Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Nov. 13-19)

Snow Day returns to the East Bank of the Flats. See: Saturday.
Snow Day returns to the East Bank of the Flats. See: Saturday. Photos by Emanuel Wallace

WED 11/13

The Band's Visit

This critically acclaimed Broadway smash-hit musical won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It also nabbed a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The play "rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace. Tickets start at $10, and the show runs through Nov. 24. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Blue Note Records' 80th Birthday Celebration

Blue Note Records artists Kandace Springs, James Carter and James Francies will commemorate the iconic record label's 80th birthday today with a performance at the John P. Murphy Foundation Theatre at Tri-C's Metropolitan Campus. The event is part of the Tri-C Performing Arts series presented by Cuyahoga Community College. Each artist will perform a set of his or her own music before joining together for a finale featuring a classic Blue Note tune. The venerable record label served as home to historic greats such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Tickets to the show range from $5 to $35 and can be purchased online or by phone at the contact info listed below. Parking is available in Lot 5, off of Woodland Avenue. (Niesel)

2900 Community College Ave., 216-987-4444,

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 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, Fran and Jules Belkin talk about the behind-the-scenes stories that Fran Belkin writes about in her book, Rock This Town! Behind the Scenes at Belkin Concerts. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Merchant of Venice

Tonight at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of 2020 presents its take on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, a play about money, privilege and prejudice. Tickets cost $15, and performances continue through Nov. 16. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Music and the Machines: The SP-1200, the MPC, and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Beat Making

Patrick Rivers, ethnomusicologist and assistant professor of music at the University of New Haven, and Will Fulton, a musicologist and associate professor of music at LaGuardia Community College, will talk about how the SP-1200 became the most commonly used instrument of hip-hop production circa 1990. They'll also talk about how, as the 1990s progressed, the intuitively designed MPC series developed a "relationship" with hip-hop music, supplanting the SP-1200 as the most popular sampler. It happens today at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hall. Admission is free with a reservation through the Rock Hall's website. (Niesel)

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

THU 11/14

Adams and Mahler

Soprano Joélle Harvey joins the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall in performances of pieces by John Adams and Gustav Mahler. Adams used words written on posters near Ground Zero in his "On the Transmigration of Souls;" Mahler composed his Symphony No. 4 to reflect his vision of heaven. A pre-concert talk about "visions of death and life" precedes the concert. Performances also take place on Saturday and Sunday. Check the orchestra website for more details. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

After a dismal start to the season, the Browns look to get back on track tonight with a home game against division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have been reeling ever since Ben Roethlisberger hit the injured list, so the Browns have a good shot at taking them down. The game begins at 8:20 tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

Cavs vs. Miami Heat

Thanks to some off-season trades, the Miami Heat appear to be a much-improved team compared to last year's squad. Forward Jimmy Butler has added some firepower, and the Heat has gotten off to a great start this season. They face the Cavs tonight at 6 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live: A Night to Remember

Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling bring their talk show, Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling Live, to town tonight as part of a 13-city tour. The tour coincides with Fox's six-episode series BH90210 The show promises to be "the ultimate girls' night." The event takes place at 7:30 at MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage. Tickets start at $37.50. (Niesel)

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

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee is the black sheep of his very Korean family. He was supposed to take over the family clothing store, but instead he played in some bands and decided to become a comedian. His parents often tell him how ugly he is, and every girl he brings home hears all about how he ate dog poop when he was a kid. His self-deprecation ranges from the nine long months it took his mustache to grow to the limited expression he has in his eyes. His stories of awkwardness and compromising situations will have you cracking up. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities and has shows scheduled through Saturday. Check the website for ticket prices and other details. (Liz Trenholme)

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

New Soft Shoe

Nine years ago, on what local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby calls a drunken dare, 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, spreading the gospel of what it refers to "Gram's Cosmic American Music." Anything that Parsons played, the New Soft Shoe covers. As a result, the group plays tunes from the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. It also plays songs from Parsons' solo album GP/Grievous Angel. 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,

The Sound of Silence

Peter Sarsgaard stars in this indie flick as a "house tuner" who investigates whatever ambient noises might be disrupting his clients. When one case leaves him stumped, he's forced to take stock of his life in new ways. Rashida Jones and Austin Pendleton co-star. The movie shows at 8:45 tonight and at 6:45 on Monday night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for students and Cinematheque members. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

FRI 11/15

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel) 1300 West 78th St.,

Blind Husbands

The Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates the 100th anniversary of Erich von Stroheim's Blind Husbands by screening the film tonight at 7. An "opulent, sophisticated tale" set in the Austro-Italian Alps, the film centers on an army lieutenant who sets his sights on a vulnerable American wife on vacation with her doctor husband. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Autumn Concert

Vinay Parameswaran conducts the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra tonight at 8 at Severance Hall as it presents its autumn concert. Expect to hear Sarah Kirkland Snider's Something for the Dark, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


Comedian Mo'Nique is fat and Southern and proud of it. She'll eat a whole fresh pig and she's got the legs to prove it. Mo's other topics of humor include her divorce from her "leprechaun" ex (dude was too short and had designs on her lucky charms anyway), her very "nice" son and her kids' fear of playing Twister with their fat mom. Some of the stuff she talks about borders on the serious (like her mom life and why she moved to a white neighborhood), but she manages to find the funny in every situation life throws at her, and she'll have you laughing right along with her. She performs at 7:30 and 10 tonight and at 7 and 9:30 tomorrow night at the Improv. Tickets are $40. (Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

András Simonyi: Rocking Toward a Free World

A former diplomat who served as Hungarian ambassador to the United States, András Simonyi, an economist by training, has had a lifelong love for rock 'n' roll and plays guitar in the Coalition of the Willing, which includes Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. Today at 2 p.m. at the Rock Hall, he'll talk about the huge impact of American pop culture in Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. The event is free with a reservation through the Rock Hall's website. (Niesel)

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

SAT 11/16

Desolation Center

At 9:20 tonight and at 8:30 on Monday night, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen 2018's Desolation Center, a documentary film about the guerilla music and art happenings that took place in the Southern California desert in the 1980s. These celebrations of punk, noise, industrial music and experimental art would go on to inspire festivals such as Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for students and Cinematheque members. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Snow Day

Breckenridge Brewery celebrates the opening of Breckenridge ski resort today with a special bar crawl that hits several bars on the East Bank of the Flats. Check-in begins at noon, and the event rolls out of the Ernst & Young lobby at 1 p.m. Your $15 ticket ($20 on the day of the event) includes light appetizers, drink specials at all the bars and the chance to win prizes along the crawl. Find details on the website. (Niesel)

Ryan Hamilton

Thanks to the success of his recently released standup special Happy Face, comedian Ryan Hamilton's career has picked up some traction. The one-hour Netflix original came in the wake of numerous TV appearances. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Hamilton likes to joke about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. He performs tonight at 8 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets cost $32.50. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Hired Hand

The late Peter Fonda stars in and directs this movie about a man who returns to his wife and home after wandering the Southwest for seven years. His wife doesn't take him back in, but she does give him work. Today at 5 p.m., the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen a 35-mm print of the flick. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

SUN 11/17

Vicki Barbolak

A Top 10 finalist on America's Got Talent, Vicki Barbolak is an up-coming comic with personality to spare. Famously, judge Howie Mandel told her, "I think you just came up with your own sitcom, you're wonderful, I love you." E! TV called her "the next breakout star to come from the Comedy Store." She performs tonight at 7 at the Hanna Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $45. (Niesel)

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

Cavs vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Perhaps the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers roll into Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse tonight as the only team in the NBA to win its first five games. With guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid, the 76ers have two of the NBA's best players. The game begins at 3 p.m. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Hap Cole

High-energy comedian Happy Cole delivers jokes at a fast pace. His humor is about the things that he observes going on in the world around him. His material ranges from racial humor to joking about cruise ships. Cole has been in the comedy game for 20-plus years, and that experience shows: He knows how to work a crowd and how to make them laugh. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)

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

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

A tribute to the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, the touring theater show The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to the State Theatre tonight. The immersive concert-style performance chronicles the duo's rise, culminating with their famous Concert in Central Park reunion in 1981. Using state-of-the-art video projection, photos and original film footage, the show features a full live band performing hits such as "Mrs. Robinson," "Cecilia," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Homeward Bound." Tonight's performance takes place at 7. Tickets cost $35 to $55. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Skippy and the Comedy Warrior Live at the Capitol Theatre

Tonight at 7, the Capitol Theatre will host a special screening of the documentary Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor. Marc "Skippy" Price and Joe Kashnow will each do a live standup comedy set before the screening of the film, which explores how veterans use comedy to deal with their injuries. Price — "Skippy" from the '80s sitcom Family Ties — has opened for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. He's starred in movies and hosted late-night talk shows. Wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2003, Kashnow spent almost two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., learning how to walk with what remained of his leg. He began his standup comedy career in 2012, and he also works as a motivational speaker. General admission tickets are $25 and available at the box office or online. Veterans and active duty military personnel will be admitted free with proper ID; passes will be available at the box office. (Niesel)

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

Touchdown for Hunger

The sixth annual Touchdown for Hunger will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Anyone who donates one or more non-perishable food items (oatmeal, rice, pasta and canned beans will be accepted) to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland receives a voucher for $7 discounted same-day admission to the aquarium. Last year, the one-day event brought in nearly 500 non-perishable items and $1,000 in donations. The donations help feed about 40,000 individuals each month. (Niesel) 2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,

Vita & Virginia

Chanya Button used real-life letters as the basis of Vita & Virginia, a period piece about Virginia Woolf's 1920s love affair with British writer and socialite Vita Sackville-West, the inspiration for Woolf's Orlando. Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini star in the flick. It screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 11/18

Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

Monday Night Trivia

Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? What say you about the geographic evolution of Scotch whisky? Tonight's your chance to wow your friends, make yourself instantly more desirable to someone you're newly dating, and hang with Cleveland's headiest hipsters and hot dog lovers. It's the Happy Dog Monday Night Trivia. Starting at 8 p.m., expect themed rounds and general knowledge questions that seem considerably trickier than some of the other live trivia locales in town. Obviously, have a hot dog and a craft brew while you're at it. And arrive early: Seats fill up fast. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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 Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

Wing Dang Doodle

Blues icon Howlin' Wolf famously covered "Wang Dang Doodle," the old blues tune penned by Willie Dixon. Prosperity Social Club in Tremont has adopted that slogan, calling its wing night Wing Dang Doodle. The weekly event features specials on Buffalo wings and cold brews. Prosperity will not only serve up substantial, $1 whole wings, but it'll also offer meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&B curated by local musician Clint Holley will be on tap as well. Wing Dang Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 11/19

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, students of Cleveland Institute of Music, and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting, free concerts that are great for the whole family. Tonight's performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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,

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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