Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
The Royals got off to a rough start this season and never fully recovered: The team currently possesses one of the worst records in the league. That's a good thing since the Indians will need all the wins they can get as they enter the regular season's final month. The two teams wrap up a three-game series today at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15. (Jeff Niesel) 2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series at Happy Dog 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 "Music." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Love Story, a video installation by artist Candice Breitz, aims to explore the "mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced." Based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions, this piece of performance art examines the global scale of the so-called "refugee crisis" by presenting interviews with the six participants in the countries where they are seeking or have been granted asylum. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. Admission is free. (Niesel) 1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Labor Day has come and gone , but Walnut Wednesday continues, today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons, at East 12th and Walnut streets. Once again, those food trucks will gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. But don't delay: The series comes to a close on Sept. 26. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com.
Clean-cut comic Andy Woodhull jokes that after 10 years of marriage, he only has had one fight with his wife. The argument centered on his attempt to bring another woman's dishes into her home when he moved in. "I'd like to remind you that my wife has two daughters — I don't think I'm being unreasonable. My dishes don't kind of look like my ex-girlfriend or go to my ex-girlfriend's house every other weekend and talk about how much more fun it is to be in her cabinets." The clever comic performs at 8 tonight at Hilarities. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Dr. Robert Cialdini
Regarded as an authority on influence and persuasion, master mind manipulator Dr. Robert Cialdini will explain today how to "create the ideal conditions for exercising influence before you ever make a request." The Harvard Business Review describes this guy's concepts as "breakthrough ideas for today's business agenda." His books are on Fortune Magazine's "75 Smartest Business Books" list. He speaks today at 8:30 a.m. at the Ohio Theatre as the inaugural seminar for Cleveland State's Bernie Moreno Center for Sales Excellence. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
For the past 10 years, local musician and label owner Adam Rich has hosted Love MuffinPalooza, a festival that showcases local bands. As usual, this year's fest serves as a fundraiser for the Gathering Place, a cancer support center with locations in Beachwood and Westlake. The center provides free programs and services for individuals and families coping with a cancer diagnosis. During the festival, there will be a nightly raffle with over 30 prizes, and performances will take place at Wilberts, Grog Shop and Mahall's 20 Lanes. The lineup includes David Smeltz, the Last Friend, City Limits and Carlos Jones at Wilberts; Brave Bones, Melodramatics, the Whiskey Hollow and James Emmett Band will play on tomorrow night at the Grog Shop; and Michael McFarland, XLT 1000, Flowers in Flames and Sweepyheads will perform on Saturday night at Mahall's. Big Fun owner Steve Presser will emcee the Grog Shop show, and T. Nick from WRUW's Live from Cleveland will emcee the Mahall's show. Check the website for details. (Niesel) lovemuffinrecords.com.
Also known as the Ragin' Cajun, comedian John Morgan adopts a redneck persona for his standup routines. The fast-talking comedian uses plenty of jargon and slang as he talks about things like the trials and tribulations of getting older. "I ain't one of those men who like to brag about things they ain't doin' no more," he jokes, explaining why he no longer brags about his sexual prowess. While not quite as big a redneck as, say, Jeff Foxworthy, the Ragin' Cajun comes close. He's also able to do a number of vocal impersonations that make for a lively standup show. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, and performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
A few of Northeast Ohio's finest dancers will be on hand for tonight's Dance Showcase, which features a special guest appearance by the stars of Chicago. Expect to see a bit of everything, including ballet, swing, tango and hip-hop. C-Town Stompers, Elevated, GroundWorks DanceTheater, Inlet Dance Theatre, Kent Dance Ensemble, the Dancing Wheels Company, Travesty Dance Group, Verb Ballets and Viva Dance will all be on hand for the showcase. It starts at 7 at the State Theatre. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance through the Playhouse Square website. (Niesel) 1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
The Gospel According to Andre
Kate Novak directs The Gospel According to Andre, a 2017 documentary film about Andre Leon Talley. Raised in the segregated South, Talley overcame his origins to become a famous tastemaker and fashion journalist associated with Women's Wear Daily, W and Vogue. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it shows again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Julian McCullough likes to joke about the three days he worked on a construction crew when he was 15. "They would hire a high-schooler every summer to clean up their messes," he says in the bit. But when he tried to take down a storm window and almost got his face cut off — and got a piece of glass stuck in his arm — he realized construction work wasn't his calling. It's one of many narrative jokes in McCullough's repertoire. You can catch him tonight at 7:30 and 10 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $18 and are available on the website. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Tonight at City Stages, the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer concert series, you can hear Tel Aviv-based musician Gili Yalo, who will be performing on the Nord Family Greenway in front of the museum. Expect to hear Ethiopian roots music mixed with jazz and soul. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
The September Flea
A self-described "small business incubator" that draws thousands of local shoppers to Tyler Village, the Cleveland Flea features a range of unique items you won't find at the typical retail store. As much a social gathering as a shopping experience, the Flea also serves as an excellent hang, a place to meet and make friends while supporting your local creatives. Today's second-to-the-last edition runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the final Flea for 2018 is set for Oct. 13. Admission is $2. (Niesel)
3615 Superior Ave., theclevelandflea.com.
Summer Send Off
To celebrate the end of another all-too-short summer, the folks at Pinecrest — that $230 million mixed-use lifestyle district near the I-271 and Harvard Road exchange in Orange Village that's home to a Shake Shack, Pinstripes Bowling and the Silverspot Cinemas — will host a Summer Send-Off party in the Central Park lawn at the property's north end from 4 to 9 p.m. today. The fest will focus heavily on music and includes a lineup that will play an assortment of original and cover tunes. Notably, the Brooklyn-based funk rock collective Turkuaz will perform with special guest Denny Laine. An original member of the Moody Blues, Laine also played in Wings with Paul McCartney. He was inducted into the Rock Hall earlier this year when the Moody Blues finally made it in. Turkuaz and Laine will pay tribute to Paul McCartney & Wings with their set, and the night will end with a fireworks show. Admission is free. Details are on the website. (Niesel) discoverpinecrest.com.
Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cleveland Browns simply can't be worse than they were last year, when they went 0-16. Even a single win will be an improvement. The 2018-19 season commences today as the Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at First Energy Stadium at 1 p.m. Behind Big Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are 22-2 against the Browns. But the Browns had a good preseason and should be better suited to compete this year. Check the Browns website for ticket prices. (Niesel)
100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000, clevelandbrowns.com.
Concerts at Lake View Cemetery
Now in its fifth year, the Concerts at Lake View Cemetery series offers locals another great opportunity to catch a free outdoor concert while the weather is still good. The concerts take place on the Garfield Monument lawn, giving them one of the most unique settings in the city; each concert showcases some of the city's best jazz acts. Today, the local soul/R&B act Hubb's Groove will perform. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or a picnic. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. And if it rains, the fun will be delayed until Sunday, Sept. 16. (Niesel)
12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665, lakeviewcemetery.com.
The Final Goodbye
A sequel to the 2005 war movie The Black Valise, The Final Goodbye picks up 17 years after The Black Valise and tells the story of an aging private detective drawn into "a web of kidnappings, murder and Nazi treasure in 1961 Cleveland." Shot locally, the movie screens tonight at 7 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
Fourth Street Walking Tour
Ohio has a long, rich history, and you can learn more about it today at 2 p.m. when local historian Margy Vogt leads a public walking tour of Massillon's Fourth Street. She'll show you the highlights of the historic exterior architecture of the town's old neighborhood — now on the National Register — which once was home to Massillon's entrepreneurs and bankers. The $7 fee may be paid at the start of the tour, which steps off at the corner of Fourth Street and North Avenue N.E. (in front of Five Oaks). In case of rain, the walk will be canceled. Reservations aren't required, but you can register on the website. (Niesel) margyvogt.com.
The Quest of Alain Ducasse
Director Gilles de Maistre profiles famous chef Alain Ducesse in his documentary film, The Quest of Alain Ducasse. The film chronicles how Ducesse, who hails from the south of France, has become an internationally renowned chef who has 23 restaurants around the world. The movie makes its Cleveland 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, clevelandart.org.
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. Got an interest in the formation of our planet? You are in luck! Tonight at 7, James A. Van Orman, a professor and chair of geochemistry and mineral physics in the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences Department at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss how the earth's inner core formed. Joining him will be Steven A. Hauck, II, a professor of planetary geodynamics in the same department. The talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.
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, jukeboxcle.com.