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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (April 4 – 6) 

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The fight scenes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier aren't just series of explosion and mass city chaos—instead, this movie features more exciting combat between the characters. Plus, Cleveland creates a pretty freaking cool backdrop to all the action. Scenes will reveal the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Tower City and other iconic areas of the city. It's playing at Tower City Cinemas, and it's worth seeing at least once. (Nickoloff)
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Despite huge past successes, Quiet Riot has had no easy road. Members have come and gone, and the death of singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007 put a temporary end to the metal band. However, with the new addition of singer Jizzy Pearl, Quiet Riot is back on the road with a new album and a new sound. They'll be at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Live Concert stage at 8 p.m. (Nickoloff)
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LET’S! GO! TRIBE! You heard it here first, sports fans: Major League Baseball starts today in Cleveland, Ohio, when the Indians take on the Twins of Minnesota at 3:05 p.m. After three quick ones against the Oakland A’s to start the season, the Tribe play for the first time at Progressive Field today. Word is, up-and-coming hurler Danny Salazar will be on the mound. This squad is chock-full of potential, and they’re looking to build on last year’s successes under manager Terry Francona and forget some of the frustrating arbitration in the offseason. Look for Carlos Santana at third base and new additions David Murphy in the outfield and closer John Axford. Tickets sold out in 15 minutes this year, so unless you’ve already got one secured, plan to watch this one at the bar. (Allard)
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Started more than a decade ago by two Montreal women, the Edible Books Festival now takes place in two dozen countries every year and usually happens as close to April Fools’ Day as possible. Loganberry Books and Strong Bindery held the first event here some 10 years ago. Since then, Cleveland artists and chefs have submitted their literary/culinary handiwork for display, judging and, ultimately, eating. Categories this year include Most Literary, Most Appetizing, Best Binding and Best Pun. You can submit a piece by calling the store or emailing [email protected]; it’s free to enter (and entrants get a handmade mini-book pin). Set-up is at noon; viewing and judging start at 1 p.m.; and awards are announced at 2 p.m. Voting and eating will set you back $3. (Niesel)
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It all comes down to this. Tonight’s Cavs game vs. the Charlotte Bobcats, against whom they’ve had persistent trouble this season, may be the most important matchup of the season. Every game is critical at this point if they intend to purloin the final playoff spot from the spiraling Atlanta Hawks and the surging New York Knicks (now under the leadership of His Majesty Phil Jackson). Dion Waiters has shouldered much of the scoring burden — sometimes dramatically — while Kyrie sat on the sidelines with a biceps injury, and he’ll need to continue his heroics, as will the finally present Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng and an Anderson Varejao inching toward beast mode against Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker and the Cats. Tipoff at the Q is at 7:30 p.m. (Allard)
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This is the inaugural year of NeoSonicFest, a new music festival of contemporary classical works presented by the Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony. The festival features six performances in various venues around Cleveland. Tonight the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra bridges the gap between art and pop music, performing works by Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein and more. This isn’t your granddad’s classical music concert. Admission to the 8:30 p.m. performance is free but a $10 donation is suggested. (Gonzalez)
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Touch Supper Club is one of the best places in town to hear cutting edge electronic dance music. The first Saturday of every month, it plays host to Sanctuary Cleveland, a showcase of sorts for DJs to throw down in front of discriminating dancers and hip-hop heads. Locals Daniel Gray-Kontar, Kinetik, Red-I and Eso regularly spin downstairs while Mike Filly provides the “soundscape” for the first floor. Tonight’s special guest, Rich Medina, emerged in Philly and NYC in the ’90s; he knows how to create a cool old-school funk and soul vibe. This marks his first-ever appearance in Cleveland. The party gets started at 10 p.m. and goes until closing. There is a $10 cover. (Niesel)
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In his 1990 biopic Vincent & Theo, director Robert Altman (MASH, Nashville) shows the extent to which painter Vincent van Gogh and his art dealer brother Theo were tormented. In the movie, Vincent (Tim Roth) and Theo (Paul Rhys) constantly argue over how Vincent’s work should be sold and marketed, creating a number of tense arguments and fights. The film shows at 1:30 p.m. today and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, tying in with the van Gogh exhibit that’s currently at the museum. Admission is $9. (Niesel)
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Did you love War Horse, the 2012 Steven Spielberg flick about a war horse, but found yourself wishing the horse looked a little less like a horse? If so — and boy, can we relate — head over to the Cedar Lee this evening for the National Theater’s stage version of War Horse, which debuted in 2007 to rave reviews. Onscreen, you’ll see horse puppets — not real horses, don’t worry — created and operated by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa. (We joke, but it’s supposed to be breathtaking). Lots of song and dance and Broadway hullabaloo, but ultimately a beautiful WWI story, no matter where or what form it takes. The performance screens at 11 this morning. Tickets are $20. (Allard)
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Plenty of musicians refer to their careers as journeys. But R&B singer Antoine Dunn, a Cleveland native, really has experienced a journey, both literally and figuratively. While he was still in high school, he had a formative experience. He served as the musical director for the Cuyahoga Community Church (his official bio says he was "Minister of Music" but Dunn prefers the title "musical director"). The process of learning to sing different gospel tracks and then teach the tunes to church members made him into a leader. And the fact that he taught himself to play drums and bass guitar in the process gave him an extra bit of confidence too. But shortly before the album, Truth of the Matter, dropped in 2012, his mother passed way. The album ended up being a smash hit, but the success was "bittersweet" because his mother wasn't there to witness it. Despite his success, his record deal fell apart, and he moved back to Cleveland last year to finish "I Am," a beautiful ballad he had written about his mother's death. (Niesel)

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