Bud & Burgers CLE
Anheuser-Busch and Cleveland Scene present the inaugural Bud & Burgers CLE pop-up diner, a national burger-and-beer-centric event. Cleveland chefs will create unique burger pairings to match the "smooth, crisp taste" of a Bud. There will be various burgers and french fries for attendees, and some vegetarian options too. The lunchtime event, which continues tomorrow and Friday, will include DJs and games. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; location is on the East Bank of the Flats by Aloft Hotel. Featured chefs include Mike Mariola (City Square Steakhouse and the Rail), Eric Williams (Momocho and El Carnicero), Demetrios Atheneos (the Oak Barrel, Bold Cleveland and Forage Public House) and Shawn Monday (Flip Side, One Red Door and 3 Palms Pizzeria). Advance tickets are $4, plus a small processing fee, and provide attendees, who must be 21, a gourmet burger, a side and a beer. Proceeds benefit Downtown Cleveland Alliance. (Jeff Niesel)
1051 West 10th St., budandburgerscle.com.
An Exhibition Dedication
Hugh Grundy, Chris White, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, surviving members of the classic rock act the Zombies, will dedicate a new exhibit about their band at the Rock Hall at 5 p.m. today. Artifacts on display will include items from the group's first major hit, "She's Not There," including Rod Argent's Hohner electric pianet and sheet music; Chris White's bass guitar; Paul Atkinson's acoustic guitar used on the recording of "Tell Her No"; Hugh Grundy's Ludwig snare drum used on all of the Zombies' 1960s recordings; and the artwork for the band's Odessey and Oracle album by Terry Quirk. The exhibit shows how the band handled its success and how the group has influenced acts such as ZZ Top, Dave Grohl, Arctic Monkeys, the Shins and more. The Zombies will also participate in a Rock Hall trivia event, which will include behind-the-scenes highlights of the new exhibit. That event will run from 6 to 6:15 p.m. and is open to the public with paid Rock Hall admission; it's free to Rock Hall members. Prizes will be awarded to winners. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
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, hoppinfrog.com/tasting-room.
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 features some of the top bands in Cleveland. Concerts start at 6 p.m. on the seasonal outdoor stage, July through August. (Rain location is inside, on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage.) Tonight's concert features Mourning (a) Blakstar, in the premiere performance of "Jimmy's Song," a suite of music composed by band founder RA Washington based on James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. Find out more on the website. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Totó la Momposina
For the past couple of summers, the Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted Ohio City Stages, a weekly summer block party that takes place in front of the Transformer Station during the month of July. Totó la Momposina, a band that plays music from Colombia's Caribbean coastline and a recipient of the WOMEX Lifetime Achievement Award and the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform tonight at 7:30, and admission is free. Vendors will be on hand to sell food and drink. And Studio Go, the CMA's mobile art studio, will offer hands-on art-making activities, pop-up drawing classes and other family-oriented art projects. (Niesel)
1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition, Wade Oval Wednesday takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wade Oval in University Circle. The weekly party provides the opportunity to catch a free concert — jazz, swing, world music and more. 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. Irish folk band Mary's Lane plays tonight. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. 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.
Bringing Hope by the Scoop
Give help, get ice cream. It's the perfect win-win situation. Tonight, Mitchell's Ice Cream in Ohio City hosts Bringing Hope by the Scoop, a charity event that supports urban and refugee students enrolled in the city's tutoring ministry. Bring a brand-new school-age book to Mitchell's, and in exchange you will receive your favorite refreshing summer treat. Each book will go to Every Story Matters, an organization that provides tools and research in five urban tutoring locations. Hours are 6:30 to 8. You can check out a list of preferred book titles on Amazon, via the Building Hope website, below. (Daniela Cacho)
1867 West 25th St., 216-281-4673, buildinghopeinthecity.org.
Christmas in July Bar Hop
The holidays are still six months away, but in celebration of the halfway point, Legacy Village will host a Christmas in July Bar Hop this evening that includes stops at Bar Louie, California Pizza Kitchen, the Melting Pot, Granite City Food & Brewery, Stir Crazy, Brio Tuscan Grille and the Capital Grille. Tickets are $10 per person and include a souvenir koozie, photo with Santa and food and drink specials from the Christmas in July Bar Hop menus offered at the participating Legacy Village restaurant or bar. Pre-registration is encouraged but tickets can also be purchased upon check-in, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the bottom of the escalators on Blossom Way, adjacent to Starbucks. Santa photos will be available during the same time frame. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. (Niesel)
25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com.
Now in its fourth season, Edgewater Live features local acts along the shore each Thursday throughout the summer. The event also boasts food trucks and recreational activities. The weekly beach party commences today at 4:30 p.m. on the Centennial Plaza at the new Edgewater Beach House with a Tri-C Showcase. From 6 to 9 p.m., Welshly Arms will perform on the RTA Main Stage. (Niesel)
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, clevelandmetroparks.com.
Liz Maugans' Artist Trust Project
Setting a record for the most works in a single installation at MOCA Cleveland, Liz Maugans' Artist Trust Project features more than 400 self-portraits by local artists. Redefining the term "artist" and our region's geographic boundaries, the project includes a variety of residents. Collectively, it showcases the immense wealth of local talent. Beyond the installation at MOCA Cleveland, Maugans has created an online database of all the participating artists. Maugans hopes the project will help unify artists around important social and political issues, and the website will be used as a resource to find art and artists in the region and beyond. MOCA Cleveland hosts an Artist Trust Appreciation Mixer from 5:30 to 8 tonight. General admission is $10, or free for participating artists and members of MOCA Cleveland and Zygote Press. (Josh Usmani)
11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
Ninth Annual Kent Blues Fest
Thirty-one blues acts will perform at the ninth annual Kent Blues Fest, slated to take place at 23 venues in downtown Kent tonight. Admission to the shows is free. This year's lineup includes Daryl Rowland, who has played with Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Ray Baily, Louisiana Red and Mickey Champion, local favorites Armstrong Bearcat and harmonica phenomenon Jarred Goldweber. Organizers boast that the festival will feature "definitive blues, jam bands, soulful voices and a variety of classic blues instrumentation with artists showcasing their talents to an excited crowd that has the unique privilege of free 'venue hopping' all in one night." For more information, visit the website. Festival hours are 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Niesel)
The Cleveland Bazaar
Today, the Cleveland Bazaar once again invades the U.S. Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square. Attendees can shop local vendors, get lunch from Dynomite Burgers and enjoy the sunshine on the plaza. The fun continues on the second and fourth Friday of every summer month, including July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1400 Euclid Ave., clevelandbazaar.org.
The latest exhibition at the Cleveland Print Room pairs Cleveland-based artist Melindo Placko with New York artist and collector Nigel Maister. For Double-Edged, Placko has created a series of collage drawings using the cyanotype photographic process, while incorporating elements of drawing and text. Her imagery includes anatomical drawings and dream-like scenes of rain and roadways. Maister's portion of the exhibition features diptychs from his "tight.word.lit" series. Maister's work explores themes of narrative through the use of found, snapshot photography, mostly from the 1980s and later. Using these outdated images as his raw materials, Maister explores both implied and explicit narratives, "manifested in emotional, formal, aesthetic, intuitive and intellectual expression." Double-Edged opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. and remains on view through Aug. 19. Admission is free. (Usmani)
2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981, clevelandprintroom.com.
Flat Out Fridays
The East Bank of the Flats features a slew of great bars and restaurants right on the river. To take advantage of the terrific location, the venues have partnered for Flat Out Fridays, a summer series featuring "live music by the waterfront along with sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment." The event takes place on the second Friday of the month through September; tonight's edition runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features music from the Players Club. Admission is free. Find the entire schedule on Facebook. (Niesel)
1055 Old River Rd., 202-628-0123, facebook.com/flatseastbank.
A Cleveland native, comedian Pete George has come a long way since the days when he opened for a local magician. George, who got his start as a lead guitarist in a Cleveland based '80s rock band, says he wanted to be like A Flock of Seagulls and call his group A Peck of Peckers. He has now played some 7,500 shows over the course of a 20-year career. He's also had roles in The Shawshank Redemption and The Majestic and has appeared on several national commercials. He has a television show about his life in development and has released the comedy CD, Comedy You Can Dance To. He performs at the Hard Rock Rocksino's Club Velvet at 7 and 9:30 tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are $20 to $25. (Niesel)
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7771, hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.
My Cuban Experience/The Cuban Art Invitational
Opening with a reception from 6 to 9 tonight, the latest exhibitions at BAYarts focus on Cuba. BAYarts' Diane Boldman Education Gallery hosts My Cuban Experience, while the Sullivan Family Gallery hosts the Cuban Art Invitational. My Cuban Experience showcases a collection of artwork, photographs and souvenirs from local artists and friends of BAYarts from their travels to Cuba. The Cuban Art Invitational is curated by Cuban-born, Cleveland-based artist Augusto Bordelois and features Cuban artists living outside Cuba. Both exhibitions remain on view through Aug. 5. Admission is free. (Usmani)
28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543, bayarts.net.
[email protected]: Beethoven's Fateful Fifth
Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at Severance Hall for a special [email protected] that will include performances of Beethoven's Overture to Egmont, Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 5. The venue will offer special "happy hour" pricing beginning at 5:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m., and there will be a special after-party on the outdoor terrace at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. (Niesel)
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Enticing – A Sweet & Sparkling Summer Benefit
Tonight, Heights Arts presents Enticing – a Sweet & Sparkling Summer Benefit. Set in a downtown Cleveland penthouse, the night will include sweets made by nine top-notch Cleveland bakers and chocolatiers. The gypsy/jazz group Moustache Yourself will perform, and you can sip bubbly while bidding on art, special experiences and other intriguing items in the silent auction. The event runs from 8 to 10. Tickets are $100, or $80 for members; get them online, by phone or on the Heights Arts' website. (Cacho)
629 Euclid Ave., 216-371-3457, heightsarts.org.
A Farm to Table Feast
It seems hard to believe it has been 10 years since the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation (better known as the Morgan Conservatory, or simply the Morgan) was founded in Cleveland's Midtown district. At 15,000 square feet (and a one-acre garden), the Morgan Conservatory is the largest arts center in America specifically dedicated to every aspect of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing. In celebration of the Morgan's 10-year anniversary, its Sam Caraboolad Garden was expanded this spring, doubling its size. Tonight from 5:30 to 9:30, the Morgan hosts a Farm to Table Feast in the garden (weather permitting), with live art demonstrations and music. You'll find tasting stations by Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, Fire Food & Drink, Flying Fig, Sterle's Country House and more. All tastings will feature local and homegrown products highlighting neighborhood gardens and farms. An opening cocktail reception includes seasonal craft cocktails created by Watershed Distillery and wine tastings by local Chateau Hough Vineyards. (Usmani)
1754 East 47th St., 216-361-9255, morganconservatory.org.
Blossom: Best of Broadway
Singers Christina DeCicco, Ted Keegan, Ron Remke and Ricky Todd Adams team up with the Blossom Festival Chorus and the Cleveland Orchestra for tonight's special Best of Broadway concert. The program includes selections from the great musicals of Jerome Kern, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Blossom. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Game of Thrones Day
It may be the middle of July, but at long last, winter is indeed coming. It's been a long wait for fans of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones: The series took an extended hiatus to schedule around the show's changing climate. More than a year after the show's sixth-season finale, the seventh season premieres tonight at 9 p.m. In honor of the premiere and in celebration of everything Westeros, Weird Realms hosts Game of Thrones Day in the shop from 1 to 8 p.m. today. During the event, guests can play Game of Thrones and GoT-inspired games, and take advantage of a sale of official GoT merchandise. Stop by before the premiere for extra surprises. The party will wrap up in plenty of time to get home and watch the return to King's Landing. Admission is free. (Usmani)
11508 Lorain Ave., 216-694-8525, weirdrealms.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.
A Taste of Tremont
Local eateries hawk their wares today on Professor Avenue from noon to 8 p.m., during the annual Taste of Tremont. Satiate your appetite by sampling dishes from restaurants headed by Dante Boccuzzi and Michael Symon, among others. Listen to live music and enjoy the culture that Tremont has to offer as you make your way from food vendor to food vendor, and cool off with a drink while you're at it. (Niesel)
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 quickly. (Sam Allard)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.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. (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 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 third Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, 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)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of its 12-week outdoor summer celebration at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight at U.S. Bank Plaza. Throw on your best dancing shoes, grab a partner and head downtown for a night full of jitterbug and East Coast swing. If you aren't familiar with the moves, then you won't want to miss the fun instruction at 6; from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the plaza will turn into a massive fun-filled dance party featuring a live band. Tonight, Skatch Anderssen plays. Admission is free. (Niesel) East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, Goldhorn Brewery hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesdays. DJ Kris Koch will offer 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 gets a 20-minute time slot and will be able to play three to five songs; there will be a mic available to talk about the selections. Along with theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)
1361 East 55th St., 216-465-1352, goldhornbrewery.com.
The Sound of Music
Two years ago, the classic film The Sound of Music celebrated its 50th anniversary. After all this time, it's still the most successful movie musical in history. Directed by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien, a brandnew touring production of the musical comes to Connor Palace, starting tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $90, and performances continue through July 23. (Niesel)
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.