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Everything You Should be Doing This St. Patrick's Day Weekend in Cleveland 

click to enlarge The St. Patrick’s Day parade brings thousands downtown. See: Saturday

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The St. Patrick’s Day parade brings thousands downtown. See: Saturday

WED 03/14

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 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, Margaret Lynch talks about how the Irish first came to Cleveland and transformed the city. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.

Hoppin' Frog Hoppy Hour

Much like the Fat Head's tasting room in Middleburg Heights, the Hoppin' Frog tasting room in Akron is in a nondescript strip of storage facilities and warehouses. But step inside and you'll find a cozy space with a huge array of the brewery's wonderful libations. The place features "hoppy hour" every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. Tonight, the brewers visit the tasting room from 5 to 7 p.m. While they don't fill growlers, you can drink bottles on site or take 'em to go. The place also offers a "Hoppin' Frog Rare & Vintage" list as well as a guest bottle list. And you can order from a limited food menu too. (Niesel)

1680-F Waterloo Rd., Akron, 234-525-3764, hoppinfrog.com/tasting-room.

Mike Palascak

Comedian Michael Palascak has blown up on the comedy scene of late. With appearances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show in the same year, Palascak is starting to get his feet under him. The comic uses stories about his life and his awkward misadventures to open a window onto his inner workings. You can catch a very laidback performance from Palascak tonight at Hilarities at 8. Tickets are $13 to $18. (Martin Harp)

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

Rent

Some 20 years ago, Rent, an original rock musical by a little-known composer, opened on Broadway and became a smash hit. Now, Jonathan Larson's musical returns to the stage, in a 20th anniversary touring production, for a three-week run at Connor Palace. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Tickets start at $29. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

THU 03/15

Dvorák's Eighth Symphony

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs with the Cleveland Orchestra tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, as the orchestra takes on Dvorák's Eighth Symphony, perhaps better known as his "New World" Symphony. The cellist and the orchestra will also team up for Barber's Cello Concerto. Additional performances are set for tomorrow at 11 a.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

Felipe Esparza

Comedian Felipe Esparza has kept plenty busy in the wake of taking home top honors from NBC's Top Comic Standing in 2010. In 2012, the wild-haired comic released his first one-hour comedy special on Showtime. In one bit, he jokes about how he needs to lose weight because he has stretch marks on his stomach. As a result, he says, he has to tell women he got in a fight with a mountain lion and that those stretch marks are really claw marks! He currently hosts a popular podcast as he works on his next comedy special. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

An Evening with Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will present a talk tonight at 7 at the State Theatre. A book signing will follow the program. Though admission is free, registration is required. Consult the Playhouse Square website for details. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Lady Day

After an extended run at Weathervane Playhouse, Lady Day, a play that features Akron native Marissa Davis as jazz singer Billie Holiday, comes to the Underground at the Holy Trinity Cultural Arts Center for a 10-day run. The play, which features Cleveland musicians Ed Ridley and Bradford McGhee, opens today and runs through March 25. The Underground, the company's theatrical venue, will be transformed into Emerson's Bar and Grill, the place that hosted one of Holiday's last performances in 1959, just months before her death. Showtimes for Thursday through Saturday night performances are 7:30. Matinee performances are at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel) 7209 Woodland Ave., 216-417-4571, trinityculturalarts.org.

Joel Lindley

Comedian Joel Lindley creates characters that he's made famous through his comedy CDs and viral standup routines. One of his specialties is his prank phone call. In one skit, he calls a Gap store saying that he has "soiled" himself in their dressing room while trying on a pair of pants. His routines tend to be fast-paced and sometimes raunchy. He will perform at the Cleveland Improv tonight at 7:30, with additional shows running through Sunday. Tickets start at $13. (Jane Wight)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

Tehran Taboo

With her directorial debut, Tehran Taboo, Iranian-born director Ali Soozandeh provides a compelling critique of the oppression that women experience in her native country. The animated flick centers on a prostitute and a musician, and the young people with whom they interact. It makes its local debut tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 8:55 on Saturday night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

Vazante

Walter Salles collaborator Daniela Thomas makes her directorial debut with Vazante, a film set in colonial Brazil. It centers on a young woman who creates a scandal when she begins associating with the slaves on her husband's plantation. The movie makes its Cleveland premiere tonight at 8:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it shows again at 7 on Friday night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

FRI 03/16

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk at the cavernous 78th Street Studios. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio. Look for food trucks out front and live music on the first floor. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. (Niesel) 1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com.

Flanagan's Wake

No one knows grief and mourning like a Catholic, let alone an Irish Catholic. Now in its eighth year in Cleveland, Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to an Irish wake where villagers tell tales and sing songs for their dearly departed Flanagan. Finding the humor in life and death, the wake acts as a dark backdrop to an otherwise hilarious show in which alcohol fuels the humorous reminiscing. Sort of like a tragic Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, the interactive and improvised show engages the entire audience as the guests are treated as the friends and family of the deceased. Tonight's show starts at 8 and repeats tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Performances continue weekends through April 28. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Legends of Hip-Hop

While we might not necessarily call rappers Too Short, Juvenile, Scarface, DJ Quik, 8 Ball & MJG and Project Pat "legends," we would agree that the guys all had their moment in hip-hop history. They share the bill at tonight's Legends of Hip-Hop concert that comes to Wolstein Center at 8. Tickets start at $57. (Niesel)

2000 Prospect Ave., 216-687-9292, wolsteincenter.com.

Lenten Fish Fry

From now until the end of March, Prosperity Social Club hosts its Lenten Fish Fry every Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight. The special Lenten menu includes the Big Fish Fry, a seasonal staple that features a generous portion of haddock in a fluffy beer batter blanket, complemented by homemade coleslaw, house tartar sauce and old-school-style mac and cheese. Prosperity received national attention when the home-cooked Big Fish Fry was featured on TV chef Andrew Zimmern's Delicious Destinations. To drink, this year's featured beer is POC, now brewed by Double Wing Brewing Company which recently resurrected the storied brand. The clean, crisp European-style pils should pair well with the fish. (Niesel) 1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.

John Mulaney

An Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, John Mulaney most recently teamed up with fellow comic Nick Kroll for the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello. Mulaney, who began his career in New York's East Village, has since toured the world, and currently writes for IFC's Documentary Now and for Netflix's Big Mouth. He performs two shows tonight, at 7 and 10, at Connor Palace on Playhouse Square. Tickets are $25 to $35. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Dan Rather

Veteran newsman Dan Rather has interviewed every president since Eisenhower. He's also covered events ranging from the Kennedy assassination to the Vietnam War, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and the Iraq invasion. He's just published What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, a new book of essays about "the toxic political atmosphere and polarized opinions of our times." Rather will speak tonight at 7 at Hard Rock Live Rocksino in Northfield. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd, Northfield, 330-908-7771, hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.

SAT 03/17

A Burlesque Jubilee

Le Femme Mystique Burlesque, the longest running burlesque troupe in Ohio, celebrates its 14th anniversary tonight at 8 at the Beachland with a special show. Dubbed Burlesque Jubilee, the event will feature giveaways, flying drag queens, "lip sync for you life," a special guest and cake. Who could want more? The lineup features Queen Bella Sin, Dottie Comma, Mr. Tuesday, Sapphire Savant, Georgia Pearl, Gigi La Femme, Phoenix Midnight and Ani Nhervoxa. Ken Schneck hosts. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.

Che Malambo

For the past 10 years, the all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo has toured the world. The group, which emphasizes percussion and rhythmic stomping, aims to capture the spirit of the gaucho (a South American term for "cowboy") with its high-energy shows. The group performs tonight at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $25 to $60. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Leprechaun Chase 5K

St. Patrick's Day is traditionally a day of drink and debauchery. But Gunselman's Tavern in Fairview Park will nevertheless host its inaugural Leprechaun Chase 5K at 9 this morning. The bar and restaurant has teamed up with Hermes Sports & Events, Sibling Revelry Brewing, Tullamore D.E.W., Ohio Irish American News and ABC Trophy to put on the event. The start and finish will take place just outside Gunselman's Tavern. During the race, a leprechaun will appear on the course; racers who finish ahead of the leprechaun will receive an additional award, while the first 200 racers will receive a custom finisher medal and T-shirt. Gunselman's will host a post-race party featuring live music, jumbo corned beef sandwiches and green beer. Registration, which costs $25 for adults, can be done online in advance and starts at 7 a.m. this morning. (Niesel)

21940 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, 440-331-5719, hermescleveland.com.

Shamrocks & Dreadlocks St. Patrick's Day Party

One of many St. Patrick's Day parties happening around town, the Shamrocks & Dreadlocks St. Patrick's Day Party features local acts such as Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band and the Portersharks as well as local DJ Packy Mally. The musical performers will undoubtedly bring a party vibe to the Music Box Supper Club. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $12 to $18. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Each St. Patrick's Day for the past 14 years, House of Blues has offered a free day-long celebration featuring music and mayhem. The local Pogues tribute act Boys from the County Hell kicks things off at 9 a.m. in the Concert Hall. DJ Sparky B will perform at noon, and again from 4 p.m. until the club closes. In the Cambridge Room, local Irish rockers Craic get started at 9:30 a.m. Billy Likes Soda will take the stage at noon and DJ Gene will perform from 2 p.m. until the club closes. The restaurant and bar will open at 10 a.m., and the Foundation Room will open at 11 a.m. Admission is free but the food and drink will cost you. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The first Cleveland St. Patrick's Day parade reportedly took place in 1867. In the early years, the parade marched through the near-westside (from the Flats to Detroit-Shoreway), where the region's Irish immigrants were concentrated. The songs and dancing were organized by the Order of the Hibernians. Back in 1910, Ohio senator Dan Mooney introduced a bill which recognized St. Patrick's Day in Ohio, turning the parade into a true tradition. Today's parade launches at 1:04 p.m. at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street and will end at Rockwell Avenue and Ontario Street. Expect downtown bars to be jammed after it's over. The parade route and more are on the website.(Niesel)

stpatricksdaycleveland.com.

SUN 03/18

Burning River Record Riot

While sales of compact discs continue to decline, sales of vinyl, the format once considered obsolete, are on the rise. Today at noon at the Winchester in Lakewood, vinyl aficionados can potentially add to their collections as the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club descends upon the place for a "social, swap, sell and spin." There will be record show specials as well as door prizes and a 50/50 raffle, plus DJs spinning vinyl all day. Admission is free. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338, facebook.com/thewinchestermusictavern.

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 chance to win 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 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084, visiblevoicebooks.com.

Unseen

Local filmmaker Laura Paglin (Nightowls of Coventry, Facing Forward) documents the tragic deaths of the women who were killed by known sex offender Anthony Sowell. Paglin interviews surviving victims and poses questions about why it took Cleveland police so long to catch the killer. The movie screens today at 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Paglin will be on hand to answer questions after the screening. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

MON 03/19

Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-11-inch forward with the ball handling skills of a guard, the Milwaukee Bucks appear headed to the playoffs. While the Bucks haven't dominated the Eastern Conference, they've competed consistently despite playing shoddy defense at times. They take on the Cavs tonight at 7 at the Q. Tickets start at $22. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

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 arrive early: Tables fill up fast. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.

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, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile) clevelandcinemas.com.

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 that allows patrons to choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock." Participants 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, bsideliquorlounge.com.

Wing Ding 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 Ding 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 offering 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 Ding Doodle takes place every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.

TUE 03/20

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Tonight, and the third Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.

Monsters vs. Chicago

The Cleveland Monsters return from a lengthy seven-game road trip to take on the Chicago Wolves. The Monsters lost more games than they won in February, so they'll be looking to get back on track with tonight's game. The puck drops at 7. It's College ID Night so students with a valid ID can buy $6 tickets and pick up a $6 College Meal that includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. Tickets for the general public start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.

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, facebook.com/thewinchestermusictavern.

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