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10 Things Going on this Weekend in Cleveland (December 5 - 7) 

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Today marks the anniversary of a very important event: Way back in 1933, the U.S. government came to its senses and ratified the 21st Amendment, lifting the national ban on alcohol. To celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, Prosperity Social Club will celebrate with a Prohibition Repeal Party, a speakeasy-style bash that includes era-appropriate costumes, cuisine, live music and, of course, cocktails. “We’ll be serving some great retro cocktails, but we’ll make sure they’ll please the discerning modern-day palate,” explains Prosperity Social Club owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “No making do with harsh hooch, white lightning or medicinal-tasting bathtub gin, that’s for sure!” A French 75 (made with Cognac instead of the traditional gin) is just one of many planned drink specials. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and you can hear live music from 9 to 11 p.m. (Niesel)
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One popular myth is that you can use a microwave oven to make diamonds. Well, the Mythbusters (special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman) busted that particular urban legend on their not-always-orthodox television science show. Hugely popular around the world, the show is one of the Discovery Channel’s oldest programs. Tonight at 7:30 at Connor Palace, the two guys bring their live show to the stage. They’ll conduct some experiments and take patrons behind the scenes of the TV show. The event begins at 7:30 and tickets start at $17. (Niesel)
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For the first of two one-night-only shows at Breakneck Gallery, local artist Sleepy Robot 13 (aka Lisastarchild Pinkston) will display more than 200 individually hand sculpted figurines inspired by '90s pop culture. The exhibition is a result of her successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised just over its $2500 goal. The show is also Sleepy Robot 13’s 5-year anniversary. Just in time for Christmas, grab a unique gift for that special someone on your “nice” list. Figurines include Power Rangers, Spiderman, Deadpool, the Animaniacs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and much more. Get there early for the best selection! Admission is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m
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About 10 years ago, singer-songwriter Chris Allen’s father asked him to write him a Cleveland Christmas song. Allen and his sister Molly worked up four of them and then threw a big Christmas party to which they invited their musician friends. They played the four original tunes they had penned as well as a few choice covers, recorded them and delivered them on a CD to their father as a Christmas gift. And thus, the Ohio City Singers were born. The band subsequently released a handful of albums and delivered holiday cheer each year by playing at area clubs and bars. Today’s family-friendly gig represents its debut at Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)
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The Cedar Lee will screen The Big Lebowski at 9:30 p.m. and midnight tonight because, why not? This Coen Brothers/Jeff Bridges vehicle from 1998 is about as cult-classical as it gets, centering on a pothead bowler who gets entangled in some truly eccentric criminal schemes. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and dearly departed Philip Seymour Hoffman costar in the dark comedic romp. Pre-game with White Russians to honor the Dude’s dudeliness. Tickets are $5. (Sam Allard)
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Goofball indie rock band Say Anything rose to prominence on college campuses across the U.S. when ...Is a Real Boy came out in the mid-2000s. “Alive with the Glory of Love” was the standout single, led by off-kilter vocals and jaunty guitar work. “The songs were jam-packed with fairly blatant nods to bands I dig (Queen, Saves the Day, Pavement, Faith No More, Fugazi, etc.),” frontman Max Bemis said at the time, and those influences still hold forth in the band’s current output. Years later, Say Anything dropped Hebrews (July 2014) and extended its weirdness, going so far as to drop guitars entirely and replace them with orchestral string arrangements. The new vibe puts a fun, aspirational twist on a familiar band’s patent sound. New single “Six, Six, Six” offers a refreshing glimpse into how the band is handling that intersection. (Sandy)
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In order to pay homage to the ’90s, locally based Cattitude Vintage is hosting Groove is in the Heart: A ’90s Dance Party today at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood. The dance party starts at 10 p.m. but Cattitude Vintage will be on site at 8 p.m., so you can arrive early to buy an outfit. Junkyard Royalty and Rust Belt Fairy Co. will also be on hand to sell handmade crowns and accessories. DJ White Rims (Darryl Dickerson), MC Uster (Marcia Custer) and WRUW’s Rachel H (Ravage Hunt) will provide the tunes, and Mahall’s will serve up special ’90s-themed cocktails for the evening. Admission is only $1. (Niesel)
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In the early days — well before Cleveland became the cosmopolitan city it is today — it was a stagecoach stop in the middle of the Western Reserve. Today, for its annual Holiday Open House, the historic Dunham Tavern Museum will be filled with fresh natural greenery as it would have been back in those early days. Refreshments will be served in the barn and Classical Revolution will perform. This is a family-friendly event held at the oldest building in Cleveland still standing on its original foundation. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel)
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The various museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools of University Circle invite you the 21st Annual Holiday Circlefest. More than a dozen of these renowned institutions will be free and open to the public. The day includes live music, performances, activities, food, shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, ice skating at the Rink at Wade Oval and much more festive fun. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. For a complete list of events and participating organizations, visit University Circle’s website. (Usmani)
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It may be cold outside, but Baby, the North Coast Men's Chorus will warm up your holidays with a concert filled with music, laughter and dance. Audience members say this concert is what really kicks off their Holiday Season. Get in on the fun tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Hanna Theatre.
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Today marks the anniversary of a very important event: Way back in 1933, the U.S. government came to its senses and ratified the 21st Amendment, lifting the national ban on alcohol. To celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, Prosperity Social Club will celebrate with a Prohibition Repeal Party, a speakeasy-style bash that includes era-appropriate costumes, cuisine, live music and, of course, cocktails. “We’ll be serving some great retro cocktails, but we’ll make sure they’ll please the discerning modern-day palate,” explains Prosperity Social Club owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “No making do with harsh hooch, white lightning or medicinal-tasting bathtub gin, that’s for sure!” A French 75 (made with Cognac instead of the traditional gin) is just one of many planned drink specials. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and you can hear live music from 9 to 11 p.m. (Niesel)

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