Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summer Concert Series
Each summer, the National Park Service teams up with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to produce a free summer concert series at Howe Meadow in Peninsula. This summer's schedule includes several terrific local acts such as the alt-country act Hillbilly Idol, who perform tonight. The concerts start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the website. (Jeff Niesel)
4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909, conservancyforcvnp.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 performance takes place at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where performances continue through June 24. Tickets are $25 to $80. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave., 216- 241-6000, clevelandplayhouse.com.
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. They wrap up a three-game series today at 1:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Wade Oval Wednesday
A summer tradition, Wade Oval Wednesdays take place from 6 to 9 p.m. every hump day, through Aug. 22, at Wade Oval in University Circle. You'll find local food vendors, the beer and wine tent, a farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. Tonight's live musical entertainment comes from Hubb's Groove, playing R&B, blues and jazz. 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)
A veteran comic, local hero Cool TLC has worked the Cleveland scene for years now. During that time, he's shared the stage with national acts such as Eddie Griffin, Bruce Bruce, Snoop Dogg and Patti LaBelle. The rowdy, fast-talking comedian regularly punctuates his live show with singing and dancing as he brings an excessive amount of energy to the stage. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
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.
Make Music Day Cleveland
Launched in France in 1982 (where it's called Fête de la Musique), Make Music Day has become an annual celebration in the States and around the world. Cleveland is one of 800 cities in 120 countries to participate. According to the press release announcing the event, "Make Music Day celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability." The event caters to musicians of all ages, backgrounds and genres. Expect to hear musicians ranging from bucket drummers and opera singers to hip-hop artists and rockers. The goal is "to celebrate, create and share music with friends, neighbors and strangers." Concerts will take place all day long at a range of venues in Cleveland. Acts will even perform at Heinen's downtown and at MetroHealth Medical Center. At the end of the day, the Beachland Tavern will host a concert. Consult the website for a schedule. (Niesel)makemusicday.org/cleveland.
Memphis the Musical
Loosely based on the real-life DJ Dewey Phillips, Memphis the Musical won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and two 2015 Olivier Awards. It centers on a white radio DJ who wants to "change the world." He begins to promote a black club singer who's ready for her big break. The play features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Tonight's performance takes place at 7 at Cain Park, where performances continue through Sunday, July 1. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000, cainpark.com.
Scene Best of Cleveland 2018 Party
Our annual Best of Cleveland issue gives us the chance to recognize the people and businesses that drive the renaissance of this amazing city. Tonight's event at Shooters on the Water acknowledges the winners (picked by readers). There will be local bites, "funky cocktails" and some of the city's best local entertainers. Pierre's Ice Cream Company, Southern Tier Brewing Company and Tito's Handmade Vodka will be on hand, as will be Art Box, In the 216, JoVann's Tobacco Shop, LipSense, Lularoe Danna, Geraci, Sacred Hour Wellness Spa, Wine & Design, Wise Guys and Haircuts for Him. Wine & Design will be on site doing an "East versus West" mural. Tickets are $25 in advance and include food tastings and five complimentary drinks; they are $35 at the door. The event begins at 6 p.m. (Niesel) 1148 Main Ave.,
Adult Swim on the Green
Part of a nationwide tour featuring games, prizes, food and exclusive merchandise, Adult Swim on the Green offers a glimpse of upcoming Adult Swim shows and never-before-seen episodes, pilots, specials and lots of other Williams Street favorites. Comedian Zack Fox will be hosting, and there will be a beer and wine garden. The carnival begins at 6 p.m. at Voinovich Park. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. An On the Green package is $35 in advance and includes priority entry, a tour poster and other perks. Tickets and details are on the website. (Niesel)
Cleveland Pizza Festival
An annual event, the Cleveland Pizza Festival gives Northeast Ohio's best pizza places the opportunity to show off their stuff. Angelo's, Upper Crust, Fire Truck Pizza Co. and Jet's Pizza will all be on hand. There will be also be live music, a classic car show and a run/walk. The event takes place today from 5 p.m. to midnight and continues through Sunday at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)
Some people are born funny; others grow into it. The latter seems to be the case for Lavell Crawford, a stand-up comedian whose act primarily revolves around his upbringing in St. Louis, jabs at his weight and the women who've wronged him over the years. If his obesity-centric material weren't enough, Crawford's supremely goofy and aloof demeanor only helps to make him more likable. It helps to explain how he ended up finishing second in the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, which he has parlayed into appearances on Chelsea Lately, Breaking Bad, and Workaholics ("Eggs Tyrone," anybody?). He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $35. (Jacob DeSmit)
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.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 the gospel group Sending Up Songs of Praise. It's free. (Niesel) 16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com.
Indians vs. Detroit Tigers
How the mighty have fallen. Back in 2014, the Detroit Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive AL Central Division title and went to the playoffs. They haven't been to the playoffs since. And last year's team was so bad, the Tigers traded away star pitcher Justin Verlander before the season was over. The Tigers still have star Miguel Cabrera on the roster, but they're in rebuilding mode. The Tigers meet the Indians in a three-game series that begins at 7:10 tonight at Progressive Field. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.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 through Aug. 31, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from the Beatles' tribute act Revolution Pie; tomorrow, catch a performance from East Wind. Admission is free, but be sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com.
Pink Floyd x 2
More and The Valley (Obscured by Clouds), the first two features directed by Barbet Schroeder (a producer and occasional actor associated with the French new wave), are "hippie-era dramas" that feature original music by psychedelic rock icons Pink Floyd. Part head trip and part travelogue, these color movies were shot by the great Néstor Almendros (Days of Heaven) and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will show both of them tonight. More screens at 7 and The Valley screens at 9:15. General admission to a single film is $10; see a second film on the same day for $7. (Niesel)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.
Both today and tomorrow, Bad Tom Smith Brewing will participate in #TheLongestDay, a national fundraising event to help the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter. The brewery will release its 13 Preachers Marzen Lager, and a portion of its sales will go to the cause. Pizza Whirl, Ohio City Burrito, and the Rib Cage Smokehouse and Bar will serve food each day, and a portion of their sales will to go the Alzheimer's Association. Consult the brewery's Facebook page for hours and more information. (Niesel)
1836 West 25th St., 216-862-9296, facebook.com/badtomsmithbrewingohiocity.
Cabaret Nights Revue
Cabaret Nights Revue tells the story of Parisian dancers who performed on the sultry Las Vegas Strip. The show features live music, "daring choreography" and authentic costumes. The performance, by a cast of professional dancers, takes place tonight at 7:30 at Kennedy's Theatre. Tickets are $26. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton recorded his latest album, The Outsider, while on tour, working with Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Vance Powell (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Jack White). Raw electric guitars drive a redneck rock tune such as "Hurtin' Behind the Pine Curtain," a tune that shows off his gruff vocals. He performs today at 1 p.m. at the Rock Hall. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Known for her racy and controversial style of comedy, Lisa Lampanelli originally worked as a journalist before she began her standup career in New York in the early '90s. She got her big break at the New York Friars Club roast of Chevy Chase in 2002 and has roasted Donald Trump, who was a reality TV show star at the time. Tonight's show marks her last gig before she takes a year off. She performs at 8 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $45. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
An annual event that draws thousands to the Cleveland Museum of Art to hear exotic bands that normally don't come through town, Solstice has become the museum's signature summer event. Tonight's installment takes place at 8 p.m. The lineup includes the Moroccan-born Hatim Belyamani (aka HAT), a guy who makes music based on filming and remixing the sounds and images of his native country's Arabic, Amazigh and sub-Saharan African origins; and Hello Psychaleppo, the brainchild of young Syrian music producer Samer Saem Eldahr, who draws from dubstep, drum and bass, electro and trip-hop to create "a journey away from boundaries of style." The lineup also includes LADAMA, a group of four women from across the Americas who produce pop and soul-infused songs that they sing in Spanish, English and Portuguese; and Ravid Kahalani's Yemen Blues, a band that brings a "polyglot mix of music from Yemen and West Africa." As always, CMA tickets sold out months ago; secondary markets could help. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
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.
Over the past few years, the folks at the local burlesque promotion company Toxic Burlesque have thrown a number of events at Brothers Lounge. According to promoter Frank Ian, who runs the company with his wife, there's been a "packed house every time." For tonight's show, they've booked Rubi~Nesque, Lavender Bitters, Samantha Echo and others. Champagne Charlie hosts. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel)
11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767, brotherslounge.com.
Comedian Brad Wenzel once started a routine on Conan by saying, "Let's get to the issues." He then proceeded to make fun of "little people" and his own outdated choice of clothing (he likes flannel shirts and landlines). Wenzel doesn't write narrative jokes; rather, he delivers a series of off-kilter one-liners in a monotone voice. He performs tonight at Hilarities 4th Street Theatre. Consult the website for the time and ticket prices. (Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Gourmet Matinee with Célina Béthoux
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra members Célina Béthoux and Mikel Rollet will join Cleveland Orchestra musician Carolyn Gadiel Warner for a special performance today at the Cleveland Orchestra's 2018 Gourmet Matinee Series, a meet-the-artist event that includes lunch with a performance at Knight Grove, the party center at Blossom Music Center. The matinee begins at noon, and tickets are $50. (Niesel)
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.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.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 13-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight, and every Tuesday night through Aug. 28, at U.S. Bank Plaza. Tonight at 6, teachers from Get Hep Swing will teach you the Jitterbug/East Coast Swing; LA Swing Barons provides the music. 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.
As audiences grow increasingly frustrated with people talking, texting or bringing their young children to movie theaters with $15 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. That helps make visiting North Ridgeville's Aut-O-Rama 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: Stand By Me and The Outsiders. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo)
33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786, autoramadrivein.com.
To a More Perfect Union: The U.S. v Windsor
To celebrate Pride Month, the Capitol Theatre has partnered with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland to present a special film series. The series continues tonight with To a More Perfect Union: The U.S. v Windsor, a film about octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, as they fight a law denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. 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.