Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Weekend (March 7-13)

Author Neil Gaiman comes to the State Theatre. See: Friday.
Author Neil Gaiman comes to the State Theatre. See: Friday. Photo courtesy of Playhouse Square

WED 03/07

2018 MAC Tournament

Many teams in college basketball's biggest conferences will make it to the NCAA basketball tournament whether or not they win their conference tournament. In the Mid-American Conference, teams must win the conference tournament to get selected to play at the Big Dance. At least that's traditionally been the case. So expect the mid-sized schools from the region (Kent State, Ohio University, Akron University, etc.) who'll duke it out at this year's tournament to engage in some real winner-take-all battles. Starting today at noon, both men's and women's teams will play at the Q, leading up to the championship games on Saturday. Ticket packages start at $10. Check the Q's website for more info. (Jeff Niesel)

1 Center Ct., 216-420-2000,

Chamber Music in the Galleries

This monthly concert series at the Cleveland Museum of Art places young musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in the CMA galleries. Now in its sixth season, the series features "mixed programs of chamber music" for "a unique and intimate experience." Tonight's performers are the CWRU Baroque Chamber Esembles, with guest harpist Maria Cleary. The concert begins at 6 and lasts for about an hour. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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, local author, professor and historian John Grabowski talks about Cleveland's ties to WWI. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

The Invisible Hand

Tonight at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre, the Cleveland Play House presents The Invisible Hand, a play about an American investment banker who's held hostage in Pakistan by Islamic revolutionaries. The play's author, Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, exposes the "treacherous intersection of terrorism and capitalism, where greed and deceit prevail and no one escapes without blood on their hands." Performances continue through March 11, and tickets prices run $25 to $105. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series 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 "Service Industry," and the hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame regularly shows music-related movies in its Foster Theatre. Earlier this year, it kicked off its 2018 Film Series with a screening of the hip-hop documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. Tonight at 7, the series continues with a screening of Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two, a documentary about the pop singer/diva. Admission is free for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members and free with paid museum admission (if space permits). Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rock Hall box office or on the website. (Niesel)

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


Based on a Stephen King novel about a woman who rescues a famous novelist from a car crash and then proceeds to persecute him when she finds out that he killed off one of her favorite characters, Misery continues its run at the Hanna Theatre tonight. Great Lakes Theater puts on this production of William Goldman's adaptation of the novel. Today's performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel)

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

Mike Paramore

Local comedian Mike Paramore has said that his material has always been based on life observations. He released a comedy album last year and likes to have a go at patrons when he can, but he keeps his jokes light-hearted when they are aimed at audience members. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he also performs at 7 on Sunday night. Tickets are $18. (Niesel)

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


Some 20 years ago, Rent, an original rock musical by a little-known composer, opened on Broadway and became a smash hit. Now, Jonathan Larson's musical returns to the stage, in a 20th anniversary touring production, for a three-week run at Connor Palace. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Tickets start at $29. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

THU 03/08

Chris D'Elia

Chris D'Elia has become one of the best comedians in the business because he's extremely quick and witty; he feels very comfortable on stage and can easily relate to an audience. He jokes about his start as a standup comedian, when he would perform in rundown bars and laundromats. Whether he is joking about the pros and cons of living in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles, or talking about his experiences with bumping into ex girlfriends, D'Elia, who recently launched a podcast, has terrific comedic timing. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $60. (Hannah Borison)

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

Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Tchaikovsky declared he had put his "whole soul" into Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique"), and tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, pianist Daniil Trifonov will perform the piece, part of a program of Russian masteripeces featuring guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Performances also take place at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Towpath Tappening

Canalway Partners hosts today's special Towpath Tappening at Forest City Brewery. Billed as "a chance to recognize all of those who have supported our projects through the years," the evening will feature raffles, appetizers, drink tickets for purchase, and "exciting announcements." Organizers also will recognize people who have contributed to their projects over the years. If you're thinking about running in the Towpath Trilogy, you'll be eligible to sign up at a 10 percent discount. The Tappening takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Ray Flanagan will perform; admission is free with a reservation through the website. (Niesel) 2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

FRI 03/09

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,

Neil Gaiman

Creater of more than 20 books, English author Neil Gaiman has had a remarkable career. His bestselling contemporary fantasy novels such as Coraline and American Gods have won countless awards. His children's novel, The Graveyard Book, is the only work to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals. Gaiman's Sandman comics, which Stephen King has said "turned graphic novels into art," earned a number of accolades, including nine Eisner Awards. Gaiman will make his first-ever appearance at 8 tonight at the State Theatre. For the event, dubbed An Evening with Neil Gaiman, the author will tell and read stories, answer questions, and "amaze, befuddle and generally delight," as he puts it. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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 will be POC, now brewed by Double Wing Brewing Company which recently resurrected the storied brand and recreated a version of its clean, crisp European-style pils that should pair well with the fish. (Niesel) 1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

Lover for a Day

Esther Garrel, the actress who played Marzia in Call Me By Your Name, stars in Lover for a Day, her father Philippe Garrel's film about a 23-year-old woman who become devastated when she finds out her dad is dating a woman her age. The movie makes its local debut tonight at 8:30 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it shows again at 9:50 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

A St. Pat's Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally

All-Ireland accordion champion John Whelan teams up with American roots band Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally for tonight's special St. Pat's Celebration that takes place at 8 at the G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula. The concert will feature traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and the States. The artists will perform separately and together. Expect to hear an assortment of jigs and reels. Tickets are $25 advance, or $30 at the door. (Niesel)

1785 Main St., Peninsula, 330-657-2528,

Trouble No More

Trouble No More, a new concert film that came out last year, focuses on two shows that Bob Dylan played after declaring he'd become "born again" in 1979. The movie captures performances in Buffalo and Toronto, two dates on the 79-show Gospel Tour that took place between 1979 and 1980. The movie makes its local premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits. Of course, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and specialty shops in the neighborhood that participate in Walkabout Tremont too. The stroll takes place from 6 to 9 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and food and drink specials. (Niesel)

SAT 03/10

2018 Chagrin Falls Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Artists from across the Midwest will be on hand for this weekend's Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. All items in the show are handcrafted, and the full-service concession stand will feature a vegan-friendly menu. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Federated Church Family Life Center. A portion of the proceeds go to the local non-profit, the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. (Niesel) 16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls,

Rob Allen

Veteran comedian Rob Allen launched his career some 30 years ago. The raunchy comic who likes to open his set by greeting his fans with a "What's up, fuckers?" has appeared on BET's ComicView several times and has won a Redd Foxx Cutting Edge Award. He performs tonight at 7 at the Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Human: An Immersive Arts Experience

There will be body painting, dance, a tattoo pop-up shop, an immersive photo gallery, art installations, a hair/make up pop-up boutique, glow in the dark exhibits, sound and music installations, henna, massage and tarot readings at today's Human: An Immersive Arts Experience at Lab Studios by GLO. It happens from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (Niesel) 2460 Lakeside Ave.,

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

A popular Beatles tribute act, RAIN will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearth Club Band tonight at 8 at the State Theatre, where it'll perform the album in its entirety. The press release for the concert promises it'll be "mind-blowing" and describes the show as a "psychedelic multi-media spectacular." Tickets start at $29. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

SUN 03/11

The Border

Author Scott Edwards recently chronicled the career of actor Jack Nicholson in his book Quintessential Jack: The Art of Jack Nicholson on Screen. Today at 3:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, he'll introduce the 1982 film The Border which stars Nicholson as a Texas immigration officer who tries to help an immigrant mother. Ry Cooder composed the film's score. After the screening, Edwards will sign and sell copies of his book. Admission is $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

CIM Organ Studio Recital

Today at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music will present an organ studio recital with conservatory musicans who work with acclaimed organist Todd Wilson. From 2 to 3 p.m., they'll present an afternoon recital of works for solo organ on the museum's McMyler Memorial Organ. Admission is free; no tickets are required. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,


Part of the Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert Series, Scheherazade pairs the orchestra with the Enchantment Theatre Company to present the tale of storyteller Scheherazade and her cast of characters who sail on Sinbad's ship to exotic lands. The performance takes place at 3 p.m. at Severance Hall. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

MON 03/12

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,

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)

Science Cafe

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. Tonight at 7, Anirban Sen Gupta, an associator professor of biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering, will speak about using artificial platelet technology to better regulate blood clotting. Admission to the talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel) 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

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 9 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 offer 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 03/13

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,

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor, a woman who, as Oprah Winfrey put it in her Golden Globes speech, was "abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church," is the subject of the documentary film The Rape of Recy Taylor. The movie has shown at film festivals and will screen again tonight at 6:30 as part of the Capitol Theatre's Racial Equity and Inclusion film series. Admission is a $5 donation. (Niesel)

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

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. Tonight's event pays tribute to the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew. Dogfish Head will be hand to serve up special concoctions, including Wood Aged Bitches Brew Stout, Romantic Chemistry IPA and Lupa Luau Toasted Coconut IPA. It all starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel)

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

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