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Shake Your Bones

Fri., Oct. 18


A networking group for professionals who are fans of the Grateful Dead, Networking is Dead holds several special events each year. There is no cost to join the group; fans can sign up at networkingisdead.net. Tonight at 7:30 at the Music Box, the group presents its latest program, Shake Your Bones; proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Achievement Centers for Children. The evening will feature music from the Garcia Project, a Grateful Dead raffle and a Halloween theme. Tickets are $27 in advance. The Garcia Project was formed in San Francisco in 2010. They perform complete Jerry Garcia Band shows from 1976 to 1995, with era-specific equipment and arrangements. Networking is Dead's past nonprofit partners include the Upside of Downs, Youth Challenge, Autism Speaks, and LEAP. (Niesel) 216-242-1250

John Witherspoon

Fri., Oct. 18


If you're going to see comedian John Witherspoon tonight at the Improv, where he performs at 7:30 and 10, you'd better dress up — because "you got to coordinate," as he puts it. That catchphrase comes from one of the comedian's signature routines. Witherspoon has worked alongside famous comedians such as Ice Cube, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker, and starred as Pops on The Wayans Brothers. But he might be best known for voicing "Grandad" on the animated series The Boondocks. His standup routine is even similar to the Boondocks character he portrays; it features fast-paced jokes that keep coming at you. He has shows scheduled at the Improv through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel) 216-696-IMPROV

Bootanical Bash

Fri., Oct. 18
Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland Eastern Suburbs


An annual event at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Bootanical Bash encourages kids of all ages to dress in costume, participate in trick-or-treating and experience enchanting lights in the Hershey Children's Garden. There will be games, a dance party and more. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Tickets cost $12 for a member child (2 and older), $10 for a member adult, $18 for a nonmember child and $15 for a nonmember adult. (Niesel) 216-721-1600

Moses and Millionaires, Rockefeller and Rock 'n' Roll

Fri., Oct. 18


John J. Grabowski, a historian and professor who authored Cleveland A to Z, and Alan F. Dutka, a researcher and speaker who wrote Cleveland Millionaires' Row, will appear tonight at 7:30 at Visible Voice books for a joint book talk and signing. Cleveland A to Z features 72 short articles about real people, places and events that reveal the issues, attitudes and quirks that define our fine town. Grabowski originally developed the book for the Western Reserve Historical Society's 150th anniversary celebration, and almost every historical photo is pulled from its collection. Cleveland's Millionaire's Row "examines a particular point in the city's development — a moment when extravagant monuments to the immense wealth and power lined Euclid Avenue." It includes visuals and "well-researched commentary." Admission is free. There will be food, beverages (including beer, wine and coffee) and books available for purchase. (Niesel) 216-961-0084

Gory at the Quarry

Fri., Oct. 18
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park 12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville Northern OH


Gory at the Quarry, an annual end-of-season Halloween bash, returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park this weekend. It features Quarry favorites John Welton & The Awakening headlining tomorrow night. The event will also feature a costume contest, a chili cook-off, bonfires, apple bobbing, and a haunted campsite contest. The Derek Woods Band, John Dante & the Inferno, and Steel City Sabbath are also slated to play. Admission is $65 ($55 presale) for Friday through Sunday, or $45 ($35 presale) for Saturday through Sunday. Thursday arrivals are an extra $20. There is no extra charge for camping. (Niesel) 440-548-2716

Pete Lee

Fri., Oct. 18


The first standup comedian to get a standing ovation on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, comedian Pete Lee likes to joke about how he's such a huge people pleaser, he even hugs Uber drivers goodbye and offers to drive for them. The nerdy comic is currently a cast member of TruTV's Greatest Ever and hosts NFL Rush on Nickelodeon's Nick Toons. He performs at 7 and 9 tonight at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-241-7425

Stranger Things: The Book of the Beast

Fri., Oct. 18
Alex Theater 2017 East Ninth Street, Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


A national cast of burlesque and drag acts will be on hand for Stranger Things: Book of the Beast, a special pre-Halloween burlesque show that takes place tonight at 8 at the Alex Theatre at the 9, and tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Beachland Ballroom. Tonight's show features acts such as Femmi Le Freak, Ravea Chainsaw, Bella Sin, Miss Holly Grail, Deva Diamond and Emerald Von Bliss. Samantha Echo serves as the host. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, and $25 for preferred seating. Tomorrow night's acts include Dean D'monic, Bella Sin, Bee Awkward, Lakota Shekhar, Jared Jamason, Matt Cockrin, Juicy Gem, Fonda Sweets, Hellcat Rose, Poppy Poison, Carmen M'Knoxide and Jade Wilde. Ken Schneck will host. Those tickets cost $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Both nights will offer reserved seating and VIP options. There will be a King and Queen of Fight Night Costume Contest and other "ghoulish surprises." Find out more on the website below. (Niesel) 216-239-1200

Exhibition on Screen: Michaelangelo — Life and Death

Fri., Oct. 18


A documentary film directed by David Bickerstaff, Michelangelo – Love and Death examines some of the Renaissance artist's most iconic works of art. It shows in conjunction with the current Michelangelo exhibit that's on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It screens tonight at 7 at the CMA, where it also can be seen at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. (Niesel) 216-421-7350

Zohn Collective with Mexican Puppet Company La Coperacha

Fri., Oct. 18


Tonight at 7:30 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Zohn Collective and La Coperacha Puppet Company from Guadalajara, Mexico, will present an evening-length concert, based on Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago's sculpture project 2501 Migrants, a piece that premiered last year at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara. Composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, a Mexican-American composer living in New York, will lead the well-known and well-regarded La Coperacha Puppet Company in a kind of quasi-theatrical experience. Consult the art museum website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-421-7350

Cleveland Guitar Trio

Fri., Oct. 18
Stocker Center 1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria Western Suburbs


Tonight and tomorrow at 8, the Cleveland Guitar Trio plays at the Stocker Arts Center in Lorain. The group, which includes Dareen Frate, who's just finished recording a new CD, Patrick Woods and Doug Wood, who's just returned from a 13-show tour, will play a mix of solo and collaborative works. Tickets cost $20, or $10 for Lorain County Community College students. (Niesel) 440-366-4040

Carmen

Fri., Oct. 18
Ohio Theatre 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


Set to the music of Georges Bizet and live flamenco guitar, the Cleveland Ballet's new interpretation of Carmen promises to be "a tale of passion, romance, and sensuality." It centers on a Spanish gypsy woman (Dayneliz Muñoz) who seeks to save herself by seducing a certain Don Jose (Rainer Diaz). Russian guitar master Yury Nugmanov and Russian-American mezzo-soprano Zoya Gramagin are featured guests. Performances take place tonight at 8 and tomorrow night at 7 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel) 216-241-6000

Celine Dion

Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.


After a longtime residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Celine Dion is bringing her angelic vocals to the rest of North America and beyond this fall on the Courage World Tour, which comes on the heels of the 51-year-old being named L'Oreal makeup's newest spokesperson. She also announced a new album is in the works, also called Courage, the first since 2013's Loved Me Back to Life. Fans of the French Canadian songstress can expect a glittering show full of death-defying vocal gymnastics as well as epic chest-thumping. "My Heart Will Go On" will be there, and so will all of the other hits. This is the Dion's first world tour in a decade. (Laura Morrison) 216-420-2000

Dane Cook

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
MGM Northfield Park 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield Eastern Suburbs


Hugely popular in the early 2000s when he was headlining arenas, comedian Dane Cook continues to hit the standup circuit on a regular basis. The guy's resume includes numerous Comedy Central and HBO specials, and he's put out several successful comedy albums too. Recorded in Boston, his 2005 album, Retaliation, became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and went double platinum. Cook performs tonight at 8 at MGM Northfield Park–Center Stage. Tickets cost $65 to $115. (Niesel) 330-908-7793

Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium

Fri., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 25


A child-focused Halloween party, Captain NEO's Hauntaquarium returns to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium tonight and tomorrow night from 6 to 9. Tickets cost $12, or $10 for Greater Cleveland Aquarium members. The price of admission includes full aquarium access as well as Nora the Explorer animal encounters, a DJ dance party, "campfire" stories, photo opportunities, slime-making, magic and more. (Niesel) 216-862-8803

Copenhagen

Fri., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 25


Presented by Cesear's Forum in a limited engagement, the Tony Award-winning Copenhagen centers on an actual meeting that took place between the two great physicists, Germany's Werner Heisenberg and Denmark's Niels Bohr, in 1941, in occupied Denmark. The play is presented fictionally, "inside the heads" of three characters, as they relive their memories and speculate on the meaning, and consequences, of their actions. A deep dive into the difficulty of ever truly knowing oneself or others, Copenhagen is as much about philosophy as physics. Tonight's performance takes place at 8 in the intimate Kennedy's Down Under, in Playhouse Square. Tickets cost $18, and the show continues through Oct. 26. (Niesel) 216-241-6000

Boo at the Zoo

Fri., Oct. 18 and Fri., Oct. 25


The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo will be in full swing this weekend with unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, costumed characters and a monster mash dance party. Each night, the first 1,000 guests will receive a special treat bag courtesy of Meijer. The festivities run from 5 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday, and then continue on weekends through Oct. 27. Consult the zoo's website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-661-6500

The Music Man

Fri., Oct. 18, Wed., Oct. 23 and Wed., Oct. 30
Hanna Theatre 2067 East 14th St., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


Tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, Great Lakes Theater presents its version of The Music Man, the play about salesman Harold Hill and his attempts to con people into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he never intends to form. The six-time Tony-winning musical features tunes such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Till There Was You." Performances continue through Nov. 10. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel) 216-241-6000

The Member of the Wedding

Fri., Oct. 18, Fri., Oct. 25 and Fri., Nov. 1
Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood Western Suburbs


At the suggestion of her friend Tennessee Williams, Southern writer Carson McCullers adapted her novella, The Member of the Wedding, into a play that was an enormous success when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It depicts the "intrinsically enmeshed lives of whites and blacks in the American South." Regional talent Eric Schmiedl direct this version of the play at the Beck Center for the Arts through Nov. 3. The cast includes Lisa Louise Langford, Ellie Ritterbusch, Chase Oberhaus, Peter Lawson Jones, Corin B. Self and Fred Gloor. Tonight's performance takes place at 8, and performances continue throughout the weekend. Tickets are $10 to $33. Group and student discounts are available. (Niesel) 216-521-2540

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)

David Sedaris

Sat., Oct. 19
State Theatre 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


A humorist who's won awards for books such as Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sederis is known for his sardonic wit and social critiques. His writings appear regularly in The New Yorker, and he's twice been included in The Best American Essays. His latest book is Calypso, a collection of his essays. A regular on the theater circuit, he'll likely talk about his work and read a few recent pieces at tonight's event, which takes place at 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel) 216-241-6000

Cleveland Beer Week Begins

Sat., Oct. 19


An annual fest that features hundreds of events at local bars and eateries — including keg tappings, beer pairings, tasting dinners, brewer meet-and-greets, and educational sessions throughout Greater Cleveland — Cleveland Beer Week commences today with all sorts of reasons to hoist a glass. For instance, there's an Oysterfest at Beer Engine, a Bell's tap takeover at Tremont Taphouse, a "mother and father" of tap takeovers at Winking Lizard in Lakewood and a Pumking Prowl at Southern Tier. Check the website for all the details. (Niesel)

Home Movie Day

Sat., Oct. 19
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and its Library & Archives host Home Movie Day at 1:30 p.m. today at the Rock Hall. The event is free with a reservation at ticketing.rockhall.com. The event will feature a compilation film of rock performance footage assembled from local home video and film donations, and clips will include never-before-seen footage of Northeast Ohio acts such as the Pagans, Hammer Damage and Devo. Some of the film and video donors will be on hand to share their stories about the performances featured. (Niesel) 216-515-8444

A Mad, Burning Desire

Sat., Oct. 19


An issues-minded musical ensemble, Burning River Baroque launched its season earlier this year with A Mad, Burning Desire, a show designed to shed light on "unconventional 17th-century women and issues surrounding mental health." A Mad, Burning Desire tells the story of the first English actresses who gained the legal right to act on the public stage in the early 1660s. Co-directors Paula Maust (harpsichord) and Malina Rauschenfels (soprano) will engage in dialogues with the audience about "how the perception of mental health issues in the early modern period directly relates to the stigma surrounding mental health in contemporary times." The group brings a special performance of the show to Blank Canvas CLE tonight at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20. (Niesel)

Neil Zaza's One Dark Night A Rock Concert of the Macabre

Sat., Oct. 19
Akron Civic Theatre 182 South Main St., Akron Akron/Summit County


According to the press release, local guitar wiz Neil Zaza will be presiding tonight over a "symphony of fear," that "mixes dark, powerful arrangements of macabre classical masterpieces ... with the fury of a rock band and orchestra." There also will be a guest appearance from Tim Ripper Owens. In addition, Verb Ballets will be performing the critically acclaimed Adagio Reimagined project as well as Dance Macabre. It all starts at 8 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $75. (Niesel) 330-253-2488

12 Hours of Terror

Sat., Oct. 19


Dubbed 12 Hours of Terror, tonight's horror movie marathon at the Capitol Theatre will feature a 35th anniversary screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street, along with Scream, Bloody Birthday, Parasite 3-D, Dawn of the Dead and two surprise secret screenings. There will be a free cake and ice cream break to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. It all starts at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. (Niesel) 216-651-7295

Parnell’s Pub 22nd Anniversary Party 

Sat., Oct. 19
Parnell's Pub 12425 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights Eastern Suburbs


In October 1997, Declan Synnott debuted Parnell's Pub on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, and the pub quickly became a neighborhood hot spot. Since then, Synnott has relocated the original Parnell's to the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood and opened another location at Playhouse Square. Today at the Cedar Fairmount location, Synnott will celebrate the pub's 22nd anniversary and launch the Whiskey Experience. Participants in the Whiskey Experience will receive whiskey passports and head around the world sampling over 100 whiskeys. Anyone who fills 70 percent of their whiskey passport within one year will receive a pair of personalized whiskey glasses, one to take home and one to keep at the bar for use when they visit. (They also will have the option to take the second glass home if they like.) The first 20 people who complete a passport will be entered for a chance to win a customized Jameson jacket at the next party in October 2020. (Niesel) 216-321-3469

I-X Trick or Treat Street

Sat., Oct. 19 and Sat., Oct. 26


Today and tomorrow, the I-X Center welcomes trick or treaters to its annual I-X Trick or Treat Street. Twelve creatively themed "boo-tastic" candy stations will pass out treats, and there will be kiddie rides and entertainment. The fun takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check the I-X Center site for ticket prices. Parking costs $10. (Niesel) (216) 676-6000

Bluegrass ‘n’ Blue Jeans Featuring the Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra

Sun., Oct. 20
Bop Stop 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


Today at 5:30 p.m. at the Bop Stop, the Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra plays a special benefit concert dubbed Bluegrass 'n' Blue Jeans. It's a fancy event, but the dress code is "denim casual attire." Hosted by Friends of the Cleveland Orchestra, the event benefits the Cleveland Orchestra education program, Mindful Music Moments. Tickets start at $150. (Niesel) 216-771-6551

BAY-CON

Sun., Oct. 20
BAYarts 28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village Western Suburbs


You can celebrate all things nerdy at today's BAY-CON, BAYarts first student-based, family-friendly comics and art convention. There will be an art show by the students, free sketches drawn right in front of you by the artists of BAYarts, photo opps with characters from comics and movies, a trivia contest and more. Dress up in your favorite costume to win prizes. It all goes down from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BAYarts. (Niesel) 440-871-6543

WWE Monday Night Raw

Mon., Oct. 21


Since it debuted in 1993, WWE Raw has become a flagship program for the professional wrestling organization. Tonight's edition features wrestling superstars Lacey Evans, Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin. It all goes down tonight at 7:30 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel) 216-420-2000

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