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Science Cafe

Second Monday of every month

The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Darin Croft, a paleomammalogist and professor of anatomy at the CWRU School of Medicine, will speak about why the work of paleontologists matters. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Third Tuesday of every month

For many years, classical music wasn't intended for the masses. Seemingly reserved for quasi-exclusive concert halls, classical music hid from the outside world. Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down that wall and once again bring great chamber music to the people. Showcasing a variety of performers in bars, cafes and the like, it's actually not that different from how people used to listen to chamber music. The third Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Full of immensely talented performers, CRC re-instills the relevancy of this vibrant art form. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

Vinyl Night

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." In keeping with that spirit and recognizing the burgeoning popularity of vinyl, the club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases. The place has partnered with Loop in Tremont so that patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)

Drawing Power

Third Wednesday of every month

Once a month, Great Lakes Brewing Company hosts Cleveland’s Drink & Draw Social Club. The event is organized by the Rust Belt Monster Collective and sponsored by Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop. Drink & Draws are an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to drink, draw, socialize/network and collaborate in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Events take place at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, including tonight. At the end of each Drink & Draw, prizes are awarded for various superlatives. Admission is free. (Josh Usmani)

Walnut Wednesday

Wednesdays. Continues through Sept. 27

Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 27. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com.

Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market

Sat., Aug. 19

The Beachland's final Rockin' Flea Market of the season features more than 40 vendors, both inside the ballroom and in the parking lot (weather permitting). Wares include art, clothing, records, music memorabilia, vintage items and more. In addition to vendors, the Rockin' Flea includes a beer garden and live music from DJ Peter PleasureCruise, the Elephants and MyTh and Company. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While visiting, enjoy brunch with a full bar and patio seating. Admission is free. (Usmani)

Sparx City Hop

Sat., Aug. 19

Now in its 15th year, the Sparx City Hop connects residents and visitors to many art and cultural sites and events in Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. As in previous years, the event’s Main Hub is located at Playhouse Square, featuring vendors from the Cleveland Bazaar, activities from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Studio to Go mobile art station, “Take a Hike” historical walking tours of Playhouse Square and a full day of live music. From the Main Hub, guests can take free trolley rides to the Flats East Bank Festival of the Arts and the 5th Street Arcades on the Red Line, Ohio City and Hingetown on the Green Line or Asian Town Center and artist studios at the Tower Press Building and Art Craft Building on the Blue Line. This year’s event also includes live music by dozens of musicians, bands and DJs at seven locations, including the Main Hub at Playhouse Square, Hingetown, Flats East Bank, 5th Street Arcades, Tower Press Building, Art Craft Building and inside and outside of Superior Sound. Sparx City Hop takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Admission is free. (Usmani) 1501 Euclid Ave., downtowncleveland.com/events/sparx-city-hop.

Sparx City Hop

A Special Panel Discussion

Sat., Aug. 19

It's no secret that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have a rich history of comics and cartoons. The most famous of these creations is certainly Superman, created by high school classmates Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in Glenville in 1933. In celebration of the Man of Steel and his connection to Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library has been presenting Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton — an exhibit of art, artifacts and memorabilia —on three floors of the library's main branch. Today, the library hosts a special panel discussion about illustrating super heroes with members of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Panelists include Ed Black, Craig Boldman, Ron Hill, Polly Keener, Terri Libenson, Chip Sansom and Mark Szorady. Superman: Heroes and Illustration takes place at 1 p.m. in CPL's Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. Following the discussion, guests are invited to attend a guided tour of the exhibit. Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton remains on view at the library through the end of the year. Admission is free. (Usmani)

Cleveland Public Library, Main Library (map)
325 Superior Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-623-2800
information@cpl.org

The Zine Workshop

Sat., Aug. 19

In today's increasingly digital age, self-publishing is easier than ever, and zines have risen from the underground to mainstream of the art, literary and self-publishing worlds. Traditionally made by individuals or small groups using not much more than a copy machine and a stapler, zines can be used for many purposes, often including art, photography, personal writing, poetry, opinion, fiction, advice and more. Learn more about this eclectic art form today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during a workshop at Salty Not Sweet Boutique. The Zine Workshop is led by local printmaker and zine creator Elly Dallas, who documents her personal experiences as a young woman in hopes of inspiring others to share their own stories. Registration for the Zine Workshop is $75. No refunds are available, but cancellations will be credited towards a future workshop at the boutique. To register, visit the website. (Usmani)

The Zine Workshop

Coldplay

Sat., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.

More than a year and a half after the release of A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay is still touring behind its most recent album. Rolling into town tonight, the British rock act will no doubt play many of that record’s syrupy electronic-heavy tunes — including the massive (but let’s be honest, totally ridiculous) hit “Hymn to the Weekend” — to the delight of many of its fans. And while the act is probably exhausted from touring the world (it’s tough out there for rock stars), don’t expect frontman Chris Martin and crew to let up on the energy while in Cleveland. The tour features an enormous set, neon lights galore and, of course, plenty of piano. (Laura Morrison) $29.50-$169.59

NEO Comic Con

Sun., Aug. 20

The organizers behind this year's NEO Comic Con promise the event will be be bigger and better than previous incarnations. There will be new vendors, comics and collectibles, artists and special guests, cosplay and characters, contests, panel discussions and gaming tournament. The convention takes place today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soccer Sportsplex/Excalibur Soccer Club in North Olmsted. Tickets are $7. (Niesel) 31515 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, neocomiccon.com.

NEO Comic Con

Sloppy Sundays in the Sun

Sundays

The bartenders at Now That's Class will serve "the coolest and tastiest pitchers" of cocktails today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sloppy Sundays in the Sun. Pitchers of specialty cocktails ($12) include Paul's Puerto Rican Punch, Nascar Nectar and Stripple Nipple. The club will also set up a basketball hoop out back for patrons to show off their skills. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Green Day/Catfish and the Bottlemen

Mon., Aug. 21, 7 p.m.

Released last year, Green Day's latest album, Revolution Radio, marked yet another hit for the veteran punk band. The album, which features the pop punk band's 10th No. 1 song, "Bang Bang" and the Top 10 anthem, "Still Breathing," debuted at No. 1 around the world. The Rock Hall inductees bring their Revolution Radio summer tour. The tour kicked off earlier this summer, and if recent setlists are any indication, tonight's show will feature close to 30 songs, including hits such as "Longview," "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and "American Idiot." (Niesel) $38-$97.50

Blossom (map)
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd.
Akron/Summit County
phone 216-231-1111
Green Day/Catfish and the Bottlemen

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word CD Release Concert

Tue., Aug. 22

Earlier this year, in marking the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art commissioned the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word to create and perform an original piece based on the writings and words of Stokes and his brother, U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes Jr. Today at 5 p.m., the group of African-American males, ages 8 to 18, perform a CD release concert on the Rock Hall's plaza. Admission is free. (Usmani)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (map)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-515-8444

Extraordinary: Stan Lee

Tue., Aug. 22

Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, @Midnight, Talking Dead) hosts Extraordinary: Stan Lee, a one-night tribute to former Marvel Comics editor and publisher Stan "The Man" Lee. The tribute, which takes place live at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, will feature a "This Is Your Life" retrospective of Lee's career and will include appearances by celebrity friends and creative contemporaries. Special guests include actors Lou Ferrigno, Todd McFarlane, David Hasselhoff and Tom Bergeron along with video tributes by James Gunn, J.K. Simmons, Seth Green, Aisha Tyler and Skottie Young. The Cedar Lee Theatre hosts a screening of the tribute tonight at 9. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

Cedar Lee Theatre (map)
2163 Lee Rd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 440-717-4696
Extraordinary: Stan Lee
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