Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland Through Christmas

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Jake Clemons comes to the Beachland Ballroom. See: Wednesday.
Jake Clemons comes to the Beachland Ballroom. See: Wednesday. Photo courtesy of DRPR

WED 12/18

Cavs vs. Charlotte Hornets

Much like the Cavs, the Charlotte Hornets are rebuilding after the loss of a star player. In the Hornets case, star guard Kemba Walker left the team over the summer to play for the Celtics. The Cavs should be able to eke out a win tonight as the teams face off at 7 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Check the Cavs website for ticket prices. (Jeff Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Jake Clemons/Diana Chittester

Earlier this year, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Clemons released his sophomore album, Eyes On the Horizon. The nephew of the late Clarence Clemons, a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clemons composed all of the songs on the album (with exception of “Democracy”) and played guitar, keyboards and saxophone. Clemons studied jazz performance at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and started his solo career in 2010. He’s spent the past seven years as the tenor and baritone saxophonist with the E Street Band, stepping in for his late uncle. 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS.(Jeff Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., (216) 383-1124

A Christmas Story

The Cleveland Play House's production of Jean Shepherd's beloved Christmas Story returns, as it does each holiday season, to the Allen Theatre. You still have time tonight at 7:30. Performances continue through Dec. 23. Tickets are $20 to $97. (Christine Howey)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, along with assorted guest choruses, team up every year at this time for an annual offering of music for the season, including singalongs and a very special guest. The concerts take place in the "yuletide splendor of Severance Hall," a gem of a space aglow with festive decor. Tonight's performance is at 7:30 p.m. The concert series continues through Sunday. Consult the orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

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 Cleveland History Center. The goal 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. Tonight, Kevin Dugan, stage hand and manager extraordinaire, delivers stories from his life on the road and behind the stage, with tales about bands ranging from the Raspberries to Van Halen. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Every Brilliant Thing

Billed as "a surprising and immersive theatrical experience that speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide," Every Brilliant Thing focuses on a character who decides to make a list of things he thinks will rescue his mother from her depression. The Cleveland Play House presents its take on the play tonight at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, where it continues through Dec. 22. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

It's a Wonderful Life

A classic flick that centers on a small-town man (James Stewart) who feels so limited by his circumstances that he contemplates committing suicide on Christmas Eve, It's a Wonderful Life screens at 7 tonight at the Capitol Theatre as part of the theater's Happy Hour Classic series. Tickets cost $10, and the price of admission includes a complimentary cocktail or soft drink during a reception that begins at 6 p.m. (Niesel)

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

Mean Girls

Part of the KeyBank Broadway Series, Mean Girls centers on a newbie who must navigate a high school filled with "frenemies." Book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw collaborated on this musical that's based on the movie of the same name. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Connor Palace, where performances continue through Dec. 22. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Ryan Niemiller

The self-described Cripple Threat of Comedy, comedian Ryan Niemiller has managed to overcome adversity (he was born with a disability that affects both arms) to become a successful comic. Niemiller, who fared well on America's Got Talent, likes to joke that when people ask if his disability is genetic, he responds, "Yes, it is because my mom is Irish, and my dad was a lobster." He performs at 7 tonight and tomorrow night at Hilarities. Tickets cost $15 and $20. (Niesel)

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

THU 12/19

Tony Baker

A Chicago native, comedian Tony Baker, a finalist on Seasons 8 and 9 of NBC's The Last Comic Standing, delivers what he calls Bakerisms during his raucous standup routines. "How come nobody smiles at drug deals?" he asks in one bit. "It's the easiest tax-free money around. You'd think everyone would be happy." Baker performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

A Christmas Carol

The Great Lakes Theater's annual production of this Charles Dickens' classic returns to Playhouse Square each year at this time. The story about how a certain Scrooge comes to realize that he needs to embrace the holiday season has proven to be a timeless tale. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, where it continues through Dec. 22. Tickets are $28 to $75. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Wild Winter Lights Festival

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has brought back its holiday lights event that was discontinued after the 2004 season. The zoo has reworked the bright spectacle to include thousands of lights, a visit from Santa, an extremely tall teddy bear and, of course, plenty of animals. Dubbed the Wild Winter Lights Festival, the event takes place today through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; additional select dates, through Jan. 5, are listed on the website. Tickets start at $18.50 for those who aren't members of the zoo and $15.50 for members. Find out more about the event and buy tickets on the website. (Laura Morrison)

3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

FRI 12/20

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping, the Third Friday Art Walk returns to 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. and admission is free. (Niesel)

1300 West 78th St.,

Dave Attell

Known as the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell and The Gong Show, Dave Attell is also a great standup comedian, writer and actor. A New York native, he graduated from NYU in 1987 with a degree in communications. During the day, he worked crappy jobs and did standup at night. After getting national exposure courtesy of David Letterman, his career took off. The caffeinated comic has a rapid fire delivery that suggests he has trouble turning his mind off. He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 at Hilarities and has shows scheduled through Sunday too. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

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

Cavs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have struggled to notch wins this season in the tough Western Conference. They come to town tonight at 7 to face the Cavs in what therefore should be a winnable game for the Cavs. Consult the Rocket Mortage FieldHouse website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

The Lower Depths

Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada star in The Lower Depths, Akira Kurosawa's take on Maxim Gorky's tale of the poor and the dispossessed. As part of a series dubbed Overlooked Kurosawa, the film screens at 6:45 p.m. today and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Rebel Force Radio

Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac, hosts of the popular podcast series Rebel Force Radio, will be on hand tonight for a special live episode of the show featuring insights and analysis of Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker. The event begins at 7:30 tonight at Kennedy's Cabaret on Playhouse Square. Tickets cost $30. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Scuba Claus

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium's annual Scuba Claus event continues today, tomorrow and Sunday. Guests can talk to Scuba Claus while he's in one of the exhibits and ask a question about diving or suggest gifts for the fish. Guests can also takes photos with Scuba Claus. The aquarium will also offer a chance to craft animal-themed snowflakes and take part in a cold weather trivia challenge for a chance to win an aquarium experience prize package valued at $200. In addition, the animal care team will present holiday- and cold-weather-themed feeding enrichment activities such as giving fish melting icicle treats and giving birds fruit ornaments. Children visiting on Scuba Claus appearance days also receive an original holiday mini activity book and a Scuba Claus temporary tattoo, while supplies last. Check the aquarium website for hours and ticket prices. The event continues through Dec. 24. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,

SAT 12/21

Black Christmas

Before he made A Christmas Story, director Bob Clark made this 1974 horror film set in a sorority house at Christmas time. There have been two Hollywood remakes of the movie, including one that comes out this holiday season. The original screens tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $6. (Niesel)

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

Dave Hill

A Cleveland native, writer and musician (who played with Cobra Verde), Dave Hill put out his second book, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore, three years ago. The followup to his debut book, 2013's Tasteful Nudes, it's a collection of humorous essays, many of which reference Northeast Ohio. Earlier this year, Hill published his third book, Parking the Moose: One American's Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots. Tonight at 7:30, he reads from the book at Visible Voice Books. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

SUN 12/22

Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

One of the Browns' biggest wins this season came against the Baltimore Ravens, a team that's emerged as one of the best in the league. That win came during Week 4, and since then the Browns have arguably not played nearly as well. The Ravens will undoubtedly be looking for revenge when they come to FirstEnergy Stadium today at 1 p.m. for a rematch. Consult the Browns website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

MON 12/23

Cavs vs. Atlanta Hawks

Despite having some good young talent, the Atlanta Hawks have one of the worst records in the entire NBA this season. Given how porous the Hawks' defense is, the Cavs should be able to get a win tonight when the two teams face off at 7 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Consult the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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. Many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin 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 wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and 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 Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

Wing Dang 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 Dang 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 Dang Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 12/24

Best of Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival

This touring program arrives at the Cleveland Museum of Art today, and features 10 of the best animated videos from the International Animation Festival. Nine countries are represented in this collection of festival shorts that aims "to open eyes, hearts, and minds through the uniquely transcendent medium of animation." The films screen at 1:45 p.m. today. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)

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

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. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)

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

WED 12/25

12 Assholes of Christmas

It's a tradition that at noon on Christmas Day, the punk rock club Now That's Class opens its doors to welcome "those who don't have anywhere to go or don't wanna go anywhere" for an event dubbed 12 Assholes of Christmas. From noon to 3 p.m. today, the bar will offer select Great Lakes beers (except the coveted Christmas Ale) for only $2. The price goes up by increments as the night goes on. Bring some food for the potluck dinner. The Ruiners, Mr. California, Hermes, Basement Boi, Swindlella, Nora Irish Dancing Set, Kellen, Odd Job Extraordinaire, DJ Andrew Schoen, DJ Hamma & Becca and DJ Krissy Krass are slated to perform. It's free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

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