Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (July 31-Aug. 6)

WED 07/31

Against the Current

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 main stage. There will be an onsite All-Access Cafe, a bar and food trucks, and the weather turns, portions (or the entirety) of the event may be moved inside, delayed, and/or cancelled at the discretion of the Rock Hall. Today, indie rockers Against the Current will perform with singer-songwriter Milan, who'll open the concert. (Jeff Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,



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 BKO, a group that combines two of the West African nation's most well-known traditions. 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,

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 Street, 216-862-8803,

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,

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 St. and Euclid Ave.,


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, Ray Flanagan Band 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 08/01

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. 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,

BAYarts Farm & Art Market

There will be local food, artisans, garden essentials, home decor and demos at today's BAYarts Farm & Art Market, a seasonal favorite. Admission is free, and it's dog friendly. There will be a pie-baking contest, cupcake wars, "yappy" hours, goat yoga and more. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. (Niesel) first Thursday of every month. Continues through Sept. 12.

28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village,


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. (Niesel)

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW,

An Evening with Henry Gross of Sha Na Na

Henry Gross co-founded Sha Na Na and would become the youngest performer at the Woodstock Festival. In conjunction with the current exhibit celebrating Woodstock's 50th anniversary, he speaks at the Rock Hall tonight at 7. Admission is free, but reservations through the Rock Hall website are required. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,


ExhALE: Advancing Lived Equality, GCEF's 2019 Annual Celebration

Gay Community Endowment Fund and honorary chair Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive will celebrate the Gay Community Endowment Fund's impact in the community and invest in the next generation of LGBTQ+ students and allies. The event will include the most recent grant recipients and feature a performance by the North Coast Men's Chorus Coastliners and a scene from The Laramie Project by grant recipient Millennial Theatre Project. Proceeds support the GCEF Scholarship Fund, which awards academic scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students in Greater Akron. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets start at $45. (Niesel)

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

Grateful Dead: Meet Up at the Movies

Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia passed away years ago, but the band remains popular. An annual event, the Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies features the screening of a special concert film. Tonight, you'll see an unreleased complete June 17, 1991 concert from Giants Stadium that's widely considered one of the greatest shows of the band's final decade of performing. The film represents the first time the Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick line-up has ever appeared on the big screen. It screens at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets cost $12.50. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights,


Greg Hahn

A favorite on the Bob and Tom Radio Show, comedian Greg Hahn likes to joke that he spends more time in the weight room "chalking up" than actually lifting weights. Though his observations aren't particularly sophisticated, the bit gives him the opportunity to show off his physical approach to comedy. A loudmouth guy who yells and claps fervently during his routines, Hahn screams and shouts so much, you gotta think the late Sam Kinison inspired him. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

The Ninth Annual International Ohio Burlesque Festival 2019

A burlesque, drag, vaudeville, variety, sideshow and aerial festival, the ninth annual International Ohio Burlesque Festival features a range of performers, including Lou Lou La Duchesse De Rière, a member of the Mohawk Nation in Kahnawake, Canada. The event, which takes place at the Beachland Ballroom, will also celebrate the release of The Rustbelt Burlesque: A Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town, a 196-page full color book that provides a history of the modern and old burlesque in Cleveland. One of the book's contributors, photographer Bob Perkoski, will show images not featured in the book at Space Rock Gallery tomorrow and Saturday, where the book will available for purchase. Tickets range from three-day passes to general admission tickets, and VIP and reserved seats are available. Festivities commence at 8 tonight. Consult the Beachland website for more info. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Gary Owen

Comedian Gary Owen has been entertaining audiences across America for more than a decade. He's not limited to the stage either, as he's had roles in the film Think Like A Man and in Tyler Perry's show House of Payne. Owen says he was always the class clown growing up and it has followed him into his adult life. Ebony magazine proclaimed him to be "Black America's Favorite White Comedian." Owen's set mainly focuses on his personal life and racial stereotypes. Catch his performance tonight at the Improv at 7:30. Tickets are $35 to $50, and performances continue through Sunday. (Martin Harp)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 08/02

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) Continues through.

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

Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels

A tough homestand continues today as the Los Angeles Angels come to town to take on the Cleveland Indians. The Angels started this season slow but have climbed into the playoff race and will likely put up a good fight for this three-game series. Tonight's game begins at 7:10, and tickets start at $15. It's Dollar Dog Night so come hungry. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Lost & Found

Today at 7 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art screens Lost & Found, an Irish dramedy that tells the story of a seven different 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,

Summers@Severance: Mozart's Great Mass

Tonight at 7 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra takes on one of Mozart's finest works and plays his Mass in C Minor. Part of the orchestra's special Summers@Severance series, the event features specially-priced happy hour food and drinks and an after party on Severance Hall's scenic outdoor terrace. Consult the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

SAT 08/03

All Gold All the Time

The punk/indie rock club Now That's Class isn't above a good gimmick. Tonight, the club hosts All Gold All the Time Night. Come to the venue wearing gold of any kind and you'll get half-price drinks and pay only $1.50 for 12-ounce beers from 10 p.m. until midnight. In addition, the person with "the best look" will win a $25 gift certificate. The event is free, and it starts at 9 p.m. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Beethoven's Emperor

As part of the Blossom Music Festival, celebrated pianist Francesco Piemontesi teams up with the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at 8 to perform Beethoven's most famous concerto, Piano Concerto No. 5, which he dedicated to his patron and pupil, Archduke Rudolf of Austria. Zemlinsky's the Mermaid is also on the bill. Check the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1145 W. Steels Corners Rd.,

Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

Lakewood Arts Festival

For the annual Lakewood Arts Festival, Lakewood will close Detroit Ave., between Belle to Arthur Ave. The free day-long juried festival will feature more than 180 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more. Originally founded in 1978 to bring artists to the city for a street festival, the festival funds an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing to art school. The event also funds grants for arts education and programming in the city. Musical acts such as, Punchdrunk Tagalongs, Senegalese drummer Assane M'baye, Luca Mundaca with Alexis Antes, Chris Allen, Ki Allen Jazz, Ballinloch, Cats on Holiday will perform, and a food court will be located in front of Lakewood Library on Detroit. The event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m.,

PAWsitively Pinecrest

The first-ever PAWsitively Pinecrest event featuring a canine carnival and official Guinness World Record attempt will take place from noon to 5 p.m. today. The event will offer on-site dog adoptions in partnership with the Cleveland Animal Protective League, Geauga Humane Society and Lake Humane Society. It will also feature an official Guinness World Record attempt for most dogs in a single photo, and there will be a dog playground, a pet caricaturist, doggie dessert stations, and a vendor village featuring pet merchandise, services and giveaways. Participating dogs must be registered in advance and can do so online. Admission is free. (Niesel)

200 Park Avenue, Beachwood,


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) first Saturday of every month.

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights,


Small Town Murder

Comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman bring their hit podcast, Small Town Murder, to the Ohio Theatre tonight. Each week, they look at a small town and examine and a murder that took place there. The event takes place at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

SUN 08/04

If the Dancer Dances

The documentary film If the Dancer Dances follows New York-based choreographer Stephen Petronio and his contemporary dance company as they work to re-create RainForest, a 1968 work by the late Merce Cunningham. Petronio feels it's important to stage the dance to "keep it alive," but it's a difficult piece to reenact, and plenty of drama ensues as the troupe enters rehearsals. The movie makes its local debut 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,

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,

MON 08/05

Indians vs. Texas Rangers

When the Indians played the Texas Rangers earlier this season, they split a four-game series. They'll be looking to win this three-game series that begins tonight at 7:10. The Rangers have gotten better as the season has progressed and should be a formidable foe for the Tribe. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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) Continues through Aug. 26.

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave.,


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. (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 Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

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 and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges will apply for any 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

TUE 08/06

Veronika Voss

In Veronika Voss, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's reworking of Sunset Boulevard, a movie actress popular during the Third Reich struggles to come to terms with the end of her career. Living in Munich, she's regressed and become an addict. Part of Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy, it screens today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members. (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,

Cuyahoga County Fair

To call the Cuyahoga County Fair a local tradition would be an understatement given that it's now in its 123rd year. This year's incarnation will feature the Swifty Swine Pig Races, midway rides and three nights of fireworks. Up-and-coming country singer Ashley McBryde is slated to perform, and there will be truck racing and a demolition derby. The fair runs through Aug. 11. Check the website for hours and ticket prices as well as a complete schedule of events. (Niesel)

19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 440- 243-0090,

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 Sonora. 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 St. and Euclid Ave.,


Truck Stop Tuesday

Crocker Park in Westlake has launched its seasonal Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. Truck Stop Tuesdays continue through Sept. 24. You can find a lineup of upcoming food trucks on the website. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

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