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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (April 25 – 27) 

Tonight, Scene Magazine celebrates the royals in the city with our annual Best of Cleveland bash at the Cleveland Public Library. Winners and nominees of this year's awards will be treated to a night of food, drinks, and entertainment fit for Cleveland's kings and queens. At midnight, the royals will head to Barley House for an after party that is open to all. See you there. (McConnell)
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Green Day’s 2005 concept album American Idiot follows the story of three friends searching for meaning in a post-9/11 world. The album got rave reviews when it came out and the title track along with singles “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends” became huge hits. At the time, it didn’t seem like something that could become a Broadway musical. But then you could say the same thing about the John Waters’ flick Hairspray. After a run in the band’s hometown of Berkley, Calif., the musical moved to Broadway where it had a long, successful run. It features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Tonight’s performance takes place at 7:30 at the Palace Theatre and performances are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $35 to $70. (Niesel)
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Ever since the ’60s, the music festival has been a major staple in every rock fan’s diet. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest exhibit, Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, tries to capture the way in which festivals are community experiences. Featuring video from festivals of the past such as Newport, Monterey, Woodstock and Wattstax and video from festivals of the present such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, the exhibit will take up two floors at the museum. A fan-curated Top 10 rock festival moments will be presented in a video montage at the entrance of the exhibit. The exhibit opens today at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. (Niesel)
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Cleveland Jazz Orchestra associate artistic director Paul Ferguson and singer Helen Welch team up tonight at the Hanna Theatre to play a few classic tunes in a program dubbed We Got Rhythm. They’ll discuss the selections in a pre-show talk at 7:30. The performance, which will feature tunes by Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, begins at 8. Tickets are $25 to $45. (Niesel)
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As Cuyahoga County’s oldest consecrated building, St. John’s played an important part in the Underground Railroad. Helping escaped slaves as the last stop before crossing the lake, the church became a symbol of freedom. In conjunction with Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio City Inc. and Councilman Joe Cimperman, the church hosts Station Hope, a one-night event celebrating the Underground Railroad and reflecting on the struggles of freedom and justice. Featuring theater, music, visual art, interactive performances and more, this free, all-ages event utilizes the church and surrounding areas, turning it into a thoroughly engaging event with a purpose. The event goes from 6 to 10 tonight and is free. (Patrick Stoops)
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Much like Troll 2 or Birdemic, writer-director Neil Breen’s new film, Fateful Findings, is so bad, it’s good. Or something like that. Plenty of movies feature the same kind of primitive, low-budget production and amateur acting. But what distinguishes Fateful Findings, which screens at midnight tonight at the Capitol Theatre, is its storyline. The plot revolves around an author (Breen) who suffers life-threatening injuries when he’s hit by a car. While recovering, he begins feverishly working on a book (he hammers away at a laptop that never appears to be actually turned on) to expose corporate and government secrets, obsessing over his research to the point of alienating his friends and his drug-addicted lover. After he’s unexpectedly reunited with a childhood friend, unnatural forces seem to be at play against him. The movie was so oddly cut and its plot so ambiguous that we didn’t exactly know what to make of it. The film screens tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $5. (Niesel)
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DDisco is meant for dancing. And Rollergirl! is bringing the disco-infused, “future funk” house music to B-Side tonight. When most have taken to wobbling, distorted bass lines and dubstep-esque production, his unique brand of EDM focuses on a much-welcomed, clean sensitivity to composing. The general clarity in layers offers more dance-ready syncopation and hooks to shine through. His latest record, I Love You, Rollergirl!, is a six-track, up-tempo, dance extravaganza. Liquid bass lines alongside spiky guitar stabs move the record through a nostalgic-yet-authentic remix of the late ’70s. The track “Eve (feat. Harris Cole),” featuring a classic vocal hook, busts out with an infectious groove and bubbly synth line. In tonight’s DJ set, Rollergirl! is going to “play some smooth, classy roller tunes.” It’s a roller disco wherever he plays. (Stoops)
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For only $10, you can watch Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl on the big screen of the Capitol Theatre, and enjoy the Sunday-brunch novelty of a champagne intermission. Streisand nabbed an Academy Award in 1968 for her role in Funny Girl, reprising the role she made famous on Broadway. It’s all about the comedienne Fanny Brice and her rise from the Jewish slums of New York’s lower east side to Broadway and beyond, dealing also with her (sometimes stormy) relationship with big-shot entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein, portrayed here by the dashing Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia). Movie starts at 10 a.m. and runs two-and-a-half hours, not including intermission. (Allard)
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The authority on contemporary accordion performance, Frode Haltli performs at the Transformer Station tonight at 7:30. You won’t hear any polka at this concert. Haltli specializes in contemporary concert music, avant-garde and folk performance on an instrument that’s highly underrated in its versatility in the concert hall. Over the years, the accordionist has recorded more than 10 albums of music and premiered more than 100 new works, demonstrating an expansive technique and virtuosic flare. The Norwegian artist will perform works by Hans Abrahamsen, Magnar Åm, Arne Nordheim and Aldo Clementi. Tickets are $20. (Gonzalez)
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Winners of Scene magazine's Band of the Year award in 2013, the Modern Electric are one of the best local indie rock outfits on the circuit. Today from 6:30 to 8 p.m., they'll come to a yoga workout at Release, a studio located in Akron. The yoga class will be conducted while their self-titled album plays in the background. They plan to participate and then they'll stick around to sign autographs and sell some merch. The event serves as a benefit for the Stark County Humane Society. (Niesel)
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Tonight, Scene Magazine celebrates the royals in the city with our annual Best of Cleveland bash at the Cleveland Public Library. Winners and nominees of this year's awards will be treated to a night of food, drinks, and entertainment fit for Cleveland's kings and queens. At midnight, the royals will head to Barley House for an after party that is open to all. See you there. (McConnell)
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