Poster for the film 42.
Our weekly picks of the best things to do in Cleveland this weekend. Also check out our full Cleveland event calendar
To help celebrate Black History Month, Cleveland Cinemas will present three critically acclaimed films. All films will be shown at the Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre and Chagrin Cinemas. At 7 tonight and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the theaters will screen 42
, the story of how Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defied major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman). Tickets cost $5.
Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven's Fifth
Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Cleveland Orchestra as it plays Beethoven's Fifth today at 7:30 p.m. at Mandel Concert Hall, where performances also take place tomorrow and Saturday. Check the orchestra's website for ticket prices.
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.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 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.
1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com
Drink and Draw with Dr. Sketchy Akron
Founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy’s has now spread to more than 100 cities around the world. Dr. Sketchy Akron, a monthly drink and draw event that takes place on the second Thursday of each month at Jilly's Music Room in Akron, gives patrons the opportunity to "draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality." The fun begins at 7 p.m.; it costs $10 to draw. second Thursday of every month.
111 N Main St., Akron, 330-576-3757, jillysmusicroom.com
An Evening with Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson fits the definition of a Renaissance Man. A pilot and airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer, motivational speaker, podcaster, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and New York Times
Top 10 best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor, sports commentator and international fencer, he’s done just about everything. He’ll discuss his storied career at tonight’s spoken word tour at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage. The show's first section will feature Dickinson’s “humorous and often satirical look at the world from his own very personal perspective.” The final section of the evening will be a Q&A session. The event begins at 7:30. Consult the venue's website for more info.
10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-908-7793, mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com/en.html
Great Big Home + Garden Show
The Great Big Home + Garden Show returns to, Cleveland’s I-X Center this weekend with more than 400 exhibits to "inspire homeowners looking to find fresh, ideas from hundreds of experts in kitchen and bath, landscaping, décor, flooring and more." Find out more about everything from modular homes to staycation gardens. Today's hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the show continues through Sunday. Check the I-X center website for more info.
One I-X Center Drive, 216-676-6000, ixcenter.com
Jesus Christ Superstar
A classic musical that comes to us courtesy of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar
features classic Broadway belters such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and the glorious title track. A touring production of the hit comes to Connor Palace tonight at 7:30. Check the Playhouse Square website for more info.
1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org
A standup comedian and television host from Chicago, Pat McGann created and hosted the Emmy-nominated TV show, The Chicago Stand Up Project
. He likes to joke about everyday things like gardening — "We live five blocks from the grocery store so what are we doing sweating over these crops?" He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Consult the club's website for more info.
Hilarities Comedy Club, 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com
New Soft Shoe
Nine years ago, on what local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby calls a drunken dare, a group of Cleveland friends and musicians showed up at the Happy Dog to play a couple sets of tunes by the late, great Gram Parsons. Dubbed the New Soft Shoe, the group has been at it ever since, spreading the gospel of what it refers to as "Gram's Cosmic American Music." Anything that Parsons played, the New Soft Shoe covers. As a result, the group plays tunes from the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. It also plays songs from Parsons' solo album GP/Grievous Angel. Tonight at 8, the band performs in the Waldorf Hall at Forest City Brewery. Tickets cost $5.
2135 Columbus Rd., 216-228-9116, forestcitybrewery.com
Rock Hall Nights: Motown
This special Rock Hall event will feature a celebration of all things Motown. The Rock Hall’s Curatorial team will bring out a collection of Stevie Wonder sunglasses, and you can request to hear your favorite Motown songs. The Foster Theatre will feature special video clips from the archives. The $21 event ticket includes touring of exhibits between 5 and 9 p.m. with activities from 6 to 8 p.m.
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444, rockhall.com
The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John Starring Michael Cavanaugh
Cleveland native Michael Cavanaugh presents the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John, two iconic rock/pop who've toured together in the past, in this special performance that takes place at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Consult the Playhouse Square website for more info.
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org
PBR: Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour
Professional bull riding returns to the Covelli Centre in Youngstown today and tomorrow as the PBR: Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour swings into town. The action goes down tonight at 8 and tomorrow night at 7. Consult the Covelli Centre website for more info.
229 East Front St., Youngstown, 330-746-5600, covellicentre.com
While Season 8 of NBC's Last Comic Standing
featured some fierce competition, Rod Man was clearly the funniest comic of the bunch. An actor and writer who starred in the 2009 film Funny People
, he likes to joke about interracial relationships and talks about how "you have to be comfortable in whatever race you're put in." He performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 and tomorrow night at 6:30 and 9. Consult the venue website for more info.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com
Walkabout Tremont, which takes place on the second Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., showcases the best of this smart neighborhood, with art openings, extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, live music, pop-up vendors, neighborhood walking tours and much more.
The 11th Annual Sweetheart Showcase Weekender
Tonight's Burlesco at the Goodyear Theater event will offer a "juggernaut of a show" with writer and funny man Ken Schneck serving as host. The performance begins with the Ohio Pin-Up Queen Cece Noir. Veranda L'Ni and Cleveland's Burlesque Queen and international burlesque star Bella Sin will perform, and the show also includes Jade Uzumaki, Holy Grail, Agatha Why, Joliee Blak, Dakota Cox, national recording artist Kardi Reed Diamond and many more to be announced. There will be VIP/Preferred/Reserved and General Admission seating. Proof of vaccination and masks upon entry are required., Parking is available at surface lots on Goodyear Blvd. All patrons must enter thru Market St. It all beings at 8 p.m.
1201 East Market St., Akron, goodyeartheater.com
A singer-songwriter who's penned tunes for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts and Morgan Wallen, Niko Moon brings his tour in support of last year's Good Time
to House of Blues tonight. Doors open at 7, and tickets cost $15.
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com
Remnants & Rosé
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Granite Works Stone Design, a rebranded full-service stone supplier and fabricator in a 55,000 square foot showroom, hosts a Valentine-themed event at which guests are invited to browse our large selection of remnant stone while enjoying pastries, signature cocktails and rosé from the Thirsty Filly. Guests will have full access to a “sip and see” open house at Granite Works with Valentine decorations. Pastries from a local bakery and a full open bar, with signature cocktails, will be available.
875 Crocker Rd., Westlake, graniteworksstonedesign.com
From Hermit Club to Hollywood: A Concert of Music by J.S. Zamecnik and Dvořák
The kickoff event of the first-ever Cleveland Silent Film Festival takes place today at 3 p.m. at the Hermit Club where Isabel Trautwein leads members of the Cleveland Orchestra in a concert celebrating the music of J.S. Zamecnik, a film music pioneer, Cleveland native and protégé of renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. Rodney Sauer, music director of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, will sit in on piano for Zamecnik’s Trio for Violin, Piano and Cello. Tickets cost $40, or $15 for students and seniors $15. There's also an option to support the festival with a $100 supporter/festival all-access pass, which covers admission for one to this concert and three films being shown from Feb. 18-20 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Other festival events are free. Proof of vaccinations/booster will be checked at door; masks must be worn at all times.
1629 Dodge Court, 216-621-2325, eventbrite.com/e/from-hermit-club-to-hollywood-tickets-244453355567
Closing in on three decades, the Spits, as it's put in a press release, "walk the line between punk mayhem and well-honed songwriting." On the road in support of their newest record, VI
, which came out last year, they play the Grog Shop tonight at 8. Recorded by Erik Nervous on cassette four track, the band’s new LP offers accessible punk rock that should translate well to the stage. Timmy's Organism and Hawk Baby open. Tickets cost $16.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs