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10 Things Going on this Weekend in Cleveland (January 16 - 18) 

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Winter is as good a time as any for a big beer festival, and the second annual Cleveland Winter Beerfest provides a terrific opportunity to sample a slew of beers. Some 300 craft beers will be available, so expect to see samples from some of Northeast Ohio’s best-known breweries, including Great Lakes, Fat Heads and Brew Kettle. The event takes place today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. Tickets start at $40 and designated driver tickets are available. (Niesel)
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Summer seems like a long way off but it’s never too early to start thinking about boating. Boats of all shapes and sizes will be in town for the annual Mid-America Boat Show which showcases the latest boats, tackle and water sport equipment. Seminars on fishing and boating take place during the five-day event. You can get your photo taken with a mermaid and hear local singer-songwriters at tonight’s Put-in-Bay Night. Tickets are $12. Today’s hours are noon to 9 p.m. The show runs through Monday at the I-X Center. (Niesel)
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A regular on the Chappelle’s Show, comedian Charlie Murphy used to helm a segment called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” during which he would portray celebrities. In one funny skit, he pretended to be Prince; in another he portrayed Rick James. The older brother of Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy is particularly good at taking on a variety of personas, something he chronicles in his book The Making of a Stand-up Guy. His comedy touches on contemporary events and he especially enjoys making fun of celebrities. Tonight’s shows take place at 7:30 and 9:30 at the Tangier. Tickets are $25 to $70. (Niesel) $25-$70
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Organized by artist Sharon Grossman, "Light Show" presents nine contemporary NEO artists who work with materials, processes, and visual languages that speak to the theme of light. Artists featured are Claudia Berlinski, photography; Kevin Busta, furniture; Jeffry Chiplis, neon; Dana Depew, sculpture; Scott Goss, glass; Nancy Luken, lamps; Ben Parsons, stained glass; Geoff Riggle, jewelry and sculpture; and Andrew Simmons, ceramics. Visit heightsarts.org for more info and for hours.
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Back in 2006, then-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Terry Stewart asked the Hesitations, a terrific old Cleveland soul group, to reunite for a gig at the museum. The band’s been playing steadily ever since and sounds as sharp as ever. The Hesitations' roots go back to the mid-'60s, when they recorded R&B hits like "Soul Superman," "Born Free," and "Climb Every Mountain." In their heyday, they mixed up R&B, gospel and soul and still take that approach. They don't play out much anymore so catching this show at Nighttown should be a real treat. (Niesel) $20
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STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique - an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. See what all of the noise is about. Stomp is part of the U.S. Bank Star Performance Series. Today's shows are at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Connor Palace, and continue through the weekend. $10-$60
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The grandfathers of Ohio’s expansive jam band scene - culturally and musically — have always maintained close ties with the Cleveland area. From 1991’s Under Full Sail to the present year’s sweetly groovin’ Brij, Ekoostik Hookah have kept their fire burning across great leaps of time. Check out “Whiskey Woman” for a fine example of the hookah-laden chops still hooked around each of the band’s compositional outings. Given the band’s personal history, rife with small shows and Hookahville festivals alike, every chance to be a part of the fun is a necessary diversion from life out there. The band isn't working on a new studio album but will play a few new songs at the show. "We never know what we're going to play," says band leader Dave Katz. "We could play the same venue four nights in a row and you'd never hear the same song." Tonight's show takes place at 7 p.m. at Roc Bar. (Sandy) $12
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Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch, Blues and Bloody Mary's will be served up at Red Lantern Kitchen & Bar in Kamm's Corners. Austin Walkin' Cane will supply the tunes beginning at noon.
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Comedian Mike Polk’s videos — “The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video,” “One Semester of Spanish Love Song” (an ode to Kim Kardashian) and “Ooh Girl! An Honest R&B Song” — have become viral sensations. But don’t assume that Polk doesn’t have a good standup show. He got his start as part of the popular sketch group Last Call Cleveland and can hold his own on a stage — don’t even try to heckle him unless you want to become the butt of a joke. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Niesel)
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Tonight at 7 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra performs its 35th annual concert "celebrating the spirit of Dr. King’s life, leadership, and vision in music, song, and community recognition." The concert will be broadcast live on WCLV (104.9 FM) and WCPN (90.3 FM). Robert Porco conducts. Admission is free but advance registrations are required. (Niesel)
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Winter is as good a time as any for a big beer festival, and the second annual Cleveland Winter Beerfest provides a terrific opportunity to sample a slew of beers. Some 300 craft beers will be available, so expect to see samples from some of Northeast Ohio’s best-known breweries, including Great Lakes, Fat Heads and Brew Kettle. The event takes place today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. Tickets start at $40 and designated driver tickets are available. (Niesel)

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