10 Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend

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Friday, June 19: A Fanciful Flight - The color red is a pretty significant color in the movies. In the movie the Sixth Sense the doorknob was red and signified something important, but let's not ruin the ending. Do you want to travel into a world of imagination? Escape reality? Tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, you can do just that. The theater screens the 2007 flick Flight of the Red Balloon, a movie about a film student in Paris who becomes a nanny to a 7-year-old kid. Tickets are $12. (Hintz, photo via Cleveland Scene archives)
Friday, June 19: A Fanciful Flight - The color red is a pretty significant color in the movies. In the movie the Sixth Sense the doorknob was red and signified something important, but let's not ruin the ending. Do you want to travel into a world of imagination? Escape reality? Tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, you can do just that. The theater screens the 2007 flick Flight of the Red Balloon, a movie about a film student in Paris who becomes a nanny to a 7-year-old kid. Tickets are $12. (Hintz, photo via Cleveland Scene archives)
Friday, June 19: A Frank Approach - At 6 tonight, Canopy hosts just the second gallery exhibition of work by Grace Frank. Organizers describe her work as just like the artist herself, “loving, fun, full of spirit and joy. Her characters are teeming with life and imagination, and each painting truly holds endless possibility for storytelling.” The artist will be on hand for the reception from 6 to 10 p.m., and the evening includes a DJ set and refreshments. Canopy is a new collective of artists and creatives. Canopy’s facilities include exhibition space, studio space, community classes, art consignment, gathering space and more. Free. (Usmani, photo via Canopy's Facebook page) 3910 Lorain Ave.
Friday, June 19: A Frank Approach - At 6 tonight, Canopy hosts just the second gallery exhibition of work by Grace Frank. Organizers describe her work as just like the artist herself, “loving, fun, full of spirit and joy. Her characters are teeming with life and imagination, and each painting truly holds endless possibility for storytelling.” The artist will be on hand for the reception from 6 to 10 p.m., and the evening includes a DJ set and refreshments. Canopy is a new collective of artists and creatives. Canopy’s facilities include exhibition space, studio space, community classes, art consignment, gathering space and more. Free. (Usmani, photo via Canopy's Facebook page) 3910 Lorain Ave.
Friday, June 19: Party in the Metropark - Hiking boots and beer come together in Elevation, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s very own summer party. Trail Mix, music, campfires and s’mores are staples of this event. The evening starts off with a one-hour hike on the Ledges Trail then food and music from local bands and sponsors. Food includes appetizers and dinner (slider bar, mac and cheese, and salads). All proceeds benefit TRAILS FOREVER, an organization that provides funds to preserve national park trails. Dance and eat with fellow outdoorsmen and women and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful CVNP. The event takes place tonight from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ledges Shelter, and tickets are $75. (Wintucky, photo via Flickr user Betsy Weber)
Friday, June 19: Party in the Metropark - Hiking boots and beer come together in Elevation, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s very own summer party. Trail Mix, music, campfires and s’mores are staples of this event. The evening starts off with a one-hour hike on the Ledges Trail then food and music from local bands and sponsors. Food includes appetizers and dinner (slider bar, mac and cheese, and salads). All proceeds benefit TRAILS FOREVER, an organization that provides funds to preserve national park trails. Dance and eat with fellow outdoorsmen and women and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful CVNP. The event takes place tonight from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ledges Shelter, and tickets are $75. (Wintucky, photo via Flickr user Betsy Weber)
Saturday, June 20: Pop-Up Rink - Skaters, rejoice! Coventry Village in partnership with Public Square Group is putting up a one day only pop-up rink on Coventry Road today. The groups are hosting skateboarding competitions, lessons and prizes for skaters who really know how to roll. The event, which is part of Coventry Village’s Summer Series, is free and open to the public. Skateboard enthusiasts can ollie on up to the rink between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in parking lot 15 (between Marc’s and Heights Cleaners). (Rees, photo via Flickr user Darren Johnson)
Saturday, June 20: Pop-Up Rink - Skaters, rejoice! Coventry Village in partnership with Public Square Group is putting up a one day only pop-up rink on Coventry Road today. The groups are hosting skateboarding competitions, lessons and prizes for skaters who really know how to roll. The event, which is part of Coventry Village’s Summer Series, is free and open to the public. Skateboard enthusiasts can ollie on up to the rink between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in parking lot 15 (between Marc’s and Heights Cleaners). (Rees, photo via Flickr user Darren Johnson)
Saturday, June 20: Country Concert - One of country’s biggest acts, Lady Antebellum kicked off its Take Me Downtown Tour last year after playing live from Central Park in New York as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series. Propelled by "Bartender," the single from last year's 747, the tour was a huge hit. "Bartender" is a catchy pop number that, despite a dominant banjo riff, has more in common with Katy Perry than Dolly Parton. And when the band’s Hillary Scott sings, “What I really need now is a double shot of crown,” you can bet members of the capacity crowd that will be at Blossom for this gig will hoist their drinks in the air in unison as a toast of sorts to Blossom’s country-heavy concert schedule. (Niesel, photo via Cleveland Scene archive and Joe Kleon) $31.50-$61.25
Saturday, June 20: Country Concert - One of country’s biggest acts, Lady Antebellum kicked off its Take Me Downtown Tour last year after playing live from Central Park in New York as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series. Propelled by "Bartender," the single from last year's 747, the tour was a huge hit. "Bartender" is a catchy pop number that, despite a dominant banjo riff, has more in common with Katy Perry than Dolly Parton. And when the band’s Hillary Scott sings, “What I really need now is a double shot of crown,” you can bet members of the capacity crowd that will be at Blossom for this gig will hoist their drinks in the air in unison as a toast of sorts to Blossom’s country-heavy concert schedule. (Niesel, photo via Cleveland Scene archive and Joe Kleon) $31.50-$61.25
Saturday, June 20: Street Art - This Saturday, Clifton Blvd. will be shut down. And this time it’s not for construction. Lakewood anticipates 40,000 visitors for the 28th Annual Clifton Arts and Musicfest. Annually held on the third Saturday of June, the festival celebrates both visual art and music. The exhibitors are selected through a juried competition, and prize money is awarded annually in the Juried Art Show. The event places special emphasis the pride, diversity and vitality of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. This will be the first Clifton Arts and Musicfest since the streetscape project was recently completed. Free. (Usmani, photo via Clifton Arts and Musicfest Facebook page)
Saturday, June 20: Street Art - This Saturday, Clifton Blvd. will be shut down. And this time it’s not for construction. Lakewood anticipates 40,000 visitors for the 28th Annual Clifton Arts and Musicfest. Annually held on the third Saturday of June, the festival celebrates both visual art and music. The exhibitors are selected through a juried competition, and prize money is awarded annually in the Juried Art Show. The event places special emphasis the pride, diversity and vitality of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. This will be the first Clifton Arts and Musicfest since the streetscape project was recently completed. Free. (Usmani, photo via Clifton Arts and Musicfest Facebook page)
Saturday, June 20: Paying Homage to the Dude - The Big Lebowski, a film that centers on a crazy, White Russian-drinking character named the Dude, is a cult classic. To honor the film, Game of Mentor has teamed up with the Fisher House and the City of Mentor to present the inaugural Big Lebowski Bash. The event kicks off today and runs through Sunday. It features trivia contests, bowling and a Kahlua bottle ring toss. To start things off, Game of Mentor hosts a screening of the movie in its parking lot tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event. Other events are slated to take place throughout the weekend. Go to the website for more info. (Niesel, photo via Wikipedia)
Saturday, June 20: Paying Homage to the Dude - The Big Lebowski, a film that centers on a crazy, White Russian-drinking character named the Dude, is a cult classic. To honor the film, Game of Mentor has teamed up with the Fisher House and the City of Mentor to present the inaugural Big Lebowski Bash. The event kicks off today and runs through Sunday. It features trivia contests, bowling and a Kahlua bottle ring toss. To start things off, Game of Mentor hosts a screening of the movie in its parking lot tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event. Other events are slated to take place throughout the weekend. Go to the website for more info. (Niesel, photo via Wikipedia)
Sunday, June 21: Dad's Day - Dad probably has as many ties, golf club covers, wallets and coffee mugs that he needs. So why not take him to Prosperity Social Club for Big Daddy’ Father’s Day Show, which takes place today at 6:30 p.m. This pub party features “a menu of ‘pops’-perfect specials such as the ‘fall-off-the-bone’ barbecue baby back rib platter served with tangy homemade coleslaw and handcut fries. You can also have a vintage beer or two — think Blatz, Strohs, Schlitz and Ballantine. Classic “Mad Men”-worthy cocktails like 7 and 7 Highballs and Canadian Club Manhattans will be served as well. Lounge Kitty, the self-proclaimed Cleveland queen of kitsch, will perform as well. Reservations are suggested. (Niesel, photo via Prosperity Social Club's Facebook page)
Sunday, June 21: Dad's Day - Dad probably has as many ties, golf club covers, wallets and coffee mugs that he needs. So why not take him to Prosperity Social Club for Big Daddy’ Father’s Day Show, which takes place today at 6:30 p.m. This pub party features “a menu of ‘pops’-perfect specials such as the ‘fall-off-the-bone’ barbecue baby back rib platter served with tangy homemade coleslaw and handcut fries. You can also have a vintage beer or two — think Blatz, Strohs, Schlitz and Ballantine. Classic “Mad Men”-worthy cocktails like 7 and 7 Highballs and Canadian Club Manhattans will be served as well. Lounge Kitty, the self-proclaimed Cleveland queen of kitsch, will perform as well. Reservations are suggested. (Niesel, photo via Prosperity Social Club's Facebook page)
Sunday, June 21: Sports Talk - Most dads love baseball so why not take them to the Maltz Museum for Father's Day? Today at 6, you can hear from baseball superstars Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza in a moderated talk hosted by Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs for the Cleveland Indians. Baerga and Espinoza will talk about their careers (especially as members of the 1995 Cleveland Indians) as well as the tremendous impact of the late, great Roberto Clemente. Each player will stick around after the discussion for photographs and autographs. Admission to the program includes admission to the Maltz Museum and to the current exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American. Tickets are $12 general; $6 Maltz Museum Members Space is limited. (Niesel, photo via Maltz Museum Facebook page)
Sunday, June 21: Sports Talk - Most dads love baseball so why not take them to the Maltz Museum for Father's Day? Today at 6, you can hear from baseball superstars Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza in a moderated talk hosted by Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs for the Cleveland Indians. Baerga and Espinoza will talk about their careers (especially as members of the 1995 Cleveland Indians) as well as the tremendous impact of the late, great Roberto Clemente. Each player will stick around after the discussion for photographs and autographs. Admission to the program includes admission to the Maltz Museum and to the current exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American. Tickets are $12 general; $6 Maltz Museum Members Space is limited. (Niesel, photo via Maltz Museum Facebook page)
Sunday, June 21: Hart Attack - Earlier this year, diminutive comedian Kevin Hart embarked on what he's calling "the biggest comedy tour in history." The tour started on April 9 in San Antonio and comes to Quicken Loans Arena tonight for two show at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Hart has turned into a major movie star and currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and will star opposite Will Farrell in Get Hard, which opens next month. In 2016, he'll star in Ride Along 2, the sequel to last year’s $100 million hit. Tickets to the show start at $39.50. (Niesel, photo via Wikipedia)
Sunday, June 21: Hart Attack - Earlier this year, diminutive comedian Kevin Hart embarked on what he's calling "the biggest comedy tour in history." The tour started on April 9 in San Antonio and comes to Quicken Loans Arena tonight for two show at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Hart has turned into a major movie star and currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and will star opposite Will Farrell in Get Hard, which opens next month. In 2016, he'll star in Ride Along 2, the sequel to last year’s $100 million hit. Tickets to the show start at $39.50. (Niesel, photo via Wikipedia)