Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Oct. 9-15)

Mexican piano prodigy Daniela Liebman gives a free recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Sunday.
Mexican piano prodigy Daniela Liebman gives a free recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tri-C

WED 10/09

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. (Jeff Niesel)

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

Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement

Filmmaker James June Schneider and Minor Threat drummer and Discord Records co-founder Jeff Nelson will be on hand for tonight's screening of Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement, a documentary that revisits the time period when punk rock erupted in Washington, D.C. The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,


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 10/10

Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara, who hosted the BBC America car show, Top Gear U.S., worked as a comedian well before he started talking about automobiles. He has performed standup several times on the usual late-night outlets and had a role in the FX series Rescue Me. He regularly shares stories from his personal life, and in one funny bit about his girlfriend moving into his house, he jokes that it was a "hostile takeover" and that he hardly knew what happened. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Danny Gonzalez and Drew Gooden

With their touring comedy show We Are Two Different People, YouTubers/comedians Danny Gonzalez and Drew Gooden take a different approach from general comedy tours and include skits, standup routines, musical numbers and more. They even use props and lasers and have said they intend their live performances to come off as variety shows. The event begins at 8 tonight at the Agora, and tickets start at $27.50. (Niesel)

5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221,

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

This black comedy from director Radu Jude centers on a theater director who courts controversy when she decides to re-enact the murder of tens of thousands of Jews in and around Odessa by Romanian troops. It screens at 8:25 p.m. today and at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

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: 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,


RetroMania, a benefit for St. Augustine Health Ministries, invites guests to party like it's 1969, the year the organization was founded in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Held tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the bash will feature live music, auctions, raffles and food from nearly 20 local restaurants, including Alley Cat, Black Pig, Parker's Downtown, Rocky River Wine Bar, , and more. Tickets are $100 ($150 VIP) on the website below. (Douglas Trattner) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

FRI 10/11

999 Eyes Freakshow with That Damned Band

Billed as "the last genuine time-traveling freakshow of its kind," the 999 Eyes features a rotating cast of sideshow acts and genetic human anomalies. Performers can include human blockheads, glass walkers, sword swallowers and human pincushions. That Damned Band, a group featuring members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, provides the soundtrack. There will be a backdrop of original hand-painted sideshow banners, a circus band and an authentic traveling dime museum time machine as the show's creators demonstrate that "abnormality is something to be celebrated, not abominated." The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern. Tickets cost $20. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

BAYarts October Receptions

Unconventional, award-winning local artists Robert Hartshorn and Sharon Pomales present variations on the theme of water at BAYarts tonight. The exhibits open at 7 with a special reception where the artists invite their audience to "jump in and see water from all new perspectives." Night Gallery, a group show that revolves around a theme loosely based on the Rod Serling Twilight Zone series, also opens tonight. Admission is free. (Niesel)

28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543,

Boo at the Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo will be in full swing this weekend 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, and then continue on weekends through Oct. 27. Consult the zoo's website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

Brahms Symphony No. 3

Johannes Brahms was on vacation when the melody for his Third Symphony came to him. He cancelled the rest of his trip and spent four months penning the piece (a contrast to the 20 years he took to write his First Symphony). The Cleveland Orchestra performs the Third Symphony today at 11 a.m. at Severance Hall. Additional performances take place at 8 tonight and at 8 tomorrow night. Consult the orchestra's website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


Presented by Cesear's Forum, 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,

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

The Cedar Lee Theatre will be the exclusive Cleveland venue for a limited theatrical run of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. A continuation of the AMC series Breaking Bad, the film follows Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and chronicles what happens to him after the events of the show's finale. The movie will screen at 7 and 9:45 tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night. Today, the original 1982 El Camino that was used in the TV series will be on site for photo ops with fans. The car's owner, Daniel Rearick, who bought the vehicle at an auction, will be at the theater from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The car will be parked in the main parking lot at the rear of the theater. Film tix are $10 for adults, $9 for students, $7.50 for seniors and $7 for children. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada

LatinUs Theater Company's El Insólito Caso de Miss Piña Colada centers on Ofelia, a "stage mom" who will go to any length to ensure that her daughter is crowned Miss Piña Colada. Director Carlos Ferrari explores "society's frivolous obsession with appearances and the irrational behavior that seizes those who dream of fame, fortune and being on the social spotlight." Performances are at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. The show will be presented in Spanish with live English translation. Consult the Playhouse Square website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

Groundworks Dance Theatre

Tonight's GroundWorks dance performance at the Allen Theatre will feature a world premiere by guest choreographer Brian Brooks as well as the return of two works from GroundWorks' repertory, Remora, choreographed by Eric Handman, and Chromatic, choreographed by executive artistic director David Shimotakahara. Tonight's event starts at 7:30, and tickets cost $25 to $30. A performance takes place tomorrow night at 7:30 too. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 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 direct 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. Syracuse Crunch

The Cleveland Monsters host the Syracuse Crunch today and tomorrow at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse as their 2019-2020 season gets underway. As part of opening weekend festivities, fans will receive one free magnetic schedule courtesy of University Hospitals Sports Medicine. Opening Night is also a 1-2-3 Friday, so there will be $1 Pepsis, $2 Sugardale hotdogs and $3 select 12-oz. beers. Both tonight and tomorrow night's games begin at 7. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

The Mountain

Jeff Goldblum stars in this movie about a traveling lobotomist and a photographer who drive across the country to promote the doctor's debunked procedure. Loosely based on a true story, the film is set in 1950s America. It screens tonight at 9:15 and tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave,, 216-421-7450,

Pints & Pies – Craft Beer and Pizza Festival

A spin-off of the Akron Craft Beer Festival, Pints & Pies will feature handcrafted beers from some of the best craft breweries in Ohio and across the nation, along with samples of artisan-style pies. You'll find close to 100 beers, presented in stations throughout the venue and organized by style. Fred Karm's Hoppin' Frog brewery will unveil Sattler's Civic Pride IPA, a New England-style IPA with the addition of fruit. Restaurants include D' Agnese, Pavona's Pizza Joint, Missing Falls Brewery, Mustard Seed, Garner's Pies and more. The event begins today at 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets cost $40. (Niesel)

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

Jerry Seinfeld

Known for his ability to joke about "the little things in life," Jerry Seinfeld currently helms the Emmy-nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He also recently made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special Jerry Before Seinfeld. Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of an ongoing residency he began three years ago. He comes to the State Theatre tonight for shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50 to $175. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Social: An Evening of Hope

Cleveland Clinic and Chris Hodgson, a local chef and Food Network star, team up tonight at the Madison for a night of food and spirits that'll raise money for cancer patient support services. You'll hear inspiring stories from patients and caregivers and celebrate the efforts of the Clinic's Champions of Hope. General admission is $150; doors open at 6:30. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the website below. (Niesel)

4601 Payne Ave.,

Three Hos Brewpub Release

Saucy Brew Works is kicking off the holiday season a little early with A Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Three Hos Brewpub Release Party. According to a press release, the amber Christmas ale is "bright red and delicious with a kick of cinnamon." Today's kick-off party commences at 11 a.m. There will be giveaways, brewpub specials, games and samplings. (Niesel)

2885 Detroit Ave., 216-666-2568,

Walkabout Tremont

Walkabout Tremont, which takes place on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 10 p.m., showcases the best of this smart neighborhood, with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, live music, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours and much more. This month, the theme is Trick or Treat: Art and Eats. See the event's Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

Kym Whitley

Cleveland native Kym Whitley got a break when she was cast as Auntie Suga in the 2000 film Next Friday. Since then, she has appeared in The Nutty Professor, Along Came Polly,

and dozens of other films. Whitley likes to crack jokes about the challenges of motherhood during her standup routines. She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets cost $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

SAT 10/12

Blue Skies: Irving Berlin and the American Dream

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Musical Theater Project have teamed up for tonight's tribute to composer Irving Berlin, who wrote songs such as "White Christmas," "Easter Parade" and "God Bless America." The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets cost $35 to $65. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Canton Hops and Harvest Festival

For several years now, David Lockshin and Mark Puma have talked about bringing a beer festival to Canton. Puma, based in New York, works in music promotion and artist management. Canton's Lockshin owned Fame Beverage Co. in Massillon, a company he sold just over 10 years ago. All that talk will turn into action tonight at the Canton Hops and Harvest Festival, held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 100 beers from every region of Ohio as well as national and international brews. Food trucks and local restaurants will be on hand as well. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations including Wishes Can Happen, the Stark County Hunger Task Force and the Stark County Humane Society. Some of the 50 participating breweries include the Canton Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Rhinegeist Brewery, Platform Beer Company and Hoppin' Frog Brewery. Tickets range in price from $15 to $60 and are available online. The event has two sessions — a 1 to 4 p.m. afternoon session and a 6 to 9 p.m. evening one. A VIP ticket allows early entry. (Niesel) 1101 North Market Ave., Canton, 330-489-3090,

International Cat Show

More than 1,000 famous cats, fancy cats, athletic cats and adoptable cats return to the I-X Center today and tomorrow for the Cat Fanciers Association's International Cat Show. This year's show features 125,000-square-feet of pure cat bliss with 45 unique breeds and famous cats that've become YouTube personalities. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tomorrow's are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult general admission is $14; find tickets on the website. (Niesel)

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


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 comes to the Outcalt Theatre tonight through Nov. 3. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,


This animated feature from director Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) retells the story of Exodus with irreverent musical numbers that include songs from Louis Armstrong, Led Zeppelin and Gloria Gaynor. In the process, Paley takes aim at the patriarchal nature of Passover and adds a few "non-biblical goddesses" to the mix too. The movie screens at 8:40 tonight and at 6:30 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave,, 216-421-7450,

SUN 10/13

Daniela Liebman

Mexican piano prodigy Daniela Liebman has performed with more than 25 orchestras on four continents. At 2 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium, she'll perform as part of the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Classical Piano Series presented by Cuyahoga Community College. Last year, Liebman released her eponymous debut album, which includes a recording of Manuel Ponce's "Balada Mexicana" that's been streamed more than a million times on Spotify. Forbes Mexico named her one of the 40 Most Creative Mexicans in the World and one of the nation's 100 Most Creative and Powerful Women. Liebman's performance is the first of four concerts in the college's 2019-2020 Performing Arts season. (Visit for a full schedule.) Today's concert is free; come early for the best seats. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are available today at 10 a.m. Detrich Burgess & Company will perform. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

The Miracle of the Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery's book The Little Prince has been translated from French into four of the world's most endangered languages, and filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra documents the process in her new film, The Miracle of the Little Prince. It makes its local debut today at 1:30 p.m. 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,

Paul Shaffer and David Ritz

Paul Shaffer spent 33 years fronting the World's Most Dangerous Band as David Letterman's music director. He's also recorded with many of the world's top musicians and served as musical director and producer for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. He chronicles his career in his best-selling memoir, We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives, which David Ritz co-authored. As part of the Tri-C Performing Arts Series, he and Ritz will tell stories, play music and share clips from Shaffer's life at 7 tonight in the Fran and Jules Belkin Theatre at Tri-C's Metropolitan Campus. Tickets are $5 to $15 and can be purchased on the website. If available, tickets can also be bought at the door. (Niesel)

2809 Woodland Ave.,

MON 10/14

RuPaul's Drag Race

Aquaria, Detox, Monet Exchange, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki and Yvie Oddly — several of the top performers from RuPaul's Drag Race — will grace the stage at the Agora tonight at 8. Tickets start at $52. (Niesel)

5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221,

Science Cafe

The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., a professor and director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, will speak about tobacco use in Cleveland. Admission is free. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 10/15

Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics will still likely make the playoffs this year, but they'll have to do so without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, both of whom signed with other teams during the off-season. The retooled team comes to town tonight to take on the Cavs in a preseason game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Tip-off is at 7, and tickets start at $6. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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. Tonight's performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

From the South Bronx to Sesame Street (A Puerto Rican Story)

One of the first Hispanics on national television, Sonia Manzano, who portrayed Maria on Sesame Street from 1971 to 2015 while also writing for the PBS show, will speak today at Case Western Reserve University as part of the 2019-2020 Power of Diversity lecture series. The talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Thwing Center Ballroom on the CWRU campus. It's free, but registration is required. (Niesel)

11111 Euclid Ave.,

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