April 09, 2015

10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend

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Friday, April 10 - Play Ball! - The Cleveland Indians missed the playoffs last year but expectations are running high for this season. With pitcher Corey Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley, the Indians have two of the best players in the league. They'll get some stiff competition from the Detroit Tigers, against whom they play at today's home opener. The game is sold out but you can find tickets from brokers or simply head to Progressive Field to soak up the excitement. Gates open at 2 p.m. when balloons will be launched and a "block party" will take place outside the right field gate. The Spazmatics are slated to perform and former Tribe star Carlos Baerga will be on hand to sign autographs. First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia)
Friday, April 10 - Play Ball! - The Cleveland Indians missed the playoffs last year but expectations are running high for this season. With pitcher Corey Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley, the Indians have two of the best players in the league. They'll get some stiff competition from the Detroit Tigers, against whom they play at today's home opener. The game is sold out but you can find tickets from brokers or simply head to Progressive Field to soak up the excitement. Gates open at 2 p.m. when balloons will be launched and a "block party" will take place outside the right field gate. The Spazmatics are slated to perform and former Tribe star Carlos Baerga will be on hand to sign autographs. First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia)
Friday, April 10 - Rock Week - Taking Place from April 10 to 17, Music Box Supper Club's "Rock Week" will offer a decade-by-decade tribute to Rock Hall inductees. Each night, local musicians and "select national performing artists" will celebrate rock's history.
And it's all for a good cause too. At each performance, Music Box will collect donations for the annual Harvest For Hunger campaign, a food and fund drive which provides aid to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio. An overview of tonight's acts, plus acts for the rest of the week, can be found here.  (Photo via CleveScene archives)
Friday, April 10 - Rock Week - Taking Place from April 10 to 17, Music Box Supper Club's "Rock Week" will offer a decade-by-decade tribute to Rock Hall inductees. Each night, local musicians and "select national performing artists" will celebrate rock's history. And it's all for a good cause too. At each performance, Music Box will collect donations for the annual Harvest For Hunger campaign, a food and fund drive which provides aid to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio. An overview of tonight's acts, plus acts for the rest of the week, can be found here. (Photo via CleveScene archives)
Friday, April 10 - The Queen of Mean - The Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli is known for her racy and controversial style of comedy. Originally an accomplished journalist, Lampanelli began her stand-up career in New York in the early 90s. She got her big break at the New York Friar’s roast of Chevy Chase in 2002, and she’s been a huge name in comedy ever since. Her set is fearless, raw and raunchy. She says things most people are afraid to and never holds back. Lampanelli will shock you and her form of insult comedy will make you laugh regardless if it’s “offensive.” She’s been heralded as more of a standout than a stand-up by Jim Carrey and Howard Stern called her a true original and brilliant comic. This is definitely not a show to miss. Lampanelli performs Friday night at the Ohio Theater. The show starts at 8 and tickets are only $45. (Siegel, photo via Wiki)
Friday, April 10 - The Queen of Mean - The Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli is known for her racy and controversial style of comedy. Originally an accomplished journalist, Lampanelli began her stand-up career in New York in the early 90s. She got her big break at the New York Friar’s roast of Chevy Chase in 2002, and she’s been a huge name in comedy ever since. Her set is fearless, raw and raunchy. She says things most people are afraid to and never holds back. Lampanelli will shock you and her form of insult comedy will make you laugh regardless if it’s “offensive.” She’s been heralded as more of a standout than a stand-up by Jim Carrey and Howard Stern called her a true original and brilliant comic. This is definitely not a show to miss. Lampanelli performs Friday night at the Ohio Theater. The show starts at 8 and tickets are only $45. (Siegel, photo via Wiki)
Saturday, April 11 - Airing it Out - Arena Football has its pluses. The field is so short, it makes it easy to score. The teams put up some crazy numbers that make the scores resemble basketball scores more than football scores. Last year, our Gladiators made to the championship. Sure, it's not a Super Bowl, but it's something. Tonight at 7 at the Q, they play their home opener against the Arizona Battlers. The first 7500 fans in attendance get a magnetic schedule and a rally towel. Sodas are only a dollar and select beers cost $2. In addition, Bone Thugs N Harmony will play a special postgame concert. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel, photo by Scott Sandberg)
Saturday, April 11 - Airing it Out - Arena Football has its pluses. The field is so short, it makes it easy to score. The teams put up some crazy numbers that make the scores resemble basketball scores more than football scores. Last year, our Gladiators made to the championship. Sure, it's not a Super Bowl, but it's something. Tonight at 7 at the Q, they play their home opener against the Arizona Battlers. The first 7500 fans in attendance get a magnetic schedule and a rally towel. Sodas are only a dollar and select beers cost $2. In addition, Bone Thugs N Harmony will play a special postgame concert. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel, photo by Scott Sandberg)
Saturday, April 11 - Stellar Stuff - Since 2009, locals have celebrated the anniversary of manned spaceflight with Yuri’s Night, a good excuse as any for a party. At tonight’s big bash in honor of U.S.S.R. cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, you’ll be treated to hors d’oeuvres, dancing, space-related exhibits from NASA Glenn and a costume contest. Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean and DJ Justin Nyce will provide the music. Weather permitting, the outdoor party deck will be open too. New this year: A Solar Fire Light Show. Tickets are $55 in advance and $70 at the door. VIP tickets will set you back $85. The party starts at 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Science Center. (Niesel, photo via Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, April 11 - Stellar Stuff - Since 2009, locals have celebrated the anniversary of manned spaceflight with Yuri’s Night, a good excuse as any for a party. At tonight’s big bash in honor of U.S.S.R. cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, you’ll be treated to hors d’oeuvres, dancing, space-related exhibits from NASA Glenn and a costume contest. Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean and DJ Justin Nyce will provide the music. Weather permitting, the outdoor party deck will be open too. New this year: A Solar Fire Light Show. Tickets are $55 in advance and $70 at the door. VIP tickets will set you back $85. The party starts at 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Science Center. (Niesel, photo via Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, April 11 - Spooky Stuff - Just because we’re finally seeing signs of life and spring and warm weather doesn’t mean we’re safe from the spookier corners of this world. We’re just a shade over six months out from Halloween, but Kent Paranormal Weekend has got your ghostly fix covered. Experts will join the event at the Kent Stage and regale attendees with insight into and stories about their brushes with the land beyond the living. Guests include: Greg Noory, Eric Olsen, Laura Lyn, the Haunted Housewives (Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber), Rosemary Ellen Guiley, and others. Noory is the weekday host of nationally syndicated radio program Coast to Coast AM, among the most popular radio shows for the U.S. paranormal scene. Local writer Eric Olsen, you may recall, recently co-authored America’s Most Haunted with Theresa Argie. It takes place today and tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tickets are $60 for the weekend, and day passes are $40. (Eric Sandy, photo via Facebook)
Saturday, April 11 - Spooky Stuff - Just because we’re finally seeing signs of life and spring and warm weather doesn’t mean we’re safe from the spookier corners of this world. We’re just a shade over six months out from Halloween, but Kent Paranormal Weekend has got your ghostly fix covered. Experts will join the event at the Kent Stage and regale attendees with insight into and stories about their brushes with the land beyond the living. Guests include: Greg Noory, Eric Olsen, Laura Lyn, the Haunted Housewives (Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber), Rosemary Ellen Guiley, and others. Noory is the weekday host of nationally syndicated radio program Coast to Coast AM, among the most popular radio shows for the U.S. paranormal scene. Local writer Eric Olsen, you may recall, recently co-authored America’s Most Haunted with Theresa Argie. It takes place today and tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tickets are $60 for the weekend, and day passes are $40. (Eric Sandy, photo via Facebook)
Saturday, April 11 - Drawing Power - For five years, SPACES Monster Drawing Rally has been one of the coolest fundraisers in town. For one night only, SPACES invites over 100 local and regional artists to draw live in the exhibition space. All works are created in front of your eyes, and sold upon completion for $75 each. The show features dozens of the most active and accomplished artists in the area, as well as some of the area’s most promising young artists. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover your new favorite artist, and purchase something created right in front of your eyes. Kids can join in the fun in SPACES’ Li’l Monster Drawing Rally, a designated area with drawing materials for kids to draw and hang their work on the walls. New this year, SPACES invites 10 to 15 especially talented kids to participate in a special area called the Teen Wolf Drawing Rally and draw for one hour each. You won’t find so much creative energy under one roof anywhere else. Admission is $5, free for SPACES members/Season Pass holders and children 17 and under. All proceeds benefit SPACES. The event begins at 6 p.m. (Usmani, photo via CleveScene archives)
Saturday, April 11 - Drawing Power - For five years, SPACES Monster Drawing Rally has been one of the coolest fundraisers in town. For one night only, SPACES invites over 100 local and regional artists to draw live in the exhibition space. All works are created in front of your eyes, and sold upon completion for $75 each. The show features dozens of the most active and accomplished artists in the area, as well as some of the area’s most promising young artists. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover your new favorite artist, and purchase something created right in front of your eyes. Kids can join in the fun in SPACES’ Li’l Monster Drawing Rally, a designated area with drawing materials for kids to draw and hang their work on the walls. New this year, SPACES invites 10 to 15 especially talented kids to participate in a special area called the Teen Wolf Drawing Rally and draw for one hour each. You won’t find so much creative energy under one roof anywhere else. Admission is $5, free for SPACES members/Season Pass holders and children 17 and under. All proceeds benefit SPACES. The event begins at 6 p.m. (Usmani, photo via CleveScene archives)
Sunday, April 12 - Kinky Boots - KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in commom than they ever dreamed possible... proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Kinky Boots is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. Today's shows are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Connor Place. (Photo via Ali, Instagram)
Sunday, April 12 - Kinky Boots - KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in commom than they ever dreamed possible... proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Kinky Boots is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. Today's shows are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Connor Place. (Photo via Ali, Instagram)
Sunday, April 12 - Swinging with the Dead - Join the SLAP Jazz Quartet as they celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead. The quartet will be performing a set of the Dead's music using jazz idioms and arrangements. The hour long set will be a condensation of the traditional two set Dead concert format, but will be true to form and flow of a show. Aside from a healthy dose of jamming, the show will contain many of Robert Hunter and John Barlow's best lyrical pieces. Today's show is at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library. (Photo via Wiki)
Sunday, April 12 - Swinging with the Dead - Join the SLAP Jazz Quartet as they celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the Grateful Dead. The quartet will be performing a set of the Dead's music using jazz idioms and arrangements. The hour long set will be a condensation of the traditional two set Dead concert format, but will be true to form and flow of a show. Aside from a healthy dose of jamming, the show will contain many of Robert Hunter and John Barlow's best lyrical pieces. Today's show is at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library. (Photo via Wiki)
Sunday, April 12 - Honoring the Man - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the legacy of seven-time Grammy Award–winning Pastor Andraé Crouch in a tribute to rock’s gospel roots during Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration. Crouch helped usher in contemporary gospel music during a career that spanned over five decades and included many gospel hits. Crouch also served as vocal arranger for Madonna and Michael Jackson, and his choir can be heard in Michael Jackson’s number one hit “Man in the Mirror.” Tribute performers will include Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin. Tonight's events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Get more info here. (Photo via Wiki)
Sunday, April 12 - Honoring the Man - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the legacy of seven-time Grammy Award–winning Pastor Andraé Crouch in a tribute to rock’s gospel roots during Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration. Crouch helped usher in contemporary gospel music during a career that spanned over five decades and included many gospel hits. Crouch also served as vocal arranger for Madonna and Michael Jackson, and his choir can be heard in Michael Jackson’s number one hit “Man in the Mirror.” Tribute performers will include Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin. Tonight's events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Get more info here. (Photo via Wiki)