10 Things Going On this Weekend in Cleveland

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Friday,  May 29: Rematch with a Rival - While the Cleveland Browns continue to search for a quarterback who can lead their offense, the Cleveland Gladiators have got their guy. Earlier this month, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin was named Arena Football League offensive player of the week after passing for 364 yards and eight touchdowns against Orlando. At the time, he ranked second in the entire league in total offense. He’ll be taking the snaps tonight at 7 as the Gladiators take on the Orlando Predators once again. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel, photo by Scott Sandberg)
Friday, May 29: Rematch with a Rival - While the Cleveland Browns continue to search for a quarterback who can lead their offense, the Cleveland Gladiators have got their guy. Earlier this month, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin was named Arena Football League offensive player of the week after passing for 364 yards and eight touchdowns against Orlando. At the time, he ranked second in the entire league in total offense. He’ll be taking the snaps tonight at 7 as the Gladiators take on the Orlando Predators once again. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel, photo by Scott Sandberg)
Friday, May 29: Talk of the Town - Can you believe there have been 24 incarnations of PechaKucha Night (PKN) in Cleveland? Here comes one more: At 7 tonight, MOCA Cleveland kicks off the summer programming on its Toby Devan Lewis Plaza with the 25th edition. PechaKucha Night features 10 presenters using 20 slides, and each slide is limited to only 20 seconds. The result is a fast-paced, exciting evening. Topics typically range from visual art, photography, technology, architecture, food, film and furniture design. For tonight’s presentation, PKN promises some special surprises. Presentations begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. and will be over by 10:30 p.m. It’s free. (Usmani, photo via Wiki)
Friday, May 29: Talk of the Town - Can you believe there have been 24 incarnations of PechaKucha Night (PKN) in Cleveland? Here comes one more: At 7 tonight, MOCA Cleveland kicks off the summer programming on its Toby Devan Lewis Plaza with the 25th edition. PechaKucha Night features 10 presenters using 20 slides, and each slide is limited to only 20 seconds. The result is a fast-paced, exciting evening. Topics typically range from visual art, photography, technology, architecture, food, film and furniture design. For tonight’s presentation, PKN promises some special surprises. Presentations begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. and will be over by 10:30 p.m. It’s free. (Usmani, photo via Wiki)
Friday, May 29: Margaritas and Mariachis - Dios mio! The Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Berea Fairgrounds is here to satisfy all your Latin food (and drink) cravings. With numerous tents and stands serving everything from tacos and tamales to tequila and Tecate, this fest features the best Mexican cuisine from all of Cleveland. Mariachi music and Lucha Libra wrestling can be enjoyed while eating tacos from La Plaza Supermarket (voted Best of Cleveland for finger food this year). Cultural aspects like dance and art also will be represented. Why go to Mexico when it’s practically in your own backyard? The fun runs from 4 p.m. to midnight tonight at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, and continues through Sunday. Tix are $10. (Wintucky, photo via Instagram, Rachel Rinion)
Friday, May 29: Margaritas and Mariachis - Dios mio! The Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Berea Fairgrounds is here to satisfy all your Latin food (and drink) cravings. With numerous tents and stands serving everything from tacos and tamales to tequila and Tecate, this fest features the best Mexican cuisine from all of Cleveland. Mariachi music and Lucha Libra wrestling can be enjoyed while eating tacos from La Plaza Supermarket (voted Best of Cleveland for finger food this year). Cultural aspects like dance and art also will be represented. Why go to Mexico when it’s practically in your own backyard? The fun runs from 4 p.m. to midnight tonight at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, and continues through Sunday. Tix are $10. (Wintucky, photo via Instagram, Rachel Rinion)
Saturday, May 30: Bike Check - Keeping your bicycle in good working condition ain’t easy. You want the brakes to actually enable you to stop, and it’s nice if you can change gears without having the chain pop off. To help out the average cyclist, the folks at Heights Bicycle Coalition and Hirobel LLC have put together today’s free Bike Tune-Up Day, which takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coventry Outdoor Courtyard. (Niesel, photo via Wiki)
Saturday, May 30: Bike Check - Keeping your bicycle in good working condition ain’t easy. You want the brakes to actually enable you to stop, and it’s nice if you can change gears without having the chain pop off. To help out the average cyclist, the folks at Heights Bicycle Coalition and Hirobel LLC have put together today’s free Bike Tune-Up Day, which takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coventry Outdoor Courtyard. (Niesel, photo via Wiki)
Saturday, May 30: Fun Run - Okay, so salmon don’t actually swim in Rocky River, but fishing for salmon in Alaska’s Copper River is an annual tradition that the folks at Pier W are acknowledging with the annual Copper River Salmon Run that takes place today at 9 a.m. at the Lakewood Park Outdoor Pavilion. Following the 5K run/walk through Lakewood Park, Pier W will prepare a lunch for participants that will be served on the restaurant’s new patio. Proceeds from the race benefit Malachi House. Preregistration will set you back $30 and includes the post-race lunch as well as a T-shirt. Details are on the website. (Niesel, photo via Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, May 30: Fun Run - Okay, so salmon don’t actually swim in Rocky River, but fishing for salmon in Alaska’s Copper River is an annual tradition that the folks at Pier W are acknowledging with the annual Copper River Salmon Run that takes place today at 9 a.m. at the Lakewood Park Outdoor Pavilion. Following the 5K run/walk through Lakewood Park, Pier W will prepare a lunch for participants that will be served on the restaurant’s new patio. Proceeds from the race benefit Malachi House. Preregistration will set you back $30 and includes the post-race lunch as well as a T-shirt. Details are on the website. (Niesel, photo via Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, May 30: Fur a Good Cause - From 7 to 10 tonight, Red Space at Hotcards World Headquarters hosts the 11th Annual Art Fur Animals Benefit. More than 400 animal and art lovers are expected to attend this fundraiser, which supports the care of animals at the city’s Cleveland Kennel. The evening includes a silent art auction, a live auction of custom dog bowls created by Northeast Ohio artists, live music by DJ Funk-Schway, celebrity bartenders, raffle prizes, light appetizers, craft beer and wine. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door; VIP tickets, which include 6 p.m. entry, are available for $100. You can purchase tickets and learn the details at the website, below. (Usmani, photo via Wiki)
Saturday, May 30: Fur a Good Cause - From 7 to 10 tonight, Red Space at Hotcards World Headquarters hosts the 11th Annual Art Fur Animals Benefit. More than 400 animal and art lovers are expected to attend this fundraiser, which supports the care of animals at the city’s Cleveland Kennel. The evening includes a silent art auction, a live auction of custom dog bowls created by Northeast Ohio artists, live music by DJ Funk-Schway, celebrity bartenders, raffle prizes, light appetizers, craft beer and wine. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door; VIP tickets, which include 6 p.m. entry, are available for $100. You can purchase tickets and learn the details at the website, below. (Usmani, photo via Wiki)
Saturday, May 30: Doubled Up - If you’ve seen local comedian Mike Polk Jr. perform live, you know he really thrives on having an audience at his disposal. The man behind the Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, the Factory of Sadness video (parts 1 and 2), the Last Call Cleveland comedy troupe and his very own show on Fox 8 (aptly called the Mike Polk Jr. Show) plans to capitalize on that crowd chemistry: He’s set to record a live album tonight at Mahall’s in Lakewood. He’ll perform two shows at 7:30 and 10:30. Local comic Bill Squire opens. (Niesel, courtesy photo)
Saturday, May 30: Doubled Up - If you’ve seen local comedian Mike Polk Jr. perform live, you know he really thrives on having an audience at his disposal. The man behind the Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, the Factory of Sadness video (parts 1 and 2), the Last Call Cleveland comedy troupe and his very own show on Fox 8 (aptly called the Mike Polk Jr. Show) plans to capitalize on that crowd chemistry: He’s set to record a live album tonight at Mahall’s in Lakewood. He’ll perform two shows at 7:30 and 10:30. Local comic Bill Squire opens. (Niesel, courtesy photo)
Sunday, May 31: Classically Futuristic - Six young, talented, classically trained musicians come together to commission and perform completely unique and avant-garde music. Ars Futura has taken the Cleveland classical music scene by storm since its inaugural performance in 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With an original sound that features flute, percussion, piano, clarinet, cello and violin, the group makes music that sounds like something from a sci-fi or thriller movie soundtrack. They perform at Heights Arts today at 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Wintucky, photo via Facebook)
Sunday, May 31: Classically Futuristic - Six young, talented, classically trained musicians come together to commission and perform completely unique and avant-garde music. Ars Futura has taken the Cleveland classical music scene by storm since its inaugural performance in 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With an original sound that features flute, percussion, piano, clarinet, cello and violin, the group makes music that sounds like something from a sci-fi or thriller movie soundtrack. They perform at Heights Arts today at 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Wintucky, photo via Facebook)
Sunday, May 31: Stretching Out - The Music Box Supper Club has had great success pairing music with yoga. That’s right — we said yoga. At tonight’s “workout,” Jaclyn Hoffman leads the yoga session while guitarist Thom Pope provides the tunes. The class includes a post-session meet and greet where you can sample Bearded Buch kombucha and Wild Thing wine. Award-winning winemaker Carol Shelton is the guest speaker. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel, photo via anisanaille, Instagram)
Sunday, May 31: Stretching Out - The Music Box Supper Club has had great success pairing music with yoga. That’s right — we said yoga. At tonight’s “workout,” Jaclyn Hoffman leads the yoga session while guitarist Thom Pope provides the tunes. The class includes a post-session meet and greet where you can sample Bearded Buch kombucha and Wild Thing wine. Award-winning winemaker Carol Shelton is the guest speaker. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15. (Niesel, photo via anisanaille, Instagram)
Sunday, May 31: Revival of the Fittest - An indie folk act out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival features a exotic blend of instruments. Band members play banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle. That’s not to mention the washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox. You’ll hear all those instruments on the band’s new album, The Changing Skies, a collection of folk-y tunes that have an understated beauty to them. The songs should sound spectactular in the confines of G.A.R. Hall, where the band performs tonight. Kent folk-rock act the Speedbumps open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $22 in advance, $27 the day of the show. (Niesel, photo via Wiki)
Sunday, May 31: Revival of the Fittest - An indie folk act out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival features a exotic blend of instruments. Band members play banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle. That’s not to mention the washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox. You’ll hear all those instruments on the band’s new album, The Changing Skies, a collection of folk-y tunes that have an understated beauty to them. The songs should sound spectactular in the confines of G.A.R. Hall, where the band performs tonight. Kent folk-rock act the Speedbumps open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $22 in advance, $27 the day of the show. (Niesel, photo via Wiki)