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

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Get into the Halloween spirit tonight at the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In’s Trunk or Treat Weekend. Eight movies show on the drive-in’s two screens. Got kids? Choose the family friendly screen where you’ll find ParaNorman, Monster House, Corpse Bride and Young Frankenstein, all rated PG. Have a sitter for the night? Pick the other side, for R-rated flicks Poltergeist, Halloween, House of 1,000 Corpses and Army of Darkness. There will be a trunk-decorating contest on the “adult” side of the drive-in too, so bring your scariest setup. Everything starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m. For more details, check out the website. (Trenholme)
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At the moment, singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby is on the road promoting a new collection called Solo Concerts that goes far beyond the usual scope of a traditional live album that might simply collect a series of tracks from various concerts. Instead, with Solo Concerts, Hornsby paints a very distinct narrative and the way that the material is laid out, sans any sort of dialogue between the songs, makes it clear that Hornsby had an aim to assemble something that would play properly as an album, taking its listeners on a specifically curated journey. If you catch tonight's return visit to the Kent Stage, you'll see that’s what it’s all about — an evening of music that aims to offer a bit of education while triggering a wide range of emotions. Light-hearted stage conversation from Hornsby in between each song ties it all together and the unpredictable nature of each show makes it a night on the town that’s well worth venturing out to see. Tonight's show begins at 8 p.m. (Matt Wardlaw)
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Through ghosts and buildings, Adam Dumont poses questions about abundance during the mid twentieth century while shedding light on the loss of choice in the contemporary world. The exhibition, Spectral Sprawl: Works by Adam Dumont, is located at the 78th Street Studios on the second floor.
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Brewzilla, the grand tasting of Cleveland Beer Week on Oct. 18, is always a highlight with hundreds of beers from just about every brewery that distributes to Ohio. Cleveland Beer Week 2014 has so many special beers to sample, unique event settings and delicious pairings that there aren't any bad choices. Just remember to bring a jacket; after all, summer is gone, the leaves are falling and one of the nation's best beer weeks is in full swing! More details at ClevelandBeerWeek.org
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While it doesn’t generate the same kind of retail revenue as Christmas, Halloween is still a cash cow. You gotta buy candy and costumes. And increasingly, you need to get a costume for your pooch. An annual event, the Spooky Pooch Parade allows pet owners to put costumes on their dogs. Despite the rain, last year’s event drew a prancing throng of pets in costume to Detroit Avenue, where they competed to see who would be best in show. The event begins at 12:30 at Kauffman Park in Lakewood. Award categories include Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show. It’s $10 to pre-register your pooch for the parade, or $15 on the day of the event. (Niesel)
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Miss Theresa has been a professional dominatrix for over 19 years. She's also a solo burlesque performer who has what she describes as "a classical style with a heavy focus on costuming." She often makes her own costumes and adapts existing clothes to suit her own purposes. She's one of a handful of nationally known burlesque performs on tonight at the 3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Burlesque Show. The event takes place at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom. Tickets are $15-$25. (Niesel)
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Comedian and actor Chris Tucker has had some major roles in some major comedies. In 1995, he teamed up with Ice Cube for Friday and in 1998 he and martial arts expert Jackie Chan starred in Rush Hour, a film that would yield several sequels. His acting career has stalled a bit (though he did have a role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, but he’s made a successful return to standup comedy and comes to town tonight at 7:30 for a performance at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. While too many of his jokes rely on “motherfucker this” and “motherfucker that,” he has good comic timing and a swift delivery. Tickets are $49.50 to $59.50. (Niesel)
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Bluegrass Beer Bash, a Cleveland Beer Week event taking place from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Whiskey Island. Larry Keel Experience, Bluegrass Platter, Johnny & the Apple Stompers and Boy = Girl are all slated to perform. Tickets are $20. (Niesel)
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Acoustic guitarist and fingerpicking master Leo Kottke has been around for awhile, advancing his instrument well below the contemporary radar. In the early 2000s, he broadened his recognition in teaming up with Phish bassist Mike Gordon for Clone, a dynamite album that showcased the best of both musicians. Cuts like “Collins Missile” and the title track brought Kottke’s interesting style to the hordes of fans willing to pick up anything even tangentially related to Phish. But Kottke’s history traces a 40-year arc across syncopated acoustic odyssey (a sonic predecessor to the likes of Keller Williams, let’s say). When he’s in his element and soaring across the melodies of “Airproofing II” or “Peckerwood,” for instance, he’s mesmerizing. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Supper Club. (Sandy) $35 ADV, $40 DOS
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How close can the photo lens come to capturing what the eye can see? Can a photo lie, despite showing only the truthful objects in front of the lens? The fascinating exhibit Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography opens today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A collection meticulously assembled by art collector and filmmaker David Raymond throughout the 1990s, it consists of 167 photographs and illustrations created during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that attempt to “reflect the eye in its wild state.” In other words, these pieces are some of the first and most quintessential works from the surrealist movement, playing with texture, odd angles and perspectives, and exploring the random and irrational through the Freudian unconscious. Some pieces are snapshots into history while others are just downright bizarre, yet they are all tied together through the common lens of surrealism. Admission is free, and the exhibit runs through Jan. 11, 2015. (Trenholme)
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Get into the Halloween spirit tonight at the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In’s Trunk or Treat Weekend. Eight movies show on the drive-in’s two screens. Got kids? Choose the family friendly screen where you’ll find ParaNorman, Monster House, Corpse Bride and Young Frankenstein, all rated PG. Have a sitter for the night? Pick the other side, for R-rated flicks Poltergeist, Halloween, House of 1,000 Corpses and Army of Darkness. There will be a trunk-decorating contest on the “adult” side of the drive-in too, so bring your scariest setup. Everything starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m. For more details, check out the website. (Trenholme)

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