Get Out: Everything You Should Do This Week in Cleveland (Dec. 6-12)

WED 12/06

Chamber Music in the Galleries

Now in its sixth season, 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. The series features "mixed programs of chamber music" for "a unique and intimate experience." The performances often feature instruments from the museum's keyboard collection. Tonight's concert begins at 6 and lasts for about an hour. Admission is free. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cavaliers vs. Sacramento Kings

Since trading away star center DeMarcus Cousins last season, the Sacramento Kings have become a team without a standout player. Power forward Zach Randolph can still score, and point guard De'Aaron Fox is having a good rookie season, but the Kings are definitely in rebuilding mode. Tonight they take on the surging Cavs at 7 at the Q. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Emcee Kurtis Blow will be on hand for tonight's Hip Hop Nutcracker, an evening-length production featuring dancers, a DJ and a violinist. In this rendition of the classic ballet, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn-based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre, directs and choreographs the show. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1519 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 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 event is "Best of 2017," 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,


In their final MFA show, the 2018 class of the acting program at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House presents Shakespeare's Macbeth, a play about a power-hungry Scottish general. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $15. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

On Your Feet

Directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) and featuring choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), the musical On Your Feet tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan's journey to America to become pop music sensations. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at Connor Palace; performances continue through Dec. 23. Tickets are $29 to $109. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries returns to Playhouse Square in a production by Cleveland Public Theatre. Now a staple of Christmas in Cleveland, this one-hour memoir by gay humorist David Sedaris, relating his incarceration (er, employment) as an elf in Macy's Santa Village, was a huge hit when he read it on National Public Radio back in the day. Since then, it has been staged locally at many venues featuring various actors. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 at the Outcault Theatre, where performances continue through Dec. 17. Tickets are $32.50. (Christine Howey)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-640-8669,

Andy Woodhull

Clean-cut comic Andy Woodhull jokes that after 10 years of marriage, he only has had one fight with his wife. The argument centered on his attempt to bring another woman's dishes into her home when he moved in. "I'd like to remind you that my wife has two daughters — I don't think I'm being unreasonable. My dishes don't kind of look like my ex-girlfriend or go to my ex-girlfriend's house every other weekend and talk about how much more fun it is to be in her cabinets." The clever comic performs at 8 tonight at Hilarities, where shows continue through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

THU 12/07

Brahms' First Symphony

Renowned Finnish conductor Mikko Franck makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut tonight, conducting Brahms' First Symphony at Severance Hall. Brahms conceived the piece as a hymn-like composition filled with lyrical melodies and vibrant harmonies. The orchestra will also perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18, with acclaimed pianist Richard Goode. Performances take place at 7:30 tonight and at 8 tomorrow and Saturday nights. Music lovers under 18 are free on Friday with purchase of adult ticket. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens was a hell of a writer, but he could be a tad verbose. So it's convenient that there have been so many great stage and screen versions of his classic ghost story. One of them — required viewing for anyone with a Netflix membership — is the 1951 movie starring Alastair Sim as a Scrooge for all eternity. And the other is this Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival production, which never fails to engage and delight. Framed cozily as a story within a story in this Gerald Freedman adaptation, the production really comes alive once the ghost of Jacob Marley appears, dragging his chains and creaking eerily with every movement. This annual tribute to knee-jerk liberal sentiments like compassion for the downtrodden is always a must-see, whether you've seen it before or not. It opens tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $28 to $75. Performances continue through Dec. 23. (Howey)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

FRI 12/08

Brain Candy Live

Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame and Michael Stevens of YouTube's Vsauce have teamed up for this theatrical science education show they've dubbed Brain Candy Live. The guys bring more than three tons of "crazy toys" along with "incredible tools" and "mind-blowing demonstrations" to the stage for a live show that critics call "a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group." The performance takes place at 8 tonight at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets start at $48.50. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves

The Monsters kick off a two-game series against the Chicago Wolves today at Quicken Loans Arena. The two teams face each other again tomorrow at 1 p.m. As part of a 1-2-3 Friday promotion, today's concession specials include $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs and $3 beers. Both games feature a toy drive; fans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys at the toy drive bins located on the arena's main concourse. All toys will be distributed to underserved children in Northeast Ohio. Tickets to the games start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

From the Land of the Moon

Nicole Garcia directs From the Land of the Moon, a French drama set in the 1950s. The film focuses on a sickly woman (Marion Cotillard) who falls in love with a veteran at the spa where she goes to recuperate. The film screens today at 6:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story, a near-genius piece of American reminiscence, is so period-perfect and charming that the squishy sentimentality (of which there is plenty) never leads to saccharine reflux. Philip Grecian is listed as the playwright, but everyone understands that the bulk of insights and telling detail comes from the mind of Jean Shepherd, who wrote the original story, co-authored the movie, and narrated the flick in his distinctive, triple-wry voice. The Cleveland Play House's production of Story rides a two-hour wave of intricate details to unerringly establish the period and to help even the youngest patrons make the leap back to a time before televisions were omnipresent and cowboy hero Red Ryder was king of the wireless. See it tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre. Performances continue through Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 to $110. (Howey)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Editor Appearance: Holly Gleason

In Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, a collection of personal essays, female music writers pay tribute to the female country artists who have inspired them. Editor Holly Gleason, who speaks about the book tonight at 7 at Visible Voice Books, says, "It's about life and music. It's a book that really tackles those moments where everything changes ... sometimes profoundly." Local singer-songwriter Rachel Brown will perform as well. Admission is free. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play

Like many local institutions, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium embraces the holidays with special seasonal activities. This year, it presents Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24. At activity stations, you can see how hula hoops, fish-cicles and other toys and treats keep the Aquarium's residents active and engaged. Stimulation and "environmental enhancements" include wrapping presents for the tortoises to discover and adding seagrass for the stingrays to explore. Seas'n of Play also features parallel sensory activities such as practicing to aim like an archerfish spurting a stream of water at a moving target. From noon to 1:30 p.m., patrons can see Scuba Claus dive into 230,000 gallons of water. You can even ask him questions while he visits a porcupine pufferfish, green moray eel, goliath grouper and other aquatic creatures. Children visiting for Seas'N of Play will receive an original Scuba Claus coloring book and a temporary tattoo. The aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,

JB Smoove

Famous for his portrayal of Leon, a fast-talking friend of Larry David's on the HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, comedian JB Smoove started his career back in 1999, when he moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV's The Lyricist Lounge Show. He also starred opposite Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds. After a season as a cast member on the sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents, he worked as a writer on Saturday Night Live before landing the Curb Your Enthusiasm gig. Smoove, who just published his new book, The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool, performs at the Improv tonight at 7:30 and 10 and tomorrow night at 7 and 9:30. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Walkabout Tremont

Today from 5 to 10 p.m., December's Walkabout Tremont includes live music, specials at neighborhood bars and restaurants and plenty of art. Stop by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for a pop-up holiday shop that will feature Greek food, GLBC Christmas Ale and more. For business hours, an event map and info on neighborhood tours, visit the website below. Admission is free. (Niesel)


The Barefoot Movement

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park partners with the National Park Service to bring live music year-round to Cuyahoga Valley National Park at the Happy Days Lodge. Tonight's featured guest, the Barefoot Movement, will play a special set of bluegrass holiday music. Before the show, you can join in on a holiday cocktail soiree presented by CCVNP's chef, Larkin Rogers. The soiree starts at 6:30, and the concert begins at 8. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)

500 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909,

Chardon Polka Brunch with Santa (and Krampus)

The party hearty Chardon Polka Band headlines this holiday event, dubbed Polka Brunch with Santa (and Krampus). Like last year's edition, there will be polka dancing and a kielbasa-infused brunch menu. The mighty Cleveland Krampus will make an appearance as well. And you can snap your photo with Santa in the photo booth. Tickets for the music portion of the day are $10; brunch is an additional $18. The merriment takes place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have a roster of talented young players, and the team will probably make the playoffs for the first time in years. But the Cavaliers had no trouble dispensing with the squad when the two teams faced off last month. Expect the veteran Cavs team to put the 76ers in their place when they go at it again tonight at 8 at the Q. Tickets start at $32. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Coventry Village Holiday Festival

An annual tradition that's taken place for the past five years, the Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. today. The fest will include complimentary photos with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch, ice carving demonstrations, a Coventry merchant holiday window contest, a Lolly the Trolley Holiday Light Tour, winter storytimes, holiday crafts, and live music and karaoke. Coventry Claus will be on hand to lead an ugly sweater bar crawl. Shoppers and diners will earn a $10 Coventry Cash Coupon for every $50 they spend on a single receipt at participating Coventry Village locations, on select weekend dates through the end of the year. (Niesel)

Elf the Movie and ELFcon

There's a time to watch Christmas classics like Elf and It's a Wonderful Life while wrapped up in blankets on your own cozy couch. And there is also a time to catch the flicks with fellow fans in a public setting. First up is Elf, which screens today at 2 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. The classic tale of Buddy the Elf, who heads to Manhattan to find his father, is still as funny as it was in 2003 — and this time, elf costumes are encouraged. The screening is part of Akron's ELFcon, a party at the downtown Lock 3 outdoor park. The event, which features the four elf food groups, ice skating, a holiday sing-along and putt-putt golf, runs from noon to 8 p.m. Free popcorn will be offered at the film's screening, which does require a ticket. As for It's a Wonderful Life, that classic screens at the Civic on Friday, Dec. 15. See the website for details. (Laura Morrison)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Heavy Metal Flea Market

Organizers of today's Heavy Metal Flea Market at Now That's Class encourage patrons to "come buy, sell, and trade old merch that is collecting dust." The event will feature numerous independent vendors who'll sell new and used shirts, records, CDs, VHS, instruments and gear, homegoods, horror novelties, taxidermy, arts and crafts, and more. A $1 donation gets you in. Doors open at noon. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Flea Market

Big box retail outlets offer the usual assortment of prefab gifts that range from portable electronic devices to household items. But anyone looking for something outside the box has plenty of good options. Consider the Beachland Ballroom's annual Rock 'n' Holiday Flea Market. More than 25 vendors will be on hand for the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. It will feature art, clothing, records, vintage wares, jewelry and more. Food and beverages will be available in the Beachland Tavern throughout the day, and admission is free. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

SUN 12/10

Burlesque at Brothers

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, Ava Adore, Rubi-nesque, vocalist Selena Noir, Lavender Bitters and drag queen extraordinaire, Kaydence Jayne. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel)

11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

Browns vs. Green Bay Packers

As the Browns careen toward a winless season, each game offers yet another glimmer of hope for the struggling team. Today's contest against the Green Bay Packers should be a close one, given that the Packers are without their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

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

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Madam Satan

Madam Satan, a 1927 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, stars Kay Johnson as a woman who goes to great lengths at a masquerade ball on an ill-fated zeppelin to win back her cheating husband. Some critics consider the movie to be the first-ever disaster flick. It screens at 1:30 p.m. today and at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the museum's The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s exhibit. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Niesel)

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

MON 12/11

Science Cafe

The second Monday of each 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, Herman O. Sintim, a professor of chemistry in the department of chemistry and the Center for Drug Discovery at Purdue University's College of Science, will discuss how antibiotic-resistant pathogens make over two million Americans sick every year. Admission is free. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,


Since it debuted in 1993, WWE Raw has become a flagship program for the professional wrestling organization. Tonight's edition features a six-man tag team match pitting guys like Seth Rollins, John Cena, Roman Reign and Dean Ambrose against each other. It all goes down tonight at 7:30 at the Q. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

TUE 12/12

Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks

Last month, the Atlanta Hawks, arguably one of the worst teams in the NBA, surprised the Cavs and beat them at the Q. Don't expect that to happen this time around. The Cavs have suddenly awoken and have started to play like a team headed to yet another NBA Finals. Tonight's game begins at 7, and tickets start at $22. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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