10 Things You Should Do This Weekend in Cleveland (July 15 - 17)

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Maker's Market 
When: Thu., July 14
Nothing embodies the concept of shopping local quite like the maker movement in Northeast Ohio. Evident at art fairs and markets throughout the region, the city is full of creative, industrious people. Northeast Shores Development Corporation showcases Collinwood’s makers in a new series of Maker Markets throughout the summer. Stop by the inaugural event from 4 to 8 tonight to learn more. 560 East 185th St., northeastshores.org.
Maker's Market When: Thu., July 14 Nothing embodies the concept of shopping local quite like the maker movement in Northeast Ohio. Evident at art fairs and markets throughout the region, the city is full of creative, industrious people. Northeast Shores Development Corporation showcases Collinwood’s makers in a new series of Maker Markets throughout the summer. Stop by the inaugural event from 4 to 8 tonight to learn more. 560 East 185th St., northeastshores.org.
Van Aken Beer Garden 
When: Fri., July 15
Held in the parking lot of Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights, the Van Aken Beer Garden, a bi-weekly event, celebrates summertime with music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors, and activities for the kids. This year, the series will run through Sept. 9. Admission is free, and the event is both bike and pet friendly. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held inside Club Rock. A portion of the proceeds raised from the beer garden will go to a hosting non-profit. Local indie folk act Maura Rogers & the Bellows will perform at tonight's event. vanakenbeergarden.com.
Van Aken Beer Garden When: Fri., July 15 Held in the parking lot of Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights, the Van Aken Beer Garden, a bi-weekly event, celebrates summertime with music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors, and activities for the kids. This year, the series will run through Sept. 9. Admission is free, and the event is both bike and pet friendly. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held inside Club Rock. A portion of the proceeds raised from the beer garden will go to a hosting non-profit. Local indie folk act Maura Rogers & the Bellows will perform at tonight's event. vanakenbeergarden.com.
Jerry Seinfeld 
When: Fri., July 15
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld became a sensation in the '90s thanks to the popularity of his TV show that was literally about "nothing." In the wake of the sitcom's success, Seinfeld has returned to his first love, stand-up comedy. He regularly comes to Cleveland, and we're told that every one of his Playhouse Square appearances over the past 23 years has sold out. There's no reason to expect his next appearance, slated for tonight at 7 at the State Theatre, will be any different. Tickets start at $50.
Jerry Seinfeld When: Fri., July 15 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld became a sensation in the '90s thanks to the popularity of his TV show that was literally about "nothing." In the wake of the sitcom's success, Seinfeld has returned to his first love, stand-up comedy. He regularly comes to Cleveland, and we're told that every one of his Playhouse Square appearances over the past 23 years has sold out. There's no reason to expect his next appearance, slated for tonight at 7 at the State Theatre, will be any different. Tickets start at $50.
Third Fridays 
When: Fri., July 15
As the summer heats up, so does the schedule for Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios. July’s open studios event is no exception. From 5 to 9 tonight, drop in to see dozens of artist studios and galleries, many of which are hosting receptions for new or continuing exhibitions. For example, E11even 2 hosts an opening reception for Lucky Charms, a group show featuring the work of accomplished local artists Andy Dreamingwolf, Randy Maxin and E11even 2 co-founder R!ch Cihlar. On the second floor, HEDGE Gallery also hosts an opening reception for a new group show. Face Value includes the work of more acclaimed local artists: John W. Carlson, Sarah Curry, Brian Mouhlas and Douglas Max Utter. There’s plenty more to see throughout the building. Lucky Charms remains on view through Aug. 23, and Face Value is on view through Sept. 23. Free.
Third Fridays When: Fri., July 15 As the summer heats up, so does the schedule for Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios. July’s open studios event is no exception. From 5 to 9 tonight, drop in to see dozens of artist studios and galleries, many of which are hosting receptions for new or continuing exhibitions. For example, E11even 2 hosts an opening reception for Lucky Charms, a group show featuring the work of accomplished local artists Andy Dreamingwolf, Randy Maxin and E11even 2 co-founder R!ch Cihlar. On the second floor, HEDGE Gallery also hosts an opening reception for a new group show. Face Value includes the work of more acclaimed local artists: John W. Carlson, Sarah Curry, Brian Mouhlas and Douglas Max Utter. There’s plenty more to see throughout the building. Lucky Charms remains on view through Aug. 23, and Face Value is on view through Sept. 23. Free.
'80s Flashback Party 
When: Sat., July 16
Felix & Oscar's hosts this year's '80s Flashback Party, sponsored by Miller Lite, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff. The event will feature two live DJs, a giant video wall, constume contest, food, specialty cocktails, dancing, photo booth & more! Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door and include pizza & first cocktail. The event begins at 8 p.m.
'80s Flashback Party When: Sat., July 16 Felix & Oscar's hosts this year's '80s Flashback Party, sponsored by Miller Lite, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff. The event will feature two live DJs, a giant video wall, constume contest, food, specialty cocktails, dancing, photo booth & more! Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door and include pizza & first cocktail. The event begins at 8 p.m.
The Fixers Series 
When: Mon., July 18
At 7 tonight, the first night of the RNC, the Bop Stop hosts a screening of the entire Fixers series. Created by a collective of artists, filmmakers and activists, The Fixers offers socio-political context for the more than 50,000+ anticipated visitors and 15,000 members of the media. Through seven short films, The Fixers work together to offer an alternative to the official, limited narrative. As locals are well aware, Cleveland is a diverse and complex subject, and the film series allows cultural and community leaders to contribute to a deeper conversation at a crucial point in Cleveland’s history. The Fixers is on view at SPACES through July 21. For this special screening, a $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The Fixers Series When: Mon., July 18 At 7 tonight, the first night of the RNC, the Bop Stop hosts a screening of the entire Fixers series. Created by a collective of artists, filmmakers and activists, The Fixers offers socio-political context for the more than 50,000+ anticipated visitors and 15,000 members of the media. Through seven short films, The Fixers work together to offer an alternative to the official, limited narrative. As locals are well aware, Cleveland is a diverse and complex subject, and the film series allows cultural and community leaders to contribute to a deeper conversation at a crucial point in Cleveland’s history. The Fixers is on view at SPACES through July 21. For this special screening, a $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Green Growth Symposium 
When: Sat., July 16
Zygote Press hosts the first Green Growth Symposium for artists, art organizations and educational institutions to discuss greener options to make their studio practices “healthier, safer, less toxic and more beneficial to your bottom line.” The event takes place at Zygote Press from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and includes presentations and discussions, demonstrations and a tour of Zygote’s green shop. Exploring the topic from all viewpoints, the event will examine how artists, educators, policymakers and funders can improve their health and environment through organizational and professional practices. Free.
Green Growth Symposium When: Sat., July 16 Zygote Press hosts the first Green Growth Symposium for artists, art organizations and educational institutions to discuss greener options to make their studio practices “healthier, safer, less toxic and more beneficial to your bottom line.” The event takes place at Zygote Press from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and includes presentations and discussions, demonstrations and a tour of Zygote’s green shop. Exploring the topic from all viewpoints, the event will examine how artists, educators, policymakers and funders can improve their health and environment through organizational and professional practices. Free.
An American in Paris 
When: Sun., July 17
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it presents “An American in Paris,” a program that features Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The concert serves as a salute to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the United States National Park Service. It takes place at 7 p.m. at Blossom. Tickets start at $24.
An American in Paris When: Sun., July 17 Bramwell Tovey conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it presents “An American in Paris,” a program that features Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The concert serves as a salute to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the United States National Park Service. It takes place at 7 p.m. at Blossom. Tickets start at $24.
Riverside Cemetery Music Festival 
When: Sun., July 17
As far as unconventional music venues go, the Riverside Cemetery ranks with the best of them. Located in Brooklyn Centre of Cleveland Ohio, the cemetery was initially a 102-acre farm owned by Titus Brainard; it’s the first major sized cemetery on the west side of the Cuyahoga River. The cemetery has played host to the Riverside Cemetery Music Festival each year for the past six years. In continued celebration of its 140th anniversary, the music festival returns to the site today from 1 to 4 p.m. with Mike Jacobs Dixie Jazz Ensemble, a longtime ensemble whose credits include national, political and industrial conventions, Ron Davis and the Eddie Baccus Quartet and violinist Mary Beth Ions, a first call solo and strolling performer. In the case of rain or bad weather, the show will go on at the Archwood United Church of Christ. Admission is free.
Riverside Cemetery Music Festival When: Sun., July 17 As far as unconventional music venues go, the Riverside Cemetery ranks with the best of them. Located in Brooklyn Centre of Cleveland Ohio, the cemetery was initially a 102-acre farm owned by Titus Brainard; it’s the first major sized cemetery on the west side of the Cuyahoga River. The cemetery has played host to the Riverside Cemetery Music Festival each year for the past six years. In continued celebration of its 140th anniversary, the music festival returns to the site today from 1 to 4 p.m. with Mike Jacobs Dixie Jazz Ensemble, a longtime ensemble whose credits include national, political and industrial conventions, Ron Davis and the Eddie Baccus Quartet and violinist Mary Beth Ions, a first call solo and strolling performer. In the case of rain or bad weather, the show will go on at the Archwood United Church of Christ. Admission is free.
Northeast Ohio Vinyl Swap and Spin 
When: Sun., July 17
While sales of compact discs continue to decline, sales of vinyl, the format once considered obsolete, are on the rise. Today at 1 p.m. at the Happy Dog, vinyl aficionados can potentially add to their collections as the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club descends upon the place for a "social, swap, sell and spin." Admission is free.
Northeast Ohio Vinyl Swap and Spin When: Sun., July 17 While sales of compact discs continue to decline, sales of vinyl, the format once considered obsolete, are on the rise. Today at 1 p.m. at the Happy Dog, vinyl aficionados can potentially add to their collections as the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club descends upon the place for a "social, swap, sell and spin." Admission is free.