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Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Week (Nov. 28-Dec. 4) 

click to enlarge The new Warren Miller movie screens at the Capitol. See: Thursday.

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The new Warren Miller movie screens at the Capitol. See: Thursday.

WED 11/28

Keith Alberstadt

Low-key comic Keith Alberstadt likes to joke about how people take themselves way too seriously: He hates it when people use big words to describe the wine they've had at Applebee's. Much like Jerry Seinfeld, he takes most of his material from everyday observations about the stupid things people say and do. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Jeff Niesel)

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


The production of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago that takes place tonight at 7:30 at the Connor Palace features former NFL star Eddie George in the role of Billy Flynn. That's reason enough to see the play about fame, fortune and "all that jazz." Tickets start at $10, and performances continue through Dec. 2. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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 storyteller Dan Ruminski talks about the "famous and infamous women of Cleveland's Millionaire's Row." The equally fancy-sounding menu features lobster bisque, Oysters and Pearls, and Cherries Jubilee. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,


As part of a series devoted to British-American actress Ida Lupino, who would've turned 100 this year, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen her 1950 film Outrage tonight at 7. Lupino helmed low-budget movies about issues that Hollywood tended to avoid, and Outrage focuses on the rape of an innocent bookkeeper. The movie screens tonight and Friday night at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

THU 11/29

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story, a near-genius piece of American reminiscence, is so period-perfect and charming that the squishy sentimentality (of which there is plenty) never leads to saccharine reflux. Philip Grecian is listed as the playwright, but everyone understands that the bulk of insights and telling detail comes from the mind of Jean Shepherd, who wrote the original story, co-authored the movie, and narrated the flick in his distinctive, triple-wry voice. The Cleveland Play House's production of Story rides a two-hour wave of intricate details to unerringly establish the period and to help even the youngest patrons make the leap back to a time before televisions were omnipresent and cowboy hero Red Ryder was king of the wireless. See it tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre. Performances continue through Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 to $97. (Christine Howey)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Craig Ferguson

An actor, comedian and writer who set viewing records while he was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Craig Ferguson embarked on a 48-city comedy tour earlier this year. Dubbed the Hobo Fabulous Tour, it finds Ferguson delivering all-new material. The show begins at 7:30 tonight at the Agora. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. (Niesel)

5000 Euclid Ave., 216-881-2221,

Warren Miller's Face of Winter

The release of a new Warren Miller Entertainment film signals the start of ski season as much as anything. Tonight at 7, the Capitol will screen Face of Winter, his latest movie to feature skiers performing death defying stunts. It's the 69th installment of the series and includes clips from Engleberg, Chamonix, British Columbia, Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Featured skiers include Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Simon Hillis, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and Jess McMillan. Tickets are $16. (Niesel)

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

Monrovia, Indiana

Prolific filmmaker Frederick Wiseman returns with Monrovia, Indiana, his 44th movie. The film centers on a small town in the heart of Trump country and includes interviews with the residents, who talk about their way of life, their rituals and institutions (churches, clubs) and their values (duty, service, generosity). The movie makes its local debut tonight at 8:30 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11, or $8 for members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Snowed In Holiday Variety Show

Tonight at 7, Forest City Brewery hosts the Snowed Inn Holiday Variety Show, an all-ages, family friendly piece of theater that pays homage to the TV shows that stars such as Bing Crosby and John Denver hosted back in the day. Hosted by co-creators Marissa DeSantis and James Catullo, the show features guest performances by comedians Dionne Atchison and Sam Dee as well as music from singer-songwriter Stephanie Trivison. There will also be a baking demonstration from Becca Ritterspach of Save Room Catering, and a crafts segment with Free Period Press's Lora DiFranco. Tickets cost $10 at the door. (Niesel)

2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116,

FRI 11/30

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens was a hell of a writer, but he could be a tad verbose. So it's convenient that there have been so many great stage and screen versions of his classic ghost story. One of them — required viewing for anyone with a Netflix membership — is the 1951 movie starring Alastair Sim as a Scrooge for all eternity. And the other is this Great Lakes Theater production, which never fails to engage and delight. Framed cozily as a story within a story in this Gerald Freedman adaptation, the production really comes alive once the ghost of Jacob Marley appears, dragging his chains and creaking eerily with every movement. This annual tribute to knee-jerk liberal sentiments, like compassion for the downtrodden, is always a must-see, whether you've seen it before or not. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $15 to $75. Performances continue through Dec. 23. (Howey)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Monsters vs. Syracuse Crunch

As part of a special promotion that runs all season, Cleveland Monsters fans can score a $1 Pepsi, $2 Sugardale hotdog and $3 select 12-ounce beer on Friday nights. Luckily, tonight is a Friday, so fans can eat cheap while the team takes on the Syracuse Crunch. The game begins at 7, and the two teams face off again on at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Narcissister Organ Player

A mixed-media performance artist, Narcissister wears a mask and a merkin while exploring issues regarding gender, race and sexuality. She makes her directorial debut with Narcissister Organ Player, a film that chronicles appearances with Marilyn Manson, collaborations with Marina Abramovic and a performance on America's Got Talent. The movie makes its local debut tonight at 9:15 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play

Scuba Claus & the Seas'N of Play continues today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Kids get a temporary tattoo, an activity book and the chance to expend some of their excess holiday spirit by learning about and imitating the movements of crabs, archerfish, frogs, frilled lizards and other Aquarium residents. Guests of all ages can participate in an aquarium-wide scavenger hunt and/or talk to and snap a selfie with Scuba Claus while he dives in the Aquarium's 230,000-gallon shark exhibit from 1 to 2 p.m. Aquarium hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

2000 Sycamore St., 216-862-8803,

SAT 12/01

Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

The Cavs played a tight game against the Toronto Raptors at the beginning of the season, but the Cavs have clearly regressed since that initial meeting. While the Cavs have struggled to win, the Raptors have played like a team determined to get to the NBA Finals. The addition of forward Kawhi Leonard has really given the team a competitive edge. The Raptors face off against the Cavs tonight at 8 at the Q. Consult the Q website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Light Up Lakewood

Organizers of Light Up Lakewood, the annual holiday happening that takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Lakewood, have announced that this year's event just became a lot more enticing. It will now include a beer garden that will be located at the intersection of Mars and Detroit avenues. Additionally, Light Up Lakewood 2018 will feature the introduction of the Holiday Market at Lakewood Masonic Temple. Replacing Vendor Village, the Holiday Market will showcase goods from a wide array of local artists and entrepreneurs. Also new this year is the addition of the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Train, a restored classic trackless train that will run along Detroit Avenue between Belle and St. Charles; tickets to ride it will cost just a buck. As usual, the free event will also feature a holiday parade, a lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children's games and more. Details are on the website.(Niesel)

The North Coast Men's Chorus

The North Coast Men's Chorus returns to the Hanna Theatre this weekend with Snowbound, its "multifaceted holiday concert." They've promised that the stage show will feature "a winter wonderland of song and dance" as they perform the holiday hits while decked out in crazy costumes. Concerts takes place at 3 and 8 p.m. today and at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10 to $50. (Niesel)

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

Rock & Roll Holiday Ball

Tonight, the Rock Hall gets into the spirit of the season and launches its inaugural Rock & Roll Holiday Ball. Grammy-winning blues/gospel singer Mike Farris will perform, and local celebrity chef Rocco Whalen will cook up a special holiday meal. Activities include photo sessions and holiday-themed "stories of rock" inside select exhibits. The Rock Hall will be decked out with holiday displays and other festive decor, and the Rock Hall store will feature exclusive holiday gifts and collectable memorabilia. The $75 ticket includes dinner, two drinks, dessert, live music, museum admission and a shuttle ride to and from the Great Lakes Science Center parking garage. (Niesel)

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

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's the first Saturday of the month again, so tonight the Cedar Lee Theatre hosts its usual midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic that still draws an exuberant, costumed crowd that likes to throw rice and dry toast and sing along to the songs in the movie. In addition, locals act out a floor show that mimics the movie, turning the event into a veritable party. Tickets are $9.75. (Niesel)

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

SUN 12/02

The Ancient Law

Pianist Donald Sosin and klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals will provide musical accompaniment to today's screening of the 1923 silent movie, The Ancient Law, a film about the conflict between a rabbi and his son who wants to become an actor. The movie screens at 1 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $20, or $15 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Vicki Barbolak

Comedian Vicki Barbolak was 38 years old when she saw an ad for a comedy class. She enrolled and has been on the fast track ever since. A finalist on the recent season of NBC's America's Got Talent, she likes to joke about her many marriages and what she refers to as the "Southern California trailer park lifestyle." She performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Tickets start at $20. (Niesel)

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

Holiday Circlefest

The 23rd annual Holiday CircleFest, which takes place today from noon to 7 p.m. at University Circle, includes activities at more than a dozen of the cultural district's museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools. The places will feature music, food, fun, and shopping. On Wade Oval there will be ice skating at the Rink, ice carving demos, horse-drawn carriage rides and other activities. The Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)


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 $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 today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

Trailer Park Boys

The Trailer Park Boys — Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and Randy — present a special holiday program today at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. The storyline: A camera crew wants to capture what it's like to live in a trailer park community in Nova Scotia, and the guys intend to show them all the highs and lows. The Trailer Park Boys came to life in 1999 as a short film. A Canadian television series (now picked up by Netflix) and a popular podcast followed. Tickets for tonight's live tour stop are $45.50 to $55.50. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

MON 12/03

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

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 Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966,

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

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

TUE 12/04

The Age of the Medici, Part 1

Originally released in Italy in 1973 as a three-part TV series, The Age of Medici, which was directed by Roberto Rossellini, chronicles the exile of Cosimo de' Medici, head of the prominent banking family that thrived in 15th-century Florence. It screens today at 1:45 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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,

The Piano Guys: Christmas Together

Four dads straight outta Utah, the Piano Guys have become an internet sensation as their self-produced music videos have snagged some 500 million views. For their cover of "Let It Go," the hit tune from the Disney flick Frozen, they sit at their player pianos and perform atop giant glaciers. They've made 40 videos since early 2011, blending classical music with pop. At tonight's show, you can expect to hear tunes from their holiday album, A Family Christmas. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $40. For $160, you can meet and greet the guys at the concert. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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,


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