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Tue., Oct. 24

For years now, the local ensemble Harmonia has played the traditional folk music of eastern Europe that reflects the cultures of this region (think Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy). The musicians in the band come from varied East European backgrounds, and they explore those traditions in their music. The band performs tonight at 7:30 at the Happy Days Lodge. The concert is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series. Tickets are $21. (Niesel)

Happy Days Lodge (map)
500 West Streetsboro Rd.
Southern Suburbs
phone 330-657-2909

The Pulitzer at 100

Tue., Oct. 24 and Fri., Oct. 27

Designed to commemorate last year's Pulitzer Prize Centennial, The Pulitzer at 100 chronicles the prize's history with interviews with musicians, writers and journalists. The movie screens at 1:45 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It screens against at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the art museum, and columnist Connie Schultz, who won a Pulitzer in 2005 while working for the Plain Dealer, will be on hand to talk about her award after that screening. Tickets are $10, $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

Amplify Peace: Saving Syrian Lives with Omar Offendum/Bassel & the Supernaturals/Kayem/Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble/DJ Bella Loki

Tue., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

Bassel Almadani, the singer who fronts the Chicago-based soul/funk group Bassel and the Supernaturals, has deep ties to Northeast Ohio. Born and raised in Kent, he blossomed as a songwriter here, where he regularly attended shows. After moving to Chicago a few years ago, he started listening to the music of Otis Redding, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder; their “emotionally saturated” music inspired him to put together his own damn band, Bassel & the Supernaturals. As a first-generation Syrian-American — his parents were born and raised in Aleppo — he’s particularly troubled by the crisis happening in the country. Now, his band along with Omar Offendum, Kayem, Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble and DJ Bella Loki has embarked on the Amplify Peace Tour: Saving Syrian Lives. Sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), tonight's concert aims to “increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and help gather support and resources to save the lives of Syrians affected by war.” (Niesel) $20

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

Wed., Oct. 25

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Charles Cassady Jr. and William Krejci talk about Cleveland ghost stories. The menu includes Ghost Chili Beer Cheese Soup, Ghost of Porky and Devil's Food Cake. (Jeff Niesel)

Happy Hour Classic

Wed., Oct. 25

Located in the Gordon Square Arts District, the locally owned and operated Capitol Theatre regularly presents special screenings of cult classics and oddball flicks that don’t receive wide distribution. Tonight at 6, the venue presents its Happy Hour Classic Film, a monthly screening of a classic film that includes a happy hour cocktail party in the lobby before the feature. Tonight's featured film is Carrie, the 1076 horror film based on a Stephen King novel. Admission is $10. The price of admission includes a mini-cocktail (or soft drink if you don’t fancy the hard stuff), appetizers and live music. (Niesel)

How to Change the World (a Little) with Graphic Design

Wed., Oct. 25

Can good design change the world? Internationally renowned designer Michael Bierut believes it can…a little. Bierut visits the Cleveland Institute of Art for a special presentation titled How to Change the World (a Little) with Graphic Design from 7 to 9 tonight. In addition to winning hundreds of awards, his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Montreal. He has previously served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president emeritus of AIGA National. Additionally, he is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the practice of design and management at the Yale School of Management. Although the talk is free, tickets are required, and seating is limited. To reserve your seat, visit CIA’s website or Eventbrite. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m. outside the Peter B. Lewis Theater, also known as the Cinematheque. (Josh Usmani)

Cleveland Institute of Art (map)
11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106
East Side/University Circle/Little Italy
phone 216.421.7000
How to Change the World (a Little) with Graphic Design

9th Annual Chocolate Walk

Thu., Oct. 26

Hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, the 9th annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. today in downtown Lakewood. More than 20 shops and eateries will particiate, and each sweet stop will provide visitors with a unique chocolate treat. A $30 general admission ticket gains you entrance to First Federal Lakewood where you’ll receive your Chocolate Walk supplies. Signs and "festive bows" decorating participating merchants will mark the "Sweet Stops." A VIP ticket option is available for $50. The VIP Reception, limited to only 50 attendees, takes place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at KB Confections, where guests will sample chocolate treats as well as appetizers, wine and beer. Transportation aboard the “Chocolate Express” will be provided from downtown Lakewood to the VIP reception and back. VIP tickets will only be available for purchase online. (Niesel) 14806 Detroit Ave.

A Book Release Party

Thu., Oct. 26

Start Halloween weekend early with the book release party for Sandwich Anarchy, the first book showcasing more than 200 of Cleveland-based illustrator John G.’s Melt Bar & Grilled sandwich posters. Melt’s Independence location hosts the release party from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Sandwich Anarchy collects ten years’ worth of Melt sandwich posters illustrated by the Gordon Square-based artist. The hardbound book features 208 full-color pages, but John G. estimates he has created more than 1,000 concept sketches for Melt since its founding in 2006. Although the book will be available through local bookstores, Amazon, and all Melt locations starting on Halloween, guests can grab a copy for just $25 today, and John G. will be on-hand to sign copies. As an extra bonus, all books come with a Blu-ray copy of Turnstyle Films’ Draw Hard documentary, an insightful glimpse into John G.’s life and work. Pre-orders are available now through Admission is free. (Usmani) 6700 Rockside Rd., Independence, 216-520-1415,

A Book Release Party


Thu., Oct. 26

Cleveland State University's Department of Theatre and Dance takes on Company, a "musical dark comedy" about adult relationships. The winner of seven Tony Awards, it centers on a 35-year-old man who regrets not marrying. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre, where it runs through Nov. 5. Tickets are $10 and $25. (Niesel)

Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture

Thu., Oct. 26

Since 2009, the Gallery at Lakeland Community College has been one of the most festive venues in town every-other Halloween thanks to curator and director Mary Urbas’ Skull & Skeleton exhibitions. Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture opens with a reception, costume party and boneyard market from 6 to 9 tonight. Held on odd-numbered years, the exhibition is the fifth incarnation of the show in the past eight years. The show has continued to grow each and every year. Beginning with 18 artists in 2009, the show has now expanded to more than 100 local, regional and national artists and 275 works in a diverse variety of media, including: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, textiles/fiber, wood, glass, jewelry and digital art. The Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture remains on view through Nov. 3. Gallery tours are available by appointment. Admission is free. (Usmani)

The Gallery at Lakeland (map)
7700 Clocktower Dr.
Mentor/Lake County
phone 440-525-7029
Skull & Skeleton in Art V: Folk Art to Pop Culture

Jay Stevens

Thu., Oct. 26

“Laughter is a healing medicine,” says comic Shawn D. Stevenson (aka Jay Stevens), a native Clevelander. Originally, Stevens didn’t intend to pursue a career in comedy. But after he had a religious awakening nearly 20 years ago, he felt the need to share his gift with others to help them relieve their stress and possibly heal them with laughter. A clean comic, Stevens performs in both comedy clubs and churches. He performs at 7:30 tonight and Sunday night at the Improv. Tickets are $15. (Jeff Niesel)

A Sugar Skull Painting Class

Thu., Oct. 26

Before Halloween and La Dia de los Muertos, get into the Halloween “spirit” with a sugar skull painting class at House of Blues Cleveland, home to a variety of haunting folk art from throughout the country. Traditional calaveras are representations of human skulls, usually made with either sugar or clay and decorated in colorful patterns for La Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico’s annual celebration of deceased loved ones. Paint the Skull includes a calavera painting class, live painting demonstration by local folk artists, a tour of the House of Blues Cleveland folk art collection and a cash bar. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight in House of Blues’ Cambridge Room. Tickets are $15 plus applicable service fees. (Usmani)

Marjorie Prime

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12

In the not-too-distant future it’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion programmed to recount the distant, fading memories of her life. This incredible new play and Pulitzer Prize finalist explores what it means to be human in the digital age.
Dobama Theatre (map)
2340 Lee Rd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 216-932-6838
Marjorie Prime

Monsters vs. Ontario Reign

Fri., Oct. 27

The Monsters, our city's beloved minor league hockey team, kicks off a two-game series against the Ontario Reign with today's 7 p.m. game at the Q. The two teams face each again tomorrow at 1 p.m. Both games will feature a Socktober Sock Drive. The team encourages fans to donate a pack of new socks to benefit local homeless shelters. The first 10,000 fans who attend tonight's game will receive a team poster. Also, as part of a 1-2-3 Friday promotion, concession specials include $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs and $3 beers. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

An Opening Reception

Fri., Oct. 27

The Galleries at Cleveland State University’s Fall 2017 Exhibitions focus on abstraction with three individual painting exhibitions and sound and image installation. CSU’s new shows include Mark Keffer’s Dark Pronoun in the North Gallery, Dana Oldfather’s Candyland in the Center Gallery, Tony Watkins’ The Trees of Kinsman (curated by Elmer Buford) in the South Gallery and 3.9644E+7 CM3 OF VOLUMETRIC PROJECTIONS, a multimedia installation by Markus Vogl and Margarita Benitez in the Media Room. In celebration of its new exhibitions, the Galleries at CSU host an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Before the opening, join the featured artists for a gallery talk at 4 p.m. All of CSU’s Fall 2017 Exhibitions remain on view through Saturday, Dec. 9. Free. (Usmani)

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