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Sparx City Hop

Sat., Aug. 17


The 17th Annual SPARX City Hop will be held today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to Cleveland residents and starts at the U.S. Bank Plaza on 1302 Euclid Ave. The event is celebrating 17 years of connecting people to art in Cleveland neighborhoods! SPARX City Hop guests explore Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding neighborhoods by taking free trolley tours and hopping from artist galleries to studios to live, local music performances. (Niesel) 1501 Euclid Ave., downtowncleveland.com/events/sparx-city-hop.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Sat., Aug. 17


Back in the ’80s, actor Paul Reubens created a child-like fictional character named Pee Wee Herman. After a successful HBO special, he began performing as Pee Wee regularly, and eventually filmed the 1985 movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure with director Tim Burton at the helm. Herman would go on to host a successful kids’ show that ran on CBS for five years before it was discovered that he was a bit of a pervert. The film, however, holds up as a cult classic and screens tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre as part of Cleveland Cinemas’ Late Shift series. Tickets cost $6. (Niesel) 216-651-7295

Flats Festival of the Arts

Sat., Aug. 17


Flats Festival of the Arts debuted three years ago with 200 artists from around the country. From ceramics to woodwork, photography and painting, this event features various types of notable local and national artists that will exhibit and sell their work on Flats East Bank. Flats Festival of the Arts will also include many of the region's most talented musicians and dancers. A wide selection of food and beverages will be available. Admission is free. Any donations or food and beverage proceeds will benefit Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids), a nonprofit organization devoted to providing mobility and autism service dogs for children in the northeast and central Ohio regions utilizing an award-winning Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction accredited Cell Dog Training Program and the Land, whose mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. The event takes place today and tomorrow. Consult the website for more info. (Niesel) flatseastbank.com.

The Guardian Mile

Sat., Aug. 17


Most community road miles take up to two years of planning to pull off, but the Guardian Mile, which made its debut last year, came together in roughly ten months. Community runners and elites alike have raved about the organization and unique course (two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis did so on his personal Twitter account). The elite fields were internationally competitive and there were almost 350 registered runners. Organizers expect similarly competitive elite fields this year as the event returns. The Guardian Mile is actually a series of races. The Under Armour High School and Youth Heat is followed by the Ohio Sports Chiropractic & Rehab Community Heat (with first responders division included as mentioned above) and the Deloitte/Tom C. Loepp Law Competitive Masters Heat. The Monticello Associates Elite Heats (Women’s and Men’s) conclude the community races. The start line is at the corner of Lorain Ave. and West 24th St., and the first race begins at 7 p.m. Consult the website for more information. (Niesel) gohrun.org/themile.

Wayne Brady

Sat., Aug. 17
MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield Eastern Suburbs


A regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady has found steady work as an actor, TV personality, singer, game show host and comedian. This past year alone, he toured, starred on the new Sci-Fi series Aftermath, portrayed Lola in the Tony Award winning production of Kinky Boots and lent his vocal talents to Disney’s animated series Sophia the First and Nickelodeon’s Loud House. He also has another national tour planned. Not bad for someone who reportedly stuttered as a child and suffered from anxiety. Brady performs tonight at 8 at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 330-908-7793

La Placita

Sat., Aug. 17


Cleveland boasts a rich diversity of ethnic groups. The Hispanic-themed La Placita, a pop-up open air market held the second Saturday of the month, celebrates some of the city's rich heritage. Installed in the parking lots at West 25th Street and Clark Avenue, La Placita features live entertainment, traditional food, artisan vendors and more. It takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. today. Admission is free. Find more details on Facebook. (Niesel)

Symphonic Dances

Sat., Aug. 17


Written near the shores of New York’s Long Island Sound, Rachmaninoff’s final score, Symphonic Dances, originally included movements with names like “Twilight” and “Midnight,” making it the perfect piece for the Cleveland Orchestra to perform tonight at Blossom. The concert will also feature pieces by Bernstein and Ives. It begins at 8 p.m. Check the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel) 216-231-1111

Adopt-a-Beach Shoreline Cleanup

Sat., Aug. 17 and Sat., Sept. 28


Since 2012, Greater Cleveland Aquarium's nonprofit Splash Fund has hosted an Adopt-a-Beach shoreline cleanup program. Today's cleanup takes place at 10 a.m. at Edgewater Park. Someone from the Splash Fund team will be on hand to "advise, assist and provide necessary supplies." Anyone who donates his or her time to help the lake stay great will be rewarded with one free general admission ticket to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Splash Fund leadership provides gloves, containers and guidance and, at the end of each session, the team records and analyzes the junk they have amassed. Over the course of four mornings, last year's volunteers helped the Splash Fund bag 386 pounds of trash that included bits of foam, glass and 7,686 pieces of plastic. For registration, schedules and other details, see the website. (Niesel)

Yoga Course For Beginners In Rishikesh

Sat., Aug. 17, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rishikesh Yog Sansthan Yoga Village - Jonk, Swargashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, Rishikesh East Side/University Circle/Little Italy

Buy Tickets800


14 Days - 100 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course in India. Two weeks of total dedication to your practice is guaranteed to change your life. If you feel like you’ve just scratched the surface of what yoga and meditation can mean for you and your path, this is the perfect push to dive deep and get serious. 8218445792

7th Annual Run for Recovery

Sat., Aug. 17, 7-10 a.m.

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Run or Walk to celebrate recovery, remember the lives lost and support Recovery Resources: Helping people triumph over Mental Illness, Drug, Alcohol and other Addictions. Together WE are Stronger! Create a Team and Raise Funds! Enjoy a Zoo Pass for every registrant. Great Family Day Event! Wizathoun.com/RunforRecovery 216-661-6500

Shark Dive CLE

Sat., Aug. 17, 9-11 a.m. & 2-4 p.m.

Buy TicketsGeneral: $250, Passholder: $200

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Calling all SCUBA certified divers — you can dive in our 230,000-gallon shark exhibit, home to more than 30 different species of sea creatures. Dive into and explore the exhibit and see the Aquarium from a shark’s-eye view, waving to family and friends as they watch you dive from the other side of the acrylic. The Shark Dive CLE experience includes Aquarium admission for the diver and 1 guest, a behind-the-scenes tour of the dive platform, exhibit walk-through, dive equipment and all the souvenir shark teeth you can find! 216.862.8803

2019 Medina Summer Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Medina Community Recreation Center 885 Weymouth Rd. Medina, OH 44256, Medina, OH 44256 Medina County

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Shop local, shop handmade this summer! This large event will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items! Admission is $3 to the public, children under 12 are free. A portion of proceeds will benefit local non-profit, the Cleveland Animal Protective League. 440-227-8794

Upcycle Mini Makers: Upcycle Buffet Challenege

Sat., Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Buy Tickets$16-$26


Kids, are you up for a challenge? Grab your grown ups and head over to Upcycle Parts Shop for the latest installment of our Upcycle Mini Makers series: UPCYCLE BUFFET CHALLENGE! It’s less of a workshop and more of a non-competitive, zany challenge-meets-party where you’ll get to upcycle creations based on a set of prompts from us. We’ll supply more pieces and parts than you could imagine, and you’ll bring the enthusiasm and innovation needed to create some truly fabulous objects to take home! 216.361.9933

SPARX City Hop

Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
U.S. Bank Plaza East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


SPARX City Hop is celebrating 17 years of connecting people to art in Cleveland neighborhoods! SPARX City Hop guests explore Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding neighborhoods by taking free trolley tours and hopping from artist galleries to studios to live, local music performances. This year's focus on local art and live music will keep you jumping from trolley to trolley throughout the day! 216-325-0992

SPARX City Hop

Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
U.S. Bank Plaza East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


SPARX City Hop is celebrating 17 years of connecting people to art in Cleveland neighborhoods! SPARX City Hop guests explore Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding neighborhoods by taking free trolley tours and hopping from artist galleries to studios to live, local music performances. This year's focus on local art and live music will keep you jumping from trolley to trolley throughout the day! 216-736-7799

Burbank Sesquicentennial Celebration and Duck Race

Sat., Aug. 17, 12-5 p.m.
Burbank Village Park 100 W. Middle St., Burbank Central OH

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The Village of Burbank opening her arms and inviting you to stop in to help celebrate 150 years with a family friendly Sesquicentennial Celebration on August 17, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village's hidden jewel of a park behind Village Hall. There will be music, food, and vendors, a dunk tank, bounce house and other activities including games and raffles. The day will culminate in a re-creation of the beloved Duck Race from Burbank events of the past; sponsored this year by the Ugly Duck Extreme Spor-B-Grille on Lincoln Way in Wooster. 3303314480

Creatively You!

Sat., Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m.
John Carroll University 20700 N. Park Blvd., University Hts. Eastern Suburbs

Buy Tickets$15


Empowered&Poised will be hosting a day of fun for young girls thought the grades of 3rd-8th. Registration price includes a t-shirt for each young lady to tie-dye and arts and crafts to create vision boards. The goal is to leave young ladies with new creative skills to recreate old clothing items as well to set goals going into the new school year! Young ladies will be given the opportunity to be themselves and have fun in a safe environment! Your student won't want to miss out on this day of fun! 330-348-4119

Meet Me For Coffee Bourbon

Sat., Aug. 17, 4-7 p.m.


Again in 2019 we will be releasing a coffee bourbon but this one is even better! We did a collaboration with the guys at Guardian Cold Brew and not only did we infuse the bourbon with coffee beans but we proofed it (which is the process of diluting the bourbon to the proof where it gets bottled) with Guardian Coffee Cold Brew coffee! The team from Cleveland Whiskey will be on hand serving up samples of this and all our bourbons. We will have cocktail samples as well and much much more. The team from Guardian will be there too 216-881-8481

2019 HRC Cleveland Dinner and Gala

Sat., Aug. 17, 5-11 p.m.
Hilton Cleveland Downtown 100 LAKESIDE AVENUE EAST, Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District

Buy Tickets185.00


The 26th Annual HRC Cleveland Gala Dinner will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. This signature event brings together more than 500 guests for an evening of celebration and inspiration to support the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality, while honoring leaders in the community and entertainment by special guests. Early bird tickets available until June 30th! 216-413-5000

Up! A Creek Conservation Gala

Sat., Aug. 17, 5:30-11 p.m.


West Creek Conservancy is celebrating our 22nd Year with our annual Up! A Creek Conservation Gala at Windows on the River, in Cleveland, OH on August 17, 2019 from 5:30-11 p.m. The event sold out six years in a row, bringing together over 600 supporters from surrounding communities. The purpose of the event is not only to raise money to support West Creek projects, but create awareness of the organization and build relationships within the communities. This year’s event features a cocktail hour at in the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, delicious dinner, live musical entertainment, and much more fun activities. 216-749-3720 ex10

Mutants! DARK Comedy & HEAVY Metal Show

Sat., Aug. 17, 7-10 p.m.
Barmacy Bar & Grill 804 W Market St, Akron Akron/Summit County

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Funny Noizes Productions in conjunction with John Dolder is pleased to announce MUTANTS! on Saturday, August 17th at Barmacy Bar & Grill in Akron's Highland Square. WARNING!, WARNING!, WARNING!, WARNING!, WARNING! IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED DO NOT ATTEND! THIS IS A VERY LOUD, DARK AND IN YOUR FACE COMEDY SHOW WITH A SLAMMIN' LOUD METAL BAND. THE LIKES OF WHICH AKRON, OHIO HAS NEVER, EVER SEEN BEFORE. THE FILTHIEST, DIRTIEST COMEDIANS IN THE MIDWEST WILL CONVERGE ON AKRON'S HIGHLAND SQUARE TO SPIT BLOOD AND PISS IN YOUR EYE. 3309750072

GOH Run Guardian Mile

Sat., Aug. 17, 7-11 p.m.

Buy TicketsFree to spectate, registration $10-25 depending on division


Race across the Hope Memorial Bridge in an exciting one mile road race with HS / Youth, Community, Competitive Masters and Elite heats! Stick around after your race to watch the elite races featuring professional runners from around the world. Free Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream to first 500 runners and Under Armour technical race t-shirts for all runners where applicable (see registration). Spectating on the bridge is free! Last year's races saw over 300 runners and some of the fastest mile times ever run in the state of Ohio. See you on the bridge on August 17th! #GuardianMile 2167897182

Night of Laughter and Magic

Sat., Aug. 17, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Mark Jarvis 24816 Aurora Rd, Cleveland Eastern Suburbs

Buy Tickets$15.00


Join us at the Cleveland Magic Studio for an incredible night of magic and laughter on August 17th at 7:30 PM. Our mission is to share humor and magic to as many people as we can reach because you don't know what your missing until you experience it! 440-523-9011

Pharez Whitted

Sat., Aug. 17, 8 p.m.
Bop Stop 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


216-771-6551

Tiny Hands Band plays on the patio Saturday

Sat., Aug. 17, 8-11 p.m.
Teamz Restaurant & Bar 6611 Eastland Rd, Middleburg Heights Western Suburbs

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Tiny Hands Band plays on the patio tomorrow night 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm! Come for a night of classic rock jams, half price pizza's, and $4 Sangria's! 440-243-7288

Judah & the Lion/Flora Cash

Sat., Aug. 17, 8 p.m.
Jacobs Pavilion 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District


Last year, producers Drew Long and Daniel James holed up with Judah & the Lion at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville and cut the tracks that became Pep Talks, which came out earlier this year. Despite the somber nature of the lyrics, which address mental health issues and divorce, the album might be the band’s most uptempo effort to date. It begins with the exuberant chants of “Pep Talk,” which, with its horn section, sounds a bit like Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.” Other highlights include the twangy “Why Did You Run?,” which is one of the first songs that front man Judah Akers wrote for the disc. (Niesel) 216-861-4080

ForestFox /Vinyl Wings

Sat., Aug. 17, 8 p.m.
CODA 2247 Professor Ave, Cleveland West Side/Ohio City/Tremont/Detroit Shoreway


216-274-1200

4th Annual Boobstock: Two Nights of Pasties, Love, and Music Night Two

Sat., Aug. 17, 8-11:59 p.m.
The Winchester 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood Western Suburbs

Buy Tickets$12-$25


Join Shrimp's Oh! Strip! Show for our biggest show of the year; BOOBSTOCK!!! We made Boobstock TWO NIGHTS!!! Friday, August 16th will be held at Tiki Underground, and Saturday, August 17th will be held at The Winchester Music Tavern. --- Host: Eliza Sidecar Headliner: Kiki La Chanteuse from San Francisco, CA Features: Ginger Lesnapps and Alexander Cameron from Cincinnati, OH Also Starring: Femmi Le Freak Georgia Pearl Eden Ivy Aminah Louise Shrimp Cocktail Dish Delish Jupiter Darling Luna La Crème --- Saturday Tickets: VIP Tickets: $25 $12 - Presale GA $15 - Day of Show GA 216-600-5338

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