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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (February 21 – 23) 

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Promoter Don King brings a big boxing event to Cleveland with the event he’s dubbed the Cleveland Show for People Care Worldclass Boxing. The event includes lightweight boxer Angelo Santana (14-1) as he takes on the more experienced Hank Lundy (23-3-1). King has special history in the city of Cleveland. His first boxing promotion event in Cleveland was on August 28, 1972 for Show for People Care; it benefited the Forest City Hospital featured icon Muhammad Ali. Showtime’s ShoBox series will broadcast the event, which takes place at 7 tonight at Wolstein Center. Tickets are $38 to $128. (Lisa Hammond)
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Beatlemania is a chronic condition with no known cure. Side effects include dancing, singing and an urge to “twist and shout.” In remembrance of those who first contracted this mania, 1964:The Tribute puts on a hell of a show. Recreating a 1964 Beatles’ concert — complete with costumes and authentic instruments — the band has received critical acclaim. That’s no easy task for a tribute act. You can catch a performance at 7:30 tonight at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $35. (Stoops)
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Have you always wanted to know the dirty secrets of Cleveland’s biggest sports names? Vince McKee’s Cleveland’s Finest provides the dirt. McKee covers the most controversial Cleveland sports moments in history with extremely personal, in-depth interviews told from the players’ points of view. Snippets from the media that covered these events are mixed with fans’ reactions — along with the real version of events as told by the players themselves. McKee gives a book reading tonight at 6 at Visible Voice in Tremont. (Liz Trenholme)
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Eighties rocker Rick Springfield hasn’t had a hit in years yet his fan base is so loyal, he still continues to tour regularly. The documentary film An Affair of the Heart: The Journey of Rick Springfield and his Devoted Fans, even provides a look at his most ardent fans. Given his basic, meat-and-potatoes approach, you wouldn’t think Springfield would inspire such loyalty. Songs such as “Jesse’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything For You” are certainly catchy but they’re not exactly deeply meaningful. And they’re not really part of the classic rock songbook either. Not that this has stopped Springfield from persevering. The guy has just issued Songs for the End of the World, an album of hard-driving introspective tunes. As titles such as “I Hate Myself” and “Love Screws Me Up” might imply, the songs are highly personal and build upon the confessions he made in his 2010 tell-all autobiography, Late, Late at Night: A Memoir. (Niesel)
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One of Cleveland’s top-rated, can’t-miss parties, the annual Jump Back Ball at Playhouse Square is back. In its 23rd year, this party is as great as ever. Get fueled up on their gourmet food and endless cocktails and get out onto the floor to dance to live music. Raffles and silent auctions will be held for those feeling lucky. Since the event supports Playhouse Square’s not-for-profit organizations, all of this is for a good cause too. Be sure to purchase a ticket in advance, as there is a chance the event will sell out. The ball gets rolling in the State Theatre at 7 tonight. Tickets are $130 to $200 with VIP tickets available. (Stoops)
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While Israel and Palestine remain locked in conflict, two pianists from these nations bring a ray of hope to this situation through music. Tonight at Severance in the Reinberger Chamber Hall, Duo Amal will prove music can break through political boundaries. Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni collaborate in a meticulously playful manner in rarely performed musical selections, joining forces as a symbol of peace. “Amal” is an Arabic word that translates to “hope,” and tonight at 8, these musicians will harmoniously work together in what’s sure to be a thrilling concert. Kohlberg and Haroni will hold a pre-concert talk at 7, led by Charles Michener. (Eric Gonzalez)
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A timeless story; lush, gorgeous music sung in English; a magical fairytale setting and FREE tickets for students ages 8-18 make Baldwin Wallace University's presentation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” a rare opportunity to introduce the whole family to opera. Meet the Dew Fairy for a free family backstage tour one hour before Sunday’s matinee (1 p.m. tour). Directed by Benjamin Wayne Smith, with guest conductor Dean Williamson
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Probably the best way to kickstart the week is by shaking your ass uncontrollably at B-Side's bitchin' Sunday night electronic shows. DJ Eso and Corey Grand join forces to spin anything and everything: funk, soul, hip-hop, trap, drum and bass, and all sorts of similarly ill shit. Grand's cred speaks for itself: "Sucka Free Since '88." And that same sentiment goes for the Sunday night throwdown as a whole. Work your way across Coventry all weekend and wrap up the party down at B-Side. The DJs start spinning at 10 p.m. (Eric Sandy)
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Derick Lengwenus has been described as the “perfect comedy package.” He delivers a clean show that even includes a skit featuring the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. Born in Montreal, Lengwenus frequently talks about his experiences there. He also likes to make jokes about his German father. He has a knack for impersonations too. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $18. (Hammond)
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The folks at the local burlesque promotion company Toxic Burlesque have thrown five events at Brothers Lounge. According to promoter Frank Ian, who runs the company with his wife, there’s been a “packed house every time.” For tonight’s show, they’ve booked nine performers, including Carmen M’Knoxide, Rubi-nesque, Ava Adore, Ginger Rockwood, Dot King and Little Owl Lee. We trust these names mean something to those of you who know your burlesque dancers better than we do. Gilgamesh Taggett will emcee the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. (Niesel)
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Promoter Don King brings a big boxing event to Cleveland with the event he’s dubbed the Cleveland Show for People Care Worldclass Boxing. The event includes lightweight boxer Angelo Santana (14-1) as he takes on the more experienced Hank Lundy (23-3-1). King has special history in the city of Cleveland. His first boxing promotion event in Cleveland was on August 28, 1972 for Show for People Care; it benefited the Forest City Hospital featured icon Muhammad Ali. Showtime’s ShoBox series will broadcast the event, which takes place at 7 tonight at Wolstein Center. Tickets are $38 to $128. (Lisa Hammond)
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