Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Dec. 12-18)

A Star Wars-themed burlesque show comes to the Beachland. See: Friday.
A Star Wars-themed burlesque show comes to the Beachland. See: Friday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 12/12

The 10th Annual Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza

For the past decade, local singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert has hosted his annual Holiday Extravaganza. This year's incarnation features a 12-piece band with Humbert and longtime backup singer Emily Bates performing Big Band, jazz and pop standards along with rearranged versions of Humbert's original tunes. The show will raise money for Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital's Muffins for Mammograms program, which provides free mammograms year-round for uninsured or under-insured women throughout Northeast Ohio. The concert begins at 7:30 at the Akron Civic Theatre, where it repeats tomorrow night. Tickets are $20. (Jeff Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,


Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks

After more retooling during the off-season, the New York Knicks, one of the league's most storied franchises, remain a mediocre team. The current roster, however, does include one bright spot: forward/center Kristaps Porzingis, the highest drafted Latvian and Baltic player in NBA history. The Knicks play the Cavaliers tonight at 7 at the Q. Consult the Cavs website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


A Christmas Story

The Cleveland Play House's production of Jean Shepherd's beloved Christmas Story rides a two-hour wave of intricate details to unerringly establish the period and to help even the youngest patrons make the leap back to a time before televisions were omnipresent and cowboy hero Red Ryder was king of the wireless. See it tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre. Performances continue through Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 to $97. (Christine Howey)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Ryan Dalton

It's been a long, slow climb to the middle for Cleveland comic Ryan Dalton. The guy started performing standup in 1998 and has had some minor success. He's regularly on The Bob and Tom Radio Show and has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. He also makes the rounds of the comedy festival circuit. Much like Seinfeld, Dalton jokes about life's absurdities. It's a testament to the strength of his material that he doesn't need to rely heavily on obscenities in order to be funny, and he'll joke about things like what a mistake it is to tell a woman she has a gray hair. He performs at 8 tonight at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 and $18. (Niesel)

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


A Magical Cirque Christmas

The press release for A Magical Cirque Christmas promises that the event will include "jaw-dropping magic" along with "breathtaking circus acts" and "the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols. Be transported to the Golden Age of entertainment by "mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more" when the event touches down at the State Theater on Playhouse Square tonight at 7:30. Tickets start at $15 and are available on the website.(Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


The Nutcracker

Tonight at the Hanna Theatre on Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Ballet takes on the Nutcracker, a ballet in two acts that tells the classic story of how a young woman's favorite Christmas toy comes to life and takes her on a fantastic trip through a magical kingdom. Tonight's performance begins at 7 p.m.; additional performances continue throughout the weekend. Tickets are $25 to $79; get them on the website. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St.,



Singers' Night

Earlier this fall, Return of Simple frontman Rob Kovacs started hosting a monthly Singers' Night at Bar 107 in Berea. The evening features local singers taking turns performing on stage while Kovacs accompanies them on piano. Singers are encouraged to bring sheet music or choose from Kovacs' long song list (which is posted on the website). Lyrics aren't provided, but performers can bring their own if needed. Each month will feature a new local singer who will perform a short set. Sign-ups for the night begin at 8 p.m. with the first singer of the night kicking things off at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

107 Front St., Berea, 440-973-4431,


Stella's Records Launch Party

Last month, Stella's Music Club, the new music venue on East Ninth Street in downtown Cleveland, announced it'll launch a record label, simply dubbed Stella's Records. Tonight's show at the club features Birds in the Boneyard, a pop-jazz-rock band from Queens, and will serve as a party to celebrate the label's launch. While in Cleveland last month, the band met with local producer Jim Wirt (Incubus) about producing the album slated to come out on the Stella's imprint. Disconnected, Pale Hollow, the Tony Lang Band and the Black Moods are also on the bill. The show starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel)

2217 East Ninth St., 216-272-3377,

THU 12/13


Steve Byrne

Comedian Steve Byrne, the star and creator of the TBS sit-com Sullivan and Son, gets laughs by making fun of people based on the types of music they listen to; he also likes to have audience members join him on stage so he can create his own boy band. Byrne likes to make observational jokes about married life. "Eating at McDonald's is the closest I'll come to cheating on my wife," he jokes. "I see those arches and think, 'Oh shit, I want you inside of me.'" Expect a lively, interactive show when he performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has additional performances scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. (Niesel)

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


A Christmas Carol

This Great Lakes Theater production of Charles Dickens' classic never fails to engage and delight. Framed cozily as a story within a story in this Gerald Freedman adaptation, the production really comes alive once the ghost of Jacob Marley appears, dragging his chains and creaking eerily with every movement. This annual tribute to knee-jerk liberal sentiments, like compassion for the downtrodden, is always a must-see — whether you've seen it before or not. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $15 to $75. Performances continue through Dec. 23. (Howey)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Jay Stevens

"Laughter is a healing medicine," says comic Shawn D. Stevenson (aka Jay Stevens), a native Clevelander. Stevens didn't initially intend to pursue a career in comedy. But after he had a religious awakening nearly 20 years ago, he felt the need to share his gift with others to help them relieve their stress and possibly heal them with laughter. A clean comic, Stevens performs in both comedy clubs and churches. He performs at 7:30 tonight at the Improv, and again at 7 on Sunday night. Tickets are $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 12/14


The Age of the Medici, Part 2

Originally released in Italy in 1973 as a three-part TV series, The Age of Medici, which was directed by Roberto Rossellini, chronicles the exile of Cosimo de' Medici, head of the prominent banking family that thrived in 15th-century Florence. Part 1 of the series screened earlier this month at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Part 2 screens today at 7 p.m. Part 3 screens at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

holiday music

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain

Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's own, internationally acclaimed baroque orchestra, performs an Appalachian Christmas program tonight, with a concert dubbed Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration. There will be fiddlers, singers and bagpipe players, all under the guidance of artistic director Jeannette Sorrell. Tonight's performance begins at 8 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets start at $28. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,


Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have become a playoff-caliber team ever since star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the squad. Though it's still early in the season, this year's team appears to be one of the best teams in the East. The Cavaliers will have a hard time getting the win tonight when the two teams face off at 7:30 p.m. at the Q. Consult the Cavs' website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Holiday shopping

Cleveland Holiday Flea

The Cleveland Flea is back for another round of holiday cheer. For 2017's iteration, the Flea took over Ohio City's former Unique Thrift space. But now that a Planet Fitness is there, the winter-themed event is headed to the renovated Madison event center on Payne Avenue. Event planners chose to add 50 to 75 booths featuring enough locally made and antique items to cheer up even the biggest Scrooge around. The holiday market takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Advance tickets run $10 to $20; add five bucks if you buy them at the door. (Laura Morrison)

4601 Payne Ave.,

Holiday music

Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus celebrate the holidays with their annual series of Christmas concerts at Severance Hall. You'll find sing-alongs, guest choruses and a "surprise visitor" as the orchestra teams up with the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, the Cleveland State University Chorale and the College of Wooster Chorus for these seasonal performances. Tonight's concert begins at 7:30; additional concerts continue through Sunday. Consult the website for ticket prices and more information. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


The Great Buster: A Celebration

The Great Buster: A Celebration, a new documentary film by Peter Bogdanovich, celebrates the artistry of silent film star Buster Keaton. Bogdanovich uses film clips, along with interviews with Mel Brooks, Bill Hader, Werner Herzog and Quentin Tarantino, to honor the talented Keaton. The movie makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 9:25 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 6:50 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Holiday happenings

How the Kishka Saved Christmas!

For 11 years, Clevelander DJ Kishka hosted a Polka Happy Hour at the Happy Dog Tavern. He launched the event in 2005 with an impromptu polka jam after a polka band that was scheduled to play didn't show up. Two years ago, Kishka brought the monthly event to an end. But he comes back to the Happy Dog tonight for his annual How the Kishka Saved Christmas happening. He'll put up a fake Christmas tree with sauerkraut tinsel and hand out pierogi ornaments to be colored and hung as well. It all starts at 6, and admission is free. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

family fun

Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play

Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play continues today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Kids get a temporary tattoo, an activity book and the chance to expend some of their excess holiday spirit by learning about and imitating the movements of crabs, archerfish, frogs, frilled lizards and other Aquarium residents. Guests of all ages can participate in an aquarium-wide scavenger hunt and/or talk to and snap a selfie with Scuba Claus while he dives in the Aquarium's 230,000-gallon shark exhibit from 1 to 2 p.m. Aquarium hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,


Star Wars Burlesque: The Return of the Tease

The local burlesque company Le Femme Mystique Burlesque regularly hosts events in Northeast Ohio. One of its most unique events, Star Wars Burlesque: The Return of the Tease will return to the Beachland Ballroom at 8 tonight. This year's performers include Bella Sin, Noella Deville, Cece Noir, Scarlett Chaton and Deva Diamond. A couple of Cleveland Burlesque Academy graduating students will be on hand as well. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $17 in advance, or $20 at the door. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,


Sheryl Underwood

Since becoming the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1989, Sheryl Underwood's comedy career has taken off. Underwood's language is colorful yet not overly vulgar. She covers plenty of racy material and likes to crack jokes about how screwed up relations between men and women can be. Since 2011, she's been a host on the daytime TV show The Talk. She performs at 7:30 and 10 tonight and at 7 and 9:30 tomorrow night at the Improv. Tickets are $27. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Holiday happenings

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's holiday-themed Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits, drop in at the plentiful bars, restaurants and specialty shops that participate in the art stroll, and even nab a free ride on Lolly the Trolley. The walk takes place from 5 to 10 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and a listing of entertainment and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

SAT 12/15

spoken word

Behind the Scenes of Serial Season 3

The first podcast to win a Peabody Award, Serial narrates true crime stories over multiple episodes. Tonight at 8 at the State Theatre, Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi (an Ohio native) will talk about Season 3 and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the program. The City Club of Cleveland CEO Dan Moulthrop will moderate the discussion, and a Q&A period will follow the presentation. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Avenue, 216-241-6000,


Jack Frost

Cleveland Cinemas' Late Shift series, a program dedicated to the nostalgic cult and camp cinema that we love even though it's certainly not Oscar-worthy material, has been a fixture at the local chain of theaters since 2006. The 2018 schedule continues tonight with Jack Frost, the cult film about how serial killer Jack Frost turns into a snow-covered mutant after an accident with a chemical truck. Guests who wear a plaid scarf will receive a free bag of popcorn. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

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


Monsters vs. Rochester Americans

After playing the Rochester Americans on their home turf last night, the Cleveland Monsters take on the team tonight at 7 at the Q. Tonight is Grow the Game Night, and the first 5,000 kids (12 and under) will receive a free youth jersey. Fans are also encouraged to bring new and unwrapped toys to the game, which will go to pre-selected nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, serving children. Consult the Q website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

SUN 12/16


Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

One of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers added more talent to the roster last month when they picked up All-Star forward Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler adds athleticism and scoring, giving the team yet another offensive threat. Beating the 76ers will be difficult for the Cavs. The game begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Q. Consult the Q website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles, along with soul-stirring, foot-stomping music that might find you dancing in the aisles. Seatings are at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,


Straight No Chaser

The male a cappella group Straight No Chaser had such success with their 2013 release Under the Influence, with musical cameos from Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins and Dolly Parton, that it essentially became a household name. Expect to hear songs from that album tonight, alongside holiday tunes and selections from the band's extensive back catalog. Performances are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $29.50 to $59.50. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


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 12/17


Monday Night Trivia

Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? What say you about the geographic evolution of Scotch whisky? Tonight's your chance to wow your friends, make yourself instantly more desirable to someone you're newly dating, and hang with Cleveland's headiest hipsters and hot dog lovers. It's the Happy Dog Monday Night Trivia. Starting at 8 p.m., expect themed rounds and general knowledge questions that seem considerably trickier than some of the other live trivia locales in town. Obviously, have a hot dog and a craft brew while you're at it. And arrive early: Seats fill up fast. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,


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,

food + beer

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 12/18


Classical Revolution Cleveland

Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the people, in locations that invite relaxation and casual fun. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members sometimes grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance celebrates both the holidays and the group's ninth anniversary. The music starts at 8 at the Happy Dog. Did we mention that it's free? (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,


Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

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