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WED 03/15

Music: David Bowie's Playlist

A series of orchestra concerts featuring music by rock icon David Bowie and the composers who inspired him, What's on David Bowie's Playlist takes place at various venues around town from today through Sunday. The program features an extensive assortment of music that both inspired Bowie and was written by Bowie. For the concerts, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra will work from a playlist that includes "Bowie XL," an instrumental suite of seven David Bowie songs, with narration by Ravenna Miceli (of oWOW internet radio) about Bowie's life and career; five Bowie songs played by the orchestra and sung by Richard Kline, singer for the Bowie tribute band Diamond Dogs; and works by John Adams, Richard Strauss and Philip Glass, all of whom inspired the Thin White Duke. The first concert takes place at 7:30 tonight at St. Jerome Church. Concerts follow at 7:30 tomorrow night at Westlake City Schools Performing Arts Center in Lakewood; 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Lakewood Congregational Church; 8 p.m. on Saturday at Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus; and 4 p.m. on Sunday at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. No tickets are required; admission is free. (Jeff Niesel)

Art: Art Bites Series

Mary Urbas' ongoing Business of Art for Artists lecture series continues this week as part of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve's 2017 Art Bites series of professional practices for artists. Week 2 of Urbas' series focuses on creating professional images, assembling business tools to sell art (such as business cards and mailing lists), where to show your work, what jurors are looking for at art fairs and festivals, as well as artists' booth layout and design at these events. Although the program is free, registration is required. Weeks 3 and 4 are already sold out, and week 5 of this program won't take place until October; so don't miss your last chance to learn more about professional art practices this spring, from 6 to 8 tonight. To register, contact the AAWR offices at the number below or RSVP through Eventbrite. (Josh Usmani)

1834 East 123rd St., 216-721-9020,

Art: Black Nerd Problems: Depictions of African Americans in Popular Media

From the recent success of Luke Cage to the controversy surrounding nontraditional casting in the upcoming Spiderman film, tonight's program at the Maltz Museum, dubbed Black Nerd Problems: Depictions of African Americans in Popular Media, addresses how African Americans have "fit, been positioned or sometimes snuck into" the media we digest and how they factor into entertainment. William Evans, the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Black Nerd Problems (, leads the discussion. The talk begins at 7. Tickets are $12, or $6 for Maltz Museum members. (Niesel)

2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-593-0575,

Film: Deconstructing the Beatles' Revolver

A composer and producer who started putting together Beatles' lectures in 2011 as a way to entertain his musician friends, Scott Freiman started listening to the Fab Four when he was 11 years old. The Beatles provided Freiman, a classically trained pianist, his first exposure to rock 'n' roll, and he immediately shifted his focus. In Deconstructing the Beatles' Revolver, we see him discuss the Beatles' seminal album as well as two other songs recorded during the same time period, "Paperback Writer" and "Rain." The film screens at 7 p.m. today and at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel)

2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411,

Art: Drawing Power

Once a month, Great Lakes Brewing Company hosts Cleveland's Drink & Draw Social Club. The event is organized by the Rust Belt Monster Collective and sponsored by Carol and John's Comic Book Shop. Drink & Draws are an opportunity for artists of all levels to drink, draw, socialize/network and collaborate in very relaxed and welcoming environment. Events take place at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, including tonight. At the end of each Drink & Draw, prizes are awarded for various superlatives. Admission is free. (Usmani)

2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404,

Theater: 'She Stoops to Conquer'

Tonight at the State Theatre, Cleveland Play House tackles She Stoops to Conquer, one of the greatest British comedies of all time. The storyline centers on a wealthy Londoner who prefers lower class women and initially rejects the daughter of a rich countryman. Written by Oliver Goldsmith, the original production dates back to 1773. Tonight's performance begins at 7:30, and the play runs through March 25. Tickets are $15 to $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave, 216-771-8403,

Dance: Taj Express

Straight outta Film City-Mumbai, Taj Express features "the cream of India's film talent, dancing in 2,000 sparkling costumes, within a lavish set." The event combines music, dance and film. The performance takes place tonight at 7:30 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $20 to $65. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Spoken Word: Think & Drink with the Extinct

Billed as "one of the brainiest happy hours in Cleveland," Think & Drink with the Extinct, a monthly gathering at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, represents more than just an opportunity to get wasted. Rather, patrons actually learn something as the museum's staff members give interactive demonstrations and talk about science topics. Tonight's topic happens to be Amazing Species: Life at the Limits, and includes guided exhibit tours throughout the evening. (See the website for details.) Tickets are $8 but museum members and Case students get in for free. Great Lakes Brewing Company beers are $5 and a special cocktail by Cleveland Whiskey is $7. (Niesel)

1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600,

THU 03/16

Music: All Stravinsky

Time magazine once named composer Igor Stravinsky one of the most influential people of the 20th century. His work continues to resonate too, as he embraced multiple compositional styles and revolutionized orchestration. Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra plays four of the works that established him as a musical revolutionary. An hour before the concert, guest speaker Michael Strasser, a professor of musicology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, delivers the lecture, "The Many Faces of Igor Stravinsky." Tickets start at $29, and the program repeats at 8 on Saturday night. (Niesel)

11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111,

Art: ARTneo Preview Party

ARTneo presents a sneak preview of its latest exhibitions tonight from 6 to 8. PARTYneo: Ice Cream Social offers an early glimpse into both Cleveland Creates 2017, ARTneo's second annual regional juried exhibition, and Pop & Circumstance: Works by Andy Dreamingwolf, last year's Cleveland Creates inaugural grand prize winner. Sponsored by Mitchell's Ice Cream, tickets are $25 ($15 for ARTneo members) and available through ARTneo's website, below. Both exhibitions open to the public during tomorrow's Third Friday festivities. (Usmani)

1300 West 78th St., 216-227-9507,

Comedy: Ian Bagg

If you end up going to see Ian Bagg tonight at Hilarities, you might want to think twice about sitting in the front row. The comic loves to pick on audience members and make fun of their body language or ask personal questions about their sexual preferences. Though he's not nearly as manic as Robin Williams, he still possesses Williams' unhinged energy. And he's a talker. He's been a regular on all the usual late-night shows and currently hosts his own podcast, the Ian Bagg Show, where he and a couple pals riff on popular culture for two hours at a time. Tonight's show starts at 8, and performances are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $25. (Niesel)

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

Sports: Cavs vs. Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz might not be the best team in the West, but they're in the thick of the playoff race and boast one of the best defenses in the entire league. They beat the Cavs earlier this season when the two teams faced off in Salt Lake City. Given that the playoffs are just around the corner and both teams need all the wins they can get, you can expect tonight's game, which begins at 7 at the Q, to be a real battle. Tickets start at $14. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

FRI 03/17

Art: Archive Show: Year 3 at Zygote

When legendary gallerist William Busta retired in 2015, the local art community knew he wasn't finished curating local art exhibitions. A new archive show at Zygote Press features prints from Busta's personal collection alongside prints selected from Zygote's archive. Opening with a reception tonight from 6 to 8, Archive Show: Year 3 includes Depression-era etchings, linocuts, lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts and wood engravings, many from the Cleveland Print-a-Month Club. Busta is a founding board member of Zygote Press. For this exhibition, Busta juxtaposes these prints with Zygote Press' 20-year archive collection, highlighting both similarities and differences between them. Archive Show: Year 3 remains on view through April 15. Admission is free. (Usmani)

1410 East 30th St., 216-621-2900,

Food: Fish Fry-Days

Prosperity Social Club hosts its fish fry, dubbed Fish Fry-Days, every Friday until Easter from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The special Lenten menu includes the Big Fish Fry, a seasonal staple that features a generous portion of haddock covered in a fluffy blanket of beer batter and complemented by homemade coleslaw, house tartar sauce and old-school-style mac and cheese. Last year, the event received national attention when the home-cooked Big Fish Fry was featured on TV chef Andrew Zimmern's Delicious Destinations. New this year: Chef Ed Kubitz has added a lemony shrimp piccata pasta to the list of Fish Fry-Day offerings. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

Theater: 'Flanagan's Wake'

Now its fifth year running in Cleveland, Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to a wake in Ireland 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. A sort of 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. The show starts at 8 tonight and plays again tomorrow night at 8 at Kennedy's Theatre. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Music: Lakeland Jazz Fest

The annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, which takes place today through Sunday at the college's Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center (Building D), offers a celebration of jazz music, with performers ranging from up-and-coming students to established veterans of the jazz scene. Since its inception, the festival has aimed to "instill the excitement and magic of jazz education to the younger generation of musicians." Over the years, tens of thousands of middle- and high-school musicians from all over Ohio have participated, along with famous jazz musicians from around the country. This year, the festival will honor retired Lakeland Community College professor and music department chair Charles M. Frank, who started the festival 45 years ago. At 8 tonight, the Ernie Krivda Quartet will perform both originals and jazz standards. The locally based Krivda has had international success as a recording artist and released over a dozen albums in his long career. The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, which features five established jazz veterans, including two who have played extensively with Gillespie himself, serve as headliners. They'll lead a clinic at 4 p.m. tomorrow and then perform a concert at 8 that night. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Kent State Jazz Orchestra will perform separate concerts. The festival will also feature performances by middle- and high-school jazz ensembles from around Ohio. Check the website for a complete schedule and ticket prices. (Johnny Cook)

7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, 440-525-7000,

Sports: Monsters vs. Texas Stars

After a day of partying to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, why not bring things to a close by taking in a Cleveland Monsters game? The Monsters take on the Dallas Stars tonight at 7 at the Q. As part of the team's 1-2-3 Fridays promotion, fans can purchase $1 Pepsi products, $2 Sugardale hot dogs and $3 beers. The two teams face off again tomorrow night at 7. The first 10,000 fans to tomorrow night's game will receive an Anton Forsberg bobblehead. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Community: 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, State Sen. Dan Mooney introduced a bill which recognized St. Patrick's Day in Ohio, turning the parade into a true tradition. This year's parade launches at 1:04 p.m. at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street. It then heads southwest on Superior Avenue to East Third Street. Expect downtown bars to be jammed before and after. Check out the parade route on the website. (Niesel)

Art: Third Friday

You've spent the day drinking green beer and Irish whiskey. Maybe now it's time for some art? March's Third Friday at 78th Street Studios runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes the debut of several new, exciting exhibitions. Highlights include the $50 Show at E11even 2 with dozens of original works by local artists priced at $50 each. ARTneo hosts opening receptions for its latest two exhibitions, Cleveland Creates and Andy Dreamingwolf's Pop and Circumstance. PopEye Gallery debuts Dan Miller's Draw Me a Sheep, featuring work based on The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Additionally, Hedge Galley presents new work by local painter Katy Richards, and Forum Artspace hosts the closing reception of Mike Meier's Man Out of Time; both artists are alums of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Following each Third Friday, Survival Kit presents live music from Stephan Haluska (harp), Rebecca Burcher (dance) and Matthew Ryals (modular synthesizer) on the third floor at 9 p.m. Admission is free. (Usmani)

1300 West 78th St.,

Nightlife: Wizard World After Party

Tonight's "interactive dance party experience" at the Phantasy Nightclub in Lakewood features the return of international DJ/producer DJ Kidd Madonna who'll serve up "sick beats" and full laser displays for a dance floor that'll feature inflatables by 3DX and makeup and decor by Theatric. The event serves as an after party for the Wizard World convention hitting town this weekend. Admission is $20 or $10 with a Wizard World wristband. Doors open at 10 p.m. (Niesel)

11802 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-6300,

SAT 03/18

-Art: A Special Brunch Event

This spring, the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion international artist residency program focuses on Cuba. For the first time in the program's history, it will bring together artists from one specific country. Local organizations will host these artists throughout the spring. To introduce its resident artist to Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Print Room hosts a special brunch event with Cuban artist Sandra Ramos from 11 a.m. to noon today. Join Ramos and Cleveland Print Room executive director Shari Wilkins for a discussion about the artist, her work and her home. The event is sponsored by Breadsmith of Lakewood. (Usmani)

2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981,

SUN 03/19

Music: Alive Inside Benefit

The Alive Inside Foundation aims to "empower local communities to create meaningful, shared experiences that link generations, and expand aliveness globally." To help the Alive Inside folks out, locally based Little Fish Records has helped organized a benefit concert today at 5 p.m. at Brothers Lounge. It will feature five groups in the main concert hall, including Henrietta Kytten, Angels in Disguise, Zach & the Bright Lights, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band and the Nate Jones Band. Local radio personalities Kent N Angelica host. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (Niesel)

11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

Film: Best of Ottawa Animation Fest

Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents what organizers deem "the world's most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation." As a result, Ottawa transforms into the center of the animation universe. Clevelanders get a taste of what the festival is all about today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which presents a program dubbed Best of Ottawa 2016. The program features 11 new animated short films from 10 countries. Tickets are $9, and $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

mon 03/20

Brunch: Industry Brunch

Brunch isn't just a Saturday/Sunday thing. Over at Mahall's, you can grab a great brunch on Mondays as the club caters to industry folks who have the day off. Not that you have to work in the restaurant industry to indulge. The menu features items such as Chicken and Donuts, a dish that features three pieces of fried chicken along with two Old Hushers doughnuts. Other staples include the Everything Pretzel and the Creamy Egg Sandwich. A live DJ from WCSB will be on hand to spin cool tunes too. It runs from noon to 4. (Niesel)

13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-3280,

Nightlife: 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 — it's a crapshoot — 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. The tables fill up quickly. (Sam Allard)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Film: 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; 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 3D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

Nightlife: 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. It happens every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 03/21

Music: Classical Revolution Cleveland

For many years, classical music wasn't intended for the masses. Seemingly reserved for quasi-exclusive concert halls, classical music hid from the outside world. Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down that wall and once again bring great chamber music to the people. Showcasing a variety of performers in bars, cafes and the like, it's actually not that different from how people used to listen to chamber music. The third Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its wide array of chamber music to Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Full of immensely talented performers, CRC re-instills the relevancy of this vibrant art form. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,

Theater: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a new play by Simon Stephens adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony-winner Marianne Elliott, centers on a highly intelligent teenage boy suspected of killing his neighbor's dog. He sets out to prove his innocence and embarks on a life-altering journey in the process. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at Connor Palace, where it runs through April 9. Tickets are $10 to $90. (Niesel).

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Art: An Interactive Art Event

Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at CLE Urban Winery, Graffiti HeArt hosts Graffiti & Grapes, an interactive art event with local artist Rich Cihlar, co-founder of E11even 2 at 78th Street Studios and owner of the Pop Shop in Lakewood. Described as a twist on traditional Paint and Sip classes, the event offers guests an opportunity to participate in making a collaborative mural under Cihlar's guidance. At the end of the evening, each participant will leave with a piece of the mural. Tickets are $30 per person, and that includes a glass of wine. Proceeds benefit the Graffiti HeArt scholarship fund. (Usmani)

2180 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-417-8313,

Spoken Word: Listen Liberal Book Signing

Writer, journalist, and cultural critic Thomas Frank will read from, and sign copies of, his new book, Listen Liberal, tonight at 7 at Loganberry Books. Listed by The New York Times as one of "6 Books to Help Understand Trump's Win," Listen Liberal examines the consequences on the middle class of the dissonance between Democratic party philosophy and actual policy. The book draws from Frank's years of firsthand reporting. A former columnist at the Wall Street Journal and Harper's magazine, Kansas City native Frank founded The Baffler in 1988, an iconoclastic journal of cultural, political and business analysis. (Lawrence Neil)

13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Hts., 216-795-9800,

Sports: Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves

For Tuesday games at the Q, the Cleveland Monsters offer a special deal for college students. Students with a proper ID can buy tickets for just six bucks, and they're eligible for a $6 College Meal Deal that includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. Tonight's opponent: the Chicago Wolves. The game begins at 7 p.m. and general admission tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Music: Vinyl Night

It's time again for Vinyl Night at the Jukebox, the music-focused bar in Hingetown where people can hear music of multiple genres, concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox. 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)

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



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