Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Oct. 3-9)

The Cleveland Jewish FilmFest kicks off with a screening of The Last Suit. See: Thursday.
The Cleveland Jewish FilmFest kicks off with a screening of The Last Suit. See: Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

WED 10/03

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Once again on MovieMaker Magazine's list of "50 festivals worth the entry fee," the annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival kicks off today with a screening of Love, Gilda, the documentary movie about comedic actress Gilda Radner. It shows tonight at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre; a red carpet reception begins at 6:30, and the movie screens at 7:15. Tickets are $20. The festival runs through Sunday and will feature 89 films from 31 countries. Eighteen movies with local ties will be screened as well. Find schedules, venues and ticket information on the website. (Jeff Niesel)

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. The goal of event 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, announcer and former player Austin Carr talks about the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

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 cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley with a variety of folk and roots rock concerts at the Happy Days Lodge. Tonight's concert features the Revelers, a 2016 Grammy-nominated Louisiana-based music group. Tickets start at $10, and the concert begins at 7 p.m. (Niesel)

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

Hoppy Hour

The Cleveland Botanical Garden offers an educational take on beer tasting with its weekly Hoppy Hour, which comes 'round again today from 5:30 to 8:30. You can sample pale ales, dark lagers and other cool craft brews while discussing hops and horticulture with Botanical Garden staff and experts from a guest brewery. Admission is $5, but is free for members. Twelve-ounce beers are $4, while a tasting flight is $6. Also, there will be fire pits, lawn games, flashlight garden tours and seasonal dinner specials from the Garden Cafe. Tastings continue through Oct. 24. (Niesel)

11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. The theme for tonight's storytelling is "Lost and/or Found." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Project Zero

The folks at the local running store Fleet Feet have teamed up with Platform Beer Co., Mizuno and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for Project Zero, a special fundraising event that takes place tonight at Platform. A special taproom release of Project Zero, a brut IPA, will be available all night. Platform Beer Co. will donate $1 to the foundation for every Project Zero beer it sells tonight. Sous chef Dana Reale and Adam Lizak, executive chef from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will prepare a small appetizer menu for purchase. All food proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The event kicks off with a short 1-mile walk or 3-mile run that starts and ends at the brewery. There will also be a silent raffle, free Silipint glasses for the first 125 people with the purchase of Project Zero 2.0, and Breast Cancer awareness merchandise for purchase. (Niesel)

4125 Lorain Ave., 216-202-1386,

Rock Hall Nights

On select Wednesday nights, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host Rock Hall Nights, an evening of special programming. Tonight from 6 to 9, attendees can discuss who should be on the ballot for induction in 2019. Rock Hall staff will be on hand to field questions, and you can cast your vote in the Hall of Fame gallery. Admission is $20, or free for Cleveland residents. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.,


The Woman in Black

Tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, the Cleveland Play House takes on another performance of The Woman in Black, a play that was a hit on London's West End. The ghost story centers on a guy who never believed in the supernatural until he came face to face with an apparition. Then, to exorcise his demons, he tells his tale. Tickets start at $25, and performances continue through Oct. 7. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

THU 10/04

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 the Akron Civic Theatre tonight at 8. Expect the man to rant. Tickets are $37 to $67. (Niesel)

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

Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

Now in its 12th year, the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest aims to bring the best of international Jewish cinema to Cleveland. It features a mix of documentaries, features, comedies and shorts, and films will screen at five local theaters and venues. The fest kicks off tonight with a screening of The Last Suit at 7 at Shaker Square Cinemas. The drama tells the story of an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor who travels across Europe to Poland as part of a promise to a friend who helped him escape. A dessert reception takes place in the lobby after the screening. Tickets are $20. The festival runs through Oct. 14. In all, it'll show 26 films from five countries. Check the website for a complete schedule. (Niesel)

Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour

Fast-talking comic Kevin Hart has become a superstar. After roles in The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, Ride Along 2 and Jumanji, he's become a major box office draw. That's why he can take his standup tours to major arenas. He's dubbed his current jaunt the Irresponsible Tour. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Q, and tickets start at $35. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Mahler's Resurrection

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight as it takes on Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection"), a piece about "humanity's search for meaning in life and death." Guest speaker Roger C. Klein, a rabbi at the Temple-Tifereth Israel, gives the pre-concert talk, Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Performances take place at 7:30 tonight and at 8 tomorrow and Saturday night at Severance Hall. Consult the website for ticket prices and more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

FRI 10/05


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 earlier version. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,


The Cleveland Museum of Art's monthly Mix event takes place tonight from 6 to 10. You'll find art, culture, museum tours and cocktails, plus DJ Mick will be spinning old-school hip-hop, funk and pop music. Tickets are $10 in advance on the website, or $15 at the door. CMA members get in for free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Monsters vs. Rockford Icehogs

The Monsters, our city's beloved minor league hockey team, kick off the 2018-2019 season today at the Q with a game against the Rockford Icehogs. The hockey team will again offer its 3-2-1 Friday specials, which means there will be $3 beers, $2 hot dogs and $1 sodas. Socktober starts today too. Bring a pair of socks to the Q and help local people in need. The game begins at 7 p.m. at the Q, and tickets start at $10. The two teams face off again tomorrow at 1 p.m. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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,

SAT 10/06

Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Tonight at 7:30, the Cavaliers play the first of two pre-season games slated to take place at the Q. They'll go up against the Boston Celtics, the team that many critics believe will win the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has moved out West to play for the loathsome Los Angeles Lakers. Consult the Q website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

East Bank Bacon Festival

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland aims to reduce hunger in Cleveland by providing nutritious food to over 45,000 residents each month, more than 31 percent of whom are children. Cuyahoga County's largest direct emergency food distribution network, the nonprofit serves 6.5 million meals per year as it allocates 94 percent of every dollar raised to buying food for those in need. Today, the Hunger Network hosts the second annual East Bank Bacon Festival, a fundraiser that takes place from noon to 10 p.m. on the East Bank of the Flats. Admission is free. The day will feature a "bacon-infused menu" catered by local restaurants and chefs. The food will be paired with craft beer, and there will be live music. All proceeds go to the Hunger Network. For an entertainment schedule and list of participating food vendors, visit the East Bank Bacon Festival Facebook page. (Niesel)

An Indian Polychromy Story

Master conservator and heritage restoration expert Anupam Sah will discuss India's paints and paintings in a lecture entitled "An Indian Polychromy Story: Traditional Painting Materials and Their Conservation." Sah will talk about early evidence found in ancient texts, murals, and polychromed sculptures and then lecture about the collection of Indian paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The talk takes place at 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Modern Warrior Live

A theatrical music experience created by trumpet player Dominick Farinacci and U.S. Army veteran Jaymes Poling, Modern Warrior Live explores "the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian and the potential for positive personal and communal growth." The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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,

Speedbump Fest

Jaclyn Wright, the organizer of the annual Speedbump Fest — a benefit that began as a memorial concert to friend Garrett Janos, a suicide victim — has said she would like to think of Speedbump Fest as "aimed at not only celebrating his life but also building trust and an openness to our community." For the third annual rendition of the festival, which will again serve as a benefit for mental health, Wright has recruited the underground bands Mockingbird, Face Value, Fringe Candidate, the Repos, Nullum and Slut Bomb to perform. There will also be food, mental health information, an "awesome raffle," and the Rage Cage, a "fun way to blow off some steam by breaking things!" The event takes place at 5 p.m. today at the Outpost in Kent. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 on the day of the show. (Niesel)

4962 Ohio Rt. 43, Kent, 330-678-9667,

Steve Wright: Album Release + Birthday Bash

Throughout high school and college, Steve Wright, a Northeast Ohio native, played in a few different bands. He started performing as a "one-man band" last year after moving to Cleveland from Youngstown. Wright plays what he calls "a heavy interpretation of modern rock with a progressive and cinematic feel incorporating pop melodies." He cites Jesu, M83, David Bowie, Russian Circles, Tool, Sigur Ros, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Black Sabbath and Coldplay as influences. Tonight at 7:30 at Negative Space Gallery, he celebrates the release of his new album, Perspective. Locals Hannah Stak and Cereal Banter open the show. (Niesel)

3820 Superior Ave., 216-282-7549,

SUN 10/07

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless

Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood have teamed up for a tour they've dubbed Scared Scriptless. The two will break into improvisational skits as they aim to engage the audience with a show that will also feature songs. It all begins at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Shining Star CLE 2018

A unique solo singing competition that gives high school students from Northeast Ohio the chance to compete for college scholarships, Shining Star CLE returns to the Ohio Theatre tonight at 7. The event will find the Top 10 finalists vying for prizes. Award-winning WKYC reporter Monica Robins hosts, and the top four finalists will be selected by celebrity judges. Then the judges, along with the audience, will vote on the order of the top prizes. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Workers Cup

Director Adam Sobel's new film, The Workers Cup, centers on the African and Asian migrant workers who stage their own soccer tournament as they work on a new stadium in Qatar that will be used for the 2020 World Cup. The film makes its local theatrical premiere today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 10/08

Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Tonight at 7, the Cavaliers play the second of two pre-season games slated to take place at the Q. They'll go up against the Indiana Pacers, a team that took the Cavs to seven games in last year's playoffs. Consult the Q website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Indians vs. Houston Astros

Last year, the Cleveland Indians played so well during the regular season that they clinched home field advantage for the American League divisional and championship series. Of course, the team didn't make it to the ALCS and lost to the Yankees in the ALDS. This year, the Tribe will have a tougher time as it goes up against the defending champion Houston Astros in the ALDS. The Astros won more than 100 games for the second year in a row and appear poised to return to the ALCS. After playing the first two games in Houston, the Indians come to town today for Game 3. If necessary, Game 4 will take place tomorrow at Progressive Field as well. Tickets are sold out but available through various ticket outlets. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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 at 7, John Sobolewski, the deputy director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, talks about lead poisoning. The talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 10/09

Celtic Thunder

PBS phenomenon Celtic Thunder brings its popular stage show back to town. They attract such a large crowd because they truly put on a great, theatrical show. This special Celtic Thunder performance will feature fan-favorite songs like "Heartland," "Gallway Girl," "Seven Drunken Nights" and "Take Me Home." The concert takes place tonight at 8 at the State Theater. Tickets are $13.50 to $74.50. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


A 1936 Swedish film, Intermezzo stars Ingrid Bergman in the first film in which she played the lead, 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,

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