Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (May 8-14)

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Turkish composer and improviser Cenk Ergun will perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Wednesday.
Turkish composer and improviser Cenk Ergun will perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

WED 05/08

A Bronx Tale

Oscar winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks teamed up to direct A Bronx Tale, a musical based on the film of the same name. The story centers on a boy who aspires to be a mob boss, and it features tunes from Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin). Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through May 12. Tickets start at $35. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party 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. Tonight, Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., talks about the history of Cleveland's plans for the city. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Dispatches From Cleveland

A feature length documentary, Dispatches From Cleveland recounts the tragic shooting of 13-year-old Tamir Rice and shows how Cleveland remains one of the most racially divided cities in America. The film follows ordinary people who push to register voters and create change. The film screens tonight at 6:30 at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Capitol's Racial Equality series. A $5 donation is requested. (Niesel)

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

Cenk Ergün

Turkey's Cenk Ergün, a composer and improviser whose work has been performed by So Percussion, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound and Yarn/Wire, concludes the Cleveland Museum of Arts' Performing Arts series with a performance that takes place in the museum's atrium today at 7:30 p.m. Ergün has lived in New York for many years and is unrivaled in the current generation of composers. His music is marked by long-duration and slow-moving sound fields, often micro-tonal. He'll do a large immersive event in the atrium with musicians scattered throughout the space so that the audience can move through it or simply sit still. The concert will represent the world premiere of Formare, a piece scored for female choir, children's choir, harpsichords and trombones. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The Indians began the season by splitting a two-game series with the Chicago White Sox. It's still too early to tell if the White Sox have improved from last year when they lost 100 games, but their offense does seem to be pretty potent. They're in town this week for a four-game series. Tonight's first pitch is at 6:10, and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Million Dollar Quartet

On Dec. 4, 1956, four guys you might have heard of — Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley — got together in the Sun Records' studio in Memphis. Their impromptu recording session is considered one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time. Great Lakes Theater's production of the award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet recreates that session. The plot doesn't amount to much, but the action includes a terrific set of tunes including classics such as "Great Balls of Fire," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Matchbox" and "Blue Suede Shoes." See it tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre; performances continue through May 26. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St., 2 16-241-6000,

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 05/09

Cocoa Brown

If you've seen any of Progressive Insurance's "Name Your Price" commercials, then you've seen comic Cocoa Brown. In the commercial, this vivacious comedian and actress plays the angered wife whose husband decides he wants to juggle chain saws. Tyler Perry has even taken her on as a vital character in his TV shows and films. Brown's no-holds-barred attitude has gotten her a Screen Actors Guild award nomination; she's now in the process of writing a revealing autobiography and putting together her own one-woman show, The Confessions of a Suicidal Diva. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Lisa Hammond)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Consume and Conserve After-Work Launch

Declining water quality, loss of wetlands habitat, natural predators and illegal poaching have led to a decline in spotted turtles in Northeast Ohio. Recently, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium joined SPOTD, a collection of regional environmental and educational agencies focused on boosting this native species' numbers in the wild. Last year, Terrestrial Brewing Company decided to help out by donating proceeds from the sale of a special brew to the cause. This year, Terrestrial Brewing Company will tap its latest libation, I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale, today from 5 to 8 p.m. If you can't make the release party, no worries. The pale ale will remain on tap at Terrestrial Brewing Company throughout spring and summer. (Niesel)

7524 Father Frascati, 216-465-9999,

New Soft Shoe

Nine years ago, a group of Cleveland friends and musicians showed up at the Happy Dog to play a couple sets of tunes by the late, great Gram Parsons. Dubbed the New Soft Shoe, the group has been at it ever since: Anything that Parsons played, the New Soft Shoe covers. Tonight at 8, the band performs in the Waldorf Hall at Forest City Brewery. Admission is free, but a donation is requested. (Niesel)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

Ari Shaffir

A producer and host of the Skeptic Tank podcast, comedian and actor Ari Shaffir also co-hosts the podcast Punch Drunk Sports with Jayson Thibault and Sam Tripoli and is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Many of his jokes address simple human interactions, like struggling to extricate yourself from conversations with annoying people. Shaffir audiences that his shows are not for the "easily offended." He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. (Niesel)

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

FRI 05/10

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra has long cultivated aspiring student musicians and provided them with pre-professional orchestral training in a full symphony orchestra. Tonight at 8 at Severance Hall, the ensemble presents a special spring concert. featuring the music of Bartok, Bruch and Shostakovich. A prelude concert at 7 p.m. features Youth Orchestra members performing chamber music. Check out the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices and other details. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

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 Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band. Admission is free; details are on the website. (Niesel)

1055 Old River Rd., 202-628-0123,

Rob Little

While working as a computer programmer for IBM, Rob Little decided to give standup a try. He left his desk job and went to Second City. He subsequently landed gigs on The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Comedy Central's Distraction. He recently released his third CD/DVD. In one bit, he jokes about aging and says, "The older I get, the more weird shit turns me on" as he zones in on a woman wearing glasses. You might not want to sit in the front row for this gig. Little performs at 7 and 9:30 tonight and tomorrow night at MGM Northfield Park's Club Neon. Tickets cost $10 and $15. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

New Ground Theatre Festival: Egress

As part of Cleveland Play House's New Ground Theatre Festival, Egress comes to the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre tonight at 7:30. The psychological drama aims to depict what's going on in the mind of a woman struggling to face her fears. Egress is just one of four new plays being debuted during the festival. Tickets cost $20. Find full details on the website. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

Paris to Prague: An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music

Founded by Cleveland maestro Frank Hruby, who assembled an orchestra and faculty featuring his gifted family members, Broadway School of Music & the Arts exports music and arts classes to 11 inner city schools and neighborhood agencies. For tonight's annual benefit concert, Cleveland Orchestra pianist/violinist Carolyn Warner will be joined by other orchestra members, plus student performer Susan Chute. The Polish American Cultural Center's Museum & Gallery will be open until the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a raffle and plenty of pierogi to go around. Tickets cost $70; you can register for the concert and buy` your tickets on the website. (Niesel)

5415 Broadway Ave., 216-641-0630,

Return of the Hero

Directed by Laurent Tirard, Return of the Hero stars Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), respectively, as an emotionally AWOL military officer and his heartsick fiancee. The film screens today at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Smetana's Má Vlast

Piano-playing sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque return to Severance Hall tonight at 7:30 to perform Bruch's romantic Concerto for Two Pianos, a piece influenced by Brahms. They'll also play Smetana's Má Vlast ("My Homeland"). Kent State University's Adam Roberts will deliver the pre-concert lecture "My Homeland: Reflections on European Identity." Performances also take place tomorrow and Sunday. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Walkabout Tremont

Walkabout Tremont, which takes place tonight, showcases the best of Tremont’s creative side on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 10 p.m. with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours, and much more. (Niesel)

SAT 05/11


As part of its Family Film Series, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen Hayao Miyazaki's anime classic Ponyo today at 1 p.m. The film centers on a once-human wizard/scientist who lives underwater with his daughter and numerous smaller sisters. When his daughter decides she wants to be human, she and her father have a falling out. The screening takes place outdoors in the museum's Fine Arts Garden. It's free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

REVIVE: Electronic Music + Art + Awareness

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revitalization of the Cuyahoga River, locally based Sphere Presents and Canalway Partners have teamed up to present REVIVE: Electronic Music + Art + Awareness, a festival that will educate attendees on the importance of sustainability. The all-ages event takes place from 11 a.m. to midnight today at Hart Crane Memorial Park. REVIVE will feature two stages of techno, house, and drum and bass electronic music. There will also be a Makers & Creators exhibit, Great Lakes Brewing Company beer on tap and a selection of themed cocktails. Sainato's at Rivergate will provide the food, and there will be visual art displays by artist Kevin Jackson. Among the musical acts slated to perform are Ataxia, HAZE-M, Jeff Ozmits, Alien Gonzales, Brandon Andrews, BRUH, Chris Pulse, Cyn, Foreal, Imerica, Thunder St.Clair, Tim Steelyard and Queen of Chaos. General admission tickets are $10 advance and they can be purchased at the website. (Niesel)

SUN 05/12

Carnival of the Animals

Today at 3 p.m. at Severance Hall, guest pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque will present a special family friendly version of Camille Saint-Saëns's beloved classic, Carnival of the Animals. The concert will also include music by Rossini, Anderson and Gershwin. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

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. Since it's Mother's Day, the place has doubled up on its offerings, and seatings are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Roman Holiday

A 1953 romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler, Roman Holiday stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a princess who sets out to see Rome on her own, playing hooky from her royal duties for 24 hours. Shot entirely in Rome, the movie won several Oscars. It screens today at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $6. (Niesel)

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

Sunday Beat

The Sunday Beat is a free weekly live music series featuring jazz, roots, Americana, folk, blues and bossa nova at Visible Voice Books. Purchase a Sunday New York Times, and you'll receive a free bottomless mug of coffee or tea and half off a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. Music runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. As an added bonus, anyone who shows a same-day receipt from brunch at Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any Tremont or Ohio City restaurant receives 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. The bookstore is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

MON 05/13

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 guest is Vincenzo Liberatore, Ph.D., a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at CWRU. 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,

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 05/14

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Tonight at 7 at the Capitol Theatre, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque hosts a special screening of Bi Gan's Long Day's Journey Into Night in 3-D. Gan's followup to his 2015 debut Kaili Blues, the film is about a loner who returns to his hometown to try to locate a woman from his past and is China's biggest arthouse hit of all time. The visually stunning film even features an hour-long shot. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

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

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First-time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)

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

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. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. Truck Stop Tuesday continues through Sept. 25. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

Vinyl Night

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,

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