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Debussy & Scriabin

Thu., April 25

Regarded as one of the best pianists in the world, Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall to premiere Scottish composer James MacMillan's "Piano Concerto No. 3: The Mysteries of Light," a piece which takes its inspiration from a set of reflections on the rosary introduced by Pope John Paul II. The orchestra will also play pieces by Higdon, Debussy and Scriabin. Guest speaker Caroline Oltmanns, a Youngstown State University professor, will give the pre-concert talk that takes place an hour before the concert. Performances continue through Saturday. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for more info. (Niesel)

Zainab Johnson

Thu., April 25

Having grown up in Harlem as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family, comedian Zainab Johnson has plenty of material at her disposal. Originally, she worked as a teacher, but after appearances on HBO's All Def Comedy and BET's Comic View, her career in comedy began to take off. She performed in the Montreal "Just For Laughs Festival" as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy, as well as one of the breakout new comedians on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 8. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets cost $17 to $20. (Niesel)

The Wild Pear Tree

Thu., April 25

In The Wild Pear Tree, director Nuri Blige Ceylan's first film since winning the Palm d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, a college graduate returns to the rural town where he grew up to deal with his father's gambling debts. The movie makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it also shows at 7:30 tomorrow night. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

Cleveland Cinematheque (map)
11610 Euclid Ave.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 216-421-7450
The Wild Pear Tree

Bob Marley

Thu., April 25

Comic Bob Marley doesn't play reggae, but he does sing out of his butt. Like the time his wife put him on the Atkins Diet and, he reports, the "assflac" duck flew out his butt as he hovered over the toilet with bacon grease dripping from his eyelashes. Yeah, this guy is not above fart jokes. Other topics of humor include the agonies of waiting for a pizza, the comparison of strippers to pillows, and the process of pretending to understand legal documents. He's pretty hilarious. The show starts at 7 tonight at Hilarities and performances run through Saturday. Tickets start at $25. (Liz Trenholme)

Open Mic Night/Live Band Karaoke

Thursdays

Every Thursday, Stella's Music hosts a night of music, poetry and comedy. The club's doors open at 5 p.m., and performances begin at 8 p.m. Artists can sign up at stellasmusic.com/open-mic to secure a 15-minute time slot. Signups will be available at the club as well. Meanwhile, happy hour takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Tyler Henry: The Hollywood Medium

Fri., April 26

The E! Entertainment TV hit show Hollywood Medium has helped to launch the career of Tyler Henry, a 22-year-old guy who believes he can speak with the dead and predict people's futures. Last year, Henry took his show on the road for the first time; now, he's swinging through NEO. His performance features a multi-media video presentation and interactive audience Q&A. It kicks off tonight at 8 at MGM Northfield Park Center Stage. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage (map)
10705 Northfield Rd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 330-908-7793
Tyler Henry: The Hollywood Medium

42nd Street

Fri., April 26

A small-town girl steps off the train in New York City with dreams of starring on Broadway, and when the lead breaks her ankle before opening night, she gets her shot. That's the plot summary of 42nd Street, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's 20th annual All-City Musical, which comes to the Ohio Theatre tonight at 7:30. Performances continue throughout the weekend too. Tickets cost $15. (Niesel)

Ohio Theatre (map)
1501 Euclid Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-241-6000
42nd Street

Earlybird Music Festival

Fri., April 26

Festival season at the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park kicks off this weekend with the Earlybird Music Festival, which takes place today through Sunday. There will be camping, hiking, biking, swimming, cliff diving, basketball and volleyball. The Quasi Kings headline tonight and the Rumpke Mountain Boys headline tomorrow night. Jam acts such as the Cat's Meow, the Flying Jays, the JiMiller Band, Roots of Creation, Michelle Finacham and Cheryl Anne Crowe will be on hand. Admission is $70 for Friday through Sunday, or $50 for Saturday and Sunday. There is no extra charge for camping. (Niesel)

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park (map)
12001 State Route 282
Northern OH
phone 440-548-2716
Earlybird Music Festival

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Fri., April 26

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to push dance into new territory while still honoring signature classics like Revelations, Ailey's masterpiece of hope and redemption. The troupe comes to the State Theatre tonight at 8. Performances also take place tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

State Theatre (map)
1519 Euclid Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-241-6000
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Rembrandt: From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Fri., April 26

Directed by Kat Mansoor, Rembrandt: From the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam tells Rembrandt's life story via the 2014-2015 landmark exhibits in London and Amsterdam of his late works. Cleveland Museum of Art curator Betsy Wieseman worked on the exhibit in London; she'll be on hand at the screening to talk about the artwork and answer audience questions. The screening takes place at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $14, or $10 for museum members. (Niesel)

Flanagan's Wake

Fridays. Continues through April 27

Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

Food Truck Round Up

Sat., April 27

Today marks the second annual Food Truck Round Up at Crocker Park, where an assortment of food trucks will be serving up grub from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants include Wild Spork, Hatfield's, Manna Truck, Southern Thangs Grub Truck, Barrio, Cameo Pizza, Cleveland Cookie Dough Co. and Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery. The roundup serves as a benefit for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, and, in keeping with the theme, customers will have the option to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar. All the rounded-up proceeds will go to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Today's gathering kicks off food truck season at Crocker Park. Starting next week, Truck Stop Tuesday will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 24. (Niesel)

Crocker Park (map)
189 Crocker Park Blvd.
Western Suburbs Food Truck Round Up

It Takes Two!

Sat., April 27

Now in its 11th year, the annual GroundWorks DanceTheater benefit, It Takes Two!, will showcase local celebrities who'll be partnered with GroundWorks company members to perform original dance routines in a Dancing With the Stars-style competition. Local celebs such as Western Reserve valuation services director Rand Curtiss, Fairport & Luma wealth advisor Emily Drake, Brunswick Companies senior veep Michelle Hirsch, Cleveland Foundation program officer for evaluation and learning Myron J. Marshall Jr., Evergreen Cooperatives CEO John McMicken, City Club of Cleveland CEO Dan Moulthrop and Calfee senior advisor Cindy Vrsansky Schulz will participate. The evening benefits GroundWorks' educational and outreach programming. This year marks the fourth year the gala has gone down at the Cleveland Museum of Art; but, for the first time ever, the gala will take place in the museum's beautiful Atrium. All attendees will also enjoy dinner, live music and dancing. The fun begins at 7 p.m., with performances starting at 8. Consult the GroundWorks site for details and ticket prices. (Niesel)

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Tunnels Tour

Sat., April 27

Downtown Cleveland's Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which commemorates the Civil War, has an underside you may not know about. Saturday, April 27, the public is invited to explore the tangle of tunnels that run underneath the stone and metal memorial that keep everything standing upright. The tour, which only happens once a year, is free and reservations are not necessary (but tips and donations are of course accepted). Anyone in line before 4 p.m. is guaranteed a tour.

Native Gardens

Sat., April 27 and Wed., May 1

Described in a press release as a "hilarious hot-button comedy about thorny neighbors with good intentions," Native Gardens focuses on two people who've just bought a fixer-upper next to a house with a pristine English garden. A disagreement over a fence erupts into all-out war. The Cleveland Play House production of the play comes to the Allen Theatre tonight at 7:30. Performances continue through May 19. Tickets cost $25 to $97. (Niesel)

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