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Twilight at the Zoo leads this week's event picks

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4

COMEDY

Lou Ramey Talks Dirtyeteran comic Louis Ramey favors naughty subjects, which makes him not unlike most other comics — most other men, for that matter. “I like to talk about things like sex,” he helpfully offers. “I’m not saying that I’m dirty, but what’s great about doing live shows is that there are no censors. You can just go for it and have a good time. I’ve been doing this for many years, and I’m thankful to get to this point.” Ramey didn’t win the sixth season of Last Comic Standing, but his top-five finish was a win unto itself. “A lot more people know my name and comedy than they did before I did Last Comic Standing,” he says. Ramey appears tonight through Sunday at Hilarities, 2035 East Fourth street in Cleveland. Tickets are $15 tonight, Thursday, and Sunday; $18 Friday and $23 Saturday. Show time is 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 216-736-4242 — Ed Condran

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

FILM FEST

48 Hour Film Festival

Making a movie can take a long time. Besides the usual shooting and reshooting, the film must then be pieced together by an editor. A year or more can pass between a movie's first day of shooting and its release. So imagine what a director goes through when he's told he has just 48 hours to make a movie. The 48 Hour Film Project challenges local directors to produce short films in just two days. We're sure the filmmakers lost much sleep during the process, but you can see the results of their speedy work when the films premiere at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-321-5411) tonight and tomorrow. The winners of each round will compete with other short films from around the world later this year. Screenings start at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $9. Visit 48hourfilm.com/cleveland for more information.

Jordan Zirm

MOVIES

Cinema at the Square

Chevy Chase's finest role — topping even Caddyshack and the Vacation flicks — has got to be Fletch, and it's one worth watching again and again. We can't think of a better way to see it than on a big-ass screen as part of PlayhouseSquare's Cinema at the Square series. So get out of the heat and into a comfy seat at the Palace Theatre (1501 Euclid Ave.). It's free, but you need a ticket, which you can pick up at the box office today. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org for more info.— Nick Baker

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6

ANIMALS AND LIQUOR

Twilight at the Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo shows off a whole new light — twilight — during its annual fundraiser Twilight at the Zoo. From 7 p.m. to midnight, you can stroll the zoo grounds, chow down, wash it down with free beer, wine, and soft drinks, and enjoy the music of 14 diverse bands — including Disco Inferno's '70s mirrorball dance music, 1988's '80s hair metal, Outlaws I & I's reggae, the Liverpool Lads' British Invasion sound, and Armstrong Bearcat Band's blues. Tickets are $75. The zoo is at 3900 Wildlife Way; call 216-661-6500 or go to clemetzoo.com. — Anastasia PantsiosCOMEDYLou Ramey Talks DirtyVeteran comic Louis Ramey favors naughty subjects, which makes him not unlike most other comics — most other men, for that matter. "I like to talk about things like sex," he helpfully offers. "I'm not saying that I'm dirty, but what's great about doing live shows is that there are no censors. You can just go for it and have a good time. I've been doing this for many years, and I'm thankful to get to this point." Ramey didn't win the sixth season of Last Comic Standing, but his top-five finish was a win unto itself. "A lot more people know my name and comedy than they did before I did Last Comic Standing," he says. Ramey appears tonight through Sunday at Hilarities, 2035 East Fourth street in Cleveland. Tickets are $15 tonight, Thursday, and Sunday; $18 Friday and $23 Saturday. Show time is 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 216-736-4242 — Ed Condran

FESTIVAL

Twins Days in Twinsburg

At Twinsburg's annual Twins Days festival, twins from all over the world gather to show off their goofy matching outfits, compete in talent and "most alike" contests, and celebrate the joy of having someone on this planet they can pin a crime on. Fraternal twins, identical twins, triplets, quads — hell, even the Octomom and her family — are welcome. So are regular folks, but they can't compete in any of the fun twins-only stuff. The fest starts today with twins-only events and runs through Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m. to dusk tomorrow, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For a complete list of events, visit twinsdays.org. Baker

WINE

Vintage Ohio Wine Fest

More than 30 local wineries will be showing off the fruits of their labor this weekend at the annual Vintage Ohio Wine Fest. Each winery will offer samples of their vino. Or if you want to loosen up your tie and really show everyone who's boss, you can buy a few glasses and start chugging. A dozen restaurants will also be on hand with food to coat your stomach for all the marathon drinking you'll likely be doing. (No doubt there'll be cheese everywhere, because what wine celebration is complete without its dairy counterpart?) There will also be live music, wine demonstrations, and craft exhibits, so you can feel all fancy while you're sipping. The party runs from 1 to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow at Lake Farmpark (8800 Chardon Rd., Kirtland). Tickets are $27, $25 in advance. Call 440-256-2122 or visit visitvintageohio.com for more info. Zirm

FESTIVAL

Puerto Rican Parade and Latino Fest

You'll feel the Puerto Rican pride even before you get to the gates of the annual Latino Fest at the Municipal Parking Lot off East Ninth Street, alongside the Shoreway. Even the parking lot is festive, with Puerto Rican flags draped over car hoods and lively Latin music blaring from radios. Now in its 42nd year, the fest has long since outgrown its roots as a near West Side neighborhood party and become a citywide celebration with ethnic food, entertainment, a sea of vendor booths, and kids' rides. And though it now honors all Latino culture, it's still heavy on Puerto Rican flavor, since that group makes up the overwhelming majority of Cleveland's Latino population. The festival runs from 5 p.m.-midnight today, noon to midnight tomorrow, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. The parade — one of the most colorful and celebratory you'll see in Cleveland — steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday from East 13th Street and Superior Avenue and proceeds to the festival site. It's all free, so have another plate of those delicious fried plantains. Go to juliadeubrgos.org for more information.— Pantsios

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

ART

Lakewood Arts Festival

Lakewood seems happy to shut down Detroit Avenue these days, whether for recreation (as in a recent event called the "street walk"), doggie parades, or even holiday tree lightings. But back in the day, when they closed the street only once a year, it was for the long-running frenzy of shopping known as the Lakewood Arts Festival. The region is chocka-block with festivals that pack in artists and crafters in those white tents lined up in rows to make art procurement as much like mall shopping as possible. But this is one of the biggest and longest-running, attracting 150 vendors from across the country as well as a few locals. A steady lineup of musicians adds ambiance, as do the Kiwanis and their steadfast maintenance of the hot dog concession. It happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Detroit Ave., from Elmwood to St. Charles. For more information, call 216-521-7580 or go to lakewoodartsfest.org. It's free. — Michael Gill

DRAGONS

Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to watch teams race each other in long boats that look a little like dragons, you’re in luck today. The Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival kicks off with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and a celebration of Cleveland’s Asian communities. Then, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., teams race each other down the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River. Last year’s top two finishers were from Pittsburgh, so we gotta make sure that doesn’t happen again today. The opening ceremonies are at the Powerhouse (2000 Sycamore St.); you can watch the racing from anywhere along the Nautica boardwalk. It’s free. Call 216-241-3325 or visit clevelanddragonboatfestival.com for info. — Zirm

HANDS-ON ART

Color Me Cleveland Festival

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve's mission is to preserve the work of significant Cleveland artists. But you don't have to be a big-time artist to be part of the group's Color Me Cleveland community arts event. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, local artists will be making art at locations like Wendy Park, the West Side Market, the Free Stamp, and Wade Oval. You can come down, watch, and talk to the artists, or create your own masterpiece from supplies on hand. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 16 through 20, the art will be on display at the Artists Archives gallery (1834 E. 123rd St., 216-721-9020). Color Me Cleveland concludes with a gala fundraiser at the gallery from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 21, when the publicly created art — as well as other pieces — will be auctioned off to support AAWR's programs. The public artmaking and exhibition are free; gala tickets are $50 each or $75 per couple. Go to artistsarchives.org for more information, including this week's artmaking locations. — Pantsios

ART

Nature Arts Festival

Nature has always served as inspiration for the arts. Before guys started painting naked ladies, they were painting landscapes and water lilies. What better way to celebrate this age-old arts tradition than with an outdoor festival at the scenic and serene West Woods of the Geauga Park District? The 19th annual Nature Arts Festival features paintings, jewelry, and more on display at the juried show. Many of the pieces will be for sale too. There's also a People's Choice exhibition of works and tons of food, so you can nosh while you peruse. It happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at the West Woods (9465 Kinsman Rd., Russell Township). Call 440-286-9516 or visit geaugaparksdistrict.org for more info. &mdashBaker

CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Orchestra Performs Charles Ives

When he was a boy in Danbury, Connecticut, Charles Ives would listen to his father's marching band practice on the town square, and at the same time take in the sound of other bands practicing nearby. It's a sensible enough explanation for one of the composer's habits, which was to create music that portrays the sound of an entire town, or even the festivals of his post-Civil War childhood. His "From the Steeples and the Mountains," with two sets of bells tuned in different keys, replicates the cacophony of church bells ringing from numerous towers, accompanied by trumpets and trombones. Written in 1901, it didn't get played until 1965 — 11 years after the composer's death. The Cleveland Orchestra gives it a hearing at 8 p.m. Saturday at Blossom Music Center (1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-241-6000, clevelandorchestra.com), on a program that also features Brahms'Symphony No. 2 and the orchestral suite from Alban Berg's opera Lulu. Franz Welser-Möst conducts. Tickets: $19 to $83 — Gill

SUMMER FUN

Huntington Beach Party

Summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean you can't kick things up on the beach a few more times. The annual Huntington Beach Party is filled with games, prizes, and, of course, lots of swimming. Plus, you can get your conspiracy theory on with a UFO-sighting scavenger hunt or flying-saucer water-balloon toss. You can even compete in a Reese's Pieces relay race ... if you don't devour E.T.'s favorite snack before you reach the finish line. Award-winning sand sculptor Carla Jara will make a special sculpture for the event, but get there early, just in case a couple of five-year-olds run into the thing. After the sun sets, there'll be a campfire, live music, and (starting at 8:45 p.m.) a screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial on the beach. Phone home! It all happens from 5 to 11 p.m. at Huntington Beach (off Lake Road in Bay Village). Admission is free. Call 216-635-3200 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com for more info.— Zirm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8

FESTIVAL

Warehouse District Street Festival

You can find a street festival somewhere in one of Cleveland's many neighborhoods all summer long. But not many of them are as awesome as the one hosted by the entertainment-minded Warehouse District. The area's bars and restaurants blast the sixth annual fest with food, an art show, street performers, open houses, and children's activities. There will also be live music — ranging from Latin jazz to '80s covers. It all happens from noon to 8 p.m. on West 6th Street. Admission is free. Check out warehousedistrict.org for more info.

Baker

MONDAY, AUGUST 9

MOVIES

Cleveland Cinemas' Bargain Mondays

Want to know why Mondays are the perfect night to catch a flick? Because Mondays usually suck. And because Cleveland Cinemas' Bargain Mondays offer local film lovers some great deals. You can get in for a mere $5 and take another dollar off drinks and candy. There are also discounted kid combos and a free drink that's the same size as the popcorn you order (we recommend larges across the board). So go check out a movie at the Capitol or Cedar Lee theatres, or Solon, Shaker Square, Chagrin, or Tower City cinemas today. You can find more info at clevelandcinemas.com. Baker

CUYAHOGA COUNTY FAIR

Rural Fun in the Big City

Even in an urban oasis like Cuyahoga County, fair time marks a festive family event that reeks of rural Americana. It's time to indulge in funnel cakes and cotton candy with no concern for their detrimental impact — then see if you can keep it all down while test-driving the rides. It's a time to check out things like quilts and canning and hogs, and imagine what life on a farm would be like. It's a time to take in entertainment that usually includes at least one little girl with an adult voice belting country songs and an Elvis tribute (popular local Pink Floyd tribute Wish You Were Here headlines at 8 p.m. Friday). And it's time to revel in the sound of crunching metal and the smell of smoke at the demolition derby — so popular that qualifying rounds (8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday, August 15) charge an extra $8 admission. The finals at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 15 ($9), are sure to be packed. And there's a watermelon-eating contest, square dancing, a kids pet show, antique tractor display, fireworks — and all for a $6 admission. All-day ride passes are $12; Wish You Were Here's show is $12. Parking is free at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (164 Eastland Rd., off Bagley Rd. in Berea). Fair hours: 5 to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Go to cuyfair.com for more information. — Pantsios

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10

DINING

Brewmaster's Dinner

It never hurts to learn a few things, even if you're hanging out in a brewery when you're doing it. Great Lakes Brewing Company's monthly Brewmaster's Dinners not only include tasty food and yummy beer — they also feature a tour of the famed brewery. You'll hear all about Cleveland's rich legacy of beer making and maybe even get to sample some of that history. Plus, there's a parting gift! It's from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at Great Lakes Brewing Company,(2516 Market Ave.). Cost is $50. Call 216-771-4404 or visit greatlakesbrewing.com for more info and to reserve a spot.

Baker

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