Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (April 10-16)

The Boys From the County Hell play a special Roots of American Music event at Terrestrial Brewing. See: Sunday.
The Boys From the County Hell play a special Roots of American Music event at Terrestrial Brewing. See: Sunday. Photo by Mara Robinson

WED 04/10

Avi Avital with Omer Avital

Mandolinist Avi Avital comes from a classical tradition while bass and oud player Omer Avital is an acclaimed jazz performer and composer. When the two perform together tonight at 7:30 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, pianist Omer Klein and percussionist Itamer Doari will join them to deliver some "world-music inflected jazz." They're from the Moroccan Jewish diaspora, so the music has all the flavors of Middle Eastern jazz. Tickets start at $30. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Tonight, Kelly Falcone Hall, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society, will discuss how Cleveland has often come out on the wrong side of history. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Pete Correale

Comedian Peter Correale has a good marriage. This was recently proven by the fact that he and his wife put together a piece of Ikea furniture — and didn't get divorced! In fact, he thinks this could be the next great reality show of our times: assembling Ikea furniture and letting the drama unfold. Other yuks involve parties without alcohol (he calls those "meetings"), drunken Irish mothers and his wife's sighs. Tonight's curtain at Hilarities is at 7; he performs at the club through Friday. Tickets range from $18 to 25. (Liz Trenholme)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Phantom of the Opera

Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than before," Cameron Mackintosh's incredible new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, comes to Playhouse Square as part of its North American tour. With exciting special effects, along with new scenic and lighting designs, and refreshed staging and choreography, this production pulls out all the stops. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre, where performances continue through April 20. Tickets start at $40. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Tiny Houses

A Cleveland Play House production, Tiny Houses focuses on a woman who quits her finance job to move across the country with her boyfriend and build a 200-square-foot tiny house. What could possibly go wrong? Tonight's performance is at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre; the show runs through April 14. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

THU 04/11

Hotel by the River

Hotel by the River, the latest film from South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, centers on an aging poet who fears his death is imminent, and a beautiful young woman who struggles to overcome a failed relationship. The film makes its Cleveland premiere tonight at 8:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 7:15 tomorrow night. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Monsters vs. Charlotte Checkers

The Cleveland Monsters wrap up their regular season with a two-game series at the Q against the Charlotte Checkers. Tonight's game features Monsters' Hockey Hoppy Hour; tickets include a lower-level seat and a beverage for $11. Tomorrow night's game is Fan Salute Night, and there will be special giveaways. Both games begin at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.(Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

The New Soft Shoe

Nine years ago, on what local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby calls a drunken dare, a group of Cleveland friends and musicians showed up at the Happy Dog to play a couple sets of tunes by the late, great Gram Parsons. Dubbed the New Soft Shoe, the group has been at it ever since. Anything that Parsons played, the New Soft Shoe covers. As a result, the group plays tunes from the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. It also plays songs from Parsons' solo album GP/Grievous Angel. Tonight at 8, the band performs in the Waldorf Hall at Forest City Brewery. Admission is free, but a donation is requested. (Niesel)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

Open Mic Night/Live Band Karaoke

Every Thursday, Stella's Music Club hosts a night of music, poetry and comedy. The club's doors open at 5 p.m., and performances begin at 8 p.m. Artists can sign up at to secure a 15-minute time slot. Signups will be available at the club as well. Meanwhile, happy hour takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2217 East Ninth St., 216-272-3377,

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew feels particularly modern, with its old-school examination of power dynamics. The plot centers on a "beguiling battle of wits and wills between the sexes which ultimately reveals an unlikely romance." Great Lakes Theater's production of the play continues tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna; performances continue through April 14. Tickets cost $15 to $75. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000,

Tree of Oedipus

Tree of Oedipus, a new play developed by the Idea Theatre in Athens, Greece, gets its American — and English-language — premiere here in Cleveland. The play follows the lineage of Oedipus and chronicles his fall and redemption. Compiled from several ancient Greek tragedies, including The Phoenicians, Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone and Seven Against Thebes, the play features an English translation by current CSU theater major Christina Katsaras. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, where the play runs through April 14. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

FRI 04/12

Flanagan's Wake

Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

An Injury to One

In the early 1900s, shortly after he organized dock workers in a strike for better safety conditions and wages, activist Frank Little was kidnapped, severely beaten and mock hanged. He's the subject of An Injury to One, a 2002 documentary film that shows today at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A screening of I Am Somebody, a film about black female hospital workers who go on strike in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1969, precedes the screening of An Injury to One. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for card-carrying union members or members of CMA. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Nicole Schneider Opening at BAYarts

From 7 to 9 tonight, BAYarts hosts an opening party for a new exhibit featuring paintings by Nicole Schneider. Schneider employs "overlapping gestural marks" and blocks of color to "explore relationships between order and chaos." The artist has long been interested in developmental and behavioral psychology and creates what she calls "abstract landscapes of the mind." Admission to the opening is free. The exhibit, titled Nicole Schneider: The Color of Walls, is up until May 3. (Niesel)

28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543,

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits, drop in at the plentiful bars, restaurants and specialty shops that participate in the art stroll, and even nab a free ride on Lolly the Trolley. The walk takes place from 5 to 10 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and a listing of entertainment and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

Kountry Wayne

Wayne Colley, better known by his stage name Kountry Wayne, became a viral social-media sensation overnight on account of his hilarious videos. In one skit, he makes fun of a couple of thugs who attempt to rob him. "If you're homeless, that's all you had to say," he tells the guys. "I would have put something in your pocket." He eventually talks them out of robbing him. Wayne performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $50. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

SAT 04/13

Northcoast Writers' Showcase

Imbolo Mbue, author of the critically acclaimed new book Behold the Dreamers, will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Northcoast Writers' Showcase that takes place today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. During the showcase, readers and aspiring writers can interact with published authors, ask questions about the writing journey and attend workshops about the craft of writing. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing, as well. The showcase begins at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's H-Building. Breakout sessions will be held at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Mbue's talk begins at 3 p.m. at the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center. She will be available for book signing and photo opportunities following her presentation. Attendance is free, but registration is requested. (Niesel)

7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 440-525-7000,

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Tonight at 8 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra presents a special program of music inspired by Italy. "From pop to opera to romantic Neapolitan ballads, Italian music has topped the charts for centuries," reads a press release about the concert. Expect to hear tunes "familiar to everyone and beloved by all." Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

The Room

Thanks to The Disaster Artist, the James Franco movie about the making of the cult classic, the popularity of The Room has soared. The film that features writer, director and star Tommy Wiseau screens at 10 tonight — and the second Saturday of every month — at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

Andrew Shulz

Comedian Andrew Schulz likes to challenge conventions in routines that often verge on being offensive. "It's time to bring back the flagrancy," he says in one bit promoting a podcast. Known for The Brilliant Idiots podcast and the independent comedy special 4:4:1, Shulz has earned a rep as a comedian who doesn't adhere to PC guidelines. He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities. Tickets cost $28. (Niesel)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Jonathan Van Ness

Yassssss, queen! Hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness brings his Road to Beijing tour to the Masonic Auditorium tonight. Van Ness, the breakout star of the Netflix Queer Eye reboot, is planning on making you laugh all night long — rather than cry, as the show is wont to do. The fun begins at 7, and tickets start at $45; get them on the website. (Laura Morrison)

3615 Euclid Ave., 216-431-7370,

Yuri's Night

Since 2001, an international community of scientists, researchers, and self-styled geeks has been celebrating manned spaceflight with Yuri's Night, a festive commemoration of where we've been and where we yet may go. On April 13, Great Lakes Science Center will throw this year's incarnation of Yuri's Night, the event that celebrates U.S.S.R. cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the crew of the first U.S. space shuttle. The cosmic cocktail party launches at 7 p.m. with live music from Swagg, an open bar with beer and wine, appetizers and specialty bites, a scavenger hunt and science demonstrations. Money raised from Yuri's Night helps fund the Science Center's STEM education initiatives, day camp scholarships and other programs that "encourage curiosity and provide opportunities for tomorrow's scientific leaders." General admission tickets are $70 before March 1. VIP tickets go for $125 and allow early access to the party, admittance to the VIP lounge with complimentary beer, wine and mixed drinks, exclusive menu items, and complimentary parking in the Science Center's attached garage. A special designated driver ticket is also available for $45, and Science Center members receive $5 off general admission and $10 off the price of a VIP ticket. (Niesel)

601 Erieside Ave.,

Spring Out of Hibernation with WASF

The Warren A. Sill Fund (WASF) provides funding solutions to address issues in the greater Cleveland public education space. Its goal is to create "an education system that works in partnership with philanthropy to deliver creative, life-changing experiences." Tonight at 6:30 at the 78th Street Studios, the organization holds its sixth annual WASF Spring Out of Hibernation fundraiser. The price of admission includes craft beer, wine and catered appetizers, and there will be a raffle, silent auction prizes and plenty of entertainment. General admission is $40 in advance; get tickets through the website, below. (Niesel)

1300 West 78th St.,

SUN 04/14

Black Violin

Classically-trained violist Wil B., and violinist Kev Marcus, combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create Black Violin, with a "distinctive multi-genre sound often described as 'classical boom.'" The group has performed with acts such as Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. They perform tonight at 7 at Connor Palace. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Emigrate! Bound for Cleveland

Roots of American Music (ROAM) is a non-profit organization created in 1999 to provide arts programming to the Northeast Ohio community using traditional American music as a way to connect students to our past. Today from 5 to 9 p.m., the ROAM folks will present a program dubbed Emigrate! Bound for Cleveland! at Terrestrial Brewing Company. The program aims to explore how immigration impacted Northeast Ohio. Specifically, it will tell the story of boxer Johnny Kilbane, a child of Irish immigrants who went on to hold the title of featherweight champion from 1912 to 1923. The program will also address the challenges faced by Cleveland's Irish immigrant community in the early 1900s. The local Irish punk band the Boys from the County Hell will perform, along with traditional Irish musician Ruairi Hurley and local singer-songwriter Ray Flanagan. Admission is free. (Niesel)

7524 Father Frascati Dr., 216-465-9999,

Sunday Beat

As part of a Sunday Beat promotion at Visible Voice Books, if you purchase a New York Times at the store, you'll receive a free cup of coffee or tea and a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. An added bonus: A jazz, Americana, samba or bossa nova band will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who shows a Sunday receipt from Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any of the Tremont restaurants that offer brunch can enter a same-day drawing for a $30 Visible Voice gift certificate and a $25 Visible Voice Loyalty Card. They'll also receive 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. The bookstore is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

Tracking Edith

Edith Tudor-Hart, an Austrian-British photographer who was also a spy for the KGB, is the subject of the documentary film Tracking Edith. The movie makes its local theatrical debut today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 04/15

Shit Show Karaoke

Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 10 p.m. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

Wing Dang Doodle

Blues icon Howlin' Wolf famously covered "Wang Dang Doodle," the old blues tune penned by Willie Dixon. Prosperity Social Club in Tremont has adopted that slogan, calling its wing night Wing Dang Doodle. The weekly event features specials on Buffalo wings and cold brews. Prosperity will not only serve up substantial, $1 whole wings, but it'll also offer meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&B curated by local musician Clint Holley will be on tap as well. Wing Dang Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 04/16

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Today, and the first Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the Happy Dog. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Stoops) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

The Learning Tree

In conjunction with an exhibit featuring photos by Gordon Parks, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen Parks' directorial debut, The Learning Tree. Based on his semi-autobiographical novel about two black teens living in Kansas in the 1920s, it's one of the first 25 movies selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. It shows at 1:45 tonight. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members. CMA curator Barbara Tannenbaum will answer questions after the screening. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

Vinyl Night

Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." The club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases, partnering with Loop in Tremont, so patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)

1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699,

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