Get Out: The Things To Do This Week (June 14-20)

WED 06/14

Indians vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

At the beginning of the season, many pundits picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. While the Dodgers haven't run away with the NL West, they've played good baseball for the first two months of the season. They have a terrific pitching staff and some guys who hit the crap out of the ball too. They continue a three-game series against the Indians tonight at 7:10 at Progressive Field. The two teams meet again at 12:10 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets start at $13. (Jeff Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Aaron Kleiber

Aaron Kleiber likes to joke about everyday experiences. He regularly talks about the trials and tribulations of being a father and married man. In one bit, he recalls seeing a young couple at a restaurant and discusses how comfortably they share food. He says he doesn't understand why anyone would share a meal. He says he doesn't feel the need to share anything with his wife besides the mortgage. Kleiber performs at 8 tonight at Hilarities. Tickets range from $13 to $18. (Daniela Cacho)

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

Out of the Shadows Charity Concert for the Homeless

Tonight from 7 to 10 at the Homeless Charity in Akron, more than 10 local acts will perform at the Out of the Shadows Charity Concert. All proceeds will go directly to serve the homeless and support efforts such as the Second Chance Store, the Community Garden and the Homeless Charity. Stray Dog Cafe will provide the food, and there will be a silent auction and a few "added surprises." A $10 donation is requested. Details are on the website.(Niesel)

15 Broad St., Akron,

School of Babel

In School of Babel, a film from director Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left), a Parisian classroom goes under the microscope. The documentary centers on the school of La Grange aux Belles in northern Paris. It has a program for immigrant children that provides language lessons alongside the core curriculum. The movie makes its Cleveland premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 7 on Friday night. Tickets are $9, or $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

A Special Evening with Temple Grandin

Acclaimed author Temple Grandin has written books and given numerous speeches about living with autism. Tonight at 7:30 at the State Theatre, she will talk about the various "interventions, therapies and supports" that have enabled her to become an activist, a professor of animal science and an autism spokesperson. Tonight's event serves as a kick-off to the 15th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference that takes place June 15 and 16 at the Cleveland I-X Center. Tickets are $35 to $250. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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 will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 06/15

Edgewater Live

Now in its fourth season, Edgewater Live features local acts performing live 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 performers from the Tri-C Creative Arts program. From 6 to 9 p.m., the Breakfast Club will perform on the RTA Main Stage. (Niesel)

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, 216-635-3200,

Jake Johannsen

Jake Johannsen has had a long, solid career as a standup comic ever since he dropped out of college in the '80s. The tall, lanky comedian looks more like a lawyer than a comic, but don't doubt his ability to make you laugh. He's got great comic timing and likes to joke about everything from an astronomically high electrical bill he once received to the trouble he's had with vegetarians. His routine doesn't usually include references to current events; rather, much like Jerry Seinfeld, he prefers to joke about everyday absurdities. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

82035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

Pride Month Film Series

Cleveland Cinemas' Pride Month film series continues tonight at 7:30 with Chavela, a film about Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, an artist whose fame peaked after she returned to the stage at age 71. The series, which continues at the Capitol Theatre through June 27, is intended "to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community." Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. (Kirby Davis)

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

A Vincent Price-Themed Dinner

Last year, the Good Goat Gallery celebrated the life and work of legendary filmmaker and actor Vincent Price with an art exhibition and special themed dinner at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge. The celebration even brought Price's daughter Victoria — artist, art collector and author — to Cleveland. Victoria returned to Cleveland last week for her own exhibition at the Good Goat Gallery and a presentation at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This week, she is a special guest speaker at another Vincent Price-themed dinner at Luxe in celebration of the re-publication of Mary and Vincent Price's Come Into the Kitchen cookbook. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed at 7 by a four-course dinner created from recipes from the book. Tickets are $95, including wine pairings, and seating is communual. For an additional $30, guests will receive a copy of the Come Into the Kitchen cookbook for Victoria to sign. Live music is also on the menu. Details are on Facebook. (Josh Usmani)

6605 Detroit Ave., 216-920-0600,

FRI 06/16

Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival

The 14th annual Duck Tape Festival returns today to Veterans Memorial Park in Avon for three days of beer, music, food and, of course, Duck Tape. The fest celebrates the home of the original duct tape brand, Duck Tape. The fun kicks off today from 4 to 11 p.m. with performances from Blend, an a cappella doo-wop group; RiverHawk; and Keith Anderson. On Saturday, the parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Avon High School; a full slate of entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with performances from DJ Kenny G, Bill Manspeaker & Green Jello, Blend, Billy Sullivan and Moving in Stereo. The popular Duck Tape fashion show begins at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, the festival continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music from the Geeze Cats and Nathan Henry Northeast. The full schedule is on the website. (Adrian Leuthauser)

3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon,

A Discussion and Book Signing

A week before the 28th annual Cleveland Pride Parade, MOCA Cleveland hosts a discussion and book signing with noted author John Chaich. Chaich will discuss his 192-page book, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, at 7 tonight. Queer Threads was also the title of a traveling exhibition that opened in 2014 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in New York City. The book features an international, intergenerational collection of 30 artists whose work explores queer identity by "remixing fiber craft traditions as well as tensions between art and craft, masculine and feminine and gay and straight." During his talk, Chaich will discuss connections between language, material and LGBTQ identity. A book signing will follow. The event is free with museum admission: $9.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students with valid ID. Admission is always free for members, children ages 5 and under and active military and veterans. (Usmani) 11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

Gladiators vs. Baltimore Brigade

The Cleveland Gladiators, part of the struggling Arena Football League, go up against the Baltimore Brigade tonight at 7 at the Q. The league has diminished over the last 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. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Midsummer's Night Strip

Performers such as Bee Awkward, Miss Holly Grail, Noella Deville and Bella Sin will on be on hand tonight for Midsummer's Night Strip, another production by our local burlesque company. Author Ken Schneck will host and the spring class of the Cleveland Burlesque Academy will perform as well. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or — for VIPs — $20 in advance and $25 at the door. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Paint and Pour Up

Paint and Pour Up, a traveling party that "connects music, art and drinks," originated in Cleveland last year and has subsequently popped up in cities including Cincinnati, Columbus and Los Angeles. Tonight at 7:30, the party will return to Red Space where there will be live DJs, an on-site artist creating a live painting and a photo booth. Patrons have the option to paint too. Tickets are $15 to $25. (Niesel)

2400 Superior Ave.,

Pitchers on the Patio

Start the weekend right by joining local authority Joseph DeLuca tonight in Hudson for Pitchers on the Patio, a craft cocktail event. Northeast Ohio's leading expert on bartending, beverage programs and our growing cocktail culture, DeLuca is also an award-winning mixologist in his own right, and tours the region with Dr. Drink's Traveling Apothecary Show, giving mixology classes and demonstration. Tonight he'll demonstrate how to make Chocolate Milk Punch, Pimm's Cup, Strawberry Gin Shrub, and Sangrita — yes, that dream combination of sangria and a margarita. Light snacks will be served. The event takes place at the Western Reserve School of Cooking from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $60.Register on the website. (Cacho)

140 North Main St., 330-650-1665,

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

On their new self-titled album, Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters draw from old-school country, rock and folk. Platt has said the songs are "about life and all that that entails, including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love." Tracks such as "What We've Got" show off her full-bodied voice and benefit from some subtle pedal steel guitar. The band performs tonight at 8 at G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula. Tickets are $22. (Niesel)

1785 Main St., Peninsula, 330-657-2528,

Third Fridays

With the warm summer months upon us, there is certainly no shortage of weekend events. But even with plenty of competition, Third Fridays at 78th Street continue to be one of the busiest nights in the local art community. With so many galleries and artist studios opening their doors throughout the building's four floors and 170,000 square feet, June's Third Friday promises another perfect storm of collective efforts. Highlights include local photographer Christina Sadowski's latest exhibition at E11even2, which she co-owns with fellow local artists Rich Cihlar and Billy Nainiger. The Day Cleveland Stood as 1M showcases Sadowski's photographs of the Cavs' NBA Championship Parade. The photos don't include any images of Cavs players. Instead, Sadowski celebrates the community coming together to celebrate as one. Of course, there's plenty more to see throughout the building, including new work by David Masters and Liz Maugans at Hedge Gallery, Matthew Dibble's Puzzled Bipeds at Tregoning & Company and Word Up at PopEye Gallery, an all-female, text-based exhibition featuring work by Amber Esner, Erin Guido and Katy Kosman. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., although individual gallery hours may vary slightly. At 9, head to the building's third flood for live music, courtesy of Survival Kit. As always, admission is free. (Usmani)

1300 West 78th St.,

Van Aken Beer Garden

The only thing better than a beer garden is an outdoor beer garden. Tonight from 6 to 10, the third annual Van Aken Beer Garden returns to Shaker Plaza. The event takes place outside, in the plaza's west parking lot at the corner of Farnsleigh Road and Van Aken Boulevard, and inside, in the storefront next to the Pearl Asian Kitchen. The event will feature live music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors and children's activities. The event highlights the development of Shaker's new downtown, the Van Aken District, scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. When open, the District will feature a mix of restaurants, retail, residential and office space built around planned public spaces. Admission to tonight's event is free. (Niesel)

20060 Van Aken Blvd.,

SAT 06/17

Artwood Derby

You've heard of the Pinewood Derby, but do you know about Spaces' annual Artwood Derby? It takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and is a chance for artists and non-artists (ages 5 and up) to create their own miniature custom cars; kits are included with the entry fee. Register early to pick up a kit and decorate the cars however you'd like; the weirder and more extravagant, the better. All racers are invited to display their cars inside Spaces before the event. The Artwood Derby track is approximately 36-feet long, with a 4-foot drop. Celebrity guest announcers will call the races, cameras will capture photo finishes and results will be tallied live. After the race, trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, Fastest, Corniest and even Hottest Mess. New this year, Spaces is expanding the Artwood Derby to include a classic car show featuring cars from Artwood Derby sponsor, the Northern Ohio Region Porsche Club of America. Admission is free. Want to join in the fun? A $10 Racer Entry Fee includes a Artwood Derby car kit. Already have a Pinewood Derby Car? Racers can register for $5 without a car kit. Just ask for the "Old Skool Fee" when registering. (Usmani)

2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314,

Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern's annual Rockin' Flea Market provides a great opportunity to pick up some local arts, crafts and vintage wares. Several vendors will be on hand for the event, which takes place in the club's large ballroom, and food and beverages will be available in the Beachland Tavern. "DJ" Spoon Bros., the Baker's Basement and Johnny & the Apple Stompers will perform. Admission is free. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,


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 Blade, the 1998 superhero movie that stars Wesley Snipes as a half-human vampire who protects humans from vampires. The movie screens at midnight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

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

Cleveland Summer Beerfest

Fifty breweries, including local favorites Platform, Royal Docks and Market Garden, will be on hand for the second annual Cleveland Summer Beerfest, which takes place today at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. There will be food trucks and live music. Session 1 takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. and Session 2 follows from 7 to 11 p.m. The $35 admission includes 25 tickets for 5-ounce samples. Designated driver tickets cost $15, and if you arrive within the first two hours of your chosen session, you'll receive a $5 food truck coupon, free bottled water and soft drinks. This is a 21-and-over event, even for designated drivers. It takes place rain or shine. (Cacho)


What do you get when you combine the unique process of monoprinting — ­­a technique of "painting" individual prints on paper using ink on plexiglass — with a 24-hour marathon? Zygote Press' Monothon, a 24-hour printmaking marathon that runs from 10 a.m. today until 10 a.m. tomorrow. As tonight's action heats up, Zygote Press hosts a "Peak Party" from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the Peak Party are $25 and include one drink and a beef or vegan hot dog from Happy Dog. For $300, guests can sponsor a local artist and receive the monoprint created by that artist. To celebrate the end of the Monothon, Zygote hosts a Bloody Mary Binger Bar and Donuts from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday; admission for that is $15 and includes one drink. Tickets to both events are available through Zygote Press' website or by phone. (Usmani)

1410 East 30th St., 216-621-2900,

Sexual Health and Wellness Event

The locally based ZED Digital has teamed up with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Z107.9 to host the Sexual Health and Wellness event that takes place today from noon to 2 p.m. at Longwood Beauty Supply in Warrensville Heights. Attendees will be able to tour the Sexual Health Clinic at South Pointe, complete a birth control or STD screening, receive food safety information and find out about lead poisoning prevention. There will be giveaways, free food and a chance to win Summer Jam concert tickets. (Niesel)

4042 Warrensville Center Rd., Warrensville Heights, 216-751-2929.

SUN 06/18

Law & Order

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of filmmaker and documentarian Frederick Wiseman, the Cleveland Museum of Art is screening many of his movies. Wiseman, who made 40 feature-length films, would shoot hours of footage and then sculpt the raw material into the finished product. Today at 1:30 p.m., the museum will screen his 1969 movie Law & Order, a documentary about Kansas City policemen who take on the role of social workers as they try to enforce the law. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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, Shrimp Cocktail and a few other performers. Champagne Charlie hosts. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel)

11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

mon 06/19

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 06/20

An American in Paris

Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film, the Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris tells the story of an American solider traversing a daunting European city. When he falls for a mysterious French girl, the two pursue a fresh start after World War II. Acclaimed director/choreographer and Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon captures the magic and romance of Paris and brings the two into perfect harmony. An American in Paris opens tonight at 8 at the State Theatre and runs through July 9. Tickets range from $10 to $95. (Leuthauser)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down the wall between classical music and the masses, and once again bring great chamber music to the people. On the third Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its 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. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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. Each person will be able to play three to five songs (20-minute slots), and there will be a mic available to talk about the selections; signup begins at 5:30. The Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club and the locally based Gotta Groove Records serve as the sponsors, and turntables will be provided. Along with 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 Film Series

The Pride Film series at the Capitol Theatre continues tonight at 7:30 with Spa Night, a "portrait of forbidden sexual awakening," set in the world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles' Koreatown. The series, which continues through June 27, aims "to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community." Admission is $9.75 for adults, pr $7 for seniors and children. (Davis)

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

Queer Art Show

With the 28th annual Cleveland Pride Parade taking place this Saturday, Twist Social Club hosts its second annual Queer Art Show. Curated by local artist Benji Diaz, this year's show includes work by 10 local artists. Designed to raise awareness for free expression through art, Twists hosts a reception for the the show from 7 to 11 p.m. The show includes a variety of media, from paintings and illustrations to photography and even self-published 'zines. Twist's event also includes a small silent auction, with all proceeds going to the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Admission is free. (Usmani)

11633 Clifton Blvd.,

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