November 27, 2013

15 Things Going on in Cleveland Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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15 Things Going on in Cleveland Over Thanksgiving Weekend
The weather should be nice and chilly this morning. But with any luck, the collective heat of Clevelanders’ bodies huddled together, jogging through downtown will keep the blood circulating through your extremities. It’s the annual Turkey Trot, folks! Five miles of scenic downtown Cleveland and wind in your face and the knowledge of meat and corn and potatoes and gravy guiding you toward the finish line. It’s the 32nd installment of the annual race, and is always a nice way to work off some calories prior to your feasting later in the day. Registration at City Hall starts at 7:30 a.m. Gun goes off for the five-mile race at 9:30. Online registration is $25. (Sam Allard)
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The weather should be nice and chilly this morning. But with any luck, the collective heat of Clevelanders’ bodies huddled together, jogging through downtown will keep the blood circulating through your extremities. It’s the annual Turkey Trot, folks! Five miles of scenic downtown Cleveland and wind in your face and the knowledge of meat and corn and potatoes and gravy guiding you toward the finish line. It’s the 32nd installment of the annual race, and is always a nice way to work off some calories prior to your feasting later in the day. Registration at City Hall starts at 7:30 a.m. Gun goes off for the five-mile race at 9:30. Online registration is $25. (Sam Allard)
Let the folks at Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton do the cooking for you this holiday season. Today, they're serving a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner featuring all the classic trimmings plus a wide variety of seasonal favorites. Make your reservation for any time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. today and enjoy a holiday away from home (and away from the clean up!) for just $65 plus tax and tip. Tag on a holiday wine pairing to accompany your meal for $24, and do Thanksgiving the Ritz-Carlton way (it is a hotel after all — you can crash afterward if need be). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-902-5255. Reduced prices for children are available. (McConnell)
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Let the folks at Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton do the cooking for you this holiday season. Today, they're serving a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner featuring all the classic trimmings plus a wide variety of seasonal favorites. Make your reservation for any time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. today and enjoy a holiday away from home (and away from the clean up!) for just $65 plus tax and tip. Tag on a holiday wine pairing to accompany your meal for $24, and do Thanksgiving the Ritz-Carlton way (it is a hotel after all — you can crash afterward if need be). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-902-5255. Reduced prices for children are available. (McConnell)
Head on over to the Agora tonight for the original turkey jam and Mr. Ross's famous talent show, featuring Joe Little of The Famous Rude Boys, Kinsman Dazz Band, CA$H, Odyssey, Scott & Raven, Sherena Wynn, The Tra La Las, and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Red Carpet event and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
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Head on over to the Agora tonight for the original turkey jam and Mr. Ross's famous talent show, featuring Joe Little of The Famous Rude Boys, Kinsman Dazz Band, CA$H, Odyssey, Scott & Raven, Sherena Wynn, The Tra La Las, and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Red Carpet event and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens today at 10 a.m., visitors will get their first chance to see A New Side of Elvis, a new exhibit devoted to rock icon Elvis Presley. Located in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, the exhibit centers on Elvis’ Army career, the 1968 television comeback special and his appearances in Lake Tahoe. Presley’s Graceland has loaned the Rock Hall more than 40 items for the exhibit. Key items in the collection include the following: a 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle, a selection of his personal jewelry and a new film created expressly for the exhibit. Regular admission to the Rock Hall ($22 for adults, $18 for Cleveland residents) applies. For a sneak peek of the exhibit, click here. (Jeff Niesel)
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When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens today at 10 a.m., visitors will get their first chance to see A New Side of Elvis, a new exhibit devoted to rock icon Elvis Presley. Located in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall, the exhibit centers on Elvis’ Army career, the 1968 television comeback special and his appearances in Lake Tahoe. Presley’s Graceland has loaned the Rock Hall more than 40 items for the exhibit. Key items in the collection include the following: a 1975 custom made SuperTrike motorcycle, a selection of his personal jewelry and a new film created expressly for the exhibit. Regular admission to the Rock Hall ($22 for adults, $18 for Cleveland residents) applies. For a sneak peek of the exhibit, click here. (Jeff Niesel)
A drunk and obnoxious family is wonderful when it's not your own. This holiday season leave your own family dysfunction and spend time with someone else's. The sauced-up comedy of the Loush Sisters Do the Nutcracker is a booze-fueled adventure down memory lane. Now receiving help from their extended family, the irreverent family sings songs while reliving their favorite Christmas memories. A hilarious variety of song and dance numbers and Christmas pageantry mixed with booze, fairies and "holiday cheer" will make your heart grow three sizes tonight. The show starts tonight at 7:30 at Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theatre. It runs through Dec. 21. Tickets range from $18 to $36 with special group rates available, including free drink tickets. (Stoops)
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A drunk and obnoxious family is wonderful when it's not your own. This holiday season leave your own family dysfunction and spend time with someone else's. The sauced-up comedy of the Loush Sisters Do the Nutcracker is a booze-fueled adventure down memory lane. Now receiving help from their extended family, the irreverent family sings songs while reliving their favorite Christmas memories. A hilarious variety of song and dance numbers and Christmas pageantry mixed with booze, fairies and "holiday cheer" will make your heart grow three sizes tonight. The show starts tonight at 7:30 at Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theatre. It runs through Dec. 21. Tickets range from $18 to $36 with special group rates available, including free drink tickets. (Stoops)
One of Cleveland's only outdoor ice-skating rinks, the free ice rink at Wade Oval opens today at noon. There will be concerts, movie nights and Skate with Santa on Wednesdays throughout the month of December. After you’ve finished skating, enjoy discounted admission to other University Circle attractions by showing your Wade Oval Rink wristband. The rink remains open until March 17. (Rus)
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One of Cleveland's only outdoor ice-skating rinks, the free ice rink at Wade Oval opens today at noon. There will be concerts, movie nights and Skate with Santa on Wednesdays throughout the month of December. After you’ve finished skating, enjoy discounted admission to other University Circle attractions by showing your Wade Oval Rink wristband. The rink remains open until March 17. (Rus)
A new season of the Tannenbaum Wine Trail, a self-driving tour along dozens of northeast Ohio wineries, kicks off today at noon and continues through Dec. 14. Spend your afternoon sampling a wide array of beverages and appetizers at some of the region's finest wineries, including Buccia Vineyard, M Cellars, St. Joseph Vineyards, and the like. At your first stop, you'll receive a complimentary 18-inch lighted holiday tree, and at each of your following stops, you'll collect one-of-kind holiday ornaments. Since you are providing your own ride home, the winery tour stops at 6 p.m. or whenever you've had your fill. For folks who want to continue the party, options for overnight stays at many of the wineries are available. Tickets for today's wine tour cost $50 per couple or $40 per person. To make reservations call 800-227-6972. (McConnell) ohiowines.org.
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A new season of the Tannenbaum Wine Trail, a self-driving tour along dozens of northeast Ohio wineries, kicks off today at noon and continues through Dec. 14. Spend your afternoon sampling a wide array of beverages and appetizers at some of the region's finest wineries, including Buccia Vineyard, M Cellars, St. Joseph Vineyards, and the like. At your first stop, you'll receive a complimentary 18-inch lighted holiday tree, and at each of your following stops, you'll collect one-of-kind holiday ornaments. Since you are providing your own ride home, the winery tour stops at 6 p.m. or whenever you've had your fill. For folks who want to continue the party, options for overnight stays at many of the wineries are available. Tickets for today's wine tour cost $50 per couple or $40 per person. To make reservations call 800-227-6972. (McConnell) ohiowines.org.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be transformed into a sea-themed winter wonderland this holiday season. Icy decorations will adorn the exhibits, and Scuba Claus will be in town. This year, Scuba Claus will wear a diver communication mask, so he can talk to guests from inside the exhibits. Children will be able to gather for Scuba Claus’ 'Tis the Season story time, where they can listen to him read a story from inside the Shark SeaTube exhibit. Other attractions include the Discovery Zone, which will be transformed into an ice palace complete with a daily snowfall and elves. There will also be special events held throughout the season. It all kicks off today when the aquarium opens at 10 a.m. Winter Waterland continues through Jan. 5. Regular admission prices ($19.95 for adults and $13.95 for children) apply. (Rus)
Photo Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Facebook
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be transformed into a sea-themed winter wonderland this holiday season. Icy decorations will adorn the exhibits, and Scuba Claus will be in town. This year, Scuba Claus will wear a diver communication mask, so he can talk to guests from inside the exhibits. Children will be able to gather for Scuba Claus’ 'Tis the Season story time, where they can listen to him read a story from inside the Shark SeaTube exhibit. Other attractions include the Discovery Zone, which will be transformed into an ice palace complete with a daily snowfall and elves. There will also be special events held throughout the season. It all kicks off today when the aquarium opens at 10 a.m. Winter Waterland continues through Jan. 5. Regular admission prices ($19.95 for adults and $13.95 for children) apply. (Rus)
If you're looking for a holiday activity that perhaps doesn't have to do with eating, try checking out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the annual Ice Age exhibit, an event that's touted to be of "Prehistoric Proportions." Beginning today and continuing through Jan. 5, families can enjoy a vast array of winter wonderland activities, including ice sculpting, live animal shows, unique photo opportunities and a special kids-only holiday shop. Ice Age 2013 runs during normal museum hours on weekends and is included in your museum admission. (McConnell)
Photo Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Facebook
If you're looking for a holiday activity that perhaps doesn't have to do with eating, try checking out the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the annual Ice Age exhibit, an event that's touted to be of "Prehistoric Proportions." Beginning today and continuing through Jan. 5, families can enjoy a vast array of winter wonderland activities, including ice sculpting, live animal shows, unique photo opportunities and a special kids-only holiday shop. Ice Age 2013 runs during normal museum hours on weekends and is included in your museum admission. (McConnell)