Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Oct. 23-29)

Cleveland Beer Week comes to a close with Night at the Brewseum. See: Saturday.
Cleveland Beer Week comes to a close with Night at the Brewseum. See: Saturday. Photos by Emanuel Wallace

WED 10/23

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

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, Tom Batiuk talks about his Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft cartoons. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Exposed! Music Legends 1969-1973: The Once-Lost Photography of Michael Friedman Exhibit Opening and Q&A

Between 1969 and 1973, with a Pentax camera and Tri-x film, former manager and music producer Michael Friedman photographed some of the most notable musicians of the time, including the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Todd Rundgren. Tonight, he'll talk about those photos at 7 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The photos will be on display in the Rock Hall's main exhibit hall, and Friedman will sit down with a Rock Hall curator in the Foster Theater to talk about his fascinating career and story. Prior to the discussion, there will be a reception that starts at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

Female Entrepreneur Summit

Contempo Design + Communications, the locally based founder and producer of the annual Female Entrepreneur Summit (FES), has booked 25 speakers for its eighth annual day devoted to the female entrepreneur. The event aims to allow female business leaders to "connect, learn, and grow." It'll take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland History Center at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where more than 25 successful industry professionals will share opportunities and personal testimonials. Keynote speakers include Nathalie Molina Niño, the author of Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs and an "impact investor" targeting high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet, and Claire Coder, the founder of Aunt Flow, an initiative with a mission to "ensure everyone has access to menstrual products." The 2019 FES will cover an array of topics designed to help entrepreneurs learn and succeed. A lunchtime program will feature a panel discussion and dessert tasting from three of Cleveland's best dessert makers — Loretta Paganini, Shelley Pippin and Kelsey Smith. Tickets cost $199 and are available on the website. (Niesel) 10825 East Blvd., 216-831-9557,

Fretwork Presents Music From the Age of Michelangelo

Fretwork, the world's leading viol consort, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It comes to the Cleveland Art Museum tonight to present a concert expressly inspired by the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of the Master. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Music Man

Tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, Great Lakes Theater presents its version of The Music Man, the play about salesman Harold Hill and his attempts to con people into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he never intends to form. The six-time Tony-winning musical features tunes such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Till There Was You." Performances continue through Nov. 10. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

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


A dedicated inner-city school teacher sends her own son to private school in Pipeline, "a compelling, must-see portrait of the systemic school-to-prison pipeline and the experience of being a parent to a young black man in America." The Cleveland Playhouse production continues in the Outcalt Theatre through Nov. 3. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,


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,

THU 10/24

Behind the Lens with Oscar Award-Winning Filmmaker Howard Rosenman

As part of the Life with Lenny series that accompanies the new Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music exhibit at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, filmmaker Howard Rosenman will speak tonight about how a chance encounter with Bernstein led to a romantic relationship and kick-started a monumental career in show business. Over the course of his career, Rosenman has created more than 43 films, and this fall, he'll start production on Anita, the Anita Bryant story, starring Ashley Judd, Neil Patrick Harris and Mayim Bialik. The event takes place tonight at 7 at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Tickets cost $15, or $10 for Maltz Museum members. Get them on the website or by calling the number below. (Niesel)

6705 Detroit Ave., 216-593-0575,

Hamelin Plays Liszt

Liszt's First Piano Concerto "brings together bravura daring with intense lyricism and poise," and acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin is the perfect person to play the piece. He'll join the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at Severance Hall as it performs the composition. The concert will also feature one of Rachmaninoff's most evocative tone poems and a symphony by Danish composer Carl Nielsen. It begins at 7:30 p.m..

Rose Breckenridge, lecturer-administrator for Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups, will give the pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. The performance takes place again at 8 on Saturday night. Consult the orchestra website for ticket info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Into the Woods

Equal parts Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk, Into the Woods is a fractured fairytale by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim and Tony Award-winning director James Lapine. The plot centers on a baker and his wife who yearn for a child, the witch who has placed a curse on them, and other storybook characters drawn from the works of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Wishes do come true, we are reminded — but not without consequences. The musical was a hit on Broadway when it premiered in 1987. (A film version came out in 2014.) The CSU Department of Theatre and Dance version opens tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where it runs through Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 and $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

FRI 10/25

Boo at the Zoo

This is the final weekend for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo. But the fun still will be in full swing, with unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, costumed characters and a monster mash dance party. Each night, the first 1,000 guests will receive a special treat bag courtesy of Meijer. The festivities run from 5 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday. Consult the zoo's website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

Captain NEO's Hauntaquarium

A child-focused Halloween party, Captain NEO's Hauntaquarium returns to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium tonight and tomorrow night from 6 to 9. Tickets cost $12, or $10 for Greater Cleveland Aquarium members. Admission includes full aquarium access as well as animal encounters, a DJ dance party, "campfire" stories, photo opportunities, and more. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,


This is the final weekend to catch Copenhagen, a thoughtful exploration of the difficulty of ever truly knowing oneself or others. Presented by Cesear's Forum in a limited engagement, the Tony Award-winning play 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. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 in the intimate Kennedy's Down Under, in Playhouse Square. Tickets cost $18, and the performances continue through tomorrow. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

DL Hughley

Not many people can fire off the quick, witty jokes like DL Hughley. He can take serious matters like race relations and spin them into sidesplitting satire, tiptoeing along the edge of offensive and hilarious, yet still remaining totally lovable. Nothing is off limits for this guy. Past topics of jest have included Paula Deen, high blood pressure, Superbowl commercials and Cuban Olympic swimmers. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $35. (Liz Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco

Judging from the YouTube videos of pianist Matt Johnson's dueling piano concerts, it's safe to say the guy caters to bachelor and bachelorette parties. He can easily break into Journey's "Don't Stop Believing'" and then segue into Billy Joel's "The Piano Man," which he tends to alter with a few of his own ribald lyrics. Expect rowdy singalongs and a boisterous performance. Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at MGM Northfield Park's Neon Room. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

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

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,

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 directs this version of the play 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,

Monsters vs. Rockford Icehogs

The Cleveland Monsters host the Rockford Icehogs today and tomorrow at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Tonight, it's a 1-2-3 Friday, so there will be $1 Pepsis, $2 Sugardale hotdogs and $3 select 12-ounce beers. There's also a post-game skate. The game begins at 7. Fans are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes for tomorrow's game, which begins at 1 p.m. There will be trick or treat on the concourse before the puck drops. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Through the Olive Trees

Through the Olive Trees centers on a bricklayer who stars in a movie being shot in an earthquake-ravaged Iranian village. He falls in love with his nonprofessional co-star, but she refuses to talk to him because of his lower station in life. The film represents the conclusion to Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy. It screens today at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 10/26

Cavs vs. Indiana Pacers

The Cavs home opener for the 2019-2020 season finds them going up against the Indiana Pacers, a playoff-caliber team that should make for a tough opponent even without star guard Victor Oladipo, who is injured. The team added point guard Malcolm Brogdon during the off-season and also signed forward T.J. Warren. The game begins tonight at 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

History on Tap: Cleveland's Haunted History

A reoccurring event at the Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Museum, History on Tap features a unique theme, happy-hour drink specials and activities inspired by Cleveland's past. Tonight, guests can experience an after-hours evening dedicated to Cleveland's haunted history. Guests will immerse themselves in the stories of Cleveland's spooky past as they tour the historic Hay-McKinney mansion. Themed costumes are greatly encouraged. The event begins at 5 p.m. It's free for WRHS members; check the website for other ticket options. (Niesel)

10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722,

I-X Trick or Treat Street

Today and tomorrow, the I-X Center welcomes trick or treaters to its annual I-X Trick or Treat Street. Twelve creatively themed "boo-tastic" candy stations will pass out treats, and there will be kiddie rides and entertainment. The fun takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check the I-X Center site for ticket prices. Parking costs $10. (Niesel)

One I-X Center Dr., 216-676-6000,

Night at the Brewseum

Cleveland Beer Week comes to a conclusion today with Night at the Brewseum, a blow-out party that takes place at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The event will feature 150 beers along with culinary creations from Ohio City Provisions, Butcher and the Brewer, Tremont Taphouse, Fahrenheit, Fire Food and Drink, Flying Fig, the Plum and many more. Find tickets on the website. (Niesel)

1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600,

Joe Rogan

Comedian Joe Rogan regularly sells out theaters, and he's now making the move to arenas. He comes to the Wolstein Center tonight at 8. Rogan hosts The Joe Rogan Experience, a comedy podcast that features longform conversations with celebrities and is one of the most popular comedy podcasts on iTunes. His Syfy TV series, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, is a huge success too; in it, Rogan, a life-long paranormal mystery addict, delves into "unknown worlds" and "untapped territories." Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Tickets start at $41.50. (Niesel)

2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292,

Spooktacular Science

As part of the Great Lakes Science Center's Spooktacular Science event, patrons will see pumpkins explode and potions mixed. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Highlights include the icky, stinky Gross Out Science Spectacular, wild potions and brews in the Chemical Concoctions Show, pumpkin explosions outside on the harbor and a Monster Mash Dance Party. The Science Center's "maker space" will transform into a Mad Science Laboratory where guests can come up with their own spooktacular creations and experience "out of this world chemistry" with mystery metals and materials that glow under black light. Activities are all included with general admission, and there's no charge to drop in on the robotics competition. Find a complete schedule and details about ticket prices on the website. (Niesel)

601 Erieside Ave., 216-694-2000,

The Uptown Upside Down Halloween Bash

Tonight from 7 to midnight, University Circle's Uptown District will celebrate Halloween with a special Upside Down Halloween Bash on Toby's Plaza. There will be a Halloween dance party with DJ Red-I, fortune tellers and palm readers, a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, screenings of classic horror movies, a complimentary candy and Halloween treats bar, a costume contest with prizes and pumpkin carving. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but you must be at least 17 to attend. (Niesel)

11440 Uptown Ave.,

SUN 10/27


Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen star in Ophelia, a film set in medieval Denmark. It imagines the story of Hamlet from the perspective of one of the play's female characters. The movie 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 10/28

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 go fast. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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. 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)

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 10/29

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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