Get Out: The Things To Do This Week (April 26-May2)

WED 04/26

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at the Music Box Supper Club hope to help 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, locals Kelly Falcone-Hall and Dennis Barrie will discuss the history of the Western Reserve Historical Society, which celebrates 150 years of history with a new exhibition experience, Cleveland Starts Here, a permanent core exhibit and digital portal that explores the rich and diverse history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The featured three-course dinner includes bean soup, kielbasa with cabbage and noodles, and a Napoleon for dessert. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Conduct! Every Move Counts

In his documentary film, Conduct! Every Move Counts, Gotz Schauder documents the experiences of five young people who travel to the Frankfurt Opera House to compete in the biennial Sir Georg Solti Conductors' Competition. The movie screens at 7 tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, or $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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 non-descript 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. Houston Astros

After a few years of rebuilding (and losing 100 games a season in the process), the Houston Astros returned to the playoffs in 2015. While they missed last year's playoffs, they still won more games than they lost. And the team has a perennial All-Star in second baseman Jose Carlos Altuve. Tonight, the Astros and Tribe play the second game of a three-game series. The action begins at 6:10 p.m., and tickets start at $13. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Rock Hall Film Series: Tupac Live at the House of Blues

Prior to tonight's screening of Tupac Live at the House of Blues, a film that captures what would be the rapper's last live performance, the Rock Hall will host experts and fans who'll discuss Shakur's importance and impact. Shakur was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater. Admission is free for Rock Hall members who RSVP, and $5.50 for non-members. Admission is also free with paid museum admission (if space permits). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase before the screening. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

Video Fest

As their school year winds down, students across various majors at the Cleveland Institute of Art are screening videos and short films as part of the CIA's Video Fest. The event culminates with the world premiere of Underexposed, a short documentary raising awareness of Shooting Without Bullets, Cleveland's free camera and youth photovoice program. Following students in the program, the film offers an intimate glimpse into their journeys of self-discovery in the context of racial segregation and economic depression. Underexposed will be screened in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater (aka, the Cinematheque). Additionally, students from CIA's advanced video class will screen a new video installation on the third floor of the building. The fest runs from 6 to 8 tonight Admission is free. (Josh Usmani)

11141 East Blvd., 216-421-7407,

Jeffrey Zeigler

One of the most versatile cellists of our time, Jeffrey Zeigler, a former member of the forward-thinking Kronos Quartet, presents an evening of music for cello and electronics as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series. Tonight he will be performing music by Philip Glass, John Zorn and others from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Transformer Station in Hingetown. Tickets are $25, or $22 for Cleveland Museum of Art members. (Niesel)

1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429,

THU 04/27

The Seventh Annual Taste Latino

The locally based Centers for Families and Children aims to improve lives through "integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning and workforce services." One of the oldest and largest nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, the Centers serve more than 20,000 people annually. Tonight's seventh annual Taste Latino supports the Centers' El Barrio Workforce Development Program and honors its history in the Latino community. The $75 ticket includes a buffet of authentic Latin cuisine prepared by chef Eric Williams and an open bar. Complimentary valet service will be provided. The Rice and Beans Band will perform and organizers will present awards to supporters of the El Barrio Workforce program. The event takes place tonight at 6 at El Carnicero. (Niesel)

16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-3415,

A Book Signing

Local authors Charles Cassady Jr. and William Krejci appear today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thrift Crypt, a place that bills itself as "Lakewood's only resale shop run by a pair of horror movie hosts." Specialists in creepy nonfiction, ghost stories and believe-it-or-not oddities, they'll sign copies of their books, which will be available for sale along with the store's regular mix of rare VHS tapes, louche decor, secondhand clothing, retro tech, cool merch and memorabilia from regional horror filmmakers. Admission is free. (Niesel)

13349 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 330-242-4075,

Canton Film Fest 6

For the sixth year, the Canton Film Fest will return to downtown Canton for a three-day "film forward event." The festival will screen short films made by independent directors from Canton, Northeast Ohio and all across the country. Festivities kick off tonight at 6 at the Canton Palace Theatre with screenings of Safety Net and Romeo is Bleeding. The directors of both shorts will be on hand to for Q&A after the screenings. Tickets are $5 per day. (Niesel)

605 Market Ave., Canton, 330-454-8172,

Bob Marley

Comic Bob Marley doesn't play reggae, but he does sing out of his butt. Like the time his wife put him on the Atkins Diet and the "assflac" duck flew out as he hovered over the toilet while bacon grease dripped from his eyelashes. Yeah, this guy is not above fart jokes. Other topics of humor include the agonies of waiting for a pizza, comparing strippers to pillows and pretending to understand legal documents. He's pretty hilarious. The show starts at 8 tonight at Hilarities and performances run through Saturday. Tickets start at $25. (Liz Trenholme)

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

Jay Phillips

You may recognize foul-mouthed comic Jay Phillips from Baby Mama or Semi Pro. He has small roles in both films. Phillips, who's often compared to Richard Pryor, likes to make fun of white people who try to act cool by wearing Obama T-shirts. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has performances scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Ceramicist Beth Cavener Talks at Akron Art Museum

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, the Akron Art Museum hosts an artist talk with renowned ceramicist Beth Cavener at 6:30 tonight. Two of Cavener's sculptures, "Unrequited (Variation in Pink)" and "Strange Attraction (Courtesy of Hieronymus LLC)," are included in the exhibition. Cavener's work appeared in volumes 16 and 26 of Hi-Fructose magazine and was on the cover of Vol. 26 in early 2013. During her talk, Cavener will discuss her process for capturing expressive and emotionally charged forms in her sculptures. Turn the Page remains on view at the Akron Art Museum through May 7. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students (with valid ID) and seniors. Admission is free for children under 17, museum members and Blue Star Families. (Usmani)

1 South High St., Akron, 330-376-9185,

FRI 04/28

Flanagan's Wake

No one knows grief and mourning like a Catholic, let alone an Irish Catholic. In its fifth year running in Cleveland, Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to a wake in Ireland where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. A sort of tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience as the guests are treated as the friends and family of the deceased. The play begins at 8 tonight and will be performed again tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Gladiators vs. Washington Valor

The Cleveland Gladiators, part of the struggling Arena Football League, go up against the Washington Valor tonight at 7 at the Q. The league has diminished over the past couple of years and only a few teams remain, the Gladiators being one of them. The high-scoring games can be good fun, and tonight's game features concession specials that include $1 sodas and $2 draft beers. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Rich Guzzi

Comedian Rich Guzzi sets himself apart by bringing up 15 audience members during his show and hypnotizing them before asking them to do hilarious and insane things. During the performance, Guzzi reveals his entire process of hypnosis, yet it still seems unreal because he does it so well. He can even convince patrons that they are celebrities like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Madonna. He performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 9:30 at Club Velvet at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park. Tickets are $13 and $18. (Hannah Borison)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7771,

Indians vs. Seattle Mariners

After starting the season 2-8, the Seattle Mariners rebounded with a sweep of the Texas Rangers and got back in track. While the team hasn't been to the playoffs in 15 years, it has a couple of All Stars in pitcher Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robinson Cano. Tonight, the Tribe begins a three-game series against the team. Tickets start at $13. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,


A rock roadshow retelling of the legend of Lizzie Borden, the daughter of a prominent businessman who axed her parents to death in their home, Lizzie returns to the local stage this weekend to mark the 10-year collaboration between Playhouse Square and the Baldwin Wallace University musical theater program. The performance takes place at 7:30 tonight at the Ohio Theatre, where performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Oberlin Folk Fest

The 19th annual Oberlin Folk Fest kicks off today at noon with the discussion, "Women in Folk Music." Ethnomusicology professor Jennifer Fraser leads the talk featuring members of Isle of Klezbos. At 7 p.m. at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, the Pearly Snaps, an old-time fiddle/banjo duo performs along with Isle of Klezbos. The festival resumes at 10 a.m. tomorrow with a harmony singing workshop and a parade at noon at Tappan Square. At 7 tomorrow night at Finney Chapel, Les Poules à Colin and the Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache will perform. All events are free, unticketed and open to the public. (Niesel)

One Big Home

After helping to build a "trophy" house on Martha's Vineyard, carpenter Thomas Bena got behind the camera to make One Big Home, a documentary about the humungous houses developers build in the "quaint, historic community" on the East Coast. As you can imagine, he encounters a fair amount of resistance as he tries to conduct interviews with some of the home owners and carpenters, the latter of whom often sign confidentiality agreements upon employment. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, or $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Sweet Adelines Barbershop Competition

Female barbershop quartet competition comes to Cleveland today, with the return of Sweet Adelines International to the Renaissance Hotel's Grand Ballroom. This year's Region 17 competition will draw more than 700 women from Ohio and three neighboring states and feature 21 quartets and 16 choruses. The contests start at 4:30 p.m. today and at noon tomorrow. The competition helps raise money and awareness for local charities and proceeds from this year's competition will be donated to the State of Michigan Breast Cancer Fund Department of Community Health and the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, two organizations that raise funds primarily through the sale of Michigan and Indiana breast cancer awareness license plates. Tickets for the competition are $35, or $10 for students with a student ID. (Niesel)

24 Public Square, 216-241-3670.

SAT 04/29

Avatars: Relics from the Future

Currently residing in Pennsylvania, critically acclaimed sculptor Gary Spinosa was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but has deep ties to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio as a 1972 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1981, Spinosa won first place in sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art's prestigious May Show. Spinosa continued his education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his MFA in 1988. Returning to Northeast Ohio, Spinosa's Avatars: Relics from the Future is on view today through July 23 at the Canton Museum of Art. Spinosa's sculptures reinterpret human, animal and architectural forms frequently found in ancient idols and totemic ritual. Ranging in scale from towering grand constructions to small "stones" that fit in the palm of a hand, Spinosa's sculptures combine elements of many different faiths and cultures, resulting in relics that are both familiar and foreign. Admission is $8 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors. Military veterans with valid ID, children 12 and under, members and Blue Star Families are free. The museum is free on the first Friday of each month, as well as every Thursday. (Usmani)

1001 Market Ave., Canton, 330-453-7666,

Jeremy Messersmith

Ukulele-strumming singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith recorded his last album, 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record for the 21st Century And Beyond, in a single day and even made a music video for each song in a day's time as well. A press release describes the album as "ridiculous songs about kittens, world peace, flying cars and the transformative power of love." Messersmith's micro tour, "15 minutes of unamplified music in a scenic and notable public place," comes to town today. Attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument and sing along if they like. He performs at 11:14 a.m. at the Warner and Swasey Observatory at North Taylor and Brunswick roads in East Cleveland. Admission is free. (Niesel)

SUN 04/30

Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s

At a time when abstract expressionism dominated the international art market, Alex Katz combined 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. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s opens today in the Cleveland Museum of Art's Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall. The exhibition is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, and curated by Diana Tuite, Katz Curator at Colby. The exhibition remains on view through Aug. 6. Admission is free. (Usmani)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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 longform 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,

mon 05/01

The First Monday in May

The documentary film The First Monday in May, which screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, centers on Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He set his sights on China and director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) captures the drama of organizing the exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, and the opening night gala that drew A-list celebs such as Kate Hudson, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Kanye West and Justin Bieber. Tickets are $9, or $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

[CANCELED]Industry Brunch

At Mahall's, you can grab a great brunch on Mondays as the club caters to industry folks who have the day off. Not that you have to work in the restaurant industry to indulge. The menu features items such as Chicken and Donuts, a dish that features three pieces of fried chicken along with two Old Hushers' doughnuts. Other staples include the Everything Pretzel and the Creamy Egg Sandwich. A DJ from WCSB will be on hand to spin cool tunes too. It runs from noon to 4. (Niesel)

13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-3280,

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. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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. (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,

TUE 05/02

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. (Stoops)

11625 Euclid Ave., 216-231-5400,

Pelléas and Mélisande

Among the most magical of all opera scores, Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy's only completed opera, centers on two fallen lovers who marry and then return to a dark ancestral castle. Yuval Sharon (The Cunning Little Vixen) directs this made-for-Cleveland production. The performance takes place at 7:30 tonight at Severance Hall, where shows repeat at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, and Saturday, May 6. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Vinyl Night

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 7 p.m. (Niesel)

1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699,

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