March 26, 2015

10 Things Going On This Weekend in Cleveland

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Friday, March 27: Champagne Under the Chandelier -Bubble mania descends on ideastream at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square tonight. This closing event of Cleveland Week of Wine features tantalizing tastes, domestic sparkling wines & French Champagnes in a festive atmosphere. Don't miss your "Moët Moment" where our photographer will capture the excitement as you enjoy a Moët & Chandon mini with special flute topper (as seen at the Grammy Awards)! $125/ticket; $75/ticket. It all kicks of at 8 p.m. (Photo by David Singleton, Flickr CC)
Friday, March 27: Champagne Under the Chandelier -Bubble mania descends on ideastream at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square tonight. This closing event of Cleveland Week of Wine features tantalizing tastes, domestic sparkling wines & French Champagnes in a festive atmosphere. Don't miss your "Moët Moment" where our photographer will capture the excitement as you enjoy a Moët & Chandon mini with special flute topper (as seen at the Grammy Awards)! $125/ticket; $75/ticket. It all kicks of at 8 p.m. (Photo by David Singleton, Flickr CC)
Friday, March 27: A Factory Setting - Only three times a year do the artists of the Screw Factory open their doors to the public. Today they host their Spring Open Studio from 6 to 10 p.m. The event features more than two dozen resident and visiting artists. Stop by the second floor to see the newly transformed event space, and visit the third floor to see the visiting artists and vendors. Food will be available from Clark Pope Catering and Ice Cream Joy. The Templar Motors auto display will be open as well. Participating resident artists include Danielle Andes, Diana Bjel, Michael Boich, Freddy Hill, Ingrid Hoegner-Leek, M.C. Nagel, Dan Pruitt, Dott Schneider and many others. Additionally, a number of visiting artists will be exhibiting for the evening. (Usmani)
Friday, March 27: A Factory Setting - Only three times a year do the artists of the Screw Factory open their doors to the public. Today they host their Spring Open Studio from 6 to 10 p.m. The event features more than two dozen resident and visiting artists. Stop by the second floor to see the newly transformed event space, and visit the third floor to see the visiting artists and vendors. Food will be available from Clark Pope Catering and Ice Cream Joy. The Templar Motors auto display will be open as well. Participating resident artists include Danielle Andes, Diana Bjel, Michael Boich, Freddy Hill, Ingrid Hoegner-Leek, M.C. Nagel, Dan Pruitt, Dott Schneider and many others. Additionally, a number of visiting artists will be exhibiting for the evening. (Usmani)
Friday, March 27: Beppe Gambetta -  Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta is a wonder to behold for anyone whose interest in acoustic guitar stretches beyond G-C-D progressions. His music blends Italian flavors with near-bluegrass picking styles and an almost Celtic vibe, among plenty more. He’s known as the “Italian King of the flatpick guitar,” and it’d be tough to dispute that. Lots of Gambetta’s stuff can be found online; start with 2010’s Collection. Tonight's show starts at 8:30 p.m. at Nighttown. (Sandy) $15 (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Friday, March 27: Beppe Gambetta - Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta is a wonder to behold for anyone whose interest in acoustic guitar stretches beyond G-C-D progressions. His music blends Italian flavors with near-bluegrass picking styles and an almost Celtic vibe, among plenty more. He’s known as the “Italian King of the flatpick guitar,” and it’d be tough to dispute that. Lots of Gambetta’s stuff can be found online; start with 2010’s Collection. Tonight's show starts at 8:30 p.m. at Nighttown. (Sandy) $15 (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Saturday, March 28: Home and Garden Expo - This three-day home improvement expo will feature a multitude of local exhibitors that allow visitors to shop for home improvement contractors, home décor and other products and services for their renovation project. Fully-constructed small living space vignettes, a “Mini Mansion” container home, and how-to stage are among the highlights sure to excite and surprise show attendees. Visitors will also hear about the latest renovation trends from HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and one of the most well-known house flippers through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out, Jeff Lewis. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. $5-$10 (Photo via Facebook)
Saturday, March 28: Home and Garden Expo - This three-day home improvement expo will feature a multitude of local exhibitors that allow visitors to shop for home improvement contractors, home décor and other products and services for their renovation project. Fully-constructed small living space vignettes, a “Mini Mansion” container home, and how-to stage are among the highlights sure to excite and surprise show attendees. Visitors will also hear about the latest renovation trends from HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and one of the most well-known house flippers through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out, Jeff Lewis. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center. $5-$10 (Photo via Facebook)
Saturday, March 28: Harmonic Convergence - Featuring cello and acoustic guitar, the folk group Tall Heights features the kind of pitch-y vocals that characterize the music of Ani DiFranco. Darlingside features four singers whose “tightly-arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, including strains of bluegrass, classical, and even barbershop.” The two groups share the stage tonight at the Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula. The Conservancy Canteen will be serving up the grub: fresh, locally-sourced cuisine like Cuban sandwiches, antipasto skewers and spiced beer nuts. Tickets are $17 for non-members, $12 for Conservancy members. (Niesel, photo via Facebook)
Saturday, March 28: Harmonic Convergence - Featuring cello and acoustic guitar, the folk group Tall Heights features the kind of pitch-y vocals that characterize the music of Ani DiFranco. Darlingside features four singers whose “tightly-arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, including strains of bluegrass, classical, and even barbershop.” The two groups share the stage tonight at the Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula. The Conservancy Canteen will be serving up the grub: fresh, locally-sourced cuisine like Cuban sandwiches, antipasto skewers and spiced beer nuts. Tickets are $17 for non-members, $12 for Conservancy members. (Niesel, photo via Facebook)
Saturday, March 28: Potted Potter - A Critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff, won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show; playing to sold-out houses worldwide. Written and performed by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes. Today, there are two performances, one at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. $10-$49.50 (Photo via Facebook)
Saturday, March 28: Potted Potter - A Critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff, won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show; playing to sold-out houses worldwide. Written and performed by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes. Today, there are two performances, one at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. $10-$49.50 (Photo via Facebook)
aturday, March 28: Cabaret Style - It seems like every club in town hosts some kind of burlesque night. But Now That’s Class puts its own twist on the concept with Hot Sauce Cabaret. In addition to burlesque dancers such as Ginger Rockwood, Dahlia D’Luxe, Tallulah Moonshine and Foxy Moon, comics including John Wellington, Kali Fencl, Sean Sullivan, Dave Flynt and Mandi Leigh will perform. Oh, and there will be live music too. The event starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. (Niesel, Photo via Facebook)
aturday, March 28: Cabaret Style - It seems like every club in town hosts some kind of burlesque night. But Now That’s Class puts its own twist on the concept with Hot Sauce Cabaret. In addition to burlesque dancers such as Ginger Rockwood, Dahlia D’Luxe, Tallulah Moonshine and Foxy Moon, comics including John Wellington, Kali Fencl, Sean Sullivan, Dave Flynt and Mandi Leigh will perform. Oh, and there will be live music too. The event starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. (Niesel, Photo via Facebook)
Sunday, March 29: Best vs. Worst - Earlier in the season, the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the worst teams in the NBA, managed to eke out a win against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. Don’t expect the same results this time around. Despite the loss to the Heat earlier this month, the Cavs have been playing like a championship contender, so they should stomp on the young, inexperienced 76ers at today’s game. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Sunday, March 29: Best vs. Worst - Earlier in the season, the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the worst teams in the NBA, managed to eke out a win against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. Don’t expect the same results this time around. Despite the loss to the Heat earlier this month, the Cavs have been playing like a championship contender, so they should stomp on the young, inexperienced 76ers at today’s game. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Sunday, March 29: All About Bourbon - Tonight’s Bourbon Dinner at the Hard Rock Rocksino is billed as “a unique dining experience” at Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill. It features a four-course dinner that includes a wild mushroom risotto cake as an appetizer and items such as shaved kale baby green salad and roast duck. One-of-a-kind signature hand crafted cocktails will be paired with the menu items. Cost is $75. (Niesel, photo by Shannon, Flickr CC)
Sunday, March 29: All About Bourbon - Tonight’s Bourbon Dinner at the Hard Rock Rocksino is billed as “a unique dining experience” at Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill. It features a four-course dinner that includes a wild mushroom risotto cake as an appetizer and items such as shaved kale baby green salad and roast duck. One-of-a-kind signature hand crafted cocktails will be paired with the menu items. Cost is $75. (Niesel, photo by Shannon, Flickr CC)
Sunday, March 29: Roots Rocker - Singer Mike Farris plays a mix of blues rock that stems from his "misspent youth" and the soul and gospel music that he loves. His latest album just won a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album. For the music video for "Power of Love," he sits in a church and belts the song out. It's an appropriate setting as his music has that kind of power. He plays tonight at 7 at Mechanic Street House Concerts, a concert series held at a private home. The Mechanic Street folks are asking for $20 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist. When you buy your tickets online in advance, you'll get information on the Ohio City house's address. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia)
Sunday, March 29: Roots Rocker - Singer Mike Farris plays a mix of blues rock that stems from his "misspent youth" and the soul and gospel music that he loves. His latest album just won a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album. For the music video for "Power of Love," he sits in a church and belts the song out. It's an appropriate setting as his music has that kind of power. He plays tonight at 7 at Mechanic Street House Concerts, a concert series held at a private home. The Mechanic Street folks are asking for $20 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist. When you buy your tickets online in advance, you'll get information on the Ohio City house's address. (Niesel, photo via Wikimedia)