Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Weekend (Aug. 1-7)

The annual Ohio Burlesque festival returns to the Beachland. See: Thursday.

WED 08/01

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summer Concert Series

Each summer, the National Park Service teams up with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to produce a free summer concert series at Howe Meadow in Peninsula. This summer's schedule includes several terrific local acts, including tonight's talent, singer-songwriter Chris Allen and his backing band the Lonesome Stars. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the website. (Jeff Niesel)

4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula,


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. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Tony Hinchcliffe

Known for roasting famous friends as well as audience members, comedian Tony Hinchcliffe pushes the boundaries with his performances. He switches between fast-paced jokes and poking fun at the audience. In one improvised bit on YouTube, he takes suggestions from an audience and makes a joke out of "coffee, carrots, Jews and juice." He tapes his podcast live tonight at 8 at Hilarities. Tomorrow night at 8, he performs standup at the club. Tickets are $20 for tonight's event; $18 for tomorrow's. The club also offers a ticket package that includes admission to both shows. (Niesel)

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

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. The theme for tonight's storytelling is "Anniversary," and the program honors the Happy Dog's 10-year anniversary. The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

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,

Morning People

Billed as a "healthy, daybreak Cleveland dance party to start your day the best way ever," Morning People offers an alternative to going to the gym before work. Hosted by Mason's Creamery and the Scare Your Soul Courage Movement and completely volunteer-led, the event takes place today at 6 a.m. at the Mason's Creamery Warehouse. The workout begins with an optional yoga session; then the dancing happens from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The $5 admission includes all of the above, plus coffee, juice and a light breakfast. Proceeds benefit Recovery Resources. (Niesel) 3504 Stanford Ave.,

Summer in the City

Each Wednesday through Aug. 22, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosts a free concert as part of its Summer in the City series. Tonight's concert, which begins at 7 p.m., features the Nashville-based indie rock act Bully, a group fronted by powerhouse singer Alicea Bonanno. Local rockers Punch Drunk Tagalongs open the show. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

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 the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Some museums will stay open late too. The Motown/rock/R&B group Ruby's Fun House will perform. 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. Check out the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website 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 08/02

Edgewater Live

This is the final week for Edgewater Live, the Cleveland Metroparks' extremely popular series of Thursday-night happy-hour concerts held at Edgewater Beach. In addition to live performances, 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. Tonight's musical lineup includes People in the Daytime and Hot City Symphony. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. It's free. (Niesel)

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW,

Ohio Burlesque Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Ohio Burlesque Festival returns to the Beachland Ballroom this weekend. The three-day event kicks off today with a showcase that features Miss Holly Grail, Minnesota's Tre Da Marc and international producer and drag king Devon Ayers. Ryan Zymbler serves as the host. Tomorrow's event will include a performance by the All Stars and Saturday's gala will feature international starlet Bunny Buxom. A weekend pass costs $50, and single-day tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

FRI 08/03


Better known by his stage name Earthquake, Nathaniel Martin Stroman has worked as an actor, voice artist and comedian since the '80s. His jokes tend to steer clear of current events as he talks generally about the trials and tribulations of being in relationships. "I've been investing in women for 40 years and have yet to see a profit," he jokes in one routine. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Euclid Beach Live

All good things come to an end, and that includes Edgewater Live, the weekly happy-hour concert series at Euclid Beach State Park which concludes tonight. The live concert series has offered a summer's worth of 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. Once completed, the 285-foot rebuilt pier should give the events a throwback feel and hearken back to the glory days of Euclid Beach amusement park. Tonight's final edition takes place from 6 to 9. The music comes from the reggae band Jah Messengers. (Niesel)

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

Indians vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have competed well this season, especially when you consider their division is stacked with tough teams like the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners. They should give the Tribe a tough time when they come to town tonight at 7:10 to launch a three-game series at Progressive Field. Tonight is a Rock 'n' Blast evening, so win or lose, a spectacular fireworks show will follow the game. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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Drummer Spotlight with Sum 41's Frank Zummo

Hard-hitting drummer Frank Zummo plays with both the pop-punk act Sum 41 and the dance group Krewella. Today, he'll be at the Rock Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. to play drum solos and answer questions from the audience. Consult the Rock Hall's website for more information. (Niesel)

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

Lakewood Arts Festival

The annual Lakewood Arts Festival is a juried show with more than 175 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more. Founded in 1978, the festival helps fund an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing to art school. The festival will also feature musical acts such as Punchdrunk Tagalongs, Senegalese drummer Assane M'baye, Luca Mundaca with Alexis Antes, the New Ohio Jazz Trio, Chris Allen with Austin Charanghat, Cats on Holiday and more. A food court will be set up in front of Lakewood Library on Detroit Road and will offer food trucks which also contribute to the scholarship fund. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Detroit Road between Belle and Arthur. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

The Little Mermaid, Live

Sarah Hicks conducts the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at Blossom as the orchestra plays the score to the Disney flick The Little Mermaid during a screening of the 1989 animated movie about a mermaid princess who wants to become a human. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

Peninsula Flea

It's not just a city thing. Good fleas can be found beyond Cleveland's city limits. To wit: The Peninsula flea, which is held on the first Saturday of every month from June to September at the beautiful Heritage Farms. The location provides a perfect escape from the crush of city life, perhaps best enjoyed by taking a hike in the surrounding Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the third most-visited national park in the country. A slew of local vendors will be on hand with indoor sales taking place in two of the barns on site. The flea is the perfect opportunity to get some antiques, handmade collectibles, local gear and delicious fresh food while taking in all that Peninsula has to offer. Shoppers are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Halle Weber)

6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2330,

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts its usual midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

Twins Day Festival

Come see how Twinsburg got its name this weekend at the annual Twins Day Festival, which takes place at the city's Glen Chamberlin Park. The portion of the festival that's open to the general public begins today with the "double take" parade that heads down Ravenna Road at 9 a.m. Entertainment will be held on two stages throughout the day. A twins contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Perici Amphitheater, crowning twins who look the most alike and those who look the least alike. A fireworks display will close out today's festivities. Tomorrow, a 5-K begins at 8:30 a.m. at Dodge Middle School, and a volleyball tournament will be served up at noon. Consult the website for a complete schedule. Tickets are $4 per person per day; it's free for Twinsburg residents. (Weber) 10260 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, 330-425-3652,

SUN 08/05

The Big Lebowski

Released in 1988, the Coen Brothers' flick The Big Lebowski has become a cult classic that regularly makes appearances in the Cedar Lee Theatre's Late Shift film series. The film centers on the Dude (Jeff Bridges), a slacker/bowler who becomes the victim of mistaken identity when he is assaulted. The movie features a slew of cameos by actors such as John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Tara Reid and David Thewlis. To mark the movie's 20th anniversary, it screens today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355,

Concerts at Lake View Cemetery

Now in its fifth year, the Concerts at Lake View Cemetery series offers locals yet another great opportunity to catch a free outdoor concert this summer. The six-concert series takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn, making it one of the most unique settings in the city; each concert showcases some of the city's best jazz acts. Today, the Americana act Beatnik Playboys will perform. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or a picnic. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. And if it rains, the fun will be delayed until Saturday, Aug. 12. (Niesel)

12316 Euclid Ave., 216-421-2665,

Dvorak's Seventh

Brahms' Symphony No. 3 inspired composer Antonin Dvorak to compose his Symphony No. 7, a 40-minute piece that many regard as the man's best work. Tonight at 7 at Blossom, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform the piece under the direction of conductor Michael Francis. Consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111,

Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream

In 1965, Cleveland suburbanite and Plain Dealer copy editor Robert Manry set out to accomplish a lifelong dream of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Middle-aged and married with children, Manry thought his life had become stale. Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream, "a riveting documentary" from director Steve Wystrach, includes rare archival footage and captures Manry's journey and the global media sensation it became. The film screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Sam Allard)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Splash Fund Edgewater Adopt-A-Beach

For the seventh year, Greater Cleveland Aquarium's nonprofit Splash Fund hosts an Adopt-a-Beach shoreline cleanup program. Volunteers who participate in the removal of trash from Edgewater Park beach today will receive one free aquarium admission in exchange for their time. Aquarium staffer Elizabeth Allen will be on hand to "advise, assist and provide necessary supplies." The aquarium has partnered with Drink Local, Drink Tap for today's cleanup. It takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration info and other details are on the website. (Niesel)

Jason Vieaux

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux won a Grammy for his 2015 album Play, and NPR chose the single "Zapateado" as one of its favorite songs of the year. Vieaux will perform an evening of solo guitar music tonight at 7 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series that takes place at Happy Days Lodge. He'll play pieces by Scarlatti, Giuliani, Bach, Albania, Tárrega and Mudarra. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

500 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909,

MON 08/06

Indians vs. Minnesota Twins

When the Minnesota Twins came to town last month, they took two of three games from the Tribe and had no trouble hitting Indians' pitchers. While they're probably good enough to make the playoffs this year, they might give the Indians some trouble. They play tonight at 7:10 as part of a four-game series. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

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. 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,

TUE 08/07

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; Papo Ruiz provides the music. The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

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

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. DJ Kris Koch offers 20-minute slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. Turntables are provided; you can play three to five songs during your time slot; and a mic is available to talk about the selections. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

Retro Tuesdays

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: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 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 concludes for the season on Sept. 25, so don't wait too long. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,