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Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing This Week in Cleveland (Feb. 7-13) 

click to enlarge DJ Yella of N.W.A will kick off the Rock Hall’s Black History Month celebration. See: Wednesday.

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DJ Yella of N.W.A will kick off the Rock Hall’s Black History Month celebration. See: Wednesday.

WED 02/07

Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Thanks to the off-season addition of Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves have become a playoff contender. The team has competed well against other Western Conference squads and even handed the Cavaliers a loss when the two teams played each other earlier this year. Expect tonight's game at the Q to be a tight one. Tipoff is at 8. Tickets start at $22. (Jeff Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Chamber Music in the Galleries

This monthly concert series at the Cleveland Museum of Art places young musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in the CMA galleries. Now in its sixth season, the series features "mixed programs of chamber music" for "a unique and intimate experience." The performances often feature instruments from the museum's keyboard collection. Tonight's concert begins at 6 and lasts for about an hour. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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, Gail Bellamy, author of Cleveland Food Memories, talks about "food we miss." You'll find chicken paprikash soup, fresh kielbasa, and a Napoleon on the menu. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Hall of Fame Series with DJ Yella and Lil Eazy-E

A Rock Hall inductee, N.W.A.'s DJ Yella will sit down with Lil Eazy-E, the son of rapper Eazy-E, and the Rock Hall's Dr. Jason Hanley to discuss their careers tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hall. An audience Q&A session and DJ demonstration will follow the discussion. The event is free but an RSVP is required. The event will also be streamed live on the Rock Hall's Facebook page, and the online audience can submit questions via the web. (Niesel)

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

February Poetry Workshop

Local poets Claire McMahon and Ray McNiece lead tonight's poetry workshop at Visible Voice Books in Tremont. Bring a handful of your poems to the event, and profit from some friendly suggestions. The free workshop takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tonight is part of a monthly series set for the first Wednesday of every month. (Niesel)

2258 Professor Ave., 216-961-0084,

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. The theme for tonight's storytelling is "Dating," and the hosts are Adam Richard and Zachariah Durr. The program starts at 7:30 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,

Carmen Lynch

Comedian Carmen Lynch likes to joke that she gave up on online dating and now just goes outside and "hopes." "It's how people used to date," she says in her distinctively deadpan delivery. A regular on the late-night talk show circuit, Lynch performs at 8 tonight at Hilarities; additional shows are scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $18 to $28. (Niesel)

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

Marie and Rosetta

Now a Rock Hall inductee, the late Sister Rosetta Tharpe is the subject of Marie and Rosetta, a musical presented by the Cleveland Play House, that pays tribute to "the Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll" who influenced rock icons such as Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. You can catch a performance tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre; additional performances continue through Feb. 11. Tickets are $25 to $105. (Niesel)

1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Stomp, a U.K. percussion group that dates back to the early '90s, won all sorts of awards when it first toured the world after a successful run on London's West End theater district. The group, which makes instruments out of matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps, continues to tour the globe and arrives in Cleveland tonight for a series of Playhouse Square shows. Tonight's performance starts at 7:30 at the Palace Theatre, where the show goes on through Feb. 11. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

THU 02/08

On the Beach at Night Alone

On the Beach at Night Alone, a South Korean movie about an actress who has an affair with a married film director, makes its Cleveland premiere tonight at 8:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. South Korean director Hon Sang-soo drew from personal experience for the film that

The New Yorker magazine proclaims has a "fierce intensity." It also screens at 7:30 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Jay Stevens

"Laughter is a healing medicine," says comic Shawn D. Stevenson (aka Jay Stevens), a native Clevelander. Originally, Stevens didn't intend to pursue a career in comedy. But after he had a religious awakening nearly 20 years ago, he felt the need to share his gift with others to help them relieve their stress and possibly heal them with laughter. A clean comic, Stevens performs in both comedy clubs and churches. He performs at 7:30 tonight at the Improv. Tickets are $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 02/09

Be My Valentine: Dinner with the Chef

As a special Valentine's Day treat, Music Box Supper Club's Chef Dennis will prepare a special meal that includes duck confit risotto, bleeding heart salad, oyster chowder, pork filet and a chocolate-covered strawberry dessert. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in the club's private dining room. Tickets are $65, or $55 for Music Box VIPs. The price of admission includes a ticket to the Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials concert that takes place in the supper club after the dinner. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Bending the Arc

A 2017 documentary, Bending the Arc centers on three activists who establish a medical clinic in rural Haiti during the 1980s. That clinic, in turn, leads them to create a global network of health care for poor people all over the world. The film makes its theatrical debut tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Admission is $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,


Comedian Dominique thinks about the weighty things in life: what her funeral will be like and what Jesus would want her to do in certain situations. Church taught her to pray about things that are bothering her and then let them go, so that's exactly what she did when she got a big credit card bill in the mail. Other funny topics include ways to tell if he's the right guy for you, the wrong way to fry up a chicken and the politics of preachers. Dominique tells it like it is, and that's why she's funny. She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $17. (Liz Trenholme)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

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. 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,

Monsters vs. Manitoba Moose

The Monsters kick off a two-game series against the Manitoba Moose today at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. The two teams face each other again on Sunday at 3 p.m. As part of a 1-2-3 Friday promotion, today's concession specials include $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs and $3 beers. There will also be a special auction and raffle benefiting the American Heart Association. Sunday is Kids Day, so the first 2,500 kids under 14 will receive a Sully toothbrush holder, and the first 2,500 kids under 12 will receive a Castaway Bay kids' day pass. There will also be a postgame autograph session with the team and a postgame skate. Tickets to the games start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

Walkabout Tremont

During this month's Walkabout Tremont, dubbed the Winter Warmer, you can stop by any of the Tremont art galleries to see their current and/or new exhibits. Of course, there are also plenty of bars, restaurants and specialty shops in the neighborhood that participate in Walkabout Tremont too. The stroll takes place from 6 to 9 tonight. Check out the website for a schedule, maps and food and drink specials. (Niesel) 02/10

SAT 02/10

22nd Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off

When the annual High School Rock Off launched some 20 years ago at the Odeon, the promoters at the local Belkin Productions (now Live Nation) saw it as a way to reach out to area high schools and provide students with the kind of musical outlet that they might not have. Two decades later, the event, which takes place again this year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on four Saturdays, before concluding with a "final exam" on Saturday, Feb. 17, continues to thrive. Tonight's concert begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10. (Niesel)

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

The Seventh Annual Sweetheart Showcase

The seventh annual Sweetheart Showcase — Strip-O-Rama! —takes place today at the Beachland Ballroom. The show aims to pay tribute to old burlesque films. It'll feature performances by Lily Von Matterhorn, Miss Holy Grail and Bella Sin, as well as students from the Cleveland Burlesque Academy. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124,

Cuffing Season Book Release

Javon Bates, the co-host of the Top 5 Radio Show on 1490AM WERE, celebrates the release of his new book, Cuffing Season, with a book signing today from 1 to 3 p.m. at Half Price Books in Mayfield Heights. The book's love poems center on Valentine's Day stories. The first printing will be a deluxe package edition that includes a relaxation kit, containing a poster, chocolate, candles, rose petals, bath bomb and a music soundtrack. (Niesel)

1607 Golden Gate Plaza, Mayfield Heights, 440-461-9222.

The Other Side of Hope

A Finnish movie, The Other Side of Hope, which focuses on a Syrian refugee who befriends a Helsinki restaurateur, explores the human side of the European refugee crisis. The movie makes its local debut tonight at 6:50 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it shows again at 8:25 tomorrow night. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Program Three: Decodings

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque continues its four-part celebration of the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema with tonight's program, Decodings, named after Michael Wallin's 1988 found-footage masterpiece of the same title. Tonight's selection of films also includes Lawrence Jordan's Duo Concertantes and Will Hindle's Billabong, an" impressionistic" documentary of a boys' youth camp. The program begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Bob Saget

Actor, writer, director and standup comedian Bob Saget, 61, is perhaps one of the humblest personalities in the business. He somehow doesn't consider himself a celebrity despite dominating the '90s as Danny Tanner in Full House and hosting America's Funniest Home Videos (which, it can be argued, was like a rough draft of today's internet, with its own viral and cringe-worthy videos). He also describes his stage act as "a 9-year-old who just learned a bunch of bad words." He also recently directed and stars in the forthcoming Benjamin, a dark, independent film. In sum, the man proves to be more than either loveable Danny or dirty-mouthed Bob. See for yourself tonight at 8 at Hard Rock Live. Tickets start at $25. (Breanna Mona)

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

SUN 02/11

Now That's a Classy Pop Up

Today at 3 p.m, the indie rock/punk club Now That's Class hosts Now That's a Classy Pop Up, a special shopping op featuring wares from local vintage shops such as Cattitude Vintage, Another World Vintage and Planet Claire. Admission is free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576,

Paddle to the Sea

Today at 2 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Third Coast Percussion will perform its original score to Paddle to the Sea, a film that follows a child's hand-carved Indian as it travels in a canoe through Canada's waterways. The Oscar-nominated 1966 film is based on the 1941 children's book by American author and illustrator Holling C. Holling. Tickets are $30, or $27 for CMA members. Children 17 and under will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

MON 02/12

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,

Science Cafe

Tonight, and the second Monday of every month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club to talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Wyatt Newman, a professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science program at the Case Western Reserve University's School of Engineering, will discuss the background of the new artificial intelligence dubbed "deep learning," from its roots in neuroscience to its emergence in today's headlines.Heady stuff! Admission to the talk is free, but bring some money for the bar and the restaurant. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

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,

TUE 02/13

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art

Considered one of Britain's most important living artists, 80-year-old painter, stage designer and photographer David Hockney talks about two recent exhibits of his work in the 2017 documentary film David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art. The movie screens today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $14, or $10 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,


Steve Pemberton

Before joining the Massachusetts-based Globoforce, a social recognition provider for companies worldwide, Steve Pemberton served in executive positions at Walgreens, where he was the drugstore's first-ever "chief diversity officer." Today at 4:30 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center on Case Western Reserve's campus, he delivers the Power of Diversity lecture series' keynote lecture, "One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the 'United' Back into the USA." Admission is free. You can register on the website.

11038 Bellflower Rd., 216-368-5681,


A huge hit that's now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Riverdance comes to the State Theatre as part of a celebratory world tour. The dance performance draws upon Irish traditions to tell the story of an Irish emigrant. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Performances continue through Feb. 16. Tickets are $10 to $75. (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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