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10 Things Going on this Weekend in Cleveland (September 26 - 28) 

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Now in its 10th year, IngenuityFest continues to be one of the city’s most eclectic festivals. At the festival, which takes place today, tomorrow and Sunday at the docks just north of FirstEnergy Stadium as well as in areas in and around the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, you can hear some of the city’s best local bands and catch a local comic or two. Last year, IngenuityFest offered the world premiere of the Voix de Ville (“Voice of the City”), a “mini mobile circus tent” created by local vaudeville duo, Pinch and Squeal. One of the most popular events at the festival, it returns again this year, and performances will take place throughout the weekend. In addition, expect to see some wildly experimental artwork and installations with names such as Kinetic Bonfire and Cymatic Forest. Admission is free. Check the website for festival hours. (Niesel)
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The punk/indie rock club Now That’s Class isn’t above a good gimmick. Tonight, the club hosts All Gold All the Time Night. Come to the venue wearing gold of any kind and you’ll get half-price drinks and pay only $1 for 12-ounce beers. In addition, the person with “the best look” will win a $50 gift certificate to My Mind’s Eye, one of the best record shops in town. DJ Wedgie will be on hand to spin lounge records and Dr. Tim Bone Jones will give a “special performance.” The event is free and runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Niesel)
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The number of people commuting to work by bicycle in Cleveland is on the rise. To capitalize on cycling’s popularity, Neo Cycle, an event that includes a series of bike races, takes place today, tomorrow and Sunday at Edgewater Park. You can register to compete or just come for fun. There will be live music (local indie rockers Cloud Nothings headline tomorrow night), a demo area hosted by Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park, a vendor expo, beer gardens and food trucks. Check the website for a full schedule. Admission is free. (Niesel)
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The Potluck in the Park is the potluck of all potlucks. Hundreds of growers and eaters are expected for the third annual event, happening today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Michael Zone Recreation Center. Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. and get ready to feast. Parking is available on site. According to the press release, “You may bring the dish of your choice — whether it serves a few or a bunch.” There will be live music, raffle prizes and games for kids. (Niesel)
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For the past five years, merchants and residents in Peninsula have opened up their porches to local musicians for Music on the Porches. If you head over to the tiny village today and wander the streets, you’ll hear music emanating from the porches of various businesses and residences. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demonstrative workshops will be held at the Bronson Church and the G.A.R. Hall. From noon to 3 p.m. at Bronson Church,, Doug Ungar and Mark Ward will talk about building banjos and show some of the instruments they have made. (Niesel)
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Many of today’s comedians settle for cheap laughs by throwing obscenities into their routines. Not Brian Regan. He keeps it clean. Respected as a comedian’s comedian, the guy’s been a marquee name since the ’90s when he released his first CD, Brian Regan Live. The guy is so popular that he sold out two shows earlier this year at the sports arena in Salt Lake City. Tonight’s concert takes place at 8 p.m. at Connor Palace. Tickets are $39.95 to $58.50. For $175, you can attend a pre-show party and sit in the first 14 rows. Proceeds from those tickets will go to Shaking with Laughter, a non-profit that raises money for Parkinson’s research. (Niesel)
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Much like Troll 2 or Birdemic, writer-director Neil Breen’s new film, Fateful Findings, is so bad, it’s good. Or something like that. Plenty of movies feature the same kind of primitive, low-budget production and amateur acting. But what distinguishes Fateful Findings, which screens at midnight tonight at the Capitol Theatre, is its storyline. The plot revolves around an author (Breen) who suffers life-threatening injuries when he’s hit by a car. While recovering, he begins feverishly working on a book (he hammers away at a laptop that never appears to be actually turned on) to expose corporate and government secrets, obsessing over his research to the point of alienating his friends and his drug-addicted lover. After he’s unexpectedly reunited with a childhood friend, unnatural forces seem to be at play against him. The movie was so oddly cut and its plot so ambiguous that we didn’t exactly know what to make of it. Tickets to tonight’s screening are $5. Stick around after the show for a Q&A via Skype with director Neil Breen. (Niesel)
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Chvrches landed on Scene’s top 10 albums of 2013, so we’re pretty excited that the Scottish electronic band is posting up in Cleveland for the night. The Bones of What You Believe grabbed due attention last year. It's sugary sweet, but that's largely the point. And despite the electronic looping, it doesn't fall into the traps of repetitiveness. Each song carves its own path into the face of the album (compare/contrast "Gun" and "Lies," two of the more alluring songs on the album). It's a robust collection of pop tunes, etched with precision for these very trying times. Oh, and Lauren Mayberry's voice is just fantastic at every turn of the melody. Onstage? The trio crushes live sets, as many will attest. Watch out for that hot, hot energy. (Sandy) $22-$24
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Clambake season is upon us and the advantage of going to a clambake at a place like the Brew Kettle is that you can choose from a variety of different microbrews. The Brew Kettle’s own beers will only set you back $2.50 and there will be corn hole, live music and “an inflatable bounce around” for children. Oh yeah, and if the kids won’t eat the clam, you’ll be able to order them dogs and burgers. Tickets are $20, and advance reservations are required. The festivities take place from noon to 4 p.m. (Niesel)
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When Los Lobos swung through town last year with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, they opened their set with a terrific set of songs culled from their catalogue that, like Young’s, stretches back over four decades. They opened strong with “How Will the Wolf Survive” and then turned in a gritty cover of the Blasters’ “Marie Marie.” While some of the intricacies of their blues/Tex-Mex/rock sound were lost in the cavernous room, they still held their own. The band is a true American treasure that always puts on a helluva show at the Beachland, where they performed at about this time last year. (Niesel)
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Now in its 10th year, IngenuityFest continues to be one of the city’s most eclectic festivals. At the festival, which takes place today, tomorrow and Sunday at the docks just north of FirstEnergy Stadium as well as in areas in and around the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, you can hear some of the city’s best local bands and catch a local comic or two. Last year, IngenuityFest offered the world premiere of the Voix de Ville (“Voice of the City”), a “mini mobile circus tent” created by local vaudeville duo, Pinch and Squeal. One of the most popular events at the festival, it returns again this year, and performances will take place throughout the weekend. In addition, expect to see some wildly experimental artwork and installations with names such as Kinetic Bonfire and Cymatic Forest. Admission is free. Check the website for festival hours. (Niesel)

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