Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (June 12-18)

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Cleveland native Roderick Lawrence leads the cast of Ragtime at Cain Park. See: Thursday.
Cleveland native Roderick Lawrence leads the cast of Ragtime at Cain Park. See: Thursday. Photo courtesy of Cain Park

WED 06/12

Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen makes its way to Cleveland this month amidst lots of hype. The story centers on a man who wants to fit in and features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where it runs through June 30. Tickets start at $39. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Family Reflections: Authors Tell Their Stories

Notable local authors such as Dan Chaon, Paula McLain, Barbara Raymond, Loung Ung and Abby Sandiver will be on hand tonight at Music Box Supper Club for Family Reflections: Authors Share Their Stories, a benefit for Adoption Network Cleveland, which offers programs for individuals, children and families impacted by adoption, kinship and foster care. Author D.M. Pulley will moderate the discussion. It all begins at 6 and tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds

As part of interleague play, the Indians always play the Cincinnati Reds both here and in Cincinnati. The Reds have struggled to hit the .500 mark all season but have competed pretty well in a tough National League Central. Expect them to give the Tribe a good battle when the two teams play today at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. 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 todau 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, 216-751-7656,

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, Jul Big Green plays 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.,

Wade Oval Wednesdays

A summer tradition continues tonight from 6 to 9 at Wade Oval in University Circle. It's Wade Oval Wednesday, and there will be local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

THU 06/13

Jeff Allen

With humor that centers on marriage and living with teenagers, Jeff Allen is regarded as one of the best clean comedians out there. Full of family friendly laughs, Allen's-clean cut humor is a breath of fresh air. Appearing alongside other comedians in the film Apostles of Comedy, a profile of established comedians, Allen demonstrates that you don't need to be vulgar to make someone laugh. You can catch him tonight at Hilarities at 7. Tickets are $25, and performances continue through Sunday. (Martin Harp)

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

Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival

The 16th annual Duck Tape Festival returns today to Veterans Memorial Park in Avon for three days of beer, music, food and, of course, Duck Tape. The fest celebrates the home of the original duct tape brand, Duck Tape. The fun kicks off today from 4 to 10 p.m. with an all-new Family Night that'll include a car show and musical entertainment. Tomorrow, the festival continues from 4 to 10 p.m. when there will be more live music and a silent disco. On Saturday, the parade starts at 10 a.m. at Avon High School; the festival wraps up with a fireworks show after dusk. The full schedule is on the website. (Niesel)

3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon,

Dance Showcase 2019

Local dance ensembles ABREPASO Flamenco/Alice Blumenfeld, Cleveland State University Dance Program, ELEVATED, GreeneWorks Project, GroundWorks DanceTheater, Inlet Dance Theatre, Neos Dance Theatre, Shri Kalaa Mandir and Verb Ballets will all be on hand tonight for the annual Dance Showcase 2019. The event will also feature special guest artist BalletMet from Columbus. The showcase begins at 7 at the State Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Go to the Playhouse Square website for more info. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Tommy Davidson

You might remember Tommy Davidson from the sitcom In Living Color. In addition to acting, he does standup, and his routine is definitely off-color, though pretty hilarious. He admires white women for their ability to fix things, from speaking up in a crowd to their funny way of politely (and yet scathingly) calling out bad customer service. But it's not really the jokes that are the funniest part — it's his dead-on impressions of the people from the various tiers of society that he's cracking jokes on. It's all in good fun though. He takes the Improv stage tonight at 7:30 and has more appearances scheduled through Sunday. Tickets cost $20. (Liz Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,


Cleveland-native Roderick Lawrence will portray lead character Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Ragtime production that's at Cain Park this month. Lawrence has been performing in New York City and Los Angeles and will make a special return home for the musical. Other featured actors include Bridie Carroll (Wicked) as Mother, Mariah Burks (Toxic Avenger) as Sarah and Scott Esposito (Godspell) as Tateh. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families in the pursuit of that ever-elusive American Dream. In 1998, it won Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Orchestrations, and it also won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Tonight's performance takes place at 7, and performances continue through the weekend. The play will run through June 30. Check the Cain Park website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

FRI 06/14

Classic Fest

Tribute bands draw some of the biggest crowds to Cleveland clubs and festivals, so it makes sense that the folks at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park would book a bunch of tribute acts for Classic Fest. The weekend-long festival that begins tonight will include performances by Kashmir (Led Zeppelin), Gilmour's Breakfast (Pink Floyd), Ragged Glory (Neil Young), Limelight (Rush), PettyBreakers (Tom Petty), Prog Nation (Yes), Ball n Chain (Janis Joplin) and more. Admission is $90 ($75 presale) for today through Sunday, or $65 ($50 presale) for tomorrow through Sunday. There is no extra charge for camping. (Niesel)

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

Reverse, Reboot, Reveal

Cleveland's Dancing Wheels Company presents a program tonight at the Allen Theatre featuring the work of the nation's most celebrated disabled choreographers. The performance begins at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $40. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000

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,

Family Feud Live: Celebrity Edition

Last Comic Standing's Alonzo Bodden hosts Family Feud as the game show comes to the State Theatre tonight at 8. Celebrity Coach No. 1 is Grocery Store Joe (Bachelor in Paradise) and Celebrity Coach No. 2 is two-time Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby McCoy. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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

Old River Road and West 10th Street,

Rock For Relief

Proceeds from the second annual Rock for Relief will benefit the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that helps families in Northeast Ohio who have been impacted financially by a breast cancer diagnosis. The Foundation pays housing expenses during the time in which families are in need. Local bands the Side FX Project and Less Than 88 will perform. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Music Box, and tickets cost $30. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Walkabout on the Wild Side

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, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours, and much more. This month, the alpacas are coming, along with City Dogs Adoption Van. That's what makes it a walkabout on the wild side. See the event Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

Your Name

Today at 6:45 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen Your Name, the most popular anime feature of all time. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, it centers on a bored schoolgirl who one day magically swaps bodies with another student. The movie screens tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 06/15

Adopt-a-Beach Shoreline Cleanup

Since 2012, Greater Cleveland Aquarium's nonprofit Splash Fund has hosted an Adopt-a-Beach shoreline cleanup program. Today's cleanup takes place at 10 a.m. at Edgewater Park. Someone from the Splash Fund team will be on hand to "advise, assist and provide necessary supplies." Anyone who donates his or her time to help the lake stay great will be rewarded with one free general admission ticket to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Splash Fund leadership provides gloves, containers and guidance and, at the end of each session, the team records and analyzes the junk they have amassed. Over the course of four mornings, last year's volunteers helped the Splash Fund bag 386 pounds of trash that included bits of foam, glass and 7,686 pieces of plastic. For registration, schedules and other details, see the website. (Niesel)

BAYarts Arts & Music Festival

More than 70 vendors will be on hand for today's BAYarts Art & Music Festival that takes place at BAYarts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be local handmade items, local food, wellness, kids art and live music courtesy of Rey Cintron's Rice and Beans band. Admission is free, and dogs on leashes are welcome. (Niesel)

28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543,

Cleveland Summer Beerfest

Now in its fourth year, the Cleveland Summer Beerfest, which takes place today at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, offers craft beer lovers the chance to sample some of the best beers in the country. More than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring samples of more than 175 beers. The first session begins at 2 p.m., and the second session starts at 8 p.m. The price of admission includes 25 sample tickets and a 5-ounce souvenir beer mug. Consult the website for ticket prices and VIP options that include early admission. (Niesel)


Gear heads can rejoice. Avon Lake's fourth annual Cruise-In will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Weiss Baseball Fields. The free event will feature a large array of custom cars, trucks and motorcycles, vintage first responder and military vehicles, race cars and the Bernie Moreno Exotic and Luxury Vehicle Row. There will be food trucks, concession stands and activities for kids of all ages. Proceeds from door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and T-shirt sales will benefit Valor Home of Lorain County, a transitional housing program for homeless male veterans. Parking is free, and if it gets rained out, the event will take place tomorrow. (Niesel)

History on Tap

Today from 1 to 4 p.m., the Cleveland History Center features History on Tap, an event that features happy hour refreshments, light hors d'oeuvres and hands-on activities. Each event focuses on a special theme inspired by Cleveland's past. Today, you'll learn about Cleveland's rich history in the fine arts and architecture realm with up-close looks at original drawings from the architects who built the city. Craft cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722,

The Hooley

Today from noon to 8 p.m., you can check out the Hooley on Kamm's Corners, an annual street festival that takes place on Lorain Avenue from West 165th Street to Rocky River Drive. The festival offers crafts, live music, dancers from area Irish dance schools, pipes and drums and plenty of family fun. Food will be available at the pubs and eateries lining Lorain Avenue and from vendors on the street with kettle corn, ice cream, freshly squeezed lemonade and other festival staples. Two entertainment stages showcase a variety of musical acts and performers, including the Wallace Coleman Band and Monica Robbins Ninja Cowboys. Artist Alley will feature a selection of jewelry, clothing, home decor, Irish-themed gifts, and handmade arts and crafts. Admission is free. Check out the website for a schedule of stage events and more information. (Niesel)

Hot Dog Fest

Cleveland's Happy Dog knows a lot about making the perfect wiener. Today, they're hosting a huge Hot Dog Fest to celebrate all things cased meat, music and sunshine. The event takes place in the parking lot shared by Happy Dog and Angel Printing. Attendees can also expect a dunk tank and, for those with extra-stretched stomachs, a hot dog eating contest. The band/DJ lineup includes Tough Shits, Tweens, David Nance, Long Hots, Pleasure Leftists, Knowso, Lisa Bella Donna, Shang, Heavenly Queen, the Dreemers, Oregon Space Trail of Doom and Powers/Rolin Duo. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. and rolls through midnight. Admission is $12. (Laura Morrison)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Larchmere PorchFest

Don't call the cops today to complain about the racket coming from next door. The 30 local bands playing at Larchmere PorchFest have the city's approval to perform. Acts such as Gretchen Pleuss, Sam Hooper Group, and Collin Miller & the Brother Nature are all on this year's bill. Expect to find after-parties at local Larchmore bars and restaurants. It all begins at 1 p.m., and admission is free. Consult the website for a schedule and map of the stages. (Niesel)

Neave Trio

Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio has received praise for its "engaging, cutting-edge performances." The group has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and 92nd Street Y and has also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country. It has held residency positions at Brown University, ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival, San Diego State University and the Banff Centre. In the fall of 2017, the trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as an Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence. The group aims to champion new works by living composers and its most recent album, Celebrating Piazzolla, honors the music of Astor Piazzolla. At 8 tonight, the group comes to town to celebrate music by women composers and will perform at Praxis Fiber Workshop & Gallery, where it'll present works by four distinguished women composers spanning the romantic era through the modern day, including Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio, Amy Beach's Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150, Cécile Chaminade's Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 11 and Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio. (Niesel)

15301 Waterloo Rd., 216-644-8661,


Zenworks Yoga will host a family-friendly Yogathon today at 9 a.m. at Merwin's Wharf. This year's format includes 40 minutes of tai chi, followed by 40 minutes of yoga. It ends with 15 minutes of guided meditation. There will be a Kids' Zone, and "experience partners" will offer a fun mix of wellness activities before and after the event. All money raised from the event will benefit Zenworks Yoga, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness to children and families in Cleveland. General admission tickets are $20 and include one raffle ticket. The $35 VIP ticket includes a Zenworks T-shirt and one raffle ticket. (Niesel) 1785 Merwin Ave.,

SUN 06/16

The Gospel of Eureka

Directed by Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, The Gospel of Eureka centers on Eureka Springs, Arkansas, home to both a strong Christian fundamentalist community and a thriving queer scene. The two somehow coexist and even overlap, suggesting that maybe miracles do happen. Narrated by Justin Vivian Bond, the film makes its local debut today at 1:30 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 Pimm's drinks and Aperol Spritz 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 06/17

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,

TUE 06/18

Frank Caliendo

Donald Trump, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Bill Clinton are only a few of the many incredible impressions that Frank Caliendo has mastered. He is a comedic genius when it comes to impersonations, somehow capturing the exact voice, body language, and facial expressions of each character he performs. His ability to effortlessly switch from one character to the next keeps the audience mesmerized. Caliendo will perform tonight at 7:30 at Hilarities. Tickets are $35 and $45. (Hannah Borison)

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

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Today, and the third Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to the Happy Dog. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

The Owl's Legacy: Episodes 8-10

The Owl's Legacy, a 13-part, five-and-a-half hour nonfiction film by France's cine-essayist Chris Marker (La Jetée and Sans Soleil) explores ancient Greece's lasting influence on Western civilization and culture. Made for French television and first broadcast in 1989, the film features a controversial interview with philosopher George Steiner, who angered one of the series' primary sponsors with his on-camera assertion that modern Greece has little connection to its glorious past. As a result, one of the film's financial backers suppressed the series for almost 20 years. Today at 1:45 p.m., the Art Museum screens episodes 8 to 10. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Retro Tuesdays

The Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville represents the perfect way to catch a new film from the comfort of your own car. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the family's third generation. While the latest films show on the weekends, the Aut-O-Rama offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)

33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786,

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. You can find a lineup of upcoming food trucks on the website. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, 440-871-6880.

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