Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (July 24-30)

The vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal will perform as part of the BorderLight Festival. See: Wednesday.
The vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal will perform as part of the BorderLight Festival. See: Wednesday. Photo by Tasha LeShay

WED 07/24

BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival

As part of the BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival that kicks off today in downtown Cleveland, there will be 40 unique productions on 14 stages across multiple indoor and outdoor venues. More than 100 artists from nine countries will be on hand. Founded as a nonprofit in 2016 by Cleveland-area theater artists Dale Heinen and Jeffrey Pence, the festival's core international programming features three touring productions: Creatures, a free, public procession of life-size animal puppets; the Davai Theatre Group's Under Construction; and Silent, a "devastating and redemptive solo performance" by Olivier Award-winning actor-playwright Pat Kinevane. The local vaudeville duo Pinch & Squeal will be on hand as well. Check the website for a complete list of performances. (Jeff Niesel)

Come From Away

There's still time to catch a performance of Come From Away, the funny, moving, and hope-filled musical that 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. Part of the KeyBank Broadway series, the musical — written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley — has received rave reviews, including from this mag in last week's issue. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through July 28. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Garifuna Collective

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 Garifuna Collective, a group that combines contemporary Garifuna roots music with dance performed by composers and musicians who "push the boundaries of this Central American musical tradition." 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,

Open Mike Eagle

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 Stage. There will be an onsite All-Access Cafe, a bar and food trucks, and if the weather turns, portions (or the entirety) of the event may be moved inside, delayed, and/or canceled at the discretion of the Rock Hall. Today, rapper Open Mike Eagle performs along with locals FreshProduce, who'll open the concert. (Niesel)

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

Stop Making Sense

One of the greatest concert films of all-time, Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense comes to the Capitol Theatre tonight as part of the Cleveland Cinemas Rock Doc series. The movie captures Talking Heads in their prime and shows just how capably the band could choreograph its concerts. A remixed and remastered version of the movie shows at 7:30. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

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, Mourning [A] BLKstar 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

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 07/25

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 festival 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)

3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

Bike Night with Vini Lopez

Vini "Maddog" Lopez started playing the drums in the 1960s and has gone on to perform with the likes of Sonny Kenn, Bill Chinnock, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent and many more. He headlines Bike Night, a free event that takes place at 5 p.m. at the Rock Hall's outdoor Plaza and PNC Stage. The concert is free, but a separate ticket must be purchased to tour the Rock Hall exhibits. The event will not take place during bad weather. (Niesel)

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

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,

GlamGore Monthly Drag Show

Each month, GlamGore, a drag show at the Grog Shop, features a variety of performance artists under one roof. The shows feature everything from "beauty queens" to "drag monsters." Anhedonia Delight hosts, and performers include Rhett Corvette, Lexi Pro, Natasshja Norielle and Beverly Knuckles. The theme of tonight's show is the Future of Drag, and tickets cost $10, or $12 for VIP tickets that give you early bird access to the Grog starting at 8 p.m. and a special photo opportunity/meet-and-greet with the cast. For general admission ticket holders, the doors open at 8:30 p.m. DJ Zoë Lapin will attend to the turntables. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588,

TK Kirkland

When rapper 50 Cent needed a comic for the video release of his hit record "Window Shopper," he called upon TK Kirkland, a guy who's known as the "gangsta of comedy." Kirkland has worked as a host on BET's Mad Sports and appeared numerous times on Comicview. Given the breadth of his work, Kirkland is clearly comfortable on stage and has a natural ability to sustain a conversation. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

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 07/26

DEVOtional 2019

DEVOtional, the annual two-day tribute to Akron's new-wave pioneers DEVO, returns to the Beachland this weekend. Tonight at 7 in the Tavern, there's a musical tribute to the band featuring Jimmy Psycho Experiment, Eric Nassau and Lt. Dance. Tomorrow's event takes place at 2 p.m. in the larger Ballroom and includes musical performances and lectures. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

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,

Night Market Cleveland

Taking place on the last Friday of each month during the summer, Night Market Cleveland is part farmers market, part art/makers' market, part concert series and part food festival. Occurring only four times a year, the market includes more than 200 retail and food vendors and numerous bands and performers. Located on Rockwell Avenue near the heart of Cleveland's Asia Town district, Night Market Cleveland was inspired by a tradition in several Asian cultures, and designed to connect the diverse people of Cleveland's Asia Town, St. Clair Superior and Campus districts while "energizing an often-overlooked corner of Cleveland." It goes down tonight from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

SAT 07/27

Ale Fest

An annual tradition that takes place each summer at Lincoln Park in Tremont, Scene's Ale Fest features more than 100 beers, along with food and live music. This year's iteration highlights unique casks, one-of-a-kind collaborations, porters, stouts, pilsners, ales, wheats, Belgians, and lagers. A variety of food and retail vendors will be on hand as well. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event will be held rain or shine, and all guests must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid ID. It all starts at noon. Advance tickets are $45, or $65 for VIP (which allows entry at 11 a.m.). The prices at the door are $50 and $70, respectively. (Niesel)


The dance troupe BalletX makes its Cleveland debut with a performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Ohio Theatre. Founded nearly 15 years ago, BalletX is known for its athletic, emotionally charged performances. Tonight's show will celebrate National Dance Day and include pieces by cutting-edge choreographers. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Elgar's Enigma

Edward Elgar's Enigma features 14 variations on an original theme — each a separate musical portrayal of a friend or family member. His ninth variation, called "Nimrod," has been widely adapted for films such as Dunkirk and Elizabeth. It's the centerpiece of tonight's Blossom Music Center performance which will feature the Cleveland Orchestra performing alongside the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra. The concert begins at 7. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

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: Glow in the Dark Disco. 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., 216-771-4444,

SUN 07/28

Aretha: Queen of Soul

With a little help from guest singers Capathia Jenkins and Ryan Shaw, the Cleveland Orchestra pays tribute to the late Aretha Franklin with a program that'll feature the Queen of Soul's hits. Expect to hear "Respect," "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at this show, which begins at 7 at Blossom. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Concerts at Lake View Cemetery

The annual summer concert series at Lake View Cemetery offers 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 soul band Hubb's Groove performs this afternoon. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is free. (Niesel)

12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665,

Fin Fest

You can learn about sharks, the misunderstood masters of the deep, at Fin Fest, at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, today through Sunday, Aug. 4. There will be scavenger hunts, crafts, photo ops, storytelling, a shark tooth identification game and interactive art throughout the week-long celebration. Check the website for hours and ticket prices. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,

The Price of Everything

Nathaniel Kahn, the director of My Architect, returns with The Price of Everything, a documentary about the high price of contemporary art. "There's a lot of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing," says one artist interviewed in the film. It screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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,

Daniel Sloss

Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss brings his critically acclaimed new show Daniel Sloss: X to the Ohio Theatre tonight. Daniel Sloss: X is his exploration of modern masculinity. Last year, Netflix premiered two live shows, Daniel Sloss: Dark and Daniel Sloss: Jigsaw worldwide in 190 countries. A regular on Conan, Sloss has given his own Tedx Talk and made numerous television appearances. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $38. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

MON 07/29

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) East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, 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 Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

TUE 07/30

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 T'umbao. 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,

Indians vs. Houston Astros

The Cleveland Indians get a good test tonight as the Houston Astros, one of baseball's best teams, come to town for a three-game series. The Astros, as you recall, swept the Tribe out of the playoffs last year and have played really well in the first half of this season. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Lost & Found

Today at 1:45 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art screens Lost & Found, an Irish dramedy that tells the story of seven people who live near a train station in a small town. A real lost-and-found story inspired each one of the narratives. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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