December 03, 2015

10 Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend

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Friday, Dec. 4 - Santa Bar Blast: Don’t miss Downtown Willoughby’s Santa Bar Blast, Cleveland’s most spirited pub crawl. Join us as we eat, drink and merrily make our way through Downtown Willoughby bars, starting at Willoughby Brewing Company and stopping by The Morehouse Willoughby, The 1899 Pub, Frank and Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s Irish Pub and Nickleby’s Roundbar. The event has sold out, so if you don't have tickets, you may have to turn to your favorite black market provider. (Photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Friday, Dec. 4 - Santa Bar Blast: Don’t miss Downtown Willoughby’s Santa Bar Blast, Cleveland’s most spirited pub crawl. Join us as we eat, drink and merrily make our way through Downtown Willoughby bars, starting at Willoughby Brewing Company and stopping by The Morehouse Willoughby, The 1899 Pub, Frank and Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s Irish Pub and Nickleby’s Roundbar. The event has sold out, so if you don't have tickets, you may have to turn to your favorite black market provider. (Photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Friday, Dec. 4 - MIX at the CMA - The Cleveland Museum of Art’s first Friday MIX Happy Hours take place on the first Friday of the month, and this month's theme is Dream. Attend the event and you can explore the special exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse; unique floral designs inspired by the collection will also be on view in the atrium. There will be a cash bar. Food will be available for purchase in the museum’s restaurant and café. The event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $18, free for CMA members. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Friday, Dec. 4 - MIX at the CMA - The Cleveland Museum of Art’s first Friday MIX Happy Hours take place on the first Friday of the month, and this month's theme is Dream. Attend the event and you can explore the special exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse; unique floral designs inspired by the collection will also be on view in the atrium. There will be a cash bar. Food will be available for purchase in the museum’s restaurant and café. The event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $18, free for CMA members. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Light Up Lakewood: Light Up Lakewood returns for its seventh year today, providing Clevelanders plenty of holiday nostalgia to get them in the mood for the season. The event, presented by LakewoodAlive, will offer holiday activities at organizations and businesses all along Detroit Avenue, as well as an outdoor festival beginning at 4 p.m. Last year, the event drew an estimated 15,000 people, so visitors this year can expect a flurry of faces along Detroit Avenue, along with food vendors, live music, and holiday kitsch galore. Grab some hot chocolate and food from a local food stand and watch the Holiday Parade at 5 p.m. The parade will be followed by a Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in front of Lakewood Hospital and a fireworks show to finish off the night. Light Up Lakewood will have no shortage of winter wonders: huskies, carolers, pictures with Santa (we hope ironic adult photos are allowed), shopping, ice carving, and holiday treats. The Vendor Village inside the historic Masonic Hall should definitely have a gift or two for you to check off your list. (Xan Schwartz, photo by Rick Uldricks)
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Light Up Lakewood: Light Up Lakewood returns for its seventh year today, providing Clevelanders plenty of holiday nostalgia to get them in the mood for the season. The event, presented by LakewoodAlive, will offer holiday activities at organizations and businesses all along Detroit Avenue, as well as an outdoor festival beginning at 4 p.m. Last year, the event drew an estimated 15,000 people, so visitors this year can expect a flurry of faces along Detroit Avenue, along with food vendors, live music, and holiday kitsch galore. Grab some hot chocolate and food from a local food stand and watch the Holiday Parade at 5 p.m. The parade will be followed by a Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in front of Lakewood Hospital and a fireworks show to finish off the night. Light Up Lakewood will have no shortage of winter wonders: huskies, carolers, pictures with Santa (we hope ironic adult photos are allowed), shopping, ice carving, and holiday treats. The Vendor Village inside the historic Masonic Hall should definitely have a gift or two for you to check off your list. (Xan Schwartz, photo by Rick Uldricks)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Holiday Carriage Rides - Beginning on today and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 3, Cleveland Culture Gardens will host Holiday Carriage Rides on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The Holiday Carriage Rides are designed to create “memorable, special moments with family and friends.” Guests will wait before the ride at a fireplace and then receive hot chocolate and hot cider to drink as a carriage takes them through the gardens and fields. Sponsored by the Cleveland World Festival, Famicos Foundation and Shamrock Carriages, the Holiday Carriage Rides celebrate the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial. A special kickoff event today from noon to 2 p.m. will feature free hot chocolate and snacks and the chance to roast marshmallows in the fireplace. The Holiday Carriage Rides leave from the Upper Italian Garden (990 East Blvd.) The cost of each ride, which accommodates up to five persons, is $25 or $50, depending on the length of the route. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Famicos One World Theatre Camp, which takes place during the summer at Michael R. White School in Cleveland. For further information, call 216-791-6476 ext. 269 or go to the website. (Courtesy photo)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Holiday Carriage Rides - Beginning on today and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 3, Cleveland Culture Gardens will host Holiday Carriage Rides on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The Holiday Carriage Rides are designed to create “memorable, special moments with family and friends.” Guests will wait before the ride at a fireplace and then receive hot chocolate and hot cider to drink as a carriage takes them through the gardens and fields. Sponsored by the Cleveland World Festival, Famicos Foundation and Shamrock Carriages, the Holiday Carriage Rides celebrate the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial. A special kickoff event today from noon to 2 p.m. will feature free hot chocolate and snacks and the chance to roast marshmallows in the fireplace. The Holiday Carriage Rides leave from the Upper Italian Garden (990 East Blvd.) The cost of each ride, which accommodates up to five persons, is $25 or $50, depending on the length of the route. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Famicos One World Theatre Camp, which takes place during the summer at Michael R. White School in Cleveland. For further information, call 216-791-6476 ext. 269 or go to the website. (Courtesy photo)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Cleveland Bazaar on Coventry - Billed as Northeast Ohio's longest running handmade show, Bazaar on Coventry comes to the Grog Shop today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some 70 local local artisans and Coventry merchants will be on hand for the event, which promises to provide some terrific holiday shopping opportunities. It's free. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Cleveland Bazaar on Coventry - Billed as Northeast Ohio's longest running handmade show, Bazaar on Coventry comes to the Grog Shop today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some 70 local local artisans and Coventry merchants will be on hand for the event, which promises to provide some terrific holiday shopping opportunities. It's free. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, Dec. 5- Rocks for Tots:  Parma Heights residents Kate Dedinsky and Adam Grindler host their third annual Rock for Tots toy drive tonight at Brothers Lounge. Every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program follows their mission to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the local community. Guests are encouraged to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy to the event. Gift baskets will be available for raffle, and all money collected will go toward the purchase of additional toys. Locals Kiss Me Deadly, Michelle Gaw, and the Baker’s Basement will perform. Last year, ‘Rock for Tots’ helped to collect over 300 toys for children less fortunate in our local community. This year Dedinsky and Grindler endeavor to surpass that number. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Brothers Lounge. (Niesel, photo via cheif_thunderwater, Instagram)
Saturday, Dec. 5- Rocks for Tots: Parma Heights residents Kate Dedinsky and Adam Grindler host their third annual Rock for Tots toy drive tonight at Brothers Lounge. Every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program follows their mission to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the local community. Guests are encouraged to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy to the event. Gift baskets will be available for raffle, and all money collected will go toward the purchase of additional toys. Locals Kiss Me Deadly, Michelle Gaw, and the Baker’s Basement will perform. Last year, ‘Rock for Tots’ helped to collect over 300 toys for children less fortunate in our local community. This year Dedinsky and Grindler endeavor to surpass that number. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Brothers Lounge. (Niesel, photo via cheif_thunderwater, Instagram)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Prohibition Repeal Party - On Dec. 5, 1933, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed, “What the world needs now is a drink.” To mark the occasion, Prosperity Social Club will toast the end of that “noble experiment” with a Prohibition Repeal Party that takes place tonight from 8 to 11. The event includes era-inspired cuisine and live music courtesy of local hero Hollywood Slim. The special drink menu include a French 75 (made with Cognac instead of the traditional gin) and a special, high-flying Gatsby Punch are on the drink menu too. If you whisper the speakeasy code word “gigglejuice” to your server, you can order a $6 champagne cocktail or a Gin Rickey, a drink that was a favorite of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Special food items include old school platters like the Fried White-Bread Bologna Sandwich with Homemade Chips and City Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Braised Red Cabbage. There’s no cover but patrons are encouraged to don 1930s attire reminiscent of “bootleggers, rumrunners, mobsters, teetotalers, WPA artists, crooners or movie stars.” (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Saturday, Dec. 5: Prohibition Repeal Party - On Dec. 5, 1933, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed, “What the world needs now is a drink.” To mark the occasion, Prosperity Social Club will toast the end of that “noble experiment” with a Prohibition Repeal Party that takes place tonight from 8 to 11. The event includes era-inspired cuisine and live music courtesy of local hero Hollywood Slim. The special drink menu include a French 75 (made with Cognac instead of the traditional gin) and a special, high-flying Gatsby Punch are on the drink menu too. If you whisper the speakeasy code word “gigglejuice” to your server, you can order a $6 champagne cocktail or a Gin Rickey, a drink that was a favorite of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Special food items include old school platters like the Fried White-Bread Bologna Sandwich with Homemade Chips and City Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Braised Red Cabbage. There’s no cover but patrons are encouraged to don 1930s attire reminiscent of “bootleggers, rumrunners, mobsters, teetotalers, WPA artists, crooners or movie stars.” (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Sunday, Dec. 6 - Browns vs. Bengals - When the Browns played the rival Bengals last month, they gave them a good battle for the first half. And then in the second half, they couldn't move the ball as quarterback Johnny Manziel got sacked numerous times and the offense completely stalled. The Bengals haven't proved as invincible in the wake of that win so maybe the Browns, who have no hope of making the playoffs this year, can play the role of spoilers at today's game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Sunday, Dec. 6 - Browns vs. Bengals - When the Browns played the rival Bengals last month, they gave them a good battle for the first half. And then in the second half, they couldn't move the ball as quarterback Johnny Manziel got sacked numerous times and the offense completely stalled. The Bengals haven't proved as invincible in the wake of that win so maybe the Browns, who have no hope of making the playoffs this year, can play the role of spoilers at today's game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel, photo by Emanuel Wallace)
Sunday, Dec. 6: Holiday CircleFest - An annual tradition, Holiday CircleFest has only gotten bigger as University Circle has grown. From 1 to 5:30 p.m. today, more than a dozen of University Circle’s museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools will be open, offering seasonal activities, music, food, fun and shopping. There will be live music, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, a gingerbread house competition and much more. At Wade Oval, you can see ice carving demonstrations and take horse drawn carriage rides. The Rink at Wade Oval will be onen for skating and the day will conclude with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession. Admission is free. (Niesel, photo via CleveScene archives)
Sunday, Dec. 6: Holiday CircleFest - An annual tradition, Holiday CircleFest has only gotten bigger as University Circle has grown. From 1 to 5:30 p.m. today, more than a dozen of University Circle’s museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools will be open, offering seasonal activities, music, food, fun and shopping. There will be live music, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, a gingerbread house competition and much more. At Wade Oval, you can see ice carving demonstrations and take horse drawn carriage rides. The Rink at Wade Oval will be onen for skating and the day will conclude with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession. Admission is free. (Niesel, photo via CleveScene archives)
Sunday, Dec. 6: New Orleans Suspects - Relative newcomers on the NOLA scene, the New Orleans Suspects really began picking up nationwide acclaim but a few years ago. The band released Ouroboros last year, but it’s their eponymous album that still serves as their calling card. Throughout, pianist CR Gruver takes center stage as a lead man. He both drives the direction of the music and trades solo time with guitarist Jake Eckert and sax player Jeff Watkins (for example, “All the Money”). They’ve all managed to cook up some fine chemistry in their short time as a band, making their live show fun and funky in all the right ways. (Eric Sandy, photo via Facebook) $22 ADV, $25 DOS
Sunday, Dec. 6: New Orleans Suspects - Relative newcomers on the NOLA scene, the New Orleans Suspects really began picking up nationwide acclaim but a few years ago. The band released Ouroboros last year, but it’s their eponymous album that still serves as their calling card. Throughout, pianist CR Gruver takes center stage as a lead man. He both drives the direction of the music and trades solo time with guitarist Jake Eckert and sax player Jeff Watkins (for example, “All the Money”). They’ve all managed to cook up some fine chemistry in their short time as a band, making their live show fun and funky in all the right ways. (Eric Sandy, photo via Facebook) $22 ADV, $25 DOS