Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (July 10-16)

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Comedian Michelle Wolf comes to Hilarities. See: Thursday.
Comedian Michelle Wolf comes to Hilarities. See: Thursday.

WED 07/10

Come From Away

Part of the KeyBank Broadway series, Come From Away centers on the aftermath of 9/11, when air flights descended en masse in Gander, Newfoundland, stranding an international array of travelers in this tiny Canadian town. Written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, the musical has received rave reviews. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through July 28. Tickets start at $10. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

North Union Farmers Market

North Union Farmers Market returns to U.S. Bank Plaza today with an urban-desert oasis of fresh and sustainable local farm foods. Come and stock up on the season's best fruits and vegetables from 4 to 7 p.m. This NUFM location will be up and running each and every Wednesday through Sept. 4. Find out more on the website below. (Niesel)

East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444,

Tal National

The Cleveland Museum of Art's City Stages, a free summer concert series that takes place in front of the Transformer Station, returns tonight with Tal National, a group that relies upon traditional arrangements of West African folk songs and incorporates themes of "love, tolerance, peace and beauty." CMA Studio Go will be on hand to offer hands-on art-making activities, pop-up drawing classes and other family-oriented art projects from 5 to 9 p.m.; the music begins at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks. (Niesel)

1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429,

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, singer-songwriter Luca Mundaca 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)

11440 Uptown Ave.,

Walnut Wednesday

In 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 07/11

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. Hours are 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)

3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

The Cure, Anniversary 1978-2018, Live In Hyde Park

Starting today with a screening of The Cure's Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park concert film, Cleveland Cinemas will host a series of screenings of concert films and rock documentaries. Tonight's screening starts at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. It features a 5.1 audio mix by Cure frontman Robert Smith. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)

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

Edgewater Live

Time again for Edgewater Live, the Cleveland Metroparks' extremely popular series of Thursday-night happy-hour concerts held at Edgewater Beach. In addition to live musical performances, you'll find yoga, standup paddleboarding and cornhole. Those ubiquitous food trucks will be on hand, of course, and the Beach House will sell drinks and food as well. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but bring some bucks for food and drink. The fun continues weekly through August 1. (Niesel)

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, 216-635-3200,

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)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

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,

Tall Ships Festival

Floating into our lakefront with 11 ships, the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival allows the tall ship-curious to cruise around Lake Erie on historic vessels in style — as well as have an excuse to sing songs from the Styx and Lonely Island catalogs. The fest not only includes boarding time, but waterfront activities, live music and plenty of opportunities to learn about Cleveland maritime history. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and continues through Sunday. The vessels are set to be docked just north of where the Browns are prophesied to win big this fall. Tickets start at $15 for adults. More info is on the website. (Morrison)

Michelle Wolf

Most famous for the acerbic routine she delivered at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner, the talented Michelle Wolf recently served as the executive producer, writer and host of the critically acclaimed variety sketch series The Break with Michelle Wolf. The squeaky-voiced comedian performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where she has shows scheduled through Saturday. Consult the Hilarities site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

FRI 07/12

Cain Park's 42nd Annual Arts Festival

A juried fine arts and crafts event featuring painting, photography, prints, jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, sculpture and wood, Cain Park's 42nd Annual Arts Festival returns this weekend. It's open from 3 to 8 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free today and $5 per person tomorrow and Sunday. A wine tasting takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Those tickets cost $10. Check the website for a complete schedule of events and a list of the many food trucks that'll be on site. (Niesel)

14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000,


Better known by his stage name Earthquake, Nathaniel Martin Stroman has worked as an actor, voice artist and comedian since the 1980s. His jokes tend to steer clear of current events as he talks generally about the trials and tribulations of being in relationships. "I've been investing in women for 40 years and have yet to see a profit," he jokes in one routine. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Euclid Beach Live

This live concert series offers great music, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The setting couldn't be better either: The site overlooks the scenic Euclid Beach State Park on Lake Erie, and the 285-foot rebuilt pier gives the events a throwback feel and harkens back to the glory days of Euclid Beach amusement park. The fun takes place tonight from 6 to 9. The series continues through Aug. 2. (Niesel)

16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200,

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 Faction. Admission is free; details are on the website. (Niesel)

1055 Old River Rd., 202-628-0123,

Funk N Flow

Devoted to all things Grateful Dead, Funk N Flow makes its debut this weekend at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Headliners include electro/funk/jam band Spafford and funk/soul/hip-hop outfit Lettuce. There will be hiking, biking, camping, swimming, cliff diving, sunbathing, sand volleyball, full-court basketball, fire spinning performances on the beach and beyond, food vending, free workshops and more. Check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716,

Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

The Cleveland Indians get the chance to pick up some ground on the division-leading Minnesota Twins, who come to Progressive Field tonight for a three-game series. The Twins have played well all season, and the Indians have struggled to keep pace. Tonight's game begins at 7:10; it features Rock N Blast fireworks after the game. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,


More than 30 bands performed last year at the inaugural INKcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival that took place at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. The festival returns for its second year this weekend, and the lineup includes headliners such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch. Additionally, the festival will once again feature over 70 tattoo artists from across the country, a large variety of food trucks and a "terrifying" haunted house attraction. Consult the website for ticket info. (Niesel)

Satan & Adam

Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee, an elderly, Mississippi-born black man and one-man band, and Adam Gussow, a young, white, Jewish Ivy Leaguer and harmonica player, become unlikely friends after meeting on a Harlem street corner in 1986. The two become a musical sensation and even perform in front of 3,000 people at Central Park. Satan & Adam, a documentary film directed by V. Scott Balcerek, chronicles the evolution of their friendship across 20 years. The film screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

[email protected]: Songs of a Wayfarer

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at Severance Hall as it takes on Mahler's Songs of a Wayfayer, a song cycle inspired by the composer's own tale of moving from town to town as he worked as an apprentice. The program also includes Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15, which a string orchestra will perform. The concert begins at 7 and is followed by an after-party on Severance's beautiful terrace. Check the orchestra website for ticket info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

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 American Classics. See the event's Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

SAT 07/13

The Cleveland Flea

A self-described "small business incubator" that draws thousands of locals hoping to snag some unique goods, the Cleveland Flea features items you won't find at the typical retail store, including goods from "culinary all-stars" and "the most talented makers in the region." As much a social gathering as a shopping experience, the Flea serves as an excellent hang, a place to meet and make friends. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Find additional info on the website, including dates for the Fall and Winter/Holiday fleas. Admission is free. (Niesel)

3602 St. Clair NE,

Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Freak Show

Named after one of the most successful Broadway musicals from the late '30s, Hellzapoppin features live performers doing stunts that could result in serious bodily harm. There will be fire eating, a machete walk, glass eating and sword swallowing. There's even a "real-live half-man" who walks on his bare hands on broken shards of glass. Tonight's show takes place at 7 at the Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)

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

Colin Jost

A writer for Saturday Night Live since 2005 and Weekend Update co-anchor since 2014, Colin Jost is the thinking person's comic. Jost, who was president of the Harvard Lampoon while he attended the Ivy League school, regularly makes astute observations about social and political issues. He performs at 8 tonight at MGM Northfield Park Center Stage. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Now in its tenth year, Lakewood Summer Meltdown takes place today on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Mars. The street festival features all sorts of outdoor games and activities, including the Meltdown 5-K race, a 1-mile family fun run and walk, food vendors, live music and more. You'll also find more than 100 vendor tents, many of which offer interactive activities. Then there's the "Water Moose" sprinkler park, the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle sponsored by Beat Cycles, and a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates. Local brews will be available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden, where the local band Front Porch Lights will perform. The fest takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Find answers to all your other questions on the website. (Niesel)

Patton Oswalt

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt's lengthy resume includes a long list of TV and film credits. Over the course of his lengthy career, the diminutive Oswalt has lent his talents to everything from Seinfeld and The Simpsons to BoJack Horseman and Justified — and somehow he has still found time to hit the road for standup tours. He's on the road again, and performs at 8 tonight at the State Theatre. Tickets cost $35 to $65.(Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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: Old School Mixtape. 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 Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444,

Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony

Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony as he battled personal demons; the act of writing the piece reportedly helped him achieve some semblance of sanity. Tonight at 8 at Blossom Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra performs the symphony; demons are optional. The program also includes Mussorgsky's "Dawn on the Moskva River" and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Consult the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

SUN 07/14

Concerts at Lake View Cemetery

The annual summer concert series at Lake View Cemetery offer locals yet another great opportunity to savor some free outdoor performances. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city. Lake View Cemetery has partnered with Cleveland's premier jazz venue, Nighttown and Jim Wadsworth Productions, to set the lineup. Concerts take place from 4 to 6 p.m.; the local zydeco band Mo Mojo performs this afternoon. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is free. (Niesel)

12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665,

Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey

Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey, a new documentary film, tells the story of the man who brought yoga to Britain. The film, which includes interviews with the reclusive B.K.S. Iyengar, shows today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Welcome to Night Vale

A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, Welcome to Night Vale features local weather, news and announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police. The live performance of the podcast takes place at 8 tonight at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets cost $35. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

MON 07/15

Cleveland Burger Week

The popular Cleveland Burger Week is set to help bring on the meat sweats for the second year in a row. Rolling out today and continuing through July 21, the event features $5 burgers at 25-plus participating restaurants in the Cleveland area. Many of the burgers are concocted specifically for the event, while others are menu stalwarts. Vegetarian options are also available at some locations. Some of the participating restaurants include Bearden's, Flip Side, The Fairmount, Grumpy's Cafe, Merry Arts, Hodge's the Rail, Thirsty Dog and Bar Louie. The $5 deal does not include sides or beverages. Do expect stampable Burger Week passports at each participating location. And check out the specific offerings on the website. (Morrison)

Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

The lowly Detroit Tigers return to town tonight for a four-game series against the Indians. The Tigers are one of the worst teams in the league, so the Tribe should be able to win this series as the once-dominant Tigers rebuild. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

TUE 07/16

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 Sammy de Leon y Su Orquestra. 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 Street and Euclid Avenue, 216-771-4444,

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

"If you have a brain and some feeling for people, you'll be a good photographer," says Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank in Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank, a documentary about his career. Originally shot in 2004, the film has come out only recently. It makes its Cleveland debut today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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,

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