Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Aug. 22-28)

Sean Jason Kelly opens a new art exhibit about dogs. See: Sunday.
Sean Jason Kelly opens a new art exhibit about dogs. See: Sunday. Courtesy of the Derek Hess Gallery

WED 08/22


Since making its Broadway debut three years ago, Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, has been a smash hit. It traces the life story of Hamilton, referred to in the play as "a bastard, orphan, son of a whore," as he joins the Revolutionary War and then plays a key role in writing The Federalist Papers and serving in President George Washington's cabinet. There's plenty of drama in Hamilton's life, which ends in a duel, and the play exploits every bit of it with a superb soundtrack of catchy songs that tell his remarkable story. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre, where performances run through Aug. 26. A few tickets still remain. (Jeff Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Summer in the City

Tonight, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosts the last free concert in its Summer in the City series. The show, which begins at 7 p.m., features Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, a band inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams. Local rockers the Whiskey Hollow opens. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

Wade Oval Wednesdays

A summer tradition draws to an end tonight at Wade Oval in University Circle. It's 2018's final Wade Oval Wednesday: From 6 to 9, there will be local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. The jazz/blues/swing band Red Light Roxy performs tonight. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

Walnut Wednesday

Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today it continues, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — as food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 26. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 08/23

Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The retooled Cleveland Browns started playing exhibition games earlier this month and looked like a new and improved team. Tonight at 8 at First Energy Stadium, they face the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in a pre-season game. Former Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor will start for the Browns and top draft pick Baker Mayfield should get some snaps too. As of press time, resale tickets were still available and going for as low as $6. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

Rod Paulette

Ohio comedian Rod Paulette, who returns regularly to his home state to perform at the Improv, has a deep voice that seems to carry through the room as he makes fun of racial issues. Like actor/rapper/singer Donald Glover, Paulette plays off the stereotype of being a black man who acts white, and jokes about the struggles he's subsequently encountered. In one bit, he talks about how West Coasters always assume he grew up on a farm because he's from Ohio. "When's the last time you saw a black man on a farm without a chain on his foot keeping his ass there?" he asks. "If you ever see a black man on a farm, sneak up on him, tap him on the shoulder and let him know he's free." Paulette performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 08/24

Legacy Live

One of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series, Legacy Live has become a tradition that families and couples look forward to each summer. The concerts, which take place on the Legacy Village lawn at 6:30 each Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the rock band 45 RPM. Tomorrow, Backtraxx will play rock and soul. Admission is free, but your time is limited: The series wraps up on Aug. 31. (Niesel)

25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871,


Jonathan Cohen conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight as it plays a program featuring the music of Handel, Haydn and Mozart at Severance Hall as part of Cleveland Orchestra's Summers@Severance program. Special happy hour pricing will be offered on liquid refreshments during the hour prior to the 7 p.m. concert. At 8:30, there will be an after-party on the Outdoor Terrace where DJ Brad Petty will spin soft house and electronica. Consult the orchestra's website for ticket info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

John Witherspoon

If you're going to see comedian John Witherspoon tonight at the Improv, where he performs at 7:30 and 10, you'd better dress up — because "you got to coordinate," as he puts it. That catchphrase comes from one of the comedian's signature routines. Witherspoon has worked alongside famous comedians such as Ice Cube, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker and starred as "Pops" on The Wayans Brothers. But he might be best known for voicing "Grandad" on the animated series The Boondocks. His standup routine is even similar to the Boondocks character he portrays; it features fast-paced jokes that keep coming at you. He has shows scheduled at the Improv through Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

SAT 08/25

Carmina Burana

Based on 24 poems from the medieval tome Carmina Burana, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata that dates back to the 1930s. The work begins and ends with the well-known and slightly mystical "O Fortuna," and is mostly based on the idea of the turning of the wheel of fortune. The Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Chorus and Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus all take part in the massive production, tonight at 8 at Blossom Music Center. Consult the orchestra's website for information on ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

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)

A Family Fun Day

Founded in Cleveland in 1943, Joann Stores celebrates its anniversary today with a special event in Public Square. The store's owner will hold what she bills as the "world's largest finger knitting party." There will be refreshments, games, giveaways and music. Celebrity crafter Amber Kemp-Gerstel from the TV show Making It will be on hand as well. The party takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Public Square. One of the nation's leading fabric and craft retailers, the franchise has grown to include more than 865 stores across 49 states. (Niesel)

Silent Disco Dance Party

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today — National Dance Day — is your chance to check it off. Grab your friends and head down to Playhouse Square this evening to dance about in silence while wearing wireless headphones. You can choose from three different channels that will be playing music from the '70s, '80s or '90s. Because it's a "silent" disco, you can turn up the volume as high as you want! Admission is free, but you'll need to have an ID to receive a pair of headphones. The disco takes place from 9 to midnight on U.S. Bank Plaza. (Niesel)

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

SUN 08/26

Dogs of Train Ave.

A renowned visual and tattoo artist, Sean Jason Kelly stumbled upon a dead dog along Train Avenue a few years ago. After he discovered that first poor animal in a garbage bag, subsequent months and years turned up several more. Kelly began getting the animals cremated out of respect, and so they didn't end up tossed in a landfill with trash. As the jars of ashes started to line up, he decided to incorporate them into his artwork, so he could tell their stories. Local filmmaker Jeff Theman (Guilty Till Proven Innocent) followed him around while he worked and has shot a documentary movie about Kelly's artwork. The trailer for the resulting film, Train Ave., will premiere today when Kelly's exhibit, Dogs of Train Ave., opens with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Derek Hess Gallery. (Niesel)

1300 West 78th St., 216-288-4868,

Music Settlement Open House

Today from 1 to 4 p.m., the Music Settlement invites the general public to see its new Ohio City campus at West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. Fun, interactive activities are planned throughout the day. Adults and children alike will have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments and participate in drum circles. Studio Go, Cleveland Museum of Art's mobile art studio, will be on hand, and patrons can also contribute to a public art project that will become a permanent installation in the building. Fahrenheit's food truck will also be on site throughout the afternoon. Admission is free. (Niesel) 2610 Detroit Ave., 216- 421-5806,

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 08/27

Lunch Hour Live Trivia

Yes, summer continues to wind down, making this the final week to take part in Last Call Trivia, a live hosted trivia game during which teams compete for prizes by answering oddball questions. Held on U.S. Bank Plaza on Playhouse Square, the game is designed to be "a spirited competition." The contest starts at 12:30 and lasts an hour. Admission is free. (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 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 08/28

Dancing Under the Stars

Tonight's the final summer edition of Dancing Under the Stars at U.S. Bank Plaza. Beginning at 6, teachers from Viva Dance Studio will teach the salsa; Sammy De Leon Su Orquesta provides the music. 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,

Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

When the Minnesota Twins came to town last month, they took two of three games from the Tribe and had no trouble hitting Indians' pitchers. Since that time, many of the Twins' players have been traded, and the team is a shadow of its former self. Expect the Indians to have their way with what's essentially a AAA team tonight at Progressive Field. Part of a three-game series, play begins at 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Truck Stop Tuesday

As if to provide a westside counterpart to Walnut Wednesdays, Crocker Park in Westlake has launched Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Truck Stop Tuesday continues through Sept. 25. You can check out this week's featured food trucks on the website. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

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