Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Oct. 2-8)

As part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series, Sarah Davachi performs at the Transformer Station. See: Sunday
As part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series, Sarah Davachi performs at the Transformer Station. See: Sunday Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

WED 10/02

Chamber Music in the Galleries

This monthly concert series at the Cleveland Museum of Art places young musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in the CMA galleries. The series features "mixed programs of chamber music" for "a unique and intimate experience." The performances often feature instruments from the museum's keyboard collection. Tonight's concert begins at 6 and lasts for about an hour. Admission is free. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

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, author D.M. Pulley talks about her latest novel, which centers on the "disturbing history of an old mansion haunted by family secrets, financial ruin and murder." Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Gamelan Çudamani

Gamelan Çudamani, a group out of Bali, features musicians and performers from the village of Pengosekan. The group makes use of instruments such as gongs and the flute. The semarandana instruments feature seven tones rather than the usual five, and dances performed by the group include the classic legong, a form of dance that originated in the 19th century as royal entertainment. The ensemble will perform at 7:30 tonight at the Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre on the Tri-C East Campus. Tickets cost $22. (Niesel) 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, 216-987-4444.

Into the Breeches!

Set in 1942, Into the Breeches! centers on a group of passionate yet inexperienced performers who rally together to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V. The press release for the Cleveland Play House performance proclaims that it's "a hilarious and moving story about what happens when we're all in it together." Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where performances continue through Oct. 6. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

THU 10/03

At War

French actor Vincent Lindon collaborates again with director Stéphane Brizé (Mademoiselle Chambon, The Measure of a Man) in At War. This time, he plays a fiery union leader who fights to save more than 1,000 jobs at his auto parts factory when management decides to close it despite record profits and worker sacrifices. The film screens at 8:40 tonight and at 7 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

John Heffron

After winning Season 2 of Last Comic Standing, comedian John Heffron has performed on The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show, HBO, FX, VH1, A&E and CMT — and he's taped two separate Comedy Central specials and did an hour-long special for Netflix. Heffron likes to joke about his upbringing and how his father would give him advice about putting the fear of god into his kids by kicking them all out of the house at 7 a.m. He performs tonight at 7:30 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

Jurassic World

In Jurassic World, a traveling show that comes to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse tonight for a four-day stand, you'll find "captivating scenery" where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise roam, including the velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex that is more than 40 feet in length. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom-built with the latest technology to look as lifelike as possible. With "scale, speed and ferocity," the animatronic dinosaurs deliver "colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience." The arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to "unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate." Performances continue through Sunday. Check the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse site for times and ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


In director Benjamin Naishtat's Rojo, a respectable provincial lawyer in Argentina becomes complicit in the questionable, corrupt behavior that soon would define the country's military coup. Shot in the style of '70s action melodramas, the darkly comic political thriller has received wide acclaim. It screens at 6:30 tonight and at 9:15 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

FRI 10/04

The Addams Family

Near West Theatre kicks off its new season with The Addams Family, a musical based on the comic strip that became a TV show and then a movie. The play centers on how a grown-up Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a "normal" man. Or so she thinks. Tonight and tomorrow night's performances take place at 7:30 p.m.; additional performances continue through Oct. 6. Tickets start at $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. (Niesel)

6702 Detroit Ave, 216-961-6391,

Bill Bellamy

If comic Bill Bellamy did nothing more than coin the phrase "booty call," he'd go down in comic history. But the guy has been a staple on the standup circuit for nearly 30 years now. His star power hasn't diminished over that time, either. Currently the host of his own TV show, Who's Got Jokes, he was also a regular on Chelsea Lately. His material tends to stick to tried-and-true topics like the differences between men and women when it comes to romantic love, and surviving the trials and tribulations of getting through security at the airport. Still, this guy is a pro storyteller who knows how to work the room. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Cleveland Pops: The Texas Tenors

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra puts on concerts, youth programs and community events that "represent one of the most comprehensive and dedicated musical arts programs in Northeast Ohio." Now in its 24th year, the organization is renowned for its programs that feature American orchestral popular music, jazz, Broadway, and patriotic and light classics. Tonight, the Texas Tenors, a group that came to prominence after its appearance on America's Got Talent, will be the special guest for its season opener. The most successful music group to come off the show, the act is celebrating its 10th anniversary; expect a blend of Broadway hits, American songbook classics and a little bit of country. The concert begins at 8 at Severance Hall. Tickets start at $31. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


Presented by Cesear's Forum in a limited engagement, the Tony Award-winning Copenhagen centers on an actual meeting that took place between the two great physicists, Germany's Werner Heisenberg and Denmark's Niels Bohr, in 1941, in occupied Denmark. The play is presented fictionally, "inside the heads" of three characters, as they relive their memories and speculate on the meaning, and consequences, of their actions. A deep dive into the difficulty of ever truly knowing oneself or others, Copenhagen is as much about philosophy as physics. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 in the intimate Kennedy's Down Under, in Playhouse Square. Tickets cost $18, and the show continues through Oct. 26. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


The Khmer Rouge tears apart a Cambodian family in Funan, an animated film that features the voices of Berenice Bejo and Louis Garrel. The film makes its local debut tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Member of the Wedding

At the suggestion of her friend Tennessee Williams, Southern writer Carson McCullers adapted her novella, The Member of the Wedding, into a play that was an enormous success when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It depicts the "intrinsically enmeshed lives of whites and blacks in the American South." Regional talent Eric Schmiedl has directed this version of the play that's at the Beck Center for the Arts through Nov. 3. The cast includes Lisa Louise Langford, Ellie Ritterbusch, Chase Oberhaus, Peter Lawson Jones, Corin B. Self and Fred Gloor. Tonight's performance takes place at 8, and performances continue throughout the weekend. Tickets are $10 to $33. Group and student discounts are available. (Niesel)

17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-2540,

MIX: Anatomy

At tonight's Mix event at the Cleveland Museum of Art, you can check out the museum's new exhibit featuring drawings by Michelangelo, who loved drawing the human body. Artists will sketch models and objects and DJ Mick will perform. Food is available at Provenance Cafe until 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. It's free for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Larry Reeb

Comedian Larry Reeb is creepy. Dubbed "Uncle Lar," this guy likes to talk about watching porn at the library and the unfairness of bestiality being illegal while hunting is not. His politically incorrect jokes and odd antics can be pretty funny though, and his insights on reality TV are golden. He performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 9:30 at the Neon Room at MGM Northfield Park. Tickets are $10 and $15. (Liz Trenholme)

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

SAT 10/05

Lewis Black

Comedian Lewis Black regularly touches on current events, social media, politics and anything else that "exposes the hypocrisy and madness in the world," as he puts it. Given the election of Donald Trump, Black's analysis of the "hypocrisy and madness in the world" seems all the more relevant. The comedian brings his Joke's on Us tour to MGM Northfield Park tonight at 8. Expect the man to rant. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters

This stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis' satiric Screwtape Letters follows Screwtape, a guy who holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy of Hell and acts as a mentor to his nephew Wormwood. Today's performances take place at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets cost $37.50 to $91.50. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Festival That Must Not Be Named

Dave and Busters, A Special Wish Cleveland, and Brodies Good Vibe Tribe have teamed up to present the Festival That Must Not Be Named, a special Harry Potter-themed fundraiser that takes place from 9 a.m. to noon today. It'll include a "world of wizardly staples," including butter beer and a hat sorting station. Live white owls will be on hand as well. There will also be wizardly games, activities, crafts, music, and themed food and beverages as well as Instagram-able props set up throughout Dave and Busters. The $10 ticket price includes one meal ticket per person. After noon, Dave and Busters will open back up to the public, and guests are invited to stay and play games. Proceeds will benefit both A Special Wish Cleveland and Brodie's Good Vibe Tribe. (Niesel)

25735 First St., Westlake, 440-892-1415,

Fifth Annual Food Truck Challenge

Today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Northeast Ohio Food Truck Association (NEOFTA) presents Crocker Park's fifth annual Food Truck Challenge. Cleveland's best food trucks will line up on Crocker Park's Main Street to compete. Billy Morris and the Sunset Strip will provide the music. Patrons will cast their votes for the various categories on the ballot, including Fan's Best Overall, Best Looking Truck and Friendliest Truck. Winners will be crowned on the main stage at 3 p.m. by a panel of guest judges and local foodies including WKYC's Austin Love, Channel 19's Chris Tonka, Fox 8's Todd Meany and Edible Cleveland's Lisa Sands. Admission is free. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

Goblins in the Garden

Holden Arboretum's annual Goblins in the Garden will take place today and tomorrow. During the event, families can trick-or-treat through decorated gardens, scramble through a hedge maze and see a scarecrow display. There will also be a petting zoo and pony rides. A press release states that "this weekend event encourages families to come out in their Halloween costumes and enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including wagon rides, a straw pyramid climb, games and crafts and professional face painting." There will also be a beer garden on Saturday. Tickets are $6 per member child, $10 per member adult, $12 per nonmember child, and $20 per nonmember adult. Tickets to the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower are included with admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Free parking and shuttles will be available at Lakeland Community College. (Niesel)

9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, 440-946-4400,

Julius Caesar

One of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools and conduct related educational activities for the students, Great Lakes Theater tonight presents its take on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanna Theatre, where performances continue through Nov. 3. Tickets cost 15 to $80. (Niesel)

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

Lava Lounge 20th Anniversary Party

Established in 1999 as an alternative to the downtown nightlife scene, Tremont's Lava Lounge, a self-described scratch kitchen and craft cocktail bar, became a go-to destination for young people looking for a place that wasn't just a meat market. Chef-owned and operated by Jack Anfang and Ricardo Sandoval, the bar/restaurant continues to have weekend DJs and late-night food. It also regularly shows the work of featured local artists. At 8 p.m. today, it hosts a party to celebrate its 20th anniversary. There will be alumni bartenders, veteran DJs, and food and drink specials. The upstairs bar and outdoor patio will both be open as well. Local DJs Neil Chastain, Nate Paige, RA Washington, A-Live, Lawrence Daniel Caswell, Red I, Chris Pulse, Stanton Thatcher and Candi Fresca are slated to control the turntables. Ten former bartenders, including Will Hollingsworth (currently the proprietor of Spotted Owl) and Shelly Mayen (of Chicago's Cabra), will be on hand. The club will also sell special T-shirts featuring artwork by local Jason Look. Admission is free. (Niesel)

1307 Auburn Ave., 216-589-9112,

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,

Sea of Shadows

Winner of the Audience Award in the World Cinema/Documentary competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Sea of Shadows comes off as a suspenseful documentary about the heroic efforts to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction. Found mostly in the Gulf of California, the vaquita is the world's smallest whale and most endangered sea mammal, and there may be fewer than 15 left. The movie screens at 9:20 tonight and at 6:30 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Speedbump Fest

The fourth annual Speedbump Fest will be held at 7 tonight at Musica in Akron. Speedbump Fest is a memorial show for Garrett Janos, a victim of suicide. The annual raffle benefiting mental health and addiction services in Northeast Ohio will include prizes from Square Records, Magic City Brewing Company, Arkham Tattoo, and local artists and musicians. Bands such as Autarch, Killer of Sheep, S.N.A.F.U., Pissmongrel, Hiraeth and Trash Cat will perform. Tickets cost $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. (Niesel)

51 East Market St., Akron, 330-374-1114,

SUN 10/06

Cleveland Opera Theater Presents: Harp & Heels

Harpist Calvin Stokes and soprano Laura Pedersen make up Harp & Heels, a classically trained duo that's won international competitions and performed with top orchestras at Carnegie Hall and in famous opera houses. Their performance tonight in the Concert Hall of Music Box Supper Club will feature opera, country, Broadway, jazz and pop tunes. A $35, three-course, prix-fixe meal precedes tonight's performance. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $40. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Sarah Davachi

The Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series kicks off night at 7:30 with electronic music composer Sarah Davachi, who'll perform in the intimate setting of the Transformer Station. She'll present a solo program that makes use of the "delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances." Expect her to have some vintage synthesizers on hand for the concert. Check the Cleveland Museum of Art website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Kid Flicks From the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

Grab the kids and head to the Cleveland Art Museum this afternoon, where admission is free for this special screening of Kid Flicks From the New York Int'l Film Festival. The program includes eight films, both animated and live action, from eight countries. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at 2:45. See the entire lineup of films on the museum website. The screening is recommended for youngsters 8 and older. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 10/07

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,

TUE 10/08

And Life Goes On

And Life Goes On, the second part of director Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy, "celebrates survival and resiliency" as it follows a film director and his son as they drive to northern Iran to find out what happened to two children who starred in one of the director's previous movies. The film screens at 1:45 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Ron Campbell

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960s Saturday-morning Beatles cartoon series and one of the animators on the Beatles' film Yellow Submarine, will make a rare personal appearance today and tomorrow, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Akrona Galleries. He'll showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and paint original remarques for customers who purchase any of his art work. He'll also bring with him other artwork from Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. The exhibit is free, and all works are available for purchase. (Niesel)

1765 West Market St., Akron, 330-865-0909,


Summer, a musical about the life of pop singer Donna Summer, centers on how a girl from Boston with a "voice from heaven" went from singing gospel music to becoming a dance floor diva. The score features more than 20 of Summer's classic hits, including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through Oct. 27. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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