Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (June 5-11)

Parade the Circle returns to University Circle. See: Saturday.
Parade the Circle returns to University Circle. See: Saturday. Photo by David Brichford, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

WED 06/05

Fire Festival (Himatsuri)

Directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Fire Festival (Himatsuri) takes place in a remote coastal Japanese fishing village bordered by mountains and forests. The film centers on a lumberjack who believes he has a mystical relationship with the mountain goddess. The movie screens at 6:30 tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter, a documentary that some critics call "the greatest rock film ever made," follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour when 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco's Altamonte Speedway. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Rock Hall. Tickets cost $5.50, but it's free for Rock Hall members. (Niesel)

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

Good Neighbors

Beachwood Arts Council and Shaker Arts Council have teamed up to present Good Neighbors, a juried art exhibit featuring the work of four Beachwood and four Shaker Heights artists. The exhibit includes abstracts, landscapes and portraits, created in acrylics, charcoal, oils and pastels. It opens today at the Beachwood Community Center in Beachwood; the reception is 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit continues through June 27. Admission is free. (Niesel) 25325 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, or

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is a monthly storytellers' series that offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. Tonight's show revolves around the theme, "And That's When I Realized." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Brad Wenzel

Comedian Brad Wenzel once started a routine on Conan by saying, "Let's get to the issues." He then proceeded to make fun of "little people" and his own outdated choice of clothing (he likes flannel shirts). Wenzel doesn't write narrative jokes; rather, he delivers a series of off-kilter one-liners in a monotone voice. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets cost $13 and $18. (Niesel)

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

THU 06/06

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)

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

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

Today through Sunday at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival will feature world-class classical guitar concerts, master classes, lectures, private lessons, exhibits and "camaraderie" in a celebration of the classical guitar. Featured performing artists and master teachers include Colin Davin of the CIM faculty, Elizabeth Kenny, Xuefei Yang, Petra Polácková, Lynn McGrath and Drew Henderson. At 8 p.m. on Saturday at Mixon Hall, Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux performs a solo recital. Consult the website for more details. (Niesel)

11021 East Blvd., 216-791-5000,

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,

Re:Sound Festival

The Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project's (CUSP) second annual Re:Sound Festival, an event dedicated to new and experimental music, takes place today through Sunday at Negative Space Gallery, the Bop Stop, CODA, Praxis Fiber Workshop and the Magdalen. Tonight's opening night concert, at Negative Space Gallery, will feature three acts: Nois, a saxophone quartet from Chicago; the Cleveland-based experimental Miralia/Stranahan duo; and the Detroit-based band saajtak. The closing concert takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Bop Stop, and features the locally based new-music group No Exit premiering new music by high-school students Mya Vandegrift and Emma Eddy. Both composers were selected for CUSP's CoLab project that aims to "provide professional opportunities and mentorship to young female and non-binary composers in the Northeast Ohio region." Single tickets are $12, or $8 for seniors and students. Festival passes are available for $35, or $25 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. (Niesel)

FRI 06/07

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. (Niesel) 16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200,

Joel McHale

Up until a few years ago, when the show came to an end, the best way to catch up on celebrity gossip was to regularly watch The Soup, hosted by comic Joel McHale. He made fun of reality shows and shared a variety of clips that brought you up to speed on whatever the Kardashians were up to. McHale has subsequently taken his talents to Netflix, and he still does the standup circuit. He performs tonight and tomorrow at 4:30, 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities. Tickets cost $38. (Niesel)

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

Mix: Bhangra

At tonight's Mix event at the Cleveland Museum of Art, you can celebrate the beautiful, vibrant spirit of bhangra with high-energy Punjabi music. There will be dance performances and lessons, art activities and in-gallery experiences. DJs Kris Koch and Samir Thaker will provide the bhangra beats. Food is available at Provenance Cafe until 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. It's free for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 06/08

The Big Show

Self-described as "part rock 'n' roll circus, part game show, part city-wide art project," the Lottery League is now in its fifth season. This year's incarnation kicked off earlier this year with a Showcase Fundraiser/Pre-Draft Party and the Draft. The Big Show, the season-ending day-long free festival showcasing the first live musical performances for all of the 2019 season's newly formed bands, will take place today at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Collaborative warehouse. The event will feature more than 150 active musicians from Northeast Ohio. They've been randomly drafted into about 30 all-new four piece bands. No participant was placed into a group with anyone with whom they had previously collaborated. Admission is free. (Niesel) 5401 Hamilton Ave., 216-589-9444,

Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour

Today at 5 p.m., the Rock Hall hosts the opening night of the Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary exhibit, and there will be a concert featuring bands from across the 24-year history of the tour, a mini vert ramp and more. Acts slated to play include Simple Plan, We the Kings, Hawthorne Heights, Emery, Chali 2na & Cut Chemist, Meg & Dia and Peter McPoland & the Haps. Doors at 3 p.m. Live music starts at 5 p.m. Ticket holders will be able to tour the Rock Hall's exhibits, including a special new exhibit, Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour, celebrating a quarter-century of the iconic traveling music festival. Consult the Rock Hall website for more info. (Niesel)

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


A few years ago, the locally based Elevation Group launched LaureLive, a two-day music festival held at Laurel School, an all-girls (K-12) independent school. The festival has become an annual tradition and takes place today and tomorrow at Laurel's Butler Campus. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier will headline tonight. Dirty Heads, Moon Taxi, MisterWives, COIN and Dennis Lloyd will also perform tonight. Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will headline tomorrow and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lake Street Dive, AJR, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Red Sun Rising will perform that day as well. There will be nine food stands and five food trucks in the main concert area plus additional food trucks on the south side of the concert venue. Food selections will feature a variety of dishes including vegan and gluten-free options. There will also be a few "grab-and-go" options. Local acts such as the Vindys, Front Porch Lights, Ashley Fulton and the Shootouts are also on the bill. Check the website for a complete schedule and for ticket prices. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. today and tomorrow. (Niesel)

Jason Mraz and Contemporary Youth Orchestra

Known for hits such as "I'm Yours" and "I Won't Give Up," singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has sold out venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London's 02 Arena. One thing he hasn't done is perform with an orchestra. This week, however, he'll change that as he comes to town to play with the 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Concerts take place at 7 tonight and at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Severance Hall. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


They wrote it, produced it and directed it. Tonight, the team of college-aged students performs it at the Near West Theatre at 7:30 p.m. "It" is an original musical titled Octets, which — if the press release is to be believed — sounds kind of like a blend of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, and Glee, wherein "everyone must decide if they want to win or lose, but the answer isn't as obvious as you might think." The show, which was initially conceived by two Miami University students, has been in development for almost two years. The production finally hit the road this spring as a full-fledged, two-act musical event. The 10-day Ohio Octets Tour has already taken the company to Cincinnati, Oxford, Dayton and Columbus; it winds up tonight on Gordon Square. Tickets range from $8 to $20, plus service fee, and can be had on the website, below. (Elaine T. Cicora)

6702 Detroit Ave.,

Parade the Circle

One of the signature events of summer in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art's annual Parade the Circle includes floats, dancers, live music, stilt-walkers, giant puppets, colorful costumes, vibrant characters, handmade masks and much more. This year's parade theme is Mythology of Illusion. The parade begins at noon, but guests can enjoy hands-on activities offered by local organizations in Circle Village, in the field inside Wade Oval, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. But do bring chairs or blankets and plan to arrive early: The spots with a view fill up fast. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Silent Disco Dance Party

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today — National Dance Day — 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: Boy Bands vs. Hair Bands. 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,


The dance performance Toukii: The Journey celebrates a "decade long journey of culture, empowerment, struggle and triumph" and gives viewers "a delectable taste of Africa and the African Diaspora with histrionic travels through Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, Cuba and the United States highlighting Djapo's dynamic dance company, area performers and international artists from each region." Choreographed by artistic director Talise Campbell and featuring the musical direction of Grammy-nominated percussionist Weedie Braimah, the production includes folkloric dance, drumming, and song and poetry. The performance begins at 7:30 tonight at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

U.S. Air Guitar Championship

Last year's winner at the Cleveland stop of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship, Leigh "AirLeigh Legal" Melendez, will return to defend her title against a crop of new and returning competitors at tonight's event at the Winchester Tavern in Lakewood. This year's champion will take home a $300 prize and qualify for the U.S .Air Guitar Championship semi-final round that takes place on Aug. 1 in Nashville. Competitors perform to a 60-second guitar edit of their favorite song. Judges then rank the performance according to "Technical Merit" (does it look like they are playing a real guitar?), "Stage Presence" (do they excite the audience and the judges?), and "Airness," the quality of performance which transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form all its own. Hosted by two-time U.S. Air Guitar National Finalist Jerrod "Dick Diesel" Dewey, the event will include up to 20 competitors. Tickets are $7 in advance or $12 day of show, with proceeds going to benefit Harvest for Hunger and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Competitor entry is $15 (but you have to be at least 18 to compete). The event starts at 8. (Niesel)

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

WFC 107, Live Championship Boxing

After packing the house earlier this year for WFC 99, MGM Northfield Park Center Stage will host another big boxing event, WFC 107, tonight. The event pairs Cleveland native and former WBO/NABO champion Antonio Nieves (18-3) against former WBA champion Jose Alfredo Rodríguez (31-9) of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, in an eight-round bout. Another pro fight pits Alliance's Ryizeemmion Ford against Cleveland's Darnell Pettis. In addition, Cleveland's Alant'e Green will take part in a pro bout. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the fighting commences at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35, $75 and $100. (Niesel) 10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

SUN 06/09

Adina Bloom, Not Your Usual Cab & Gab

Cesear's Forum, the small, Twinsburg-based, nonprofit professional theater company known for performing unconventional works that tackle social, political and ideological issues, is serving up a short cabaret-style presentation this afternoon as a fundraiser. Entitled Adina Bloom, Not Your Usual Cab & Gab, the piece features two female performers dishing out a satirical blend of music, politics and cultural dialog. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with a reception that includes a cash bar and a selection of cheese and fruit (additional food will be available for purchase). The brief performance starts at 4, and additional reveling continues until 7. Suggested minimum donation is $30, or $50 per couple. Advanced tickets or registration are not required and walk-ins are welcome. It all takes place at Brothers Lounge. For more info, call the number, or visit the website, below. (Cicora)

11609 Detroit Ave., 330-405-3045,

Crawford, Coffee & Cars

At Crawford, Coffee & Cars, a monthly event that takes place at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center, guests can enjoy unlimited coffee and pastries. The museum's restoration shop will be open, and patrons will get to see the shop and the projects Crawford's volunteers are working on, including the restoration of a Baker Electric. Admission is $5 for WRHS Members, or $10 for non-members. Parking is included with the price of admission. (Niesel)

10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722,

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are available today at 11 a.m. Detrich Burgess & Company will perform. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Ocean Soul

Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater photographing the ocean. His images celebrate "the mystery of the depths" and offer portraits of creatures "so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio." Once, he even lived at the bottom of the sea to take photos. Recently, National Geographic Books published Ocean Soul, a retrospective of the man's photos. Tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, he'll talk about his career. Tickets are $25 to $45. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

MON 06/10

Science Cafe

Tonight, and the second Monday of every month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club to talk about science topics. Tonight's guests Jill Bartolotta and Scott Hardy, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educators, will discuss marine debris and plastic pollution. Doors open at 5:30, and the talk begins at 7. Admission is free but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 06/11

Dancing Under the Stars

Time again for Dancing Under the Stars at U.S. Bank Plaza. Beginning at 6, Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing will give lessons; then it's on to the dance party, accompanied by a live band. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen makes its way to Cleveland this month amidst lots of hype. The place 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 performances run through June 30. Tickets start at $39. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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 also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Clerks and Office Space. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorcese

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque is one of only 20 theaters nationwide to host an advance screening of the Netflix-produced movie, Rolling Thunder: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorcese. The documentary follows Dylan during the fall of 1975 when he embarked on the first leg of a concert tour that saw him performing at more intimate venues in smaller cities, often playing with special guests that ranged from Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell to Roger McGuinn, Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith. Martin Scorsese's new movie includes new interviews with Dylan and other tour participants. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

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