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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (January 17-19) 

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Tonight, the Barley House hosts the first of a four-night international DJ series designed to give some of what the club promises are “the hottest DJs” a chance to spin their stuff. DJ Rhiannon, who appropriately bills herself as “the world’s hottest female DJ” takes to the DJ booth. She spins mostly house music and will throw a few original tunes into the mix along the way. In her bio, she boasts that she takes an “old-school mixing” approach and doesn’t just rely on her laptop to do the all the hard work when it comes to matching up beats. Local DJ Damien Kosherkuts Epstein opens at 10 p.m. (Niesel)
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Join the artists at 78th Street Studios for a night of art, food and music. Browse local artists' creations while snacking on food from local restaurants. Parking is free. Enjoy tastes from the Touch Supper Truck, Spice Kitchen & Bar, Luxe Good & Plenty Bar and Battery Park Wine Bar. The Speedbumps will play a selection of their award-winning indie folk/groove songs. This Third Friday event is free and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. (Rus)
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We’re honoring all those who tried – but failed – with an offer to celebrate the day. Bring in any pair of athletic shoes, and receive $5 off your purchase. And while you won’t be using your shoes anymore for working out, they’ll be put to good use with a donation to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. The party starts at 11:00 a.m.
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Last year, local singer Terry Lee Goffee had another good year of paying tribute to the Man in Black. The husky-voiced singer sounds like Johnny Cash even when he speaks. Don't miss Terry Lee Goffee - The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute tonight at the House of Blues. the show starts at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door.
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Get buzzed on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in this month's installment of the Ales on Rails event. The train ride kicks off at the Rockside Road station in Independence today at 4:15 p.m. and wends its way through Cuyahoga Valley National Park for two super-scenic hours. You can sample five unique canned beers, along with with an appetizer prepared by Moe's Restaurant of Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $45 to $80. (Allard)
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There’s a Lego party tonight at Music Saves, where you can come watch as Ben Shuber constructs a replica of the music store using nothing but in Legos. When he finishes, the replica will be put under Plexiglas and will be on permanent display in the store. While that’s all going on, there will be a free performance by local singer-songwriter Mike Uva as well as free appetizers. And if Legos, music and food aren’t enough, Vinyl the cat will be there too! The party goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Liz Trenholme)
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The energetic and hilarious James Adomian hits the intimate Grog Shop stage tonight. Famous for his many impressions and controversial views on current events, he's also very open about his sexuality and makes it known in many of his shows. Adomian originates from Los Angeles and often makes light of the differences between SoCal and his current home, New York. The show starts tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $15. (Hammond)
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In 1999's King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis, directors Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz document Martin Luther King Jr.'s activism, starting in 1955 and concluding in 1968, the year he died. The film consists of archival news footage and interviews with movie stars. Tonight at 7:15, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows at the uncut, 185-minute version of the movie. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)
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More than just banging drums and ringing bells, Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion uses more than 300 unique metal objects and chimes, creating the effect of a full-on orchestra. The band’s sound ranges from Caribbean-like to ethereal and sound-scapey to straight-up percussion beats. The Cleveland Museum of Art hosts this concert this evening at 7:30 at its new Transformer Station. Tickets are $20. (Trenholme)
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Plenty of indie rockers have recorded children’s albums. But you can’t accuse singer-songwriter Justin Roberts of jumping on the bandwagon. After playing in a Minneapolis-based indie-rock band during the early ’90s, Roberts made his solo debut with 1997’s Great Big Sun, his first album of tunes geared toward tykes. The former pre-school teacher was so successful, he ditched the indie-rock gig and moved to Chicago, where he spent a couple of years in graduate school and simultaneously honed his G-rated songwriting craft. At that point, his career as a guy who can play to both parents and kids was born. Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, regularly play Cleveland and this marks a welcomed return for the family friendly band. (Niesel)

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