft cocktails featuring Tito's Vodka, Russel's Reserve, lemonade from Kirtland Kiwanis and Coca Cola products. In addition, Rib Burn Off includes three stages with live music all weekend long. Two of the three stages will feature local bands and musicians exclusively from the start of the event on Saturday through closing on Sunday night. On the Ganley Auto National Stage, the festival will open with local favorites, Kenny P and Granite Band, followed by double headliners, Jack Russell's Great White and Firehouse. The event benefits USO and will include representatives from the armed forces with information and fun activities to test your physical and mental strength. There will also be an Activity Zone by The Bar Athletics designed for all ages. Admission is free and the event runs from noon to 10 p.m. today and from noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow. (Niesel)
Cleveland Cinemas' Late Shift Series, a program dedicated to the nostalgic cult and camp cinema that we love and cherish even though it's certainly not Oscar-worthy material, has been a fixture at the local chain of theaters since 2006. The 2017 schedule continues tonight with Gymkata, a movie about a champion gymnast who becomes a covert operative. It screens at midnight tonight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
Jean-Pierre Melville Series
The Silence of The Sea (1949) is one of Melville's first feature films. It is based on a novel about a French man and his niece who must harbor a German lieutenant during Germany's occupation of France in the Second World War. The film is more dialogue driven and less outwardly stylish as Melville's 1967 film noir Le Samouraï. Le Samouraï, which focuses on a stoic Italian hitman, is arguably Melville's most influential film. The cult classic has proven to be a favorite among other directors; 2011 film Drive borrows heavily from Melville's visual style, and both Martin Scorsese and Jim Jarmusch have both praised the film. The Silence of The Sea plays at 5 p.m. today and at 8:35 p.m. tomorrow. Le Samouraï plays at 8:50 p.m. today and at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and members. (Cook)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,
Rooms to Let
Nearly a decade ago, Slavic Village was one of the most devastated areas in the country following the housing crisis of 2008. Now, it's set to see major economic growth thanks to being selected by the investors of Chain Reaction. In an effort to continue the conversation around vacancy and the current state of Cleveland's historic neighborhoods, Slavic Village Development presents its fourth annual Rooms to Let: CLE (RTL). The event originated in Columbus with a similar theme. RTL returns to Slavic Village from noon to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. This year's event includes more than 100 art installations in vacant homes and lots on three streets in Slavic Village. Additionally, the weekend includes live music, as well as interactive and performance art. This year's curators are Dana DePew, Loren Naji, Dott von Schneider and Omid Tavakoli, and the transformed homes are located at 6627 Lansing, 6808 Gertrude and 5804 Hosmer Avenue. The epicenter of this year's event is the Polish American Cultural Center at 6501 Lansing Avenue, with an artisan market, live music, food, beverages and parking. Free. (Usmani)
Cleveland Improv Jam
The Angry Ladies of Improv has hosted the Cleveland Improv Jam for four years now. The women have some serious experience too. Katie White-Sonby is an actress who's performed at Clague Playhouse, Karamu and Kennedy's Cabaret. Marjorie Preston is an alumna of Something Dada and Rockwell 9 improvisational comedy troupes. It begins at 5 p.m. at Coffee Phix. Arrive early if you want to sign up and perform. Admission is free. (Niesel)
4485 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid,
For the Birds
With spring in full bloom, migratory birds are returning to Northeast Ohio and Lake Erie. Inspired by these creatures and their behavior, local artist and professor Michael Loderstedt created a series of photographs taken a short distance from his home on Groveland Club Drive in Cleveland near Lake Erie. Using his immediate neighborhood as a "research laboratory," Loderstedt's compositions juxtapose the birds with diminishing ice formations on Lake Erie, exploring his own role as a carbon producer. Entitled Groveland Utopia, Loderstedt's exhibition remains on view at the John F. Seiberling Gallery at the Conservancy for CVNP through July 28. In conjunction with the exhibition, the CVNP hosts For the Birds today at the CVNP's Hines Hill Conference Center & Barn from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a bird walk with Dr. Andy Jones, ornithologist from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. At 9:30 a.m., guests can make custom birdhouses using found and reclaimed objects and items from home with local artist Dana Depew. At noon, Loderstedt will give a bird photography demonstration. Loderstedt's demo includes instruction on not only how to capture high quality images of birds, but also how to be good "citizen artists." Admission is $40 for Conservancy members or $45 for non-members. (Usmani)
1403 West Hines Rd., Peninsula,
Freedom Dog Fest
Today in Aurora at the Tails and Trails Park, the Freedom Greyhound Rescue will host Freedom Dog Fest. The independent organization strives to raise money to find retired racing greyhounds suitable homes. The Fest includes an adoption fair, a pet costume contest, raffles and much more. The event starts at 10 a.m. Admission is free. (Vidal)
841 Page Rd., Aurora, 330-562-4333, freedomgreyhoundrescue.org/freedom-dog-fest.
John Oates Performance and Book Signing
John Oates, one half of the popular duo (he's the one with the mustache), will make a special appearance at the Rock Hall at 1 p.m. today. The appearance will include an interview and a book singing. Oates has just penned Change of Seasons, a book about his life. During the interview, Oates will discuss the band's 2014 induction into the Rock Hall and how traditional American folk and blues and Philadelphia soul shaped the band's sound. Dr. Jason Hanley, the Rock Hall's vice president of education and visitor engagement, will lead the discussion. After the interview and a short acoustic set, Oates will sign copies of the book at 3 p.m. in the FYE store inside the Rock Hall. Advance tickets are required for the interview and performance. Those tickets cost $10. The book signing is free with the purchase of Oates' book from the FYE store. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,
Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III
Beginning in the 1200s, Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhist monks transformed the visual landscape of Japan by importing visually compelling and useful objects, as well as ink paintings, calligraphy and poetry. The Cleveland Museum of Art pays tribute to this influential cultural shift with Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III. Opening in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery today, the exhibition is the first time since 2000 that a major selection of works from this collection will be on view. Highlights include ink paintings and ceramics associated with tea culture, as well as a rare early Japanese ink painting, titled Reeds and Geese (from which the exhibition takes its name), inscribed by Chinese émigré monk Yishan Yining between 1314 and 1317. Reeds and Geese remains on view through September 3. Free. (Usmani)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
The Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon
Celebrating its 40th year, the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon and half marathon expects to draw over 15,000 runners and walkers. Participants will pass many of the most picturesque views of Cleveland as they make their way to the finish line. Organizers will donate proceeds to a wide variety of local non-profit charities. While there have been a few minor changes to the course, the starting line remains at the Quicken Loans Arena. The marathon begins at 7 a.m. but pre-registration is required and it's free to watch the race. After the race, there will be a finish line rock party featuring a beer garden. Consult the website for the schedule of events happening in conjunction with the race. (Vidal)
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.
Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays. 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)
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. Wing Ding Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave.,
The Mike Polk Jr. Show Live
If you've seen local comedian Mike Polk Jr., the man behind the Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, the Factory of Sadness video (parts one and two), Last Call Cleveland comedy troupe and his very own show on Fox 8 (aptly called the Mike Polk Jr. Show), perform live, you know he really thrives on having an audience at his disposal. He hosts the Mike Polk Jr. Show Live tonight at 8 at Hilarities. Tickets are $5. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.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." In keeping with that spirit and recognizing the burgeoning popularity of vinyl, 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.