Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Nov. 20-26) 

click to enlarge Nick Offerman brings his unique brand of comedy to the State Theatre. See: Saturday.

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Nick Offerman brings his unique brand of comedy to the State Theatre. See: Saturday.

WED 11/20

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, playhousesquare.org.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

This classic sci-fi flick based on a Philip K. Dick novel stars Harrison Ford as ex-detective Rick Deckard, a guy called out of retirement to track down and eliminate a team of humanoid androids that have escaped from an outer space mining colony and have taken refuge on Earth. During his search for the fugitives, he discovers some disturbing secrets about the future plans of the androids' manufacturer, the Tyrell Corporation. Admission to the Capitol Theatre, which is screening the film as part of the Cleveland Cinemas' Happy Hour Classic Series, includes a complimentary cocktail or soft drink and light appetizers starting at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10. (Niesel)

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

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, Clevelander Joe Reardon talks about meeting Lee Harvey Oswald four months before the John F. Kennedy assassination. Reardon will speak about what he learned that evening, and what he thinks might have been Oswald's motives. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

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

THU 11/21

9TO5: The Story of a Movement

A three-time Oscar nominee who lives in the Dayton area, Julia Reichert is Ohio's foremost non-fiction filmmaker. Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film, a traveling retrospective that has come to the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, features screenings of restored versions of her films. Tonight at 7, Reichert will appear in person to present her new work-in-progress, 9TO5; The Story of a Movement. It tells the story of how a group of female office workers in Boston in the early 1970s decided that they had suffered in silence long enough and created an organization to force changes in their workplaces. Then, at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, the Cinematheque will screen her 2006 film A Lion in the House. Tickets to 9TO5 cost $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students, and tickets to A Lion in the House cost $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

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

Hummel and Haydn

Tonight at 7:30 at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra plays selections from Haydn, Hummel and Schubert. Critics consider Haydn's Symphony No. 104 ("London") to be one of his best pieces. Michael Sachs, the Cleveland Orchestra's principal trumpet player, will perform Hummel's Trumpet Concerto. The concert repeats tomorrow and Saturday, and guest speaker Emily Laurance gives the pre-concert talk tonight and Saturday. Check the orchestra website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

T.J. Miller

Standup comedian T.J. Miller crossed over into feature films a couple of years ago when he landed major roles in movies such as Dead Pool and Transformers 4. Miller, who also had a significant role on Silicon Valley, still hits the comedy circuit with some regularity. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves

The Cleveland Monsters kick off a two-game home stand at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse tonight at 7 against the Chicago Wolves. Since tonight's game is a weekday game, the Monsters will offer Hockey Hoppy Hour tickets for $12 that include a free drink on the house. Tomorrow's game, which also starts at 7 p.m., will feature the season-long 1-2-3 Friday promotion with $1 Pepsi products, $2 Sugardale hotdogs and $3 select beer specials. Consult the Monsters' website for more info. (Niesel)

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

Play It Loud Opening Party

Earlier this year, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll opened to much fanfare at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibit officially opens at the Rock Hall tomorrow, but you can see it tonight at a special preview party. The exhibit offers "a rare, in-depth look at the artists and instruments that made possible many of the songs we know and love." The largest single exhibit ever at the Rock Hall, Play It Loud will feature instruments from 1939 to today; many have never been displayed outside of their original concert performance settings. Some of the items include Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, Eric Clapton's Martin acoustic guitar model 000-42 used during his famous MTV Unplugged concert, Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" guitar and Jimi Hendrix' hand-decorated electric guitar. Other items include James Jamerson's upright bass used on many early Motown hits, the keyboard John Paul Jones used to record "Stairway to Heaven," Eddie Van Halen's performance rig from 2013, Tina Weymouth's "headless" Steinberger bass guitar that she used extensively with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club through the late 1990s, and Steve Miller's electric guitar painted with psychedelic designs. Don Felder formerly of the Eagles, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, all of whom have items in the exhibit, will appear at tonight's opening party that takes place at 8. Tickets cost $30 for members, $50 for non-members. (Niesel)

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

FRI 11/22

Big Fish

The critically acclaimed movie-turned-musical, Big Fish is the next installment in the Near West Theatre's Season of Discovery series. Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on parents and their children as well as "the tales we use to define ourselves and those we leave behind as our legacy." Music is directed by Jordan Cooper and choreography is led by Katie Gibson. The musical runs weekends through Dec. 15. Tickets are as low as $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Reserved Star Seat tickets are $25. (Niesel) 6702 Detroit Ave., 216-961-6391, nearwesttheatre.org.

Cleveland Mega Blues Festival

Billed as "the most anticipated blues event of 2019," the Cleveland Mega Blues Festival includes performances by blues and R&B artists Millie Jackson, Latimore, Willie Clayton, TK Soul, Wendell B and Pokey Bear. The show takes place at 8 tonight at the State Theatre. Tickets cost $68.50 to $78.50. (Niesel)

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

Dark X-Mas Pop Culture & Horror Con

The Dark X-mas Convention that takes place today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Mentor has plenty going for it. It's a modern-day comic con and a retro classic horror and sci-fi convention. Aside from celebrity guests, there will be many artists and vendors selling toys, comics, movie merchandise, and more. There will also be cosplay (costume) contests for children and adults tomorrow at 5 p.m.; movies playing all weekend, including a special screening of the original War of the Worlds tomorrow at 6 p.m.; Atari video gaming area; and a karaoke party at 8 tomorrow night. Admission prices are $10 for today, $15 for tomorrow, $10 for Sunday or $25 for a weekend pass. Kids 10 and under are free, when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on the website. For those planning to stay at the hotel over the weekend, let the Holiday Inn know that you're with Dark X-mas for a special rate and breakfast buffet. The convention takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. today, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. (Niesel) 7701 Reynolds Rd., Mentor, darkx-mas.com.

First Love

Japan's Takashi Miike helms this comedy thriller about a young boxer (Masataka Kubota) who starts smuggling drugs with a prostitute and drug addict (Sakurako Konishi). They quickly become the targets of both a corrupt cop and a female assassin. The movie screens tonight at 9 and tomorrow night at 9:25 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

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

I-X Christmas Connection

I-X Christmas Connection features more than 725 booths offering handmade soaps, pottery, gourmet dips, woven garments, flavored coffees, jewelry, furniture and other items designed to make perfect Christmas presents. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the premises, and you can enjoy breakfast with Santa tomorrow and Sunday morning (an extra fee applies). Today and tomorrow's hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hours on Sunday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consult the I-X Center website for ticket prices. Parking costs $10. (Niesel)

One I-X Center Dr., 216-676-6000, ixcenter.com.

Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco!

Judging from the YouTube videos of pianist Matt Johnson's dueling piano concerts, it's safe to say the guy caters to bachelor and bachelorette parties. He can easily break into Journey's "Don't Stop Believing'" and then segue into Billy Joel's "The Piano Man," which he tends to alter with a few of his own ribald lyrics. Expect rowdy singalongs and a boisterous performance. Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at MGM Northfield Park's Neon Room. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com.

The Second Annual Midwest Nerdlesque Festival

This year's Midwest Nerdlesque Festival will feature more than 65 performers from across the country for two nights of "naughty nerd-ery." Bazuka Joe, a member of the award-winning Stage Door Johnnies, and Babia Majora, a co-producer and host of F*ck Shit Up, Toronto's monthly trans and non-binary cabaret, headline the event. The Midwest Nerdlesque Festival also welcomes featured performers such as Verna Vendetta, a gender-bending burlesque performer and drag king, and Delhi Marquette, the co-founder of Moonstruck Burlesque in Athens, Ohio. The show combines burlesque, drag, and variety performance with all things nerdy — pop culture, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, or whatever makes a performer "geek out." Expect to see performances drawing inspiration from Harry Potter, Speed Racer, the Marvel Universe, Greek mythology, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I Love Lucy, Star Wars and Disney. The shows take place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Kent Stage. Tickets range from $20 to $40. (Niesel)

175 East Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005, kentstage.org.

Union Maids

Director Julia Reichert will be on hand for tonight's screening of her 1976 documentary film Union Maids, a movie about three women involved in the labor movement in 1930s Chicago. The film screens at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film, a touring retrospective organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Tickets cost $12, or $9 for CMA members and card-carrying union members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

We Care: A Food & Clothing Drive

A food and clothing drive designed to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the City Mission, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere, We Care concludes tonight with an event hosted by Ricky Smith and BKA Watts and featuring music by DJ Knyce and DJ Walk. Organizers will accept monetary donations, non-perishable food, new and lightly used clothing, and hygiene products. Tonight's event begins at 8 p.m. at the B-Side Liquor Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Admission is a $10 donation. For information on what and where to donate, see the website. (Niesel).

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, forestcityltd.com/giveback.

SAT 11/23

Cavs vs. Portland Trailblazers

Despite having one of the best backcourts in all of basketball, the Portland Trailblazers have gotten off to a rather sluggish start this season. Their defense has been pretty shoddy and they gave up 127 points to a Golden State Warriors team playing without Steph Curry. Still, the Cavs will have a tough time beating the team when they face off against them at 8 tonight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

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

Every Brilliant Thing

Billed as "a surprising and immersive theatrical experience that speaks openly about depression, mental illness, and suicide," Every Brilliant Thing focuses on a character who decides to make a list of things he thinks will rescue his mother from her depression. The Cleveland Play House presents its take on the play tonight at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, where it continues through Dec. 22. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Nick Offerman

Humorist Nick Offerman became a star when his role in the TV sitcom Parks and Recreation catapulted him into the comedic canon. Offerman brought some real personality to the character of Ron Swanson, the ultra manly head of a city's parks and recreation department. For tonight's performance at the State Theatre, Offerman ­— a woodworker in real life — will present a night of "deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed." The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50. (Niesel)

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

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Straight Up With Stassi Live

Stassi Schroeder, who stars in the Bravo series Vanderpump Rules, also hosts a popular podcast dubbed Straight Up With Stassi. Schroeder, who also wrote the best-selling book Next Level Basic, will tell "shocking stories" at tonight's show as she downs glass after glass of wine (or so a press release for the tour promises). She'll talk about popular culture, celebrity gossip, relationships and more. It all starts at 8 at MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage. Tickets cost $35 to $55. (Niesel)

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com.

The Uncle Louie Variety Show

The Uncle Louie Variety Show has been a hit with Italian American audiences and has proven to have great crossover potential as well. The current world tour began in February of last year in Australia and comes to the Hanna Theatre tonight at 8. Tickets are $35 to $45. (Niesel)

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

SUN 11/24

Browns vs. Miami Dolphins

It took a minute, but the Cleveland Browns finally got their first home win when they beat the Buffalo Bills in the final minutes of a game that took place earlier this month. With that win behind them, the Browns should be able to build some momentum going into the season's second half, and it helps that the schedule lightens up. Today at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium, they take on the Miami Dolphins, one of the poorer teams in the league, so they should be able to get another home win by game's end. Consult the Browns website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000, clevelandbrowns.com.

Soyeon Kate Lee

Internationally acclaimed pianist Soyeon Kate Lee returns to town this month as part of the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Classical Piano Series presented by Cuyahoga Community College. She'll give a free performance at 2 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come basis, and the performance will feature works by Mozart, Debussy, Granados, Auerbach and Chopin. The Korean-American pianist won second prize and the Mozart Prize at the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2010 Naumberg International Piano Competition. She's performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulsan Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de València and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

Greg Morton

Back in the early '90s, comedian Greg Morton worked as an animator on M.C. Hammer's Hammerman cartoon. While he continued to dabble in cartoons after that, he turned his attention to standup. He's most famous for his two-minute Star Wars mashup, which he's likely to perform tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets cost $18 to $28. (Niesel)

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

No Place Like Home

Just released theatrically this year, No Place Like Home, director Perry Henzell's followup to his 1973 classic The Harder They Come, centers on the relationship between a white New York woman and the black man she hires to drive her around Jamaica as she looks for a woman who has seemingly disappeared. It screens at 6:30 tonight at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

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

No Regrets for Our Youth

Akira Kurosawa directs this 1946 film set in 1930s Japan. It centers on a professor's daughter who falls for a young leftist. They both try to cope with living under a right-wing government. The movie screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the museum's Overlooked Kurosawa series. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

The Singing Angels – 2018 Holiday Spectacular

Today at 2 p.m. at the State Theatre, some of Cleveland's finest young singers, the Singing Angels, will perform winter, Christmas and Hanukkah favorites. The program will feature everything from classical selections to barbershop harmony. The concert will even feature a medley of songs from The Polar Express. Tickets are $18 to $43. You can find your tickets on the website. (Niesel)

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

MON 11/25

Cavs vs. Brooklyn Nets

Guard Kyrie Irving helped the Cavs win a championship and then decided he wanted to be traded. That was the beginning of the end for the Cavs, who would trade him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, a player who never recovered from an injury and turned out to be a bush. In the off-season, Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets and has put up some solid numbers this season. He and the Nets take on the Cavs tonight at 7 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Consult the website for ticket info. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.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 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 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 Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com.

TUE 11/26

The Ground Beneath My Feet

This well-crafted psychodrama centers on a woman whose life changes drastically when she's forced to deal with her hospitalized schizophrenic sister. The 2019 Austrian film makes its local debut today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.

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, facebook.com/TheWinchesterMusicTavern.

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, jukeboxcle.com.

White Christmas

This lavish new production of the classic holiday musical tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a "magical Vermont Inn." Along the way, they mange to perform a host of beloved Irving Berlin songs and plenty of dancing too. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre where performances continue through Dec. 1. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

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

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