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Wed., July 25, Wed., Aug. 1 and Wed., Aug. 8

Since making its Broadway debut three years ago, Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, has been a smash hit. It traces the life story of Hamilton, referred to in the play as "a bastard, orphan, son of a whore," as he joins the Revolutionary War and then plays a key role in writing The Federalist Papers and serving in President George Washington's Cabinet. There's plenty of drama in Hamilton's life, which ends in a duel, and the play exploits every bit of it with a superb soundtrack of catchy songs that tell his remarkable story. Tonight's show takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre, where performances run through Aug. 26. A few tickets still remain. (Jeff Niesel)

State Theatre (map)
1519 Euclid Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-241-6000

Edgewater Live

Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 2

A few years ago, the Cleveland Metroparks launched its extremely popular Edgewater Live series of Thursday-night happy-hour concerts. The fun returns this year, with musical performances from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 2. In addition to a local band, activities include yoga, standup paddleboarding and cornhole. Those ubiquitous food trucks will be on hand, of course, and the Beach House will sell drinks and food as well. It's free. (Niesel)

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Third Friday of every month

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Niesel)

Euclid Beach Live

Starts July 27. Fridays. Continues through Aug. 3

Much like Edgewater Live, the weekly happy-hour concert series that takes place at Edgewater Park, the Euclid Beach Live concert series offers great music, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The setting couldn't be better either: The site overlooks the scenic Euclid Beach State Park on Lake Erie. Once completed, the 285-foot rebuilt pier should give the events a throwback feel and hearken back to the glory days of Euclid Beach amusement park. The fun takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 3. This evening's musical entertainment comes from the doo wop/oldies act the Celebration Band. It's free. (Niesel)

Legacy Live

Starts July 27. Fridays. Continues through Aug. 31

One of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series, Legacy Live has become a tradition that families and couples look forward to each summer. The concerts, which take place on the Legacy Village lawn at 6:30 each Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, feature local bands that play everything from blues to jazz and rock. Tonight's entertainment comes from No Moss Band; tomorrow, catch a performance from Nos Band. Admission is free; the series continues through Aug. 31. (Niesel)

Legacy Village (map)
25333 Cedar Rd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 216-382-3871
Legacy Live

Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market

Sat., Aug. 18 and Sat., Sept. 15

The Beachland's Rockin' Flea Market features more than 50 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; this month's musical theme is the blues, performed by the Northeast Experience. While visiting, enjoy brunch with a full bar and patio seating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Fin Fest

Sun., July 22

A week-long celebration of all things having to do with sharks, Fin Fest kicks off today at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The fest includes scavenger hunts and shark drawing lessons. Today, there will be a shark teeth matching game, a lecture on why divers aren't scared to climb into the tank with a shark, and the opportunity to watch a shark feeding in the sea tube. Consult the aquarium website for more info. Fin Fest fun continues through July 29. (Niesel)

Concerts at Lake View Cemetery

Sun., July 22, Sun., Aug. 5, Sun., Aug. 19 and Sun., Sept. 9

Now in its fifth year, Concerts at Lake View Cemetery offers locals yet another great opportunity to catch a free outdoor concert this summer. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city; each concert showcases some of the city's best jazz acts. Today, the swing band Blue Lunch performs. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic to the concerts. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Sunday Beat


As part of a Sunday Beat promotion at Visible Voice Books, if you purchase a New York Times at the store, you'll receive a free cup of coffee or tea and a Jim Alesci's Place pastry. An added bonus: A jazz, Americana, samba or bossa nova band will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who shows a Sunday receipt from Music Box, Prosperity Social Club or any of the Tremont restaurants that offer brunch can enter a same-day drawing for a $30 Visible Voice gift certificate and a $25 Visible Voice Loyalty Card. They'll also receive 10 percent off any Visible Voice book purchase. The bookstore is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

Taste Latino

Mon., July 23

This year, the Centers for Families and Children's annual Taste Latino fundraiser has moved to bigger quarters at Merwin's Wharf. It takes place tonight from 6 to 9. There will be live music and food, and guests will have the chance to win a Cleveland-themed staycation. Tickets are $75 per person and include complimentary parking and an open bar. Awards will be presented to outstanding supporters of El Barrio Workforce Development program; and retiring director Ingrid Angel will also be honored for her vision and leadership. Proceeds support the Centers' El Barrio Workforce Development Program that helps more than 1,500 unemployed and underemployed individuals obtain employment. (Niesel)

Indians vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Mon., July 23

After making the playoffs two years in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates went into rebuilding mode after last year's losing season. That said, the team has performed better than expected this year and has hovered around the .500 mark for most of the season. The team comes to town tonight for a three-game interleague series. The game begins at 7:10 and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

Fleet Foxes/Nilüfer Yanya

Mon., July 23, 7 p.m.

With Crack-Up, the Fleet Foxes took their sweet ass time. The Seattle folk rock act waited nearly seven years to release the 2017 album, only their third, thanks to a three-year hiatus. Here, frontman/songwriter Robin Pecknold returns with a contemplative work completely recognizable to old fans, full of ethereal harmonies and lush instrumentation, yet heavy on experimentation and palpable maturity. The band is back on the road this summer, proving that indie-folk wasn’t just a fad, including a stop in Cleveland tonight. (Laura Morrison) $42.50 ADV, $50 DOS

Lunch Hour Live Trivia

Mondays. Continues through Aug. 27

Last Call Trivia, a live hosted trivia game during which teams compete for prizes by answering oddball questions, takes place every Monday throughout the summer at 12:30 p.m., at U.S. Bank Plaza on Playhouse Square. Designed to be "a spirited competition," the contest lasts an hour. The games also include a point wagering system that gives teams the ability to choose their own strategy. Admission is free. (Niesel)

U.S. Bank Plaza (map)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-771-4444

Shit Show Karaoke

Starts July 30. Mondays

Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge that allows patrons to choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock." Participants are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 10 p.m. (Niesel)

B-Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade (map)
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 216-932-1966

Wing Dang Doodle

Starts July 30. Mondays

Blues icon Howlin' Wolf famously covered "Wang Dang Doodle," the old blues tune penned by Willie Dixon. Prosperity Social Club in Tremont has adopted that slogan, calling its wing night Wing Dang Doodle. The weekly event features specials on Buffalo wings and cold brews. Prosperity will not only serve up substantial, $1 whole wings, but it'll also offer meatless Monday "wing" baskets for vegans. Discounted drafts and a playlist of vintage-electric blues and soulful R&B curated by local musician Clint Holley will be on tap as well. Wing Dang Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

Prosperity Social Club (map)
1109 Starkweather Ave.
Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District
phone 216-937-1938
Wing Dang Doodle
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