Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Feb. 20-26)

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The Jump Back Ball returns to the State Theatre. See: Saturday.
The Jump Back Ball returns to the State Theatre. See: Saturday. Photo courtesy Playhouse Square

WED 02/20

spoken word

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. The goal 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, Craig H. Williams, a senior aerospace engineer in the Propulsion Division at NASA Glenn, will speak about the significance of the lunar landing that took place 50 years ago. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,


An Evening with Greg Tate and Craig Street

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates Black History Month with a series of special programs and events that include film screenings and interviews. At 7 tonight, scholar Greg Tate and producer Craig Street will be on hand to discuss the influence that producer Tom Wilson (Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, the Mothers of Invention) had on some of the most recognizable sounds of the 1960s. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. (Niesel)

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


Good Kids, Bad City Book Reading

A former Scene staff writer who now works for the Washington Post, Kyle Swenson returns to town today to discuss his new book, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America. In it, Swenson recounts the wrongful convictions and eventual exonerations of Ricky Jackson, Wiley Bridgeman and Kwame Ajamu, situating the story in the framework of politics, race and criminal justice in Cleveland from the 1970s through today. Swenson wrote a story for Scene that was pivotal to the three men's release from jail. He speaks today at noon at the City Club and at 7 p.m. at Visible Voice Books. Both events are free. (Niesel)

850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor, 440-899-1222,


Ocean Soul

Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater photographing the ocean. His images celebrate "the mystery of the depths" and offer portraits of creatures "so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio." Once, he even lived at the bottom of the sea to take photos. Recently, National Geographic Books published Ocean Soul, a retrospective of the man's photos. Tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, he'll talk about his career. Tickets are $25 to $45. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood

A Cleveland favorite, playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors) returns with Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cleveland Playhouse's "rollicking new take" on a beloved legend. In this particular production, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men take on a greedy prince. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre. Tickets start at $25. Performances continue through March 9. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Witness for the Prosecution

In Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The play centers on the attempt to untangle the truth. The Great Lakes Theatre offers its take on the suspenseful thriller tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre. Performances continue through March 10. Tickets are $15 to $75. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000,

THU 02/21


Beethoven's 'Pastoral'

Tonight's Cleveland Orchestra concert that takes place at 7:30 at Severance Hall features two symphonies inspired by the countryside and nature. Beethoven's "Pastoral," features rolling thunder, a lively country dance and the sound of a shepherd's pipes. Scotland's rugged beauty inspired Mendelssohn's "Scottish" symphony, a piece characterized by moody, atmospheric melodies. Herbert Blomsted conducts, and Timothy Cutler, a Cleveland Institute of Music professor of music theory, gives the pre-concert talk an hour before the concert. Performances continue through Saturday. Check the orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


Cavs vs. Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are proof that first-round draft picks don't guarantee success. The Suns have plenty of young, talented players but continue to be one of the league's worst teams. Even though the Cavs lost a few key players before the trade deadline, they still stand a good chance tonight against the Suns, who are led by sharp shooting guard Devin Booker and rookie center Deandre Ayton. The game begins at 7 at the Q. Consult the Cavs website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


Bobby Collins

Bobby Collins was destined to be a comedian from the start — his father named him after his favorite comedian Bob Hope, and he's been telling jokes ever since. A New York native, Collins left a very prestigious position as vice president of Calvin Klein to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian. He quickly catapulted to fame and has even opened for big-name acts such as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. Collins' very heavy New York accent shines through as he tells jokes about everyday life. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at Hilarities and has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

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


Genesis 2.0

Genesis 2.0 focuses on the harsh and dangerous life of so-called "mammoth hunters" who live and work in the far north of Siberia. The film captures the gold-rush fever that exists in the market for mammoth remains, because prices for this "white gold" have never been so high. Sometimes the hunters even find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle. The movie shows tonight at 7 at the Cedar Lee Theatre as part of the Reel Science Series. Roberta Muehlheim, assistant curator in the vertebrate zoology department at the Natural History Museum, will host the screening. Tickets cost $9.75. (Niesel)

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


John Henton

Actor, writer, producer and comedian John Henton will stop in Cleveland for three days to show off his gritty sense of humor. A must-see comic, he shares his opinions without hesitation and uses comedy to lighten topics like race, politics and even disciplining one's own children. He also jokes about his travel experiences, such as having a terrible seat on a night flight and enduring many bad hotel rooms. The native Clevelander has snatched roles in the sitcoms Living Single and The Hughleys. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $17. (Hannah Borison)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,


The Importance of Being Earnest

The CSU Department of Theatre & Dance offers its take on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, "a trivial comedy for serious people." The play uses humor to address issues of identity and relationships and employs mistaken identities, plot twists and "madcap action." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre. Performances continue through March 3. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,


MeatEater: Under the Hood with Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis

Tonight at 8 at the Ohio Theatre on Playhouse Square, Steven Rinella and producer Janis "The Latvian Eagle" Putelis talk about the struggles of producing the Netflix series MeatEater and the top-ranked accompanying podcast. They'll share film clips and talk about the thrll of getting charged by grizzlies, stricken by weird diseases and run over by moose. They've filmed more than 100 episodes, so they have plenty to discuss. Tickets are $30 to $150. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Notes on an Appearance

Notes on an Appearance, director Ricky D'Ambrose's debut film, centers on a young man who mysteriously disappears after starting his research for a biography he plans to write about a sinister social theorist. The movie makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,


Open Mic Night/Live Band Karaoke

Every Thursday, Stella's Music hosts a night of music, poetry and comedy. The club's doors open at 5 p.m., and performances begin at 8 p.m. Artists can sign up at to secure a 15-minute time slot. Signups will be available at the club as well. Meanwhile, happy hour takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

FRI 02/22


Born to Lead: Americana Music Trailblazers

In his eighth book, Born to Lead: Americana Music Trailblazers, Mark Hodermarsky recognizes those artists who have played influential roles in the Americana movement. The book seeks to provide "a sharper description of the genre" and also offers a section devoted to deepening an appreciation for Americana's "immense scale and diversity." Hodermarsky offer his takes on how Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Buffalo Springfield, the Grateful Dead and other acts pursued their musical visions and encouraged other musicians to forge their own paths. He reads from his book tonight at 7:30 at Visible Voice Books. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,


Cleveland Auto Show

Featuring concept, pre-production and production vehicles from many of the world's top auto manufacturers, the Cleveland Auto Show returns to the I-X Center. The massive event occupies nearly 1.2-million square feet and features exhibits, vehicle giveaways and a classic car competition. Today's hours are 5 to 10 p.m., and the show continues through March 3. Consult the website for a complete schedule. Tickets cost $14 for adults. Parking is free. (Niesel)

1 I-X Center Dr., 216-676-6000,


Conversations in Courage

An actor who's appeared in nearly 20 films as well as on network television, Peter Lawson Jones has an impressive resume. Karamu Performing Arts Theatre has produced his drama, The Family Line, and Ensemble Theatre put on his latest play, The Bloodless Jungle. From February 2002 through December 2010, Jones served as a member of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and was president of the board for three of those years. He also served in the Ohio House of Representatives and was the vice mayor and a councilman for Shaker Heights: He has received over 50 awards and honors for his governmental, civic and political work. Now he is back on the stage: Jones will star as Malcolm X in Conversations in Courage: A Theatrical Performance of the Meeting. Greg White will portray Martin Luther King Jr., and the performance will be held at 7:30 tonight at Heights Christian Church in Shaker Heights. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults. SHAC members receive a $5 discount. (Niesel) 17300 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights,


Flanagan's Wake

Finding the humor in life and death, Flanagan's Wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Kent BeatleFest

The sixth annual installment of BeatleFest is set to take place in Kent tonight. More than 20 bands will perform at 18 venues, marking the anniversary of the Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 7, 1964. Tribute bands Liverpool Lads and Abbey Road will perform, and Cleveland-based OPUS 216 will offer acoustic-classical takes on Beatles tunes. Another act on the schedule, Across the Universe, specializes in the music of John Lennon, from his pre-Beatle days to his last studio album; and the Colin Dussault Blues Project will become the Colin Dussault Beatles Project just for one night. The female duo Babies in Black will play early Beatles tunes on standup bass and guitar. Admission is free; consult the website for a complete schedule. (Niesel)

film fest

Kids' Film It Festival

When 14-year-old Ryan Levine decided to start a film festival for kids, he chose to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation because his grandmother has Parkinson's disease. The resulting film festival has become a big hit; it comes to the Rock Hall at 7 tonight. The festival regularly receives more than 100 submissions from around the country, from kids ages 8 to 18. This year's selections are grouped into three categories (animation, music and film), and have been submitted by three age groups. Winners in each category and age group will be announced tonight. Tickets can be purchased through the festival website, below, and 100 percent of proceeds go to the MJFF. (Niesel)

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


Peppermint Soda

Today at 7 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts the local revival premiere of the 1977 French flick Peppermint Soda. A classic coming-of-age story, the movie focuses on two sisters who deal with the trials and tribulations of growing up in Paris in the early 1960s. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 02/23

music fest

Brite Winter 2019

This year marks the 10th installment of Brite Winter, the popular winter music festival that takes place on the West Bank of the Flats. The L.A.-based indie rock act Smallpools will headline the event, and some of the city's best local bands, including Ezri, Mourning [A] BLKstar, the Vindys, Uptowne Buddha, Ray Flanagan & the Authorities, and Muamin Collective are scheduled to perform. There will be ice carving demonstrations and other art installations as well. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and admission is free. (Niesel)


Gina Chavez

Multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress Gina Chavez comes to town riding a wave of acclaim. A 10-time Austin Music Award winner, the bi-lingual singer has had an album top both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts. Her Tiny Desk Concert from 2015 made that year's NPR Top 15 list. Chavez also once took a 10-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department. Her appearance tonight is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park concert series, presented in partnership with the Conservancy for CVNP. Doors open at 7 and the music starts at 8 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge. Consult the website, below, for ticket prices. (Niesel)

500 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909,


Jump Back Ball

Taking place tonight at 7 at the State Theatre, the 28th annual incarnation of this fundraising fete has adopted a unique theme: Jump Back Across the Pond. "Think royal family, Harry Potter and the Beatles," reads the press release. Two bands, Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean and Faction, will perform. Special late-night tickets go for $75, about half the cost of a general admission ticket, and gives partygoers access to the festivities after 9:30 p.m. The event concludes at midnight. Consult the Playhouse Square website for more info. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


North Union Indoor Farmers Market

Until March 30, the North Union Indoor Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Crocker Park. Local farmers, makers and bakers will be on hand to sell seasonal greens and vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses and bakery items. The market is held at 228 Market St., between the Gap and Cyclebar. Afterward, check out Comet Alley, which sits between Yard House and Hyatt Place Hotel: You'll find locally owned businesses and shops that'll appeal to a "shop local" mentality. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

mixed martial arts

World Fighting Championships

For the first time in nearly five years, mixed martial arts will return to Hard Rock Live tonight at 6:30 as World Fighting Championships 99 comes to the venue. In one of the main fights, Cleveland's JT Miller will take on Chicago native PJ Cajigas. Miller is a former Cleveland State wrestler from world-renowned Strong Style MMA. In the co-main event, Cleveland's Frank Caraballo will fight Toledo's Antonio Castillo Jr. A slew of other bouts will take place tonight too. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets start at $35. (Niesel)

10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

SUN 02/24


Matthew Ball

An attorney who became a musician, Ball's playing has earned him a rabid following on YouTube. He gives a free concert at 2 p.m. today at the Lakewood Public Library. Ball, who plays tunes from the '20s, '30s and '40s, has posted YouTube vidoes that have received more than four million views. Expect to hear American standards like "In the Mood," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Basin Street Blues," and more. (Niesel)

15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-8275,


Ciurlionis – In Pursuit of Soundscapes

Ciurlionis – In Pursuit of Soundscapes aims to showcase the music, paintings and literary works of Lithuanian artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, an abstract art pioneer. Part of the Music Settlement's newly launched Signature Series, the concert will not only honor the recent 100th anniversary of the Republic of Lithuania's Independence Day, but it will also pay tribute to the Lithuanian community There will be a discussion of Ciurlionis' masterworks along with musical performances by Duo Zubovas, a Lithuanian piano duo that features two of Lithuania's most talented pianists, Sonata Deveikyte and Rokas Zubovas. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Glick Recital Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children. (Niesel) 11125 Magnolia Dr., 216-421-5806,


Passing Through

Some critics have called Larry Clark's 1978 flick, Passing Through, the "greatest jazz movie ever made." The film follows a saxophonist as he's released from prison and tries to connect with his grandfather. The soundtrack features songs by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more. It screens at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,


The Pop Tarts

The Pop Tarts, a dynamic 1960s girl singing group will deliver a blast from the past today from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Beachwood Community Center. The Cleveland group features members who go by names such as Luscious Lemon Tart, Wild Blueberry Tart, Very Cherry Tart and Sweet Apple Tart. Expect to hear tracks by acts such as the Chiffons, the Shirelles and the Supremes. Admission is free. (Niesel)

25325 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, 216-292-1970,


Young Picasso

A collaboration with the Picasso museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris, Young Picasso explores the famed painter's early years, from his Blue and Rose Periods to 1907, and the forces that made the man the icon that he became. The 2019 Blu-ray movie makes its local premiere today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. General admission is $14, or $10 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 02/25


Cavs vs. Portland Trailblazers

In Damian Lilard and C.J. McCollum, the Portland Trailblazers have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. The team has played exceptionally well this year and is poised to make the playoffs. It'll be a tough challenge for the Cavs tonight when the Trailblazers come to the Q at 7. Consult the Cavs' site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


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,

TUE 02/26


Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. 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,


Twisted Pair

Director Neil Breen (Fateful Findings) takes on the concept of virtual reality in his new sci-fi flick, Twisted Pair. Breen also stars in the movie as twin brothers who enter a "limitless digital universe." The shoddy special effects and hokey dialogue will undoubtedly get a good laugh. The movie screens tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $11. (Niesel)

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

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,



Monsters vs. Milwaukee Admirals

As part of a seasonal promotion, Cleveland Monsters fans can score a $1 Pepsi, $2 Sugardale hotdog and $3 select 12-ounce beer tonight as the team takes on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Q. The game begins at 7; the teams face off again tomorrow night at 7. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,



Cavs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Much like the Cavaliers, the Memphis Grizzlies will be looking to rebuild next season. Before this year's trade deadline, the Grizzlies unloaded their star center Marc Gasol, so they're missing one of their top players. As a result, this should be a winnable game for the Cavs. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Q. Consult the Cavs site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile),


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

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