Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Aug. 7-13)

WED 08/07

Cuyahoga County Fair

To call the Cuyahoga County Fair a local tradition would be an understatement given that it's now in its 123rd year. This year's incarnation will feature the Swifty Swine Pig Races, midway rides and three nights of fireworks. Up-and-coming country singer Ashley McBryde is slated to perform, and there will be truck racing and a demolition derby. The fair runs through Aug. 11. Check the website for hours and ticket prices. (Jeff Niesel)

19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 440- 243-0090,

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. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Indians vs. Texas Rangers

When the Indians played the Texas Rangers earlier this season, they split a four-game series. A three-game series against the Rangers concludes today at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. The Rangers have gotten better as the season has progressed and should be a formidable foe for the Tribe. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix performed in front of the largest U.S. audience of his career when he played at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, which screens tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Cleveland Cinemas Rock Doc Series, captures the performance with color, 16mm multi-camera footage. Consult the Cleveland Cinemas website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is a monthly storytellers' series that 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, "Animals." 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. (Jeff Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Sunflower Bean

You can now head to the Rock Hall plaza on Wednesday nights to see the "bands you need to hear right now." Part of the Rock Hall's Summer in the City series, the free concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the PNC main stage. There will be an onsite All-Access Cafe, a bar and food trucks, and the weather turns, portions (or the entirety) of the event may be moved inside, delayed, and/or cancelled at the discretion of the Rock Hall. Today, indie rockers Indie rockers Sunflower Bean will perform with Dreemers, who'll open the concert. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,


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, local singer-songwriter M. Moody 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) Continues through Sept. 11.

11440 Uptown Ave.,

Walnut Wednesday

Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. 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. The series continues through Sept. 4. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 08/08

Asian Lantern Festival

Taking over parks and zoos across the country, the traveling Asian Lantern Festival shows off thousands of colorful handmade paper lanterns in open, green spaces. This year's Cleveland edition, which runs through July 28 at the Metroparks Zoo, brings 40 brand new light-up displays. The event also includes authentic bites from local spots Li Wah, King Wah and Thai Thai, an interactive zone, open-air market and live performances. Running after zoo hours, the lantern exhibit is open Thursday through Sunday only, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Same-day tickets are $20.50, or you can score four for $60. (Kids age 2 and younger are free.) Those purchasing tickets early get a discount. (Laura Morrison) Continues through Aug. 11.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

Browns vs. Washington Redskins

The beginning an anticipated Browns season commences tonight at 7:30 at FirstEnergy Stadium where the Browns take on the Washington Redskins in a preseason game. Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield and star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry aren't likely to play the entire game, but fans should be able to see them at least for a quarter or two. Consult the Browns site for tickets prices. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

Drew Lynch

After a softball injury left him with a debilitation stutter, Drew Lynch, an aspiring actor who moved from Indianapolis to Los Angeles when he was 19, had to really struggle to get any opportunities to show off his acting skills. So he turned to standup instead, and in 2015, he made it to the finals in season 10 of America's Got Talent. Now, he has a YouTube following of more than 1.6 million subscribers. He performs tonight at 7 p.m. at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

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, spreading the gospel of what it refers to "Gram's Cosmic American Music." 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) second Thursday of every month.

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

FRI 08/09

Bruce Bruce

A larger-than-life personality makes comedian Bruce Bruce a hard act to forget. Even with his adult humor, Bruce prides himself on not relying on vulgarity to get a laugh out of the crowd. His personality and humor will be enough to keep you laughing the entire time. He also previously hosted the BET series Comic View, where the show achieved its highest ratings ever. You can catch Bruce at the Improv tonight at 7:30 and 10; performances are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Martin Harp)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Flat Out Fridays

The East Bank of the Flats features a slew of great bars and restaurants. To take advantage of the terrific riverfront location, the venues have partnered for Flat Out Fridays, a summer music series by the waterfront that includes sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment. Tonight's Flat Out Friday runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and features local favorites the Spazmatics. Admission is free; details are on the website. (Niesel)

1055 Old River Rd.,

Freakstomp Music Festival

Tropidelic formed in Kent in 2008 and built a following after self-distributing over 10,000 free copies of its self-produced first EP, Rebirth of the Dope. After releasing its second EP, Tree City Exodus, and relocating to Cleveland, the group gained some traction and opened for acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, the Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, the Wailers and Flobots. This weekend, the band headlines its annual Freakstomp Music Festival. Today through Sunday at the Clear Fork Adventure Resort in Butler, the festival features acts such as Bumpin' Uglies, Sun-Dried Vibes, Jon Wayne & the Pain, Little Stranger and Quasi Kings. Tropidelic headlines two nights. There will also be fire performers, dunking booths and other carnival-inspired attractions. Consult the website for a schedule and for ticket prices. (Niesel), 341 Resort Dr., Butler,

Veronika Voss

In Veronika Voss, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's reworking of Sunset Boulevard, a movie actress popular during the Third Reich struggles to come to terms with the end of her career. Living in Munich, she's regressed and become a drug addict, and the film follows her decline. Part of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy, it screens today at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Walkabout Tremont

Walkabout Tremont, which takes place on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 10 p.m., showcases the best of this smart neighborhood, with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, live music, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours, and much more. This month, the theme is Let's Luau. See the event's Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

SAT 08/10

Brahms First Symphony

Asher Fisch conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at Blossom as it plays selections from Liszt, Barber and Brahms. Violinist Jung-Min Amy Lee will perform with the orchestra as well. The concert begins at 8. Consult the orchestra's website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Cedar Fairmount SummerFEST

The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Music Settlement will participate in this year's incarnation of the Cedar Fairmount SummerFEST that takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The Cleveland Museum of Art will feature Studio Go, a dance painting artist working with DayGloTM paints and two chalk artists. The Music Settlement will be featured on the grassy knoll adjacent to Nighttown with guest performers Guerrieri/Perrine Duo, an electric bass and tenor saxophone pair playing jazz and blues. It will also bring Thorne Musica to Cedar Fairmount with Paul Kovac and Caroline King, and there will be a table with instruments available for all to try. Local musicians Blue Lunch and Harry Bacharach will perform during the afternoon while children have the opportunity to build their own designs with Faber Castell kits available at the Cleveland Heights Church. Praxis Fiber Workshop will introduce attendees to the beauty of fabric dying in addition to selling unique scarves. Historians may take advantage of tours of the district made available through the Cleveland Heights Historical Society. Cedar Fairmount merchants will be on hand with Sale in the Alley, which will offer select items from Still Point Gallery and Pavilion Home and Floral. Appletree Books will host numerous authors who will be on-hand for meet-and-greets and book signings. Local artists Ralph Solonitz, Eric Silverman, Animal Zen and Cleveland Henna will also participate in the festival while both the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Fire Department will be on hand with informative pamphlets and answering questions. (Niesel)

Corona Electric Beach

Matt Halper and Eli Sones, the guys in the electronic dance duo Two Friends, have delivered viral remixes of "Trap Queen," "I Miss You" and "Mr. Brightside." The two have a slew of original releases due out this year, and they're currently headlining Corona Electric Beach, an EDM-centric pop-up experience that takes place at noon today at FWD Day + Nightclub. Organizers boast they have "the ability to deliver the beach anywhere" with more than 80 tons of beach sand, palm trees and wood decor elements. Admission is free, but a RSVP is required. Consult the FWD website for more info. (Niesel)

FWD: Foward Day + Night Club, 1176 Front St., 216-417-6282,

The Room

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

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights,


Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

Amelia Davis, the longtime assistant to photographer Jim Marshall, will be on hand at the Rock Hall today for a Q&A session that follows a screening of the documentary film Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall. Marshall's photography is part of the Rock Hall's Woodstock at 50 special exhibit celebrating the festival's anniversary., The first screening begins at 1 p.m. in the Foster Theater and after that screening, Davis joins Woodstock at 50 Curator Nwaka Onwusa for the Q&A and signing of the book that shares the movie's name. Regular admission rates to the Rock Hall apply. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,


Silent Disco Dance Party

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today 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. Tonight's theme: Rave the Roof. Expect to hear music from the classic 90's underground raves to the EDM festivals of today. 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.,


SUN 08/11

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. Seatings are available today at 11 a.m. Detrich Burgess & Company will perform. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Mary Magdalene

Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in Mary Magdalene, the second feature from Garth Davis, the director of Lion. Davis uses the film to assert Mary Magdalene's importance among Jesus's early disciples. The movie features the final film score by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. It screens at 1:30 p.m. today and at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Opioid Awareness Music Festival

Clearly at the center of the opioid crisis, Ohio has the second highest rate of fatal overdoses in the United States. As a result, local musicians, knowledgeable speakers, and Family & Community Services will team up to host the Opioid Awareness Music Festival today at Kent's Hometown Bank Plaza. Local acts such as 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), The Dog Friendly Band, Gaetano's Underworld Blues Band, Hubb's Groove, Outlaws I & I, Sam Hooper Group, the Outside Voices and Thieves of Joy will perform at the event, and speakers and experts will give short talks between bands. Multiple recovery agencies and resource programs will be on hand as well. There will also be food vendors, and proceeds from the event will benefit the addiction recovery programs of Family & Community Services, including Root House, the Portage Area Recovery Center (PARC) and the On Track to Recovery (OTTR) program. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. (Niesel)

142 N. Water St., Kent,

Sloppy Sundays in the Sun

On select Sundays throughout the summer, Now That's Class will host Sloppy Sundays in the Sun, an event that appeals to day drinkers. Bartender Juliet will serve up her special Aperol Spritz and Pimms cocktails, and both patios will be open. The club will even set up an outdoor basketball hoop. The bar opens at 3 p.m., and happy hour takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. It's free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Brian Wilson Celebrates Pet Sounds

Tonight at Blossom, Brian Wilson, the man behind the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, one of the greatest rock albums of all time, will perform tracks from the album with the accompaniment of the Blossom Festival Orchestra. Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join the group as well. The concert begins at 7. Consult the Blossom website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

MON 08/12

Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

In the midst of a significant stretch against some of the American League's best teams, the Cleveland Indians take on the defending champion Boston Red Sox tonight at 7:10 at Progressive Field. It's part of a three-game series that should be a tough one for the Tribe given that the Red Sox have started playing in the season's second half. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Lunchtime Trivia

Today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on U.S. Bank Plaza, Last Call Trivia hosts a live show that 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 1 to 8 players and prizes are awarded to the top teams at the event's conclusion. (Niesel) Continues through Aug. 26.

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 08/13

Dancing Under the Stars

Time again 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 Orquestra Sonora. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. The weekly dance party continues through August 27. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave.,


Tiki Tuesday

To celebrate the warm weather, Music Box Supper Club launched a special Tiki Tuesday event earlier this summer. 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 has launched its seasonal Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. Truck Stop Tuesdays continue through Sept. 24. You can find a lineup of upcoming food trucks on the website. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

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