10 Events You Shouldn't Miss in Cleveland This Weekend (Mar. 25 - 27)
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The Animation Show of Shows Fri., March 25 Film Now in its 17th year, the Animation Show of Shows features the best animated films from the world's top film festivals. This year's collection of films includes the Oscar-nominated World of Tomorrow in addition to ten other animated flicks. John Lasseter, the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, has called the program "the best place to see all the latest and greatest animated short films." At 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, the films screen at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9.
Eggsperiment! Fri., March 25 Seasonal Special Happenings Great Lakes Science Center will be closed on Easter Sunday but the facility has plans to celebrate the holiday with Eggsperiment!, a family friendly event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Designed to celebrate the amazing structure of the egg, the event will let patrons see if it's really possible to stand on a carton of eggs without cracking any, why eggs are, well, egg-shaped, whether or not you can create a contraption that will safely deliver an egg from an 80-foot drop and whether eggs can only balance upright during an equinox. Guests can also delve into the chemistry of candy, become structural engineers to build bridges for bunnies and discover how force and angles all play a role in elastic energy. All activities are free with paid admission to Great Lakes Science Center. Plus, for the weekend, members will receive an extra 5 percent off purchases in the Science Store (15 percent total discount).
Blue Lunch performs for free at the Parkview Nite Club on Sat., March 26, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m..
Katt Williams Sat., March 26 Comedy At one point, critics said comic Katt Williams might just become the next Dave Chappelle. While that didnt quite happen, Williams is still hugely popular. Known for his roles on MTVs Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N Out and the feature film Friday After Next, Williams is famous for wearing flashy outfits that make him look like some kind of pimp. Dubbed the Conspiracy Theory Tour, his new tour features more of the hyper physical humor for which hes known. And if recent shows are any indication, he does joke about the slew of arrests and lawsuits that have plagued him for the past few years. Wonder if the latest allegations that he tortured and imprisoned women in his bathroom will make it into the routine. He performs tonight at 7 at the Wolstein Center. Tickets start at $55.
Batman v. Superman Screening Thu., March 24 Seasonal Special Happenings The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has just announced that its next fundraiser screening event will be an opening night showing of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.Theres a local connection: Cleveland's Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the character of Superman, played in the movie by actor Henry Cavill. In the film, he goes up against Batman (Ben Affleck) and long-time nemesis Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). The film also features Wonder Woman (Gal Godot). The movie screens at 7:30 tonight at Atlas Cinemas' Eastgate 10 in Mayfield Heights. Tickets are available for a donation of $30. All attendees will receive an exclusive T-shirt designed for the event.
BoomBox Sun., March 27, 8:30 p.m. DJ & Dance The BoomBox story begins in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where Zion Rock Godchaux brought his love of acoustic songcraft and his family's rock 'n' roll lineage to pair with Russ Randolph's top-notch electronica skills. Godchaux (Keith and Donnas son) had found himself swept up in the musical threads of rave culture, where the seeds of his band were planted. BoomBox released its latest album, Bits & Pieces, back in January. Its a fine continuation of the full-bodied songwriting heard on their previous album, Filling in the Color. Here, Randolphs inventive beats keep the groovy mood glowing brightly, and Godchaux leans into some excellent lyrical dance moves. $17 ADV, $20 DOS
Easter Sunday Bluegrass Brunch Sun., March 27 Seasonal Special Happenings Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, an ensemble of regional instrumentalists, will be the house band for today's special Easter Sunday Bluegrass Brunch that takes place at noon at Music Box Supper Club. Reservations are required for the a la carte dining event. Call the club if you're interested in securing a spot. Tickets are $10.
Gospel Brunch Sun., March 27 Food/Drink The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. Curated by famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin, the recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. This week, the local artist Lafayette Carthon and Faith performs. The all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. It takes place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Fish Fry-Days Fri., March 25 Seasonal Special Happenings Through the month of March, Prosperity Social Club has hosted Fish Fry-Days every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Today marks the last event. The special Lenten menu includes the Big Fish Fry, a seasonal staple that features a generous portion of haddock covered in a fluffy blanket of beer batter and complemented by homemade coleslaw, house tartar sauce and old-school-style mac and cheese. New this year: a pan-seared tilapia dressed in chimichurri sauce and served with sautéed spinach and coconut rice. As a bonus, Platform Brewing's Palesner will be on tap to compliment the special menu.
The Powerful Pills A Tribute to Phish Sat., March 26, 7 p.m. Rock & Pop Spawned from a mutual love of one of the Great American Rock Bands, The Powerful Pills have become a magnet for fans of exploratory improvisation and high weirdness. Theyre a Phish tribute, and theyre fulfilling their mission with aplomb and skill -- and to a quickly growing audience, no less. The band formed about a year ago, with guys from Dead Ahead Ohio and the weekly jam night at Iggys coming together over a shared interest in Phish. The improv element of it was the stipulation on the band: We wanted to do a Phish tribute where play the songs, but we jam, Donovan says. Thats always been the key to the band. Every time we place a song, its different. Once we get out of the structure of the song, it then becomes Bill, Steve, Joe and Jason improvising on what we have going -- in the style of Phish. $10