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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (May 30 - June 1) 

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Late May is beautiful baseball weather! Tonight, Lord “Lonnie Baseball” Chisenhall, Dr. Smooth and the gang will take on the grass-fed, pot-smoking Rockies of Colorado for a three-game series beginning in an RNC finalist face-off. The Colorado Rockies have distinguished themselves in the first quarter of the MLB season as the hardest hitting team in baseball. They’ve got more home runs and RBIs than anyone, and batting averages to rival Lord Chiz himself. The Tigers’ sweep and the extra inning heroics from the cobbled-together Tribe bullpen has been fun to watch, but if the Indians are going to hang with the Rockies, they’ll need runs, and lots of them. Game tonight is at 7:05 p.m., tomorrow at 3:05 p.m and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Lord only knows who will be pitching. (Allard)
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Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson says he always tries to write about "what was really happening in my life." If that's the case, then life must be pretty good for the singer-songwriter. The songs on last year's From Here to Now to You have a real tenderness to them as Johnson sings about his love for his wife and kids. But we all know that happy songs aren't always the best songs and that's not lost on Johnson, a guy whose soft voice and delicate melodies make many of his songs sound like lullabies (and the whimsical tunes he wrote for the soundtrack for the 2006 film Curious George certainly fit that bill). See him perform his tunes live tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Blossom Music Center.
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As an annual partnership between Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Great Lakes Theater, teachers, theater professionals and Cleveland students, the All-City Musical brings together a wide array of talent. Now in its 15th year, the collaboration presents Rent, the musical that has permeated every ounce of American culture. Its beloved story, message of living in the moment and shabby-chic bohemian aesthetic make for a touching and important look into the artistic lifestyle. The musical is only showing this weekend in the Ohio Theatre. Performances take place at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15. (Stoops)
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There will be food trucks, local crafts vendors, tarot readings, art demos, a dog rescue and of course, locally created art for sale at today’s Madison Arts District art walk that takes place on Madison between Morrison and McKinley. There will be “baked artistry” on hand as well. Show your receipt of $20 or more from any participating M.A.D. Artwalk business at Mahall’s and get free bowling (today only). It all starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. (Trenholme) madisonartsdistrict.wordpress.com
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We all have too much tension in our lives. Today from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at LaunchHouse, instructor Deanna Black will lead a yoga and meditation practice that's designed to relieve some of that tension. It will include — and we're guessing this isn't typical of most yoga workouts — "intervals of throwing stuff against a wall." Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Those who keep journals will want to document the experience too. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)
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Celebrating everything that’s odd about jazz, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will feature a variety of tunes in odd time signatures (think Dave Brubeck's "Take Five") at tonight’s show. Widening their horizons, the CJO incorporates a more international sound; utilizing influences from Viennese waltzes to eastern European dances. Despite the odd time signatures, the songs can still swing. The concert starts at 8 in the Hanna Theatre. Tickets are $25 to $45. (Stoops)
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One of country’s biggest acts, Lady Antebellum kicked off its Take Me Downtown Tour earlier this month with a bang. The group played live from Central Park in New York as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series. A new studio album is in the works and the group has released the single “Bartender” in advance of its release. It’s a catchy pop number that, despite a dominant banjo riff, has more in common with Katy Perry than Dolly Parton. And when the band’s Hillary Scott sings, “What I really need now is a double shot of crown,” you can bet members of the capacity crowd that will be at Blossom for this gig will hoist their drinks in the air in unison as a toast of sorts to that start of Blossom’s country-heavy concert schedule. (Niesel) $29.25-$54
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It’s no secret that Lakewood has quickly become a booming hub of yum over the last few years with its plethora of eating establishments. Today’s Taste of Lakewood celebrates this and you can go to Madison Park and experience it all in one place. This year, admission is free and outdoors in order to accommodate the growing crowd it has attracted over the last 10 years. VIP tickets are available for $50 for those who want to “greatly enhance” their experience. Everything starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. (Trenholme)
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Embarking on their east coast tour, Austin's Shivery Shakes makes their Cleveland appearance tonight. Their grungy pop tunes carry a upbeat lightness while maintaining a solid amount of edge. Songs like "Sidewalk Talk" burst with subtle surf rock influences and offer a summery barrage of youthful exuberance. With an unusually clean style that still carries garage influences, their unique take on rock is charming and easy-going. (Stoops)
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K. Ishibashi diverted from the road to classical music to tour with the likes of Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche and of Montreal. During that time, the composer's solo project emerged as Kishi Bashi, and in 2012, he issued the Kickstarter-funded album 151a Full of lush soothing soundscapes of looped violin, synths and guitars, that release spawned the happy-anthem hit "Bright Whites." Kishi Bashi takes his established formula and adds more oomph on the new album: Lighght. Taking a harder lean toward the synth-pop aesthetic, Lighght hits you with heavier bass drums and thicker leads without overshadowing the layered violins. Lead single "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" starts with a simple violin melody that quickly escalates to a lush layered psychedelic song with quirky squeaky violin breaks and lushly orchestrated pastoral imagery. "Hahaha Pt. 1 & 2" is an epic journey from light shiny pop song to deep dark ambient soundscape, emerging in an exuberant dance jam. He takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Grog Shop.(Gonzalez)
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Late May is beautiful baseball weather! Tonight, Lord “Lonnie Baseball” Chisenhall, Dr. Smooth and the gang will take on the grass-fed, pot-smoking Rockies of Colorado for a three-game series beginning in an RNC finalist face-off. The Colorado Rockies have distinguished themselves in the first quarter of the MLB season as the hardest hitting team in baseball. They’ve got more home runs and RBIs than anyone, and batting averages to rival Lord Chiz himself. The Tigers’ sweep and the extra inning heroics from the cobbled-together Tribe bullpen has been fun to watch, but if the Indians are going to hang with the Rockies, they’ll need runs, and lots of them. Game tonight is at 7:05 p.m., tomorrow at 3:05 p.m and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Lord only knows who will be pitching. (Allard)
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