20+ Things To Do in Cleveland This Weekend (Oct. 14-Oct. 17)

click to enlarge 20+ Things To Do in Cleveland This Weekend (Oct. 14-Oct. 17)
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Our weekly picks of the best things to do in Cleveland this weekend. Also check out our full Cleveland event calendar.

THU 10/14
Fostering HOPS: A Taste of Van Aken

Fostering Hope, a local nonprofit, will host its sixth annual fundraiser, Fostering HOPS: A Taste of Van Aken, at 7 tonight in the Van Aken Market Hall. There will be drinks courtesy of Sibling Revelry, specially selected tastes from Market Hall vendors and private shopping experiences at some of the Market Hall shops. Craft Collective will feature a VIP area with specialty drinks and food from Kindred Spirit and Michael’s Genuine. Raffle items include a “Barrow of Bourbon” and a "Large Big Green Egg" along with other unique items. This annual fundraiser supports Fostering Hope’s mission of “connecting and enriching youth who live in residential treatment and foster care with unique experiences of hope and healing.” This year, Fostering Hope is expecting to serve over 1,000 children through programming centered on childhood experiences, heath and wellness, and community involvement. Tickets to Fostering HOPS: A Taste of Van Aken can be purchased at FosteringHopeOhio.org. Ticket prices range from $80 to $150.
3401 Tuttle Rd., Shaker Heights, 216-491-8800, thevanakendistrict.com.

Battle of the Land
Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquire and develop more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building. Now, the company is getting into the battle of the bands business with Battle of the Land, a live musical talent competition series that kicks off next month. Artists compete in a series of head-to-head musical battles at Tower City Center, and the winner will open for local heroes Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Oct. 28. Tonight's round starts at 6.
50 Public Square, 216-771-0033, battleoftheland.com.

CIA's Annual Glass Pumpkin Sale
CIA's annual Glass Pumpkin Sale takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The sale, which occurs in the school's lobby, is open to the public, but visitors must undergo a brief health screening upon entering and are required to wear a mask while in the building.
11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44106, 216.421.7000, cia.edu.

Disney's the Lion King
More than 90 million people around the world have reportedly experienced the visual artistry of The Lion King. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the play presents a story "filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals." The play also features the work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and tunes written by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30. Check the Playhouse Square website for a complete list of showtimes and for ticket prices.
1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Adam Ferrara
The former host of the BBC America's car show, Top Gear US, Adam Ferrara worked as a comedian well before he started talking about automobiles. He has performed standup several times on the usual late-night outlets and had a role in the FX series Rescue Me. He regularly shares stories from his personal life, and, in one funny bit about his girlfriend moving into his house, he jokes that it was a "hostile takeover" and that he hardly knew what happened. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities Comedy Club, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Check the Hilarities website for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.

New Beginnings
Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra today as it opens the season at Severance Hall. Expect to hear pieces by Strauss, Tower and Prokofiev. The concert repeats at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Severance. Check the Cleveland Orchestra website for more info.
11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.

Twelfth Night
When a violent shipwreck separates Viola from her boat and twin brother, she washes up on Illyria, an exotic island. She disguises herself as a boy messenger tries to pass herself off as a native. That, in a nutshell, is the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. And like many of the Bard's play, misplaced affections and misunderstood intentions come into play. Catch TCWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2022's production of the play at 7:30 tonight at the Helen, where performances continue through Oct. 23. Check the Playhouse Square website for ticket prices.
1407 Euclid Ave, 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

FRI 10/15
Jason Aldean
Not as good looking as Luke Bryan or as physically fit as Tim McGraw, country singer-guitarist Jason Aldean nevertheless remains one of the genre’s biggest stars. He brings his Back in the Saddle tour to Blossom tonight. The concert starts at 7:30. Check the Live Nation website for ticket prices and more info.
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111, livenation.com.

Diana Chittester
Earlier this year when patio season started, local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester announced that she'll hold down a Friday night residency throughout summer at Western Reserve Distillers in Lakewood. Known for its delicious hand crafted cocktails that rely upon homemade bourbon and vodka and a farm to table menu, the distillery offers a terrific venue for Chittester's singer-songwriter material (think Ani DiFranco-meets-Sheryl Crow). Chittester performs from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.
14221 Madison Ave, Lakewood, westernreservedistillers.com.

Alycia Cooper
Standup comic Alycia Cooper likes to talk frankly about both current events and her personal life. If you're a fan of blunt delivery and unadulterated wit, you'll like Cooper, who likes to laugh about how broke she is. ("I texted my cousin a picture of a gift," she jokes in one routine.) She performs tonight at 7:30 and 10 and tomorrow night at 6:30 and 9 at the Improv. Check the Improv website for ticket prices.
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies
In 1988, Cowboy Junkies made their mark with The Trinity Session, a beautifully recorded release that relied on a combination of folk, blues and rock. Some 30 years on, the Canadian band is still at it. Just last year, it released Ghosts, another album that shows off singer Margo Timmins’s sultry vocals and the band's moody, folk-based music. Its tour to support that album comes to the Kent Stage tonight at 8. Check the Kent Stage website for ticket prices.
175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005, kentstage.org.

The Exonerated
This docu-drama recounts first-person narratives in dramatic form through the legal records of six wrongly convicted inmates. The accounts of the falsely accused explore these people’s lives after being sentenced to death, and the legal proceedings that gained their exoneration. Ticket prices start at $34 (adults), $30 (for seniors 65 and older) and $12 for students with valid ID. A $3 service fee per single ticket will be applied at time of purchase. Performances take place at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-2540, beckcenter.org.

Brendan Eyre
Comedian Brendan Eyre likes to joke that he grew up fighting his brother when he was young and picked up some habits that didn't translate so well into the real world. "I would lock myself in the bathroom until my mom came home from work," he says in one routine. Eyre, who's appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central, and Gotham Comedy Live, became a New Face of Comedy at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He performs tonight and tomorrow night at 9:30 at Hilarities. Check the Hilarities website for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.

Kofi's "Back to Berklee” Fundraising Event
Akron native Kofi R. Boakye, a 21- year-old Emmy-Nominated pianist, will host a fundraising concert tonight at Edgar’s Restaurant in Akron to support his financial efforts as he aims to return back to Berklee College of Music in 2022. Back in 2019, Boakye crowdfunded his first year at the college. His fundraising achievements along with a partial scholarship from Berklee helped him get through his first year. The event will feature an opening performance by local R&B music group the After Party followed by a special live performance by Boakye. Tickets are $25 for advance general admission and $30 for at the door. Donations and sponsorships can be made through the ticket link. It all begins at 8.
530 Nome Ave., Akron, 330-869-3000, KofiBMusic.com.

Monsters vs. Syracuse Crunch
The Lake Erie Monsters kick off their season tonight at 7 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse with a matchup against the Syracuse Crunch. The two teams will play each other again tomorrow night at the FieldHouse at 7 as well. Check the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse website for more info, including ticket prices.
1 Center Court, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com.

Don Quixote
At 7 tonight and tomorrow night at the Ohio Theatre, the Cleveland Ballet presents its version of Don Quixote. According to a press release about the performance, this rendition isn't nearly as "unrealistic" as other versions. Check the Playhouse Square website for ticket prices and more info.
1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

SouthPark Mall’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
SouthPark Mall celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend with a series of special events. From today through Sunday, there will be a beer garden, pumpkin patch, bounce house and live music. The festivities start today at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, there will be live music from Monica Robins and Joey Amato, a magic show, and prizes and giveaways. There will also be character photo opportunities with Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Poison Ivy, Anna, Elsa and Slider. Sunday will feature free fitness classes and giveaways.
500 Southpark Center, Strongsville, 440-238-9000, shoppingsouthparkmall.com.

Special Writers Book Tour Night with Mike Decapite, Adele Bertei, Luc Sante
As part of a special Writers Book Tour Night, Mike DeCapite, Adele Bertei and Luc Sante, writers with local ties, will read from their work tonight at 8 at the Beachland Tavern. The Kidney Brothers will perform at the end of the readings. Tickets cost $10. Bertei will also read from her work at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Loganberry Books.
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.

The Tempest
The Great Lakes Theatre brings its production of The Tempest, the story of Prospero, a man marooned on an enchanted island, to the Hanna Theatre. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30, and performances continue through Nov. 7. Tickets start at $15.
2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

SAT 10/16
7th Annual Halloween Flea

Black Market Records and The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick present the 7th annual Halloween Flea today from noon to 6 p.m. at Now That's Class, 5 O'clock Lounge and the Foundry Concert Club. Indoors and outdoors, the event will feature arts and crafts, home decor, props, toys, oddities, DVD+VHS, makeup, clothing, jewelry, snacks, and all things Halloween. There is a suggested donation of $1 for entry. All ages are welcome, and the Foundry kitchen will be open during the event. After the event, the Foundry will host a Zombie Prom from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be prizes for best costume, a photo backdrop for prom pics, live drag and burlesque performances, crowning of the zombie prom queen, and snacks for sale from Raisin Hell Vegan.

Bootanical Bash
This family-friendly event takes place inside the Hershey Children’s Garden and White Oak Walk and will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts and a dance party. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you may arrive any time within a half hour of your chosen hour time slot. There is no limit to the duration of your garden visit beyond the event end time and the grounds closing at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for members, or $5 plus admission for nonmembers.
11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org.

Cleveland Bazaar in Market Square Park
Cleveland Bazaar has organized pop-up retail events for makers, artists and small businesses in northeast Ohio since 2004. Its summer shows at Market Square Park across from the West Side Market are a great way to shop local. Today's event, which is free, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., loc8nearme.com/ohio/cleveland/cleveland-bazaar/6206878/.
W. 25th St. and Lorain Ave..

Cut From the Same Cloth
CIA students Ewuresi Archer and Crystal Miller will exhibit new work in Cut From the Same Cloth, a new exhibit that opens today at Kaiser Gallery in Tremont. The show will examine the differences and similarities between African-American culture (Miller) and African culture (Archer, who's from Ghana), and it's part of CIA's Creativity Works program. Tonight's reception takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 28.
2418 Professor Ave, 2162823826, kaisergallery.com.

Fall Fest at StoneWater
The Rustic Grill at StoneWater will host its inaugural Fall Fest today from noon to 4 p.m. at its new outdoor bar and venue, The Yard. Located between the 10th tee and the woods, the setting is perfect for a fall festival, and the event will feature live music, kids fall-themed activities, local vendors, food stands, and a full bar with seasonal local beers and wine flights. Pets are welcome, and Fall Fest kids' activities include face painting, bounce house, mini pumpkin painting, putt putt and caramel apple making. The cost for Fall Fest (kid activities only) is $10 per child. Pre-purchase kid activity tickets by visiting the online store. Cost is $15 on the day of the event and tickets will be sold at the door. Kids will receive a wristband for activities. Admittance is otherwise free. The Yard will remain open for the remainder of the evening.
1 Club Dr., 440-461-4653, stonewatergolf.com.

Night at the Brewseum
Part of Cleveland Beer Week, Night at the Brewseum will feature 100 beers including Ohio favorites and national and international breweries, along with food from Ohio City Provisions, Butcher and the Brewer, Momocho, Saucison, Noble Beast, Banter and Mabels BBQ. It all starts at 7 p.m. at the Natural History Museum, and last call is at 10:30 p.m. The price of admission includes a tasting glass and sampling tickets for beer and food. Proceeds benefit Malone Scholarship Program. Tickets are not refundable. Consult the website for more info., clevelandbeerweek.com.
1 Wade Oval Dr., 216-231-4600, cmnh.org.

Pints and Pies: Craft Beer and Pizza Festival
A spin-off of the Akron Craft Beer Festival, Pints & Pies offers the best of two worlds — craft beer and pies. It's feature beers from some of the best craft breweries in Ohio and across the nation along with samples of locally made artisan-style pizza pies, savory pies and sweet pies. Pies & Pints will offer tastings of close to 100 beers, presented in stations throughout the venue and organized by styles. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Consult the Civic website for more info.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

Spooky Pooch Parade
Now in its 14th year, the Spooky Pooch Parade attracts hundreds of dogs to Lakewood’s Madison Park. Scheduled to take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. today, the event includes a festival within Madison Park, a parade and an awards presentation. It’s reportedly the only event of its kind within the region. There will be kids games, food and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services. Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and visit vendors for trick-or-treating. The parade commences at 2 p.m. Afterward, judges will award prizes in a number of categories, including Best Dog & Child, Best, Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.

SUN 10/17
Clint Black

Thirty years ago, country singer Clint Black released his debut album, Killin’ Time, an album that delivered five hit singles and would go triple platinum. It effectively launched Black's career. Throughout the '90s, Black remained one of country’s most popular artists. The current tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of Killin’ Time, so expect to hear plenty of those tracks alongside other tunes from the guy's lengthy career. Tonight's show starts at 8 at the Akron Civic Theatre. Consult the Civic website for ticket prices and more info.
182 South Main St., Akron, 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com.

Browns vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Browns play the Arizona Cardinals, a team that put up more than 30 points in its first two games this season in the process of going 2-0, today at 4:05 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Led by quarterback Kyler Murray, the Cardinals should be a tough opponent for the Browns. Consult the Browns website for ticket information.
100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000, clevelandbrowns.com.

Nimesh Patel
Acomedian and Emmy-nominated writer based in New York, Nimish Patel has performed standup comedy for more than ten years now. A regular at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar, he's appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has opened for Chris Rock and Aziz Ansar. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities. Check the Hilarities website for ticket prices.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
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