Get Out: The Things To Do This Week (April 5-April 11)

WED 04/05

CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program

Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, you can catch a performance of the CIM New Music Ensemble. The young artists, presented as part of the museum's annual CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program, will be playing in Gallery 229B, where they will perform a mixed program of works by Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff. Devoted to performing music of our time as well as the classics of the 20th century, the New Music Ensemble was founded in 1973 and has since launched the careers of a number of award-winning musicians. Admission to the one-hour concert is free. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling at the Music Box Supper Club. The goal of the series is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row. Each week features a guest speaker and a custom prix fixe menu — a full three-course meal for only $20. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., and the storytelling, which is free of charge, will start at 7. Tonight, storytellers Ryan Ryzner and Greg Deegan talk about how Cleveland helped invent professional baseball. The featured three-course dinner includes meatball soup, All-American fried chicken, mac and cheese and a homerun sundae. Reservations are suggested. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Chris Franjola

Best known for his appearances on late night's Chelsea Lately, where he's known to take abuse from host Chelsea Handler, or in the scripted comedy series After Lately, comedian Chris Franjola also regularly works the standup circuit. "My material is basically anything I can't say on TV," he once said. Expect a raunchy show when he performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $18 to $28. (Niesel)

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

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 My Weird Thing. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Project Snapshot

Who says film is dead? Now in its fourth year, the Cleveland Print Room's Project Snapshot is an educational program that teaches darkroom fundamentals to students at Maple Heights High School and Saint Martin de Porres High School. During the program, students learn the fundamentals of film photography and become familiar with traditional darkroom equipment. Thanks to a one-night-only exhibition, students also learn professional art practices relating to editing, framing, installing, pricing and selling their work. The free Project Snapshot Student Exhibition takes place tonight from 5 to 8. In addition to exhibiting at the Cleveland Print Room, each student will have one framed 11-inch-by-14-inch print installed at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission for one year beginning in June. (Josh Usmani)

2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981,

THU 04/06

Art Therapy Studios

On the first Thursday of each month, Spaces hosts its Art Therapy Studios, inviting the public to an evening of art making, community and creative inspiration. From 6 to 7:30 tonight, the public is invited to create traditional (and nontraditional) prayer flags. Inspired by ancient Tibetan prayer flags, these colorful mixed media banners will reflect healing messages to the world in hopes of increasing universal happiness and good fortune. The $5 admission covers the cost of supplies. Registration is required; details are on the website. (Usmani)

2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314,

Volunteer Workshops

In preparation for Ingenuity Cleveland's upcoming annual benefit, Bal: Aquatique, the organization will host four community workshops to help create items centered on this year's underwater theme. The public can attend any or all four workshops throughout the month of April. The first workshop takes place tonight from 6 to 8:30. Participants will learn how to fold origami fish, ultimately creating a giant school of colorful, paper sea life, as well as seaweed backdrop curtains. During the second workshop, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., participants will learn how to create coral forms from spray foam. No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. The full schedule and sign-up details are on the website. Admission is free. (Usmani)

5401 Hamilton Ave., 216-589-9444,

Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart

Known for her intelligent and elegant interpretations of Mozart, pianist Mitsuko Uchida continues her collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra tonight as she conducts the group from the keyboard at 7:30 at Severance Hall. An hour prior to the concert, guest speaker Cicilia Yudha, assistant professor of piano at Youngstown State University, gives the pre-concert lecture, Exquisite Dualism. The concert program repeats at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets start at $29

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

FRI 04/07

24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters

Feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to picking which movie to see at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival? How about a movie about movie posters? 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters explores the history of movie posters and Hollywood industry trends, as well as the alternative, indie movement to keep the artistic tradition of movie posters alive in today's digital age. The film's director Kevin Burke will fly in from Toronto for both screenings at Tower City Cinemas, at 9:50 tonight and at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. Cleveland's own movie poster expert Matthew Chojnacki (author of Alternative Movie Posters Vols. I & II and founder of 1984 Publishing) is featured in the film and will be in attendance as well. (Usmani)

230 West Huron Rd., 216-623-3456,

Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour

When comedian Lewis Black came through town two years ago, he delivered a show that, as he put it, touched on "topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness in the world." Given the recent election of Donald Trump as president, Black's analysis of the "hypocrisy and madness in the world" seems all the more relevant. Expect Lewis to rail against Trump when he performs at 8 tonight at the State Theatre. Tickets are $25 to $75. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks

After a tough March that saw the Cavaliers suffer an embarrassing loss to the San Antonio Spurs as they struggled to hold onto the top seed in the East, the Cavaliers get a chance at redemption tonight when they face the reeling Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks suffered a losing streak that caused them to slip in the Eastern Conference rankings. The Cavs should hand them another loss tonight when the two teams face each other at 7:30 at the Q. Tickets start at $34. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Experiment in Progress: Do Not Disturb

Earlier this year, the Cleveland Print Room hosted Inside Outside: Dr. Jelliffe's Slides, an exhibition of "magic lantern" slides from the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital, now known as the Neurological Institute of New York, part of the Columbia University Medical Center. Although the photographer of these slides is unknown, the collection was formerly owned by Smith Ely Jelliffe, M.D. and Ph.D., who used the slides for public and professional presentations. The slides include photographs of patients, hospitals, diagrams, X-rays and even artwork by patients. Cleveland Print Room's newest exhibition, Experiment in Progress: Do Not Disturb, showcases artistic responses to the original slides by 15 local artists and musicians. Opening with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. today, the exhibition remains on view through May 13. Live performances will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Usmani)

2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981,

From Broadband to Infinity: Current Issues in Expanded Media

In partnership with the Sculpture Center, 2731 Prospect hosts From Broadband to Infinity: Current Issues in Expanded Media, a free panel discussion featuring local sculptors, moderated by Rian Brown-Orso. The panel convenes from 7 to 9 p.m. in advance of the Cleveland Sculptors Network's Master Review session the following day at the Sculpture Center. Don't miss one of the last events in the gallery, as 2731 Prospect recently announced plans to close its doors later this month. (Usmani)

2731 Prospect Ave., 888-273-1881,

Mix: Revel

As if there weren't enough art-related events on the first Friday of each month, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts its monthly Mix event, an evening of art, music, dancing, refreshments and mingling. With spring in the air, April's Mix theme is Revel, celebrating flowers, warm weather and sunny skies. Mix: Revel takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. In addition to partaking in the revelry in the atrium, guests can tour the museum's galleries and special exhibitions, including Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. (Usmani)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Open Projector Night

Calling all young filmmakers! Today MOCA Cleveland hosts a special teen edition of its Open Projector Night, exclusively featuring videos produced by local teens. Stop by from 8 to 10 p.m. to see a sampling of the submissions. Admission is "pay what you can," with a $5 suggested donation. (Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

Walk All Over Waterloo

April's Walk All Over Waterloo art walk features several new and continuing exhibitions. At Waterloo Arts, you'll find From San Juan to the Cuyahoga: Artist Books from Ediciones Vigia, featuring elaborate handmade books made entirely from recycled materials. The show opens tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. and remains on view through May 19. Meanwhile Satellite Gallery, a former home converted into a venue for experimental installation art, debuts its latest round of art installations, Natural Environments: Serene, Wild & Growing, which includes site-specific installations by nine local artists. Continuing exhibitions include Paul Sydorenko's 366 Days of Skulls at Maria Neil Art Project. Shots in the Dark, a new exhibit of photographer Kevin McCann's work, opens at Space: ROCK Gallery with a party from 5 to 10 p.m. Also continuing this month, Centrifugal at Praxis Fiber Workshop showcases hand and jacquard weaving, quilt and fabric installation, painted soft sculptures and video by four artists from outside Northeast Ohio. Admission is free. (Usmani)

15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500,

SAT 04/08

After Effects: Or Ways of Seeing Others

Recent CIA graduate Evan Fusco is quickly becoming a staple in the local art community, not just for his artwork, but for his steadfast support of other artists. This weekend, Fusco gets attention of his own with his first solo show tonight from 6 to 10. After Affects: Or Ways of Seeing Others is a pop-up exhibition in the 1400 Building, next to Zygote Press. Fusco's first individual exhibition since graduating CIA explores the ways we empathize with others in relation to ourselves and within the context of the internet and social media. Through images, objects and a combination of the two, Fusco asks, "Are we then doomed to move through the world, tiny islands of social capital, passively acknowledging those in our digital vicinity? Or is an acknowledging of an other, and an attempt to understand the other, the way to break out of that?" The event is free, but donations will be collected to support the Refugee Response. (Usmani)

1390 East 30th St.,

CityStrong Cleveland

Celebrity trainer Erin Oprea, the personal trainer to country/pop singers such as Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer, brings her popular CityStrong workout to the Wolstein Center today. Oprea, along with The Bachelorette's Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe, will lead attendees through a "killer workout party." DJ Kaitlyn Bristowe will oversee the wheels of steel and provide commentary. Proceeds will benefit CreatiVets, an organization that provides disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art, music and creative writing to address service-related traumas. Vital Proteins will be on site to provide post-workout protein shakes. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets go for $75. The event begins at 11 a.m. (Niesel)

2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292,

Cleveland Opera Theater Presents: The Man That Got Away

Cleveland Opera Theatre weaves the music of George and Ira Gershwin into a story about "love, life, loss and nostalgia" with The Man That Got Away, a concert designed to pay homage to the great American songwriters. The performances take place at 5 and 8 p.m. at Nighttown. Nighttown's food and drink menu will be available for purchase with service at your table. Tickets are $40. (Niesel)

12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550,

Dan Savage's Hump! Film Festival

More than 10 years ago, syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage launched HUMP!, a film festival designed to challenge his Pacific Northwest readers to "get their hands dirty" and create "good, old-fashioned homemade porn." The results ran a wide gamut and represented straight, gay and transgendered shorts made by amateurs from the area. Until recently, HUMP!'s screenings were limited to the Pacific Northwest. Now a traveling fest, HUMP! features porn that, as Savage says, takes people out of their comfort zones. Straight people watch gay porn, and gay people watch straight porn. "The whole festival is a celebration of sexual diversity," Savage has said. Some 22 films made the cut this year, and they cover a lot of ground. In one short, a particularly athletic couple go at it on a mountain top. In another, a guy wearing a jockstrap sings a song about avoiding loneliness while playing an accordion. Screenings take place at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $20. (Niesel)

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

Downtown Disco Cleveland

Gray's Armory, the downtown building that looks like a castle, used to regularly host parties and special events. We still remember attending Scrooge's Night Out parties at the venue. While the facility remains underused, tonight at 8 Disco Cleveland will transform the building into a disco. DJ Packy Malley will spin tunes while host Gabriella Kruez will give prizes for the best dressed and best dancers. Tickets are $45 (and the price includes an open bar with beer, wine and soda). VIP tickets are also available. Details are on the website.(Niesel)

1234 Bolivar Ave., 216-798-0456,

Frostville Winter Farmers Market

Winter is over, spring is here, and Frostville's indoor farmers markets are coming to an end. The final installations take place today and on April 22, inside the barn at the Frostville Museum in North Olmsted. Participants includes local farmers, artisans and speciality food vendors. Expect to find seasonal vegetables, honey, eggs, organic cheese, tea, wine, soaps, jewelry and assorted crafts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. (Niesel)

24101 Cedar Point Rd., 330-592-6518,

Gladiators vs. Tampa Bay Storm

The Cleveland Gladiators, part of the struggling Arena Football League, kick off their season 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 the season opener launches with an Outdoor Fan Fest on Gateway Plaza starting at 5 p.m. There will also be a magnetic schedule giveaway, and concession specials include $1 sodas and $2 draft beers. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Haiku Death Match

Sponsored by Heights Arts, the Haiku Death Match features eight poets who'll compete against each other to be crowned Haiku Death Match Master. Audience members will decide whose 17-syllable poem wins. The not-exactly annual event aims to raise funds for year-round literary activities organized by Heights Arts. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Dobama Theater. Tickets ($10 to $15) can be purchased online or at the door on the night of the match; you'll find a list of participating poets on the website. (Niesel)

2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3457,

Tromeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet has gone through many iterations, but none quite like the wild and shocking Troma Entertainment's take on Shakespeare's classic. Troma, the independent film company responsible for cult classics like The Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis Must Die, sets the famous play in Manhattan and renames it Tromeo and Juliet. The aesthetic is similar to other Troma films; horror, sex, violence and low-budget special effects are all present. Motorhead's Lemmy plays the role of the narrator. Tonight at 10, the Cedar Lee Theater screens the movie, and Lloyd Kaufman, the film's director and the founder of Troma Entertainment, will appear in person for a Q & A after the film. Tickets are $6. (Johnny Cook)

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


Tonight's Wizbang! performance takes place at 9 at the Beachland Ballroom as organizers Pinch and Squeal (Jason and Danielle Tilk) host a night of vaudeville, burlesque, circus and sideshow acts from Chicago, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Cleveland. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. (Usmani)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Yuri's Night at Great Lakes Science Center

Since 2001, an international community of scientists, researchers, and self-styled geeks has been celebrating manned spaceflight with Yuri's Night, a festive commemoration of where we've been and where we yet may go. Tonight at the Great Lakes Science Center, the cosmic cocktail party launches at 7:30 p.m., with live music from Tricky Dick and the Cover-Ups, an open bar with beer and wine, appetizers and specialty bites, a scavenger hunt, a balloon drop and science demonstrations. General admission tickets are $60, or $70 at the door. VIP tickets go for $100. A special designated driver ticket is also available for $40; Science Center members get a discount. (Niesel)

601 Erieside Ave., 216-621-2400,

SUN 04/09

Monsters vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

Canines are welcome at today's hockey game at the Q. Dubbed Pucks & Paws, the matchup between the Monsters and the Grand Rapids Griffins features $5 dog tickets. Patrons will also receive a Players & Pups poster, and the first 1,000 kids ages 14 and under receive a free day pass to Castaway Bay. The $6 Monsters Kids Meals feature a hot dog, chips and a soda. There will also be a postgame skate. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble

Today at 2 p.m. in the Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performs under the direction of Tim Weiss, the recipient of the Adventurous Programming Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League. Today's program features a preliminary workshop performance of Vijay Iyer's Violin Concerto (2017), written specifically for violinist Jennifer Koh. Tickets are $10, or free for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest

Akron-based gospel recording artist Jennifer Mekel, the local Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Mass Choir, local psalmist Dexter James and the Case Western Reserve University student gospel choir, Voices of Glory, will join national gospel recording artists Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers at CWRU's 11th annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest. The concert starts today at 4 p.m. at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the CWRU campus. Tickets are sold out. However, a limited number of "standby" seats will be available before the concert at the location. (Niesel)

1855 Ansel Rd., 216-368-6062,

Toxic Burlesque

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, Rubi~Nesque, Lavender Bitters and a few other performers. Champagne Charlie and Joseph Virgo host. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel)

11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

mon 04/10

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 so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, organizers mark the event's 1oth anniversary. Rekha Srinivasan from Case's chemistry department talks about phytochemical in spices and their properties. Admission is free. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

As part of the New York Film Critics' Film Series, Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, a new documentary about rock photographer Mick Rock, will screen at 6:30 tonight at the Nightlight in Akron. The movie centers on the British photographer best known for his photographs of classic rock acts such as Queen, David Bowie and Blondie. A fascinating figure in '70s rock 'n' roll, Rock admits he considered himself an insider. His photos reflect that mentality. Film critic Shawn Levy will host the screening via a telecast. (Niesel)

30 North High St., Akron, 330-252-5782,

TUE 04/11

Big Oil Whistle Blower

A new documentary about the dangers of pipelines, Big Oil Whistle Blower screens twice tonight: first, at the Bop Stop from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; then, at 8 p.m., at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library in Collinwood. The Possibilities Trio will perform jazz after the Bop Stop screening, and Bert Dennis, Tracy Marie and Erin Nicole Neal of the Chill Factors will perform at the Fillmore screening. Filmmaker and titular whistleblower John Bolenbaugh will be on hand for both screenings. Suggested donation at both venues is $10. (Niesel)

2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551,

Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The Cleveland Indians resumed their quest to return to the World Series last week as they opened the regular season on the road against the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Today at 4:10 p.m. at Progressive Field, the team plays its home opener against the Chicago White Sox. If anything, the Tribe has only improved with the addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion and a healthy Michael Brantley. Tickets are sold out, but you can bet every sports bar in town will have the game on its TVs. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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