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click to enlarge The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows the Poverty Row film The Vampire Bat. See: Friday.

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The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque shows the Poverty Row film The Vampire Bat. See: Friday.

WED 01/02

Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat

After LeBron James left the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat and Cavs developed a rivalry. But now that James has moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers, the rivalry's intensity has waned. And given that with both the Heat and the Cavs have lost more games than they've won so far this year, this game lacks the significance of the ones in the past. The two teams face off at 7 at the Q. Check the Cavs' site for ticket prices. (Jeff Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Keep Talking

Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. The monthly series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. Tonight's show revolves around the theme, "Kids." The hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 8 p.m. sharp at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. Want to be a storyteller at a future session? See details on the website. (Niesel)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,


The more successful something is, the more likely it is that someone, somewhere, will want to take the piss out of it with a parody. That would explain Spamilton: An American Parody. Created and performed by a versatile cast of seven, it pokes fun at Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit about Alexander Hamilton. Catch it tonight at the Hanna Theatre, at 7:30. Performances continue through Jan. 6. Tickets start at $39. (Niesel)

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

THU 01/03

John Caparulo

Best known for his stints on E!'s Chelsea Lately and as the host of CMT's Mobile Home Disaster, comedian John Caparulo is a Kent State grad who regularly comes home and fits some shows into his schedule while he's here. Caparulo, known as Cap, got his start on the Cleveland circuit in the late '90s. He plays the role of the dumb hillbilly, but his narrative jokes are well thought-out and his comic timing is impeccable. In 2013, he issued Come Inside of Me, a collection of some of his best jokes, including his lengthy bit about the first time he went skydiving. Expect to hear some of that material tonight when he performs at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

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

Cool TLC

A veteran comic, local hero Cool TLC has worked the Cleveland scene for years now. During that time, he's shared the stage with national acts such as Eddie Griffin, Bruce Bruce, Snoop Dogg and Patti LaBelle. The rowdy, fast-talking comedian regularly punctuates his live show with singing and dancing. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 01/04

Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz played so well in the playoffs last year that many experts expected them to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference this year. That hasn't been the case. The Jazz have really struggled to get wins, though they did return to form against the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champs, in a game they played in mid-December. Tonight's tipoff is at 7:30. Check the Cavs' site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Death in Venice

During November and December of 2017, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque presented digital restorations or 35-mm prints of five films by the late Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti. Since then, a complete Visconti retrospective, put together by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in Rome, has come to North America and is traveling to various museums and cinematheques, including the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it lands this month. Tonight at 7, the Cinematheque will screen Visconti's Death in Venice, a film about an aging composer who falls in love with a young boy. The movie screens again at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Flanagan's Wake

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 27. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

Mix: Pop

The first Friday of each month, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts its popular Mix at CMA event. The museum stays open later than normal for the occasion, which features dance, drink and a theme-based program. Tonight's event celebrates artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg for the way they "bridged the gap between fine art and pop culture." There will be specialty cocktails, live music and free admission to the exhibitions. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. CMA members get in for free. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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 and 9:30 at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park's Club Velvet. Tickets are $10 to $15. (Niesel)

10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793,

Aries Spears

At the age of 14, comedian Aries Spears found his calling. It wasn't long before Spears was a principal member of the hit sketch show MADTV — not only as a performer, but as a writer as well. He recorded his double-disc comedy album, I Ain't Scared, at the famous Icehouse in Pasadena. He has performed on Def Comedy Jam on HBO and Showtime At the Apollo. In addition to his credits as a comedian, Spears has made appearances in several movies, including Home of Angels, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Jerry Maguire. His sketch comedy and TV experience gives him an advantage over other comics. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $25. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

Troubling Love

Derived from a novel by My Brilliant Friend author Elena Ferrante, Troubling Love centers on a artist who returns to her native Naples to investigate her mother's death. The 1995 movie — in Italian, with subtitles — screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it is Part 1 of a two-part Ferrante series (see Sunday for the second flick). Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

The Vampire Bat

Back in the 1930s and '40s, independent productions flourished on Hollywood's "Poverty Row," a strip of Gower Street between Sunset Boulevard and the Paramount lot.

The companies there produced low-budget genre films that often had "strange, illusive qualities" not found in major studio movies, and they tackled taboo subjects like venereal disease and "medical quackery." The UCLA Film & Television Archive preserves and restores these rare and endangered works, and this month, the Cleveland Cinematheque will present six of those films in a program dubbed Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch: Poverty Row Films Preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Tonight's film, The Vampire Bat, centers on a deranged doctor who lives in a town overrun by bodies drained of their blood. It screens tonight at 9:30; it also screens at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

SAT 01/05

Monsters vs. Utica Comets

The Cleveland Monsters start the new year out with two games against the Utica Comets. Since it's Family Day, the first 2,500 kids will receive a player's trading card and a Castaway Bay day pass. You can also feed the family for $6 with one Sugardale hotdog, chips and a drink. Today's game begins at 1 p.m. at the Q, where the two teams face off again tomorrow at 3 p.m. A post-game skate and an autograph session follows that game, and the "feed the family for $6" applies too. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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 01/06

Days of Abandonment

Based on a novel by Elena Ferrante, Days of Abandonment centers on a wife who struggles to find herself after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Part 2 of a Ferrante series (see Friday), the movie screens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 01/07

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,

TUE 01/08

Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Last month, the Cavs beat the Indiana Pacers, one of the Eastern Conference's best teams, thanks to a last second tip-in courtesy of forward Larry Nance Jr. The Pacers will probably have that tough loss in mind when they come to the Q tonight to take on the Cavs at 7:30 p.m. If the Cavs do manage to win, it won't come easy. Check the Cavs' website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

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,

Tea with the Dames

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith star in Tea with the Dames, a documentary movie which finds the veteran actresses discussing their careers and friendships. The movie also includes archival photographs and film clips. It screens 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,

Vinyl Night

Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his music-focused bar in Hingetown 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, 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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