Get Out: Everything You Should Do This Week (May 31-June 6)

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WED 05/31

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling at the Music Box Supper Club. The goal 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, Susan L. Hall, director of community relations and a curator at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society, will talk about the historic election of Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of any major city. The menu includes wedge salad, open-faced roast beef sandwich au jus with fries, and chocolate mousse. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

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,

Indians vs. Oakland Athletics

After making the playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Oakland Athletics seem to be stuck in rebuilding mode. In each of the past two seasons, the team lost nearly 100 games. This year doesn't appear to be an improvement either, as the team has struggled to win games despite acquiring players such as Santiago Casilla, Matt Joyce, Trevor Plouffe and former Indian Rajai Davis. Today's game against the Tribe begins at 6:10 p.m.; the two teams will face off again at 12:10 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

In Dubious Battle

Set in Depression-era California, the feature film In Dubious Battle follows an activist who tries to get apple pickers to strike for higher wages. Directed by actor James Franco, the movie stars Nat Wolff, Robert Duvall, Selena Gomez and Bryan Cranston. It screens at 6:45 tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it makes its local theatrical debut. Tickets are $9, or $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Walnut Wednesday

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. Admission is free, but the food is not. (Niesel)

Waters Wednesday

Director John Waters has made some remarkable movies over the course of a career that stretches back decades. He defined a satirical style that critics have subsequently dubbed camp. The last Wednesday of the month at Now That's Class is Waters Wednesday. The club will play a Waters movie and have a competition to go alongside it. For tonight's event, the club will screen Cecil B. Demented at 5 p.m. and Scene contributor Rachel Hunt will man the turntables and spin Waters-related music. Admission is free, but the drinks will cost ya. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

THU 06/01

Art Therapy Studios

Spaces' new home includes a beautiful classroom overlooking the intersection of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue. This new addition allows the organization to provide more educational and community outreach programming. Today — and on the first Thursday of every month — you can join Spaces and members of the community for Art Therapy Studios. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Spaces invites you to get inspired by the art projects currently on view in its galleries, and then create your own original artwork and connect with your community. A $5 admission fee covers the cost of all materials. This month's focus is on the Japanese art of paper marbling. Reserve your space by calling Art Therapy Studios directly at 216-791-9303. (Josh Usmani)

2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314,

No Beast Feast: Summer Barbecue

Last month at Now That's Class, the restaurant Helio Terra presented a vegan friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration that featured bean and cheese enchiladas, jicama napa cabbage slaw, and raw chipotle chocolate cashew cheesecake. Today at 8 p.m., Now That's Class will host another veggie friendly event catered by Helio Terra. For the No Beast Feast: Summer BBQ, Helio Terra will offer a four-course meal for $15. Takeout will be available too. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Pride Month Film Series

This month, the Capitol Theatre in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood hosts a Pride Month film series, featuring six movies that showcase and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The series kicks off tonight at 8 with 2016's Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, the 92-minute film chronicles a love affair between two women, a roofer and fashion editor, and "shows a frankness about female sexuality that is rarely seen on screen." Admission is $9.75 for adults. (Kirby Davis)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

West Side Story: Film with Live Orchestra

West Side Story chronicles the battles between two brawling New York street gangs. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the 1961 film won 10 Academy Awards. Tonight at 7 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein's score while the re-mastered film shows in hi-­def on the big screen with the original vocals and dialog. Guest speaker Bill Rudman, artistic director with the Musical Theater Project, gives the pre-concert talk beginning one hour before the concert. Performances repeat at 7 tomorrow and Saturday nights and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $49. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

FRI 06/02


Thanks to a long-term commitment to creating a communal space for creatives, the Tower Press Building is home to many artists. This weekend, many of them will showcase their work with Boundless, a self-curated exhibition at next-door's Wooltex Gallery. The exhibit opens today with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibiting artists are part of the Tower Press Artists Group, a tenant association, which discusses, plans and executes several events each year. You'll find painters, printmakers, mixed media artists, photographers, filmmakers and performance artists taking part. (A full list of resident artists is available at Following the opening reception, the gallery hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June. View the exhibition and stay for lunch at next-door's Artefino Café on the first floor of the Tower Press Building. Admission is free. (Usmani)

1900 Superior Ave., 216-241-4069,

Brew and BBQ

Cedar Point's annual Brew and BBQ event takes place at the park's FrontierTown from 2 p.m. until close today, tomorrow and Sunday. The event gives guests the opportunity to choose from a variety of food options, including pulled pork or chicken sliders served with a trio of Carolina sauces, Texas-style BBQ featuring smoked sliced brisket on Texas Toast, or BBQ carnitas nachos with creamy cheddar and pickled jalapenos. New this year: desserts like banana cream pie and pecan tartlets. The event also features more than 100 craft, micro and specialty brews. Cedar Point's special brews include Shandy Shores, Valravn, Rougabrew, Iron Horse Porter, Slaughter House Red and Frontier Trail Ale. The park's Bluegrass Jamboree will perform on the new Gossip Gulch stage. Park admission is not included in the $20 ticket price and is required to gain access to Brew and BBQ. Guests can purchase a special $67 admission and event combo ticket online or at the park on the day of their visit. (Niesel)

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, 419-627-2350,

Lavell Crawford

Some people are born funny. Others grow into it. The latter seems to apply to Lavell Crawford, a stand-up comedian whose act primarily revolves around his upbringing in St. Louis and jabs at his weight and the women who've wronged him over the years. If his obesity-centric material weren't enough, Crawford's supremely goofy and aloof demeanor only helps to make him more likable. It helps to explain how he ended up finishing second in the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, a fact he has parlayed into appearances on Chelsea Lately, Breaking Bad, and Workaholics ("Eggs Tyrone," anybody?). He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $30. (Jacob DeSmit)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Mix: Terrific

This month's Mix party at the Cleveland Museum of Art is going to be terrific. From 6 to 10 p.m. today, guests can expect music, drinks and art activities inspired by Alex Katz and his current exhibition, Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s. At a time when abstract expressionism dominated the international art market, Alex Katz explored abstraction with recognizable imagery by reducing his compositions to their most fundamental elements: line, form and color. In hindsight, these compositions foreshadowed the rise of pop art in the 1960s. Admission to tonight's Mix event is $10 in advance, $15 at the door and free for CMA members; 18-and-over, please. Brand-New & Terrific remains on view through August 6. (Usmani)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Spring Badfish

Sublime tribute band Badfish returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry this weekend for Spring Badfish, its annual two-night stand at the Portage County park. The band will play a two-hour set tonight and tomorrow night. There will also be hiking, biking, camping, cliff diving, sunbathing and more. Tickets are $50 to $75. (Danielle Immerman)

12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716,

Titicut Follies

To mark the 50th anniversary of filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen many of his movies. Wiseman, who made 40 feature-length films during his career, would shoot hours of footage and then sculpt the raw material into the finished product. Today at 7 p.m., the museum screens his debut film, 1967's Titicut Follies, an expose about the Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Walk All Over Waterloo

With the highly anticipated return of the Waterloo Arts Fest later this month, the Waterloo Arts District hosts a preview of sorts during this month's Walk All Over Waterloo, today from 5 to 10 p.m. Some of the district's galleries will be debuting new exhibitions; others will host closing receptions for exhibitions that are ending. Waterloo Arts, for one, will host an opening reception for its annual Waterloo Arts Fest Juried Exhibition, while Satellite Gallery, for another, debuts its latest series of installations, Pillars of Creation, featuring work by Stephanie Colonna, Mary Jean Ferretti, Joseph Fiore, Jonah Jacobs, Steve Simmons and Cindy Smith. The Maria Neil Art Project hosts a closing reception for Natural Selections: A Dresden Creation, an exhibition of new work by Deborah Pinter, which remains on view through June 18. There's plenty more to see and do throughout the neighborhood. And stay tuned for more info on the Waterloo Arts Fest, held annually on the last Saturday in June. (Usmani)

SAT 06/03


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 Airplane!, the classic comedy that stars Leslie Nielsen. It screens at 9:30 p.m. and midnight tonight and at 7 tomorrow night at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-717-4696,

Cleveland VegFest

Expect to find more than 20 vegan food vendors, ranging from Chapati's healthy Indian food to Garden of Flavor's cold-pressed juices, at the Cleveland VegFest, which takes place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Larger restaurants like Aladdin's and Barrio plan to attend, as well as locally owned businesses like Helio Terra Vegan Cafe and Urban Sweetness. To satisfy the sweet tooth, there are also a handful of vegan bakers expected at VegFest, including The Sweet Spot, a Cleveland gelato shop, and Poison Berry Bakery, a vegan bakery based in Cleveland Heights. Though food is a big part of being vegan, this event isn't all just vegetables. VegFest also provides an opportunity for spectators to hear presenters who focus on different aspects of a vegan lifestyle, as well as watch several food demonstrations that showcase vegan dishes. Speaker Brenda Sanders, who believes in the power of veganism as a means to social reform, will discuss her work as a food and social justice activist in Baltimore. Though the event is free, small donations are accepted. (Julie Ciotola)

300 Lakeside Ave., 216-928-1600,

CWRU Book Sale

More than 8,000 LP vinyl records (and more than 80,000 books) will be on sale this weekend as Cleveland State University hosts its annual Book Sale in Adelbert Gym. Donated by a private collector, the vinyl collection includes classical, comedy, country, folk, jazz, rock 'n' roll and more. A used bookstore that recently closed has donated 5,000 books. A special donation of books on ancient Rome and Greece comes courtesy of a retired Case Western Reserve art historian, and the Cleveland Museum of Art donated a wide variety of art books and exhibition catalogs from its library. There also will be a "booktique" table that will showcase rare and signed first-editions. For a $20 admission fee, early-bird shoppers can browse and buy from 10 a.m. to noon today, before the admission-free public event begins at noon. The sale continues tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m., Monday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when books are $5 per box. (Niesel)

2128 Adelbert Rd., 216-368-2090,

Free First Saturday

Admission to MOCA Cleveland is free on the first Saturday of each month, including today. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the modern art museum's newest exhibitions, including Keith Mayerson: My American Dream, the group exhibition Constant as the Sun, and Lu Yang: Delusional Mandala, a provocative work that interrogates what it means to be human in the 21st century. (Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

Feast of the Bend of the Knee

Feast of Bend the Knee Ale, and event to celebrate Brewery Ommegang's new Game of Thrones-inspired beer, takes place today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Lakewood. Winking Lizard will offer a limited menu featuring turkey, seafood, pork steak, beef rib and half chicken platters, all served with a glass of the Bend the Knee Golden Ale. Bottles will be available for purchase downstairs at Lizardville. Guests will also be able to try the Ommegang's new Pale Sour Ale and longtime favorite Hennepin Saison. There will be live music, a costume contest, photo opportunities, and Game of Thrones trivia. (Niesel).

14018 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-6693,

SUN 06/04

High School

The 50th anniversary celebration of filmmaker and documentarian Frederick Wiseman continues today at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with a screening of his 1968 film, High School, which offers a look at the daily goings-on at Philly's Northeast High School. Wiseman, who made 40 feature-length documentaries, would shoot hours of footage and then sculpt the raw material into the finished product. Today at 1:30 p.m. in Morley Lecture Hall, you can see his sophmore effort. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students, seniors and CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,


A Unique Dinner

Last November, local ceramicist Billy Ritter partnered with Toast Wine Bar in Gordon Square for a special dinner inspired by Toast's menu and chef Joe Horvath's plating. This time, Ritter is partnering with the Black Pig for a unique dinner, consisting of a cocktail, six savory dishes and one sweet dish. Designed to emphasize chef Michael Nowak's specially designed menu, Ritter has handcrafted seven ceramic pieces using organic shapes, textures and a natural palette. Seating is limited to just 30 guests. Therefore, Ritter has created only 30 of each plate — and each will be available for purchase after dinner. The meal includes meat, seafood, vegetables and gluten. Due to the unique nature of the event, no substitutions are available. Tickets are $100 each, and include one welcome cocktail, food, tax and gratuity. As for Ritter, his art education began in a graphic arts program at a vocational technical school. He earned his BFA in painting from Slipper Rock University in Pennsylvania and his MFA in ceramics from Kent State University. During his time at Kent State, Ritter studied with legendary local ceramicists Kirk Mangus and Craig Lucas. Ritter is also an adjunct professor at Tri-C's Western Campus and teaching artist at NewBridge Cleveland. The dinner takes place at 6:30 tonight. (Usmani)

2801 Bridge Ave., 216-862-7551,

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 offer 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,

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. 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 3D movies. Find schedules on the website. (Alaina Nutile)

TUE 06/06

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 wide array of chamber music to Happy Dog. 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)

11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400,

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 will be able to play three to five songs during 20-minute time slots, and there will be a mic available to tell about the songs or the connections to the songs played. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. The third Tuesday of the month will be Gotta Groove Records night, and the place will offer giveaways such as recent pressings, sweatshirts and other great gifts. Along with the various theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)

1361 East 55th St., 216-465-1352,

The Mike Polk Jr. Show Live

If you've seen local comedian Mike Polk Jr., the man behind the Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, the Factory of Sadness video (parts one and two), Last Call Cleveland comedy troupe and his very own show on Fox 8 (aptly called the Mike Polk Jr. Show), perform live, you know he really thrives on having an audience at his disposal. He hosts the Mike Polk Jr. Show Live tonight at 8 at Hilarities. Tickets are $5. (Niesel)

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

Pride Month Film Series

All this month, Cleveland Cinemas is screening six films to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community, during their Pride Month film series. The series continues tonight at 7:30 with Kiki, a 95-minute documentary that follows LGBTQ youth-of-color in New York City over the course of four years, as they battle homelessness, illness and prejudice while creating an artistic activist subculture. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7 for seniors/children. (Davis)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

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