Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing This Week in Cleveland (Jan. 24-30)

The Cleveland Winter Beerfest returns to the Convention Center. See: Friday.
The Cleveland Winter Beerfest returns to the Convention Center. See: Friday. Photos by Emanuel Wallace

WED 01/24

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, local author Carlo Wolff talks about working behind the scenes of the Cleveland rock scene for the past several years. (Jeff Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250,

Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart

Director Gorman Bechard's Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart chronicles the life and times of the former Hüsker Dü co-songwriter/singer/drummer. The film explores his difficult family life, the band's bitter breakup and Hart's solo career. The movie screens tonight at 7 at the Rock Hall. Admission is free for Rock Hall members, $5.50 for non-members and free with paid Museum admission if space permits. (Niesel)

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

Love Never Dies

Set 10 years after the Phantom's disappearance from the Paris Opera House, Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, follows the Phantom after he's escaped to a new life in New York, even though he still longs for his one true love, Christine Daaé. Tonight's curtain is at 7:30 at the State Theatre; performances continue through Jan. 28. Tickets are $29 to $109. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, theater

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,

Mike Winfield

Plagued by big teeth, comedian Mike Winfield likes to joke that he can't close his mouth because it hurts. Because of this, he can't act tough and everyone thinks he's just a nice guy. Nice or not, his self-deprecating humor is pretty hilarious as he fires out his witty quips. Other topics for laughs are his dealings with his older stepson (he calls him a "step-man"), his past days working for a grocery store and the rampant theft in the self-check lane. He takes the Hilarities stage tonight at 8 with additional performances scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $18. (Niesel)

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

THU 01/25

Rob Allen

Veteran comedian Rob Allen launched his career some 30 years ago. The raunchy comic who likes to open his set by greeting his fans with a "What's up, fuckers?" has appeared on BET's ComicView several times and has won a Redd Foxx Cutting Edge Award. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv. Tickets are $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

An Evening with Dan Wilbur

Originally from Cleveland, comedian and writer Dan Wilbur has penned two books, How Not to Read and Never Flirt with Puppy Killers. For more than 12 years now, he's done standup comedy too, headlining at colleges all over the country and performing in festivals in Boston, Cleveland, New York, Austin, Salt Lake City and North Carolina. He performs tonight at 9 at Coda in Tremont. Local comic Bill Squire will open. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. (Niesel)

2247 Professor Ave., 216-274-1200,

Jay Larson

In a bit called "Wrong Number," comedian Jay Larson jokes about taking a phone call from a stranger and pretending to be a guy named Bruce who has screwed up a company's budget. Larson, who's appeared on both This American Life and Comedy Central, has also released several comedy albums and hosts the weekly podcast, The CrabFeast. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. (Niesel)

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

Monsters vs. Iowa Wild

The Cleveland Monsters struggled to get wins in the month of December so they need to win as much as they can in 2018 if they hope to make the playoffs. Tonight at 7, they kick off a two-game series against the Iowa Wild. It's College ID Night, so students with a proper ID can buy tickets for $6 and receive a $6 College Meal Deal that includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. The two teams face each other again at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The first 10,000 fans to that game receive a Monsters' Cleveland-themed T-shirt. Tickets start at $10. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,

The Rape of Recy Taylor

In her recent Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey referenced Recy Taylor, a woman whom Winfrey said was "abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church." Rosa Parks investigated the case, and though the men were never prosecuted, Parks became a civil rights movement activist. Winfrey says that Taylor, who just recently passed away, "lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men." In the wake of Winfrey's rousing speech, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has added the documentary film The Rape of Recy Taylor to its schedule. Director Nancy Bairiki's 2017 documentary uses interviews, photographs and film clips to examine the incident. The movie shows at 6:45 tonight. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

FRI 01/26

Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Though the Cavaliers swept the Indiana Pacers in last year's playoffs, the wins didn't come easy for the Wine and Gold. Each game came down to the wire. This year, the Pacers feature a few new players, and the team appears headed to the playoffs once again, assuming star guard Victor Oladipo can remain healthy. The two teams meet tonight at 7:30 at the Q. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel)

1 Center Court, 216-420-2000,


Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Catherine Guns will be on hand for tonight's screening of her latest film, Chavela, a documentary about Mexican musician Chavela Vargas. The film primarily centers on a 1991 interview with Chavela, a gay icon. The film screens at 7:30 tonight at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,


Cleveland Winter Beerfest

Cleveland Winter Beerfest, which takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Cleveland Convention Center, will feature the usual assortment of exotic craft beers. (VIPs get in an hour early, at 7.) Your regular admission ticket includes 25 samples in a 5-ounce cup. Those tickets cost $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the event. The VIP tickets run $55 in advance and $65 on the day of the event. More than 120 breweries will be on hand. Details are on the website. (Niesel)

500 Lakeside Ave., 216-928-1600,

Flanagan's Wake

No one knows grief and mourning like a Catholic, let alone an Irish Catholic. Now in its sixth 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. Performances continue weekends through April 28. Tickets are $26. (Patrick Stoops)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,


Adele Givens

Known as the "Queen of Comedy," Adele Givens uses her crass sense of humor to focus on everyday situations such as marriage, going to the gynecologist, and picking baby names. She also examines double standards. She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 at the Improv, where shows are scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $22. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,


Stray cats have lived in Istanbul for thousands of years, nearly as long as the city has been standing. The new documentary Kedi offers a gallery-style view of the cats inhabiting Istanbul while citizens offer their thoughts and feelings about the animals in their respective communities. The film shows how the cats live on a day-to-day basis and posits that, despite their feral nature, essentially they have become citizens of Istanbul. Without a character-driven plot, Kedi is more like an observational nature documentary than a standard narrative documentary. The film is at its best when it allows the audience to focus on a particular cat for a length of time, like the hardened fish thief called Psychopath or the rough-and-tumble cafe cat named Carefree. Allowing the personalities of the cats to shine pushes the film into more than just animal photography. It shows at 7 tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Johnny Cook)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Mountain Heart

Presented by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Heritage Concert Series aims to celebrate the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley with a variety of folk and roots rock concerts at the Happy Days Lodge. Tonight's concert features the acoustic bluegrass act Mountain Heart. Tickets start at $28, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. (Niesel)

500 West Streetsboro Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2909,

SAT 01/27

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 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 Blade of the Immortal

Last year, prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike delivered his 100th film with Blade of the Immortal. The film, which features elaborate sword fights and gruesome battle scenes, centers on a samurai who helps a young girl avenge the death of her family. It makes its local theatrical debut at 4:15 p.m. today at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

The Divine Order

The Divine Order, Switzerland's entry into the Oscars for best foreign language film, takes place in 1971 Switzerland and centers on a Swiss woman and her mother who fight for women's rights. The compelling drama screens at 6:45 tonight and at 8:20 tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

The Gershwins in Hollywood

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra teams up with the Musical Theater Project to pay tribute to George and Ira Gershwin with tonight's program. The selections focus on the songwriting team's final years in Hollywood. Bill Rudman and Paul Ferguson co-host the concert. It begins at 8 p.m. at the Hanna Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $55. (Niesel)

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

Program One: Studies in Natural Magic

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque celebrates the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema with tonight's program which includes 14 short films, four of which are new prints. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Brian Regan

Veteran comic Brian Regan originally set out to become an accountant. But when that didn't work out, he shifted to comedy. Years later, comedians around the country hail his impeccable delivery and ability to inject just enough physicality into his routines. Regan, who refrains from using profanity, relies on observational humor to entertain patrons. His bit on the Pop-Tart is a classic, making fun of the complex instructions that accompany a simple toaster snack. He performs tonight at 8 at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets are $44.50. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Somewhere in Time: 1870s Satin & Soot

Now in its eighth year, Somewhere in Time: Satin & Soot, a fundraising event at the Cleveland History Center, aims to recreate what Cleveland was like in the 1870s. At that time, industrialists, the immigrant workforce and cultural institutions were on the rise; Cleveland would go on to become one of the largest cities in the nation. Proceeds from the event support education and public programs for nearly 25,000 students, families and seniors. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland History Center. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets start at $50. (Niesel)

10825 East Blvd., 216-721-5722,

SUN 01/28

Aida's Secrets

This 2016 documentary chronicles how the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers. Two brothers, separated as babies, reunite with one another and with their elderly mother. The brothers meet their mother at a nursing home in Quebec and confront her for having kept so many secrets. The film makes its Cleveland debut today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Chippendales 2018: About Last Night Tour

Chippendales, a male stripper show, has been on the circuit for what seems like an eternity. The guys bring their six-pack abs and toned figures to House of Blues tonight as part of a multi-city tour. According to the official press release, the guys intend to create "a fun, party-like environment where women can let loose, have a great time and appreciate the fantasies played out on stage." Sounds like the bachelorette party from hell. The show begins at 9 p.m. at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,

The Departure

One of the best-reviewed films of the year, The Departure centers on a former Japanese punk rocker who becomes a Buddhist priest who specializes in counseling people considering suicide. The film makes its Cleveland debut today at 4:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Hidden Figures

NASA's Quynhgiao Nguyen hosts today's special screening of Hidden Figures, the film about Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, the three African-American women who worked at NASA and helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It screens at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre as part of Cleveland Cinemas' Reel Science series. Tickets are $8. (Niesel)

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

Mansfield 66/67

The late film star Jayne Mansfield was famous for portraying lascivious characters. In her storied film career — tragically cut short by her untimely death — she came off as a sluttier version of Marilyn Monroe. The new documentary Mansfield 66/67 examines her career and focuses on her relationship with Satanist Anton LeVay. The film shows tonight at 6:30 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

The University of Akron Steel Drum Band was formed in 1980, an era when only a handful of colleges had such ensembles. The group, which features both undergraduate and graduate students, plays on drums that local Cliff Alexis builds and maintains. For today's performance at the Akron Civic Theatre, the group will play Caribbean music designed to help you "leave the winter blues behind." The show starts at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $12. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

MON 01/29

The Chicago Bears, '85: The Greatest Team in Football History

The 1985 Chicago Bears may or may not have been one of the best NFL teams, but the documentary feature The Chicago Bears, '85: The Greatest Team in Football History, does show just how dominant the team was. The film includes interviews with players Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Phil Simms and Dan Marino, as well as famous Chicagoans such as President Obama, Bill Murray and Jesse Jackson. It shows at 7:30 tonight at area theaters. Consult the Fathom Events website for more details. (Niesel)

TUE 01/30

ABBA Mania

Claiming to be "the world's number one touring ABBA production," ABBA Mania hits the Akron Civic Theatre tonight at 7:30 for a show that promises to deliver all the cheesy Swedish pop band's biggest hits. Expect to hear tunes such as "Mamma Mia," "Voulez Vous," "Dancing Queen," "Winner Takes It All" and "Super Trouper." Tickets are $40. (Niesel)

182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488,

Dancing with the Stars Live!

An all-new production that showcases "every type of ballroom and modern dance seen" on the hit show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars Live! promises to include "sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour." The tour's cast includes Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Hayley Erbert, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, and tickets range from $47.50 to $75. (Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

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