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Thursday | 28

Dancing with the stars ... and the moon

Inlet Dance at Cain Park

Cleveland's passion for outdoor performance will be satisfied yet again with a free show by Inlet Dance Theatre on Thursday at Cain Park. Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the premier dance troupe will perform pieces that act as "snapshots of the past decade," says Inlet's founder and artistic director, Bill Wade. That includes favorites like War Effort Eves, This Could Hurt, and Create — a piece inspired by and created for a group of students, now adapted for the company. You'll see pieces choreographed for male dancers, female dancers, and full-ensemble performance, along with student dancers from Inlet's summer training programs. Wade is also planning an entirely improvisational segment — complete with improvised music and lighting. "We use dance to further people," says Wade, who puts great emphasis on education and contemporary, topic-based choreography. For those craving a pre-show drink to support the mission, check out the $30 champagne reception happening at 7 p.m. For more information, visit inletdance.org or call 216-721-8580. It all takes place at the the Evans Amphitheater at Cain Park tonight at 8 p.m. Find them at 14591 Superior Rd. in Cleveland Heights. — Lydia Munnell

Date at the Diamond

Captains vs. Hot Rods

For all you lovebirds, baseball buffs, and big eaters: Here's a Thursday date night that will satisfy your inner cravings. Grab your sweetie and treat him or her to dinner and a game at Classic Park, as the Lake County Captains battle it out against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Score two suite-level tickets in the Officers Club, along with two full-course meals (entrées, drinks, and ice cream) for just 25 bucks. (And as a pre-game appetizer, you can grab a hot dog and wash it down with 10-cent domestic drafts one hour before game time!) On the other hand, if you're not looking for nine innings of intimacy with a loved one, general admission is only $9 for adults and $8 for the kids. Sit in on the action in one of the bottom-row box seats, or chill out and relax on the lawn overlooking the outfield. Batter's up at 7 p.m. at 35300 Vine St. in Eastlake. Snag your tix by visiting minorleaguebaseball.com or by calling 440-975-8085. — Phil Barnes

Family Fun

Music & a Movie in Coventry Village

While known as "Thirsty Thursdays" among twentysomethings, Thursday nights are family nights in Coventry Village, where the Summer Music & Movies series is now in its fifth year. Tonight's edition features the local classic-rock band Old Kids, kicking it in P.E.A.C.E. Park from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Once the band wraps up, the 1979 cult classic Breaking Away follows on the soccer/baseball field (just look for the giant 20-foot screen). Cartoons will be screened before the movie, just like at the drive-in: Who doesn't love that? Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, or even a Frisbee: The free event is open to all. And for the clearest sound, don't forget to tune to 91.7 FM. For more info, visit coventryvillage.org or call 216-556-0927. P.E.A.C.E. Park is at the intersection of Coventry, Euclid Heights, and Washington streets in Cleveland Heights. — Courtney Kerrigan

Friday | 29

Downtown Doings

Wine Fest in Voinovich Park

The Cleveland Wine Festival returns to Voinovich Park this weekend for the sixth year, and it's bringing more than just wine snobs and stinky cheeses. "It's not a stuffy wine-tasting event," says Mary Patton, public relations rep for the event. "It's a great opportunity for people to learn about wine." Beyond the collection of more than 270 imported, domestic, and Ohio vinos, oenophiles can dig into cooking demos, food and wine seminars, and live music. A $27 ticket ($35 at the door) gets you a souvenir glass, 10 tastings, and full access to all the entertainment, including tomorrow night's performance by the Michael Heaton Band. Not a wine fan? The Belgian Beer Café is where you want to be. Cursed with designated-driver duties? There's a $10 ticket just for you that includes two non-alcoholic drinks. Appetizers and finger foods will be for sale from La Dolce Vita, La Strada, Angelo's Pizza of Lakewood, Morton's steakhouse, and Zinc Bistro. The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow from 3 to 9 p.m. Voinovich Park is at 800 East Ninth St.; for info and tickets, call 877-772-5425 or visit clevelandwinefestival.com. — Kerrigan

Fun for Foodies

Who Will Be the Mango Master?

It ain't Iron Chef. But with top toques Steve Schimoler (Crop) and Jonathan Bennett (Moxie) facing off, you can bet today's Mango Throwdown will be loaded with fun. The two culinary hotshots meet at Moxie today at 3:30 p.m. Their challenge: creating the ultimate mango dish reflecting the flavors of Cleveland. "I think mango is my favorite fruit," sighs Bennett, who will be showcasing the fruit via a mango-crab fritter served with green mango slaw and mango ketchup. "When it's ripe, it's silky, sweet, and downright sensual!" Judging the mango magic will be WKYC's Hollie Strano, food and brews blogger Brad Gillette, and yours truly. Besides watching the chefs at work and sampling their creations, attendees can count on receiving mango recipes, tips, and pairing suggestions from local event sponsor Giant Eagle. The throwdown is part of the Mango Hometown Tour hosted by the National Mango Board. Attendance is free, but seating is limited; reservations are required at mangocleveland.eventbrite.com. Moxie is at 3355 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood. For more info, call 216-831-5599 or visit moxietherestaurant.com.— Elaine T. Cicora

Funny Stuff

Disgusting Doings at the Big Dog

With his rapid-fire insults and quick wit, New Yorker Colin Kane could be "the next really big comedian." Sez who? None other than Dennis Miller, who recently caught Kane's act in a Big Apple club. Kane makes his Ohio debut tonight at Big Dog Theater in Cleveland Heights, and it's not likely to be a cuddle fest. "People take the shit I say seriously," he says. "But at the end of the night, it's about my fans and the connection we have in that disgusting, behind-closed-doors humor that matters to me." Tickets are $20 at ckcleveland.eventbrite.com, or $22 at the door beginning at 8 p.m. Curtain is at 9 p.m. Big Dog Theater is at 2781 Euclid Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. For more info (and a dollar-off coupon), visit bigdogtheater.com. — Ryan Young

Family Fun

Space Sleepover

Take sleeping under the stars to a whole new level by exploring the stars while you sleep. It's not quite Night at the Museum, but tonight's Space Sleepover at the Great Lakes Science Center offers a chance to learn about the stars and planets while spending the night within the Science Center's walls. From 7 p.m. tonight to 9 a.m. tomorrow, you and the kids can get your fill of every space favorite: from stomp rockets and homemade Mars gliders to the Omnimax movie Destiny in Space. After enjoying all the after-hours activities, a special breakfast will be served on Saturday morning; Saturday admission to the museum is free for participants. Space Sleepover is recommended for school-aged kids, and Mom and/or Dad must accompany them. Cost is $39, and less for members. Discover more information at glsc.org/spacesleepover.php; make reservations by calling 216-621-2400. The Great Lakes Science Center is at 601 Erieside Ave. — Max Hayden

On Screen

Film Fest Faves at CMA

There are few topics that get more buzz these days than education. So buzz on down to the Cleveland Museum of Art tonight at 6:30 to learn more via two documentaries. Facing Forward and Girlfriends Club were both hits at this spring's Cleveland International Film Festival, and both take place in Cleveland's schools — one public and the other charter. Girlfriends Club, by Dale Omori and Diane Suchetka, screens first and documents an elementary teacher's effort to prepare a group of inner-city fifth-grade girls to attend a formal tea. Laura Paglin's Facing Forward follows, charting one young man's quest for academic success at a charter school. Stick around after the double feature for Q&As with the filmmakers. The regular CMA screening price of $9 gets you into both flicks, which will be shown in the museum's Gartner Auditorium at 11150 East Blvd. Learn more at clevelandart.org or call 216-421-7340. — Munnell

Saturday | 30

The Summer Market

Food, Arts & Antiques in Avon Lake

With a mix of 55-plus artists, retailers, restaurants, and antiques dealers, the Summer Market in Avon Lake is like nothing else in the region. "It's not an art festival, it's not a craft fair, it's not an antique show — it's a mix of everything," says spokeswoman Erin Stack. Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, the fest is now in its sixth year of serving up a beachy vibe complete with jewelry, antiques, baby items, bird houses, farm-fresh produce, and more. Although Stack admits the buyables take a slightly "girly" bent, tough guys generally attend to indulge in the food. This year, those edibles come from spots like Sweet Melissa (serving fish tacos), Sweet Basil (Neapolitan-style pizza), and the B Spot (with juicy sliders), along with vendors selling summer essentials like kettle corn, lemonade, and ice cream. The Market bustles today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park; find it at Route 83 and Lake Rd. Learn more at thesummermarket.com. — Kerrigan

Lockout? What Lockout?

Cobras Play for First Place in Lakewood

Were you worried that your dawg ears and foam fingers were gonna stay in the closet this fall? Get over it. Great football has been in season all summer, and tonight is one of your few remaining chances to be part of it. The Cleveland Cobras, part of the minors' Heartland Football League, play their final home game of the regular season tonight with a rematch against the Northeast Ohio Predators. Down to the Predators by one game for top spot in the division, the Cobras are looking for a win to land the title for the second year in a row. When was the last time you could say that about the Browns? Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and over, and free for kids 12 and under. More information can be found at clevelandcobrasfootball.com, by calling 216-682-6375, or on Facebook. — Hayden

Sunday | 31

Gleek Out

It's Teen Time at Great Lakes Mall

Combine two teen fantasies in one shopping center, and it's gonna get crazy — in a good way, of course. Fantasy One begins at noon with Florida pop-rockers We the Kings shaking the stage at Great Lakes Mall, with a plugged-in performance in front of Macy's. If you're hoping for some face time with the band, bring $10 and buy their CD, which also gets you admission to a post-performance meet & greet. "It will definitely be more intimate than a performance at Nautica or Blossom," says the mall's director of marketing, Renee Lanzara. Fantasy Two is for the Gleeks, as Glee fans get a chance to show off their chops at the nearby karaoke booth, or play a round of Glee trivia for a chance to snag mall gift cards. There's also an air-guitar competition, a henna tattoo booth, and a Coke-sponsored phone app that guides users on a virtual scavenger hunt with prizes. The best part? It's all free. The fun goes down from noon to 6 p.m. at 7850 Mentor Ave. For more info, call 440-255-6900 or visit facebook.com/greatlakesmall. — Barnes

Alfresco Fun

Opera in the Garden

When was the last time you caught the opera in a beautiful outdoor setting? If the answer is never, come out for a free concert in the Italian Cultural Garden tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Opera Per Tutti will be performing highlights from several celebrated Italian operas, including La Bohême, Tosca, Don Giovanni, and more. A limited number of chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. The Italian Cultural Garden is the perfect setting for Opera Per Tutti, a new company whose mission is to bring opera to a broader audience around town. It's at 990 East Blvd. in Rockefeller Park. Learn more at blog.culturalgardens.org. — Munnell

Fit for Foodies

Get Your Crabs at Salmon Dave's

With crab prices reaching record highs, restaurateur George Schindler had some second thoughts about holding his annual Summer Crab-Feastival. "It was a tough decision," he says about the popular Salmon Dave's promotion, now in its 13th year. "But we are still holding menu prices with the previous years' numbers: A dinner featuring a pound of huge Alaskan king crab legs is still only $24." Other options on today's menu include Legs & Crabcakes ($29), Legs & Filet Oscar ($34), and Legs & Ginger Soy Salmon ($29). This is the final day to profit from Schindler's fiscal pain: The promotion ends today. Dinner hours are 4 to 10 p.m.; reserve a seat at 440-331-2739. Salmon Dave's is at 19015 Old Lake Rd. in Rocky River. For more info, go to hrcleveland.com. — Cicora

Monday | 01

Kid Stuff

Explore Your World!

It's time to put down the game controller and bust out the binoculars: Today's Nature for Kids program at the Firestone Metro Park is for the birds. Among the flying attractions, expect to spot cardinals, blue jays, robins, goldfinches, Canada geese, and blue herons. "It's cute because the younger the kids are, the more excited they get," says naturalist Megan Doran, who leads the walks. On the other hand: "Sometimes the kids get too excited and end up scaring the birds away!" Doran encourages everyone to explore their surroundings in detail. "Firestone is very important for the birds and is a great habitat for all kinds of animals," she says. "There is no telling what you might see." The free walk starts at 11 a.m. on easy-to-moderate terrain. All kids are welcome with an adult; learn more at 330-865-8065 or summitmetroparks.org. Firestone Metro Park is at 40 Axline Ave. in Akron; come to the Coventry Oaks pavilion. — Kelly Maile

Tuesday | 02

In the Swim

Backstroke for Your Breakfast

Instead of groggily rolling out of bed today for that frantic rush to work, why not set your alarm a little earlier and jump-start your day with a dip in Fairport Harbor? Join dozens of other early birds for a leisurely 8 a.m. swim to the breakwall and back. If the energizing .8-mile swim isn't incentive enough, there's this: A breakfast buffet of eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, and waffles will be waiting for you on the shore. "It's a good wake-up," says event overseer Seth Begeman. "You get to see the beautiful sun coming through the clouds, bouncing off the lake; and if you're lucky you might spot an eagle or two." That sounds way better than a coffee shop full of angry caffeine addicts. Swimmers of all experience levels are welcome, and kayaks will carefully monitor the action. Plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. at 301 Huntington Beach Dr., and anticipate staying at least an hour for breakfast. If you don't bring your own dish, a donation of $5 will suffice. The event is free, and most participants just show up; if you're the kind who likes to register in advance, go to lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-3821. — Barnes

Wednesday | 03

Linked In

Bridgestone Champs Return to Firestone

The world's best golfers descend on Firestone Country Club today through August 7 for the World Golf Championships' Bridgestone Invitational. Today's schedule features a practice round for the pros on Firestone's South Course. The real competition begins tomorrow and winds up on Sunday with a 6 p.m. closing ceremony. The field wasn't officially confirmed as we went to press, but expect players like Ireland's Rory McIlroy, PGA vet Harrison Frazar, and defending champ Hunter Mahan to be on hand. Besides the golf, the Bridgestone Invitational raises thousands of dollars for local nonprofits including the Cleveland Foodbank and Akron Children's Hospital. Tickets for today are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Youth under 18 and members of the military and their families are free. Find out more at worldgolfchampionships.com or by calling 877-942-4849. Firestone Country Club is at 452 East Warner Rd. in Akron. — Cicora

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