A team stocked with good young players like guard Kemba Walker, forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and center Frank Kiminsky, the Charlotte Hornets returned to the playoffs last year and it took seven games for the Miami Heat to knock them out. They're off to a solid start this season and look to be perennial playoff team. Tonight's game against the Cavs begins at 7:30, and tickets start at $43. (Niesel)
A veteran comedian, writer and film producer who co-founded the comedy troupe Monty Python, John Cleese will appear tonight at 7:30 at the Akron Civic Theatre after a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Originally released in 1975, the satirical cult classic takes the story of King Arthur and turns it on its head. Cleese plays Sir Lancelot the Brave (and a few other roles) in the film. Tickets are $79 to $95. (Niesel)
This holiday season, the Cleveland Bazaar hosts events at venues across town including the 5th Street Arcade, Lake Affect Studios, 78th Street Studios and more. The Cleveland Bazaar’s events at 78th Street Studios date back more than a decade. Dozens of local artists and artisans will fill all four floors of the building. In addition to the guest vendors, many of the buildings galleries and artist studios will be open throughout the weekend. The event begins runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Free. (Usmani).
Celebrate the holiday season with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus as the groups perform music for the Christmas Season. There will be sing-a-longs, guest choruses and a surprise visit from a festive fellow dressed in red velvet. Performances take place at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Severance Hall. Tickets start at $45. (Niesel)
A free event (parking at the public meters is free too), the Coventry Village Holiday Festival takes place through Coventry Village. The fest, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., features family holiday portraits with Bryon Miller photography, photos with Santa, kids crafts, winter story time, holiday movies in the Centrum Theater, kiddie karaoke and community caroling. There will be free hot chocolate, coffee or tea for all carolers, courtesy of Phoenix Coffee on Coventry). The indie rock duo Shawn and Shelby will perform, and there will also be an Ugly Holiday Sweater Bar Crawl hosted and lead by Coventry Claus [pictured]. Shoppers who buy local will receive a $10 Coventry Cash Coupon for every $50 they spend on a single receipt at a participating Coventry Village retail locations. The Coventry Cash Coupons can be used at participating locations in January 2017. (Niesel) coventryvillage.org.
Before the Environmental and Upcycled Art exhibition closes at Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery on Dec. 16, the gallery hosts a Family Fun Art Project Workshop and Upcycle Artists Holiday Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 today. Organized by Linda Zolten-Wood, founder of the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project, the Environmental and Upcycled Art exhibition are part of a year-long series of events celebrating Ursuline’s 50th year in Pepper Pike. Admission is free. (Usmani)
While you’re at 78th Street Studios for the Cleveland Bazaar this weekend, be sure to stop by Zaina Gallery on the building’s first floor. This holiday season, Zaina Gallery hosts a group exhibition of artwork by members of Waterloo’s Brick Ceramic & Design Studio. The gallery will be open during the Cleveland Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 9 today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Clay in Cle continues with a Third Friday reception from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Free. (Usmani)
Organizers of today's Heavy Metal Flea Market at Now That's Class encourage patrons to "come buy, sell, and trade old merch that is collecting dust." The event will feature 30 independent vendors who'll sell new and used shirts, records, CDs, VHS, instruments and gear, homegoods, horror novelties, taxidermy, arts and crafts, and more. A $1 donation gets you in. The proceeds from admission go to the James Paul Konya Scholarship in Music at Kent State University. Doors open at 2 p.m. (Niesel)
Whether you're a native Clevelander or you come to town from elsewhere, chances are good that you've noticed a certain accent permeates the local dialect. Writer Ted McClelland explores the topic tonight at 6:30 at the Euclid Tavern as he reads from his new book, How to Speak Midwestern. Admission is free. (Niesel)
In The Vessel, the latest film from director Julio Quintana, actor Martin Sheen stars as a local priest who tries to comfort villagers still recovering from a devastating tsunami that wiped out in an elementary school, killing 46 children. Quintana shot two versions of the movie — one in Spanish and one in English. The Spanish language version (with subtitles) screens at 5 today at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where the English language version screens tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
Free Admission! 200 local artists on two floors. Handmade Crafts, Artwork & direct sales booths featuring baked goods, fashion apparel, holiday & home décor for holiday needs. Good European Ethnic foods made by the church parish for eat in or take out. Best to enter building from Carlton Road entrance off Broadview Road. December 10 – 9am to 3pm December 11 – 11am to 3pm Free
This is a great way for children age 8 and above to discover their creativity while learning to make a simple book to give as a gift or to keep for themselves. We’ll start the day with decorating our pages and finish by making them into a book. Time permitting, we will start work on a second book. Students may bring photos or other images to work with and their favorite art supplies. No other tools or experience necessary. A parent or legal guardian must remain on the premises for the workshop and are encouraged to participate. $75http://www.morganconservatory.org/bookbinding-for-kids
Santa Claus Run is the most fun you will have this holiday season. Our Cleveland race is roughly 2.2 miles and you'll be joining thousands of adults and kids dressed like Jolly Old Saint Nick as you run celebrating your Christmas Spirit! Santa Claus Run is an all-ages event and supports a great cause; we will be donating non-perishable food and toy donations from each race to local food banks and charity groups. Participants that sign up receive a Santa hat, a beard and long sleeve red Santa shirt. $34.99-$50.00http://www.santaclausrun.com
The pink-bunny-suit world of our holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” doesn’t just show up in the mailbox like a Little Orphan Annie decoder pin! It takes planning, coordination, and organization—not to mention the immense talents of the CPH Production staff—to work it all out. See how the blockbuster show comes together with Production Stage Manager John Godbout and Director of Production Joe Martin. They’ll give us a hands-on introduction on what it takes to keep the CPH theatre magic running this holiday season. FREE — RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2ghK2hI FREEhttp://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/calendar/2016/12/10/making-holidays-come-alive
The Children's Museum of Cleveland's creative, energetic staff will be at Talespinner Children's Theatre for science before the show! This time, with Pirate-themed expiriment in store for your youngster that is sure to delight. Join us at 1PM, Saturday, December 10 for some brainy brilliance, then stay for the 2PM performance of, Hook and Smee (A Tale of Never Never Land). Grab your tickets to the Dec. 10 and all other performances here: http://talespinnerchildrenstheatre.org/performances/tickets.htm FREEhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1076355879148603/
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