10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (September 20-22)
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For the second year in a row, Ingenuity Fest
is set up on Cleveland's lakefront, near First Energy Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center. This spacious setup has enough room for an pair of art galleries, movie theaters, a circus tent, stages for theater, comedy and musicians, respectively. It might be the case it will be harder for visitors to narrow down what they're capable of doing than finding something to do. Ingenuity Fest runs from Friday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 22, at Docks 30 and 32. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, including scheduling and access to ticket reservations, call 216-589-9444 or go to ingenuitycleveland.com. (Clark)
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The group first formed
in Canton as Hooked on Tonics in 2005, but its roots go back even further. "Nate and I have played together since we were kids, mostly acoustic shows," says Dan Monea. "I played saxophone and he wanted to play the drums so I traded in the drums and got him a drum kit and he took to it. I taught him to sing right away. Overall, we've been performing together for 15 years." You can hear Hey Monea! perform live at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Musica in Akron. (Niesel)
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Four years ago, a relatively unknown local rapper named Machine Gun Kelly participated in the 2009 Ohio Hip Hop Awards
Summer Showcase Tour. Now, the guy's a major star. That could happen to any one of the acts nominated in this year's awards. The awards are just one component of a weekend-long event that includes a music conference and a concert showcase featuring some 40 different acts. The whole thing kicks off tonight with a party at House of Blues and then various venues throughout town host events until the red carpet awards ceremony that takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Ohio Theatre. A VIP ticket will get you into everything but tickets for individual events can be purchased as well. (Niesel)
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Now in its 7th year, the annual Rolling on the River is a terrific way to support the Hunger Network of Cleveland. The benefit is a casino-themed event that features food, gaming and local bands in an attempt to evoke the Rat Pack days of Las Vegas. It's all capped off by the "Boat Load of Booze Raffle." Tickets are $69 in advance and $75 at the door. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Windows on the River. Tickets are $69 pre-sale and $75 at the door.
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This weekend marks the 13th annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival in Lincoln Park, a celebration of the neighborhood's diversity. On the to-do list: a juried arts show, noshes and nibbles from local churches and restaurants, and main-stage music and dance performances. Today's hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tomorrow's times are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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An annual event centered on the different galleries and restaurants located in Cleveland's various neighborhoods, Sparx City Hop is a great way to get to know the city's nooks and crannies. You can hop aboard a free trolley at any of its stops (including Public Square and Star Plaza) and then learn about the local culture as you ride through downtown and then to Tremont and Ohio City. The event takes place today from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and it's free (though you'll need a wristband, available at any of the stops, to ride the trolleys). Several local bands will perform at the various stops too. This event is free. (Niesel)
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Performing tonight on the Kent Stage at 8:00 p.m is Black Prairie Band, comprised of musicians Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen of The Decemberists, along with Annalisa Tornfelt and Jon Neufeld. Their most recent LP 'A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart,' was released last September. They recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and will make their debut at both Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festivals this summer. Tickets to tonight's show are $24.
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Art in the Village returns to Legacy Village on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, September 22 from 10 am - 5pm. This two-day tradition brings together an eclectic mix of the nation’s most talented artists who will collectively display millions of dollars in artwork. Enjoy great live music throughout the course of the weekend with Cats On Holiday, Big Ship & more. Plus a wine tasting with the Ohio Wine Producers Association. Admission and parking are free.
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Massillon-born director Richard Myers started making strangely surreal films in Kent in the early '60s. His movies haven't had any commercial success but they have won awards and his 1970 film Confrontation at Kent State is considered to be a significant historical document. Today at 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, he'll introduce several of his short films and then stay for a reception so that he can sign copies of his new book, The Films of Richard Myers. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)
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The band’s initial stirrings came about as bassist Shaun Durkin and guitarist Kevin Johnson worked out Sex Pistols riffs during their middle school years. Those chug-a-lug lessons are very much evident on songs like “Mirror,” though the polish of time and practice and production value shines through clearly. Songs like “Celebration, FL,” underscore the eerie tones found around nearly every corner on this year’s Jinx. There’s the hint of that ol’ shoegaze mentality, particularly in Durkan’s vocals, which add a terrific atmosphere to the music. Tonight’s opener, Stagnant Pools, reels in the droney vibes of Bloomington, Ind., brothers Bryan and Douglass Enas. One guitar. One drum kit. A hell of a lot of noise and emotion. Temporary Room is a haunting, jangly album that surprises the listener with its simplicity. They perform tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Beachland Ballroom. Tickets are $10. (Sandy)