Weekend Picks: 10 Things To Do in Cleveland (April 15 - 17)
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Steve Byrne Thu., April 14 Comedy Comedian Steve Byrne, the star and creator of Sullivan and Son. gets laughs by making fun people based on the types of music they listen to; he also likes to have audience members join him on stage so he can create his own boy band. Expect a lively, interactive show when Byrne performs tonight at 8 at the Improv, where he has performances scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $23 to $30.
Sinbad Fri., April 15 Comedy Story-based comic Sinbad prides himself on finding the funny even in the toughest situations. His shows interactive, but you may not want to participate in this audience. Sinbad flips the script on his viewers and turns their troubles into comedic gold for everyone else. The comics also seen some screen time though its nothing to brag about. He was the star of the holiday flop Jingle All the Way and has also acted in several pilots. Its safe to say his forte is stand-up, but you can judge that for yourself tonight at 8 at Hard Rock Live. Sinbad has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $63.
Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run Fri., April 15 Theatrical Events Madea's on the Run, a play from playwright and filmmaker Tyler Perry, centers on Madea's attempts to escape the law. She volunteers to move in with her friend Bam who's recovering from hip replacement surgery. HIjjinks ensue. Perry stars as Madea and Cassi Davis as Aunt Bam. The play also features brand new music written by Perry; it promises to deliver "a finger snapping and inspirational evening of theater." Performances take place at 8 tonight and at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. tomorrow at the State Theatre. Tickets are $48.75 to $78.75.
Third Friday Fri., April 15 Art Exhibits Its another busy Third Friday this month at 78th Street Studios. Stop by from 5 to 9 p.m. for all the festivities. Aprils event includes opening receptions for ARTneos Fundamental Gestures: Figure from Life and Tregoning & Companys A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011). The evening also includes a number of closing receptions, including FORUMs Old Dirty Masters by Buzz Szilagyi, Threaded at HEDGE Gallery, the pinup-themed Peek-A-Boo at E11even 2, Mike Meier and Christian Mickovics Eternal Return at Popeye Gallery/Survival Kit and much more. At 9 p.m., Survival Kit co-founder Brian Straw presents live improvised performances by Lost Head and Magnetic West Double Quartet. Free.
Dancing In the Streets Sat., April 16 Dance Performances Right outta London's West End, Dancing in the Streets brings Motown music to the Akron Civic Theatre tonight at 8. A talented cast and live band will bring to life "the infectious, melodic, foot-tapping songs with a touch of soul and style guaranteed to have you signing along and dancing in the aisles." Expect songs by the likes of the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Tickets are $36.50-$46.50.
Yoga & Music Sat., April 16, 5:30 p.m. Sports (Participatory) The Music Box Supper Club has had great success pairing music with yoga. That's right we said yoga. At tonight's "workout," your favorite Cleveland yogi Shari Carroll leads a Vinyasa Flow session while guitarist Thom Pope provides the tunes. The event starts at 5:30, and tickets are $15.
Donnie Darko Sat., April 16 Film Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a troubled, psychotic adolescent in Donnie Darko, the feature writing and directorial debut from Richard Kelly. The film flew under the radar upon its release in 2001 but has become a cult classic with the passing of time. It screens tonight at midnight at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Cleveland Cinemas Late Shift series. Tickets are $6.
Northeast Ohio Vinyl Swap & Spin Social Sun., April 17 Fairs/Festivals While sales of compact discs continue to decline, sales of vinyl, the format once considered obsolete, are on the rise. Today at 1 p.m. at the Euclid Tavern, vinyl aficionados can potentially add to their collections as the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club descends upon the place for a "social, swap, sell and spin." Admission is free.
A Murder in the Park Sun., April 17 Film Named to Time Magazines Top 15 True Crime Documentaries, A Murder in the Park centers on Anthony Porter, a guy who was sentenced to death until a Northwestern University journalism class intervened. Their re-investigation of the crime for which he was convicted, a double homicide in a Chicago park, led to the discovery of the real killer, whose confession exonerated Porter. Or did it? Documentarian Shawn Rech discusses the film tonight at a special screening that takes place at the ?Chagrin Valley Little Theatre?. The $25 ticket includes the film and a Meet the Directors reception and a casual dinner that takes place at 4:30 p.m. The film then screens at 6 p.m. 40 River St., Chagrin Falls, chagrinfilmfest.org.
EarthFest2016 Sun., April 17 Seasonal Special Happenings Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, you can get your Earth Day on as Earth Day Coalition celebrates EarthFest 2016. The event claims to be Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation. More than 270 exhibitors will be on hand, hosting activities such as water and clean transportation workshops, chef demos and sheep dog herding demos. There will be biodiesel-powered amusement park rides?and music on four stages. You can ride and park your bicycle (at the designated bike valet parking area)?or ride RTA's Redline (regular fare) to the Brookpark rapid station and take the free shuttle to fairgrounds. Admission:?$8.