10 Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend (Feb. 26 - 28)
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808: The Movie
Fri., Feb. 26 -
One of the most unique sounding synthesizers ever invented, the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine helped changed the course of music history. 808: The Movie, a documentary about the instrument, chronicles how acts such as Pharrell, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, Goldie and more have used the instrument. It screens tonight at 7 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets are $5.50, free for Rock Hall Members.
Sat., Feb. 27 -
Cleveland Cinemas and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have partnered to present Reel Science, a film series that involves exploring the facts and fictions in each film. Today's film, Balto, is based on a true story about a team of sled dogs that must brave a terrible storm to bring medicine to Nome, Alaska to save the lives of children in the midst of a terrible diphtheria outbreak. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Lee Gambol will introduce the movie and lead a post-film discussion. Museum members and Cleveland Cinemas Marquee Rewards members can purchase discount tickets for $5 at the theater box office. Regular admission tickets are $7.50.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses - National Theatre Live Sun., Feb. 28 - In 1782, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of "sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France" created a huge scandal. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's adaptation of the novel into a play won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke's revival now marks the play's 30th anniversary. Today at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., the Cedar Lee Theatre shows a feed of the National Theatre's performance of the play. Tickets are $20.
Cleveland Improv Jam
The Angry Ladies of Improv has hosted the Cleveland Improv Jam for four years now. A few years back, Scene described the show as fierce, formidable and very funny. The women have some serious experience too. Katie White-Sonby is an actress who's performed at Clague Playhouse, Karamu and Kennedy's Cabaret. Marjorie Preston is an alumna of Something Dada and Rockwell 9 improvisational comedy troupes. Dionne Atchison is a theater artist with Cleveland Public Theatre, and Brenna MC Connor is an actress and improviser. The event begins with a short-form set of improv games, followed by a longform improv set. It begins at 8 tonight at Coffee Phix. Arrive at 7:30 if you want to sign up and perform. Admission is free.
Lake Erie Folk Fest
Sat., Feb. 27 -
A collaboration between the North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association, producer of the annual Blue Sky Folk Festival in Kirtland, and Shore Cultural Centre, a former high school turned innovative arts center in downtown Euclid, The Lake Erie Folk Festival starts today at 1 p.m. with a series of free afternoon workshops and mini concerts. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the local Irish act the Portersharks peform. The Duhks, a Grammy-nominated Winnipeg band, follow. Clawhammer banjo player Leonard Podolak, the Duhk's founder, grew up surrounded by folk music and now Podolak has led the band, which plays Celtic, old-time, Afro-Cuban and French Canadian music, to international acclaim. The event takes place at the Shore Cultural Centre. Tickets to the evening concert are $10.
A Spoken Word Concert Fri., Feb. 26 - At tonight, MOCA Cleveland and the East Cleveland Public Library present a very special spoken word concert by award-winning performance duo Climbing PoeTree, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman. Their soul-stirring performances have been featured alongside artists such as Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Alicia Keys, Sonia Sanchez, Cornel West and Saul Williams. Utilizing a combination of poetry, hip hop and multimedia theater, the duo uses their performances as tools for education, personal transformation and community organization. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Students and residents of East Cleveland can save $5 with their ID.
She's Gotta Have It
Sat., Feb. 27
A liberated Brooklyn woman (Tracy Camilla Jones) struggles to balance the demands of three different lovers in 1986's She's Gotta Have It, the first "joint" from writer-director Spike Lee. Lee's low-budget film helped usher in a new wave of independent filmmakers and also broke ground for African-American filmmakers. Tonight at 9 and tomorrow at 3:50 p.m., the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows a 35mm print of the movie. Tickets are $10.
Thu., Feb. 25 -
A veteran comic, local hero Cool TLC has worked the Cleveland scene for years now. During that time, he's shared the stage with national acts such as Eddie Griffin, Bruce Bruce, Snoop Dogg and Patti Labelle. The rowdy, fast-talking comedian regularly punctuates his live show with singing and dancing as he brings an excessive amount of energy to the stage. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $10.
Sun., Feb. 28
French New Wave master François Truffaut made some incredible movies before his death in 1984. Today at 1:30 p.m., the Cleveland Museum of Art screens Confidentially Yours, a 1983 film that stars Fanny Ardant and Jean-Louis Trintignant. The movie centers on a secretary's attempts to solve a murder mystery after her boss is accused of committing the crime.. Tickets are $10.
Super Seventies Soul!
Fri., Feb. 26 -
Each February, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates national Black History month with a series of events and programming. Today at 1 p.m., Rock Hall experts will talk about some of the biggest 70s soul stars including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, the OJays and more during a session dubbed Super 70s Soul! that takes place in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater. Admission is free with museum admission and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.