College Now of Greater Cleveland and Whiskey Grade have teamed up to host Bourbon + Blues: An Evening of Fashion, Tastings and Music, a benefit for the College Now's Mentoring Program designed to help students from Northeast Ohio who are beginning college. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Whiskey Grade. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. (Niesel) 2515 Jay Ave., bourbonandblues.eventbrite.com.
Not even the Zen master Phil Jackson can bring stability to the crumbling New York Knicks organization. The team's president has spent the season feuding with star Carmelo Anthony, who's been the subject of trade rumors for the past few weeks. While the team got off to a decent start this season, it hasn't kept pace in the Eastern Conference, where it's near the bottom of the heap. The Cavs should get a victory tonight when the two teams face off at 8 at the Q. Tickets start at $26. (Niesel)
Ever since he visited the Mediterranean when he was a child, composer Claude Debussy loved the ocean. He channeled La Mer, a piece that reflects the way in which the sea can be both stormy and tranquil. Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra plays the piece along with selections by Pintscher, Saint-Saëns and Schoenberg. An hour before the performance, speaker Rose Breckenridge, administrator and lecturer for the Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups, gives the pre-concert talk, “Exotic Views.” Performances repeat at 11 a.m. tomorrow (minus the Schoenberg) and at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets start at $29. (Niesel)
At 7 tonight, the Rock Hall will screen Take Me to the River, a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. Following the screening, director/producer Martin Shore, Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, Grammy-award winning producer Boo Mitchell (“Uptown Funk”), Academy Award-winning rapper Frayser Boy (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”), 2017 Grammy nominee Bobby Rush and Critics Choice-winning rapper Al Kapone will participate in a panel discussion. Admission is $5.50. (Niesel)
Comedian Guy Torry likes to joke that he used to get kicked out of class for telling the kind of jokes that he now tells on TV. His material ranges from talking about the "stand in line rage" he experiences when he goes to the bank to the generational differences he sees in the world of sports ("you don't see any black players in baseball anymore — too many games"). All the while, he delivers his narrative-based jokes with frenetic energy. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Niesel)
Exhibition of Michael Loderstedt's recent work, which addresses the impact of climate change on migratory bird behavior. On view in the Lissauer Gallery through April 7. Free for members, $5 for non-members
Liz has been on the NBC Today Show, in Self, Runner's World and Family Circle magazines & is the author of Finish Line Feeling. Liz has crossed many finish lines, including the 26.2 Marathon she's completed in all 50 states. She’s journeyed from foster child and sexual abuse survivor to athlete, mother, author & speaker, to founder of Girls With Sole (GWS) GWS empowers the minds, bodies & souls of girls who are at risk or have experienced abuse of any kind. Liz will share the principles that guide her, while reminding you to believe in yourself and your dreams. $35/person (Includes Breakfast)https://www.uwlc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=74
Ma-LESS\Dani Deahl\BEARCAT\Sarah Snider Due stereotypes society still clings to, women, let alone women of color, are rarely allowed to associate with any of the tropes attributed to the rap and production worlds. This imbalance falsely relates the quintessential qualities of rap and production ability with masculinity rather than skill, making it disproportionately hard for femmes in this area of the music world to get noticed. This panel, featuring 4 femme artists from both inside and outside our community, will explore how these stereotypes exist in our musical practices and how femme artists today are working to rise above and beyond. FREEhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1839167036341399/
$10 ADV, $12 DOS
Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old Irish tunes, compelling originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas defnes the path for the Celtic music world and drives the genre forward. $20 Conservancy members, $25 adults, $7.50 ages 3 – 12. $7.50 - $25.00https://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/events/concerts?cid=8&ceid=1393&cerid=0&cdt=2%2f23%2f2017
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