Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Sept. 11-17)

The annual Chalk Festival returns to the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Saturday.
The annual Chalk Festival returns to the Cleveland Museum of Art. See: Saturday. Photo courtesy the Cleveland Museum of Art

WED 09/11

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 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, Rebecca McFarland, who currently works in marketing for both the American Library Association and Estates Landscaping, speaks about the days when Elliot Ness served as Cleveland's safety director. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Jim Tews

Comedian, writer and former Clevelander Jim Tews, the man behind The New York Times' best-selling Felines of New York, is a stalwart of the comedy world. He made his standup television debut on Last Comic Standing and was featured in an episode of Louie. Tews recently created, co-wrote and starred in The Undone Sweaters web series about "a sociophobic Weezer cover band." Funny or Die and posted the series. As if that weren't enough for his resume, the prolific Tews also created the HBO Labs' web series The Opener and recently directed Make Fun, a feature-length documentary about Cleveland's independent comedy scene. Tews performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Niesel) 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Uptown Out to Lunch Series

This is your last chance this season to catch an Out to Lunch concert on Toby's Plaza, in the Uptown District, where you can grab lunch from your favorite Uptown eatery and have a seat at the great picnic table while listening to local bands. Today, the Gretchen Pleuss Trio performs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's free. (Niesel)

11440 Uptown Ave.,

THU 09/12

33rd Annual Fine Print Fair

This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts the Print Club of Cleveland's 35th annual Fine Print Fair in its Ames Family Atrium. The Print Club of Cleveland is a nonprofit group founded in 1919 to enrich the museum's permanent print collection. Art dealers from around the country will exhibit and sell fine art prints and drawings, ranging from classical masters to contemporary, living artists, at this annual benefit for the CMA's Department of Prints. This year's Fine Print Fair begins with a benefit preview party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.; it continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, curator Heather Lemonades, curator of prints and drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will discuss the history of printmaking at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the museum's Gartner Auditorium. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Around the Corner 45th Anniversary Weekend Celebration

Around the Corner, one of Lakewood's most popular watering holes, celebrates its 45th anniversary this weekend with a series of special events. The weekend-long party kicks off today at 3 p.m. with a free T-shirt giveaway to each guest who purchases food and drink. Tricky Dick takes the stage at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, the place will serve up mini burgers and wings for 45 cents, and there will be a drawing on Saturday to win a trip for two to Mexico. The drawing takes place at 9 p.m. A portion of the weekend's profits will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association on behalf of Lakewood's firefighters. (Niesel) 18616-20 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-4413,

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

This documentary about the storied jazz label, Blue Note Records, includes footage of iconic artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. It screens at 8:45 tonight and at 6:30 on Sunday night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Chad Daniels

Babyfaced comic Chad Daniels likes to joke about how immature he was as a kid — and how immature he continues to be as an adult! He says that when his son became a teenager, his wife asked him what to do. He says he told her that they need to knock on their kid's door because "teenage boys are the most disgusting creatures on the planet." That's just one of many bits that he's come up with based on personal experience. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

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. As a result, the group plays 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,

Swinging Safari

Stephan Elliott, the director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, helms Swinging Safari, a film about three suburban families with "bad hair, loud clothes, and too much time and money on their hands." It stars Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue. The movie screens at the Cleveland Cinematheque tonight at 6:45 and Friday night at 9:25. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

FRI 09/13

ARC's One Year Anniversary Party

Starting at 5 p.m. today, Akron Recording Company (ARC) celebrates its one-year anniversary, along with the vinyl release of Where the Hell is Akron, OH?, with a party at its studio There will be tours of the studio from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by live music and "other festivities" lasting into the evening. Groups such as Time Cat, Oregon Space Trail of Doom, Peachcurls, Leaf Borbie and the Family Tree, King Buu, the Beyonderers and Roid Rage will perform. Local vendors and sponsors Art of Matt Miller, Cleveland Print Company, EarthQuaker Devices, Seberg and WKSU will also be there. Various Akron music scene items will be raffled. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. (Niesel) 243 Furnace St., Akron, 330-802-1054,

Classic Fest

As part of Classic Fest, beginning today and concluding on Sunday, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park will host eight different artists and tribute bands, all paying tribute to classic rock. The Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tusk will perform along with Eaglemania and Classic Stones Live. The other classic rock tributes on the lineup include Into the Mystic, a Van Morrison tribute, and ProgNation, playing the music of Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis and the Moody Blues. Consult the Nelson Ledges website for ticket prices and a complete schedule. (Niesel)

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

Crocker Park Wine Festival

The two-day Crocker Park Wine Festival will feature various wine growers, makers and vendors as well as craft beer and spirits, live music and a "social vibe." Proceeds will benefit the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. More than 150 local, national and international wine producers will be on hand. It takes place today from 4 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $30, or $35 at the door. Weekend passes will set you back $60. Tickets include 10 tastings and a souvenir wine glass for each day attended. (Niesel)

189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

As the MLB regular season winds down to its final month, the Indians and Minnesota Twins are duking it out to see who wins the American League Central. The Twins come to town tonight for a key three-game series. First pitch is at 7:10 — and it's Dollar Dog Night, so be sure to come hungry. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

La Bohème

Puccini's La Bohème centers on a group of young bohemians who find friendship and true love while they struggle for their art and try to fulfill their dreams. Featured in the Academy Award–winning film Moonstruck and the inspiration for the Tony–winning musical Rent, the opera resonates with contemporary sensibilities. The Cleveland Opera Theatre presents it at 7 tonight and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Little C Music Festival

Hosted by Canton indie rockers Hey Monea, the annual Little C Music Festival features two days of music (today and tomorrow) at the Auricle, a club in downtown Canton. This year's lineup includes Anna Rose, Steve Everett, the Woovs, Ethan Sak, Paul Pfau, More Than Me and many other local acts. Additional Canton-based artists performing include Mark Leach, Broken Transmitter, Jean P the MC, Matt Corey and My Buddy Josh. It all kicks off at 7 tonight. Tomorrow's show will feature a performance by Hey Monea. This year will also include the Little C Backscratch Session, an event that'll give attendees an opportunity to come early tomorrow to see several of the artists cover each other's songs, adding their own unique spin. That event begins at 4 p.m. There will also be food and games. Two-day festival passes are $20, while Friday and Saturday individual passes are $10. All passes can be purchased at (Niesel)

601 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, 330-353-8694,

My Violin Weighs a Ton

Local hip-hop hero Archie Green teams up with Lexington-Bell Community Center (LBCC) to present My Violin Weighs a Ton, a unique concert experience devoted to "engaging, educating and inspiring a new generation." The performance takes place at 7 tonight at Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall. Tickets cost $22. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,


From countless film and television appearances to a successful national standup career that spans the course of 20 years, comedian Sommore has surely earned her title as one of the "Queens of Comedy." In her standup act, Sommore regularly speaks to the masses by criticizing what it means to be a man and woman in a modern relationship (something I'm sure we can all relate to). She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, on the East Bank of the Flats, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

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 Walkabout Like a Pirate. See the event's Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

When Andy Met Lou: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground and The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

When Andy Met Lou: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground and The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a new talk from local writer Thomas Mulready, explores the period in the 1960s when Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art at the height of his career, decided to quit painting and devote himself to film and multi-media. After he's introduced to the Velvet Underground, he offers to be their manager and produces their first album. Mulready's talk traces the rise of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker as they form one of the most influential outfits in contemporary music. It will also document Warhol's ascent from Pittsburgh wunderkind art student to advertising illustrator to the top of the visual arts world in New York City. The presentation includes rare video, photos, trivia, games, contests and needle drops. It'll also include a performance by local rockers Vanity Crash. It all goes down at 8 tonight and tomorrow night at the Bop Stop, with slightly different material planned for each night. Tickets cost $25. (Niesel)

2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551,

SAT 09/14

Barefaced ... Inspired by C.S. Lewis' 'Till We Have Faces'

A unique retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, the dance piece Barefaced ... Inspired by C.S. Lewis' 'Till We Have Faces' follows two sisters as they "traverse the frontier of truth, trust and devotion." Elu Dance Company and local artists bring this epic story to life. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanna Theatre. (Niesel)

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

Chalk Festival

Over the past 28 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival has become one of the museum's most highly anticipated community art events. This weekend, the fun returns. The concept is based on a Renaissance tradition from Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries in chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Large squares (approximately 3-feet-by-4-feet of sidewalk) can be reserved for $20 (which includes a 24-color box of chalk); small squares (approximately 2-feet-by-3-feet) are $10 (and include a 12-color box of chalk). It all takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, rain or shine. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Daddy Issues

What started as a small dance party in a sweaty basement club in East London has grown into a full-on international queer brand. Dubbed Daddy Issues, the group hosts dance parties all around the world. It comes to the Winchester tonight for an event featuring music from Ryan Doubleyou and Scott Howard. It all starts at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

Eyes Wide Shut, The Event

Billed as "summer's most intriguing experience," Eyes Wide Shut, The Event will feature living art installations, burlesque performances, live music, food, drink and much more at the Ravencrest mansion in Hunting Valley. Inspired by the Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, the intrigue begins at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $85 to $125. (Niesel)

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 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,


Featuring live music by Fireside, Moondance is an annual BAYarts benefit which also features restaurants/breweries such as B Spot, Cabin Club, Euro Fine Wines, Pier W, Taki's Greek Kitchen, Taste of Excellence Catering, Thyme x Table and Vento la Trattoria. There will be a silent auction — but you can bid on the items digitally, on Moondance page, if you are not attending in person. The evening will honor BAYarts supporters and community leaders Gary and Pam Ebert. Caricatures will be drawn by Eric Dull, an award-winning artist and BAYarts faculty member. There will also be a photo booth with a social sharing function. Tickets start at $125 and are available on the website. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. (Niesel)

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

Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss

Widely acclaimed for his "exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight," Shai Wosner teams up with Orion Weiss, an Ohio native who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, for tonight's concert featuring works by Lang, Shubert and Brahms. The two pianists will perform at 8 p.m. at Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. Tickets cost $47. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

SUN 09/15


Critics credit Nemr, a Lebanese/American standup comedian, with establishing the standup comedy scene throughout the Middle East. Nemr actually grew up in San Diego but then moved back to Lebanon with his family, where he sought to "break down barriers." He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $30 to $50. (Niesel) 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

The Organizer

Marcello Mastroianni and Renato Salvatori star in The Organizer, a film set in late 19th-century Turin. It focuses on a professor who organizes a workers' strike at a local textile factory. The screenplay received an Academy Award nod. Today's screening at the Cleveland Museum of Art is co-sponsored by the United Labor Agency and North Shore Federation of Labor. Admission is $10, or $7 for CMA members and card-carrying union members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Sloppy Sundays in the Sun

On select Sundays throughout the summer, Now That's Class will host Sloppy Sundays in the Sun, an event that appeals to day drinkers. Bartender Juliet will serve up her special Aperol Spritz and Pimms cocktails, and both patios will be open. The club will even set up an outdoor basketball hoop. The bar opens at 3 p.m., and happy hour takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. It's free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

MON 09/16

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. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — 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)

TUE 09/17


Hampstead stars Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson as two very different individuals living in the same idyllic London neighborhood. They decide to put their differences aside to work together to fight developers. The movie screens at 1:45 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

The Indians get a break this week as the lowly Detroit Tigers come to town. The Tribe needs every win it can get to make the playoffs and this sad excuse for a MLB team gives them a good opportunity to pick up a few key wins. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Fields. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel) 2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

John Wick Promotional Road Trip

One of the year's top grossing movies, the critically acclaimed John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, arrives on DVD on Tuesday. In order to promote the home video release, the iconic Mustang from the first two installments of the film, as well as the motorcycle from John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, will travel across the country to visit select Best Buy stores, including the one in Mayfield Heights. As part of this special John Wick Road Trip promotion, fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Mustang, escape an army of assassins on a John Wick motorcycle green screen and check out real props from the films. The promotion takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. today. (Niesel) 1417 Golden Gate Blvd., Mayfield Heights,

Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata, a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy, his deaf grandfather, and Ludwig van Beethoven in the year he was struck by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata, screens tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Cleveland Cinemas Fall Doc series. Director Irene Taylor Brodsky focuses on her deaf parents and her 11-year-old deaf son, who has cochlear implants and hears for the first time. There will be a post-film discussion hosted by the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel)

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

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