Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Weekend (May 9-15)

The Hooley returns to Westpark. See: Saturday.
The Hooley returns to Westpark. See: Saturday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 05/09

Carol Burnett

Hot on the heels of last year's The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special, comedian, actress and author Carol Burnett will perform tonight at 7 at Connor Palace. Dubbed an Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks the Questions, the program will feature a Q&A session as well as video clips. "I love the spontaneity of these evenings," says Burnett in a press release announcing the show. "I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!" Tickets start at $58. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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, Cleveland History Center curator and automotive expert Larry Davis discusses the history of some of the Crawford Automotive and Aviation Museum's coolest cars. The menu includes Prototype Porridge, Rust Bucket Chicken and Cadillac Chocolate. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Disney's Aladdin

Part of the KeyBank Broadway Series, the hit musical Disney's Aladdin comes to the State Theatre this week for a month-long run through May 27. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), the production features sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots) and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris). Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Tickets start at $40. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Prometheus Project: Examining Beethoven's Music

Francesca Brittan moderates a discussion with the Cleveland Orchestra's Franz Welser-Möst and music scholar Mark Evan Bonds. Together, the talented trio will re-examine Beethoven's music, and talk about how it can appeal to modern audiences, by looking at Beethoven's own ideas and situating his work in the revolutionary era in which he lived. The event begins at 7:30 tonight at Reinberger Chamber Hall. Admission is free but tickets are required. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

The Royale

Set in 1910, The Royale centers on Negro Heavyweight Champion Jay "The Sport" Jackson, a fighter who wants to prove that he's as tough as his white counterpart. The Cleveland Play House production of the play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre. It runs through May 27. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

Walnut Wednesday

Welcome the return of warm weather with a visit to Walnut Wednesday, one of summer's great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — 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)

THU 05/10

Cocoa Brown

If you've seen any of Progressive Insurance's Name Your Price commercials, then you've seen comic Cocoa Brown. In the commercial, this vivacious comedian and actress plays the angered wife whose husband decides he wants to juggle chain saws. Tyler Perry has even taken her on as a vital character in his TV shows and films. Brown's no-holds-barred attitude has gotten her a Screen Actors Guild award nomination; she's now in the process of writing a revealing autobiography and putting together her own one-woman show, The Confessions of a Suicidal Diva. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Lisa Hammond)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Prometheus Project: The Music of Beethoven

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra this evening in a special program dubbed Prometheus Project: The Music of Beethoven. Tonight's concert takes place at 7:30 at Severance Hall, and opens with the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus. Concerts continue through Sunday, each with a different lineup of Beethoven's music. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for more information. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Josh Wolf

A New York Times bestselling author, Josh Wolf does a little bit of everything. The writer, actor and comedian received some serious national exposure, thanks to regular appearances on the roundtable of E!'s late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. In his book, It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Dad, he writes about the trials and tribulations of fatherhood. During his comedic routine, expect to hear jokes about how to teach your kids important life lessons. 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,

FRI 05/11


Recognized as a true innovator, choreographer Margo Sappington has worked with the Cleveland Ballet to deliver Alice, a production that takes some liberties with the familiar Lewis Carroll story, Alice in Wonderland, and tells the story of what happens to young Alice after she falls through the rabbit hole. Tonight's world-premiere performance takes place at 8 at the Ohio Theatre; an encore performance takes place at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The show runs two hours; tickets are $25 to $69. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

American Idiot

A coming-of-age musical about three suburban teens struggling to "find meaning and purpose amid the paranoia, apathy and noise of a media-saturated post-9/11 America," American Idiot became a smash hit when it made its debut on Broadway in 2010. Based on the Green Day album 21st Century Breakdown, the musical also includes a handful of Green Day tunes, including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends." This weekend, the Brecksville Theatre continues its adaptation of the play. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30; additional performances run through Sunday. Tickets are $15. (Niesel) 49 Public Square, Brecksville, 440-736-7749,

Grow with Google

Part of a national tour dubbed Grow with Google, today's training event at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center aims to help job seekers, small business owners, budding developers, students, educators, and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills. The series of free demos, workshops, training and coaching sessions takes place today from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Google staff will lead hands-on workshops about online marketing for small businesses, job search strategies, email basics, and search engine optimization. Google has partnered with local community organizations including Council of Smaller Enterprises/OHTec, Cuyahoga Community College , Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, DigitalC, Global Cleveland, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and Eastern Central Ohio, JumpStart Inc., and Olivet Housing & Community Development Corporation to customize the training to local needs. To register, visit the website. (Niesel) 180 Euclid Ave.,

Indians vs. Kansas City Royals

The Indians had to face playoff-caliber teams earlier this month as they took on the Blue Jays, Yankees and Brewers. But now they get a break as the lowly Kansas City Royals come to town today for a three-game series. The Royals played the Tribe to a close finish earlier this season at Progressive Field, but these games won't likely be as tight as the Royals have really struggled to win ever since that initial meeting between the two teams. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and it's also Dollar Dog Night. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

U.S. Air Guitar Competition

It's been a few years since the U.S. Air Guitar competition has come through Cleveland. But this year, Cleveland will be one of more than 20 stops on the circuit. Tonight, the Winchester Tavern will host the contest, which will likely feature about 20 competitors vying for a spot in the semi-finals that take place in New York on Aug. 2. Competitors perform to a 60-second guitar edit of their favorite song. Judges then rank the performance according to "technical merit" (i.e., does it look like they are playing a real guitar?), "stage presence" (i.e., do they excite the audience and the judges?), and "airness," the quality of performance which transcends the mere imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form all its own. Three-time Washington, D.C. Champion and Northeast Ohio native Jerrod "Dick Diesel" Dewey will host the event. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $8 at the door. The contest begins at 9. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

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 05/12

Caribbean Music Explosion

As the story goes, guitarist Dan Wilson heard a Wes Montgomery album and decided on the spot that he wanted to become a musician. The Akronite released his debut album in 2012 and has steadily recorded and toured ever since. Tonight at 8 at the Ohio Theatre, he teams up with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for a special program dubbed Caribbean Music Explosion. Expect to hear Afro-Cuban music along with samba and bossa nova tunes. Tickets are $35 to $55. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Cleveland Flea

After a long, cold winter (and a crummy spring), Cleveland Flea kicked off its sixth season last month and is now on its once-a-month schedule until October. A self-described "small business incubator" that draws thousands of local shoppers to Tyler Village, the Cleveland Flea features a range of items you won't find at the typical retail store. The flea offers "curated vintage," "culinary all-stars" and "the most talented makers in the region." As much a social gathering as a shopping experience, the Flea serves as an excellent hang, a place to meet and make friends while supporting your local creatives. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues monthly through Sept. 8. Admission is free. (Niesel)

3615 Superior Ave.,

The Hooley

Today from noon to 8 p.m., you can check out the Hooley on Kamm's Corners, an annual street festival that takes place on Lorain Avenue from West 165th to Rocky River Drive. The festival offers crafts, live music, dancers from a host of area Irish dance schools, pipes and drums and plenty of family fun. Food will be available at the pubs and eateries lining Lorain Avenue and from vendors on the street with kettle corn, ice cream, freshly squeezed lemonade and other festival staples. Two entertainment stages showcase a variety of musical acts and performers, including the Colin Dussault Blues Project and the Yosemite Slim Band. Family-friendly activities include a 30-foot fire truck slide and other bounce houses, and a pop-a-shot game operated by Mount Calvary Church. Also check out the Youth Center operated by the West Park YMCA. Artist Alley will feature a selection of jewelry, clothing, home decor, Irish-themed gifts, and handmade arts and crafts. Admission is free. Check out the website for a schedule of stage events and more information. (Niesel)

SUN 05/13

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 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Rob Kovacs in Residence

After forming 15 years ago, the local indie pop band Return of Simple released a couple of records and became a fixture on the scene before eventually relocating to New York in 2009. A few years ago, after getting "burned out" in New York, the band's frontman, singer-pianist Rob Kovacs, moved back to Cleveland. He just recently relaunched Return of Simple. Earlier this spring, Kovacs began a Euclid Tavern residency, which draws to a close tonight. He'll perform at the venue at 8 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400,

Platinum Comedy Tour

Veteran comedian Mike Epps got his start way back in the '90s when he hopped on the Def Jam Comedy Tour. Portraying Day-Day Jones in the cult comedy hit Next Friday helped increase his profile too. He's been acting and doing standup ever since. Two years ago, he brought his Festival of Laughs tour to the Wolstein Center. Tonight, he returns to the venue with his Platinum Comedy Tour featuring DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley and DC Young Fly. The show begins at 8, and tickets start at $52. (Niesel)

2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292,

MON 05/14

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, Scott Simpson, a professor in Case Western Reserve University's anatomy department, will discuss why "knuckle-walking African apes knuckle-walk." The talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and 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 10 p.m. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

TUE 05/15

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 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,

Truck Stop Tuesday

As if to provide a westside counterpart to Walnut Wednesdays, Crocker Park in Westlake hosts Truck Stop Tuesdays, a weekly food truck gathering, today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

143 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

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