Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Weekend (March 28-April 3)

Dyngus Day draws thousands to westside neighborhoods. See: Monday.
Dyngus Day draws thousands to westside neighborhoods. See: Monday. Photo by DJ Kishka

WED 03/28

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 new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party 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. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Bobby DiBiasio, senior vice president of the Cleveland Indians, talks about the friendships he's developed with Tribe players over the years. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Cool TLC

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,

Fifth of July

A play by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lanford Wilson, Fifth of July focuses on a veteran who gathers with his family in rural Missouri to ring in Independence Day. A family squabble breaks out, setting off emotional "fireworks." This production introduces the joint Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Playhouse masters degree acting program's class of 2020. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. Performances continue through April 7. Tickets are $15 to $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

Hoppin' Frog Hoppy Hour

Much like the Fat Head's tasting room in Middleburg Heights, the Hoppin' Frog tasting room in Akron is in a nondescript strip of storage facilities and warehouses. But step inside and you'll find a cozy space with a huge array of the brewery's wonderful libations. The place features "hoppy hour" every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. Tonight, the brewers visit the tasting room from 5 to 7 p.m. While they don't fill growlers, you can drink bottles on site or take 'em to go. The place also offers a "Hoppin' Frog Rare & Vintage" list as well as a guest bottle list. And you can order from a limited food menu too. (Niesel)

1680-F Waterloo Rd., Akron, 234-525-3764,

Italian American Baseball Family

Tonight at 7:30, the CWRU department of modern languages and literatures and the department of physical education and athletics team up with the university's Film Society and Spartan baseball team to present a screening of Italian American Baseball Family at Strosacker Auditorium. Immediately following the screening of the movie, filmmaker Roberto Angotti and a panel of renowned Cleveland Indians' historians and authors will lead a discussion on the Italian American Cleveland Indians. The film documents the Italian American experience and how Italians assimilated into popular culture through baseball. Participating panelists include authors Scott Longert, Joseph Wancho, and John McMurray, all of whom have written extensively about baseball. Free tickets are available via the website. (Niesel)

2180 Adelbert Rd., 216-368-CINE,

Dusty Slay

Comedian Dusty Slay likes to say that he "leaves the serious topics like race, religion and politics" to someone who, unlike him, hasn't drank gas out of a water hose. As a result, his jokes tend be about his lower-class upbringing. He says he doesn't like taking off his shoes when he visits other people's houses because it's like they've said that their house is cleaner than his. "I was raised in a dirty house where I felt comfortable," he jokes. Slay performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 and $18. (Niesel)

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

THU 03/29

Chris Distefano

An actor and comedian based in New York, Chris Distefano maintains he's "on a mission to bring some old-school Brooklyn comedy" back to his beloved borough. In one bit, he talks about how in Brooklyn, no one ever really gets off the block. He recalls how he went to Norway once and was astonished to find the restaurant served reindeer. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $23 to $28. (Niesel)

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


Tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre presents its take on Shakespeare's Macbeth, the playwright's famous tragedy about a power-hungry Scottish general. The play's theme about the dangers of political ambition seems particularly relevant in this day and age. Performances continue at the Hanna through April 15. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel)

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

Kountry Wayne

Wayne Colley, better known by his stage name Kountry Wayne, became a viral social-media sensation overnight on account of his hilarious videos. In one skit, he makes fun of a couple of thugs who attempt to rob him. "If you're homeless, that's all you had to say," he tells the guys. "I would have put something in your pocket." He eventually talks them out of robbing him. Wayne performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $30 to $40. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 03/30

Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Led by forward Anthony Davis, who's had a remarkable season, the New Orleans Pelicans remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference. Davis, who averages a double-double on the season, has kept the Pelicans afloat while the team has struggled with injuries to some of its top players. Tonight's game against the Cavs starts at 8. Tickets start at $41. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Flanagan's Wake

No one knows grief and mourning like a Catholic, let alone an Irish Catholic. Now in its eighth year in Cleveland, Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience as the guests are treated as the friends and family of the deceased. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 28. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

In the Heat of the Night

Set in 1962 in the small town of Argo, Alabama, In the Heat of the Night centers on attempts by the local police to determine who is responsible for a dead body found on the road on a hot August night. It's a difficult challenge considering they have no witnesses, no motives and few clues. Students from Cuyahoga Community College present the play tonight at 7:30 at the Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre on the Eastern Campus. A performance also takes place at 7:30 tomorrow night and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for Tri-C students with ID. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors or students from other schools.Reduced rates also are available for groups of 10 or more. (Niesel)

4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, 216-987-4947,

Lenten Fish Fry

From now until the end of March, Prosperity Social Club hosts its Lenten Fish Fry every Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight. The special Lenten menu includes the Big Fish Fry, a seasonal staple that features a generous portion of haddock in a fluffy beer batter blanket, complemented by homemade coleslaw, house tartar sauce and old-school-style mac and cheese. Prosperity received national attention when the home-cooked Big Fish Fry was featured on TV chef Andrew Zimmern's Delicious Destinations. To drink, this year's featured beer is POC, now brewed by Double Wing Brewing Company which recently resurrected the storied brand. The clean, crisp European-style pils should pair well with the fish. Reservations are not a bad idea. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

SAT 03/31

19th Animation Show of Shows

A touring program that features animated shorts from around the world, the 19th Animation Show of Shows will feature 16 critically acclaimed flicks from a slew of countries. This year's program includes the stop-motion musical The Burden as well as the 1964 classic The Hangman, a movie that Animation Show of Shows organizers have recently restored. The program begins at 8:35 tonight at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

JANE: A Tribute to Rob Sherwood

Local DJs such as Kenny Summit, Lady Miss Kier and Mike Filly will honor the late Rob Sherwood, a local DJ who passed away earlier this year. The event promises to feature "creatures of the night both legendary and au courant in a sensual performance spectacle of drag and dance." It all starts at 7 p.m. at Sachsenheim Hall. Admission is free. (Niesel) 7001 Denison Ave., 216-651-0888.

SUN 04/01

Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks

It wasn't too long ago that the Dallas Mavericks won an NBA title. Now, the team is in rebuilding mode and owner Mark Cuban even got in a bit of trouble for suggesting the team should lose on purpose to move up in this year's draft. Expect the Cavs to get a win tonight when the two teams face each other at 6 at the Q. Tickets start at $32. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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 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,

Greg Hahn

A favorite on the Bob and Tom Radio Show, comedian Greg Hahn likes to joke that he spends more time in the weight room "chalking up" than actually lifting weights. Though his observations aren't particularly sophisticated, the bit gives him the opportunity to show off his physical approach to comedy. A loudmouth guy who yells and claps fervently during his routines, Hahn screams and shouts so much, you gotta think the late Sam Kinison inspired him. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 and $18. (Niesel)

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

Sunday Beat

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 chance to win 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,

MON 04/02

Dyngus Day

Now in its eighth year, Cleveland's Dyngus Day celebration gets bigger and better each year. This year's event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. today at locations throughout Ohio City, Tremont and the Detroit Shoreway, promises to be another wildly good time. As part of the day-long celebration, Detroit Avenue will be closed from West 57th Street to West 59th Street as Dyngus Day will expand into what organizers say is its "largest footprint to date." As always, Dyngus Day will feature Kishka's Beer Heaven Festival Grounds in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Opening ceremonies take place at 10 a.m., and the Miss Dyngus Day Pageant will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the main festival grounds. After the crowning of Miss Dyngus 2018, the Accordion Parade will follow at 6 p.m. (Niesel)

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, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

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,

Wing Ding Doodle

Blues icon Howlin' Wolf famously covered "Wang Dang Doodle," the old blues tune penned by Willie Dixon. Prosperity Social Club in Tremont has adopted that slogan, calling its wing night Wing Ding Doodle. The weekly event features specials on Buffalo wings and cold brews. Prosperity will not only serve up substantial, $1 whole wings, but it'll also offering meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&B curated by local musician Clint Holley will be on tap as well. Wing Ding Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 04/03

Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

All season long, the Toronto Raptors have played quality basketball. The team consistently has had one of the best records in the Eastern Conference and is vying for the top seed for the playoffs. The Raptors blew out the Cavs when the two teams played earlier in the season, but that was before the Cavs traded for younger, better players. Expect tonight's game to be a tight one. Tipoff is at 7 at the Q. Tickets start at $32. (Jeff Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Today, and the first Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings chamber music to 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. (Stoops) 11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400,

Cleveland Connects: Rock on a Roll

Today at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Hall, Ideastream's Rick Jackson moderates a panel featuring guests such as Rock Hall inductee Martha Reeves, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris, former Rock Hall executive director Dennis Barrie, and executive director of the George Gund Foundation David Abbot. They'll discuss the ways in which the Rock Hall has reinvented itself to better connect with the community. Registration is required to attend. Admission to this event doesn't include admission to the museum. Consult the website for more details. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

Vinyl Night

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. (Niesel)

1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699,

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