Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Weekend (July 25-31)

Scene’s Ale Fest returns to Lincoln Park. See: Saturday.
Scene’s Ale Fest returns to Lincoln Park. See: Saturday.
<p>WED 07/25


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)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Indians vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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. Today, the two teams wrap up a three-game interleague series at Progressive Field. The game begins at 1:10 p.m., and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Orquesta el Macabeo

Earlier this summer, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Front International announced the schedule for City Stages, CMA's summer concert series that takes place in Ohio City. This year, some shows will still take place outside the Transformer Station in Ohio City on Wednesdays throughout the month of July; but they'll also migrate to other parts of the city. Tonight's concert features Orquesta el Macabeo, a group that's part of the burgeoning Puerto Rican salsa scene. The all-ages show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Transformer Station. Admission is free. And while you're in the neighborhood, check out the nearby Front art exhibitions inside the Transformer Station, Spaces Gallery and St. John's Church; they'll be open till 9 p.m. (Niesel)

1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429,

Wade Oval Wednesdays

A summer tradition continues tonight from 6 to 9 at Wade Oval in University Circle. It's Wade Oval Wednesday, and there will be local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. Otis & the Shoreway Saints perform. A Coco screening takes place at 9 p.m.. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

Walnut Wednesday

Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today it continues, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — as food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 26. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 07/26

Edgewater Live

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) 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW,

Adam Ferrara

The host of the BBC America's car show, Top Gear US, Adam Ferrara worked as a comedian well before he started talking about automobiles. He has performed standup several times on the usual late-night outlets and had a role in the FX series Rescue Me. He regularly shares stories from his personal life, and in one funny bit about his girlfriend moving into his house, he jokes that it was a "hostile takeover" and that he hardly knew what happened. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities Comedy Club, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

FRI 07/27

DEVOtional 2018

An annual event designed to acknowledge the genius of the Akron new-wave group Devo, DEVOtional 2018 commences tonight at the Beachland Tavern. It kicks off with a donation-based De-Voke (Devolved Karoake) event that features the Fantastic Plastics and 3 O'Clock Rock Showcase. The doors open at 6. Tomorrow, Devo's Jerry Casale will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and autograph session, and tribute acts such as Spudboys, DEVO-tion and DEVOmatix will perform. The doors open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are $35. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Euclid Beach Live

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. 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) 16301 Lake Shore Blvd., 216-635-3200,

Grateful Fest

An annual tradition, this year's Grateful Fest promises to be excellent weekend getaway anchored by the spirit of the Grateful Dead. This may not be the only Dead-related tribute event in Northeast Ohio this year (seriously, there are a whole bunch), but it's surely the most comprehensive. John Kadlecik, David Gans & Old Shoe, Terrapin Flyer, the Blurry Pickers, Dead Roses and Terrapin Moon will all perform, through Sunday. Wear flowers in your hair, and be sure to pack your sleeping bag. Tickets start at $20, and camping is included in the ticket price. (Eric Sandy)

12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716,

Legacy Live

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) 25333 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871,


Since 1988, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has aspired to "break the cycle of homelessness in Northeast Ohio." "We organize and empower homeless and at-risk men, women, and children through public education, advocacy, and the creation of nurturing environments," reads the description on the organization's website. As part of the Lakewood Alive Front Porch Concert series, the local world-music ensemble Drumplay and special guest Ray McNiece will play a fundraiser for the organization and specifically for the Cleveland Street Chronicle (formerly Homeless Grapevine), to which the late Daniel Thompson, one of Drumplay's many collaborators, contributed poems and for which he raised awareness and funds to sustain the paper. Admission to the concert, which takes place at 7 tonight at the Lakewood Public Library, is free; all CD sales and donations will go to NEOCH. (Niesel)

15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-8275,


From countless film and television appearances to a successful national standup career that spans the course of 20 years, comedian Sommore has surely earned her title as one of the "Queens of Comedy." In her standup act, Sommore regularly speaks to the masses by criticizing what it means to be a man and woman in a modern relationship (something I'm sure we can all relate to). She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, on the East Bank of the Flats, and has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

SAT 07/28

Ale Fest

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. Patrons can also sample wines and ciders, and 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 $40, or $65 for VIP (which allows entry at 11 a.m.). The prices at the door are $50 and $70, respectively. (Niesel)

Fam Jam

Today's Fam Jam, a day of free family fun at the Rock Hall, will feature games and giveaways in partnership with the Children's Museum of Cleveland, a bubble show with Dr. Awesome, rock 'n' roll-themed face painting, balloon twisting and crafts. There will also be a rock 'n' roll coloring station where the kids (and — why not? — you too) can design original album covers. Live musical performances will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on the Rock Hall's outdoor plaza and PNC Stage. A separate admission ticket must be purchased to tour the Rock Hall exhibits. (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Today is National Dance Day, and to celebrate, Playhouse Square will host a special performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Now in its 40th year, the dance troupe regularly presents "bold new works that continually push the art of dance forward." The troupe has appeared in celebrated dance venues across 44 states and 19 countries. Seating for this performance will be on the Connor Palace floor level only. The performance begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $25 to $55. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Silent Disco Dance Party

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today — National Dance Day — is your chance to check it off. Grab your friends and head down to Playhouse Square today at 9 p.m. to dance around in silence while wearing wireless headphones. You can choose from three different channels that will be playing music from the '70s, '80s or '90s. Because it's a "silent" disco, you can turn up the volume as much as you want. Admission is free, but you'll need to have an ID to receive a pair of headphones. The disco takes place on U.S. Bank Plaza. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

SUN 07/29

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)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

MON 07/30

Lunch Hour Live Trivia

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)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

Shit Show Karaoke

Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's own Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B-Side Liquor Lounge wherein patrons choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock," and 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)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

Wing Dang Doodle

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)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 07/31

Dan & Phil World Tour 2018

The hosts of a British radio show, Dan Howell and Phil Lester explore their insecurities with their live show, dubbed Interactive Introverts. The night promises to deliver "rants, roasts, battles, stories" and a variety of non-specific surprises. Expect these self-described "insecure nerds" to make you "laugh, cry and cringe." The event begins at 8 at Connor Palace. Tickets are $38.50 to $152.50. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Dancing Under the Stars

As a part of the 13-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight, and every Tuesday night through Aug. 28, at U.S. Bank Plaza. Tonight at 6, teachers from Viva Dance Studio will teach the salsa; Orquesta T'umbao provides the music. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Find a complete schedule of upcoming sessions on the website. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

Menopause the Musical

A musical parody set to songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s, Menopause the Musical tells the story of four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and the perils of menopause (you know, hot flashes, night sweats, etc.). A perennial favorite, the play is back at the Hanna Theatre tonight at 7:30, where performances continue through Aug. 12. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000,

Retro Tuesdays

Sometimes, there are experiences worth going the extra mile for, like the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville. As audiences grow increasingly frustrated with people talking, texting or bringing their young children to movie theaters with $15 popcorn, the drive-in is a perfect way to catch a new film without having to worry about any of the hubbub brought on by other people ... or yourself. Visiting the Aut-O-Rama is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the family's third generation. You can catch the latest films on the weekends, but the Aut-O-Rama also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday. Tonight's features: Full Metal Jacket and Platoon. Check the website for times and ticket prices. (BJ Colangelo) 33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-734-1786,

Truck Stop Tuesday

As if to provide a westside counterpart to Walnut Wednesdays, Crocker Park in Westlake has launched Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. Truck Stop Tuesday continues through Sept. 25. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,