Get Out This Week in Cleveland (May 3-9)

WED 05/03

Art Doc Double Feature

Tonight at 6:45, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen two films about groundbreaking American artists. The first, What About Style? Alex Katz: A Painter's Painter, focuses on Katz, a subject of a current CMA art exhibit that showcases nearly 80 key loans of Katz's work. Tonight's program also includes a screening of Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray, a film that pairs interviews and archival film clips with journal entries read by Meryl Streep. Tickets cost $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Jeff Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Bill Burr

Aside from selling out shows internationally, comedian Bill Burr has made his way into a few movies — playing both serious and comedic roles — and put out five albums, all while being hailed as one of the top comedians in the industry. It's for good reason, though, because the brutally honest Burr's "against the grain" perspective on many of society's quirks makes for sets that will both offend and delight. His tendency to cap his thoughts with "Ya know?" makes him seems more like a passionate everyday guy than a seasoned veteran putting on a show. He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Hilarities. Tickets are sold out. (Jacob DeSmit)

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

Cavs vs. Toronto Raptors

The Cavs dominated the Raptors during the regular season, beating them in three of four meetings. But the Raptors still finished with one of the best records in the East and should be a formidable opponent for the Cavs. Tonight's game begins at 7 at the Q. Tickets are sold out, but fans with or without a ticket to the game can experience Cavs playoff excitement at the popular free Cavs Fan Fest taking place outdoors at Gateway Plaza and along East Sixth St. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program

For nearly all of its 100-year history, the Cleveland Museum of Art has presented music from around the world, making its annual Performing Arts series part of a long tradition. The series launches tonight with a CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program that features artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University's early and baroque music programs. The musicians will present mixed programs of chamber music, and the concerts regularly feature instruments from the museum's keyboard collection. Those concerts take place in the museum's galleries at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesdays on the month through May. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Cleveland Arts Prize

The Cleveland Arts Prize is the oldest award of its kind in the United States. For more than 45 years, the organization has recognized local individual artists and arts advocates with special awards. From 6 to 8 tonight, MOCA Cleveland hosts a live announcement of the 2017 Cleveland Arts Prize winners. Wednesday's event also includes the third installment of CAPtalks, featuring storytellers Cindy Barber, owner of the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern (CAP 2007), and geometric abstraction artist John Pearson (CAP 1975), who'll discuss the subject of love. General admission tickets are $15, and Sponsor Circle tickets are available for $100 each and include 5 p.m. entry. (Josh Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs fine food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at the Music Box Supper Club hope to help raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society's new 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. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Chris Ronayne, the President of University Circle Inc., talks about why University Circle is laid out the way it is. The featured three-course dinner includes kielbasa and kraut soup, braised pork chop, gravy and mashed potatoes, and an ice cream sundae for dessert. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. This month's theme is "art." The series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Kent State and the Vietnam War

Weeks after national guardsmen shot and killed four college students during an anti-Vietnam war protest on the Kent State University campus, Neil Young penned "Ohio," a tune about the incident. The Vietnam War inspired songs from Buffalo Springfield, Phil Ochs and Edwin Starr. Kent State & the Vietnam War, a film about the time period, screens continuously today until 9 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theatre. (Niesel)

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

Reel Science

Cleveland Cinemas and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have teamed up for Reel Science, an ongoing series of films that features an eclectic and diverse line-up of classic and contemporary films The series aims to "explore the facts and fictions in each film" with an introduction and post-screening discussion hosted by one of the experts from CMNH. Tonight's entry: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, a campy sci-fi/fantasy movie about "a time when men lived in fear," as it's put in the trailer. The screening will feature a live commentary with comedian Bill Squire from The Alan Cox Show, Lee Gambol (Distance Learning Coordinator) and Lee Hall (Vertebrate Paleontologist) from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $7.50, but CMNH and Marquee Rewards members can purchase a discounted admission at the box office for just $5. A portion of each admission benefits the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

Walnut Wednesday

Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut Streets — 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. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 05/04

Orny Adams

Orny Adams' dry optimism and seeming preference for the things most people would hate (he likes nightmares more than good dreams) are good fodder for his standup. His past work includes writing jokes for Jay Leno and Gary Shandling, and he currently plays the character of Coach Finstock on MTV's Teen Wolf. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $23. (Liz Trenholme)

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

Art Therapy Studios

Spaces' new home includes a beautiful classroom space overlooking the intersection of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue This new addition allows the organization to provide more regular educational programming and community outreach efforts. Join Spaces and members of the community for Art Therapy Studios on the first Thursday of each month. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Spaces invites the public to get inspired by the experimental art projects currently on view in its galleries, create your own original artwork and connect with your community. A $5 admission fee covers the cost of supplies, and all materials are provided. At least five reservations are required for the class to be held. Please RSVP by calling 216-791-9303 or emailing [email protected]. (Usmani)

2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314,

Beast No Feast Cinco De Mayo

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn't have to involve stuffing your face with beef tacos. Today at 5 p.m. at Now That's Class, the restaurant Helio Terra presents Beast No Feast Cinco de Mayo, a vegan-friendly celebration that will feature bean and cheese enchiladas, Jicama Napa cabbage slaw, and raw chipotle chocolate cashew cheesecake. Then, at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Now That's Class will host a bonafide Cinco de Mayo celebration and serve what the club claims to be the "best sangrias and margaritas in the United States." DJ Traga will spin Latin, Carribean, South American, Jamaican Dancehall and Mexican vinyl until 9 p.m. Both events are free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Cocoa Brown

If you've seen any of Progressive Insurance's Name Your Price commercials, then you've seen comic Cocoa Brown. In the commercial, this vivacious comedian and actress plays the angered wife whose husband decides he wants to juggle chainsaws. Tyler Perry has even taken her on as a vital character in his TV shows and films. Brown's no-holds-barred attitude has gotten her a Screen Actors Guild award nomination; she's now in the process of writing a revealing autobiography and putting together her own one-woman show, The Confessions of a Suicidal Diva. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Lisa Hammond)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

GlamJam: Fashion & Music

Billed as "a celebration of fashion design and music in Cleveland," GlamJam takes place tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Powerhouse and Greater Cleveland Aquarium on the West Bank of the Flats. Models will walk the runway wearing clothes by all the latest designers. Tickets include appetizers and an open bar. The local glam act Vanity Crash will perform. Tickets are $45. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St.,

Pelléas and Mélisande

Among the most magical of all opera scores, Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy's only completed opera, centers on two fallen lovers who marry and then return to a dark ancestral castle. Yuval Sharon (The Cunning Little Vixen) directs this made-for-Cleveland production. The performance takes place at 7:30 tonight at Severance Hall, where it repeats at the same time on Saturday. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

FRI 05/05

The 46th Student Show

As the academic year comes to an end this month, the Galleries at Cleveland State University present the 46th Student Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition. An annual tradition, the exhibitions showcase the best work produced by students throughout the school year. The South and Center Galleries host the 46th Student Show, a juried exhibition of nearly 100 works by current students. This year's jurors are both local artists and gallerists: Gadi Zamir, founder of Negative Space Gallery, and Karl Anderson, co-founder of Forum Artspace at 78th Street Studios and R&D Program Coordinator at Spaces. The North Gallery's Merit Scholar Exhibition includes individual showcases of new work by the Art Department's Merit Scholars, students awarded special, merit-based scholarships each year. As part of their scholarship contracts, Merit Scholars are required to present their work, even installing it on the gallery walls themselves. During the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today, awards will be presented for the Student Show. Both exhibitions remain on view through June 10. Free. (Usmani)

1307 Euclid Ave., 216-687-2103,

Cezanne et moi

Schoolboy friends who became artistic icons, painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola had a long and sometimes strained friendship. Cezanne et moi, a 2016 French film, chronicles their relationship. The film shows at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Fine Print

Just a week before seniors at the Cleveland Institute of Art present their BFA theses and exhibitions, the school's juniors showcase their work in a completely student-organized exhibition at 1Point618 Gallery in Gordon Square. The exhibition, titled The Fine Print, includes work by 22 juniors from a collaborative class at CIA designed to introduce future gallery artists to the professional art world. Role of the Artist as a Producer is taught by Amber Kempthorn and Sarah Paul. A diverse exhibition, The Fine Print includes students majoring in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and expanded media. For this exhibition, the students' work explores unspoken rules within our society. The Fine Print opens with a reception from 7 to 9 tonight and remains on view throughout the month by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the gallery. Admission is free. (Usmani)

6421 Detroit Ave., 216-281-1618,

Forever Plaid

Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, the musical Forever Plaid centers on four eager singers known as the Plaids. After meeting an untimely demise, the singers get one last chance to return from the afterlife to play the gig they never got to perform. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, where performances continue through May 21. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel)

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

Gladiators vs. Philadelphia Soul

The Cleveland Gladiators, part of the struggling Arena Football League, go up against the Philadelphia Soul tonight at 7 at the Q. The league has diminished over the last couple of years and only a few teams remain, the Gladiators being one of them. The high-scoring games can be good fun, and tonight's game features concession specials that include $1 sodas and $2 draft beers. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Hispanic Burlesque Showcase

Hispanic, Latina, Latinx, Mexican and Afro-Latina performers will participate in the inaugural Hispanic Burlesque Showcase that takes place at 7:30 tonight at the Beachland Ballroom. The show will focus on "the celebration and visibility of performers of these backgrounds and their vibrant heritage." Performers such as Lola Coquette (Portland), Ms B Rose (Chicago), Ruby Rounds (Portland), Lorelei (Toronto), Bella Sin (Cleveland), Marley Teenie (Cleveland) and Noella Deville (Akron) will represent the cultures of Mexico, Chile, Panama and Puerto Rico. Their credentials? Rounds has a background in performing the Mexican folk dance, Baile Folklorico. Coquette won Best Representation of Latin Culture at the 2014 Latin Burlesque Festival. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Rolling Stone at 50

When Rolling Stone magazine made its debut in 1967, the Beatles, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Velvet Underground, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and many other acts released major albums. The year also gave us the "Summer of Love." Since that time, Rolling Stone has provided cultural criticism that touches upon music, politics, film and television. Many of its writers became key voices (and critics) of their generation. Rolling Stone/50 Years, a new exhibit that opens today at the Rock Hall, celebrates the magazine's half century mark. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel)

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

Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton

Tonight, the Cleveland Public Library's main branch hosts a special preview of the exhibit Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton, which features memorabilia, art and artifacts from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors. The Curtis Collection was acquired last year from Curtis, an Arkansas collector and superman, who donated his 17,000 items, some of which date back to 1939, to the CPL. Tonight's event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow's opening day festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m. and a screening of the 1978 version of Superman: The Movie at 3 p.m. For a full list of events and to register for the preview night, visit the website. (Lawrence Neil)

Main Branch, 525 Superior Ave., 216-623-2869,

Walk All Over Waterloo

May's Walk All Over Waterloo includes both new and continuing exhibitions as well as special events. Taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. today (individual hours may vary slightly by venue), the monthly art walk includes WatchART! at Waterloo Arts in conjunction with the gallery's current exhibition of artist books, meanwhile, the Maria Neil Art Project hosts an opening reception for Natural Selections: A Dresden Creation, an exhibition of new work by Deborah Pinter. Praxis Fiber Workshop presents Kombucha, Abby Clark's fellowship exhibition. A 2016 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Clark studied printmaking and fiber arts. During her fellowship at Praxis, Clark has created a new body of work utilizing natural dyeing, immersion dyeing, screen printing, sewing and tapestry. Free. (Usmani)

SAT 05/06

Bal Aquatique

Ingenuity Cleveland's Aquatique theme of this year's Bal benefit was selected to use the influence of this unique event to celebrate our community's largest natural resource and raise awareness of issues regarding our lake and rivers, as well as local water quality. This annual benefit includes live music, art installations, dance performances, projections and more. This year's event is taking place at IngenuityFest's current location in the Osborne Industrial Park. In keeping with the theme, costumes are encouraged. Those not costumed are encouraged to wear casual dress attire. A 21-and-over event, Bal: Aquatique takes place today from 7 p.m. until midnight. Individual tickets are $65, plus a small service fee, and corporate seating is available. (Usmani)

5401 Hamilton Ave., 216-589-9444,

Burning River Roller Derby Season Opener

Though they haven't had much success in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), Burning River Roller Derby did make the WFTDA playoffs back in 2013. This year, they will aim for a better record when they kick off their 2017 season at the CE Orr Ice Arena The opener will feature Burning River's All-Stars against Gem City's Purple Reign; the HazMat Crew will take on the Violet Femmes for the second bout. You can even sit trackside — at your own risk. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first match begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults. Children under 5 get in free; children age 6-12 get in for $4. (Cook)

22550 Milton Ave., 216-289-8649.

Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression

Part of baseball's appeal is that the sport itself acts as a sort of history, with great players marking periods of time and eras of play. It's also a sport that has endured very little changes over more than a century. No Money, No Beer, No Pennants, by local author Scott Longert, presents a historical account of the Indians franchise throughout the unrest of the Great Depression. Longert's book has enough deep research to satisfy hardcore baseball fans while also including enough photography and anecdotes to please any general fans of the sport. Tonight at 7p.m., Longert will give a talk on his book and the history of the Tribe. The reading, which includes a book sale and signing, takes place at the Brook Park branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. (Johnny Cook)

6155 Engle Rd., Brook Park, 216-267-5250,

Cleveland's Screaming

Cleveland's Screaming, an independent documentary film about the Northeast Ohio hardcore punk scene from 1981 to 1984, includes interviews and archival footage of bands performing DIY shows in what look to be basements and dive bars. The discs include footage from acts such as ODFx, Offbeats, Fester, Starvation Army, Pink Holes, the Dark and Guns. Tonight at 9, Now That's Class hosts a screening of the film. The movie and other items on Red Hour Records will be available for sale in the bar area. A limited edition T-shirt by artist Shaun Filley will be also available. Punk bands Zero Defex and Ruminators will perform. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Free First Saturday

Thanks to a generous gift from PNC, admission to MOCA Cleveland is free on the first Saturday of each month. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to view MOCA Cleveland's new Winter/Spring 2017 exhibitions, including Adam Pendleton's largest solo museum show to date, Lisa Oppenheim's first solo show in the U.S., as well as a site-specific sound installation, Transport Empty, in MOCA Cleveland's Stair A by artists Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosenzweig. MOCA Cleveland's Winter/Spring 2017 exhibitions remain on view through May 14. Free. (Usmani)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

MIX: Model

May's MIX at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a special Saturday event. Taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, MIX: Model features the return of the International Interior Design Association's Project Runway fashion show. The event challenges designers to create fashion designs constructed from décor and industrial materials. MIX is an 18-and-over event, and gallery access will be limited for this special Saturday event. Tickets are available through the museum's website, but the event is expected to sell out. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 day of the event or free for CMA members. Parking is available for an additional fee in the CMA parking garage. (Usmani)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SUN 05/07

Creativity: Learning through Experience XXV

Today at 3 p.m. at Harkness Chapel, the Cleveland Composers Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of Creativity: Learning Through Experience. The project brings together performers aged 18 and under and professional composer-members of the Cleveland Composers Guild. Professional composers work with young musicians to write pieces specifically for the students to perform. They coach the students as well. Over the last 24 years, the event has premiered 296 compositions and 409 students have performed. Admission is a $20 suggested donation. A reception follows the concert. (Niesel)

11200 Bellflower Rd., 216-368-2402.

mon 05/08

American Ninja Warrior Fan Fest

A full-blown fan fest is set to accompany the Cleveland taping of American Ninja Warrior that takes place at Public Square today and tomorrow from 2 to 8 p.m. In the show, contestants attempt to complete an insane obstacle course in order to win a boatload of cash. But for those who can't catch the show taping (there are only so many seats), there are Ninja Warrior-themed thrills galore set up next to the actual course for families to enjoy. Expect to see things like an inflatable course — just like the ninjas use, but smaller — as well as a Spartan Race challenge. NBC will also be touting its other summer programming during the event, including photo ops with one of the big red chairs from The Voice and the judges table from America's Got Talent. Food trucks will also be on hand. The first-time fan fest is free. (Laura Morrison)

Science Cafe

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, organizers mark the event's tenth anniversary. Rekha Srinivasan from Case's Department of Chemistry gives a lecture about "phytochemical in spices and their properties." Admission is free. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

TUE 05/09

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." In keeping with that spirit and recognizing the burgeoning popularity of vinyl, the club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases. The place has partnered with Loop in Tremont so that patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel) 7 p.m.

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