Accidental Comedy Fest VI
A group of performers dedicated to "enriching the arts in Cleveland through live comedy and other productions," Accidental Comedy features some of the best local comics. For the fifth year now, the group will host its annual blowout Fest. More than 50 comics from all over the country will converge this weekend for event, billed as "three days of standup, sketch, improv, music and podcasts." The lineup features comics such as former Clevelander Dave Hill, and Doug Benson, who'll host his popular podcast Doug Loves Movies. It all kicks off tonight at 8 at Hilarities where performances continue through Sunday. Ticket prices vary by show, but passes to the entire fest will include exclusive loge seating, artist access and a "soft, supple" festival shirt. (Jeff Niesel)
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, accidentalcomedy.com.
Art of Dissent
Given the current socio-political climate, this seems like a perfect time for a show titled Art of Dissent. Opening with a reception from 6 to 8 tonight, Art of Dissent showcases the work of Cleveland-based artists known for expressing their dissatisfaction with the status quo and current issues such as economic inequalities, polarizing politics and an abusive culture. Hosted by the Shaker Community Gallery, Art of Dissent remains on view through Oct. 7. In addition to the opening reception, the Shaker Community Gallery will host three community forums in September. The exhibition and all related events are free. (Josh Usmani)
3445 Warrensville Center Rd., 216-926-8842, shakercommunitygallery. wordpress.com.
Summer in the City Concert Series
Presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Head's Brewery and Magic Hat Brewing Company, the Rock Hall's free Summer in the City concert series ends tonight with a 6 p.m. performance by the Jack Fords and the Commonwealth. The concert will be held on the seasonal outdoor stage, if the weather is good. (Rain location is inside, on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage.) Find out more on the website. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
Another summer tradition draws to a close this evening, as the final Wade Oval Wednesday takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wade Oval in University Circle. The indie rock act the Ohio Weather Band performs. Between sets, check out the local food vendors, the beer and wine tent, the farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions — and it's not over yet. 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. 27. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com.
The preeminent end-of-summer jam returns to the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park this weekend, with Lotus holding down Friday, Saturday and Sunday night headlining slots. The rest of the lineup is fleshed out with the likes of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Broccoli Samurai, Luke the Knife and the Magic Beans. And that's just the musical offerings. It's Labor Day Weekend, and the season's quiet slumber is upon us. Summerdance is the only spot to celebrate the day in all its glory. Can't we live while we're young?! Ticket prices vary by day. Consult the website for more info. (Eric Sandy)
12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716,
Two Art Openings
As students and faculty return to campus this month, the Cleveland Institute of Art showcases the work of its outstanding faculty in the Reinberger Gallery, as well as hosting a special exhibition honoring one of their own, lost too soon, in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery. Just steps apart on CIA's first floor, both the 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition and Dan Tranberg: So Vivid, So Luminous, So Fluorescent open with a reception from 6 to 8 tonight. The Faculty Art Exhibition is a tradition dating back more than eight decades. This inspiring annual showcase presents a diverse collection of new and recent artwork by the school's world-renowned art and design instructors. A beloved member of the CIA family, Tranberg passed away earlier this year. Curated by Amber Kempthorn, this small exhibition showcases work created during the last several years of the artist's life. The 2017 Faculty Art Exhibition remains on view through Oct. 8, and the Dan Tranberg memorial exhibition remains on view through Oct. 13. Admission is free. (Usmani)
11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7461, cia.edu.
Each year, members of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS) organize a themed, juried group exhibition at a gallery in Northeast Ohio. Responding to the current socio-political climate, members chose the theme "common ground." Opening at 6 p.m. tonight at Canopy, Common Ground includes new work created by the group's talented artists and illustrators. The non-profit NOIS was founded more than 20 years ago. Its members include local and regional illustrators, and the organization offers free membership to students of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Common Ground remains on view at Canopy through Sept. 17. Admission is free. (Usmani)
3910 Lorain Ave., 216-309-1090, canopy-collective.com.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg's sci-fi flick E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows a lost alien as it tries to find its way home. A huge hit in the '80s, the family-friendly film continues to have widespread appeal. Tonight at 8:30 at Blossom, the Cleveland Orchestra performs the movie's score while the flick shows on the big screen. Performances take place again at 8:30 tomorrow night and at 8:30 on Sunday night. The film is presented with one intermission and will end each night at approximately 10:50 p.m. Weather permitting, fireworks follow the concert. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Loaded Music Series
Since its first performance, Cleveland-based band Mourning [A] BLKstar has had the city abuzz. You can check them out on Spotify and see them live at MOCA Cleveland tonight at 8. MuAmin Collective will open. The concert is part of MOCA Cleveland's Loaded music series, incorporating electronic music, performance art, avant rock and punk. The series is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio and curated by RA Washington (Mourning [A] BLKstar, Guide to Kulchur Press), Lisa Miralla (Mysterious Black Box on WCSB) and Haley Morris (Kiernan Paradise). The performance takes place on MOCA Cleveland's loading dock. Although the museum itself will be closed during the concert, stop back the following day for Free First Saturdays, sponsored by PNC. Admission is free. (Usmani)
11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
Pet Days on the Plaza
Vendors, groomers and local rescue organizations will be on Playhouse Square today for Pet Days on the Plaza, an opportunity to give your pet some special treatment or even adopt a new furry friend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the U.S. Bank Plaza. (Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Pinch & Squeal
Before they take their new one-hour show to New York's Main Allen Theatre at the Rochester School of the Arts for the Rochester Fringe Festival, local vaudevillians Pinch & Squeal will give their hometown a sneak peek today at the Winchester. Well known and much beloved, the duo has entertained and enchanted audiences through its Wizbang! Theatre, as well as at IngenuityFest, and by opening for acts such as Puddles Pity Party and Piff the Magic Dragon. Pinch & Squeal's Cleveland performance includes a special appearance by the duo's NYC-based friend Tanya Solomon. Solomon will perform excerpts from her one-woman magic show, Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of the show. You can purchase tickets online. (Usmani)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, squareup.com/store.wizbangtheatre.
Pretty Things Salon Grand Opening Party
Christina Akita and Cate Patton, the owners of the new eastside salon, Pretty Things, have 20 years of styling experience between them. The new business venture will feature "extensive hair, skin and waxing services." To celebrate the opening, they'll host a party tonight from 6 to 10. DJ Lawrence Caswell will spin, and light refreshments will be provided. (Niesel)
863 East 185th St., 216-713-2106, prettythingscleveland.com.
The 2017 Cleveland National Air Show
An event that dates back to the 1960s, the Cleveland National Air Show has become a Labor Day tradition. This year's incarnation will feature a rare de Havilland D.H. 115 Vampire Jet, a WWII Pacific Dogfight, solo aerobatics by Bill Stein and Tiger Airshows. Headlining this year's show are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and world aerobatic champion Sean D. Tucker serve as the event's headliners. It all starts today and continues through Monday at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland. Fans can also tour unique aircraft, help pack a parachute and meet a pilot. Advance general admission tickets are $21 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 11 (or pay $2 more at the gate) and free for children 5 and younger. (Niesel)
Cleveland Cinemas' Late Shift series, a program dedicated to the nostalgic cult and camp cinema that we love and cherish even though it's certainly not Oscar-worthy material, has been a fixture at the local chain of theaters since 2006. The 2017 schedule continues tonight with Ape 3D, a 1976 American/South Korean monster flick. It screens at 9:30 and midnight tonight, and at 7 tomorrow night, at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411, clevelandcinemas.com.
Having hosted markets and events across the region for more than a decade, the Cleveland Bazaar, formerly known as the Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland, is the longest-running indie craft show in Northeast Ohio. Although its largest event takes place every December at 78th Street Studios, the Cleveland Bazaar hosts pop-up events year-round. This summer, the Cleveland Bazaar hosts several events in Market Square Park, at the intersection of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue. The next Bazaar takes place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early to shop at the West Side Market and stay for lunch or dinner on one of West 25th Street's many outdoor patios. Can't make it this time? Cleveland Bazaar vendors will pop up on first and third Saturdays through October. Admission is free. (Usmani)
DTW Corn Roast
Downtown Willoughby celebrates Labor Day with the weekend-long Downtown Willoughby Corn Roast, a family-friendly festival centered on corn. Local Downtown Willoughby restaurants and other area food vendors will be on hand, and regional acts such as Dan McCoy, Angry Young Men, Flannel Planet, Radio Tokyo and Faction will perform. Vendors on Second Street will serve up craft cocktails and beer. Admission is free. The event takes place from noon to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow. (Niesel) facebook.com/events/1270946773034072.
Free First Saturday
Have you seen MOCA Cleveland's new Summer 2017 exhibitions yet? If not, you really don't know what you're missing. Never fear, admission is free to all on the first Saturday of each month. Stop in today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore the Summer exhibitions, including MOCA's third regional biennial exhibition, Constant as the Sun, as well as Keith Mayerson: My American Dream and Lu Yang: Delusional Mandala. Each exhibition features socially conscious artwork exploring relevant and important issues of community in contemporary society. The exhibits remain on view through Sept. 17. For more information, visit the website. Admission is free. (Usmani)
11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
It's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. Tickets are $9.50. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411, clevelandcinemas.com.
Cleveland Improv Jam
The Angry Ladies of Improv has hosted the Cleveland Improv Jam for four 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, coffeephixcafe.com.
Sloppy Sundays in the Sun
The bartenders at Now That's Class will serve "the coolest and tastiest pitchers" of cocktails today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sloppy Sundays in the Sun. Pitchers of specialty cocktails ($12) include Paul's Puerto Rican Punch, Nascar Nectar and Stripple Nipple. The club will also set up a basketball hoop out back for patrons to show off their skills. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.
Labor Day Clambake
With fall comes clambake season. To get a jumpstart on the annual tradition, Music Box Supper Club will host a Labor Day Clambake today from 3 to 7 p.m. The club will spin yacht-rock all day long and the special menu will include one dozen clams, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and corn bread. There will be drink specials too. Tickets are $25 in advance. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
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)
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 today and every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.
Classical Revolution Cleveland
For many years, classical music wasn't intended for the masses. Seemingly reserved for quasi-exclusive concert halls, classical music hid from the outside world. Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down that wall and once again bring great chamber music to the people. Showcasing a variety of performers in bars, cafes and the like, it's actually not that different from how people used to listen to chamber music. The first Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its program to the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Full of immensely talented performers, CRC re-instills the relevancy of this vibrant art form. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)
11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400, happydogcleveland.com.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch will offer 20-minute time slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. The Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club and the locally based Gotta Groove Records serve as the sponsors, and turntables will be provided. Each person will be able to play three to five songs during their allotted time, and there will be a mic available to talk about the selections. Along with theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)
12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338.
Slipknot: Day of the Gusano
Slipknot: Day of the Gusano documents not only the masked band's Knotfest Mexico City performance but also the lives of the band's fans as well. Better known as "maggots," the group's fans are some of the most loyal in the metal world. The film captures "the chaos, excitement and community" that the Iowa-based band has cultivated over the past 20-plus years. The film screens at 7:30 tonight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $12.50. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
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." In keeping with that spirit and recognizing the burgeoning popularity of vinyl, the club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases. The place has partnered with Loop in Tremont so that 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, jukeboxcle.com.