10 Thing to Do in Cleveland this Weekend (Feb. 20 - 22)
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Friday, Feb. 20: Wizarding World - After months of anticipation, it's finally here: This weekend, Feb. 20 to 22, the Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Ave.) is transforming into Wizard World Cleveland. For the first time, Cleveland is hosting a large-scale, nationally recognized convention celebrating comics and just about everything else pop culture-related. Admission is $35 on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., $45 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and $40 on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get more details right here.
Friday, Feb. 20: Beatlemania - Last year, the inaugural Kent Beatlefest celebrated the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania. On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles came to the States and became an overnight sensation. Their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show broke all kinds of records and just about everyone in the country instantly knew the names of the Fab Four. Today, downtown Kent pays tribute to the Beatles with Kent BeatleFest. Some 16 venues are participating and will play host to bands that play Beatles and British Invasion music. All shows are free. (Niesel)
Friday, Feb. 20: Going Global - Volume 24 of Clevelands PechaKucha Night will take place at Hotcards World Headquarters from 7 to 10:30 tonight at Red Space. This particular evening will be special, because, for the first time ever, hundreds of cities around the world will be hosting PKN events on the same day and broadcasting their events all over the world including Cleveland! If youre not familiar with the format, PKN Cleveland selects about 10 to 12 speakers who give passionate, fast-paced presentations using 20 slides for just 20 seconds each. The speakers are typically creative leaders and talented members of our community, and they speak about what they are most passionate about. The results are never boring, and this Fridays PKN Global event is sure to be special. The event is free and open to the public. (Usmani)
Saturday, Feb. 21: Barrels of Beer - Today at Barrel Aged Beer Fest at the Winking Lizard party room in Bedford Heights, you can sample a variety of barrel-aged beers from breweries such as Great Lakes Brewing Co., Jackie Os Pub & Brewery, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co. and more. Choose from two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. (Niesel)
Saturday, Feb. 21: Bigger and Briter - With more than 60 bands lighting up the Brite Winter music festival in 2015 including Maps & Atlases and Welshly Arms in the headlining slots this year's installment feels bigger than the ones that came before it. "We increased our music budget by 50 percent to allow us to draw bigger talent," program director Justin Markert says. "We're also throwing some new ideas into the mix this year by booking a number of hip-hop and electronic artists to diversify the festival and fill a void from past years." The festival takes place from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday across eight stages throughout Ohio City. Admission is free. Here's our guide to some of the best acts performing at this year's installment
Saturday, Feb. 21: Pulp Panel Pin-Ups - Well, its official. After attempting a fundraiser on gofundme.com, Lakewoods Breakneck Gallery has announced it will close this March. However, before the doors close, owners Sean and Kristen Burns have one last show planned. Pulp Panel Pin-Ups: A Collection of Comic Book Inspired Pin-Up Art opens with a reception today from 6 to 10 p.m. A 21+ after party will be held at the Spitfire Saloon (1539 West 117th St.). The show is perfectly timed with Wizard World Cleveland this weekend. Whether youre into comic books, pin-ups or both, youre sure to find something to love. Stop by to say Hello and Goodbye. Well miss you, Breakneck! (Usmani)
Saturday, Feb. 21: Black is Back - Comedian Lewis Black, who brings his The Rant is Due: Part Deux tour to the State Theater tonight at 8, says he doesnt have a rant about Cleveland. But he sort of does. You have gambling there now, he says. Thats a really good move. Im sure that will improve things. I havent been there since the casino came in. I was there and they were supposed to have it built but it fell down or some shit. For the current tour, hes been talking about topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness in the world. Theres a chunk about mental health that Im still working on, he says of his routine. Theres a big chunk about traveling. I traveled through Europe last summer performing, so I talk about that. We got into whatever nonsense these idiots in leadership did over the last day or the last week. Its essentially whatever the leadership has refused to deal with that week. At the end of each show, and the reason why we call it The Rant is Due: Part Deux, the audience can ask questions or write whatever they want. Thats whatever audience we have on the web and whatever audience were streaming to. For the last 15 minutes or half hour, the folks out there ask questions and/or address things they pick up on. Its like two shows at this point. Sounds like a blast. Tickets range from $25 to $65. (Niesel)
Sunday, Feb. 22: A Spring Thing - Maslenitsa is Eastern European spring holiday and given the number of Eastern European immigrants living in Northeast Ohio, it makes sense that we would celebrate the holiday here. A Maslenitsa Celebration takes place today from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. There will be Russian pancakes and crepes with Russian tea from the samovar. There will also be a pancake and crepe cook-off and eating contest, networking opportunities with local Russian entrepreneurs, Russian limericks (chastushki), best Russian costume babushka competition, games for kids, Russian music, pictures with Maslenitsa doll and martyoshka nesting dolls. Admission is free. (Niesel)
Sunday, Feb. 22: VIP Oscar Viewing Party - Scene Magazine is teaming up with the 9 to throw a complimentary VIP Oscar Viewing Party in The Alex Theater tonight. Come dressed to the 9s, strike a pose for the paparazzi, and watch the Oscars in style. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and small plates will available for purchase. Guests must RSVP at [email protected]
to attend (one RSVP per guest).
Sunday, Feb. 22: Hingetown Happenings - Its gonna be a while until we see the springtime sun, so we might as well embrace the cold while we await the inevitable thaw. Thats the thinking behind Hingetown Hygge, an event that features stories, music, and fun, along with extended hours at the Transformer Station and all the cool Hingetown spots. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. (Niesel