Indians vs. Colorado Rockies
The Indians didn't fare well against the offensive-minded Colorado Rockies when the two teams faced each other in Denver earlier this year. Look for the Tribe to try to get some revenge as the interleague series comes to Progressive Field for a two-game series that wraps up with today's 12:10 p.m. game. Tickets start at $13. (Jeff Niesel)
2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487, clevelandindians.com.
Mamai Theatre Company: A Doll's House
Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House remains a truly groundbreaking literary work. In 1937, Thornton Wilder reworked the original story about a devoted wife and mother who makes an unexpected journey. Tonight at 7:30 at the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, the Mamai Theatre Company presents Wilder's adaptation of the play. Tickets cost $18 to $32 and the play runs through Aug. 27. (Niesel)
1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Summer in the City Concert Series
Presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Head's Brewery and Magic Hat Brewing Company, the Rock Hall's free Summer in the City concert series features some of the top bands in Cleveland. Concerts start at 6 p.m. on the seasonal outdoor stage, July through August. (Rain location is inside, on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage.) Tonight's concert features the local metal bands Seeress and Axioma. Find out more on the website. (Niesel)
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com.
Wade Oval Wednesdays
A summer tradition, Wade Oval Wednesday takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wade Oval in University Circle. The weekly party provides the opportunity to catch a free concert — jazz, swing, world music and more. Between sets, check out the local food vendors, the beer and wine tent, the farmers market and free kids' activities — all laid out on the Wade Oval lawn, adjacent to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Art Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum. The local indie rock act Welshly Arms plays tonight. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
Walnut Wednesday is one of summer's great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. The series continues through Sept. 27. Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)
Wine Tasting at Cain Park: Earthy Blends
Pull through the midweek with a relaxing evening at Cain Park, drinking wine and listening to live music. Yup, it's a Wine Tasting at Cain Park, featuring what the promoters call "Earthy Blends." Tickets for the Evans Courtyard tasting are $10; the wine will flow from 6:30 to 7:45. But don't head home just yet; instead, stick around for an 8 p.m. concert featuring Punch Brothers and I'm With Her in the Evans Amphitheater; day-of-show tickets are $43 to $78. Details are on the website. (Daniela Cacho)
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000, cainpark.com.
Now in its fourth season, Edgewater Live features local acts along the shore. The event also boasts food trucks and recreational activities. The very last one for the summer commences today at 4:30 p.m. on the Centennial Plaza at the new Edgewater Beach House with an opening performance from Funeral Proposals. From 6 to 9 p.m., the Spazmatics will perform on the RTA Main Stage. It's free. (Niesel)
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway NW, clevelandmetroparks.com.
Them! and Jeremy Bible
Taking a break from its recent series of conceptual, process-oriented exhibitions, the Transformer Station celebrates artists who share an equal passion for music and photography — many of whom also write, make videos and have produced photography books and works on vinyl. Organized by Transformer Station co-founder Laura Ruth Bidwell, Them! examines the role these creative relationships may (or may not) play in each artist's process. On select Thursdays during the exhibition's run — including tonight — the Transformer Station hosts a CDJ2017 Small Hall Concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Stop by tonight for the final concert in the series, featuring interdisciplinary artist Jeremy Bible. Admission is $5, but limited to just 50 guests. Tickets are on sale now on the gallery's website. (Josh Usmani)
1460 West 29th St., 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org.
Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present
Are you ready for some football? Hosted by the Canton Museum of Art, Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present features 60 works gathered from collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Figge Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Rockwell Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Yale University and the Canton Museum of Art — as well as numerous other public and private collections. A multimedia exhibition, Scrimmage includes paintings, prints, sculptures, and new media by such legendary artists as Winslow Homer, Thomas Hart Benton and Andy Warhol. Scrimmage opens tonight with a free, public reception from 6 to 8; the evening includes a "Football in the Art Museum" gallery talk with Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art, and Joe Horrigan, executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Regular museum admission is $8 for adults, and less for seniors, students and military veterans. Admission is free to all on the first Friday of each month and every Thursday. The show continues through Oct. 29. (Usmani)
1001 Market Ave., Canton, 330-453-7666, cantonart.org.
What Would Beethoven Do?
Classical music has long been popularly regarded as a staid — nay, perhaps even boring — genre. The 2016 documentary film What Would Beethoven Do? attempts to challenge that perception and reveal the rise — and revolutionary nature — of the music. The movie focuses on renegade composers and innovative musicians as they explore questions like why we create art and why we should care about art — not just as individuals, but as a society. Presented by the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest, the movie screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Orange branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. It's free, but registration is requested on the library website.(Adrian Leuthauser)
31975 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-831-4282, cuyahogalibrary.org.
Cheese Fest Cleveland
Start the weekend off right at Cheese Fest Cleveland, featuring more than 70 cheeses from all parts of the world. As we all know, cheese and wine make a perfect pair, so there will be 30 wines for you to enjoy as well. Also on the agenda: a macaroni and cheese competition, live entertainment, and a souvenir wine glass. The festival runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at Lago Custom Events, on the East Bank of the Flats. Tickets are $55; get them on the website, below. (Cacho)
1091 West 10th St., tastecle.com/events/cheese-fest-cleveland.
The Cleveland Bazaar
The Cleveland Bazaar once again invades the U.S. Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square. Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can shop local vendors, get lunch from Dynomite Burgers and enjoy the sunshine on the plaza. The fun continues on the second and fourth Friday of every summer month, including Aug. 11, Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. Admission is free. (Usmani)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Flat Out Fridays
The East Bank of the Flats features a slew of great bars and restaurants right on the river. To take advantage of the terrific location, the venues have partnered for Flat Out Fridays, a summer series featuring live music by the waterfront along with sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment. The event takes place on the second Friday of the month through September; tonight's edition runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features music from Carlos Jones. Admission is free. Details are on the website. (Niesel)
1055 Old River Rd., 202-628-0123, flatseastbank.com.
Freakstomp Music Festival
Tropidelic formed in Kent in 2008 and built a following after self-distributing over 10,000 free copies of its self-produced first EP, Rebirth of the Dope. After releasing its second EP, Tree City Exodus, and relocating to Cleveland, the group gained some traction and opened for acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, the Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, the Wailers and Flobots. This weekend, the band headlines its first festival, the Freakstomp Music Festival. Today through Sunday in Medina, the festival features acts such as Vibe & Direct, Bumpin' Uglies, Sun-Dried Vibes, Pasadena, t, Drunken Sunday and Derlei. Tropidelic headlines both nights. There will also be fire performers, dunking booths and other carnival-inspired attractions. Tickets for the entire weekend are just $60, which includes both camping and parking. Individual tickets for Saturday will also be available at the gate. (Niesel)
8120 Coon Club Rd., Medina, thefreakstomp.com.
Weavings of Deborah Silver
Local artist Deborah Silver discovered her passion for weaving while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. For years after college, Silver created site-specific commissions for interior designers. Unsatisfied and no longer working on her own artwork, Silver found a radically different career as a nuclear medicine technician. No longer supporting herself through her art, Silver felt free to return to the faces and tribal masks of her college sketchbooks. Silver's weavings have been exhibited in Chicago, New York City and throughout Northeast Ohio. Starting today, her work will be on display at Urban Orchid's Hingetown location through Sept. 30. Stop in from 7 to 10 tonight to see the work and meet Silver at the opening reception. Admission is free. (Usmani)
1455 West 29th St., 216-785-3618, theurbanorchid.com.
'90s Rooftop Party
You can expect to hear all your favorite '90s hits from artists like Backstreet Boys, Chumbawamba and the Spice Girls today at the Velvet Dog as it hosts a '90s Rooftop Party. The event begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Die-hard partyers take note: Details about the evening's after-party will be announced during the event. The $20 ticket includes up to 40 percent off drinks and up to 25 percent off food. (Cacho)
1280 West Sixth St., 216-664-1116, velvetdogcleveland.com.
All Gold All the Time Night
The punk/indie rock club Now That's Class isn't above a good gimmick. Tonight, the club hosts All Gold All the Time Night. Come to the venue wearing gold of any kind and you'll get half-price drinks and pay only $1 for 12-ounce beers. In addition, the person with "the best look" will win a $25 gift certificate to Now That's Class. The event is free and runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Niesel)
11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.
Banana Bar Crawl
If you've ever wanted to walk around downtown Cleveland from bar to bar wearing a banana suit, then you'll have your chance tonight during the Banana Bar Crawl. The crawl includes six bar stops, where you can enjoy classic favorites, banana-flavored creations and Cleveland-themed drinks, all at special prices. And yes, banana suits will be provided! Registration and costume pickup is from 5 to 7 p.m. The crawl goes on until the bars close. Admission is $30. (Cacho)
Classic 3-D Film Series: Those Redheads from Seattle
Way back in the 1950s, Hollywood studios started showing movies in widescreen formats and 3-D to combat the growing popularity of television. Between 1952 and 1955, Hollywood studios produced 50 English language 3-D films using a dual projection system that required audience members to wear polarized lenses. But because of issues with keeping the images perfectly in sync, studios quickly lost interest.Now, of course, digital technology has corrected the synchronization issue, and the classic 35-mm 3-D films have reappeared on new digital prints so contemporary audiences can watch them. The Cedar Lee Theatre is screening five "Golden-Era classics" as part of its Classic 3-D Film Series. Those Redheads from Seattle, which starts Rhonda Fleming and the Bell Sisters, screens at 11 a.m. today and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The new digital restoration from the 3-D Film Archive recently had its world premiere at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Bob Furmanek, the founder of the 3-D Film Archive, will participate in a Q&A via Skype following the Aug. 15 showing. Admission is $7. (Niesel)
2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5411, clevelandcinemas.com.
Cleveland Arts Prize
Annually, the Cleveland Arts Prize awards $10,000 to two Emerging Artists, two Mid-Career Artists and one Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as special awards that don't include cash prizes. Following its annual awards ceremony celebrating this year's recipients earlier this summer at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Arts Prize is showcasing several past winners in a program of live performances tonight at Cain Park. Doors open at 6, and the program begins at 7. Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone or on the website below. (Usmani)
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000, cainpark.com.
Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival
Participants have been prepping for the Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival's 250-meter heats since late May. An ancient sport whose roots can be found in China, where it began more than 2,000 years ago, Dragon Boating has been a popular sport in many Asian nations ever since. A typical dragon boat is close to 50 feet in length and holds 20 paddlers, one of whom drums so paddlers can work in sync. Three teams compete in each heat, and the teams with the three fastest times will compete for the championship. The fest starts at 8 a.m. on the waterfront at Wendy Park; check out the music, crafts vendors and family activities too. (Leuthauser)
Constant as the Sun
Part of MOCA Cleveland's Summer 2017 exhibitions, Constant as the Sun includes work by 10 artists and artist collectives from Northeast Ohio, western Pennsylvania, western New York and eastern Michigan, who engage their community in a variety of ways, from traditional studio practices to responsive, ground-level activism. Upon entering the main gallery, guests are greeted by billboard-sized black-and-white photographs by the Cleveland-based artist collective Acerbic. Poems printed on large sheets of plexiglass hang from the ceiling directly in front of these images, and a video examining the repercussions of Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor plays on a nearby screen. The interviews with residents of Cleveland's "Forgotten Triangle" add an additional dimension to the work. At 2 p.m. today, MOCA Cleveland hosts an engaging discussion with Acerbic members Donald Black Jr., Gabriel Gonzalez and Ali McClain. The program includes a reading of McClain's new, original poems inspired by Black and Gonzalez' photos, each followed by an Acerbic-led discussion with the audience. Admission is free. (Usmani)
11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.
National Hamburger Festival
Now in its 12th year, the National Hamburger Festival keeps upping the ante and adding more activities. This year's event takes place today and tomorrow at Akron's Lock 3 and features more than 50 styles of hamburgers served by more than a dozen mostly independent eateries. This year also marks the debut of the first-ever Akron Ninja Challenge. Hamburger-inspired activities include "bobbing for burgers" and the crowning of the Burger Queen. The Buck Naked Band, Justin Fabus, Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts, the Rhythm Syndicate and the King Bees will perform. Buckeye Brewfest returns for the second year and features dozens of beers from more than 10 craft breweries. Tickets to the Hamburger Festival, which include admission to Buckeye Brewfest, are $5. (Niesel)
200 South Main St., Akron, 330-375-2877, lock3live.com.
Dogs are welcomed today at Masthead Brewing Company's Pup Club event. Anyone who purchases a beer will receive a free customizable dog bowl and decorating supplies. The event takes place on the patio from noon to 3 p.m. A portion of bar sales will be donated to the Friends of Cleveland Kennel. Admission is free. (Cacho)
1261 Superior Ave., 216-206-6176, mastheadbrewingco.com.
BAYarts' latest exhibitions include Jessica Pinsky's Equal in the Sullivan Family Gallery. As an artist represented by Hedge Gallery, instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art and executive director of Praxis Fiber Worskhop, Pinksy is a very active member of Cleveland's art community. Her exhibition at BAYarts features a new series of weavings, "planned and executed based on degrees of equality." Utilizing her expertise, Pinsky showcases the inherent nature of various fibers to expand or contract from either hand-spinning or loosening tension. As a result, the same dimensions of materials react in radically different ways. Meanwhile, Teacher Tell Me a Story: The Mad Side of Wonderland, opens in the Diane Boldman Education Gallery. Teacher Tell Me A Story is a multimedia exhibition exploring the classic world of Wonderland through the eyes of the Mad Hatter. The exhibition includes individual and collaborative works by BAYarts instructor Jessica Ramage and student Elizabeth Varis. Both exhibitions open with a reception from 6 to 9 tonight. They remain on view through Sept. 23. Admission is free. (Usmani)
28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543, bayarts.net.
The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. Curated by famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin, 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.
Cleveland Improv Jam
The Angry Ladies of Improv has hosted the Cleveland Improv Jam for four years now. A few years back, Scene described the show as "fierce, formidable and very funny." The women have some serious experience too. Katie White-Sonby is an actress who's performed at Clague Playhouse, Karamu and Kennedy's Cabaret. Marjorie Preston is an alumna of Something Dada and Rockwell 9 improvisational comedy troupes. The event begins with a short-form set of improv games, followed by a longform improv set. It begins at 5 p.m. at Coffee Phix. Arrive early if you want to sign up and perform. Admission is free. (Niesel).
4485 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid, 216-381-5706, coffeephixcafe.com.
Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes
Over the past few decades, some of classical music's greatest composers have written music for Hollywood films. Dubbed Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes, tonight's program at Blossom featuring the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Richard Kaufman includes an "all-star salute to the biggest, boldest, and baddest heroes of the silver screen." Expect to hear selections from Superman, Star Wars, Batman, Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Austin Powers. The concert begins at 7, and tickets start at $24. (Niesel)
1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Sloppy Sundays in the Sun
The bartenders at Now That's Class will serve "the coolest and tastiest pitchers" of cocktails today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Sloppy Sundays in the Sun. Pitchers of specialty cocktails ($12) include Paul's Puerto Rican Punch, Nascar Nectar and Stripple Nipple. The club will also set up a basketball hoop out back for patrons to show off their skills. Admission is free. (Niesel)
11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net.
True Crime Cleveland Double Feature
Produced and edited by Mark Wade Stone, the documentary films The Day Marilyn Died, about alleged killer and Bay Village osteopath Sam Sheppard, and The Fourteenth Victim, about Eliot Ness and the infamous Torso Murders, each feature commentary from local college professor and true crime author James Jessen Badal. They screen today at 4 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre as part of a special double feature. Tickets are $10. (Niesel)
1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com.
Florida natives Wage War come back to Ohio for the second time this year, for a 7:30 concert tonight at Lakewood's Foundry Concert Club. The Deadweight Tour Part 1 is in support of Wage War's recently released album, Deadweight. Their first single "Stitch" opens with singer Briton Bond intensely whispering, "Leave me in the dark with a hole for a heart, as low as I can get, burn the bridge, rip the stitch out." But on their second single "Don't Let Me Fade Away," the band shows it can be uniquely melodic as well. Singer/guitarist Cody Quistad sings smoothly but with just as much intensity as Bond. Tickets are $13 via the club's Facebook page. (Leuthauser)
11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-555-6669, facebook.com/foundrycleveland.
American Ninja Warrior Watch Party
Celebrate physical prowess, mental discipline and — mostly — Cleveland's appearance in American Ninja Warrior tonight at a watch party at the downtown Corner Alley. Tonight's episode was filmed in Cleveland this past spring, and the ninja warriors who participated will be on hand for the party. The 7 p.m. event is free and a portion of the food and drink profits will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, an organization that helps bring more events like American Ninja Warrior to the North Coast. (Cacho)
402 Euclid Ave., 216-298-4070, thecorneralley.com.
The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, Darin Croft, a paleomammalogist and professor of anatomy at the CWRU School of Medicine, will speak about why the work of paleontologists matters. Admission is free. (Niesel)
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
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, prosperitysocialclub.com.
Black Squirrel Wind
Since forming five years ago at Kent State's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, the Black Squirrel Wind has performed music originally intended for ballet and tango. At tonight's concert at Cain Park, expect to hear French favorites, "La Danse de la Sorciere" and "Amor Por Tango." The group's goal is to promote exceptional wind music and chamber music. The Black Squirrel Wind derived their name from KSU's unofficial mascot, the black squirrel. Tonight's free concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Cain Park's Alma Theater. (Leuthauser)
14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, cainpark.com.
Classical Revolution Cleveland
For many years, classical music wasn't intended for the masses. Seemingly reserved for quasi-exclusive concert halls, classical music hid from the outside world. Classical Revolution Cleveland helps tear down that wall and bring great chamber music to the people. Showcasing a variety of performers in bars, cafes and the like, it's actually not that different from how people used to listen to chamber music. The third Tuesday of every month, CRC brings its wide array of chamber music to the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Performers like the Trepanning Trio, Anime Duo, students of Cleveland Institute of Music and even Cleveland Orchestra members grace the stage in these exciting concerts. Full of immensely talented performers, CRC re-instills the relevancy of this vibrant art form. Tonight's free, all-ages performance starts at 8. (Patrick Stoops)
5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Dancing Under the Stars
As a part of the 12-week outdoor dance series at Playhouse Square, local dance instructors will lead Dancing Under the Stars tonight at U.S. Bank Plaza. Throw on your best dancing shoes, grab a partner and head downtown for a night full of Sizzling Salsa dancing. If you aren't familiar with salsa, then you won't want to miss the fun instruction at 6 from the staffers at Viva Dance Studio. Then, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the plaza turns into a massive, fun-filled dance party featuring a live band. (This week, it's Son Gitano.) Learn new moves and experience a different culture through dance. Admission is free. The series continues through Aug. 29. Find a complete schedule on the website.(Niesel)
East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444, playhousesquare.org.
Open Turntable Tuesday
Tonight from 6 to 9, Goldhorn Brewery hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesdays. DJ Kris Koch will offer 20-minute time slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. The Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club and the locally based Gotta Groove Records serve as the sponsors, and turntables will be provided. Each person will be able to play three to five songs during their time slot, and there will be a mic available to talk about the selections as well. Along with theme nights, there will be giveaways, drawings and contests. (Niesel)
1361 East 55th St., 216-465-1352, goldhornbrewery.com.
Motown the Musical
The story about how Berry Gordy, a featherweight boxer, turned Motown Records into one of the most significant record labels in the country is an incredible one. The Detroit imprint launched the careers of acts such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Motown the Musical, a hit on Broadway, chronicles Berry's remarkable success. The play opens tonight at 8 at the State Theatre, where it runs through Aug. 20. Tickets are $10 to $95. (Niesel)
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
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