Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (April 3-9)

United We Brunch comes to the Madison. See: Saturday.
United We Brunch comes to the Madison. See: Saturday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 04/03

Chamber Music in the Gallery

The Cleveland Museum of Art regularly hosts students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and its joint program with Case Western Reserve University's early and baroque music program, who perform intimate concerts in the museum's galleries. The series continues today at 6 p.m., as CIM Guitar Studio students offer a one-hour concert. Admission is free. (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, Bob Zimmer, Joe Gazzo and Margaret Reardon talk about Cleveland's "glorious" baseball past. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The Cleveland Indians had their home opener on Monday with a game against the new and improved Chicago White Sox. The two teams face off again today at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field as the two-game series comes to a close. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. Tonight's show revolves around the theme, "Community." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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 for a run that's part of a North American tour. With exciting special effects, scenic and lighting designs and 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,

Rock Hall Nights: Put the Needle on the Record

The Rock Hall's monthly Rock Hall Nights series continues tonight. This month's theme is Put the Needle on the Record, and guests can participate in a silent disco, mix Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at a multitrack mixing station, and explore the history of recorded sound through a timeline of devices from the Rock Hall archives. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets cost $20. (Niesel)

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

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,

X-Men: First Class

Set in the early '60s during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 2011's X-Men: First Class centers on the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), showing how the two became involved in a dispute that led to a battle between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor Xavier's X-Men. Part of the Reel Science Series, tonight's screening of the movie at the Capitol kicks off with an introduction and discussion with Dr. Nicole Burt, the curator of Human Health and Evolutionary Medicine at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. The program starts at 7, and tickets cost $6. (Niesel)

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

THU 04/04

Dan Cummins

In the past several years, comic Dan Cummins has been extremely busy. He's released three albums, appeared on all the usual late-night talk shows and toured his ass off. Though his delivery is much more manic, the thirtysomething comic comes off a bit like Jerry Seinfeld as he jokes about the trials and tribulations of getting through everyday life. Cummins performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. (Niesel)

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

Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays had difficulty competing in a particularly tough division and traded away some of the best players after they threw in the towel. They'll struggle to compete against their division rivals again this year and undoubtedly need all the wins they can get if they hope to keep pace with the Red Sox and Yankees. They face off against the Indians tonight at 6:10 at Progressive Field. The series continues through Sunday. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Gerald Kelly's Father and Sons Tour

Comedian Gerald Kelly isn't your usual comic. In addition to the usual resume of television, film and live performances, he's also a community-minded philanthropist who works on two community initiatives: Calling All Fathers, which focuses on the importance of fathers being present in their children's lives, and Microphones Up, Guns Down, a youth development initiative that teaches young people how to use their gifts and talents to end gun violence in underserved communities. Now Kelly and his three sons are on the road: The Father and Sons tour stops this weekend at the Improv. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30. Performances continue through Sunday. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

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." The Great Lakes Theater's production of the play opens 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 theatre major Christina Katsaras. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

FRI 04/05

Battle of the Bands

Four bands hailing from Baldwin Wallace, Oberlin, and Cincinnati will battle for the audience's vote at tonight's Battle of the Bands. The contest takes place at 8:30 in the Baldwin Wallace Student Activities Center. The winner will receive a cash prize and recording time at the Bop Stop. Admission is free. (Niesel)

96 Front St., Berea, 440-826-2369,

Be More Chill

Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the annual spring collaboration between Playhouse Square and Baldwin Wallace University's musical theater and arts management programs. The play focuses on "The Squip," a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring the young protagonist everything he most desires. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre; performances continue through Sunday. Tickets cost $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Choreographed for Cleveland Ballet by Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller, Coppélia is a comic ballet based on two stories written by German Romantic author E. T. A. Hoffmann. It centers on Dr. Coppelius, an inventor who's made a life-size dancing doll. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre, where performances continue tomorrow. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Fish Fridays at Prosperity

Now in its 13th year, Prosperity Social Club's Lenten fish fry takes place today and every Friday through April 18. To meet the demand, the kitchen will open at 11 a.m. on Fridays and serve the fish specials until midnight. Lunch-only specials include the Minnow (two pieces of beer-battered haddock and slaw) and a fish sandwich (with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun). The most popular menu item features flaky haddock, homemade slaw, house tartar sauce and mac 'n' cheese. There's even a supersized version that adds a cup of chowder and two potato pierogi with caramelized onions and a dollop of sour cream. Dubbed Gotta Haddock, the ultimate fish fry can be paired with a beer from Sibling Revelry Brewing that goes by the same name. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

MIX: Funk

This month's installment of MIX focuses on Gordon Parks, the photographer and artist whose work is currently on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Parks would go on to direct Shaft, a classic blaxploitation flick that featured a killer funk soundtrack. Shaft's soundtrack will set the tone for tonight's after-work party. The fun starts at 6, and tickets cost $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. It's free for art museum members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 04/06

Downtown Disco Cleveland

A tribute to a musical genre that's often not taken seriously enough, the third annual Downtown Disco Cleveland takes place tonight at Grays Armory Museum. Tickets include open bar service and a full night of dancing at a cost of $59.99. The event begins at 8 p.m. and runs until midnight. Get tickets on the website. (Niesel)

1234 Bolivar Ave., 216-798-0456,

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts its usual midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. In addition, locals act out a floor show that mimics the movie, turning the event into a veritable party. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

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

Scene's United We Brunch 2019

An annual event, Scene's United We Brunch allows patrons to sample food from some of the city's best restaurants. It's the ultimate cure for a hangover and a great start to another night on the town. Regular admission is $50, and the price includes unlimited brunch tastings, five drink tickets and a commemorative glass. For $75, VIP tickets include unlimited brunch tastings, eight drink tickets and an early jump on the food. Proceeds benefit the Providence House Crisis Nursery. Restaurants on the roster include 49th Bar, Anatolia Cafe, Astoria Cafe & Market, Barley House, Barrio Tacos, Bialy's Bagels Cleveland, Blue Habanero, Cello's Grill, Crop Bistro & Bar, Graeter's Ice Cream, Grumpy's Cafe, Hatfield's GOODE GRUB, Hecks Cafe, Landmark, Music Box Supper Club, Ninja City Kitchen and Bar, Nuevo Cleveland, Odd Dog Coffee, Paladar Cleveland, Sol, Morehouse Willoughby, Tomo Hibachi and Sushi Downtown, Urban Farmer Cleveland and West Side Market Cafe. Southern Tier Brewing Company will provide the beer. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Madison. You must be 21 or over to attend this event. (Niesel), 4601 Payne Ave.,

Space Jam

Retired NBA player Michael Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny in 1996's Space Jam, a bizarre mix of live action and animation that follows Jordan and Bugs Bunny as they try to defeat the Nerdlucks, a rival team of aliens who steal the talent of real-life basketball players such as Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues. The film screens tonight at 9:30 and midnight as part of the Cedar Lee Theatre's Late Shift series. It screens again at 7 tomorrow night. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

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

SUN 04/07

Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Thanks, in part, to the fact that they have one of the best coaches in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are once again heading to the playoffs. They come to town tonight to face the Cavs, a team that needs to lose more than it needs to win if it wants to retain a high draft pick. The game starts at 3 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. Check the Cavs site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Cleveland Rocks Day with Cleveland International Records

Special guest Steve Popovich Jr. will be at the Rock Hall today to celebrate the relaunch of Cleveland International Records, the label that his father founded. The event begins at 10 a.m., and at 1 p.m., Popovich Jr. hosts a special listening of the reissued Cleveland Rocks compilation. There will also be a screening of the 1995 Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel)

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

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,

MON 04/08

Howl's Moving Castle

A 2005 animated fantasy film from director Hayao Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle focuses on Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. As a result, the angry Witch of the Waste transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman; she goes to Howl's magical moving castle to try to break the curse. The film shows tonight at 7 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets cost $9.75. (Niesel)

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

Monsters vs. Americans

In one of the last home games of the season, the Cleveland Monsters take on the Rochester Americans at the Q tonight at 7. As part of a special Monsters Hockey Hoppy Hour, $11 gets you a lower-level ticket and a 12-oz. domestic beer or a Pepsi product/bottled water. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Science Cafe

Tonight, and the second Monday of every month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club to talk about science topics. Tonight's guest is Harsh Mathur, a professor of physics at CWRU. Doors open at 5:30 and the talk begins at 7. Admission is free. but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 04/09

Cavs vs. Charlotte Hornets

The Cleveland Cavaliers play their last home game of a pretty dismal season tonight at the Q where they take on the Charlotte Hornets. While the team will finish with one of the worst records in the league, it will receive a high pick in the upcoming draft. Hopefully, it can pick up one of those talented Duke players and start to rebuild in the wake of Lebron James' departure. The game begins at 7. Consult the Cavs website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Renowned Dutch keyboard player Gustav Leonhardt portrays Johann Sebastian Bach in Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, a 1968 film that looks at the final 27 years of the composer's life through the eyes of his wife. Hardly a traditional biopic/costume drama, the movie represents a departure from genre as all the music in it was performed and recorded live. It screens today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA 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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