Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (May 29-June 4)

Hessler Street Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary. See: Saturday.
Hessler Street Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary. See: Saturday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 05/29

All About Eve

Winner of six Academy Awards, All About Eve stars Bette Davis as an aging Broadway star who has to fend off an ambitious young fan (Anne Baxter) who wants to steal her spotlight. The film also stars George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe and Gary Merrill. Part of the Happy Hour Classic series, tonight's screening at the Capitol Theatre includes a complimentary cocktail or soft drink and light appetizers. It all starts at 6, and tickets cost $10. (Jeff Niesel)

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

Boy Howdy!: The Story of Creem Magazine

A documentary film about the Detroit-based music magazine Creem, Boy Howdy!: The Story of Creem Magazine chronicles the magazine's history and charts its rise from an underground paper to a commercial success that gave the late, great music writer Lester Bangs an outlet for his writing. It screens tonight at 7 at the Rock Hall. Tickets are free for members, or $5.50 for non-members. (Niesel)

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

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. The goal of the series is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Doug Kusak talks about the true story of Cleveland's "Burning River" upon the occasion of its 50th anniversary. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Eddie Izzard

Over the course of a career that stretches back decades, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has amassed an impressive body of work. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales and England, he lost his mother at the age of 6. He dropped out of college and took to the streets of London, where he developed his one-man act. A self-proclaimed "action transvestite," Izzard performs in makeup and heels and has become as famous for his "total clothing" rights as for his comedy. Today at 8 p.m., he brings his Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar international tour to Connor Palace. Tickets start at $57. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Mike Palascak

Comedian Michael Palascak has blown up on the comedy scene of late. With appearances on both The Late Show and The Tonight Show within the same year, Palascak is starting to get his feet under him. The comic uses stories about his life and his awkward misadventures to open a window onto his inner workings. You can catch a very laid-back performance from Palascak tonight at Hilarities at 7. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Martin Harp)

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

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 05/30

Confessions of a True Crime Addict, with James Renner

A former Scene staffer, true-crime author James Renner kicks off a 10-day book tour tonight at 7 in the Concert Hall at the Music Box Supper Club. Renner celebrates our obsession with true crime and shares "weirdly funny" stories. He'll discuss everything from Serial to Making a Murderer as he explores the absurd world of popular crime and finds the humor at its heart. Tickets cost $10. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Edgewater Live

This is the first week 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. It's free. (Niesel)

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW,

Rob Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe, who's written two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, provides a "peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades" at tonight's performance at Connor Palace. Expect a night of jokes and funny anecdotes, along with a Q&A and plenty of insider film clips and photos. It begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $40. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Movie Feature: An American in Paris

Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, you can catch a screening of the classic flick An American in Paris, while the Cleveland Orchestra performs the soundtrack. The musical stars Gene Kelly as an American ex-GI who falls for Parisian Leslie Caron. Better still, the movie features some of George and Ira Gershwin's most unforgettable songs. An hour before the show, Bill Rudman, artistic director of the Musical Theater Project, gives the pre-concert lecture. The program repeats tomorrow and Saturday. Check the orchestra website for ticket prices and more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

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,

Playhouse Square's Backyard Bash

Today at 5:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Plaza, Playhouse Square hosts a "backyard bash" to celebrate summer's arrival. Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band will perform, and nearby burger stand Dynomite will have beverages and food available for sale. The event goes until 9 p.m., and it's free. (Niesel)

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

Retro Invasion Weekend

Iconic film and television stars from the 1980s, including Joe Bob Briggs, Diane Franklin and Mark Metcalf, will be on hand for Retro Invasion Weekend, a four-day homage to the olden days of entertainment taking place today through Sunday at the Double Tree by Hilton in Westlake. The whole thing kicks off tonight with special a VIP party; as of press time, a few $70 VIP tickets still remained. About 75 vendors are participating, peddling a variety of art, posters, movies, toys, collectibles, vinyl, unique crafts, T-shirts and more. The schedule also includes panels, movie screenings and a 4-hour compilation of '80s cartoons, commercials and TV shows. Weekend passes cost $60, and individual day passes for Friday ($25), Saturday ($30) and Sunday ($20) will be available at the door. Consult the website for details and a full schedule of events. (Niesel)

Brendan Schaub

Comedian Brendan Schaub cohosts The Fighter and the Kid podcast with fellow comic Bryan Callen. The popular show receives about 10 million downloads a month. Schaub brings his standup show to Hilarities tonight at 7; he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets cost $50. (Niesel)

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

<p>Second Annual Pre-Pride on the East Side

This year's Pre-Pride on the East Side party at the Grog Shop is again sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and an official recognized Pride in the CLE event. Reps from Cleveland Area Paranormal Society, Margie's Hope, Drag Pride, Crow Leather Works, Attention's Antiques and the Rock N' Roll Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be present tonight with resources and materials for audience members. Doors open at 7:30, and a meet-and-greet takes place at 8:30. Tickets cost $10, or $15 for VIP, which includes a meet-and-greet with a photo op. (Niesel)

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

Joe Torry

The host of Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, Joe Torry has also had small roles on TV shows such as ER and NYPD Blue. The quick-witted Torry often likes to make fun of the people in the audience, ridiculing their hairstyles and fashion choices. While his comments can be harsh, he has an uncanny ability to improvise. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv and has shows scheduled there through Saturday. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 05/31

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,

The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon

As part of its Anime in May series, the Cleveland Museum of Art screens The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon today at 8 p.m. The film centers on a boy who sets off to find his mother after his father tells him that she's died and gone to heaven. The movie shows outdoors in the Fine Arts Garden, and tickets are free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Moon Cleveland and Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland Release Party

In the third edition of Moon Cleveland, Scene food critic and cookbook co-author Douglas Trattner explores Northeast Ohio's every nook and cranny to find every quintessentially Cleveland experience. The recently updated guide features insider information on topics such as hot air ballooning in Amish Country, fishing for walleye on Lake Erie and riding through town on a Segway. In Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland, Fran Golden and David G. Molyneaux take readers on a gastronomic tour of the city Golden calls an "emerging foodie capital." The book provides an overview of Cleveland's diverse food trucks, growers, markets, pubs, chefs and lore. The authors even touch on the decades-long ballpark mustard debate. At 7:30 tonight at Visible Voice Books in Tremont, Trattner, Golden and Molyneaux will discuss their books at a special book release party. The event will include food from Fahrenheit and Crust. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

Spring Badfish

Sublime tribute band Badfish returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry this weekend for Spring Badfish, its annual two-night stand. The band will play a two-hour set tonight and tomorrow night. The lineup will also feature acts such as Roots of Creation, Bumpin' Uglies, Wild Adriatic and Ancient Elephant. Admission is $90 ($75 presale) for Friday through Sunday, or $70 ($55 presale) for Saturday through Sunday. There's no extra charge for camping. (Niesel)

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

SAT 06/01


It is odd to say that a film called Climax, written and directed by French Director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), an erstwhile enfant terrible positively obsessed with the depiction of sex and violence and every shade of aberrance, does not include one identifiable orgasm. The sex takes a backseat to drug-induced mayhem in this hellish "dance-horror" flick, a Chernobyl lovechild of Suspiria, Hellraiser II and Rent. It screens at 9:40 tonight and at 8:45 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members and students. (Sam Allard)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Vic DiBitetto

Critics have described comedian Vic DiBitetto as a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. Roles in films like Kevin James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 have helped raise DiBitetto's profile. Famous for his Bread and Milk, Justin Bieber and Kanye West viral rants, DiBietto has hosted Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV. He performs tonight at 8 at the Hanna Theatre. Tickets start at $35. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000,

Hessler Street Fair

Conceived in 1969 as a block party (and later abandoned amid the not-so-hip 1980s), the Hessler Street Fair in Harmony Park has evolved into one of the biggest and most involved parties of its kind. It's a free event that sort of opens the floodgates for summertime neighborhood fun in Cleveland. Acts slated to perform at this year's fest include Austin Walkin' Cane, Cats on Holiday and Colin Dussault. This marks the street fair's 50th anniversary, and it's going on hiatus next year, so get there while you still can. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to dusk today and tomorrow. (Niesel)

Porgy and Bess

Tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, the Cleveland Opera stages the original opera version of Porgy and Bess, the George Gershwin musical known for songs such as "Summertime," "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing," "My Man's Gone Now" and "I Got Plenty of O' Nuttin'." The opera comes complete with a full orchestra under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak, music director of the Grand Opera in Warsaw (Teatr Wielki) and permanent associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Pride in the CLE March and Festival

No matter what your sexual orientation might be, Pride in the CLE is a celebratory event that features vendors, performers and musical acts. The parade steps off at noon from the staging area at Front Avenue and West Ninth Street. There are also pre- and post-fest events that bookend today's celebration, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Public Square. Consult the website for more details. (Niesel)

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) 2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

Uptown Mini Golf, Ice Cream Social & Games

Today from noon to 5 p.m. at Toby's Plaza in University Circle's Uptown District, you can celebrate summer's arrival with the Uptown Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Social. There will be a special pop-up nine-hole miniature golf course. While supplies last, Piccadilly Artisan Creamery and Mitchell's Ice Cream will offer free scoops of sweet-and-creamy goodness. There will also be human foosball, whack-a-wall and battle lights games. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11440 Uptown Ave.,

SUN 06/02

Give Us This Day

Though Give Us This Day is set in New York's Little Italy, director Edward Dmytryk had to shoot the film in London because he was blacklisted in Hollywood for alleged communist connections. The 1949 social drama focuses on an Italian immigrant bricklayer living through the Great Depression. It screens today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The screening comes courtesy of Richard Di Donato and is co-sponsored by the United Labor Agency and the North Shore Federation of Labor. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members and card-carrying union members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 06/03

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 St. and Euclid Ave., 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 06/04

Dancing Under the Stars

Tonight's the first summer edition of 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.

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

The Owl's Legacy: Episodes 1-4

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 Cleveland Museum of Art shows the first four episodes. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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