Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Back in the early '60s, Carole King and husband Gerry Goffin emerged as a formidable songwriting duo, crafting dozens of chart hits for other artists. In the '70s, King finally started singing and recording her own tunes. Her 1971 album Tapestry became a huge hit. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of her career. Tonight's performance takes place 7:30 at Connor Palace, on Playhouse Square, where performances continue through June 17. Tickets are $10 to $100. (Jeff Niesel)
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Actor Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein) tells the story of composer Irving Berlin, a guy who emerged from anti-Semitic czarist Russia and relocated to New York's Lower East Side, where he penned tunes such as "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas." Felder's blend of character and music brings Berlin's remarkable journey to life. Tonight's Cleveland Play House performance takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where the show goes on through June 24. Tickets are $25 to $80. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, clevelandplayhouse.com.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition returns tonight as Wade Oval Wednesday reemerges from its winter slumbers. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Wade Oval, in University Circle, visitors will find local food vendors, the beer and wine tent, a farmers market, live music and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. Tonight's musical performers are Wesley Bright & the Honeytones. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today it continues, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — as food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 26. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com.
Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival
The 15th annual Duck Tape Festival returns today to Veterans Memorial Park in Avon for three days of beer, music, food and, of course, Duck Tape. The fest celebrates the home of the original duct tape brand, Duck Tape. The fun kicks off today from 4 to 11 p.m. Tomorrow, the festival continues from 4 to 11 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, when it runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday, the parade starts at 10 a.m. at Avon High School, and the popular Duck Tape fashion show begins at 1:30 p.m. The full schedule is on the website. (Niesel)
A few years ago, the Cleveland Metroparks launched its extremely popular Edgewater Live series of Thursday-night happy-hour concerts. The fun returns this year, with musical performances from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 2. In addition to a local band, activities include yoga, standup paddleboarding and cornhole. Those ubiquitous food trucks will be on hand, of course, and the Beach House will sell drinks and food as well. It's free. (Niesel) 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, clevelandmetroparks.com.
Hard Rock Cafe Anniversary Celebration
In honor of its 47th birthday, Hard Rock International, which was founded in 1971, will offer 71-cent burgers today, from 11 a.m. to noon. The Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will participate in the event, which applies to dine-in orders only. (Reservations will not be accepted.) Two "music-loving Americans" who just wanted to "find a good burger" while living in London opened the very first Hard Rock Cafe in a former Rolls Royce dealership, where they sought to "combine music, memorabilia and delicious all-American fare for a one-of-a-kind guest experience." Did they succeed? Check it out today and decide for yourself. (Niesel)
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7771, hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.
Supermatch Showdown Series: WAL 403
Founded in 2014, the World Armwrestling League has seen its popularity growing, as all sorts of regular folks are discovering their inner arm-wrestler. The rules are pretty clear cut. Arm-wrestling contestants compete in best-out-of-five matches. Each matchup is based on style, technique and ranking. Arm-wrestlers must keep an elbow on the table, and they must hold the peg with their opposite hand. One foot must remain on the floor and the shoulders must stay above the table at all times. Some of the Average Joe contestants coming to the Agora for tonight's contest include a GM car dealership owner, an event coordinator, a train conductor, a diesel mechanic and a nurse. The contest takes place at 7 at the Agora Theatre. Tickets are $15.(Niesel)
5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221, agoracleveland.com.
78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk
Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. (Niesel)
1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com.
Tribute bands draw some of the biggest crowds to Cleveland clubs and festivals, so it makes sense that Classic Fest would be one of Nelson Ledges' most popular shows of the year. This year's fest, which takes place today through Sunday, will feature Kashmir (covering Led Zeppelin), Several Species (Pink Floyd), Ragged Glory (Neil Young), Limelight (Rush), Whipping Post (Allman Brothers), Slowhand (Eric Clapton), Hendrix Lives (Jimi Hendrix), JiMiller Band (Grateful Dead) and Ball n Chain (Janis Joplin). Tickets are $50 to $85. (Niesel)
12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716, nlqp.com.
Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
The Cleveland Indians kick off a long homestand tonight with a game against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins took three games from the Indians earlier this month in Minnesota and have stayed in contention even though they've struggled to hit the .500 mark. Tonight's game begins at 7:10 and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Euclid Beach Live
Much like Edgewater Live, the weekly happy-hour concert series that takes place at Edgewater Park, the Euclid Beach Live concert series offers great music, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The setting couldn't be better either: The site overlooks the scenic Euclid Beach State Park on Lake Erie. Once completed, the 285-foot rebuilt pier should give the events a throwback feel and hearken back to the glory days of Euclid Beach amusement park. The fun takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 3. This evening's musical entertainment comes from Ovation Band, a dance/disco act that also plays Motown favorites. It's free. (Niesel)
16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com.
One of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series, Legacy Live has become a tradition that families and couples look forward to each summer. The concerts, which take place on the Legacy Village lawn at 6:30 each Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the acoustic rock act Light of Two Moons; tomorrow, catch a performance from the Bluescasters, playing blues, R & B, and classic rock. Admission is free; the series continues through Aug. 31. See the website for the full summer schedule.(Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com.
Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market
The Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market features more than 50 vendors, both inside the ballroom and in the parking lot (weather permitting). Wares include art, clothing, records, music memorabilia, vintage items and more. In addition to vendors, the Rockin' Flea includes a beer garden and live music; this month's musical theme is Americana/country music. While visiting, enjoy brunch with a full bar and patio seating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Josh Usmani)
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.
Cleveland Summer Beerfest
Now in its third year, the Cleveland Summer Beerfest, which takes place today at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, offers craft beer lovers the chance to sample some of the best beers in the country. More than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring samples of more than 175 beers. The first session begins at 1 p.m., and the second session starts at 7 p.m. The price of admission includes 25 sample tickets and a 5-ounce souvenir beer mug. Consult the website for ticket prices and VIP options. (Niesel)
2014 Sycamore St., 216-861-4080, clevelandbeerfest.com.
Clifton Art and Musicfest
Set along Clifton Boulevard in Cleveland's Cudell/Edgewater neighborhood, the Clifton Arts and Musicfest features both fine art and live music in a classic street festival format. Because it's a juried art competition, only the finest artists can show their work and compete for the prize money that's awarded annually. The fest generally draws a crowd of about 40,000. Admission is free, and the fun goes on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Niesel)
Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy
A concert featuring Nobuo Uematsu's stirring soundtrack from one of the most popular video-game series of all time, Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy comes to town for the first time tonight with a 100-musician ensemble. The show promises to be " a multimedia feast for the eyes and ears." Tonight's performance takes place at 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $42 to $105.50. (Niesel)
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
The Haunted Manor
Composed by the Polish composer Stanisaw Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor had its premiere back in 1865 in Warsaw. Generally considered one of the greatest 19th-century Polish opera scores, the piece combines comedy and romance. Tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, the Cleveland Opera will stage its rendition of the piece. Tickets are $25 to $65. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Don't call the cops today to complain about the racket coming from next door. The 30 local bands playing at Larchmere PorchFest have the city's approval to perform. Acts such as Mourning [A] BLKstar, Marcus Alan Ward and Mo Mojo are all on this year's bill. Expect to find after-parties at local Larchmore bars and restaurants. It all begins at 1 p.m., and admission is free. Consult the website for a schedule and map of the stages. (Niesel) larchmereporchfest.org.
Coyote Peterson's Brave Wilderness Tour
Animal adventurer and YouTube star Coyote Peterson will show just how fearless he is on his Brave Wilderness Live tour that touches down at 2 p.m. today at the Agora Theatre. Peterson, who grew up in rural Ohio, has a long history of "scouring" forests, swamps and creek beds in the search for wild animals. As a result, he's become a celebrity. With more than 1.725 billion views and 10 million subscribers, Brave Wilderness is YouTube's top-rated wildlife channel. Peterson and business partner Mark Laivins also produce shows such as Breaking Trail, Beyond the Tide, Dragon Tails, Coyote's Backyard and On Location. Tickets are $42.50. (Niesel)
5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221, agoracleveland.com.
Dead Beat Dad BBQ
"Mid-afternoon is typically when deadbeat dads roll out of bed and start boozing," reads the description of the Dead Beat Dad BBQ that takes place today at 3 p.m. at Now That's Class. Local bands OONGOW and Brainwashed California will perform on the club's back patio and there will be a "giant bbq." Sounds like a good, irreverent way to spend the Hallmark holiday. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.
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 offered at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.
As part of a Sunday Beat promotion at Visible Voice Books, if you purchase a New York Times at the store, you'll receive a free cup of coffee or tea and a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. An added bonus: A jazz, Americana, samba or bossa nova band will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who shows a Sunday receipt from Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any of the Tremont restaurants that offer brunch can enter a same-day drawing for a $30 Visible Voice gift certificate and a $25 Visible Voice Loyalty Card. They'll also receive 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. The bookstore is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)
2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com.
The Work, a documentary about California's Folsom State Prison, features interviews with some "tough, tattooed men whose crimes and incarceration may be traceable to absent or withholding dads." The inmates participate in an intense, four-day group therapy session designed to help them control their rage and get in touch with their feelings. One critic calls it "the most powerful group therapy ever caught on camera." The film makes its Cleveland debut today at 4:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
At the end of last season, the Chicago White Sox traded away several veteran players to get some good young talent. While the new players probably won't be good enough to turn the team around for another year or two, the White Sox appear headed in the right direction. The two teams kick off a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
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: Tables fill up fast. (Sam Allard)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
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, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile) clevelandcinemas.com.
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 that allows patrons to choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock." Participants 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 Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com.
Classical Revolution Cleveland
Tonight, and the third Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 13-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors will lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight, and every Tuesday night through Aug. 28, at U.S. Bank Plaza. Teachers from Get Hep Swing will teach you the Jitterbug/East Coast Swing; Red Light Roxy provides the music. Dance instruction will be available from 6 to 6:30. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Find a complete schedule of upcoming sessions on the website. (Niesel) East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Sometimes there are experiences worth going the extra mile for, like the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville. As audiences grow increasingly frustrated with people talking, texting or bringing their young children to movie theaters that charge $15 for popcorn, the drive-in is a perfect way to catch a new film without having to worry about any of the hubbub brought on by other people ... or yourself. Visiting the Aut-O-Rama is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the family's third generation. You can catch the latest films on the weekends, but the Aut-O-Rama also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Dirty Dancing and Thelma & Louise. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo)
33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.
Torch Song Trilogy
To celebrate Pride Month, the Capitol Theatre has partnered with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland to present a special film series. The program kicked off earlier this month, and it continues tonight with a special 30th anniversary presentation of Torch Song Trilogy. An adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play, the movie stars Harvey Fierstein as a gay Jewish man who goes through "the same struggles of love, jealousy and self-doubt that affect us all." Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft co-star. The screening begins at 7:30, and 20 percent of all concession sales during the series will be donated to the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7 for seniors/children and $8.75 for students. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.