Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Oct. 10-16)

WED 10/10

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, former Scene staffer Anastasia Pantsios talks about the stories behind her recent book, Girls to the Front: 40 Years of Women in Rock, a collection of 56 of her photos of prominent women musicians based on her 2017 show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,


Writer-director Spike Lee worked with artist and cameraman Arthur Jafa on his 1994 film Crooklyn, a movie about a young African-American girl who lives with her mother, father and four brothers in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the '70s. In advance of Jafa's lecture on Saturday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the museum will screen Crooklyn today at 6:45 p.m. It will also screen the 1999 drama Daughters of the Dust, another movie Jafa worked on, at 6:45 p.m. on Friday. Tickets to the screenings are $5. Admission to the lecture, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

An Evening of Film and Music with James Newton Howard

Composer James Newton Howard has written scores for films such as Batman Begins, The Hunger Games and Pretty Woman. Tonight at 7:30 at the Fran and Jules Belkin Theatre on the Tri-C Metro Campus, he'll share stories from his past and show clips from some of the movies he's worked on. Tickets cost $10, but students get in free with a valid ID. Details and tickets are on the website. (Niesel)

Hello, Dolly!

This year's KeyBank Broadway Series includes the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical revival of Hello, Dolly!, a beloved show that snagged four awards at last year's Tonys. One of those awards went to actress Betty Buckley, who sparkles in the title role. The national tour launched at Connor Palace in September; performances continue tonight at 6:30, and through Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 to $110. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Mamma Mia!

This smash-hit musical features ABBA's greatest hits, including classics like "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S," "Super Trooper," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," along with "an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship." The musical even spawned a commercially successful film. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, where the show goes on through Nov. 11. Tickets are $15 to $89. (Niesel)

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

The Seagull

The Cleveland Playhouse updates Anton Chekhov's The Seagull by providing a "fresh, contemporary take" on the play with its "youthful and energetic" production. Critics generally agree that the play about the self-centered guests at a country estate is one of Chekhov's best works. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, and performances continue through the weekend. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

THU 10/11


Remember that 7Up guy? Good. Because he's in town tonight, performing at the Improv. Godfrey got his start during a 1980s soda campaign, then went on to film, where he was cast as the token black friend in every comedy ever made, including 2001's Zoolander. Godfrey's hot right now, touring the country and making regular appearances on Comics Unleashed. Tonight's show starts at 7:30; additional performances are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $17. (Brittany Rees)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Lucia Micarelli

A classical musician who's worked with the likes of Josh Groban, Chris Botti and Jethro Tull, Lucia Micarelli, who entered Juilliard at age 11, had a starring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme that helped establish her as an actress too. Her current tour comes in the wake of a popular PBS special, and shows off her ability to play classical, jazz and traditional fiddle music. She performs tonight at 8 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $35. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Monsters vs. Wilkes-Barre Penguins

The Monsters, our city's beloved minor league hockey team, goes up against the Wilkes-Barre Penguins tonight at the Q in an early season matchup. The Monsters will offer a special Hockey Happy Hour today. Your $11 ticket includes a lower-level game ticket and a beverage (a 12-ounce domestic beer or a Pepsi product or bottled water). The game begins at 7. The two teams face off again at 7 p.m. on Saturday. That game is part of a special Oktoberfest celebration, so Oktoberfest beer and Bavarian pretzels will be available; tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Paula Poundstone

Over the course of a career that stretches back nearly 40 years, comedian Paula Poundstone has been a regular guest on several NPR programs and has performed for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Johnny Carson. In her books such as There Is Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say and The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, she provides a humorous look at life and zeroes in on the never-ending quest for happiness. Expect Poundstone to improvise plenty at tonight's show, which takes place at 8 at the Kent Stage. Tickets are $37 to $47. (Niesel)

175 East Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005,


Soufra, a documentary that screens tonight at the Capitol Theatre as part of a fall documentary film series, follows the "unlikely and wildly inspirational" story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar, a generational refugee who has spent her life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. She tries to alter her fate by launching a successful catering company and expanding it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women. An audience discussion will follow the 7:30 screening. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

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


At 6:45 tonight and 8:35 on Sunday night, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen the often-forgotten Targets, a film about a psychopathic sniper and has-been horror movie star (Boris Karloff) who has retired because scary films can no longer compete with the terrors of everyday life. The Cinematheque will show a special 35-mm print of the movie. Admission is $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (BJ Colangelo)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

FRI 10/12

Collaboration Kickoff

Beer Week is here and that means every brewery and bar with a decent craft beer selection will serve up some special brews between now and Oct. 21. The week officially kicks off tonight with bar crawls in Willoughby, Lakewood, Ohio City and the Flats; you'll find seven special beers brewed by teams from local breweries. Advance tickets are required and will set you back $25. Proceeds benefit the Malone Scholarship Program. Go to the Beer Week website for more info. (Niesel)

The 2018 Akron Craft Beer Festival

Every year for the Akron Craft Beer Festival, a brewery crafts a special beer named after Loretta the Macaw, the Akron Civic Theatre's mascot from 1929. This year's special brew — an original recipe — comes from Seven Seas. In addition to being able to sample that special beer, fans who attend this year's event can try out Za'Spresso, a coffee crafted by guitarist Neil Zaza and the crew at DogFish Head. (The coffee beans are infused with Bitches Brew.) The festival starts at 8 tonight at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets are $40. Buy them on the website, where you will find the very long list of other participating breweries. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Classic Fest

Tribute bands draw some of the biggest crowds to Cleveland clubs and festivals, so it makes sense that the folks at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park would book a bunch of tribute acts for the inaugural Fall Classic Fest. Tonight, Odds and Ends will pay tribute to Bob Dylan and the Last Waltz will play songs by the Band. The festival continues through Sunday with tributes to Neil Young, Eric Clapton, the Doors, Janis Joplin and the Allman Brothers. Check the website for prices and a schedule. (Niesel)

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


Dante's Inferno

Goblin keyboardist Maurizio Guarini will present a live performance of his original score to the first-ever feature film produced in Italy, Dante's Inferno, showcasing horrific cinematic imagery decades before such giallo classics as Dario Argento's Deep Red and Suspiria, both scored by Goblin and Guarini. The Cleveland revival debut of the movie takes place tonight at 7:30 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $27, or $20 for Cinematheque members and students. (Colangelo) 11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Pride and Prejudice

Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan and based on a Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice centers on the outspoken Elizabeth Bennet, a woman who shows no interest in marriage until she meets the handsome, enigmatic Mr. Darcy. The Great Lakes Theater presents its production of the play tonight at the Hanna Theatre, where performances continue through Nov. 4. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

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

Stranger Things Spooktacular

Tonight at 7:30, the Beachland Ballroom once again hosts a Stranger Things themed burlesque show. It will feature dancers portraying characters from American Horror Story, Stranger Things, Evil Dead, Wizard of Oz and a few other classics. A Best Costume contest and Monster Mash dance-off will also take place. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits. Of course, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and specialty shops in the neighborhood, too, that participate in Walkabout Tremont, so don't overlook them either. The stroll takes place from 5 to 10 tonight; this month's theme is "Let's Luau," so of course there is a Hawaiian shirt contest. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and a listing of entertainment and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

SAT 10/13

CFA International Cat Show

In a city where dogs seem to get all of the attention, cat people will finally have their weekend: The International Cat Show, hosted by the Cat Fancier's Association, has sunk its claws into Cleveland's I-X Center and is settled in for the next two days. More than 1,000 cats from every corner of the globe will compete to be crowned Best in Breed in the largest cat show of its kind. Visitors can expect stiff competition, with opportunities to get to know the furry athletes competing in the agility ring and a chance to pet the cats in the Meet the Breeds Education Ring. The International Cat Show also boasts opportunities like a meet-and-greet with celebrity cat Farrah Pawcett, a stroll down the Meow Mall shopping market and pet education shows for children. And of course visitors who don't already own enough cats can adopt one at the fest. Adult tix are $12, and kids get in for $6. Today's fun takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are on the website.(Gabrielle Greene)

1 I-X Center Drive, 216-676-6000,

Robert Dubac: The Book of Moron

Critics have described Robert Dubac's off-Broadway show, The Book of Moron, as one of the most hilarious bits of satire since Mark Twain. The man behind The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron and Sex, Politics and Other Headaches, Dubac performs at both 4 and 8 p.m. today at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $49 to $59. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The October Flea

A self-described "small business incubator" that draws thousands of local shoppers to Tyler Village, the Cleveland Flea features a range of unique items you won't find at the typical retail store. As much a social gathering as a shopping experience, the Flea also serves as an excellent hang, a place to meet and make friends while supporting your local creatives. It runs today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1. (Niesel)

3615 Superior Ave.,

Shuck Yeah!

Celebrate your favorite briny bivalves today at Shuck Yeah!, an annual fest that takes place today from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Alley Cat Oyster Bar in the Flats East Bank. This party on the water will bring together oysters from both coasts along with other bites from your favorite Zack Bruell restaurants, craft cocktails from Tito's Handmade Vodka and beer. There will also be live music from Madison Crawl. Guests will enjoy food tastings from the very popular Zack Bruell family of restaurants, including Alley Cat, Cowell & Hubbard, Exploration, L'Albatros, Parallax, Ristorante Chinato and Table|45. Guests will receive eight oysters, two oyster shooters, and four drinks featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $45 in advance, or $55 at the door. (Niesel) 1056 Old River Rd., 216-574-9999,


Over the years, WRUW FM 91.1's all-day Studio-A-Rama music festival has featured terrific headlining acts such as Man or Astroman, Bleached, Tacocat, A Place to Bury Strangers, Guided By Voices and the New Bomb Turks. WRUW broadcasts the festival, its signature event, in its entirety on its FM home (91.1 on the old-fashioned radio dial) and via its website. This year's headliner, indie rocker Lucy Dacus, will share the stage with Canadian indie rockers Land of Talk and locals such as Key to the Mint, Punch Drunk Tagalongs, and Paranoid Lovesick. The concert starts at 2 p.m. outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in University Circle's Uptown District. Admission is free, and there will be a cash bar and food trucks on site throughout the festivities. (Niesel)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,


A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat centers on union lock-outs, massive lay-offs and jobs going overseas. In order to try to face such hardships, a group of life-long friends gather at their local bar to discuss ways of dealing with such hardships. Inspired by true stories, Sweat provides "a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

SUN 10/14

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series

Presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series aims to celebrate the valley's cultural legacy with a variety of folk and roots rock concerts at the Happy Days Lodge. Tonight's concert features Ed Caner plus special guest Bill Lestock Trio, and the show begins at 7 p.m. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

500 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909,


A 1936 Swedish film, Intermezzo stars Ingrid Bergman in the first film in which she played the lead. Bergman plays a piano teacher who falls for a married violinist (Leslie Howard). Three years after its release in Sweden, a remake of the film appeared in the States. It also starred Bergman. This month, the Cleveland Museum of Art screens both versions of the movie. Today at 1:45 p.m., it screens the 1939 version. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 10/15

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

TUE 10/16

Mary Shelley

Haifaa Al-Mansour directs Mary Shelley, a film that dramatizes how the love affair between Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley inspired Godwin to write Frankenstein, her famous novel about a scientist who creates a living human being out of the pieces of corpses. The movie screens today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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,

The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter

As part of the Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series that is taking place at Case Western University this fall, Robert Bullard — known in some quarters as the "father of environmental justice" —will talk about the way climate change has affected human rights and public health issues in a lecture dubbed the Quest For Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter. The talk takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center. Admission is free, but advance registration on the website is requested. (Niesel)

11038 Bellflower Rd., 216-368-5681,

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,

Like this story?
SCENE Supporters make it possible to tell the Cleveland stories you won’t find elsewhere.
Become a supporter today.
Scroll to read more Things to Do articles

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.