W. Kamau Bell
A sociopolitical comedian who's the host of the CNN original series United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell has received a number of accolades during the course of his career. Notably, in 2017, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Bell will come to Cleveland tonight to perform his comedy routine, The W. Kamau Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Part of the PNC Fairfax Connection's monthly speaker series, the performance takes place at 6 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It's free, but RSVPs are required. Register by calling 216-391-4677. (Jeff Niesel)
1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600, cmnh.org.
The Etruscan Smile
Produced by Academy Award-winner Arthur Cohn and co-directed by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun, The Etruscan Smile, a film about a Scottish man who travels from his home on Hebridean Island to seek medical treatment in San Francisco, will open the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival. Based on the Jose Louis Sampedro book La Sunrise Etrusca, the film stars Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, Thora Birch, JJ Feild, Peter Coyote and Treat Williams. It screens at 7 tonight at Connor Palace on Playhouse Square. A reception takes place afterward in the State Theatre. Consult the CIFF website for comprehensive info about the film and the festival. (Niesel),
1615 Euclid Ave., 877-304-3456, clevelandfilmorg.
FP2: Beats of Rage
FP2: Feats of Rage is the sequel to the 2011 film The FP, and it finds JTRO (Jason Trost) and KCDC (Art Hsu) participating in a "Beats of Rage" tournament that's similar to the music video game Dance Dance Revolution. The campy sci-fi caper premiered at Fantastic Fest last year and has slowly made its way into limited release. The film shows tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
Miss Sharon Jones
Miss Sharon Jones, a new documentary about the late, great Sharon Jones, traces the career of the soul singer from the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The film follows Jones through the most challenging year of her life as she deals with pancreatic cancer. It screens tonight at 7 at the Rock Hall. Tickets cost $5.50; it's free for Rock Hall members. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
A Cleveland Play House production, Tiny Houses focuses on a woman who quits her finance job to move across the country with her boyfriend and build a 200-square-foot tiny house. What could possibly go wrong? Tonight's performance is at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre; the show runs through April 14. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, clevelandplayhouse.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Fathom Events, TCM and Universal Pictures have put together a special edition of the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie stars Gregory Peck as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch. Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the movie was nominated for eight Oscars. This version includes additional commentary; it screens tonight at 7 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets cost $9.75. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.
Chris D'Elia has become one of the best comedians in the business because he's extremely quick and witty; he feels very comfortable on stage and can easily relate to an audience. He jokes about his start as a standup comedian, nights when he performed in rundown bars and laundromats. Whether he is joking about the pros and cons of living in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles, or talking about his experiences with bumping into ex-girlfriends, D'Elia, who recently launched a podcast, has terrific comedic timing. He performs tonight at 7 at the Masonic Auditorium. Tickets are $37. (Hannah Borison)
3615 Euclid Ave., 216-431-7370, masoniccleveland.com.
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 stellasmusic.com/open-mic 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, stellasmusic.com.
An actor, producer, and director, comedian Carl Payne originally studied at the First All Children's Theater, a respected off-Broadway repertory theater company. He later attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. He'd subsequently get his big break when he landed the role of Theo Huxtable's best friend "Cockroach" on The Cosby Show. He brings his standup show to town tonight and performs at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
The Comic Book for the Community
Tonight at 7, Tomahawk Entertainment Group's Javon "Chief Network" Bates and the Gregory Summers Comedy will host a special comedy show benefiting three K-8 Cleveland public schools — Michael R. White, Mounds and Fulton. The fundraiser will take place at the Legacy Village Hyatt Place in Lyndhurst. Comedians slated to perform include Gregory Summers, Desmond Turner, Kelly Thewlis, Jeff Davis, Ted Bruno, Lawrence Payne and headliner Brian "B. Tidy" Tidwell. The mission is to raise money and collect more than 500 hygiene items. Individual tickets are $20, but two tickets sell for $30 and five tickets go for $50. Receive $5 off with the donation of two hygiene items. To purchase tickets, call 216-505-0548 or visit the website below. (Niesel),
24665 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, tegmedia.org.
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Cleveland native Al Jackson began his professional career as a middle school teacher (and had to entertain children), but has since used this experience to craft an absolutely hilarious standup routine. Since his teaching days, Jackson has become a jack-of-all trades in the comedy world with television and radio appearances and, of course, his very own standup routine. You can't help but laugh listening to Jackson's account of taking on the PTA and his tales of some of the crazy classroom antics of his students. He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities. Tickets are $23 to $28. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Monsters vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms
As part of a seasonal promotion, Cleveland Monsters fans can score a $1 Pepsi, $2 Sugardale hotdog and $3 select 12-ounce beer tonight as the team takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Q. The game begins at 7; the two teams face off again tomorrow night at 7. Tomorrow's game will be the second annual Purple Game. There will be a special rally towel giveaway, and the team encourages everyone to wear purple/lavender to show support for those affected by all cancers. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)
1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.
Official Simulcast Party for the 2019 Induction Ceremony
This year's Rock Hall inductions take place in New York (they'll be back in Cleveland next year), so your only chance of seeing the action will be to attend tonight's simulcast at the Rock Hall. The exhibits will be open as will the concession stands. Tickets cost $75, or $50 for Rock Hall members. A stream of the red carpet festivities begins at 5:30 p.m. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Princess: Out There
Alexis Gideon, a musician and visual artist who's performed and exhibited throughout the world, and Michael O'Neill, a musician and visual artist who's collaborated with JD Samson in the indie rock acts Le Tigre and MEN, first formed the art-pop act Princess back in 2004. After taking a hiatus in 2006, they returned to the group in 2017 to create "Out There," a new video performance piece. They come to town tonight to perform the piece at 7 at MOCA. The piece opens with "Hello (This Is How We Go)," a poppy number that features rapping and a propulsive drumbeat. They then proceed to explore the role men ought to play during the current cultural reckoning. For tonight's show, Gideon and O'Neill will perform the music alongside the projection of the video. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
Holden Arboretum's annual spring pancake fling returns this weekend. The flipping begins tonight with a special members-only dinner. Tomorrow, there will be a pancake breakfast that is open to the public: The menu includes unlimited multi-grain, blueberry, regular, gluten-free and chocolate chip pancakes, as well as traditional breakfast sides. Exhibits include a working model of a sugar maple tree created with LED lights and shadowboxes exploring the history and future of scientific studies on sap. There will be a sap flow physiology and forest ecology discovery station, and short guided tours will be offered to discover the many syrup-producing tree species in the Arboretum plant collections. Consult the website for times and ticket prices. But don't dawdle: Advance reservations are required by March 27. (Niesel)
9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org.
The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew feels particularly modern, with its old-school examination of power dynamics. The plot centers on a "beguiling battle of wits and wills between the sexes which ultimately reveals an unlikely romance." The Great Lakes Theater's production of the play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna; performances continue through April 14. Tickets cost $15 to $75. (Niesel)
2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, greatlakestheater.org.
Le Femme Mystique Burlesque celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight at the Beachland with a revue and the announcement that it has renamed itself Cleveland Burlesque. "The company still continues to focus on diversity and inclusivity in the world of entertainment," reads a press release about the name change. The anniversary show will feature Inga, Ickymuffin (aka, the "King of Boylesque"), and Cleveland Burlesque's "queen" and company founder, Bella Sin. A sold-out VIP event commences at 7:30; doors open to the general public at 8:30. Consult the website for tickets. (Niesel)
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, ohioburlesque.com.
German violinist Carolin Widmann rarely performs in the States, but she comes to town tonight as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series. She'll deliver a solo performance of old and new pieces as part of a short U.S. tour. The performance begins at 7:30 at the Transformer Station in Ohio City. Tickets cost $25, or $22 for CMA members. (Niesel)
1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org.
330 Day Concert
Some of the region's best bands will perform at the Summit 90.7/91.3 FM's fourth annual 330 Day Concert, set to take place tonight at 7 at Umstattd Hall in Canton. The free event will feature stripped-down, acoustic performances from Angie Haze, Brent Kirby, Broken Transmitter, the Brothers Dualist, Cody J. Martin, Diamond Kites (featuring Jeff Klemm), Diana Chittester, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, the Dreemers, Emily Gambone, Flight 619, Floco Torres, the Got It Got It Need It, Gretchen Pleuss, Hal Walker, Hey Monea, Jim Ballard, Labra Brothers, Madison Cummins, Marc Lee Shannon, Ohio Weather Band, Shelby Olive, Shivering Timbers, the Shootouts, the Speedbumps, Spy Convention, Stems, Tracey Thomas, the Vindys, Wesley Bright & the Honeytones, White Buffalo Woman, Yankee Bravo and Zach. The Umstattd Hall stage will be split in half so that while one group is performing, another act will be able to set up on the opposite side of the stage. Summit members will receive preferred seating. Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation. (Niesel)
2331 17th St. NW, Canton, summitlive365,com.
The internet often feels like it was invented simply to supply gobs of adorable cat videos to the masses. Hours and hours of footage of cats jumping at the sight of cucumbers or sitting sprawled out like a human have brought endless joy to a world where so much has gone wrong. Today at 11 a.m., CatVideoFest comes to the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, bringing the biggest (furry) internet sensations to the big screen. CatVideoFest, which roams around the country helping to raise money for cats in need while partnering up with local charities, features a 70-minute compilation of the latest and greatest family-friendly cat videos. A portion of the proceeds for the Cleveland iteration goes to the House of Mews Rescue (a no-kill cat shelter). A second showing takes place at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets cost $12.50. (Laura Morrison)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com.
North Union Indoor Farmers Market
In a sure sign that spring has returned, this will be the final week for the North Union Indoor Farmers Market, which has been taking place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Crocker Park. For one final day, local farmers, makers and bakers will be gathered indoors to sell seasonal greens and vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses and bakery items. You'll find the market at 228 Market St., between the Gap and Cyclebar. Afterward, check out Comet Alley, which sits between Yard House and Hyatt Place Hotel: You'll find locally owned businesses and shops that'll appeal to a "shop local" mentality. Look for North Union's outdoor markets to start opening next week. Find opening day for your favorite market on the website. (Niesel)
189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, northunionfarmersmarket.org.
Wax Mage Records Art Installation Opening Party
Known for its one-of-a-kind custom vinyl artwork, the locally based Wax Mage Records will have a new art installation on view in the upstairs space at Lava Lounge. Local artist and Wax Mage owner Heath Gmucs makes the pieces at Gotta Groove Records. An opening party tonight at 9 features DJ Wedge spinning underground experimental rock, and taco and tequila specials from the bar., Admission is free. (Niesel)
1307 Auburn Ave., 216-589-9112, coolplacestoeat.com/lava.html.
Organist Emmanuel Culcasi began his musical studies at age 6 in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and after winning numerous prizes at international piano competitions, he entered the organ class of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (CNSMD) of Lyon. Trained as a musician and a scientist, Culcasi functions as a recitalist, collaborative scientist and educator. Today at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorim, he'll play a solo organ recital on the museum's circa-1920, 4,000-pipe McMyler Memorial Organ. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Superstar: The Songs. The Stories. The Carpenters
Broadway singer Helen Welch will be on hand today for Superstar: The Songs. The Stories. The Carpenters, a special tribute to the musical act. The evening promises to be "a celebration of all the songs you know and love along with some fascinating stories about the brother/sister duo." Expect to hear tunes such as "Close To You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Superstar," "Yesterday Once More" and "Top of the World." The concert takes place at 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
After last year's early exit from the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians will look to rebound this season. They'll have to do it without star outfielder Michael Brantley (but with star catcher/first baseman Carlos Santana, a guy they acquired in an off-season trade). The home opener takes place today at 4:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. Tickets are sold out, but you can bet every bar downtown will have the game on their TVs. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
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, bsideliquorlounge.com.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.
Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." The club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases, partnering with Loop in Tremont, so patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)
1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699, jukeboxcle.com.
Connor Palace Ghost Tour
The Connor Palace Ghost Tour promises to provide an "in-depth" historical overview of the Playhouse Square venue and explore the "untold history" of the many ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences that have taken place at the theater during its nearly 100-year history. Guided tours will be offered at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 tonight. In addition to the guided tours, snacks and specialty cocktails will be sold in mezzanine level of the theatre from 7 to 11 p.m. Tarot card readers will be on hand as well. Tickets are $35. (Niesel)
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.