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Ale Fest

Sat., July 27

An annual tradition that takes place each summer at Lincoln Park in Tremont, Scene's Ale Fest features more than 100 beers, along with food and live music. This year's iteration highlights unique casks, one-of-a-kind collaborations, porters, stouts, pilsners, ales, wheats, Belgians, and lagers. A variety of food and retail vendors will be on hand as well. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event will be held rain or shine, and all guests must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid ID. It all starts at noon. Advance tickets are $45, or $65 for VIP (which allows entry at 11 a.m.). The prices at the door are $50 and $70, respectively. (Niesel)

Silent Disco Dance Party

Sat., July 27
U.S. Bank Plaza East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today is your chance to check it off. Grab your friends and head down to Playhouse Square this evening to dance about in silence while wearing wireless headphones. Tonight's theme: Glow in the Dark Disco. Admission is free, but you'll need to have an ID to receive a pair of headphones. The disco takes place from 9 to midnight on U.S. Bank Plaza. (Niesel) 216-771-4444

Elgar's Enigma

Sat., July 27
Blossom 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls Akron/Summit County

Edward Elgar’s Enigma features 14 variations on an original theme — each a separate musical portrayal of a friend or family member. His ninth variation, called "Nimrod," has been widely adapted for films such as Dunkirk and Elizabeth. It's the centerpiece of tonight's performance that'll feature the the Cleveland Orchestra performing alongside Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra. The concert begins at 7. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-231-1111


Sat., July 27
Ohio Theatre 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District

The dance troupe BalletX makes its Cleveland debut with its performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Founded nearly 15 years ago, BalletX is known for its athletic, emotionally charged performances. Tonight's show will celebrate National Dance Day and include pieces by cutting-edge choreographers. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel) 216-241-6000

Concerts at Lakeview Cemetery

Sun., July 28

The annual summer concert series at Lake View Cemetery offer locals yet another great opportunity to savor some free outdoor performances. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city. Lake View Cemetery has partnered with Cleveland's premier jazz venue, Nighttown and Jim Wadsworth Productions, to set the lineup. Concerts take place from 4 to 6 p.m.; the local soul band Hubb's Groove performs this afternoon. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic basket. Admission is free. (Niesel) 216-421-2665

Fin Fest

Sun., July 28

You can learn about the misunderstood masters of the deep at Fin Fest an annual event that takes place at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from today through Sunday, Aug. 4. There will be scavenger hunts, crafts, giveaways, photo ops, storytelling, a shark tooth identification game and an interactive art installation throughout the week-long celebration of sharks. The Aquarium will also offer aquarist and SCUBA diver talks. Check the website for hours and ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-862-8803

Aretha: Queen of Soul

Sun., July 28
Blossom 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls Akron/Summit County

With a little help from guest singers Capathia Jenkins and Ryan Shaw, the Cleveland Orchestra pays tribute to the late Aretha Franklin with a program that'll feature the Queen of Soul's hits. Expect to hear “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at this show, which begins at 7 at Blossom. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-231-1111

The Price of Everything

Sun., July 28

Nathaniel Kahn, the director of My Architect, returns with The Price of Everything, a documentary about the high price of contemporary art. "There's a lot of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing," says one artist interviewed in the film. It screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel) 216-421-7350

Sloppy Sundays in the Sun

Sun., July 21 and Sun., July 28

On select Sundays throughout the summer, Now That's Class will host Sloppy Sundays in the Sun, an event that appeals to day drinkers. Bartender Juliet will serve up her special Aperol Spritz and Pimms cocktails, and both patios will be open. The club will even set up an outdoor basketball hoop. The bar opens at 3 p.m., and happy hour takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. It's free. (Niesel) 216-221-8576

Tour of Asian Cuisine Cooking Class

Fri., July 26, 6-9:30 p.m.

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Menu: Won Ton Soup, Vegetable Egg Rolls, Yum Yum Sauce, Sambal Sauce, Peking Duck, Mandarin Pancakes, Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango. Cooking in the kitchen brings communities together, forms relationships and inspires – this is our goal with our culinary events. You will work in groups of four, each preparing various courses of the meal which you will enjoy at the end of the evening. Our classes are fun, informative and social – good for all skill levels. Includes: One glass of house wine for guests 21 years and over. 440.268.8646


Fri., July 26, 6-11 p.m. and Sat., July 27, 2-11 p.m.

Friday 26th at Beachland Tavern: 6pm - Doors Open 7pm - Jimmy Psycho Experiment (Los Angeles, CA) 8:15 pm - Eric Nassau (Columbus, OH) 9:30 pm - Lt. Dance (Columbus, OH) Saturday 27th at Beachland Ballroom: 2pm - Doors Open 2:30pm - Fight Milk (Redmond, WA) w/ Tavi from Finland 4:15pm - HE himself (Lexington, SC) 5:45pm - The Gothees (Pittsburgh, PA) 6:45pm - David Kendrick, Delaney Jae, Rocky Schenck Q&A: DEVO's "Total Devo" & "Smooth Noodle Maps" albums. 8:00pm - Bob 1 Cloud Guitar unveiling / Autographs & Socializing + Post Post Modern Man Video 'Behind The Scenes' Film (216) 383-1124

Open Mic

Fri., July 26, 6:30-9 p.m.

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Join Literary Cleveland for an open mic night at The Happy Dog! From 6:30-7:30 pm, mix and mingle while enjoying food and drink. At 7:30 pm, perform your piece or simply sit back and enjoy an evening of entertainment as open mic participants take the stage. All are welcome to attend and participate. Please register in advance for this free event by clicking on the button below! 216-651-9474

Bananagrams After Dark

Fri., July 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
B-Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights Eastern Suburbs

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Bring your best word play to B Side Lounge for a fundraiser for Lake Erie Ink. Bananagrams After Dark will feature a tabletop Bananagrams tournament where teams up to 4 will compete in the Scrabble-like board game. Winning teams will be awarded prizes over banana themed drinks while enjoying one of Coventry’s iconic bars, B Side Lounge. Register your team today for $25. All proceeds from team registration fees will directly support the creative voices of youth in our community. 2163204757

Hootie & the Blowfish/Barenaked Ladies

Fri., July 26, 7:30 p.m.
Blossom 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls Akron/Summit County

Famous for delivering one of the top-selling debut albums of all-time, the pop-rock act Hootie & the Blowfish reunited last year and announced the dates of its anticipated Group Therapy Tour with support from special guests Barenaked Ladies. Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld first formed Hootie years ago when they were students at the University of South Carolina. They had a hit right out of the gates with 1994's Cracked Rear View, and frontman Rucker has also had a successful solo career so expect to hear a song or two from his solo career too. (Niesel) 216-231-1111

Peter Pan and Wendy

Fri., July 26, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sat., July 27, 1:30-3 & 7-8:30 p.m.

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BorderLight Festival Presents: Peter Pan and Wendy. From Raleigh, NC, Burning Coal Theatre's fresh take on a beloved story follows Wendy's adventures in Neverland with the immortal Peter Pan. Through make-believe that becomes all-too-real in battles with the fiercest lady on the seas, Captain Hook, Wendy discovers that to love truly is to risk loss - but to risk loss at the ticking hands of time is to embrace the possibility of loving truly. BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival is a new Cleveland festival of contemporary theatre featuring 100 theatrical performances from over 40 companies worldwide. N/A

BorderLight InternationalTheatre & Fringe Festival Presents: Why Do You Always Wear Black?

Fri., July 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat., July 27, 5-6 & 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Hermit Club 1629 Dodge Court, Grille, Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District

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Inspired by the works of Anton Chekhov, this mashup of devised theater and feminist fanfiction explores what happens when the women of his major plays collide. *********************************************************************************************** BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival is a new festival of contemporary theatre featuring 100 theatrical performances by companies from around the world. The festival takes place in indoor and outdoor venues from Public Square to Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, July 24-27, 2019. Tickets + Info at 216-621-2325

Guster/Mikaela Davis

Fri., July 26, 8 p.m.

While often lumped in with the late-90s alt-rock scene (thanks to breakout hit “Fa Fa”), Guster has actually spent most of its career firmly entrenched in the far more amorphous post-Y2K indie world. With 2015’s Evermotion, the band stretches its legs even further, drifting away from more straightforward rock riffs and into open-air chord progressions and, as at least one song titles hints, lazy, loving songwriting. The same can be said about the recent Look Alive, which came out earlier this year. (Eric Sandy) 216-523-2583

Davila 666

Fri., July 26, 8 p.m.


Roller Skating Social

Fri., July 26, 8-10 p.m.
Edgewater Park 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, Cleveland West Side/Ohio City/Tremont/Detroit Shoreway

Buy Tickets$18.00

Lace up your roller skates or strap on those roller blades and join us for a cool & casual summer night roll through Edgewater & Battery Park! 216-703-8653

Blue Lunch Featuring Dave Keller

Fri., July 26, 8 p.m.
Bop Stop 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


Snail Mail/Sasami

Fri., July 26, 8 p.m.

Singer-guitarist Lindsey Jordan formed the indie slowcore band Snail Mail when she was just 16. The group has slowly picked up steam. In the wake of the band’s last release, the Liz Phair-meets-the Breeders EP Habit, Jordan has inked a deal with Matador Records. She’s been hard at work on that album, which will come out later this year. “We’ve spent an insane amount of time working on it in the studio,” she says. “We had real resources to do this one. It’s a proper release, and the songs are more mature. They’re more guitar-oriented. I spent a lot of time listening to inspiring guitar-type records and that’s what I’ve been more into lately. There’s a lot of growth. It feels like I’m a completely different person. I’ve been writing during transitional times in my life because I just graduated and I’ve been doing all this music stuff. It was in such an abundance, there hasn’t been time to take a deep breath. Now, I’ve had completely different experiences so it’s like a different person wrote it.” At tonight’s show, you can expect to hear songs such as the droning “Thinning” and whatever new songs Jordan feels like playing. (Niesel) 216-383-1124

Anthony Taddeo with TMT Trio+2

Fri., July 26, 8-10 p.m.
Praxis Fiber Gallery 15301 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland Northern OH

Brooklyn/Cleveland-based jazz group TMT Trio+2 features Juno Award winner Cat Toren on piano, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone, and Anthony Taddeo on drums. Uniquely sans bass, TMT showcases the multifaceted chamber music character of the piano by drawing from modern jazz, new music and avant-rock. 2166448661

Underground Classical presents, Anthony Taddeo & TMT +2

Fri., July 26, 8-11 p.m.
Praxis Fiber Gallery 15301 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland Northern OH

Brooklyn/Cleveland-based jazz group TMT Trio+2 features Juno Award winner Cat Toren on piano, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone, and Anthony Taddeo on drums. Uniquely sans bass, TMT showcases the multifaceted chamber music character of the piano by drawing from modern jazz, new music and avant-rock. 2166448661

The Suede Brothers/Bro Dylan

Fri., July 26, 9 p.m.
Grog Shop 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland East Side/University Circle/Little Italy


Free Comedy on TAP with Mike Jenkins & Friends

Fri., July 26, 9-11 p.m.

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In FNP's continuing partnership with Whistle & Keg Cleveland in the heart of Cleveland's Gateway District at 818 Huron Rd. E, presents an evening of FREE COMEDY ON TAP with Mike Jenkins & Friends on July 26, 2019 with Showtime 9 pm - 11 pm. This FREE show will quickly fill up, so please get your reservation in early at Headliner performer Mike Jenkins stormed on to the Comedy Scene as The “Mad Dawg of Comedy” and brings a unique combination of madness, high energy and excitement wherever and whenever he takes the stage. As a former Professional Wrestler 330-975-0072

Inkubator Conference

Sat., July 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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17 programs in one day. The 2019 Inkubator conference is a free, day-long conference with workshops, panels, craft talks, and readings. This year the conference will be held in coordination with the Cleveland Public Library's 150th anniversary celebration. Arrival and check in begins at 8:30am at the downtown Cleveland Public Library. The book and resource fair will be open from 9:00am-4:00pm at the conference and will feature local independent booksellers, literary journals, publishers and presses, writing groups, and literary organizations. The conference ends with a keynote by award winning poet and writer Hanif Abdurraqib. Please register in advance. 216-623-2869


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