Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Aug. 21-27)

One World Day returns to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. See: Sunday.
One World Day returns to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. See: Sunday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 08/21

Disney's The Lion King

Some 90 million people around the world have seen Disney's long-running musical The Lion King. The play has won six Tony Awards, and it brings to life the story of a lion and the cub who'll inherit his father's kingdom. The musical features the work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some terrific songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre. The play runs through Sept. 1, and tickets cost $49 to $199. (Jeff Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Laughter CAN Cure Fundraiser

Some of Cleveland's best-known comedians will be on hand for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual Laughter CAN Cure fundraiser, which takes place at 7 p.m. today at Forest City Brewery. Michael Ivy will serve as the host for the event which supports ACS CAN's mission to "end suffering and death from cancer." Local comedians including Mike Polk, Mike Head, Deena Nyer Mendlowitz and David Horning will perform, and there will be a silent auction as well. Pre-sale tickets are available at and include one complimentary beverage ticket. (Niesel)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

A Mad, Burning Desire

An issues-minded musical ensemble, Burning River Baroque launches its season today with A Mad, Burning Desire, a show designed to shed light on "unconventional 17th-century women and issues surrounding mental health." A Mad, Burning Desire tells the story of the first English actresses who gained the legal right to act on the public stage in the early 1660s. Co-directors Paula Maust (harpsichord) and Malina Rauschenfels (soprano) will engage in dialogues with the audience about "how the perception of mental health issues in the early modern period directly relates to the stigma surrounding mental health in contemporary times." Performances take place at 7 tonight at the Yellow Springs Arts Council in Yellow Springs; at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at a house concert in Cleveland Heights; at 7 p.m. on Friday at Art House, Inc.; and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at a house concert in Fairlawn. Other performances of A Mad, Burning Desire will take place in October. Find details on the website. (Niesel)

North Union Farmers Market

North Union Farmers Market returns to U.S. Bank Plaza today with an urban-desert oasis of fresh and sustainable local farm foods. Come and stock up on the season's best fruits and vegetables from 4 to 7 p.m. This NUFM location will be up and running each and every Wednesday through Sept. 4. Find out more on the website below. (Niesel)

Chris Porter

The competition in the reality show Last Comic Standing can be fierce. So it's impressive that comic Chris Porter finished third in Season 4. Porter has gone on to achieve some fame. He can be seen on his own "Comedy Central Presents" special and "Live at Gotham." According to his official bio, his "raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry." Porter has a rather gruff delivery. He uses lots of slang and casually curses. In one bit about holding a door opening for "a pretty lady," he jokes about how he seldom receives proper credit for being a gentleman. The Hilarities performance tonight begins at 7, and shows are scheduled through Saturday. Check the Hilarities website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019

Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 takes a closer look at several songs from the Canadian prog rock band's 40th anniversary tour, including "Closer to the Heart", "Subdivisions," "Tom Sawyer" and more. The film also captures unreleased backstage moments and candid footage as well as previously unseen soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite "Jacob's Ladder," along with exclusive new interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz and violinist Jonathan Dinklage. The film even includes a new interview with singer-bassist Geddy Lee, who talks about his Big Beautiful Book of Bass. It screens tonight at 7 at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Cleveland Cinemas' Rock Doc series. (Niesel)

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

Uptown Out to Lunch Series

At today's Out to Lunch concert, on Toby's Plaza in the Uptown District, you can grab lunch from your favorite Uptown eatery and have a seat at the great picnic table while listening to local bands. Today, the local duo Shawn & Shelby performs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free concert series continues through Sept. 11. The schedule is on the website. (Niesel)

11440 Uptown Ave.,

Walnut Wednesday

Time is growing short to make a stop at Walnut Wednesday, one of summer's great traditions. But today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — food trucks once again gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. But remember, the series concludes on Sept. 4. As always, admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 08/22

Terry Fator

More than 10 years ago, ventriloquist Terry Fator won Season 2 of the reality TV show America's Got Talent. That victory launched a successful career, and Fator now holds down a residency in Vegas. Combining singing and ventriloquism, Fator gives his puppets distinctive personalities, distinguishing the live show. He performs tonight at 7:30 at MGM Northfield Park Center Stage. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

FRI 08/23

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

After a tough month during which the Cleveland Indians had to go up against the likes of the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, the team gets a break today as the lowly Kansas City Royals come to town for a three-game series at Progressive Field. The first pitch is at 7:10 p.m., and the two teams play again tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Movie: Batman Live in Concert

Boingo Oingo's Danny Elfman scored the 1989 film Batman, and tonight at 8 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of conductor Ludwig Wicki will play the score live while the movie screens. Though it's not a great piece of cinema, the film helped usher in a new era of superhero films. The program repeats at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Severance. Consult the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Sherri Shepherd

A daytime Emmy winner, comedian Sherri Shepherd executive-produced and starred in her own sitcom, SHERRI, on Lifetime and has made appearances in Less than Perfect, Everybody Loves Raymond, Joan of Arcadia, Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. She regularly jokes about getting old and has a bit about how her butt will simply "start switching" and about how she has trouble reading the fine print on a shampoo bottle. She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled tomorrow too. Tickets cost $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt

Paul Hegemony directs That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt, a documentary film about the talented but reclusive Estonian musician who happens to be the most-performed living composer. The film includes plenty of well-crafted footage of performances of Pärt's experimental compositions. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 08/24

Blues Day Featuring Billy Branch and the SOBs

Wille Dixon discovered blues harp player Billy Branch, and the man has gone on to great fame in the wake of Dixon's discovery. He's recorded 15 albums under his own name and has also recorded with Dixon, Johnny Winter, Keb' Mo, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer and Taj Mahal. He performs today at 3 p.m. at the Rock Hall as part of a special Blues Day event. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

Cleveland Garlic Festival

Northeast Ohio is prime garlic-growing territory, so it makes perfect sense to honor the stinking rose with its very own festival. A fundraiser for the North Union Farmers' Markets, the Cleveland Garlic Festival features music, wine and beer vendors, food competitions, top chef grill-offs, and countless vendors peddling garlic-scented foods. The festival also rounds up many of the region's best garlic growers, making the fest the best place for wannabe garlic growers to purchase this year's planting stock. The event takes place today from noon to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. at Shaker Square. Admission is $9. (Niesel)


At 7 tonight, the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus will host a classical/experimental concert featuring New York-based experimental composer Coleman Zurkowski. Dubbed INSTRUMENTAL, the concert is a piece for pipe organ, cello, viola, clarinet, flute, vocalists and electronics. Inspired by Gregorian chant meditation and medieval music, it aims to show how a venue can influence a performance in a "physical and metaphorical" way. The purpose of this performance is to "provide a safe space for reflection through musical interpretation." Tickets cost $10. (Niesel)

3649 East 65th St., 216-341-9091,

It's Always Sunny in Treehouse

Today, an It's Always Sunny in Treehouse fundraiser will transform the Treehouse into Paddy's Pub in an event sure to appeal to fans of the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m., and proceeds benefit A Special Wish Foundation, Cleveland chapter, a non-profit that grants wishes for children with life-threatening diseases. Tickets cost $30, and the price includes a T-shirt and signature drink ticket. There will be Rum Ham sandwiches and Philly Cheesesteak menu specials along with signature cocktails like Fight Milk, Rum Punch, the CharDee MacDennis and the Wild Card draft beer. There will also be Flip-a-Delphia and Foosball competitions on the bar's popular patio, where the winners will be crowned King or Queen of It's Always Sunny in Treehouse. An additional prize will be awarded to the best-dressed It's Always Sunny character. (Niesel)

820 College Ave., 216-696-2505,

South Pacific in Concert

Andy Einhorn conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it gives an in-concert stage presentation of South Pacific featuring members of the Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Program. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Blossom. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

SUN 08/25

Concerts at Lakeview Cemetery

The annual summer concert series at Lake View Cemetery offers locals yet another great opportunity to savor some free outdoor performances. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city. Lake View Cemetery has partnered with Cleveland's premier jazz venue, Nighttown, and Jim Wadsworth Productions, to set the lineup. Concerts take place from 4 to 6 p.m.; the local R&B group Etiquette performs this afternoon. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is free. (Niesel)

12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665,

One World Day

The Cultural Gardens have celebrated One World Day for 73 years, making it one of the area's oldest continuously running fests in Northeast Ohio. The day features a Parade of Flags, tours of the gardens, a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens, cultural performances, food from many countries and family fun. Last year, people from 37 different cultures marched in the Parade of Flags, many singing or playing music and dressed in folk costumes from their homelands. Expect a similar turnout for this year's event, which takes place today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Consult the Cultural Gardens website for more info. (Niesel)

Rock & Resilience

Rock & Resilience, a special community event, takes place from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Inductee Ricky Byrd, formerly of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will be on hand to perform and talk about "the power music has to help people cope with challenges, heal from trauma, and connect with those around them." The schedule of live performances is as follows: Guitars for Vets performs at noon; Angie Haze Project plays at 1 p.m.; David Smeltz and the Smeltztones take the stage at 2 p.m.; and a songwriters circle featuring Byrd, Kathy Valentine (musician, songwriter and member of the Go-Go's), Liberty DeVitto (formerly a part of Billy Joel's recording and touring band) and Genya Raven (of Goldie and the Gingerbreads, and current SiriusXM DJ) brings the event to a close at 3 p.m. The group's performance features an intimate conversation and songs that address both addiction and the recovery process. Following the songwriters circle, fans can meet Byrd, Valentine, DeVitto, and Raven. The event is free, but a separate admission ticket must be purchased to tour the Rock Hall exhibits. Museum admission is free for members and Cleveland residents. Food and drinks are available for purchase from Rock Hall food trucks and the All Access Cafe. (Niesel)

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

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Joan Baez, Johnny Cash and Arlo Guthrie, star in Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a documentary film about the late Seeger, a folk singer, songwriter and activist who was once blacklisted and banned from TV for 17 years. The United Labor Agency and the North Shore Federation of Labor have sponsored this screening that takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members and card-carrying union members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 08/26

Lunchtime Trivia

This is the final week this summer for Lunchtime Trivia, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on U.S. Bank Plaza. Last Call Trivia hosts this live show which allows teams to compete for prizes by answering trivia questions. Last Call games also incorporate a distinctive point wagering system, giving teams the ability to choose their own strategy which ensures every team has an equal chance to compete. Teams can range from one to eight players and prizes are awarded to the top teams at the event's conclusion. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

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 Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

TUE 08/27

Dancing Under the Stars

This is the final week for Dancing Under the Stars at U.S. Bank Plaza. Beginning at 6, staffers from Viva Dance will dish the salsa lessons; then it's on to the dance party, with live music provided by Sammy de Leon y Su Orquestra. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

Tiki Tuesday

While the warm weather still lasts, head over to Music Box Supper Club for Tiki Tuesday. All tiki drinks are just $6 and some of the food specials are $6 too. There's even a playlist of classic Caribbean music from the '40s and '50s. The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Truck Stop Tuesday

Crocker Park in Westlake is home to Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., thru Sept. 24, on Main Street. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. You can find a lineup of upcoming food trucks on the website. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

Walking on Water

Walking on Water captures celebrated installation artist Christo as he constructs a pedestrian walkway (covered with yellow fabric) on top of Lake Iseo in northern Italy. The piece was first conceived decades ago by the artist and his longtime partner Jeanne-Claude, and the film shows just how complex its construction was. "It's a very, very demanding project — it's like a huge garden, and you have to keep everything in good order," he tells his team at one point in the movie. 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,

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