August 13, 2015

10 Things to do This Weekend in Cleveland

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Friday, August 14: A Taste of Italy - The Little Italy Feast of the Assumption is back again for its 117th year! This religious fest takes place in the neighborhood of Little Italy and lures people from all over Northeast Ohio for its street party flair and authentic eats and art hours are Thursday, 6 p.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. (Jauregui; photo courtesy of Instagram user: cseeds)

Friday, August 14: A Taste of Italy - The Little Italy Feast of the Assumption is back again for its 117th year! This religious fest takes place in the neighborhood of Little Italy and lures people from all over Northeast Ohio for its street party flair and authentic eats and art hours are Thursday, 6 p.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. (Jauregui; photo courtesy of Instagram user: cseeds)

Friday, August 14: Sunset Splash - FWD Dayclub + Nightclub Cleveland, a new seasonal, open-air nightclub in the Flats East Bank, which features a 4,000-square-foot pool and deck area with a full bar, elevated decking and custom day beds, is now open. FWD will play host to a “Sunset Pool Party” — reportedly the first of its kind in Cleveland — on Friday, Aug. 14, when DVBBS, a Canadian EDM act comprised of brothers Alex and Chris, performs. Find it at 1176 Front Ave., tickets range from $40-$1000. Call (216) 417 6282 for additional details. (Niesel; photo courtesty of Instagram user: fwdnightclub)

Friday, August 14: Sunset Splash - FWD Dayclub + Nightclub Cleveland, a new seasonal, open-air nightclub in the Flats East Bank, which features a 4,000-square-foot pool and deck area with a full bar, elevated decking and custom day beds, is now open. FWD will play host to a “Sunset Pool Party” — reportedly the first of its kind in Cleveland — on Friday, Aug. 14, when DVBBS, a Canadian EDM act comprised of brothers Alex and Chris, performs. Find it at 1176 Front Ave., tickets range from $40-$1000. Call (216) 417 6282 for additional details. (Niesel; photo courtesty of Instagram user: fwdnightclub)

Friday, August 14: Kiss and Make-up - One of classic rock's most enduring acts, KISS isn't just a novelty act. The guys have written some great hard rock tunes over the years. While the band isn't coming to town this summer, you can catch the next best thing when Mr. Speed, a KISS tribute act, performs tonight at 8 at the Cuyahoga County Fair at 164 Eastland Rd., which takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. General admission is free and VIP seating is only $5. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Mr. Speed Tribute to Kiss)

Friday, August 14: Kiss and Make-up - One of classic rock's most enduring acts, KISS isn't just a novelty act. The guys have written some great hard rock tunes over the years. While the band isn't coming to town this summer, you can catch the next best thing when Mr. Speed, a KISS tribute act, performs tonight at 8 at the Cuyahoga County Fair at 164 Eastland Rd., which takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. General admission is free and VIP seating is only $5. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Mr. Speed Tribute to Kiss)

Friday, August 14: With a Little Help from His Friends - The 82-year-old granddaddy of the outlaw country scene is still going strong and aiming high with a weekend set at Nelson Ledges at 12001 State Route 282. Old Crow Medicine Show will open Willie’s Friday night headlining set. On Saturday, Donna the Buffalo, the Tonk Brothers and Blue Moon Soup will perform. (No bands are scheduled for Sunday.) Willie’s most recent album of originals, last year’s Band of Brothers, is a rich collection of tunes dealing with the wide range of emotions that criss-cross throughout a very full lifetime. The title track, ensconced in hearty harmonica, drifts through Willie’s philosophy of individualism in a relaxed pace. And with his new Willie’s Stash series unfolding, it’s clear that the guitar great is taking some time to look back across his career and sift through the catalog for some gems. Nelson plays tonight, but it's a weekend-long fest at Nelson Ledges. Go to the website for more info. (Sandy; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Old Crow Medicine Show)

Friday, August 14: With a Little Help from His Friends - The 82-year-old granddaddy of the outlaw country scene is still going strong and aiming high with a weekend set at Nelson Ledges at 12001 State Route 282. Old Crow Medicine Show will open Willie’s Friday night headlining set. On Saturday, Donna the Buffalo, the Tonk Brothers and Blue Moon Soup will perform. (No bands are scheduled for Sunday.) Willie’s most recent album of originals, last year’s Band of Brothers, is a rich collection of tunes dealing with the wide range of emotions that criss-cross throughout a very full lifetime. The title track, ensconced in hearty harmonica, drifts through Willie’s philosophy of individualism in a relaxed pace. And with his new Willie’s Stash series unfolding, it’s clear that the guitar great is taking some time to look back across his career and sift through the catalog for some gems. Nelson plays tonight, but it's a weekend-long fest at Nelson Ledges. Go to the website for more info. (Sandy; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Old Crow Medicine Show)

Saturday, August 15: A Free Jazz Icon - Ornette: Made in America chronicles the career of one of the innovators of free jazz, Ornette Coleman, a famous jazz saxophonist from Fort Worth, Texas. Coleman found success and acclaim in the 1960s for his unique approach to jazz, which was to strip down the rigid chord progressions and song structures from the bebop genre. However, his newfound style led some musicians to believe that Coleman was playing out of tune due to his loud, raw sound, which not many were used to at the time. The film follows his decade-spanning career with music videos, performance footage, reenactments, and interviews with the likes of Robert Palmer, William Burroughs, and Yoko Ono. Although it focuses mainly on his musical career, it overflows with American history as Coleman grew up in segregated Texas and subsequently became a cultural pioneer. Essential viewing for any lover of jazz or American culture of the ’60s and ’70s. It screens at 9:15 tonight and at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at 11610 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $9. (Manno; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Ornette Coleman)

Saturday, August 15: A Free Jazz Icon - Ornette: Made in America chronicles the career of one of the innovators of free jazz, Ornette Coleman, a famous jazz saxophonist from Fort Worth, Texas. Coleman found success and acclaim in the 1960s for his unique approach to jazz, which was to strip down the rigid chord progressions and song structures from the bebop genre. However, his newfound style led some musicians to believe that Coleman was playing out of tune due to his loud, raw sound, which not many were used to at the time. The film follows his decade-spanning career with music videos, performance footage, reenactments, and interviews with the likes of Robert Palmer, William Burroughs, and Yoko Ono. Although it focuses mainly on his musical career, it overflows with American history as Coleman grew up in segregated Texas and subsequently became a cultural pioneer. Essential viewing for any lover of jazz or American culture of the ’60s and ’70s. It screens at 9:15 tonight and at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at 11610 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $9. (Manno; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Ornette Coleman)

Saturday, August 15: Which One is Pink? - Now in its 20th year, Wish You Were Here, the local Pink Floyd tribute act, has a huge local following. The band has been playing a series of special shows to celebrate its anniversary and it comes to the Cuyahoga County Fair tonight at 8 at 164 Eastland Rd. General admission tickets are $9.95 in advance and $12 at the door while VIP seats will set you back $20 in advance and $24 oat the door. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Wish You Were Here)

Saturday, August 15: Which One is Pink? - Now in its 20th year, Wish You Were Here, the local Pink Floyd tribute act, has a huge local following. The band has been playing a series of special shows to celebrate its anniversary and it comes to the Cuyahoga County Fair tonight at 8 at 164 Eastland Rd. General admission tickets are $9.95 in advance and $12 at the door while VIP seats will set you back $20 in advance and $24 oat the door. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Facebook page: Wish You Were Here)

Saturday, August 15 - Sci-Fi Spoof - One of the best sci-fi spoofs of all time, Galaxy Quest is a brilliant send-up that stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman as the cast of a space opera TV series that has to leave the TV world behind and actually play the roles in real life as they try to help an alien race. The film shows tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Fletchertoo)

Saturday, August 15 - Sci-Fi Spoof - One of the best sci-fi spoofs of all time, Galaxy Quest is a brilliant send-up that stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman as the cast of a space opera TV series that has to leave the TV world behind and actually play the roles in real life as they try to help an alien race. The film shows tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Fletchertoo)

Sunday, August 16: Challenging the Chef - Chef Robert Irvine can really roll with the punches. For his live show, simply dubbed Robert Irvine Live, he has contestants spin a wheel. He cooks what you tell him to cook with ingredients that are chosen at random. There's "no recipe" and "no script." The concept is modeled on his TV shows Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible. The performance takes place tonight at 7:30 at Hard Rock Live at 10705 Northfield Rd., with a VIP seminar beginning two hours before showtime. Tickets are $20 to $100. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Andrew8201)

Sunday, August 16: Challenging the Chef - Chef Robert Irvine can really roll with the punches. For his live show, simply dubbed Robert Irvine Live, he has contestants spin a wheel. He cooks what you tell him to cook with ingredients that are chosen at random. There's "no recipe" and "no script." The concept is modeled on his TV shows Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible. The performance takes place tonight at 7:30 at Hard Rock Live at 10705 Northfield Rd., with a VIP seminar beginning two hours before showtime. Tickets are $20 to $100. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Andrew8201)

Sunday, August 16: Comic Convention - This weekend, comic book, toy and pop culture enthusiasts will invade the Strongsville Holiday Inn for the first annual NEO Comic Con. The convention spans over 10,000 square feet and includes more than 75 dealer and artist tables. Throughout the day, organizers will hold a charity raffle, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. It takes place this Sunday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3; kids 12 and under, free. 15471 Royalton Rd., neocomiccon.com.  (Usmani; photo courtesy of Facebook page: NEO ComicCon)

Sunday, August 16: Comic Convention - This weekend, comic book, toy and pop culture enthusiasts will invade the Strongsville Holiday Inn for the first annual NEO Comic Con. The convention spans over 10,000 square feet and includes more than 75 dealer and artist tables. Throughout the day, organizers will hold a charity raffle, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. It takes place this Sunday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3; kids 12 and under, free. 15471 Royalton Rd., neocomiccon.com. (Usmani; photo courtesy of Facebook page: NEO ComicCon)

Sunday, August 16: Metal Market - The only thing that could be more than a fleamarket would be a heavy metal flea market. Today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Now That's Class at 11213 Detroit Ave., our favorite punk club in town, vendors will sell shirts, records, CDs, VHS tapes, posters, stickers, patches, instruments and gear. If weather permits, vendors will set up in the back lot behind the club and the back bar will be open and will serve up happy hour specials from 5 to 8 p.m. Special guest DJ Athenar of the local metal act Midnight will spin records and Shel Greenberg Erba will lead a punk rock yoga session from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Redefining Darkness Records and Seeing Red Records will host a dual release listening party from 7 to 8 in the bar. Admission is free. Stick around for the official aftershow that features metal acts Putrid Pile and Viscera Trail. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Kayhanvaziri)

Sunday, August 16: Metal Market - The only thing that could be more than a fleamarket would be a heavy metal flea market. Today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Now That's Class at 11213 Detroit Ave., our favorite punk club in town, vendors will sell shirts, records, CDs, VHS tapes, posters, stickers, patches, instruments and gear. If weather permits, vendors will set up in the back lot behind the club and the back bar will be open and will serve up happy hour specials from 5 to 8 p.m. Special guest DJ Athenar of the local metal act Midnight will spin records and Shel Greenberg Erba will lead a punk rock yoga session from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Redefining Darkness Records and Seeing Red Records will host a dual release listening party from 7 to 8 in the bar. Admission is free. Stick around for the official aftershow that features metal acts Putrid Pile and Viscera Trail. (Niesel; photo courtesy of Instagram user: Kayhanvaziri)