Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Jan. 30-Feb.5)

The Madcap Cottage guys come to the I-X Center as part of the Great Big Home + Garden Show. See: Friday.
The Madcap Cottage guys come to the I-X Center as part of the Great Big Home + Garden Show. See: Friday. Photo courtesy of the Great Big Home + Garden Show

WED 01/30

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. The goal of the Party 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, Greater Cleveland Film Commission president Ivan Schwarz will discuss the ins and outs of getting such big-budget flicks as The Avengers, Captain America and Draft Day to film in Cleveland. To eat, the menu includes The Hulk, Chicken Schwarma (get it?), and Superman Ice Cream. 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,


Friends: The Musical Parody

Back in the '90s, the TV show Friends was a monster hit, with its focus on a photogenic group of friends in their 20s trying to make a go of it in the Big Apple. Friends: The Musical Parody makes fun of the motley crew and offers "an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp." Tonight's show takes place at 7 at Hilarities, where performances continue through Saturday. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)

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


A classic gangster film, GoodFellas centers on Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who teams up with the neighborhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family. The film screens tonight at 6 at the Capitol as part of the theater's Happy Hour Classic series. Admission includes a complimentary cocktail or soft drink and light appetizers. Tickets cost $10. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 16-651-7295,

An Iliad

With An Iliad, the Cleveland Play House takes on Homer's classic story, and the theatrical rendition of the epic narrative promises "vivid storytelling" and live cello as two women transform a bare stage into a "raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory." Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Outcalt Theatre, where performances continue through Feb. 3. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

Miss Saigon

Part of the Broadway Series, Miss Saigon, which opened yesterday at the State Theatre, centers on a young Vietnamese woman who meets an American G.I. and falls in love. A stunning spectacle with a cast of 42, the musical features Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind" and "The Heat Is On in Saigon." Tonight's performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and additional shows continue through Feb. 17. Tickets start at $10. Find details on the website. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Wizard of Oz

Fathom Events kicks off its 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series today with special screenings of The Wizard of Oz in honor of the movie's 80th anniversary. The classic film opened on Jan. 27 on nearly 700 movie screens nationwide. Final screenings of the film, which stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke, are at area theaters today. Consult the Fathom Events website for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)

THU 01/31

Kofi: Made in Akron

In a short amount of time, 19-year-old pianist Kofi R. Boakye has put together a pretty impressive resume. The Akron musician has toured Germany and Prague with the Miller South Show Choir. At the age of 15, he was accepted into the University of Akron School of Music's jazz program, making him the youngest African-American pianist to ever be accepted into a collegiate-level jazz program at the university. At 5 p.m. today, the Tangier Caberet in Akron will host a benefit screening of Kofi: Made in Akron, a documentary film about the young star, to support Boakye as he prepares to head off to Berklee College of Music, where he'll start school in the fall. Boakye has set up a tax exempt 529 savings plan to help cover the cost of his education, and proceeds will go into that fund. The event includes a VIP reception, a silent auction and raffle, the premiere of the documentary film, and a performance by Boakye and his band. Tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

532 West Market St., Akron, 330-376-7171,

Wine and Dine in the Dark

At today's special Wine and Dine in the Dark event, the folks at Mallorca will serve a five-course meal with wines of the world. As the title implies, the food will be served in the dark and guests must wear blindfolds. The event promises to be "a very unique sensual experience with food" and "unlike anything you have done before." It starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel)

1390 West Ninth St., 216-687-9494,

FRI 02/01

Amores Perros

Because Mexican directors have won four of the past five Oscars for Best Director, the Cleveland Museum of Art will pay tribute to that group this month with several special screenings. Tonight at 6:15, it'll screen Alejandro G. Inarritu's Amores Perros, an anthology film that features three distinct stories. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Flanagan's Wake

Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the 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,

The Great Big Home + Garden Show

Now in its 10th year, the 10-day Great Big Home + Garden Show returns to the I-X Center today. It features a whopping 600 exhibits centering on how to "renew, refresh and restore" your home and garden. This year's special exhibits include a fairytale-themed Garden Showcase, a Modernized Millennial Idea Home and a Backyard Living Showcase. Home improvement celebrities such as HGTV's Desert Flippers' Eric and Lindsey Bennett and Madcap Cottage's John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon will be on hand as well. The Bennetts will appear on the Main Stage today and tomorrow, and Loecke and Nixon will appear on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. Matt Fox, the creator of the HGTV show Room by Room, will serve as the Main Stage host. There will also be fine dining in the I-X Bistro, a full-service, white tablecloth restaurant, and landscaping experts will present daily gardening seminars. Check the show's website for hours and a complete schedule of happenings. Tickets cost $15 at the door, or $13 online. (Niesel)

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


Back in the 1930s and '40s, independent productions flourished on Hollywood's Poverty Row, a strip of Gower Street between Sunset Boulevard and the Paramount lot. The companies produced low-budget genre films that often had "strange, illusive qualities" not found in major studio movies and tackled taboo subjects like venereal disease and "medical quackery." The UCLA Film & Television Archive preserves and restores these rare and endangered works, and tonight, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will present one of them: Mamba, a film about an evil plantation owner who lives in German South Africa. The film is part of a program dubbed Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch: Poverty Row Films Preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The film screens at 7:30 tonight and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Weep For Joy

A play in two acts written by David Payne, Weep For Joy centers on the relationship that grew between writers C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. The two authors argued and laughed, and their initial meetings were rather funny. Their friendship turned into a marriage, which came with its share of tribulations. The play depicts how these two people confronted incredible hardship. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, where performances continue through Sunday. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

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

SAT 02/02

Beijing Dance Theatre

Born and raised in Beijing, Wang Yuanyuan started studying dance at the Beijing Dance Academy before becoming the resident choreographer of the National Ballet of China. One of the most internationally awarded Chinese choreographers, she leads the Beijing Dance Theatre. The troupe make its Ohio debut today at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre, where it performs again at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Blax Museum

A poet, blogger, educator and cultural facilitator, Michelle R. Smith has recently been a featured poet and panelist at the Coast Line Poetry Series at the Lakewood Public Library, the Ekphrastic Poetry Invitational at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Great Lakes' Black Authors Expo and Writers Conference. Today she brings her annual artist showcase, Blax Museum, back to the East Cleveland Public Library. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Greg L. Reese Performing Arts Center. It will feature black artists from Northeast Ohio who'll give original presentations and performances. (Niesel)

14101 Euclid Ave., 216-541-4128,

Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks

With rookie sensation Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks have a young superstar that they can build a team around. He recently became the second youngest player ever to record a triple-double. He's reason enough to check out tonight's game featuring the Cavs and the Mavs at 7:30 at the Q. Check the Cavs website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

Ice cream is such good stuff, why the hell not eat it for breakfast? Today — Ice Cream for Breakfast Day — Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Chagrin Falls will open at 9 a.m., so you can indulge in a few scoops of Banana French Toast, the special flavor that the place is whipping up for the event, in place of your usual toaster streudel. The shop will also serve coffee, and 100 percent of all profits will go to She Should Run. A nonprofit committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for office by 2030, the organization's mission is to "expand the talent pool of women running and to give equal opportunity to women of all political leanings, ethnicities and backgrounds." Since 2016, She Should Run has inspired more than 15,000 women to run for office. (Niesel)

67 North Main St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-2064,

Infinite Football

A documentary film about a Romanian bureaucrat whose career comes to an end after he's injured in a game, Infinite Football focuses on the way the game can be changed and improved. It screens at 6:30 tonight and at 9 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

North Union Indoor Farmers Market

Until March 30, the North Union Indoor Farmers Market will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Crocker Park. Local farmers 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. Though Crocker Park is home to just about every national retail chain you can think of, Comet Alley, which sits between Yard House and Hyatt Place Hotel, features locally owned businesses and shops that'll appeal to anyone with a "shop local" mentality. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts its usual midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. In addition, locals act out a floor show that mimics the movie, turning the event into a veritable party. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

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

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. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Somewhere in Time: 1969

The Cleveland History Center's annual Somewhere in Time party, which takes place at 7 tonight at the Western Reserve Historical Society, will transport Clevelanders back to the year 1969. There will be themed drinks, food, music and more as the event centers on a "critical year of protest, revolution and change" and commemorates events such as the Cuyahoga River conflagration and the first lunar landing. Using pieces from the WRHS collection, Somewhere in Time: 1969 will share iconic moments and remember the countercultural past in a "cool" and "groovy" way. Proceeds support education and public programs for students, families, and seniors in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Period-appropriate costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722,

Tri-C High School Rock Off

When the annual High School Rock Off launched some 20 years ago at the Odeon, the promoters at the locally based Belkin Productions (now Live Nation) saw it as a way to reach out to area high schools and provide the kind of outlet that students might not have. Two decades later, the event, now held at the Rock Hall, continues to thrive. Thirty-six bands will participate in this year's competition. A total of 147 band members, including six solo artists, will represent 64 schools. Three performance rounds will take place at the Rock Hall, leading up to the Final Exam that takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the 2019 Best Band in the Land will be awarded by music and entertainment industry judges. Prizes include three scholarships to study in the Creative Arts program at Cuyahoga Community College. PNC Bank will help high school seniors launch their careers in music by providing the scholarships. Tonight's competition takes place at 6, and tickets are $10. (Niesel)

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

SUN 02/03

Norma Rae

Sally Fields, Beau Bridges and Ron Leibman star in Norma Rae, the 1979 Martin Ritt film about a poor single Southern textile worker who tries to unionize her mill. Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the movie. It screens today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 02/04

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)

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 02/05

Around India With a Movie Camera

For her film Around India With a Movie Camera, director Sandhya Suri assembled footage taken during the five decades prior to Indian independence. The result is an "exotic and expansive" documentary of the country. It screens at 1:45 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Two years ago, guard Kyrie Irving requested that the Cavs trade him because he was reportedly tired of living in LeBron's shadow. The trade didn't work out well for the Cavs, who ended up dumping the players it received in exchange. Expect Irving to receive a hostile reception when he returns to the Q tonight at 7 to take on the rebuilding Cavs. Consult the Cavs' site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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