Get Out: Everything You Should Do This Week in Cleveland (Feb. 14-20) 

click to enlarge Monster Jam returns to the Q. See: Saturday.

Photo by Jeff Niesel

Monster Jam returns to the Q. See: Saturday.

WED 02/14

Aphrodisiacs and Champagne Valentine's Day Supper

Touch Supper Club's annual Aphrodisiacs and Champagne Valentine's Day Supper is designed to put you in the mood for a romantic evening. All dishes will be prepared with ingredients thought to be aphrodisiacs (those ingredients will be revealed the night of the event.) Each course will also be paired with a glass of champagne. The dinner, which debuts from 5 to 11 p.m. today at Touch and continues daily through Saturday, costs $75 per couple. (Jeff Niesel)

2710 Lorain Ave., 216-631-5200, touchohiocity.com.

Cleveland Stories Dinner Party

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 gathering 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 newscaster Ramona Robinson talks about how she took a "dirt road to Cleveland" and found her "purpose" in our fine city. In honor of Valentine's Day, there will be some special prize drawings too. (Niesel)

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

Ryan Hamilton

Baby-faced Idaho native Ryan Hamilton brings his laughs to Hilarities. His clean comedy act has won the hearts of many industry insiders; his long list of accomplishments includes winning Sierra Mist's Next Great Comic Search. Hamilton has also been on Huffington Post's Top 12 New Comedians to Watch list and has headlined at many of the top comedy clubs across the country. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities and has shows scheduled through Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $47. (Niesel)

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

Hoppin' Frog Hoppy Hour

The Hoppin' Frog tasting room in Akron is in a nondescript strip of storage facilities and warehouses. But step inside and you'll find a cozy space with a huge array of the brewery's wonderful libations. The place features "hoppy hour" every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. Tonight, the brewers visit the tasting room from 5 to 7 p.m. While they don't fill growlers, you can drink bottles on site or take 'em to go. The place also offers a Hoppin' Frog Rare & Vintage list as well as a guest bottle list. And you can order from a limited food menu too. (Niesel)

1680-F Waterloo Rd., Akron, 234-525-3764, hoppinfrog.com/tasting-room.

I Know Where I'm Going

As a special Valentine's Day event, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen the 1945 film I Know Where I'm Going. The romance follows a British woman who travels by boat to see her wealthy fiance who lives in the Scottish Hebrides. The movie screens at 7 tonight. Tickets are $12, or $9 for CMA members. (Niesel)

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


A huge hit that's now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Riverdance is now playing at 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, playhousesquare.org.

Tinder Tales: A Storytelling and Musical Variety Show

The Grog Shop hosts the special Valentine's Day event, Tinder Tales: A Storytelling and Musical Variety Show tonight. The theme is "swiping gone awry (or maybe, right, in the end)." Buy a wine and cheese plate and settle in to enjoy storytellers Bridget Callahan, Nolan Beck and Angel Cezanne, along with local musician Shawn Brewster. It starts at 8; admission is free. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs.

Valentine's Day Yoga

You've done yoga with your dog, a goat, and that lady from the grocery store. Now you can do yoga with a loved one. Stretch it out tonight at Sibling Revelry for the brewery's Valentine's Day yoga class. Bring your mat and your taste buds: Your first beer is free. Yoga will go down in the back room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; register in advance on the Sibling Revelry website. (Matthew Poshedley)

29305 Clemens Rd., Westlake, 216-535-4122, siblingrevelrybrewery.com.

THU 02/15

Big Time

Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schröder helms Big Time, a documentary about Danish "starchitect" Bjarke Ingels, who heads the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York and has designed the forthcoming Two World Trade Center. Shot over a six-year period, the film shows the toll that success has taken on Ingels' personal life. It makes its local premiere tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Tickets are $11, or $8 for Cinematheque members, students and American Institute of Architects members. (Niesel)

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

Dean Edwards

Comedian Dean Edwards likes to joke about how he found his English wife's accent to be sexy when they first met. Now, he says, it just annoys him; and her accent coupled with her Ph.D. makes him feel dumb. He says the fact that his daughters have accents too makes him feel "colonized." It's just one example of how Edwards doesn't rely on shock value. Rather, he creates his narrative-based jokes based on personal experiences. He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

No Beast No Feast: Romantic Revolution

The westside indie/punk club Now That's Class regularly hosts vegan and veggie dinners. Tonight from 8 to 11:30, it'll feature a special dining experience dubbed No Beast No Feast: Romantic Revolution. The all-vegan, gluten-free menu will feature salad, roasted carrots, golden beets and cauliflower, orange saffron rice and chocolate cherry cashew cake. DJ Chrysanthemum will spin love songs on the wheels of steel. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.

FRI 02/16

78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Time again for the Third Friday Art Walk, which takes place today from 5 to 9:30 p.m. More than 50 studios and galleries will participate in this popular indoor art walk; be sure to check out spots like the Derek Hess Gallery, Tregoning & Company and Hilary Gent Studio. (Niesel)

1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com.

An Evening with Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman

The founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., the live event production company and brand strategy firm behind Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman has appeared in and produced multiple TV series, movies and documentaries during the course of his career. Lyman is also the man behind TV shows such as Warped Roadies, No Room for Rockstars and The Other F Word, as well as the annual Alternative Press Music Awards. At 7 tonight, he'll speak at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. The event is free with a reservation. The talk is presented in conjunction with the 22nd annual High School Rock Off; Lyman will serve as a judge for the Rock Off's "final exam," which takes place tomorrow at the Rock Hall. (Niesel)

2809 Woodland Ave., 216-515-1956, library.rockhall.com.

Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians

A Georgetown University professor travelled to three Louisiana prisons to profile the musician-inmates featured in this documentary film, Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians. Director Benjamin J. Harbert will be on hand for the screening, which takes place tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $10, or $7 for CMA members, and CWRU students and staff, with a valid ID. (Niesel)

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

Lenten Fish Fry

From now until the end of March, Prosperity Social Club hosts its Lenten Fish Fry every Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight. The special Lenten menu includes the Big Fish Fry, a seasonal staple that features a generous portion of haddock in a fluffy beer batter blanket, complemented by homemade coleslaw, house tartar sauce and old school-style mac and cheese. Prosperity received national attention when the home-cooked Big Fish Fry was featured on TV chef Andrew Zimmern's Delicious Destinations. To drink, this year's featured beer will be POC pilsner, now brewed by Double Wing Brewing Company which recently resurrected the storied brand and recreated a version of its clean, crisp European-style pils that should pair well with the fish. (Niesel)

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com.


Based on a Stephen King novel about a woman who rescues a famous novelist from a car crash and then proceeds to persecute him when she finds out that he killed off one of her favorite characters, Misery comes to the Hanna Theatre tonight. Great Lakes Theater puts on this production of William Goldman's adaptation of the novel. The performance begins at 7:30 tonight; performances continue through Feb. 21. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel)

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


Akron native Jim Jarmusch produced Porto, a 2017 film by former film critic Gabe Klinger. It centers on an American drifter (the late Anton Yeltsin) who falls for a French archaeology student. The movie makes its Cleveland debut tonight at 9:15 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, where it screens again at 8:30 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

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

Wet Woman in the Wind

In the 1970s, Japan's Nikkatsu Studio sustained itself by releasing soft-core pornographic films. Now, to mark its 45th anniversary, the studio pays tribute to that tradition with five newly commissioned low-budget films. Wet Woman in the Wind, the first of them, centers on a Tokyo playwright who swears off romance and goes on a solitary retreat in the country, only to encounter a young woman who aims to seduce him. The film makes its local debut tonight at 10:50 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. It shows again at 10:10 tomorrow night. Tickets are $10, or $8 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

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

SAT 02/17

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 the kind of outlet that students might not have. Two decades later, the event, held this year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, continues to thrive. Tonight is "final exam." The concert begins at 4 p.m., and tickets are $10. (Niesel)

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

The Invisible Hand

Tonight at 7:30 at the Outcalt Theatre, the Cleveland Play House presents The Invisible Hand, a play about an American investment banker who's held hostage in Pakistan by Islamic revolutionaries. The play's author, Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, exposes the "treacherous intersection of terrorism and capitalism, where greed and deceit prevail and no one escapes without blood on their hands." Performances continue through March 11, and tickets cost $25 to $105. (Niesel)

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

Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown

This year's installment of the annual Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown will feature several of Cleveland's top restaurants competing to be crowned the makers of Cleveland's best macaroni and cheese. Competitions for "best classic mac" and "best modern mac" will also take place. In addition, there will be a "cheesy" DJ and "cheap booze" from 10 local providers. The throwdown begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and is a fundraiser for the local charity Working Animals Giving Service for Kids. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale exclusively at the website below. 500 Lakeside Ave., 216-928-1600, macncheesethrowdown.com.

2018 Monster Jam

Monster Jam, the monster truck rally that descends on the Q each year, turns the arena floor into a racetrack by dumping truckloads of dirt and building a series of jumps and obstacles. At approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks sit atop 66-inch-tall tires that allow the trucks to roll over just about anything. The trucks can even fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance. Competition commences at 1 and 7 p.m. today and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, and pit parties take place on both days at 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

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

Naach di Cleveland

Twelve South Asian dance teams from across the country will compete today as part of the third annual Naach di Cleveland. Categories include Bollywood Fusion, an incorporation of classical Indian dance moves with modern dance techniques, and bhangra, a folk dance style from the Punjab region. The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $20 to $30. (Niesel)

1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Now That's Classy

Billed as Now That's Classy: A Formal Event at Your Favorite Dive Bar, tonight's "formal event" at Now That's Class offers a chance for the venue's grunge-y patrons to don gowns and suits. Erin Brennan of Future No Future vintage clothing, Allie Mattis of West of Venus, and a special guest will be on hand to judge the costume contest. The evening begins at 9 p.m., and admission is a $5 donation. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.

Stout It Out Loud

Butcher and the Brewer puts on its annual Stout It Out Loud festival today. It's a late-season celebration of dark beers and their most famous culinary partner: oysters. Participating breweries include Fat Head's, Collision Bend, Terrestrial, Platform and MadTree; all counted, nearly 30 local breweries will be on hand. In addition to straight-up oysters, there will be oyster po' boys and johnny-cake fried oysters. The $45 ticket includes 20 beer samples and a six pack of oysters. The fun runs from noon to 4 p.m. (Niesel)

2043 East Fourth St., 216-331-0805, butcherandthebrewer.com.

SUN 02/18

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art

Considered to be 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 David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art. The movie screens today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $14, or $10 for CMA members. (Niesel)

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

Erotic City: All Vinyl Prince Night

During the course of a career that was tragically cut short by his untimely death, singer-guitarist Prince created a robust body of work that drew from funk, rock, pop and jazz. Erotic City: All Vinyl Prince Night will pay tribute to the man tonight at Now That's Class. Jackie & Rachel will spin the hits and the deep tracks. There will be Prince drink specials too. It all starts at 9, and admission is free. (Niesel)

11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.

Festival of Laughs

Veteran comics Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace team up for tonight's Festival of Laughs, an event designed to show off their respective comedic skills. The performance begins at 7 at Connor Palace, and tickets are $56 to $104.50. (Niesel)

1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Gospel Brunch

The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. The recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. As for the food, the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Seatings are offered at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and are available online, by phone or at the box office. (Niesel)

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.

Jason Lawhead

Ohio-born comedian Jason Lawhead is back in town, just in time to make fun of Cleveland sports. Again. A great impressionist, some of his talents include poking fun at the family lifestyle and complaining about pop culture. Lawhead has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live and is credited with helping the underground comedy scene arise in Cleveland. He performs at Hilarities today at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20. (Niesel)

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

MON 02/19

Monday Night Trivia

Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? 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 at 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, happydogcleveland.com.

Shit Show Karaoke

Local rapper/promoter Dirty Jones and Scene's Manny Wallace host Shit Show Karaoke, a weekly event at the B Side Liquor Lounge that allows patrons to choose from "an unlimited selection of jams from hip-hop to hard rock." Participants are encouraged to "be as bad as you want." Fueled by drink and shot specials, it all goes down tonight at 9 p.m. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com.

TUE 02/20

Classical Revolution Cleveland

Tonight, and the third Tuesday of every month, Classical Revolution Cleveland brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, and even Cleveland Orchestra members perform in these exciting concerts. Tonight's free, all-ages show begins at 8. (Patrick Stoops)

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.


With Django, director Etienne Comar creates a compelling portrait of influential Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The opening film at last year's Berlin Film Festival, the flick dramatizes Reinhardt's evasion of the Nazis in Paris during World War II. It 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, clevelandart.org.



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