Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (April 17-23)

Dyngus Day returns
to Cleveland’s west side.
See: Monday.
Dyngus Day returns to Cleveland’s west side. See: Monday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 04/17

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, Frank Smith and John Thobaben — two street performers with Downtown Cleveland's Take a Hike program —will give a live performance in their roles of John D. Rockefeller and Alan Freed. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story focuses on the life and career of blues musician Paul Butterfield, a white harmonica player from Chicago's South Side. Blues great Muddy Waters mentored Butterfield, who'd go on to become a Rock Hall inductee. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Rock Hall. It's free for members, or $5.50 for the general public. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

Let the Fire Burn

Part of the Racial Equity and Inclusion series, Let the Fire Burn uses found footage to tell the story of a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied row house, and TV cameras captured the conflict that resulted in the tragic deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. The documentary film screens at 6:30 tonight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $5. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

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, has come 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,

THU 04/18

The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody

Originally booked into a 150-seat room in Sydney in 2001, for a one-off, three-night run, The Empire Strips Back has evolved into a successful burlesque show. A 2016 Huffington Post video feature garnered more than 20 million viral views for the show, which combines striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor. Expect to see sexy Stormtroopers and scantily clad and daring Droids. The soundtrack to the show features music from acts such as INXS, Run DMC and Nine Inch Nails. Tonight's performance begins at 7 at the Masonic Auditorium. Tickets start at $29. (Niesel)

3615 Euclid Ave., 216-881-6350,


Nicolas Cage gives what one critic describes as "the performance of a lifetime" in Mandy, a 2018 phantasmagoric film about a logger who wants to avenge the kidnapping of his girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough) by a hippie cult and motorcycle gang. The Lynchian film also features a score by the late Johann Johannsson. It screens at 8:40 tonight and at 9:20 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for students and Cinematheque members. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Jay Oakerson

Comedian Jay Oakerson likes to observe people, and he's crass. His observations are so spot-on that you'll think he's gotten inside your head to find the things you're too embarrassed to say outloud. Favorite topics include rich white people in plaid shorts, attempts to hook up audience members, becoming a king in Ireland, and "sugar daddies." No, really — this guy is actually pretty funny. He used to work as a bouncer for a strip club and as a children's party entertainer. How could he not be a hoot? The show starts at 8 tonight at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $23 to $28. (Liz Trenholme)

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

Open Mic Night/Live Band Karaoke

Every Thursday, Stella's Music 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,

FRI 04/19

78th Street Studios' Third Friday Art Walk

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio for a chance to shop and interact with artists. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel)

1300 West 78th St.,

Chamber Brews

A classical chamber music organization committed to presenting concerts in non-traditional venues and interacting with audiences, Chamber Brews comes to Forest City Brewery tonight for a special spring concert. The performance will feature solos as well as performances by duos and trios that will "explore the individual instruments as well as show the musicians' range and capability." The concert begins at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. (Niesel)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

Countess Luann and Friends

Countess Luann, who stars in the reality TV show Real Housewives of New York City, began headlining her own cabaret show last year. Dubbed Countess and Friends, the concert finds her singing and dancing with a few of her musical friends. She has some decent credentials too. She's performed at New York's Town Hall with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera and also performed with Natalie Cole. Her show begins at 8 p.m. tonight at MGM Northfield Park Center Stage. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.

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,

Indians vs. Atlanta Braves

The Cleveland Indians get their first taste of inter-league play today as they take on the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 at Progressive Field. The Braves made the playoffs last year, but they've gotten off to a slow start this season, thanks, in part, to having some tougher competition from within their division. The three-game series concludes on Sunday. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Kent American Music Roots Festival

Produced by the Crooked River Arts Council, the second annual installment of American Roots will offer free live music by 26 acts at 23 venues throughout Kent. Singer-songwriter Thor Platter, old-school country act the Shootouts, roots rockers the Jack Fords and singer-songwriter Emily Keener will be among the performers. Consult the website for a schedule and a map of the participating clubs. (Niesel)

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, today at 1:45. Based on his semi-autobiographical novel about two black teens living in Kansas in the 1920s, the film is one of the first 25 movies selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. CMA curator Barbara Tannenbaum will answer questions after the screening. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Faizon Love

Comedian Faizon Love once tried to lose weight via Jenny Craig. But when he ate all the food they gave him in one sitting, he realized the truth: Jenny herself is never around because she's off eating biscuits at Popeye's. Love's jokes span topics like the First Amendment, how being fat is the new black and the three phrases you need to keep your Southern wife happy. Love seems like a big, tough guy, but he's really a gentle giant. Even his most offensive jokes will have you rolling in laughter. He takes the stage at the Improv at 7:30 and 10 tonight and at 7, 9:30 and 11:30 tomorrow night. Tickets are $22. (Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

SAT 04/20

10th Annual Alan Cox Comedy Tour

Comedians Steve Byrne, Mike Polk, Rob Ward, Mary Santora and Bill Squire will all be on hand for the 10th annual Alan Cox Comedy Tour that touches down at the Masonic Auditorium tonight at 8. Cox, a DJ on WMMS, will host the event. DJ Mattitude will provide the tunes. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

3615 Euclid Ave., 216-881-6350,

SUN 04/21

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Since it's Easter Sunday, the place has doubled up on its offerings and seatings are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

MON 04/22

Dyngus Day

Founded in 2010 by husband and wife Justin Gorski and Laura Ross, the annual Cleveland Dyngus Day Festival draws crowds of about 40,000 to Gordon Square, Ohio City and Tremont. DJ Kishka will serve as the host at this year's fest, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at locations throughout the Gordon Square Arts District and Tremont. Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation. Kishka's Beer Heaven Tent will feature food, shopping, official merchandise and pussy willows, and Sibling Revelry Brewery will serve up a special Kolsch just for the festival. Western Reserve Distillers will feature their vodka in Polish Flag Shots, jello shots and Bloody Marys (with Pope's Bloody Mary Mix and Randy's Pickles), and 25 vendors will be at DJ Kishka's Art & Craft Market. Chardon Polka Band, Don Wojtila Band and the Alex Meixner Band will all perform on the main stage. Ethnic food vendors include the Pierogi Lady, Pierogi Joe, Rudy's Strudel & Bakery, Cleveland Vegan, Banter and Carmen's. Five local Polish women will compete in a beauty pageant for the title of Miss Dyngus Day, and an accordion parade will take place at 6 p.m. Consult the website for more info. (Niesel)

Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

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,

TUE 04/23

A Bronx Tale

Oscar winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks teamed up to direct A Bronx Tale, a musical based on the film of the same name. The story centers on a boy who aspires to be a mob boss, and it features tunes from Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin). Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through May 12. Tickets start at $35. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Indians vs. Miami Marlins

The Indians match up against the Miami Marlins today in their second inter-league series of the season. Last year, the first season under the Jeter-Sherman group ownership, the team posted one of the worst records in franchise history. This season isn't likely to be much better as the team tries to work a slew of young players into the rotation. The game begins at 6:10 p.m., and tickets start at $15. The two teams play again tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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,

Rembrandt: From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Directed by Kat Mansoor, Rembrandt: From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam tells Rembrandt's life story via the 2014-2015 landmark exhibits in London and Amsterdam of his late works. Cleveland Museum of Art curator Betsy Wieseman worked on the exhibit in London; she'll be on hand at the screening to talk about the artwork and answer audience questions. The screening takes place at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $14, or $10 for museum members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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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