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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (August 22 - 24) 

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This weekend is a busy one for Cleveland sports, and you’ll have three opportunities to catch the Tribe in hot August action against the lowly Astros of Houston. Every game counts at this point, and though Houston has had top picks in recent MLB drafts, they still haven’t been able to assemble many wins -- the move from the National League to the American League may be partially to blame. They certainly have some promising hitters, but they’ll be tested by Corey Kluber and whomever else the Indians manage to rouse from Triple-A to start a ballgame. Tonight, at 7:05 enjoy Sugardale Dollar Dog Night. Tomorrow, after the 7:05 game, enjoy fireworks and a Van Halen Tribute (and agonizing traffic). First 10,000 fans get a Terry Francona replica jersey. Sunday’s 1:05 matinee will be a kid’s fun day type deal. #DeChief. (Allard)
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If you love Amsterdam and museums, then you will love The New Rijksmuseum. This documentary shows viewers how things don’t go how they are always planned in this four-part, four-hour film. The film chronicles how the famed Amsterdam art museum’s five-year renovation turned into a complex 10-year overall. This film also depicts Amsterdam culture through its portrayal of the administration that’s behind the renovation. Parts one and two screen tonight at 6:45 and tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Parts three and four screen at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday and at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. Special admission to the whole series costs $12. (Katlin Dangel)
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DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in old Ukrainian, and the band describes its sound as “Ethnos + chaos = the combination of two fundamental substances, create the world of music in a variety of native melodies, rhythms.” This group creates unique sounds in a way that’s extremely modern for what would usually be classified as world music. There’s a magical quality to DakhaBrakha’s music made by accordions, didgeridoo, cello and something called zgaleyka. “Kpyny” creates an expansive groove with accordion that’s punctuated by some great hand percussion and haunting vocals. “Vesnyanky” is a desolately somber song that evolves into a fantastic wall of vocals, drum and strings. Their latest release, Khmeleva Project, is an excursion through imaginative sounds, image-inducing textures and beautifully sung folk-tunes. (Gonzalez) $25 ADV, $28 DOS
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Johnny Football arrives on the shores of Lake Erie in this preseason matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the St. Louis Rams. If you’re not watching the Cleveland Gladiators in the ArenaBowl (or if it’s sold out, dare we assume) feel free to sidle over to FirstEnergy Stadium to check out every last bench warmer on new head coach Mike Pettine’s blue collar roster. We cannot overstress how awful traffic is going to be downtown tonight, so consider alternate transit options. And be advised, of course, that preseason NFL football is always pretty lame. Still, you’ll get to see the starting QB battle in all its hysteria. HOYER! HOYER! HOYER! HOYER! Kickoff’s at 8 p.m. (Allard)
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Ten breweries from 10 different Ohio cities will be on hand today for Brewfest Waterfront District 2014, a craft beer festival that takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Seventh St. and Broadway in downtown Lorain. Some of the breweries slated to participate include Northeast Ohio-based the Brew Kettle, Franklin Brewing, Spindöktor and Thirsty Dog. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event; the ticket price includes 15 tickets and a souvenir glass. (Niesel) Seventh St. at Broadway, Lorain, beerfestwd.com.
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Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained???? The Cleveland Gladiators have done it, sports fans. They’ve achieved that rarified pinnacular achievement: a championship berth. Venture to the Q by bike or bus — don’t drive, as it’ll be bedlam tonight with the Tribe and the Browns also playing — and cheer on Cleveland’s first legitimate hope for a championship since the 90s Tribe. It’s called the ArenaBowl, ladies and gents. Get used to it. Arena football has been a blast this year and may even become a recognized thing in the CLE. Though we’ll likely get to see some playoff performances next year, don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Cleveland sports history made. The Gladiators take on the Arizona Rattlers at 8 p.m. The ArenaBowl will also be televised, believe it or not, on ESPN. (Allard)
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As summer carries on, the Cleveland Orchestra continues to bring great music to the outdoor stage at Blossom Music Center. This weekend features two concerts with excellent programming. Tonight at 8, Andrew Grams conducts J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski), Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana featuring vocalists Nadine Sierra, Christopher Pfund and Brian Mulligan. Tomorrow’s 7 p.m. concert is a tribute to the Beatles and will feature classic tunes like “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby” getting the full orchestral treatment. Conductor Michael Krajewski and the orchestra will be joined by Classical Mystery Tour for this rockin’ event. Tickets to these concerts are $23 to $85. (Gonzalez)
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Positive change doesn’t just happen by itself; it’s usually the product of a few unhappy people who raise their voices to create a movement. But how does that movement start, and how do you get people to listen? The panel talk Someday is Now: Social Activism, Past and Present will explore just those questions. Taking a cue from the latest exhibition of Corita Kent’s works at the museum, the panel will explore Kent’s “rules” for informing the masses and then apply it to various issues in our lives today as well as delving into the most pivotal points in history. The talk begins at 3 p.m. at MOCA and is free. (Trenholme)
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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes took a trip to the past on 2012’s Men Without Women: Live 7-2-11. Though it’s a live recording of a show he played just last year, the record features Southside and the Asbury Jukes performing songs from Little Steven’s 1982 album. Longtime friends with both Steven (a founding member of the Jukes) and Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny has released more than 30 albums in a career that stretches back to the early ‘70s. A Cleveland favorite, the guy has fond memories of the days when Kid Leo put him into the regular rotation on WMMS and always puts on a especially good show in Cleveland. Tickets will set you back $25 - $57.50. Catch the show at Hard Rock Rocksino. (Niesel)
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A consummate storyteller, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn takes a break from talking about himself on his new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed. Instead, he chooses to focus on observations about everyday life and the current state of the world. He has said the songs are about “universal truths,” and they tend toward the positive. For the title track, for example, he borrowed a saying from a friend of his and paired it with a meaty guitar hook. There’s not a bad song on the album, which is another great offering from a guy who came to music late in his life but has become a real American treasure. While he sometimes plays solo, he’ll have his terrific band on hand for this gig. Tickets are $20. Catch the show at Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel)
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This weekend is a busy one for Cleveland sports, and you’ll have three opportunities to catch the Tribe in hot August action against the lowly Astros of Houston. Every game counts at this point, and though Houston has had top picks in recent MLB drafts, they still haven’t been able to assemble many wins -- the move from the National League to the American League may be partially to blame. They certainly have some promising hitters, but they’ll be tested by Corey Kluber and whomever else the Indians manage to rouse from Triple-A to start a ballgame. Tonight, at 7:05 enjoy Sugardale Dollar Dog Night. Tomorrow, after the 7:05 game, enjoy fireworks and a Van Halen Tribute (and agonizing traffic). First 10,000 fans get a Terry Francona replica jersey. Sunday’s 1:05 matinee will be a kid’s fun day type deal. #DeChief. (Allard)
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