Friday: Comedian Michael Colyar is a comedy veteran. Hes mostly known for his performances in Venice Beach where he would make the crowd laugh every weekend when he performed five one-hour shows. His jokes arent designed to appeal solely to fans of a certain ethnicity, age or background: Colyar aims at making everyone laugh. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $20 with performances scheduled through Sunday.
Friday: Presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Heritage Concert Series aims to celebrate the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley with a series of folk and roots rock concerts at the Happy Days Lodge. Tonight's concert features the acoustic bluegrass act Mountain Heart. Attendees can purchase light meal options featuring soups, snacks and sweets prepared by Conservancy Canteen. In addition to food, the venue offers local, alcoholic and non-alcoholic handcrafted beverages. Single concert admission is $17 for adults, $12 for conservancy members and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m.
Friday: Dont expect fresh baked cookies at this grandmas house. Stand-up comic Grandma Lee isnt the sweet grandmother you know. Instead, she hollers about her missing kidney and asks her audience to cut the crap. After a fairly successful stint on Americas Got Talent (Lee was a finalist), the 81-year-old retiree hit the road, complaining on stage for the entire country. Tonight, she performs at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park's Club Velvet at 7:30 and 10 and then plays the club again at 7 and 9:30 tomorrow night. Tickets are $13 to $18.
Friday: Earlier this year, the Symposium launched a special event dubbed Rat Pack Fridays that serves as a tribute to the great American lounge and jazz singers of yesteryear. The dance club takes on a different decor for the event, placing table clothed tables throughout the club. The music starts at 8 p.m. Drink specials include $2 16 oz. cans of beer and $3 well drinks. Expect to hear plenty of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as a DJ will spin old school tunes. Admission is free.
Saturday: The first feature film in eight years from Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin received rave reviews upon its release last year. Sight and Sound magazine even proclaimed it to be the best movie of the year. Set in eight century China, the film centers on a female assassin who struggles to keep her compassion from interfering with her work. The movie screens tonight at 7:10 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9.
Saturday: Local Artist Angelica Pozo invites residents who live, work and/or worship in Tremont to participate in a community ceramic tile mural project. Pozo hopes to engage as many residents, of all ages and artistic abilities, as possible. The mural will be made up of larger ceramic tiles painted by neighborhood artists, amateur through professional, including the advanced art class at Tremont Montessori. These panels will depict images of the Tremont neighborhood, and will be surrounded by smaller ceramic tiles decorated by the rest of the community at sessions throughout the winter. To learn more about the project and how to get involved, stop by Pilgrim Churchs Fellowship Hall for a Tremont Community Mural Project Community Presentation from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. Free.
Saturday: The fourth installment of Pretension Gallerys Insider Trading series takes place from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. today in Slavic Village. This year, more than 40 artists will swap work during this one night only event. None of the works on the walls are for sale. Instead, the artists each draw a name of another artist and everyone leaves with a different piece than they came with. If an artist draws their own name, they get to steal any piece in the show. Its the art communitys version of White Elephant, but you wont find anything else like this in town. This years theme is The Unconscious Mind. The event includes a raffle for the general public, refreshments and live music from DJs Geronamo, Krash Helmut and Matt Casio and performances by Conner Joseph McCready and Nick Brilla. Free. (Usmani) 6304 Fleet Ave., pretensiongallery.wix.com/pretensiongallery.
Sunday: Evangelical minister Rob Schenck is the subject of The Armor of Light, a documentary about Schenck and the amount of criticism he receives from his far-right colleagues as he preaches against gun violence. The film screens at 4:15 p.m. today at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)
Sunday: The University of Akron Steel Drum Band was formed in 1980, an era when only a handful of colleges had such ensembles. The group, which features both undergraduate and graduate students, plays on drums that local Cliff Alexis builds and maintains. For todays performance at the Akron Civic Theatre, the group will play Caribbean music designed to help you leave the winter blues behind. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. (Niesel)
Sunday: The "seventh day" tends to be a day of rest for many folks. But not for the party hearty people who run B-Side Liquor Lounge, the popular dance club located underneath the Grog Shop. Dubbed 7th Day Sweat, their weekly Sunday night soiree features DJ White Rims spinning "today's hottest dance hits," so you can "sweat it out" every Sunday. Admission is free but you must be 21 or older. It all starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel)