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Thursday | 23

Soul Music

Independence Hosts A Healing Harp

If stress at work or home has you counting the days until vacation, the respite you seek may be closer than you think. This evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m., certified music practitioner Carol J. Spears is offering a program on the harp's healing effects, followed by a recital. "The harp seems to have some very special qualities that almost immediately help people relax and let go of stress and pain," says Spears, who has been playing the harp for 11 years. "In our culture we tend to think of music as entertainment, but cultures all over the world think of it in spiritual terms and in terms of healing." The healing happens at the Independence Library, 6361 Selig Dr. While registration is required, the talk and the recital are free. For more information or to register, visit cuyahogalibrary.org or call 216-447-0160. — Lydia Munnell

Downtown@Dusk

Music & More in Akron

Food, drink, and a band best known for a rollicking ditty about Clint Eastwood's resistance to bullets: The always entertaining Downtown@Dusk returns tonight to the Akron Art Museum with a full slate of activities. Headlining tonight's free music concert: the Lost State of Franklin, a blues and rockabilly band that plays around the region and around the world. When the band takes a break, head over to the ArtTalk@Dusk, where you'll find quilt historian Gayle Pritchard discussing Ohio's art-quilt revolution. If that piques your interest, cough up $7 and cruise the galleries; besides the regular collection, you can peruse the special exhibition Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern. Meantime, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and not) will be available for sale, kids' make-and-take-it activities will draw inspiration from the collections, and the Museum Store will stay open late for your shopping pleasure. Tonight's fun takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; parking is free in the nearby municipal parking deck. Now in its 27th year, the Thursday-night series continues through August 11. The Akron Art Museum is at 1 South High St.; for info and schedules, call 330-376-9185 or visit akronartmuseum.org. — Ryan Young

Friday | 24

Family Fun

Dive-In Movies Return to Hinckley

What is it about watching a flick while floating in an inner tube that always delights us? Whatever the attraction, it's back with tonight's Dive-In Movie at the Cleveland Metroparks' Hinckley Reservation. Lay back, relax, and watch a screening of the 2010 pic How to Train Your Dragon, a family-friendly romp that combines teens, Viking tribes, and fire-breathing monsters to good effect. Depending on your specific gravity and the rate at which you turn into a prune, you can choose to watch the movie either from a blanket spread out on the lawn or from an inner tube bobbing in the heated pool. The movie begins at 8:45 p.m.; get there early to find a good spot and grab some goodies from the Ledge Rock Cafe. While the flick is free, there's a fee for the inner tubes, which must be reserved in advance at 216-635-3200: Grab a single for $5, or sit with a friend in a double tube for $7. Visit clemetparks.com for more information. Ledge Pool & Recreation Area is at 1151 Ledge Rd. in Hinckley Township. — Kelly Maile

TGIF

It's Date Night in the District

Here's the perfect excuse to stay in town come quitting time: Date Night in the District, a Friday-night special in the Warehouse District. Now through Labor Day, 14 notable Warehouse District restaurants are featuring four-course, prix-fixe menus for two, starting at just $59. Among the options, you can savor authentic Brazilian churrascaria at Brasa Grill, first-rate seafood at Blue Point Grille, or exotic Mediterranean dishes at Zdara. Select Ampco lots will offer parking for just $3. Or hire a babysitter (or leave a little extra food out for the cat) and take advantage of discounts at the Ritz, the Renaissance, or the Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Go to datenitefriday.com to check out menus, parking maps, and other details, or call 216-344-3937.— Courtney Kerrigan

Saturday | 25

Summer Solstice Party at CMA:

Dancing in the Dark

When the Cleveland Museum of Art throws a Solstice Party, you can bet it's going to rock — especially when a guy like Tom Welsh gets to pick the bands. "No string quartets, no violins," promises Welsh, the museum's associate director of music. The native Philadelphian comes to Cleveland by way of San Fran, where he managed a cutting-edge recording company. So it's no surprise that his roster of international entertainers is totally chill, including the Saharan wedding band Group Doueh ("bringing a Jimi Hendrix vibe to nomadic desert music"), South American group Chicha Libre ("psychedelic Peruvian pop music"), and Chicago's Mucca Pazza, right ("a punk, rogue marching band that will be invading the party at some point tonight"). This is the third year for the late-night romp, which features a bigger-than-ever outdoor stage and full access to the galleries. Performances run from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; tiered tickets allow a choice of admission times and amenities. The best bargain comes at 10 p.m.: For $15 in advance (or $20 at the door), you get snacks, a cash bar, and what Welsh promises will be a "complete and utter dance party vibe." For tickets and info, call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org. The museum is at 11150 East Boulevard in University Circle. — Elaine T. Cicora

Homemade Music

Porch Fest on Larchmere

Cleveland is a city of first-rate music venues: the Beachland, the Agora, the Grog Shop, and Peabody's, to name a few. But today no place will be rocking harder than the lawns in Larchmere. Back for its third year, the Larchmere Porch Fest features free performances by 30 bands on 30 neighborhood porches. The music starts at 2 p.m. and continues until 8, making the porch fest a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic, hear a host of up-and-coming local acts, and explore this East Side neighborhood near Shaker Square on foot. Among the scheduled bands: the Crooked River Blues Band, the Zydeco Kings, the Northcoast Jazz Collective, and the Akron-based folk-country-blues duo Shivering Timbers. It's all free, and all you need to bring is a chair or blanket. For details, visit larchmereporchfest.org. — Munnell

Loud & Proud

Gay Pride Fest Returns!

Be yourself today at the 23rd annual Cleveland Pride Festival, happening at Voinovich Bicentennial Park. The fun kicks off with the Cleveland Pride Parade, which starts at noon at the corner of West Third and St. Clair, then heads along East Lakeside Avenue and East Ninth Street to the festival grounds. Once paraders reach the park, they'll find a great lineup of vendors, information booths, and entertainment: Performers include the North Coast Men's Chorus, Soneboy, Carma DeLane, Rachel Shortt, and Bela Sin and Le Femme Mystique Burlesque, along with singer, entertainer, and VH1's Rock of Love contestant Lacey Connor, performing songs from Lords of Acid as well as from her solo project, Nocturne. Expect a big crowd as the region's LGBT community gears up for Gay Games IX in 2014, when the entire gay sporting world will turn its gaze to Northeast Ohio. Voinovich Bicentennial Park is at 800 East Ninth St., behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; visit clevelandpride.org or call 216-226-0004. — Hayden

Family Fun

The Children's Museum Turns 30

Whether you have a kid or just feel like one, you're invited to a birthday party today at the Children's Museum. The University Circle institution is turning 30, and will be marking the milestone with kid-friendly carnival games, music, and loads of fun for the 8-and-younger set. Bring the kids for a snow cone or a stint in the bounce house, then stay to see the new exhibits highlighting the museum's history since its 1981 inception. Attendees are subject to the regular admission price of $7, but the fee includes three carnival activity tickets. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a focus on education, innovation, and interactive play, the Children's Museum is at 10730 Euclid Ave.; visit clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/events or call 216-791-7114. — Munnell

Arty Party

Collinwood Welcomes the Waterloo Arts Fest

Head to Collinwood today from noon to 7 p.m. for the Ninth Annual Waterloo Arts Fest, an outdoor celebration featuring 35 arts vendors, 26 musical acts, and a heaping helping of the burgeoning scene around the Waterloo Arts District. Cheryl Carter, executive director of Arts Collinwood, says the fest "embraces all the arts: visual, musical, and physical." That explains the lineup, which includes puppets, a magician, African drummers, and even a demo by the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club. To eat, five of the area's top food trucks will be serving up grub. And be sure to check out the Beachland Ballroom's legendary Rock and Roll Flea Market, with plenty of unique items up for grabs. It all happens along Waterloo Road between East 156th and East 161st. For more info, visit WaterlooArtsFest.org. — Young

Classic Rock

Mood(y) Music in Chagrin Falls

When you play in a Moody Blues cover band like Cleveland-based Time Traveler, you can't help yearning for the occasional orchestral backup. That desire to re-create a legendary Moodies concert — complete with symphonic accompaniment — was what drove Marty Zlocki, Time Traveler's drummer, to Steve Eva, conductor of the 50-piece Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. You can hear the results of their collaboration at 8 tonight, as both band and orchestra take the stage to perform classics like "Nights in White Satin," "Ride My See-Saw," and "Lovely to See You." Besides the powerful orchestral arrangements, the intermission-free show will feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting. "This will be a rock concert with an orchestra," says Eva, "not an orchestra doing a rock concert. Even my 16-year-old son is psyched about it!" It all takes place at the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center, 400 East Washington St. Regular reserved seating is $40; spend $100 and snag a private post-concert reception with the band and a commemorative DVD. Tickets are on sale by phone at 440-247-8955 or online at cvlt.org. — Cicora

Sunday | 26

Get Growing

Herb Fest in Huron

Hook up the team and head out to Huron today for the Mulberry Creek Herb Fair. Family owned and operated, the certified organic herb farm in the rural western hinterlands hosts this shindig annually, giving us urban types a chance to commune with nature while checking out what may be the largest collection of herbs and miniature perennials in the country. This year's fair features a Caribbean theme, complete with steel drum music, vendors, and tropical desserts and drinks. Your $5 adult ticket entitles you to one free herb plant and classes that include a Caribbean cooking demo and a workshop on Jamaican jerk spices. Today's hours are noon to 5 p.m., and kids' admission is free. The Mulberry Creek Herb Farm is at 3312 Bogart Rd. in Huron; for details, visit mulberrycreek.com or call 419-433-6126. — Kerrigan

Garden of Eatin'

Simple Supper Is Served

As chef-owner of The Good Fork, Mary Wills is a realist. "As a caterer, you can't just sit around and wait for weddings!" she laughs. Her solution? A series of farm-to-fork dinners she calls the Simple Supper Club. Set in the middle of local fields, the monthly meals feature simple farm fare dished up in casual, communal settings: wine in jelly jars, dishes spread out on repurposed barn doors, and growers on hand to explain their process. Tonight's edition takes place at Floyd Davis' Red Basket Farm, and the four-course menu — everything from pâté to lavender pie — is mouthwatering. Among the locally sourced ingredients: chèvre from Luck Penny Farms, braised lamb from Miller Livestock, cornmeal from Stutzman's Farm, and dairy products from Snowville Creamery. Even the wine, from Laleure Vineyards, has a local pedigree: "[Owners] Rich and Betsy are Floyd's neighbors," says Wills. "They'll probably stop over to visit." Dinner hours are 3 to 8 p.m. "or whenever you're nice and full." Cost is $55 per person or $100 for a couple; view the menu and make reservations at thegoodfork.net, or call 330-605-8368. Red Basket Farm is at 6311 Mayburn Barclay Rd. in Kinsman. — Cicora

Monday | 27

On the Wall

Famed Photographer Pictures Cleveland

"Cleveland is a beautiful city, and it's been my pleasure to photograph it," says renowned Bratenahl photographer Jennie Jones. During her career as an architectural and commercial photog, Jones has turned her lens on countless famous urban landmarks and events. In return, her images have been featured on corporate calendars, in local and national publications, and in collections including those of the Cleveland Museum of Art. "Most people see the same buildings every day, but they don't stop to look at the details," Jones says. Happily, her new photo exhibit of historic Cleveland architecture helps fill in the gaps. It's on display now through August 3 at the Old Stone Church. Featuring photos from her upcoming book, Cleveland Inside Outside, the free exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Old Stone Church is at 91 Public Square; call 216-241-6145 or visit oldstonechurch.org. — Hayden

Move It! Mondays

Get in Shape at Progressive Field

If you've been feeling more like Babe Ruth than Grady Sizemore lately, why not take advantage of the Tribe's resources to get in big-league shape? Beginning today and continuing for five non-game-day Mondays through August 15, you can spend your lunch hour huffing and puffing around the warning track at Progressive Field. Officially known as "Let's Move It! Mondays," the workouts also offer the chance to score free T-shirts or pedometers and consult with an on-site doc. Attend all six Let's Move It! Mondays and you'll be eligible to win a VIP experience with the Tribe. Participation is free, water stations are provided, and the warning track is open, rain or shine, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enter the park at Gate A; learn more at indians.com/letsmoveit or call 216-420-4487. — Munnell

Tuesday | 28

Opera Light

Camelot in Wooster

Summer is full of warm weather, cold drinks, and — at least for 22,000 people per season — performances by the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster. Delivering nine shows in repertory over the course of nine weeks, the professional troupe has spent summers in residence at the College of Wooster since 1979. On today's bill is Camelot: written by Lerner and Loewe, directed by the company's artistic director Steven Daigle, and accompanied by live music from the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. Filled with tunes about knights, war, and a tragic love affair, it's the perfect antidote to the big, dumb summer movie season. Camelot continues through August 13. Tickets for today's 2 p.m. performance are $46, or $20 for Wooster students; snag them by calling 330-263-2345 or online at ohiolightopera.org. All performances take place at the Freedlander Theatre, at 329 East University St. — Hayden

Wednesday | 29

Fit for Foodies

Movable Feast Brings Mid-Week Lunch

Exercise is good. Lunch is better. Happily, you can score both today with a walk to Walnut Ave. and East Ninth Street, where you'll find a midday lineup of some of the city's top food trucks. Officially known as Walnut Wednesdays Downtown Chow-Down, the weekly event is brought to you by your pals at the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, who have also lined up bands to provide a lunchtime soundtrack. It's happening today and every Wednesday through September 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, visit downtowncleveland.com. — Kerrigan

Funny Stuff

Alonzo Bodden Visits Hilarities

Alonzo Bodden wants to know: Are you paying attention? "There are some funny things going on in the world right now," says the comedian and former jet mechanic. "I try my best to stay current, and I want to know if Cleveland has done the same." He'll be sussing out our current-events cred tonight at 8 p.m. when he launches a seven-show stint at Hilarities that continues through July 3. Maybe best known as the season-three winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Bodden is likely to poke fun at news figures ranging from Sarah Palin and Anthony Weiner to Lebron and Bin Laden. "The world around us can be so funny, but some people seem to miss things. I'm going to try to inform them as well as make them laugh." Incidentally, this will be Bodden's fourth appearance in our fair city. "I like Cleveland," he says, "but the one thing I love most is Hilarities: They have the best pork chops I've ever eaten!" Snag your tickets — not your pork chops — online at pickwickandfrolic.com or by calling 216-736-4242; prices start at $20. Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St. To learn more about Bodden, visit alonzolive.com. — Hayden

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