12 Fun Things To Do in Cleveland This Weekend

It may be hump day, but it's never too early to start planning your weekend. Here are some of the best Northeast Ohio events we could round up to help you stay enlightened and entertained this upcoming Friday through Sunday.

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2017 MAC Tournament
Through Sat, March 11
Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ct., 216-420-2000
Many teams in college basketball's biggest conferences will make it to the NCAA basketball tournament regardless of whether or not they win their conference tournament. In the Mid-American Conference, teams must win the conference tournament to get selected to play at the Big Dance. At least that's traditionally been the case. So expect the mid-sized schools from the region (Kent State, Ohio University, Akron University, etc.) who'll duke it out at this year's tournament to engage in some real winner-take-all battles. Starting today at noon, both men's and women's teams will play at the Q, leading up to the championship games on Saturday. Ticket packages start at $10. (Jeff Niesel)
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2017 MAC Tournament


Through Sat, March 11
Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ct., 216-420-2000
Many teams in college basketball's biggest conferences will make it to the NCAA basketball tournament regardless of whether or not they win their conference tournament. In the Mid-American Conference, teams must win the conference tournament to get selected to play at the Big Dance. At least that's traditionally been the case. So expect the mid-sized schools from the region (Kent State, Ohio University, Akron University, etc.) who'll duke it out at this year's tournament to engage in some real winner-take-all battles. Starting today at noon, both men's and women's teams will play at the Q, leading up to the championship games on Saturday. Ticket packages start at $10. (Jeff Niesel)

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'Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire’ Documentary Viewing
Fri, March 10
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350
Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen, who died last year, left a prodigious body of work. The 1972 documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire profiles the deep-voiced singer's career. Friday at 7, the Cleveland Museum of Art presents the Cleveland revival premiere of a recent digital restoration. The film screens again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)
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'Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire’ Documentary Viewing


Fri, March 10
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350
Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen, who died last year, left a prodigious body of work. The 1972 documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire profiles the deep-voiced singer's career. Friday at 7, the Cleveland Museum of Art presents the Cleveland revival premiere of a recent digital restoration. The film screens again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

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I Want My CCTV Exhibition
Fri, March 10
H Space, 10237 Berea Rd.
Looking for something cool, fun and “under the radar” to do this weekend? For one night only, from 6 to 9 at H Space in Berea, six multidisciplinary art students from the Cleveland Institute of Art are hosting I Want My CCTV, an exhibition in which these artists individually and collectively explore aspects of control through video installations. Each of the participating students is enrolled in Jacob Koestler’s Advanced Video Projects course at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and many are already active in the local art community. Admission is free. (Usmani)
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I Want My CCTV Exhibition


Fri, March 10
H Space, 10237 Berea Rd.
Looking for something cool, fun and “under the radar” to do this weekend? For one night only, from 6 to 9 at H Space in Berea, six multidisciplinary art students from the Cleveland Institute of Art are hosting I Want My CCTV, an exhibition in which these artists individually and collectively explore aspects of control through video installations. Each of the participating students is enrolled in Jacob Koestler’s Advanced Video Projects course at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and many are already active in the local art community. Admission is free. (Usmani)

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Dancing With the Cleveland Stars
Fri, March 10 - Sat, March 11
Carrie Cerino's Ristorante, 8922 Ridge Rd., N. Royalton, 440-717-0183 
Thirty local Cleveland celebrities show off a variety of dance styles along with their trained professional dance partners in this year’s Dancing With the Cleveland Stars. A two-evening event, 15 different dancers who have all trained for eight weeks to participate, will perform each night. The show raises funds for the Greater Ohio Chapter of Lupus Foundation of America. Tickets are $30 for general admission. 
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Dancing With the Cleveland Stars


Fri, March 10 - Sat, March 11
Carrie Cerino's Ristorante, 8922 Ridge Rd., N. Royalton, 440-717-0183
Thirty local Cleveland celebrities show off a variety of dance styles along with their trained professional dance partners in this year’s Dancing With the Cleveland Stars. A two-evening event, 15 different dancers who have all trained for eight weeks to participate, will perform each night. The show raises funds for the Greater Ohio Chapter of Lupus Foundation of America. Tickets are $30 for general admission.

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The Lumineers
Sat, March 11
Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292 
By now, you’ve probably heard a chant of "hey! ho!" in a bunch of songs in the last four years. Denver-based the Lumineers were the progenitors of this trend in American music. Along with Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers are one of the premier Folk-rock/Americana bands, spawning a large amount of smaller copycat bands. Despite only having released two full-length albums, the band has played festivals and world tours regularly since it broke onto the scene in 2012 with the hit single “Ho Hey.” The band's latest album, 2016’s Cleopatra, almost functions as a concept album, as the band writes lyrics about famous historical figures like Cleopatra and Ophelia. Some critics dismiss the group as a one-hit wonder, but it’s hard to deny that the band knows how to write tracks to which everyone can sing along. Other Americana/folk bands Kaleo and Susto will open the 7 p.m. show. (Johnny Cook)
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The Lumineers


Sat, March 11
Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292
By now, you’ve probably heard a chant of "hey! ho!" in a bunch of songs in the last four years. Denver-based the Lumineers were the progenitors of this trend in American music. Along with Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers are one of the premier Folk-rock/Americana bands, spawning a large amount of smaller copycat bands. Despite only having released two full-length albums, the band has played festivals and world tours regularly since it broke onto the scene in 2012 with the hit single “Ho Hey.” The band's latest album, 2016’s Cleopatra, almost functions as a concept album, as the band writes lyrics about famous historical figures like Cleopatra and Ophelia. Some critics dismiss the group as a one-hit wonder, but it’s hard to deny that the band knows how to write tracks to which everyone can sing along. Other Americana/folk bands Kaleo and Susto will open the 7 p.m. show. (Johnny Cook)

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Contemporary Youth Orchestra Presents: Pee-wee's Big Holiday
Sat, March 11
CSU Waetjen Auditorium, 2001 Euclid Ave.
The Contemporary Youth Orchestra joins up with Netflix to perform the recent film Pee-wee's Big Holiday. The youth orchestra will tackle Mark Mothersbaugh’s score as the the film plays in its entirety on a big screen. The show starts at 7 pm and is $8-$28. 
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Contemporary Youth Orchestra Presents: Pee-wee's Big Holiday


Sat, March 11
CSU Waetjen Auditorium, 2001 Euclid Ave.
The Contemporary Youth Orchestra joins up with Netflix to perform the recent film Pee-wee's Big Holiday. The youth orchestra will tackle Mark Mothersbaugh’s score as the the film plays in its entirety on a big screen. The show starts at 7 pm and is $8-$28.

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4U Art Exhibit
Sat, March 11
Zygote Press, 1410 East 30th St, 216-621-2900 
Every year, Zygote Press brings together students and faculty from the printmaking departments of four local universities for an exhibition and opportunity to network with each other and the local art community. For the students, the event is an early opportunity to receive professional feedback from artists and art professionals. For the local community, the event offers a chance to preview the next generation of printmakers, and support them by purchasing their early work before it inevitably becomes more expensive later in their careers. This year’s 4U includes work from the Printmaking departments at the University of Akron, Kent State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Oberlin College. This one day only event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The afternoon includes demonstrations by Bob Keleman and Rebekah Wilhelm, as well as an opportunity to view student portfolios in Zygote’s studio space. Free. (Usmani)
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4U Art Exhibit


Sat, March 11
Zygote Press, 1410 East 30th St, 216-621-2900
Every year, Zygote Press brings together students and faculty from the printmaking departments of four local universities for an exhibition and opportunity to network with each other and the local art community. For the students, the event is an early opportunity to receive professional feedback from artists and art professionals. For the local community, the event offers a chance to preview the next generation of printmakers, and support them by purchasing their early work before it inevitably becomes more expensive later in their careers. This year’s 4U includes work from the Printmaking departments at the University of Akron, Kent State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Oberlin College. This one day only event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The afternoon includes demonstrations by Bob Keleman and Rebekah Wilhelm, as well as an opportunity to view student portfolios in Zygote’s studio space. Free. (Usmani)

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Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound
Sat, March 11
Connor Palace, 1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000 
One of the country's top choreographers, Travis Wall brings his Shaping Sound dance troupe to town tonight for a performance at Connor Palace. Dubbed After the Curtain, tonight's performance features "visual musicians" who tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. The performance takes place at 8. Tickets are $10 to $75. (Niesel)
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Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound


Sat, March 11
Connor Palace, 1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000
One of the country's top choreographers, Travis Wall brings his Shaping Sound dance troupe to town tonight for a performance at Connor Palace. Dubbed After the Curtain, tonight's performance features "visual musicians" who tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. The performance takes place at 8. Tickets are $10 to $75. (Niesel)

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Vodka Vodka
Sat, March 11
The 9, 2017 E.9th St., 216-239-1200
Presented by Scene Magazine and The 9, Vodka Vodka returns tonight for its fourth year. Cleveland’s premier vodka tasting party features inventive cocktails and a hot fashion show for both vodka enthusiasts and the vodka-curious. The event, which takes place from 8 to 10:30 tonight at the 9, will feature an assortment of both local and international vodkas. The event also includes a hair and fashion show featuring local designers, stylists and boutiques. DJs I Am Yulissa will provide the tunes. Tickets are, unfortunately, sold out. (Niesel) 
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Vodka Vodka


Sat, March 11
The 9, 2017 E.9th St., 216-239-1200
Presented by Scene Magazine and The 9, Vodka Vodka returns tonight for its fourth year. Cleveland’s premier vodka tasting party features inventive cocktails and a hot fashion show for both vodka enthusiasts and the vodka-curious. The event, which takes place from 8 to 10:30 tonight at the 9, will feature an assortment of both local and international vodkas. The event also includes a hair and fashion show featuring local designers, stylists and boutiques. DJs I Am Yulissa will provide the tunes. Tickets are, unfortunately, sold out. (Niesel)

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Shamrock Bar Crawl
Sat, March 11
Willoughby Brewing Company, 4057 Erie St., Willoughby, 440-975-0202 
Downtown Willoughby’s 2nd Annual Shamrock Bar Crawl, Willoughby’s "most spirited pub crawl," features stops at various Downtown Willoughby bars, starting at 7 p.m. at Willoughby Brewing Company and continuing to 1899 Pub, Ballantine, Frank & Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s, The Morehouse, Nickelby’s and Wild Goose. Registration takes place at Willoughby Brewing Company, where light appetizers will be served. Tickets are $10 in advance. (Niesel)
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Shamrock Bar Crawl


Sat, March 11
Willoughby Brewing Company, 4057 Erie St., Willoughby, 440-975-0202
Downtown Willoughby’s 2nd Annual Shamrock Bar Crawl, Willoughby’s "most spirited pub crawl," features stops at various Downtown Willoughby bars, starting at 7 p.m. at Willoughby Brewing Company and continuing to 1899 Pub, Ballantine, Frank & Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s, The Morehouse, Nickelby’s and Wild Goose. Registration takes place at Willoughby Brewing Company, where light appetizers will be served. Tickets are $10 in advance. (Niesel)

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