2 for $20 Promotion
Great Lakes Science Center and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium have teamed up for a special fall 2-for-$20 package. Today through Saturday, guests can explore both downtown attractions for just $20. Tickets purchased online must be redeemed first at the attraction from which they were purchased. Both attractions have a common goal and aim to get their guests to "really consider the world around them and their roles in it." Combo 2-for-$20 tickets can be purchased online, or get them at each box office during the promotion. (Jeff Niesel)
Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9
The Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series kicked off earlier this fall. The series continues tonight as pianist Henry Butler brings his jazz combo, Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, to town. Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein first worked together in 1998 in the Kansas City All Stars. They reunited in 2011 for a concert in New York where they performed pieces by Bessie Smith and Jelly Roll Morton. Tonight's concert serves as a celebration of the museum's new exhibition, The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. It begins at 7:30. Tickets are $43 to $59, or $38 to $53 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Cleveland Stories Dinner Party
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, Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris talks about the institution's past, present and future. The menu includes "Cream of Shroomies" soup, "Smothered Smuggled Burrito" and "Cosmic Brownie Sundae." (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Author Series with Mike Belkin
By the early 1970s, Belkin Productions, the concert promotion company that Jules and Mike Belkin launched from their father's clothing store on West 25th Street, had become synonymous with rock 'n' roll in Cleveland. The company that booked the World Series of Rock concerts at the old Municipal Stadium brought all the biggest rock tours to town. It also managed local acts such as the James Gang and the Michael Stanley Band, enabling them to secure record deals and national tours. The Rolling Stones concert that the brothers promoted at Municipal Stadium in 1978 is reportedly the first concert to gross more than a million dollars. Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock and Art, a new biography by Belkin and local writer Carlo Wolff, chronicles the company's glory days and documents its history up to 2001, when it sold to SFX for nearly $11 million. Belkin and his son Michael Belkin now work for the concert conglomerate Live Nation. At 7 tonight at the Rock Hall, Belkin will discuss the book. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. Admission is free but reservations are required. Consult the Rock Hall website for more info. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
"1964" ...The Tribute
The guys in the tribute act "1964"... The Tribute have spent 25 years perfecting their ability to recreate a Beatles concert. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper's era, the group uses period instruments, clothing and hairstyles. They even engage in the same kind of onstage banter that the Beatles did. The performance begins tonight at 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10 to $35. (Niesel) 1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Asylum Burlesque: Glitterally Insane!
Local burlesque dancer Ms. Fever Blister promises that Asylum Burlesque: Glitterally Insane, a special Halloween-themed show that takes place tonight at 10 at the 5 O'Clock Lounge, will be "the most disturbing show you'll see this Halloween season." Acts such as Lakota Shekhar, Batty Von Bleu, Rubina Mamelons and Carmen M'Knoxide are scheduled to perform. Resident psychiatrist Dr. Rage hosts. Ms. Blister boasts that there will be "loud noises, fog, strobe lighting, video, fake blood and sideshow techniques." Reserved tickets cost $15; standing-room-only tickets are $10. (Niesel)
11904 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-4906, myspace.com/5oclocklounge.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiering in theaters on Dec. 15, fans around the world are waiting with anticipation for the next chapter in the epic saga. On Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28, the Cleveland Brewery is transforming into the Mos Eisley Cantina, from Star Wars: A New Hope, for Cantina Nights. Step into the infamous bar from Tatooine, the desert home of Luke Skywalker, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Figrin d' and the Modal Nodes will perform, and organizers promise appearances from rebels like Han Solo, Chewbacca and Jedi knights, as well as stormtroopers, Greedo, Ponda Baba and more. You can dress in costume and bring the kids for photos too. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October. (Josh Usmani)
777 East 185th St., 216-534-6992, theclevelandbrewery.com.
Beer Week is here and that means every brewery and bar that has a decent craft beer selection in town will serve up some special brews between now and Oct. 22. The event officially kicks off tonight at bars in Ohio City. Thirty-three local breweries created seven small-batch collaboration IPAs just for the event. A passport allows you to walk to neighborhood bars to taste all seven beers. Advance tickets are required and will set you back $25. Go to the Beer Week website for more info. (Niesel)
David Drazin Accompanies Enchantment
Remembered for its art-deco production design, Robert G. Vignola's 1921 film Enchantment received acclaim upon its release. The film centers on a spoiled woman (Marion Davies) whose father hires an actor (Forrest Stanley) to teach her a lesson. Pianist David Drazin will perform the score at tonight's screening. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
An Evening with the Artist: Jose Carlos Teixeira
In conjunction with its current exhibition, On Exile, Spaces hosts a presentation by its R&D artist Jose Carlos Teixeira tonight from 6:30 to 8:30. An Evening with the Artist: Jose Carlos Teixeira includes highlights from Teixeira's video essay, a Q&A and appearances by refugees featured in the video, including Hawo Abdi, Aws Alallawee and Sahar Daghstani. Cleveland field office director Karin Wishner of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants will also be on hand. In-Sight, a global network of advocates raising awareness of the most immediate humanitarian crises, will present a collection of photographs by Abdulazez Dukhan, a refugee from Homs, Syria. The photographs contrast the harsh environment of refugee camps with the resiliency of individuals living in those camps. Today is also the final day to view On Exile. Admission is free. (Usmani)
2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org.
Halloween starts early in Tremont this year. Today from 5 to 10 p.m., October's Walkabout Tremont includes plenty of tricks and treats. Activities include a costume contest for dogs and their humans, pumpkin carving, pumpkin decorating for kids and adults, the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team, pop-up vendors at Lucky Park, live music, specials at neighborhood bars and restaurants and, of course, plenty of art. As usual, Walkabout Tremont continues throughout the weekend. For business hours, an event map and info on neighborhood tours, visit the website below. Admission is free. (Usmani)
3-D Classic Film Series
Way back in the 1950s, Hollywood studios started showing movies in widescreen formats and in 3-D to combat the growing popularity of television. Between 1952 and 1955, Hollywood studios produced 50 3-D films using a dual projection system that required audience members to wear polarized lenses. But because of issues keeping the images in sync, studios quickly lost interest. Now, digital technology has corrected the synchronization issue, and the classic 35-mm, 3-D films are available on new digital prints. To showcase the vintage films, the Cedar Lee Theatre will screen five "Golden-era classics" as part of its 3-D Classic Film series. House of Wax, arguably the most famous 3-D film from the classic era, screens at 11 a.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $7. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411, clevelandcinemas.com.
The Best of Second City
Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd are among the comedians who cut their teeth with the Chicago-based comedy troupe Second City. Martin Short, Chris Farley and Mike Myers came out of Second City too, and so did Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. Tonight at 8, the latest group of comics affiliated with the ensemble comes to E.J. Thomas Hall to present a show dubbed the Best of Second City. Tickets are $28. (Niesel)
198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570, ejthomashall.com.
A Book Signing
A 1985 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School and an inductee into the Chagrin Falls Achievement Hall of Fame, Sean Kay is a member of the department of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University. He's written heady books such as NATO and the Future of European Security, Celtic Revival: The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland, America's Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism and Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace. And now, he's turned his attention to rock 'n' roll. His new book, Rockin' the Free World!: How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World, includes more than 60 interviews with artists such as David Crosby, Graham Nash, Sinead O'Connor, George Clinton, Kate Pierson, Michael Stanley, Serj Tankian, Michael Franti, the Grateful Dead, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana. Kay will discuss the book and sign copies from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls. (Niesel)
29 North Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-4050, firesidebookshop.com.
A Closing Reception
John Farina and Adam Tully recently announced plans to close their Waterloo gallery, the Maria Neil Art Project, at the end of its current exhibition, Marching Ahead of the Beat, by Salvadoran-born artist Elmi Ventura Mata. Tonight, Farina and Tully host Farewell for Now, a closing reception from 6 to 11 p.m. Guests can celebrate the gallery's time on Waterloo, the exhibiting artist, and the gallery owners, while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event is free, but Farina and Tully are encouraging contributions of $5 to $25 per person to benefit Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Waterloo Alley Cat Project. Farina and Tully began the Maria Neil Art Project as a pop-up gallery in 2012. The physical gallery space opened in 2013 with a solo show by Cleveland painter Michelangelo Lovelace. They curated an exhibition of local artwork at this year's IngenuityFest, and promise to continue popping up at venues around town. (Usmani)
15813 Waterloo Rd., marianeilartproject.com.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
A 1954 cult classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon tells the story of the so-called Gill-man, a dangerous half-human, half-fish creature that lives in the depths of the Amazon. After discovering a prehistoric fossil claw on an expedition, archeologists look into the thing's origins, and that leads them to the mysterious monster. A new digital 3-D print of the movie shows today at 11 a.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Chagrin Cinemas. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)
8200 East Washington St.,
Chagrin Falls, 440-528-0355,
History on Tap
Today from 1 to 4 p.m., the Cleveland History Center features History on Tap, an event that features happy hour refreshments, light hors d'oeuvres and hands-on activities. Each event focuses on a special theme inspired by Cleveland's past. Today, the theme is beer, with a focus the history of the local brewing industry. There will be beer trivia, beer tastings, tacos and a chance to tip a glass with Cleveland's first tavern owner, Lorenzo Carter. Admission is $10 and includes entry to the museum; the drinks cost extra. Tickets for WRHS members are free. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722, wrhs.org.
The One-Day Ceramics Sale
After spending the first half of the year experimenting with new ideas, forms and decorative techniques, local ceramicist Gina DeSantis is hosting a one-day sale to clear space for new work before the busy holiday season. The merch includes samples and "strays," spare pieces left over from recent collections, and takes place today from noon to 4 p.m. DeSantis opened her studio in the Lake Erie Building (aka the Screw Factory) in 2013. Renovations in 2015 doubled her classroom size. What originally started as a schedule of two classes per week quickly blossomed into several teen/adult classes, numerous kids' classes, one-day workshops and independent studio time. Find out more on the website. (Usmani)
13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood, 440-785-5409, ginadesantisceramics.com.
Seven is Magic
A beloved member of the CIA family, Dan Tranberg passed away at the end of May. Tranberg lectured and taught painting as an adjunct faculty member at CIA for more than 15 years. One of the region's most respected art critics, Tranberg began writing for the Plain Dealer in 1991. His articles and essays were also published in Art in America and Bomb, as well as locally in the former Free Times. In total, he published more than 750 articles on art in local, national and international publications, and his personal artwork has been featured in more than 40 exhibitions. After hosting an auction of artwork by Tranberg's friends to fund a new memorial scholarship in his name at CIA, Bonfoey Gallery presents Seven is Magic, an exhibition of paintings from the artist's last two years, many of which were created in the hospital as he battled cancer. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and remains on view through Nov. 18. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1710 Euclid Ave., 216-621-0178, bonfoey.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.
Nise: The Heart of Madness
Set in Brazil in the 1940s, Nise: The Heart of Madness centers on a nurse who advocates for treating mental patients with art therapy rather than shock treatment. The movies screens today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)
11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
Oh What a Beautiful Mornin': The Impact of Oklahoma!
Seventy-five years after its Broadway premiere, the musical Oklahoma! continues to be a draw. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first musical opened during World War II. It served as a reaffirmation of the American dream. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin': The Impact of Oklahoma! celebrates the musical. A multi-media concert at the Ohio Theatre, it will include live performances of the musical's songs, interviews and creator testimony, footage of Agnes de Mille's ballet and the back-story of its creation. It takes place today at 3 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $30 to $55. (Niesel)
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Deep Brew Sea
Part of Cleveland Beer Week, Deep Brew Sea takes place tonight from 6 to 10 at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and will feature more than 10 beer stations and food pairings. Tickets include a special event T-shirt, a tasting cup, a souvenir photo and a raffle ticket. Advance tickets are required. Those cost $45, or $60 for VIP, which includes early entry. Check out the website for ticket purchases and a full scedule of Beer Week events. (Niesel)
2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803, clevelandbeerweek.org.
Ádám György Piano Recital
Hungarian pianist Ádám György comes to town tonight as part of his U.S. tour, and performs a rather unique one-hour program featuring works by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. The program will include Improvisations on Hungarian Folk Songs and Themes by Ádám Györgyand Keith Jarrett, and Chopin's Nocturne in C Minor, along with a few other works by Chopin. The concert begins at 7:30 at Severance Hall. Tickets are $42 to $62. (Niesel)
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Monday Night Trivia
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: Tables fill up fast. (Sam Allard)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
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 weekly wing night Wing Ding Doodle, and featuring 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. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)
1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.
Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles contributes the songs to Waitress, a musical based on a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). The action centers on Jenna, a waitress and pie maker who aspires to find a way out of the small town where she lives with her unloving husband. She finds just that when she participates in a baking contest and meets the town's new doctor. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where performances continue through Nov. 5. Tickets are $29 to $109. (Niesel)
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
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 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, facebook.com/thewinchestermusictavern.