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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (December 13 - 15) 

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If you're not particularly keen on holiday shopping (gentlemen, we're nodding at you), then maybe a sip and shop event is more up your alley. From 6 to 10 p.m. today, you can get your holly jollies on at the Tremont Brewhaha Holiday PopUp Shop & Party, as part of the Tremont Artwalk's 20th anniversary celebration. The event will feature more than 25 artisans and farmers market vendors, including Metals by Walker, the Foundry WoodPrints and La Bellaria Patisseries, as well as a cash craft beer bar and a special musical performance by Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Boys. The festivities kick off at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Grand Ball Room on West 14th Street, but free trolly rides to and from other Tremont hotspots will be available all night. (McConnell) tremontbrewhaha.com.
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To say "world famous" is not a high enough accolade for Angie Pontani and the World Famous Pontani Sisters. With an immense repertoire of routines and spotless choreography, Pontani is a stalwart of the neo-burlesque scene. Founder of the longest running burlesque festival, as well as winner of countless awards, Dancer the Italian Stallionette, who's also on tonight's bill, is as entrepreneurial as she is entertaining. The internationally touring bombshell performs crowd-pleasing and crowd-teasing acts that will get you into a special kind of holiday mood this evening. Hosted by illusionist Albert Cadabra, tonight's show is loosely based on A Christmas Carol and combines nostalgic Christmas memories, humor, magic and sultry ladies. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom, and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. (Patrick Stoops)
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Also known as the Armory Show, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modernism that was held in New York at the 69th Regiment Armory, is famous for introducing America to experimental European styles of art such as Cubism and Futurism. It’s the subject of The Show that Shook the World: Marcel Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show, a new documentary film from director Garry Gates that arrives in conjunction with the exhibition's anniversary. The film highlights the groundbreaking work of Marcel Duchamp, the French painter, writer and sculptor. The film screens at 6:30 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)
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The first of what organizers hope will become an annual event, Coventry Village Holiday Festival provides an assortment of holiday events at the various shops that line Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. The event, which takes place today from 11 a.m. to midnight, features screenings of Elf and other holiday shorts at the Centrum Theatre and an Ugly Holiday Sweater Bar Crawl that’ll take place at the various bars up and down Coventry. Classical Revolution Cleveland and School of Rock will perform at the Grog Shop and there’ll be all sorts of family-friendly activities, including opportunities to take photos with Coventry Claus and Mr. Jingeling. All the events are free. (Niesel)
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At today's Santa Shuffle, you can beat the holiday bloat by getting in your exercise before the feasting begins. Held in Tremont, the un-timed race is one mile and participants are encouraged to wear their festive holiday gear; a Santa hat is included with the price of registration. After all that exertion, relax in the post-race party tent or hop on Lolly the Trolley and check out specials at participating local bars. Pre-registration price for runners is $20; registering on the day of the event will cost you $25. Registration includes a bib number, Santa hat, T-shirt, entrance to the post party tent, a wristband for free trolley rides to participating bars around Tremont and a pass for discounted specials at participating bars. For spectators, admission is $18 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. It includes entrance to the post party tent, a wristband for free trolley rides to participating bars around Tremont, and a pass for discounted specials at participating bars. Proceeds of the Santa Shuffle will benefit the Tremont West Development Corporation's free year-round community events. The race begins at 4 p.m. (Rus) hermescleveland.com.
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The touring craft show formerly named Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland may have changed its name to Cleveland Bazaar, but that doesn't mean its selection of unique gifts has dwindled. In fact, over the years, Northeast Ohio's longest running craft show has only upped its quantity and quality of handmade goods. Find made-to-order chocolates, hand-stitched scarves, homemade soaps and just about everything in between. This year, the bazaar is making a couple of stops in Cleveland, including one at the West 78th Street Studios inside SmARTspace. It takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (McConnell)
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For the Trans-Siberian Orchestra it's been 15 years now that it's been delivering a unique guitar-driven prog rock-infused holiday experience that melds elements of traditional seasonal classics with classical music, classic rock 'n' roll favorites and original material for a show that is truly unique. Lights, lasers and pyro form an essential component of the show and the band's motto is to "fog it, light it, blow it up — just don't let the audience get bored." Read on>>
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Once more unto the breach? For the Browns’ last home game of the season, Rob Chudzinksi and his limping squad of castoffs and third-stringers will take on the Bears of Chicago and their first-year coach, Mark Tressman. He’s that Canadian guy Haslam and Co. were considering for a minute before they opted for Chudzinski, he of the maternal frowns and Toledo heritage. Who knows who the hell will be playing quarterback, but Josh Gordon ought to have another killer game, if his recent performances have been any indication. And hey, running back Jonathan Stewart is on our team now, so that’s cool. It will be extremely cold, so bundle up and drink heavily. Kickoff’s at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Let’s get a win for Weeden and the carcass that was his career. Tickets were nearly sold out at press time but given the fact that the Browns are out of playoff contention, you should be able to find them on the street or through ticket agencies. (Sam Allard)
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Expanding music beyond just a sonic level, Norwegian Camille Norment creates soundscapes meant to heard, seen and felt in a combined sensory event. Her expansive body of work contains installation art pieces, sound performance pieces and some permanent public works, all of which have garnered favorable attention from numerous museums and galleries internationally. Tonight Norment is performing on a glass armonica (a ghostly sounding, Benjamin Franklin-designed instrument, sounding similar to rubbing your finger around a wine glass) with electronic accompaniment. The wildly imaginative multimedia artist transcends cultural constructs of music through composed and improvised material. Contradicting sensory experiences, Norment creates her own sense of reality and welcomes the audience to her artificial atmospheres. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Transformer Station. Tickets are $20 ($18 for CMA members). (Stoops)
Attention ballet fans: You know how Cleveland Cinemas sometimes hosts operas on the big screen? Well, now you’ve got a chance to see some ballet. Thank heaven! The Russian Imperial Mariinsky Theatre was the original home to Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in 1892, when it made its worldwide debut, and that’s where they filmed this incredible performance in 2011. It’s playing at the Cedar Lee Theatre at 11 this morning. Nothing like Tchaikovsky and that famous glockenspiel to get you in the holiday spirit. It’s only 105 minutes too, so it’s not like you’ll be sitting for a four-hour slog. (A 3D version will also screen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, if you like your ballet to really pop.) (Allard)
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The touring craft show formerly named Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland may have changed its name to Cleveland Bazaar, but that doesn't mean its selection of unique gifts has dwindled. In fact, over the years, Northeast Ohio's longest running craft show has only upped its quantity and quality of handmade goods. Find made-to-order chocolates, hand-stitched scarves, homemade soaps and just about everything in between. This year, the bazaar is making a couple of stops in Cleveland, including one at the West 78th Street Studios inside SmARTspace. It takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (McConnell)
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