Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Nov. 6-12)

Comedian Erica Rhodes comes to Hilarities. See: Wednesday.
Comedian Erica Rhodes comes to Hilarities. See: Wednesday.

WED 11/06

The Band's Visit

This critically acclaimed Broadway smash-hit musical won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It also nabbed a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The play "rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together." Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at Connor Palace. Tickets start at $10, and the show runs through Nov. 24. (Jeff Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Chamber Music in the Galleries

This monthly concert series at the Cleveland Museum of Art places young musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in the CMA galleries, for "a unique and intimate experience." The performances often feature instruments from the museum's keyboard collection. Tonight's concert begins at 6 and lasts for about an hour. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at Music Box Supper Club hope to raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to "bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland's past — from sports, to rock 'n' roll, to Millionaires' Row," as it's put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix fixe dinner, designed to complement the night's theme, is $20. Tonight, Cleveland novelist Les Roberts talks about his mystery novels featuring private investigator Milan Jacovich. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

In his film, Cold Case Hammarskjold, Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger investigates the mysterious 1961 airplane crash in Africa that killed Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld, then secretary-general of the United Nations. Ultimately, the movie affirms some of the conspiracy theories that have surrounded the tragedy for decades. It screens today at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is a monthly storytellers' series that offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. Tonight's show revolves around the theme, "Coming Clean." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. The program will repeat at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Collinwood branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Admission to each event is free. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details at (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Merchant of Venice

Tonight at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's Class of 2020 presents its take on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, a play about money, privilege and prejudice. Tickets cost $15, and performances continue through Nov. 16. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000,

The Music Man

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)

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

Point of No Return

As part of this National Geographic Live event, Hilaree Nelson recounts her 2014 trip to Burma with a National Geographic climbing team that sought to find out if Burma's Hkakabo Razi is Southeast Asia's highest point. Nelson recounts the decisions she made to keep the crew alive during the treacherous ascent. The talk takes place at 7:30 tonight at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $45. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Erica Rhodes

Comedian Erica Rhodes grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, a city known for producing comics such as Louis C.K., Jonathan Katz and B.J. Novak. She had originally planned to become an actress but, because of her "funny unique voice," she gravitated to comedy instead. She's had some success, too, and has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Moontower Comedy Festival, the Blue Whale Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival and RIOT L.A. Fest. She headlines Hilarities at 7 tonight and Sunday night and opens for Tom Papa tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Rock Hall Nights: Ballot Battle

Tonight's special Rock Hall Nights event celebrates the fact that you voice your opinion on who you want to see inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by casting a vote. There will be a conversation about the induction process and plenty of time to tour the exhibits. Rock Hall educators and curators will be on hand to answer questions as well. Admission is $15, or free if you're a Cleveland resident or a Rock Hall member. The event continues until 9 p.m. (Niesel)

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

THU 11/07

Beethoven's Eroica

Beethoven originally gave the name "Bonaparte" to the piece that became known as Eroica out of admiration for the French hero. But when Napoleon declared himself emperor, Beethoven angrily re-titled it Eroica, which means "Heroic." Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, Jakub Hruša conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it performs the piece. Performances continue through Sunday. Guest speaker Timothy Cutler of the Cleveland Institute of Music leads the pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. Consult the orchestra website for ticket prices and more details. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

NEO Sound Panel Discussion & Exhibit

Tonight at 7, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives will host a free event to celebrate its current project to process over 500 previously unavailable archival collections and make them available to the public. This event includes a panel discussion featuring NEO Sound donors whose collections have been made available through the project. Panelists will include musicians such as Chris Butler (Waitresses, Tin Huey, 15-60-75) and Marky Ray (terrible parade, Death on a Stick, Death of Samantha, Jim Rose Circus, New Salem Witch Hunters). The panel also includes photographer Dave Treat, who took some of the earliest images of the Dead Boys. The evening will conclude with a reception in the Library & Archives reading room, where attendees can view a new archival exhibit called Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New Wave. It showcases materials donated by the panelists. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Go to the Rock Hall website for more info. (Niesel)

2809 Woodland Ave., 216-515-1956,

Tom Papa

The funny stuff continues tonight with Tom Papa, the fun-loving guy who used to host the NBC comedy show Marriage Ref. Papa routinely likes to joke about how he misses the day when he didn't have kids or the responsibility that accompanies them. He likes to reminisce about his young life, and notes how being a dad has him drinking more now. "Daddy is a lot more fun when he gets his magic juice inside of him," he likes to say, as he ponders the fact that all his daughter's drawings of him are with a martini glass. But the guy will also switch gears and talk about antidepressants and societal pressures. His talent lies in the fact that he comes off as an average Joe. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where you can catch his act through Saturday. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Rod Paulette

Ohio comedian Rod Paulette, who returns regularly to his home state to perform at the Improv, has a deep voice that seems to carry through the room as he makes fun of racial issues. Like actor/rapper/singer Donald Glover, Paulette plays off the stereotype of being a black man who acts white, and jokes about the struggles he's subsequently encountered. In one bit, he talks about how West Coasters always assume he grew up on a farm because he's from Ohio. "When's the last time you saw a black man on a farm without a chain on his foot keeping his ass there?" he asks. "If you ever see a black man on a farm, sneak up on him, tap him on the shoulder and let him know he's free." Paulette performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $15. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 11/08

Arnez J

Arnez J's little brother has a developmental disability, and that gets Arnez into trouble. Like that time at Burger King when he just wanted to buy his little bro a burger ­— until his brother beat up a man who wanted their handicapped spot! Arnez' humor is all over the place as he talks about the violations of colonoscopies, ladies who need to cover the glue of their weaves and the way his Uncle Charlie dances. His Rodney King skit is hilarious and his observations of the world are pretty spot-on. This one promises to be funny. He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, and performances run through Sunday. Tickets cost $30. (Liz Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

End of the Century

A film about two strangers (played by Juan Barberini and Ramón Pujol) who hook up one night in Barcelona, End of the Century tells the story of a romantic relationship in a non-linear fashion. The debut film from director Lucio Castro, the movie has received generally positive press. It makes its local debut tonight at 9 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. It screens at the Cinematheque again at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Marlee Who? Take Two

Tonight and tomorrow night at Kennedy's Theatre, Marlee Carpenter presents her cabaret show. Dubbed Marlee Who? Take Two, it'll feature jazz, jokes and tequila. A press release promises that the play will "leave you feeling delighted and probably slightly confused." Tickets cost $28. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Monsters vs. Laval Rocket

The Cleveland Monsters host the Laval Rocket today and tomorrow at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Tonight, it's a 1-2-3 Friday, so there will be $1 Pepsis, $2 Sugardale hotdogs and $3 select 12-ounce beers. There's also a post-game skate. The puck drops at 7 both tonight and tomorrow night, and tickets for both games start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Walkabout Tremont

Walkabout Tremont, which takes place on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 10 p.m., showcases the best of this smart neighborhood, with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, live music, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours and much more. This month, the theme is Light Up Your Holidays. See the event's Facebook page for more info. (Niesel)

Whiskey Business

This annual event sponsored by Scene features a variety of whiskeys, scotches, ryes and bourbons along with food from local restaurants and live music. Industry experts will be on hand to discuss the drinks, and the $45 advance-sale price of admission includes a commemorative taster glass, 10 drink tickets and light appetizers. (The price goes up to $50 on the day of the event.) Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. at Red Space. Find details on the website. (Niesel) 2400 Superior Ave.,

SAT 11/09

The King

A drama set in the 15th century that stars Robert Pattinson, Timothee Chalet and Lily-Rose Depp, The King takes inspiration from Shakespeare as it tells the story of a prince who ascends the English throne upon his father's death only to encounter complete chaos and war. The movie screens at 6:50 tonight and at 8:15 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Laura DeMarco Presents Mark Twain's America

In her new book, Mark Twain's America Then and Now, reporter Laura DeMarco of the Plain Dealer examines how America has changed since Twain's time by comparing how places he visited looked back then to how they look now. The book includes a number of references to Cleveland, notably the Cleveland Herald Building and Case Hall. At 1 p.m. today at the Cleveland Public Library's Center for Local and Global History, on the sixth floor of the Louis Stokes Wing, she'll participate in a book signing. The author of Lost Cleveland and Cleveland Then and Now, DeMarco uses nearly 200 pictures to trace Mark Twain's journey through 69 locations, including Cleveland and Cincinnati. Admission to the event is free. (Niesel)

325 Superior Ave., 216-623-2800,

The Room

Thanks to The Disaster Artist, the James Franco movie about the making of the cult classic The Room, the original film's popularity has soared. The film that features writer, director and star Tommy Wiseau screens at 10 tonight at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets are $6. (Niesel)

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

Rubberband Dance Group

Earlier this week, Tri-C and DanceCleveland announced that Rubberband Dance Group would make its Ohio debut in a performance sponsored by the two local organizations. The Montreal-based dance troupe performs at 7:30 tonight at the Mimi Ohio Theatre as part of the Tri-C Performing Arts season. Founded in 2002 by artistic director and choreographer Victor Quijada, the group is known for its innovative style. For the Ohio Theatre show, the group will perform "Vic's Mix," a production that "spans the immense creative territory explored by Quijada while offering both humorous and serious moments." Tickets range from $25 to $50. The show includes moderated pre- and post-show talks with performers and producers. The pre-show chat begins at 6:45 p.m. (Niesel)

1511 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Marlon Wayans

One of the best known comics to emerge in the late '80s and continue to be active to this day, Marlon Wayans has come a long way since working with his brother Shawn on sit-coms such as The Wayans Brothers and films such as Scary Movie, White Chicks and Little Man. He still hits the standup circuit on occasion and performs tonight at 8 at MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

SUN 11/10

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are available today at 10 a.m. Detrich Burgess & Company will perform. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

Leonardo: The Works

Designed to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, Leonardo: The Works features high resolution images of every single painting attributed to the iconic artist. The movie screens at 1:30 p.m. today and at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $15, or $11 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 11/11

The Band's Visit

This 2007 film screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque in conjunction with the live production now being performed at Playhouse Square. Actor Sasson Gabay, who stars in the film and also performs in the theater production, will attend tonight's screening. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for students and Cinematheque members. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Monday Night Trivia

Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? What say you about the geographic evolution of Scotch whisky? Tonight's your chance to wow your friends, make yourself instantly more desirable to someone you're newly dating, and hang with Cleveland's headiest hipsters and hot dog lovers. It's the Happy Dog Monday Night Trivia. Starting at 8 p.m., expect themed rounds and general knowledge questions that seem considerably trickier than some of the other live trivia locales in town. Obviously, have a hot dog and a craft brew while you're at it. And be sure to arrive early: Seats fill up fast. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

Science Cafe Cleveland

The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Monica Anthony Jack, Ph.D., an associate professor of philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, will speak about the mind's "essential tension" and how "neuroscience can and must drive a new Renaissance." Admission is free. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 11/12

Monsters vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

The Monsters have had a decent start to the 2019-2020 season and have played .500 hockey since the season began last month. Tonight, they take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Tickets start at $10, but the lower level Hockey Hoppy Hour tickets that cost $12 come with a free drink. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)

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

Vinyl Night

Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown 'hood as "a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox." The club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases, partnering with Loop in Tremont, so patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 5 p.m. (Niesel)

1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699,