Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing This Week in Cleveland (Feb. 21-27)

House of Blues hosts its annual Local Brews Local Grooves. See: Saturday.
House of Blues hosts its annual Local Brews Local Grooves. See: Saturday. Photo by Emanuel Wallace

WED 02/21

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 Robert Sberna and local filmmaker Laura Paglin team up to talk about Cleveland's infamous serial killer Anthony Sowell. Sberna has written about the man, and Paglin recently made a documentary about him. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Chad Daniels

Babyfaced comic Chad Daniels likes to joke about how immature he was as a kid — and how immature he continues to be as an adult! He says that when his son became a teenager, his wife asked him what to do. He says he told her that they need to knock on their kid's door because "teenage boys are the most disgusting creatures on the planet." That's just one of many bits that he's come up with based on personal experience. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $18 to $28. (Niesel)

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

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,

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,


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 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel)

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

Monsters vs. Stockton Heat

The Monsters haven't played well this season and they'll have a tough opponent in the Stockton Heat, a team that boasts a winning record and has a shot at the playoffs. The Monsters and Heat go at it tonight at 7. It's College ID Night, so students with a valid ID can buy tickets for $6 and receive a $6 college meal that includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. The two teams play again at 7 p.m. on Friday. That evening, a special 1-2-3 Friday concession deal includes $1 Pepsi products, $2 Sugardale hot dogs and $3 beers. Tickets to both games start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire

Composed by Jon and Al Kaplan — the same jokesters who delivered Silence! The Musical — the bloodthirsty Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire takes aim at the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Imagine: your favorite scenes of violence, sex and power struggles, all punctuated by singing, dancing and a bunch of jokes! (Dancing with dragons, perhaps? You bet!) Performances take place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Ohio Theatre on Playhouse Square. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Price is Right Live

America's favorite game show comes to the State Theatre tonight, complete with a chance to "come on down" and win valuable prizes, including appliances, cars and fancy vacations! An interactive stage experience, The Price is Right Live brings with it the show's classic games, including Plinko, Cliffhangers and the Big Wheel. Wanna be a contestant? Call or visit the box office for the complete rules and regulations. It all goes down at 7:30. Tickets start at $35. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Rock Hall Film Series: Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

In celebration of Black History Month, the Rock Hall will screen the 2012 film, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, tonight in the Foster Theater. Directed and produced by rapper Ice-T, the film includes interviews with many of rap's most influential stars. Tickets are free for Rock Hall members and $5.50 for the general public. (Niesel)

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

THU 02/22

Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards

Even without terrific guard John Wall, who recently had knee surgery and is on the DL, the Washington Wizards are one of the Eastern Conference's better teams. The playoff-caliber team should give the new-look Cavs a good challenge when the two teams face off tonight at 8 at the Q. Tickets start at $22. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Jordan Rock

The younger brother of comedian Chris Rock, Jordan Rock likes to joke about how much he enjoys being part of Generation Y. "I tell jokes and smoke weed; that's me," he says in one bit. "That's all I do. If I make $40 this week, I'm balling." Rock performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Thibaudet Plays Ravel

Matthias Pinscher, who led the Cleveland Orchestra in February of last year and is a former Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow, will conduct the orchestra tonight as it presents a program of Ravel. Special guest pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet is featured in a performance of Ravel's piano concert that was written for the left hand only. Performances take place at 7:30 tonight and at 8 tomorrow and Saturday night. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

FRI 02/23


With Django, director Etienne Comar creates a compelling portrait of the influential "hot jazz" Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The handsomely made film, which opened last year's Berlin Film Festival, dramatizes Reinhardt's evasion of the Nazis in Paris during World War II. As you might guess, the score is pretty remarkable too. The movie screens at 6:45 tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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 grim 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,

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,

NPR Politics Podcast Live

According to industry watcher Podtrac, the NPR Politics Podcast is the most downloaded political podcast in the country. Named as one of the best podcasts of 2016 by Vulture, the podcast wound up in Esquire and The Atlantic's roundups of "must-listens" and "reliable news sources" during the 2016 election. Tonight's live show takes place at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre, and will feature the expected blend of jokes, news analysis and "all things politics." Tickets are $30 to $45. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

SAT 02/24

Local Brews Local Grooves

This year's installment of Local Brews Local Grooves, an annual event that pairs local blues and rock acts with craft breweries, takes place today at 6 p.m. at House of Blues. Local artists such as the Vindys, Whiskey Bound, the Ohio Weather Band, Chris Allen, Diana Chittester and Tom Evanchuck will perform. Breweries including Jackie O's, Lager Heads Brewing Company, Willoughby Brewing Company, Masthead Brewing Co. and Revolution Brewing will be on hand. Additionally, there will be wine samples from two local wineries and food stations located throughout the venue. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Program Four: Continuum

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque celebrates the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema with tonight's program, Continuum, named after Dominic Angerame's silent, black-and-white city portrait from 1987. Tonight's selection of films also includes Bay Area filmmaker Karen Holmes' late 1970s landscape and performance film and Los Angeles' effects artist and filmmaker Pat O'Neill's 1973 short, Down Wind. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

SUN 02/25

Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Even without its best player, Kawhi Leonard, for most of the season, the San Antonio Spurs have still competed well in the tough Western Conference. They beat the Cavs earlier this season in a tight game, so you can expect today's matchup at the Q will also be a close one. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m., and tickets start at $67. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Cleveland Improv Jam

The Angry Ladies of Improv has hosted the Cleveland Improv Jam for almost seven years now. A few years back, Scene described the show as "fierce, formidable and very funny." The women have some serious experience too. Katie White-Sonby is an actress who's performed at Clague Playhouse, Karamu and Kennedy's Cabaret. Marjorie Preston is an alumna of Something Dada and Rockwell 9 improvisational comedy troupes. The event begins with a short-form set of improv games, followed by a long-form improv set. It begins at 5 p.m. at Coffee Phix. Arrive early if you want to sign up and perform. Admission is free. (Niesel)

4485 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid, 216-381-5706,

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Vinay Parameswaran conducts the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in a winter concert that includes compositions by Sibelius, Hanson and Dvorak. The night begins with a free concert prelude at 7, with both the Youth Orchestra and the Youth Chorus, performing select chamber music pieces. That performance takes place in Reinberger Chamber Hall. The main concert follows in Severance Hall. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Jim Tews

A former Clevelander, comedian and writer Jim Tews, the man behind The New York Times' best-selling Felines of New York, is a rising star in the comedy world. He made his standup television debut on Last Comic Standing and has been featured in an episode of Louie. He was one of 2011's "New Faces" at Just For Laughs Montreal and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, as well as at SF Sketchfest. Tews also recently created, co-wrote and starred in The Undone Sweaters web series about "a sociophobic Weezer cover band." Funny or Die and posted the series. As if that weren't enough for his resume, the prolific Tews also created the HBO Labs' web series The Opener and recently directed Make Fun, a feature-length documentary about Cleveland's independent comedy scene. Tews performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Niesel)

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

Tokyo Story

As part of its tribute to Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, the Cleveland Museum of Art screens his most famous film, Tokyo Story, at 1:30 p.m. today and at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The film follows an elderly husband and wife who visit their children in Tokyo and become distraught when they realize they've become a burden. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Toxic Burlesque

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 Carmen M'Knoxide, the Team Toxic gals, Fever Blister and Kay Cee Sunshine. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel)

11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

MON 02/26

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: Seats 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. 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 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 be offering meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&Bwill 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 02/27

Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets continue to struggle, so the Cavaliers should get a breather when the two teams meet tonight at 7 at the Q. The Nets continue rebuilding around a group of young players that includes Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and D'Angelo Russell, but they have yet to reach the .500 mark. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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,

Vinyl Night

Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his music-focused bar in Hingetown 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, the Jukebox pays tribute to Miles Davis' album Bitches Brew. Dogfish Head will be hand to serve up special concoctions, including Wood Aged Bitches Brew Stout 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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