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10 Things You Must Do In Cleveland This Weekend 

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The annual Indie Gathering Film Festival that takes place at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center in Hudson is ostensibly a chance for indie filmmakers to meet and network. But it's also open to the general public. Expect to see a bit of everything, from a strange sci-fi flick about evil robots (Headsome) to a romantic comedy about phone sex (First Time Phone Sex) . The screenings start tonight at 8 and continue tomorrow and Sunday. Passes run between $15 and $25 and single screening tickets cost between $5 and $7. Find a schedule on the festival's website,
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It’s not easy to walk around the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a vast park that covers 165 acres. So when you need to get from the RainForest to the African Savanna, it can be a real haul. Of course, you could take the zoo’s tram to go from exhibit to exhibit. But it would be sweet to hop on your bike and ride around. Normally, the zoo doesn’t permit bicycles. But tonight, it’s opening the doors to cyclists from 5:30 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m. During that time, the animals will be out and exhibitor booths will be set up. And if you don’t have a bike, the Bike Rack will be renting them out. The folks at the zoo boast “no other zoo in Ohio has an event like this.” Too bad for them. Tickets are $12. The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Jeff Niesel)
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The promoters behind the Extract(s), a concert series that takes place at Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz Tapas Lounge, the new jazz club located in the Warehouse District, present a special performance tonight from Maysa, the front woman of the British acid jazz group Incognito. Back in the ‘90s, these guys were hot stuff and their single “Water to Drink” was one of the standout tracks on the 1994 AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio. Maysa has just issued Blue Velvet Soul, an album of more traditional jazz/R&B than anything by Incognito. Album opener “Beautiful Dreamer” is a smooth jazz tune about falling in love, and “Sophisticated Lover” is a bit funkier as she adopts a husky voice and whispers, “baby, you got wicked skills.” It’s a solid album that should translate well in the club’s intimate setting. Local R&B/soul singer Stephen Fowler opens; Maysa is slated to play at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 ADV, $25 DOS. $20 ADV, $25 DO5 (Jeff Niesel)
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While you may still be recovering from last month’s All Good music festival, it isn’t time to put away that tie-dye “dancing bear” T-shirt just yet. Jerry Garcia will smile down on Nelson Ledges Quarry Park as JiMiller Band — a Cleveland quintet known for its improvisational playing — headlines this year’s Lazy Daisy festival and plays exclusively Grateful Dead material through its two-hour closing set. Joined by Yosemight, Wanyamma, Rusty Haywhackers, and Vibe and Direct, the bands should fill the scenic park with laid-back tunes and a feel-good atmosphere. The fest starts today at noon. Tickets are $35 and include camping. (Jacob DeSmit)
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Today, the South Side in Tremont turns 10. And in honor of their 10th anniversary, the owners are throwing a big ol' outdoor tent party. The party is free, but for only $10, you'll get a free drink and a plate of some BBQ. Plus, the $10 will be donated to Rising Star, a non-profit working with children with cerebral palsy. The party starts at noon, with Carlos Jones performing from 1 until 5 p.m. and the Everything Else playing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Jason Beudert)
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Given all the drinking, eating and carousing that goes on at the four-day Feast of the Assumption, it’s easy to forget the event’s long history and religious significance. Designed to commemorate the Assumption of Mary, the annual Catholic celebration started back in 1898. The event kicks off Friday at 10 a.m. with a mass. A procession through the streets of Little Italy follows and then it’s time to party as the Holy Rosary churchyard stands will feature a variety of vendors and amusement park rides. The fun starts at noon and the festivities carry on until 11 p.m. Feast-related activities continue all weekend, culminating with fireworks on Sunday night. Admission is free. Go to for a schedule of events. (Jeff Niesel)
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Much like Steven Soderbergh's often-imitated 2000 film Traffic, Henry Alex Rubin's (Who is Henry Jaglom?) Disconnect weaves a variety of intersecting storylines together and creates a precarious balance that seems to be on the verge of bursting apart at the seams at any minute. A critique of the way in which our obsession with social media doesn't enable us to see the consequences of our actions, the film includes a terrific cast that features Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thierot and Paula Patton. While it's not an easy film to watch — the tension surrounding the school bully episode at the core of the storyline is palpable throughout the entire film — the movie manages to intrigue as much as it unnerves. It screens at 9:30 tonight and at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Jeff Niesel)
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America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, will once again have its very own festival at Lock 3 in Akron. This 8th annual festival will feature music from Zach and the Bright Lights and Separate Ways The Band: The Ultimate Tribute To The Music as well as contests like bobbing for burgers. Tickets are $5. (Jacob DeSmit)
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It’s time that Fifty Shades of Grey got SPANKED! SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious unauthorized musical satire that brings the naughty fun of the saucy best-selling book to life in one laugh-filled high-energy show. Part Chippendales, part Second City…all in one delicious package.
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Ever get jealous when your kids got to run the bases at Progressive Field? Your time has come, then, as the ballpark plays host to the “Inside the Park Home RUN” race. Entrants will run somewhere between one and four miles, circling the park, the Q and the surrounding streets before finishing on the Tribe’s playing ground. Those participating can also choose to run alone or as a team of four, with each member running one of the four available races and combining their individual times. The top three men and women who do their best Michael Bourn impression and run the fastest even get an award, though the outfielder probably won’t be meeting you on the mound to celebrate. Runners take their places this morning at 9 a.m.; tickets are $30 on race day. Go to for more info. (Jacob DeSmit)
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America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, will once again have its very own festival at Lock 3 in Akron. This 8th annual festival will feature music from Zach and the Bright Lights and Separate Ways The Band: The Ultimate Tribute To The Music as well as contests like bobbing for burgers. Tickets are $5. (Jacob DeSmit)
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